Doctor Who: The Krynoid PodCast (general)

Many of you may still be locked up with your family but, with any luck, your house-mates don’t include a glowing alien skull, a gun-toting Teuton and a creepy occultist.

Even Benylin Bandersnatch’s mum would be of little comfort, haunted as she is by a noisy, slimy creature (named Adam Colby).

The TARDIS team come to the rescue but K9’s lost his voice, Leela’s lost some of her hair and the Doctor’s lost his ability to distinguish Jelly Babies from Liquorice Allsorts.

Luckily, the Tylers (not those Tylers!) are on hand to dispense cake, rock salt and Mummerset premonitions.

But did Image of the Fendahl give Jim and Martin a burst of primal power or suck out their collective life-force?

Listen to find out!

We also review the audiobooks of The Five Doctors and The Daemons.

Also available on Spotify.

Direct download: KP130_Image_of_the_Fendahl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15pm UTC
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Feeling trapped in your home with limited entertainment and an uncertain world outside?

Well maybe you can sympathise with the residents of Paradise Towers – a horrible high-rise housing low-rent war machines, an apparently tin Hitler, omnivorous OAPs and TV’s most amateur and least dramatic junior AmDram group.

The Doctor wants answers, Mel wants a dip and Kroagnon wants a mass eviction order. Familiarly, it’s reds versus blues with the yellows invisible (robot crabs included).

So did Paradise Towers build Jim and Martin’s happiness high or did they feel unalive by the end of it all?

Listen to find out!

Also available on Spotify

Direct download: KP129_Paradise_Towers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14am UTC
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As our next episode (Paradise Towers) will be later than usual and as many of you will have more time than usual to kill, we’ve dredged up something from our past as a piece of additional Lockdown content.

Back in March 2017, the Blue Box Podcast kindly invited us and others to contribute to their 250th episode. We weighed in with a 20 minute review of the 1993 Children in Need charity special, Dimensions in Time.

You can watch Dimensions in Time here.

If you didn’t catch our review first time around, or would like to here it again, here it is. Also available on Spotify.

All the Blue Box Podcasts can be found on iTunes, etc. but, as you may know, the team have since regenerated into the Strangers in Space podcast – well worth subscribing to and also available on iTunes.

Stay safe.

Direct download: KP_Extra_-_Dimensions_in_Time.mp3
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With all of us seeing rather too much of our immediate locales at the moment, what better time to come with us on a voyage through old Cathay?

That said, our TARDIS team may have preferred to self-isolate from their travelling companions – a thieving Venetian and a Machiavellian Mongol.

On this trip of a lifetime, our magic caravanners must face frostbite, poisoning, thirst, a surfeit of sand and some interpretive dance.

The Doctor gets hysterical, Susan gets a friend, Ian gets a go at cherchez la femme and it all gets a bit dicey for Babs.

Will the Doctor ever get back the keys to his caravan?

Does the TARDIS carry a dehumidifier?

Will the great Kublai Khan resort to Cathayan viagra to escape his wife?

And did the trip broaden the minds of Jim and Martin or leave them saddle sore?

Listen to find out!

Direct download: KP128_Marco_Polo.mp3
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In need of a holiday in these trying times?

Where better than Space Fawlty Towers on the nuke-shagged planet of Argolis?

Answer: almost anywhere.

For The Leisure Hive is a place where reptiles skin up, guests are dismembered and squash players lose their balls.

Romana gets a new lab partner, the Doctor gets an old face and K9 regrets his attempt to become a salty sea dog.

The First Lady doesn’t bat a green eyelid when her husband spills his seed and dies. Instead she hooks up with her fancy (hu)man, spends a lot of time sprawled on a table and ends up with a baby.

Is Pangol Prentis’s apprentice?

What girdles do the Foamasi use and where can we get some?

And did The Leisure Hive give Jim and Martin a new lease of life or make them feel older than Santa Tom?

Listen to find out!

Also available on Spotify.

Direct download: KP12720Leisure20Hive.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm UTC
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So you want to continue your successful show but need to recast your leading man. What do you do?

Why you make it as difficult as possible for your bemused audience to accept him, of course!

The Power of the Daleks sees impish impostor Pat Troughton cackling evilly, talking about himself in the third person and doing his very best to disingratiate himself with the good cop / bad cop companions, Polly and Ben.

Luckily there are some seemingly servile Daleks to distract their attention, along with some crafty colonists, an increasingly mad professor and Vulcan’s worst ever spy.

Polly wears shorts, the Doctor wears a silly hat, and Ben wears down everyone’s nerves with his unmanaged anger.

Does Valmar desire dominatrices?

Who would win in a fight between Hartnell and Troughton?

Will the Doctor’s recorder soon be in need of a rinse?

And did Jim and Martin find the new bloke a refreshing change or more like a fart in the face from a mercury swamp?

Listen to find out!

Also available on Spotify.

Direct download: KP125_Power_of_the_Daleks.mp3
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We start 2020 with an ending.

Loathe him or hate him, Adric has been a big part (prat?) of 80s Who but all things must pass, however indigestible.

Yes, this is Earthshock, which packed a couple of major bombshells back in the day (not counting Beryl Reid). It’s a tale of pointless deaths, some equally pointless characters and gender fluid troopers (many of them genuinely fluid by the time the murderous mime act has finished with them).

The Doctor promotes fine dining, Tegan packs heat, Nyssa plays house and Adric ploughs into the Diplodocidae. Meanwhile, it’s all bonuses and bollockings from Beryl and her long-suffering lackey can’t even sell out his own planet properly. Luckily Scott musters more machismo in his moustache than in Ringway’s whole body but cringing Kyle goes from gung-ho to agoraphobic at the drop of a boiler suit.

So were Jim and Martin wildly cheering or weeping inconsolably by the end of it all?

Listen to find out.

Also available on Spotify.

Direct download: KP125_Earthshock.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:19pm UTC
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In our December episode, Jim and Martin ease themselves into Whuletide by settling down to watch The Black and White Guardian Show.

It’s something of a festive feast, featuring as it does Rudolph the Two-Nosed Shadow, a space Trotter on hols from ver Big Smoke and some props which look suspiciously like they’ve come out of a Christmas cracker (along with some of the jokes).

The wicked Marshal gets advice from his mirror while our fairy tale princess is prepared to be part of a crystal to get the part of Romana. She’s pursued by a man who’s wetter than a Sea Devil’s vest and he’s feebly assisted by another, whose life seems to be redirected halfway through by a visit from three ghosts – presumably Norman Wisdom, Mr Pastry and a Chuckle Brother.

Meanwhile, the Doctor rants, Romana vamps and K9 switches masters as rapidly as TV channels on a bloated Boxing Day.

But did the lads think The Armageddon Factor was a missing piece in their lives or was it the last orange cream in the Quality Street tin of Television?

Listen to find out!

Direct download: KP124_Armageddon_Factor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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“No, I shan’t… you shan’t take him!”

Jenny Laird crashes out of the running for her own award in the arachnophobe’s nightmare that is Planet of the Spiders.

It’s a tale of a tweedy traitor, yogic flying, mind-altering jewellery and more creepy crawlies than you can shake a rolled-up newspaper at.

The Brig blushes, Sarah rushes (between two stories) and Mike Yates saves face while the Doctor loses his.

Would you buy a used watch from the Brigadier?

Was Mike Yates already doing exotic dancer exercises?

Can anyone free Lupton’s mandala?

And do Jim and Martin think this story is a Great One or in need of regeneration?

Listen to find out!

Direct download: KP123_Planet_of_the_Spiders.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm UTC
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"Mightiest of warriors, greatest in battle, humblest of your servants."

Well they do say learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all, Achilles, but this is tendon towards arrogance.

Yes, this month it's the swords and sandals epic, The Myth Makers, in which Steven gets a new outfit, Vicki gets a new name and the Doctor gets out of a breezy solo flight into the big city.

They meet a jolly Jack Tar, a sotto voce soldier, a shrieking soothsayer and a king who chucks his Troys out of the Priam (yes, we know that doesn't make any sense but Donald Cotton's puns are getting to us).

So is there really a Doctor in the horse?

Will Vicki find true love with the time-weathered teen, Troilus?

And will Jim and Martin award The Myth Makers legendary status or did it ring as hollow as a Trojan Horse?

Listen to find the answer to some of these questions and less.

Direct download: KP122_The_Myth_Makers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57pm UTC
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