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Doctor Who: New To Who

Ever wanted to start watching Classic Who but just don't know where to begin? Join Colin, Daniel, and Steven on an introcast through the best of Doctor Who!

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Episode 22 - The TV Movie

NEW TO WHO and THE TV MOVIE“We’re back - and it’s about time!”Late July, 2019: the brink of a new episode of New To Who. An anachronistic Australian podcast materialises in San Francisco (or is that Vancouver?) amid a hail of laughter which finds its intentional targets - three strange men who walk out of the pod.But Col, Dan, and Steven are not the only podcasters in Vancouver. Doctor Who royalty, Jeremy Radick - who appears as Gareth in the 1996 TV Movie - is there as well, joining New To Who for a very special episode.Seven years after disappearing from television screens everywhere, Doctor Who came back - but for one night only.The script for The TV Movie (also unofficially known as “The Enemy Within”) was written by Matthew Jacobs - whose father appeared in the William Hartnell story, The Gunfighters - while Philip Segal was finally able to bring his vision for Doctor Who to a US mainstream audience for the first time in his role as Executive Producer of this American co-production with Fox. Geoffrey Sax, another Englishman in Hollywood, directs this big budget movie intended as a pilot for a Doctor Who series on network television.Taking the mantle of the Doctor, this time in his eighth incarnation, was the dreamy Paul McGann. Daphne Ashbrook played his companion-in-waiting, Dr Grace Holloway, alongside Jee Yee Tso as Chang Lee, who falls under the spell of the Master - this time played fabulously by Eric Roberts.You can listen to and see the film clip for The Safety Dance by Canadian new wave outfit Men Without Hats here.Theme by Our Colin (2019). Much love and thanks, Col! ❤︎Special thanks to Sarah Tout at Voice Box Media Training.You can now find New To Who on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, and PlayerFM.NEW TO WHO WILL RETURN

2hr 32mins

28 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 20 - Logopolis

NEW TO WHO - LOGOPOLIS In theory Dan and Steven should be able to change †heir appearance to blend in unobtrusively wherever they happen to materialise. In practice, however, because of a fault in the chameleon circuit, they always look like a police box - a minor inconvenience the they now hope to correct.Fixing the mechanism involves a visit to Perth and a trip to the planet Logopolis - normally a quiet little place that keeps itself to itself.But on this occasion the meddling presence of Col ensures the disruption of normality. And even Col is horrified by the threat of total chaos he unintentionally precipitates - until he finds a way to turn the imminent destruction of the universe to his own advantage...New to Who concludes its trilogy of regeneration stories with this, the final story of the Fourth Doctor as played by the inimitable Tom Baker. It is also the introductory story featuring the first Australian companion, Tegan Jovanka played by the lovely Janet Fielding, who joins existing companion Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) and Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) who rejoins the cast in what will become known as the ‘crowded TARDIS’ in the following season.LOGOPOLIS was written by the Season 18 script editor, Christopher H Bidmead, and is beautifully directed by the late, great Peter Grimwade, his second story as director for the programme. Peter Grimwade would go on to write three Fifth Doctor stories.The cover of the original imprint of the 1982 Target novelisation for LOGOPOLIS is by Andrew Skilleter. The novelisation is written by Christopher H Bidmead, who also reads the audiobook, which is available from Audible.Intro theme by Our Colin (2019), and outro music by Bridget (2019). Much love and thanks, Col and Bridget! ❤︎If you enjoyed Bridget's music and would like to hear more, please check out her band Simone & Girlfunkle.Special thanks to Sarah Tout at Voice Box Media Training.NEW TO WHO WILL RETURN (One day. Yes, one day…)

1hr 47mins

27 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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New To Who: A Hinchcliffe and Holmes Retrospective

NEW TO WHO: A Hinchcliffe and Holmes RetrospectiveNew to Who sit down to talk with friends and fellow podcasters from all over the world about the perceived golden age of Doctor Who; the Hinchcliffe and Holmes era - but is it…?Join Liz Myles and Paul Cornell from the Hammer House of Podcast, Nathan Bottomley from Flight Through Entirety, Jeremy Radick, Ben and David from Metebelis II, Christopher Burgess from Radio Free Skaro and Katrina Griffiths from Verity!, Erik Stadnik from Doctor Who (and now The Outer Limits) The Writers’ Room and The Real McCoy, and Dave Kitchen from The Doctor Who Show, as we discuss the pros and cons of a much-beloved but also at-times problematic era of Doctor Who.Great thanks go to each of our guests for appearing on New To Who!

1hr 51mins

28 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 15 - Ghost Light

NEW TO WHO - GHOST LIGHTPerth, 2018In the sleepy, rural parish of Perth, New To Who is by far the most imposing edifice. The villagers shun the grim pod, but the owners, the reclusive and controversial Dan and Steven, receive occasional visitors.The Reverend Nathan Bottomley and James Sellwood (of the Flight Through Entirety podcast), have travelled from Sydney to refute Dan and Steven's blasphemous theories of Doctor Who.The very last story filmed and the third to last story screened of Classic Doctor Who, GHOST LIGHT presents a dark, twisted version of Victoriana that - when scratched - reveals something nasty (and supremely intelligent) beneath.Sylvester McCoy's performance as the Seventh Doctor matures into a more Machiavellian figure, seemingly manipulating not just events but also his companion, Ace, played by the wonderful Sophie Aldred.Again drawing on a number of literary and cultural influences, lifelong fan Marc Platt turns in a stupendously funny, macabre, and smart script that the production team then realised into perhaps the greatest 'oddball' story of the entire era.The cover of the original imprint of the 1990 Target novelisation for GHOST LIGHT is used with the kind permission of Alister Pearson. The novelisation is written by Marc Platt, based on his original 1989 script. The audiobook is read by Ian Hogg, who played the sinister Josiah Smith in the televised serial.Intro theme by Our Colin (2017). Much love and thanks, Col ❤︎Special thanks to Sarah Tout at Voice Box Media Training.NEXT MONTH: GENESIS OF THE DALEKS

1hr 38mins

26 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 11 - Inferno

NEW TO WHO - INFERNOInferno is the name of a top-secret podcast to penetrate this story's crust and release a major new guest, Erik Stadnik from the Doctor Who: The Writers' Room.A crisis develops when a noxious Dan and Steven leak out as drilling progresses - the green poison has a grotesquely debilitating effect on human beings.As the Earth's plight worsens, Erik is trapped in a parallel world, unable to rescue the planet and its inhabitants from the destructive force of INFERNO...The cover of the original imprint of the 1984 Target novelisation for INFERNO is by Nick Spender.  It is written by Terrance Dicks and is based on a 1970 original script by Don Houghton. The audiobook available from Audible is read by Caroline John.Intro and outro theme by Our Colin (2017) - much love and thanks, Col! ❤︎Special thanks to Sarah Tout at Voice Box Media Training.

1hr 40mins

29 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 3 - Earthshock

"She's like a dinner lady in space"The Beryl Reid Appreciation Society (i.e., Colin, Daniel, and Steven) return for EARTHSHOCK, in which the new and young Fifth Doctor faces one of his deadliest and long-lost enemies. Who survives? Who doesn't? And what terrifying direction does the show's new Script Editor have in store for our favourite celery-and-cricket-uniform-wearing hero? Written by ERIC SAWARD, this story is a highlight of Season 19, and is the first of its kind of grittier and grimmer narratives more in tune with the troubled and troubling 1980s. The cover painting for the 1992 reprint of the Doctor Who Target novelisation, EARTHSHOCK by Ian Marter, is by Alister Pearson.© all original music copyright New To Who 2016 and 2017

52mins

18 Jun 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 5 - City of Death

"Who ordered the soup?"Bridget joins Daniel, Colin, and Steven as they run through the streets and galleries of Paris in 1979, actually (more of a table wine, shall we say?) for CITY OF DEATH! Doctor Who's largest ever watching audience of 16 million people tuned in to watch this at the time, and none of them were wrong to do so. Written by DOUGLAS ADAMS, at a time just before he became famous for his HITCHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY series, this story is widely seen as one the greatest Classic Who stories of all time, consistently rating in the Top 10.  Filled with moments of comedic genius, a frisson of fun, and a lot of love in a blend of crime caper and sci-fi genres, this is also the story that saw TOM BAKER and LALLA WARD fall in love and eventually get married (but, sadly, not for long). Cité de l'amour/la mort, indeed!Special thanks to ANDY WALKER for his kind permission for the use of his painting for CITY OF DEATH, the Doctor Who Target novelisation that never was, and that was eventually novelised by JEREMY GOSS.© all original music copyright New To Who 2016 and 2017

1hr 3mins

20 Aug 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 2 - The Terror of the Autons

"Who de 'eck arr you?"New-to-Who Ed joins Colin, Daniel, and Steven for THE TERROR OF THE AUTONS, where the Third Doctor meets his companion, Jo Grant, for the first time while we are introduced to the Master, who plans to take over the world with the aid of an army of plastic men!This is the story where the formula for what Doctor Who is today can be traced back to, and is written by Robert Holmes for the Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks production team. The cover painting for the original imprint of the Doctor Who Target novelisation, THE TERROR OF THE AUTONS by Terrance Dicks, is by Peter Brookes.© all original music copyright New To Who 2016

1hr 16mins

21 May 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 13 - The Robots of Death

NEW TO WHO AND THE ROBOTS OF DEATHOn a desert planet the giant sandminer crawls through the howling sandstorms, harvesting the valuable minerals in the sand.Inside it, Dan and Steven relax in luxury, while most of the work is done by the robots who serve them.Then JR Southall arrives - and the mysterious deaths begin. First a suspect, then a hunted victim, JR must find the hidden killer - or join the other victims of The Robots of Death.The penultimate story of the acclaimed Season 14, this is perhaps the strongest four-parter of the entire Hinchcliffe and Holmes era having placed at number 11 in the DWM 2014 readers' poll. It's a fast-paced story with an overriding Art Decor aesthetic, and an incredible array of classic series imagery including the eponymous Robots of Death in red-eyed killer mode (doing it thirty years before the Ood!).Join Dan and Steven and special guest JR Southall for a story that showcases an imperious Tom Baker as the Doctor, and the wonderful Louise Jameson in only her second story as Leela of the Sevateem. You can hear more of JR on the Blue Box Podcast, which you can find on Facebook here, while JR is also on Twitter here.The cover of the original imprint of the 1979 Target novelisation for THE ROBOTS OF DEATH is by John Geary. It is written by Terrance Dicks and is based on Chris Boucher's 1977 original script.Intro theme by Our Colin (2017). Much love and thanks, Col ❤︎Special thanks to Sarah Tout at Voice Box Media Training.NEXT MONTH: VENGEANCE ON VAROS

1hr 45mins

1 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 21 - The Ark In Space

NEW TO WHO and THE ARK IN SPACEAt a time in the far-off future, Earth has become uninhabitable. A selection of Humanity is placed, deep-frozen, in a fully-automated space station, to await the day of their return to Earth…Thousands of years later, New To Who return. Col, Dan, and Steven find things going suspiciously wrong, and the station under attack from the giant WIRRN, deadly creatures who, in their lust for power, now threaten the future of the whole Human Race…New To Who are back with a look at THE ARK IN SPACE, the first story proper of the vaunted Hinchcliffe and Holmes era of Classic Who (Seasons 12 to 14).The story is written by Robert Holmes, rewriting John Lucarotti’s original script, while Philip Hinchcliffe takes the reins from Barry Letts as producer for the first time – at the ripe old age of 29! It boasts some beautiful set designs by Roger Murray-Leach complemented by gorgeous direction by Rodney Bennett and a haunting score from Australia’s own Dudley Simpson, while Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, and Ian Marter are wonderful as one of the all-time very best TARDIS teams.With echoes of 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick from 1968 and foreshadowing Ridley Scott’s Alien of 1979, THE ARK IN SPACE combines existential and body horror genres to tell the story of cryogenically frozen human colony that revives only to find themselves in the midst of an insectoid alien horror that feeds on their bodies and souls!The cover of the original imprint of the 1976 Target novelisation for THE ARK IN SPACE is used with the kind permission of Chris Achilleos. The novelisation is written by Ian Marter himself, and the audiobook is ready by none other than Tom Baker.Theme by Our Colin (2019). Much love and thanks, Col! ❤︎Special thanks to Sarah Tout at Voice Box Media Training.You can now find New To Who on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and PlayerFM.NEW TO WHO WILL RETURN

1hr 38mins

28 Apr 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 4 - Remembrance of the Daleks

"Time will tell - it always does."If you have never seen REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS before, we envy you! Doctor Who's silver jubilee season kicked off in incredible style with a return to its very beginnings set in 1963, and a London already infiltrated by Daleks. Written by BEN AARONOVITCH, this story established what Doctor Who could and would be in the 1990s - and beyond. The story also introduces many of the more domestic and character-driven elements we would later see when the series returned in 2005, most notably in its foregrounding of a sparky London teenage girl as the show's co-protagonist.Special thanks to Alister Pearson for his kind permission for the use of his cover painting for the original 1990 Doctor Who Target novelisation of REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS by Ben Aaronovitch.© all original music copyright New To Who 2016 and 2017

1hr 9mins

23 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 8 - The Curse of Fenric

"It's a bit Michael Jackson 'Thriller'"After seventeen centuries trapped in the shadow dimensions, Steven and Daniel are reunited with Bridget, only to discover that they are all themselves descendants of the original Vikings who carry THE CURSE OF FENRIC!The last story of the original series of Doctor Who save one, this post-modern masterpiece is written by the creator of Ace, Ian Briggs, and showcases the best qualities of the show under the script editorship of Andrew Cartmel.Displaying an at-times dizzying bricolage of influences, references, and philosophies, this is where Doctor Who can be seen to graduate with first-class honours in every relevant field.  It's such a shame that Season 26 was the last regular series of the programme until 2005, as it hints at a more mature direction very much in tune with the televisual landscape of the coming decade and beyond.Our thanks again go to Alister Pearson for his kind permission for the use of his revised cover for the 2015 audiobook of the original 1990 Target novelisation of THE CURSE OF FENRIC, written by Ian Briggs (and highly recommended by Our Steven).Intro theme by Our Colin (2017), and outro music "Wolves of Fenric" by Bridget, as Pizza Pocket (2017). If you enjoyed Bridget's music and would like to hear more, please check out her band Simone & Girlfunkle.Special thanks again to Sarah Tout at Voice Box Media Training.

1hr 32mins

4 Dec 2017

Rank #12

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Episode 19 - A New To Who Surprise Christmas Special For Our Sweet Dorks

A NEW TO WHO SURPRISE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FOR OUR SWEET DORKSNew to Who looks back at our 2018, asking our guests for their personal all-time favourite Classic Doctor Who story EVER!Join Dan and Steven under the Christmas tree in a West Australian summer as they unwrap their gifts to Our Sweet Dorks.(Re)introducing: The WatcherSpecial thanks to Sarah Tout at Voice Box Media Training.NEXT MONTH: LOGOPOLIS

1hr 24mins

25 Dec 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 10 - The Invasion

NEW TO WHO AND THE INVASIONMaterialising in Sydney, Dan and Steven meet the newly-formed United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, led by Brigadier Nathan Bottomley and Sergeant Brendan Jones from Flight Through Entirety.Together, they team up to infiltrate and investigate the nefarious Tobias Vaughn and his bumbling henchman, Packer!, at the headquarters of International Electromatix; the largest computer and electronics firm in the world. But in reality, it's just an excuse to talk about one of the most epically fun Doctor Who stories of the 1960s!The cover of the original imprint of the 1985 Target novelisation for THE INVASION is by Andrew Skilleter and is written by Ian Marter. Intro and outro theme by Our Colin (2017) - much love and thanks, Col ❤︎Special thanks to Sarah Tout at Voice Box Media Training.

1hr 23mins

25 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 7 - Day of the Daleks

"Two words, gentlemen: Hubba hubba"Col, Daniel, and Steven are joined by Pete, a mysterious human from the 21st-century, to 'time-jump' back into the 20th century so as to discuss a high-ranking Classic Doctor Who episode; DAY OF THE DALEKS!Another instance of Doctor Who being ahead of its time, this time-y wime-y plot by Louis Marks has since been cribbed by the likes of The Terminator and is inspired itself by the work of no less a sci-fi great than Ray Bradbury. Featuring the return of the Daleks for the first time in five years and the first time in colour, sweet dorks are encouraged to seek out the 2011 special edition of DAY OF THE DALEKS to appreciate the intent if not the budget of the original production (though the original remains a great deal of fun!).Our thanks again go to Chris Achilleos for his kind permission for the use of his cover for the Target novelisation of DAY OF THE DALEKS, written by Terrance Dicks.© all original music copyright New To Who 2016 and 2017Special thanks to Sarah Tout at Voice Box Media Training for her patience and expertise.

1hr 21mins

22 Oct 2017

Rank #15