Tag Archive: “The Keys of Marinus”

Episode 76 – Siri, Why Won’t You Speak To Me?

A short one this week as we take a look at the six part The Keys of Marinus story featuring the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan. Then we give the Fifth Doctor and Turlough a listen in the Big Finish audio drama, Phantasmagoria. And Keith gives a full review of the Playstation 3 game, Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock.

Also, some discussion about Shaun’s new dream job, and a certain publicity photo that was released this week by the BBC.

And of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Once More Unto The Schedule Revision

As discussed in this week’s podcast we’ve bumped our SHADA discussion to a later date to accommodate the North American release date of the book.  As a result we’ve tweaked the upcoming schedule again…

 

Friday Night Who 6/8 – The Keys Of Marinus (William Hartnell)

Traveling The Vortex episode #76 will include our reviews of “The Keys Of Marinus” and Big Finish #2 “Phantasmagoria” (and I imagine Keith will have a full review of “The Eternity Clock” game. 

FNW 6/15 – City Of Death (Tom Baker)

TTV #77 – “City Of Death”… We’re gonna give this Douglas Adams classic it’s own episode to bask in it’s brilliance.

FNW 6/22 – “The Android Invasion” (Tom Baker)

TTV #78 – “The Android Invasion”, BBC Radio: “Torchwood: Lost Souls”

FNW 6/29 – “The Doctor Dances” / “The Empty Child” (Christopher Eccleston)

TTV #79 – “Torchwood: Children Of Earth”

FNW 7/6 – “The Time Of Angels” / “Flesh And Stone” (Matt Smith)

TTV #80 – Shada The Book, Shada The VHS Reconstruction, Shada The Animated Story, Shada The Flash Animation, Shada The Big Finish, Shada The Flame Thrower! (The kids love this one)…

 

Thanks for staying patient with us during the shuffles.

June Events In The Vortex (Revised 5/29)

* REVISED! In order to give the Vortex Boys just a bit more time to get though all the Shada goodies, we’ve flip flopped two weeks on the upcoming schedule.  City Of Death has been bumped back a week, and The Keys Of Marinus and Phantasmagoria move up one.

Once again it’s time to update you all on the joyous goodness coming your way. (Or the giggle inducing horror of it all, whichever you prefer!)

Tonight we’ll record episode #74, an Adversary Archive on The Daleks (again). Can’t help it they’ve just got so many episodes.  We’ll discuss the Jon Pertwee stories “Frontier In Space” and “Planet Of The Daleks” that make up the Dalek war box set, as well as Big Finish #7 “The Genocide Machine (Dalek Empire 1)” with Sylvester McCoy.

Next week’s Friday Night Who on 6/1 is the Matt Smith story “The Eleventh Hour”.

And then, the big massive spectacular 75th epiversary is our first set of BOOK REVIEWS!  Glenn will be sharing his thoughts on Crooked World featuring the eighth Doctor by Steve Lyons, Shaun reviews Only Human with the ninth Doctor by Gareth Roberts, and Keith talks about The Story Of Martha with the tenth Doctor by Dan Abnett.

June 8th’s Friday Night Who takes us back to William Hartnell’s First Doctor with “The Keys Of Marinus”.

On Traveling The Vortex episode #76 we’ll review “The Keys Of Marinus” and Big Finish #2 “Phantasmagoria”.

Friday Night Who on 6/15 is the Tom Baker classic “City Of Death” written by Douglas Adams!

For episode #77 is an explosion of Douglas Adams, as we cover “City Of Death” and ALL THINGS SHADA: Shada The Book, Shada The VHS Reconstruction, Shada The Animated Story, Shada The Flash Animation, Shada The Big Finish, Shada The Flame Thrower!

Colin Baker makes a return to Friday Night Who on June 22 with the story “Timelash”.

And then we’ll review “Timelash” and Big Finish #3 “Whispers Of Terror”.

FNW 6/29 is one of Shaun’s all time favorite stories, “The Android Invasion” with Tom Baker. 

TTV #79 covers “The Android Invasion” and the BBC Radio drama: “Torchwood: Lost Souls”.

And our first Friday Night Who of June ( 7/6) is the awesome series one two parter “The Doctor Dances / The Empty Child” with Christopher Eccleston.

Wait!  …what was that? Did you say TORCHWOOD was on the schedule again?  Can that mean?  Yep.  It’s time to subject Keith to the glory of “Torchwood: Children Of Earth” which we’ll cover in episode 80.

As always, an amazing thank you to all of our amazing listeners for joining us on these travels.  Thanks for putting up with us!

Reflections At 25…

This week (barring any unforeseen disasters with a rampaging Myrka or a jar of Marmite) marks the 25th episode of Traveling The Vortex, and I thought it appropriate to pause and take stock.  Twenty-Five.  That is kinda a big deal for 3 nobody’s from Kansas.  If you had asked me then if we’d last twenty five episodes… well of course I would have said yes, but that’s just ego talking.  Not being one to miss the opportunity to celebrate an anniversary, I thought I’d trot out a few other things that were turning 25 this year, since it’s such a fun number.

The year was 1986

Manned spaceflight is struck a huge blow when a faulty “O”-ring causes the loss of the 7 astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Challenger just minutes after lift off.  Less than a month later, the Soviets launch Space Station Mir.  Explosions and fire would be the least of the worries for the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, ultimate killing over 4000 people and resettling at least 350,000 others. The IRS started something called “E-filing” for taxes, and the Ruton Voyager became the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or taking on fuel.

The first case of “Mad Cow Disease” is found in England, Antarctica scientists find a hole in something called the Ozone layer, Oliver North starts shredding documents that would link him to Iran-Contra, and the Pope meets Mother Teresa.

Eastman Kodak lost the Supreme Court appeal on a patent dispute with Polaroid over instant cameras, while Fujifilm releases the first disposable camera. Other noteworthy inventions that year included Apple’s Macintosh Plus, featuring a whopping 8 MHz processor, and 1MB of RAM and a 9” screen; IBM shipped the first laptop weighing a hefty 13 pounds; and the first prototype Pneumatic Water Gun was patented, though it wouldn’t be until 1993 that it earns the name Super Soaker.

In other computer news, Unisys became the world’s second largest computer company,  Bill Gates became one of the world’s youngest billionaires when Microsoft went public, and Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is developed, and enables emails to be access without downloading the messages to a local hard drive.  The first PC virus spreads from a couple of Pakistani computer store operators, and an essay about early hacker culture “The Conscience of a Hacker” or the ‘Hacker’s Manifesto’ as it came to be known, is published.  It would later be quoted in the 1995 movie Hackers.

Speaking of movies, “Top Gun” reigns supreme at the box office.  Other notable films celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year include “Crocodile Dundee”, “Platoon” James Cameron’s “Aliens”, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”.  The computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd, is purchased by Steve Jobs for $10 million dollars and established as an independent company called Pixar.  And Francis Ford Coppola directs the first “4D” movie which runs 17 minutes and cost $30 million dollars.  “Captain EO” starred Michael Jackson and ran exclusively at Walt Disney World.

Other entertainment anniversaries include “Les Miserables” debut on Broadway, BOTH Wondercon and Dragoncon, conventions turn 25 this year, as well as a certain Italian plumber and heroic elf.  Super Mario Bros. and The Legend Of Zelda debuted in 1986.  Mike Tyson became the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history, Captain Midnight hijacked HBO’s satellite signal to send his own pirate message “$12.95/Month?…No Way!”, and the first ten musicians were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Game, including James Brown, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

On the Who front, 1986 brought Colin Baker’s epic “Trail Of A Time Lord” season to TV, although the 25th anniversary episode of Doctor Who “Silver Nemesis” would star Sylvester McCoy, and wouldn’t be broadcast until 1988.  And IN universe, The Doctor lands the TARDIS at the Snowcap Space Tracking station at the South Pole in 1986 in the episode “The Tenth Planet”, and returns Peri to Blackpool 1986 in the “lost story” audio adventure “The Nightmare Fair”.

Of course some people will cry foul, as this list represents actual anniversaries.  “You’re only on episode 25!” Those people will declare, hardly an anniversary.  Okay, let’s take a look at some WHO-centric 25 episodes.  The 25th individual episode of Doctor Who was “Sentence Of Death” from the Keys Of Marinus story arc.  The 25th Story arc was “The Gunfighters”, both starring William Hartnell.  I think we’re in good company.  And if you disagree…  Phooey on you, this is our podcast and we’ll celebrate any old number we choose!

But it does feel good to hit 25.  Thanks as always to our listeners for making it happen, glad you like the show.

Until the next fun number…