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You’ll want to be careful this week not to throw hands…because we’re watching “The Robots of Death!”


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TTV-Logo-1400-150x150In this week’s podcast there is a slight change to what was scheduled. First, we do offer up our reviews on the Season 24 Seventh Doctor and Mel story, Paradise Towers. Also, as promised, we dig a little deeper into the background of the Quarks as presented in other media, particularly the TV Comics runs, for a mini Adversary Archive on the Quarks. However, due to some unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to time constraints, we have pushed off our review of Big Finish’s Seventh Doctor and Mel audio, Flip-Flop.

Also, in news, we reveal some more convention guests, as well as talk about some comments made by Eighth Doctor actor Peter Capaldi.

And, of course, your feedback.


It’s only fitting that following a 6th Doctor Story we do a Seventh Doctor Story, and this time it’s one we’ve not reviewed yet…”Paradise Towers”!


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As mentioned in this week’s podcast, next week we will be squeezing in a mini Adversary Archive on the Quarks. Here is a fairly detailed guide of that which has featured or covered the those under-appreciated villainous robots.


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TTV-Logo-1400-150x150In this week’s podcast, we present another Companion Archive. This time, we explore the lovable big talking penguin, Frobisher.  We’ll give our impressions on two Big Finish audios from the Doctor Who Main Range, first The Holy Terror, and second, The Maltese Penguin. We’ll also discuss what we know about Frobisher so far in our experience with the shapeshifting Whifferdill.

Also, we look at some of the news of the week, including last week’s Children in Need Doctor who clip form the Christmas Special. And, we’ll talk about some upcoming conventions and convention quest announcements.

And, of course, your feedback.



As Glenn mentioned on the show last week and this, we are adding a few comic (comic as in picture book, not comic as in funny) elements to the episode in order to do a “mini” adversary archive for the Quarks. (Although come to think of it, the Quarks are rather funny, so comic works either way I guess.) If you can find them, you may wish to consult these for additional reference:

(Invasion of the Quarks, The Killer Wasps, The Jungle Of Doom, Martha The Mechanical Housemaid, The Duelist, Death Race, The Fires Down Below, Happy Deathday)

Glenn will provide a detailed listing soon…


Good ol’ Sixie returns to our Friday Night Who line up with “Time Lash”


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Frobisher: A Comprehensive Timeline

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As mentioned on this week’s podcast, I (Glenn) have put together a complete timeline for one of the Doctor’s more obscure companions, Frobisher. The list is not definite, and some might dispute the placement of a few of the stories. However, it is in my opinion the correct chronological order based on the source material as I understand it coupled with online sources. So, if you would like to bolster your knowledge of the flippered friend before next week’s reviews of The Maltese Penguin and The Holly Terror, enjoy. Much of the materials are still offered commercially in one form or another, the Doctor Who Magazine comics are collected in trade paperback.

The three primary sources used to compile the list are: The New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club, Doctor Who Reference Guide, and Tardis Data Core, the Doctor Who wiki.

 UPDATED 11-15-14 (Thank you, Simon, for pointing out the Eighth Doctor comic that I missed!)

Chronological Order of Frobisher Appearances in Doctor Who

Revelation of the Daleks (Televised. Frobisher is not featured, this is just a reference point)
[It’s presumed that Peri returns to New York,1985 and stays. The Doctor travels alone for a while]

The Shape-Shifter (Doctor Who Magazine 88-89) (The Doctor meets Frobisher)
Voyager (90-94)
Polly the Glot (95-97)
Once Upon a Time Lord (98-99)
War-Game (100-101)
Funhouse (102-103)
Kane’s Story/ Abel’s Story/ The Warrior’s Story/ Frobisher’s Story
(104-107) (Peri is reunited with the Doctor in New York, 1985)

Prisoners of Time (IDW POT Issue 6 and Issue 12)

Exodus/Revelation!/Genesis! (DWM 108-110)
Nature of the Beast (111-113)
Time Bomb (114-116)
Salad Daze (117) (Frobisher is mentioned but does not appear)
Changes (118-119)
Profits of Doom! (120-122)
The Gift (123-126)
The World Shapers (127-129)
[Frobisher leaves the TARDIS]

The Trial of a Time Lord (Televised. Frobisher is not featured, this is just a reference point)
[The Doctor returns Mel to her own time and place, and travels on his own for a while before reuniting with Frobisher]

The Maltese Penguin (Big Finish Audio DW Main Range 33 1/2)

Time and Again (DWM 207 — cameo only)

The Holy Terror (Big Finish Audio DW Main Range 14)
[The Doctor and Frobisher visit Peri on Thoros Beta and meet her daughter. After this, they travel for 10 years — as noted in The Age of Chaos]

The Age of Chaos (Marvel Comics Special) (10 years have passed since the Doctor and Frobisher last visited Peri and her family. Frobisher leaves the TARDIS for a break. The Doctor later picks up Frobisher from his holiday)

Mission: Impractical (Past Doctors Novel)
[Frobisher leaves again.]

Time and the Rani – The Greatest Show In The Galaxy (Televised. Frobisher is not featured, this is just a reference point)
[The Doctor drops Ace off in the past then travels on his own for a while, reuniting once more with Frobisher]

A Cold Day In Hell (DWM 130-133) (Frobisher permanently leaves. The Doctor goes on to have a series of strip adventures on his own, before collecting Ace…)

Frobisher was interviewed in DWM 149, and also makes cameo appearances in these later strips:
Planet of the Dead (DWM 141-142)
Party Animals (DWM 173)
A Life of Matter and Death (DWM 250)

Where Nobody Knows Your Name (DWM 329) (Reunited with the Doctor in his eighth incarnation)

It is unclear at what point in Frobisher’s time line the following is placed:

The Last Emperor (Short Trips: 2040 – short story collection published by BF)

(The story involves the 2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe, as well as the 6th Doctor and Frobisher. The 3rd Doctor is mentioned and it is implied that the 7th Doctor is involved as Ace and Benny have cameos as well.)

TTV-Logo-1400-150x150The end of Series 8 has arrived, and all too soon in our opinion. This week on the podcast, we give our impressions of the season’s finale, Death in Heaven. We share our reviews on the climactic story setting us up for Christmas to come.

But, first some convention guest announcements, one particular that came to a surprise to the three of us. Also, we’ll discuss other items in the news of the week.

Plus, we announce the winners of our Bicentepiversary event. Congratulation to the winners.

And, of course, your feedback.


We end our Series 8 pairings with the last half of “The Invasion” for Friday Night Who!


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