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  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 115

    Geek Syndicate

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    05:25 (GMT) - 16 Apr 2009

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    Welcome Geek friends to another rousing (If slightly shorter) adventure with the Geek Syndicate lads!

     

    News: Blood Sport or reality show? Bristol Comic Expo ticket woes, Indiana Jones returns to comics this September.

     

    Week That Was: Doctor Who and the Planet of the Dead, Thor 600 and, The guild Web Series

     

    Main: In the first of a two part discussion we tackle a listener email and her claims that we are too harsh on Heroes and Smallville (it had to happen eventually). We talk through her points on Heroes in this episode. Look out for our Smallville talkback next week.

     

    Competition: Primeval winners announced and a reminder for our new competition Atomic Robo and the Crazy Ass Titles.


    Enjoy!



  • Podshock

    Doctor Who: Podshock - 145

    Podshock

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    02:30 (GMT) - 16 Apr 2009

    Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 145
    Running Time: 1:40:46

    Joining us in this episode is Tara Wheeler and Amy Krell. Non-spoiler preview of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, discussions include Tom Baker's first US convention and building a full scale TARDIS and more, plus feedback. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Ken Deep, and James Naughton.

    Photographs by Billy Davis, Louis Trapani, and Tara Wheeler

    Brought to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and presented by Outpost Gallifrey.

    Do you want the Enhanced Podcast AAC file format? Get our Enhanced Podcast version of this episode using our feed at http://www.gallifreyanembassy.org/podshock/podshock.xml.



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #135 - Mission to the Unknown

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    18:42 (GMT) - 14 Apr 2009

    This week's Radio Free Skaro Wednesday Cutaway special is so special that it's been elevated to a new category altogether - a Wednesday Episode! With an official number and everything! It's elevated status is on account of the return of Neil Perryman, of the TachyonTV Perrymans, as an extra special guest. We speak with him about his impending climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro, as well as the recent returns of Doctor Who and Red Dwarf. And if you listen really carefully you might even hear when the next TachyonTV podcast is due...


  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #135 - Mission to the Unknown

    Radio Free Skaro

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    17:42 (GMT) - 14 Apr 2009

    This week's Radio Free Skaro Wednesday Cutaway special is so special that it's been elevated to a new category altogether - a Wednesday Episode! With an official number and everything! It's elevated status is on account of the return of Neil Perryman, of the TachyonTV Perrymans, as an extra special guest. We speak with him about his impending climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro, as well as the recent returns of Doctor Who and Red Dwarf. And if you listen really carefully you might even hear when the next TachyonTV podcast is due...


  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #134 - The Planet of Michelle Ryan

    Radio Free Skaro

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    04:26 (GMT) - 14 Apr 2009

    The Three Who Rule were in fine fettle this week, covering a wide swath of news involving all the exciting goings-on on Torchwood, the Sarah Jane Adventures and even Red Dwarf. Truly, this was a momentous week for fans of British sci-fi adventuring. Truly. No, really.




  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #134 - The Planet of Michelle Ryan

    Radio Free Skaro

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    03:26 (GMT) - 14 Apr 2009

    The Three Who Rule were in fine fettle this week, covering a wide swath of news involving all the exciting goings-on on Torchwood, the Sarah Jane Adventures and even Red Dwarf. Truly, this was a momentous week for fans of British sci-fi adventuring. Truly. No, really.

     


  • Staggering Stories Podcast

    Staggering Stories Podcast #43: Into the Wild Written Primeval

    Staggering Stories Podcast

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    08:05 (GMT) - 10 Apr 2009

    Show summary: Andy Simpkins, Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith and the ‘Real’ Keith Dunn talk about Doctor Who: Best and Worst Writers, Primeval, Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder, dig up some Escape Pod Discs, find lots of general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically:

    • 00:00 – Intro and theme tune.
    • 00:40 — Welcome!
    • 01:42 – News:
    • 02:35 — Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead air dates and times.
    • 03:50 — Catherine Tate queens it up in Lilliput.
    • 04:21 — K-9 early trailer leaked onto YouTube!
    • 07:12 — 2011: Year of the Sequels – Men in Black 3, Ghostbuster 3, Spider-man 4 & Star Trek 2.
    • 08:27 — Ridley Scott takes Forever War into the third dimension.
    • 09:03 — Nightmare on Elm Street remake casts Rorschach as Freddie.
    • 09:56 — Andy Hallett, Lorne from Angel, dies aged 33.
    • 11:02 — Streamy Awards: Dr Horrible, Battlestar Galactica, The Guild & The Shatner Project among winners.
    • 11:47 — Crumbly bathes with Star Trek captain!
    • 14:20 — Wincanton takes evil twin, Ankh-Morpork, road names.
    • 15:35 — Torchwood: rumours of two new Radio 4 plays.
    • 16:25 – Primeval.
    • 24:42 – Doctor Who: Best and Worst Writers!
    • 42:41 – Escape Pod Discs: Fake Keith.
    • 47:10 – Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder.
    • 53:05 – Emails and listener feedback.* Hit us yourself at show@StaggeringStories.net
    • 75:52 – Farewell for this podcast!
    • 76:13 — End theme, disclaimer, copyright, etc.

    Vital Links:

    • Staggering Stories.
    • BBC: Doctor Who.
    • Wikipedia: Catherine Tate.
    • Wikipedia: K-9 (TV Series).
    • YouTube: K9 MIPTeaser.
    • Wikipedia: Men in Black (film).
    • Wikipedia: Men in Black (film).
    • Wikipedia: Spider-man (film series).
    • Wikipedia: Star Trek.
    • Wikipedia: The Forver War.
    • Wikipedia: Nightmare on Elm Street.
    • Wikipedia: Andy Hallett.
    • The Streamy Awards.
    • Bath’s Roman Baths.
    • Wikipedia: Wincanton.
    • BBC: Torchwood.
    • ITV: Primeval.
    • Wikipedia: Futurama – Into the Wild Green Yonder.
    • Nea’s Blog.
    • Tim Anderson’s Lion’s Share Podcast interview with DK on his CSI book.
    • Doctor Who: Tin Dog Podcast.


  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #111 - Ohrgasmus, anyone?

    Whocast.de (Deutsche)

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    02:03 (GMT) - 10 Apr 2009

    Ihr habt es so gewollt! Harald ist wieder da. Und zusammen mit der vermutlich "erotischsten Stimme des deutschen Doctor Who Fandoms" bespricht Raphael einen kleinen Packen News und die beiden aktuellen Trailer zur australischen Serie "K9" und dem nachsten Special "Planet of the Dead". Ausserdem werfen die beiden einen kurzen Blick auf die Interview CD "Cult Conversations - Vol. 1" mit Gareth David-Lloyd und Deborah Watling. Und - es ist ja Ostern - es gibt etwas zu gewinnen.


  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 114

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    14:41 (GMT) - 9 Apr 2009

    Join the GS boys on another trip through Geekdom!

    News: Wolverine leaks and idiot reporters, Rorschach joins Friday 13th
    Clash of the Titans reboot castings,The world's first automated scientist and a serious chat over Barry's confusion with Star Trek

    Week that Was: Stargate Universe trailer, K9 goodness with the K9 trailer
    Sumner Knight: Book 4 of the Dresden Files and Monkey Magic

    Main: Competition results for The Lost Watchmen and a new competition is launched.

    Enjoy!


  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 114

    Geek Syndicate

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    13:41 (GMT) - 9 Apr 2009

    Join the GS boys on another trip through Geekdom!

    News: Wolverine leaks and idiot reporters, Rorschach joins Friday 13th
    Clash of the Titans reboot castings,The world's first automated scientist and a serious chat over Barry's confusion with Star Trek

    Week that Was: Stargate Universe trailer, K9 goodness with the K9 trailer
    Sumner Knight: Book 4 of the Dresden Files and Monkey Magic

    Main: Competition results for The Lost Watchmen and a new competition is launched.

    Enjoy!


  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro - Promo

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    15:34 (GMT) - 8 Apr 2009

    The next Radio Free Skaro Wednesday cutaway is our laziest effort yet, a promo for our irreverent podcast for you to share with your friends or include in your own podcast to promote your favourite Canadians. Collect the whole set! Of 1!




  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro - Promo

    Radio Free Skaro

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    14:34 (GMT) - 8 Apr 2009

    The next Radio Free Skaro Wednesday cutaway is our laziest effort yet, a promo for our irreverent podcast for you to share with your friends or include in your own podcast to promote your favourite Canadians. Collect the whole set! Of 1!

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  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #110 - 2,77

    Whocast.de (Deutsche)

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    21:36 (GMT) - 7 Apr 2009

    Heute gibt es etwas aus der Konserve. Raphael und Fabian besprechen das Horspiel "45" von Big Finish. Welches zum 45 jahrigem Jubilaum der Serie veroffentlicht wurde. Ob es diesem Anspruch gerecht wird erfahrt ihr in dieser Episode des Whocasts.


  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #133 - The Anticipointment of Entercation

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    22:49 (GMT) - 5 Apr 2009

    Radio Free Skaro welcomes back Katrina again as guest host, this time filling in for Warren, whose predilection for earning money to cover the cost of living prevented him from taking part this week. And, with the world of Doctor Who ramping up in advance of an actual new episode airing on April 11, there was plenty to talk about. But no spoilers! Spoilor has now been vanquished, so you may now listen to the show without fear of having future Who episodes ruined for you. As for the rest of the internet, you're on your own.


  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #133 - The Anticipointment of Entercation

    Radio Free Skaro

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    21:49 (GMT) - 5 Apr 2009

    Radio Free Skaro welcomes back Katrina again as guest host, this time filling in for Warren, whose predilection for earning money to cover the cost of living prevented him from taking part this week. And, with the world of Doctor Who ramping up in advance of an actual new episode airing on April 11, there was plenty to talk about. But no spoilers! Spoilor has now been vanquished, so you may now listen to the show without fear of having future Who episodes ruined for you. As for the rest of the internet, you're on your own.


  • Doctor Who Review Today

    EPISODE 30- Review of The Three Doctors and The Shakespeare Code

    Doctor Who Review Today

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    20:04 (GMT) - 3 Apr 2009



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate Episode 113 with Ben Miller

    Geek Syndicate

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    19:15 (GMT) - 3 Apr 2009

    Join Dave and Barry on another blood soaked rampage through the world of Geekdom.

    News: A spanking new K9 returning to our screens, More Star Trek movies on the way,Twitter the comic and The Streamies

    Week That Was: Smallville, Dollhouse,Supernatural, Highwaymen, Robin Hood and Primeval.

    Main Feature: Dave chats with Ben Miller star of Primeval, Armstrong and Miller, The Worst Week of My Life and Moving Wallpaper.

    Competitions: Winners of Journey to the centre of the Earth DVD announced. Brand new competition launched to win copies of the novel Primeval: Extinction Event from Titan Books. Last but not least POD IDOL!

    Enjoy!



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate Episode 113 with Ben Miller

    Geek Syndicate

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    18:15 (GMT) - 3 Apr 2009

    Join Dave and Barry on another blood soaked rampage through the world of Geekdom.

    News: A spanking new K9 returning to our screens, More Star Trek movies on the way,Twitter the comic and The Streamies

    Week That Was: Smallville, Dollhouse,Supernatural, Highwaymen, Robin Hood and Primeval.

    Main Feature: Dave chats with Ben Miller star of Primeval, Armstrong and Miller, The Worst Week of My Life and Moving Wallpaper.

    Competitions: Winners of Journey to the centre of the Earth DVD announced. Brand new competition launched to win copies of the novel Primeval: Extinction Event from Titan Books. Last but not least POD IDOL!

    Enjoy!



  • The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

    Trailer - Alive

    The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

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    19:00 (GMT) - 2 Apr 2009



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #132 - The Bigger They Are

    Radio Free Skaro

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    04:10 (GMT) - 1 Apr 2009

    In the next of the RFS Wednesday Cutaway episodes, with no interviews in the pipeline, the Three Who Rule decided to actually put together a special episode themselves where the topic of discussion is if or when they think their favourite show might have possibly ever so slightly jumped the shark, with the discussion also turning toward the social commentary and forward-thinking it exhibited over its lifespan. Join in and see if you agree with the conclusions.

    Oh, and April Fools.


  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #132 - The Bigger They Are

    Radio Free Skaro

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    03:10 (GMT) - 1 Apr 2009

    In the next of the RFS Wednesday Cutaway episodes, with no interviews in the pipeline, the Three Who Rule decided to actually put together a special episode themselves where the topic of discussion is if or when they think their favourite show might have possibly ever so slightly jumped the shark, with the discussion also turning toward the social commentary and forward-thinking it exhibited over its lifespan. Join in and see if you agree with the conclusions.

    Oh, and April Fools.


  • Podshock

    Doctor Who: Podshock - 144

    Podshock

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    23:14 (GMT) - 31 Mar 2009

    Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 144
    Running Time: 1:37:47

    Author of Time's Champion Chris McKeon interviewed, GE News report from the Doctor Who convention in Sydney, Australia Doctor Downunder, news, rumours, feedback (Rem, ?, Colin in KY, and others), free audiobook download offer and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Ken Deep, and James Naughton.

    Photographs by Billy Davis, Joshua Lou Friedman, Romana II, and Louis Trapani

    Brought to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and presented by Outpost Gallifrey.

    Do you want the Enhanced Podcast AAC file format? Get our Enhanced Podcast version of this episode using our feed at http://www.gallifreyanembassy.org/podshock/podshock.xml.



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #131 - The Sweet Serenade of Sarcastor

    Radio Free Skaro

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    02:04 (GMT) - 31 Mar 2009

    With all three of the Three Who Rule firmly back in their respective command chairs, it was back to good old fashioned sniping, infighting and jocularity as Pedantor made battle with both his old nemesis Rubbishor and a new, more deadly enemy named Sarcastor. Somehow in the midst of this pantheon of perfidious poltroonery some discussion of Doctor Who came into play, but not by any means on purpose.


  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #131 - The Sweet Serenade of Sarcastor

    Radio Free Skaro

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    01:04 (GMT) - 31 Mar 2009

    With all three of the Three Who Rule firmly back in their respective command chairs, it was back to good old fashioned sniping, infighting and jocularity as Pedantor made battle with both his old nemesis Rubbishor and a new, more deadly enemy named Sarcastor. Somehow in the midst of this pantheon of perfidious poltroonery some discussion of Doctor Who came into play, but not by any means on purpose. 


  • Waffle On Podcast

    Porridge

    Waffle On Podcast

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    21:52 (GMT) - 30 Mar 2009

    Porridge

    Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais Porridge notched up 18 episodes, two Christmas specials and a film and never have a bad patch. Starting with the pilot 'Prisoner and Escort' in April 1973 Porridge boosted character actor Ronnie Barker out of the role of sketch comedian and into the world as a serious comedy actor. Joined by the talents of Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay and Brian Wilde Porridge entertained the British public for four years.

    Set in the fictional Slade prison in Cumberland Norman Stanley Fletcher is sentenced to five years. He is joined by first time criminal Leonard Godber and the two are paired off together in a cell much to Fletchers annoyance. Slowly the two become good friends and Godber learns that little victories are what can keep a man sane in prison. Keeping an eye on the inmates is ex drill sergeant Mr Mackay who rules the block with a rod of iron. Second to Mackay is the ever pondering Mr Barrowclough who Fletcher easily wraps round his finger.

    Join Meds and Kell for an hour long chat all about this classic 70's comedy, and listen at the end of the podcast for some promos of other podcasts that you may find interesting.



  • Waffle On Podcast

    Waffle On about Porridge

    Waffle On Podcast

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    19:52 (GMT) - 30 Mar 2009

    Porridge

    Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais Porridge notched up 18 episodes, two Christmas specials and a film and never have a bad patch. Starting with the pilot ‘Prisoner and Escort’ in April 1973 Porridge boosted character actor Ronnie Barker out of the role of sketch comedian and into the world as a serious comedy actor. Joined by the talents of Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay and Brian Wilde Porridge entertained the British public for four years.

    Set in the fictional Slade prison in Cumberland Norman Stanley Fletcher is sentenced to five years. He is joined by first time criminal Leonard Godber and the two are paired off together in a cell much to Fletchers annoyance. Slowly the two become good friends and Godber learns that little victories are what can keep a man sane in prison. Keeping an eye on the inmates is ex drill sergeant Mr Mackay who rules the block with a rod of iron. Second to Mackay is the ever pondering Mr Barrowclough who Fletcher easily wraps round his finger.

    Join Meds and Kell for an hour long chat all about this classic 70’s comedy, and listen at the end of the podcast for some promos of other podcasts that you may find interesting.



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #109 - Besser vergessen

    Whocast.de (Deutsche)

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    23:24 (GMT) - 29 Mar 2009

    In der heutigen Folge des Whocast widmen sich die beiden Hosts dem Doctor Who Comic "The Forgotten". Aussrdem gibt es News zum nachsten Special und zum Finale des 10. Doctors. Das ganze rundet dann eine kleine Horerbriefecke mit Emails und MP3s ab.


  • Staggering Stories Podcast

    Staggering Stories Podcast #42: When Cybermen Attack

    Staggering Stories Podcast

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    18:13 (GMT) - 29 Mar 2009

    Show summary: Andy Simpkins, Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith and the ‘Real’ Keith Dunn talk about Doctor Who: Best and Worst Villains, Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen, Watchmen, recommend Babylon 5, find lots of general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically:

    • 00:00 – Intro and theme tune.
    • 00:58 — Welcome!
    • 01:17 – News:
    • 01:35 — Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: And Another Thing front cover released.
    • 03:13 — K-9: New look K-9 revealed for Australian live action series.
    • 05:12 — Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures on the PC!
    • 05:50 — The Sci-Fi Channel catches SyFy.
    • 07:24 — Star Wars live action TV series is casting.
    • 07:47 — MacGyver is being macgyvered for the big screen.
    • 09:35 — Terminator Salvation: Linda Hamilton lends her larynx.
    • 11:03 — Dollhouse and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles ratings are finally improving.
    • 11:57 — Dave Prowse has cancer.
    • 12:47 — Primeval series 3 has started.
    • 13:05 — Doctor Who: spoilers (mild!)
    • 15:15 – 30 Second Recommendation: Babylon 5.
    • 16:27 – Doctor Who: Bestest and Worstest Villains, ever!
    • 35:15 – Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen.
    • 48:40 – Watchmen (the film).
    • 54:23 – Emails and listener feedback.* Hit us yourself at show@StaggeringStories.net
    • 66:18 – Farewell for this podcast!
    • 66:36 — End theme, disclaimer, copyright, etc.

    Vital Links:

    • Staggering Stories.
    • Wikipedia: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
    • Wikipedia: K-9 (TV Series).
    • Outpost Gallifrey: K-9′s new look.
    • Teltale Games: Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Advenures.
    • Sci Fi Wire: Sci-Fi Channel to become Syfy.
    • Wikipedia: Star Wars Live Action TV Series.
    • Wikipedia: MacGyver.
    • Fox: Dollhouse.
    • Wikipedia: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
    • Wikipedia: Dave Prowse.
    • ITV: Primeval.
    • BBC: Doctor Who.
    • BBC: Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen.
    • Warner Brothers: Watchmen.
    • Tim Anderson’s Lion’s Share Podcast – interview with DK on his CSI book


  • Bigger on the Inside

    Bigger on the Inside - Episode 10

    Bigger on the Inside

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    16:00 (GMT) - 29 Mar 2009

    Between insulting teenagers and uttering a phrase unheard before on any Earth-2.net podcast, Dan and Mike discuss "The Crusade" and "The Space Museum."


  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate Episode 112 - BSG Special

    Geek Syndicate

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    05:51 (GMT) - 28 Mar 2009

    Welcome to a slighty late and slighlty longer action packed episode of Geek Syndicate!

    News: Meet Anna Mercury, BBC and ITV need to sort out their Advertising on genre shows and the charity premier of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation.

    Week that was: Dollhouse, Class War, Heroes, Doctor Who: The Whispering Gallery.

    Main Feature: We take and look back at all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica and give our thoughts on the series finale. MAJOR SPOILERS ALL FOUR SEASONS!!!!

     



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate Episode 112 - BSG Special

    Geek Syndicate

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    05:51 (GMT) - 28 Mar 2009

    Welcome to a slighty late and slighlty longer action packed episode of Geek Syndicate!

    News: Meet Anna Mercury, BBC and ITV need to sort out their Advertising on genre shows and the charity premier of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation.

    Week that was: Dollhouse, Class War, Heroes, Doctor Who: The Whispering Gallery.

    Main Feature: We take and look back at all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica and give our thoughts on the series finale. MAJOR SPOILERS ALL FOUR SEASONS!!!!



  • Tin Dog Podcast

    TDP 86: Cyberman Histroy 101

    Tin Dog Podcast

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    15:14 (GMT) - 27 Mar 2009

    P The Cybermen are a fictional race of cyborgs who are amongst the most persistent enemies of the Doctor in the British science fiction television series, Doctor Who. Cybermen were originally a wholly organic species of humanoids originating on Earth's twin planet Mondas that began to implant more and more artificial parts into their bodies as a means of self-preservation. This led to the race becoming coldly logical and calculating, with emotions usually only shown when naked aggression was called for. They were created by Dr. Kit Pedler (the unofficial scientific advisor to the programme) and Gerry Davis in 1966, first appearing in the serial, The Tenth Planet, the last to feature William Hartnell as the First Doctor. They have since been featured numerous times in their extreme attempts to survive through conquest. A parallel universe version of the Cybermen appeared in the 2006 series' two-part story, "Rise of the Cybermen" and "The Age of Steel". These Cybermen also appeared in the two-part 2006 season finale, "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday". This then carried through to the spin-off Torchwood in the episode "Cyberwoman". They would later return to the revived series in the 2008 Christmas Special "The Next Doctor", introducing two new variants of the race; the Cyber-Shades and the Cyber-King. Contents [hide] 1 Physical characteristics 1.1 Costume details1.2 Voice 2 Cybermen variants3 Technology4 Cybermats5 History 5.1 Conceptual history5.2 History within the show 5.2.1 Origins5.2.2 The Earth invasions5.2.3 The Cyber-Wars5.2.4 Parallel Earth and the Battle of Canary Wharf5.2.5 Torchwood Three Incident5.2.6 The CyberKing 6 Other appearances 6.1 Spin-offs 7 Major appearances 7.1 Television7.2 Stage plays7.3 Audio plays7.4 Novels7.5 Games 8 References9 Footnotes //&lt;![CDATA[ if (window.showTocToggle) { var tocShowText = &quot;show&quot;; var tocHideText = &quot;hide&quot;; showTocToggle(); } //]]&gt; [edit] Physical characteristics An original Cyberman from The Tenth Planet While the Doctor's other old enemies the Daleks were on the whole unchanged during the original series' twenty-six season run, the Cybermen were seen to change with almost every encounter. The Cybermen are humanoid, but have been cybernetically augmented to the point where they have few remaining organic parts. In their first appearance in the series, the only portions of their bodies that still seemed human were their hands, but by their next appearance in The Moonbase (1967), their bodies were entirely covered up in their metallic suits, with their hands replaced by two finger claws, but changed back to regular five-fingered hands in The Invasion (1968). As they are relatively few in number, the Cybermen tend towards covert activity, scheming from hiding and using human pawns or robots to act in their place until they need to appear. They also seek to increase their numbers by converting others into Cybermen (a process known as "cyber-conversion"). It is presumed (and often implied) that there are still organic components beneath their suits, meaning they are actually cyborgs, not robots: in The Tenth Planet, a Cyberman tells a group of humans that "our brains are just like yours", although by the time of Attack of the Cybermen, their brains seem to have been replaced with electronics. Also in this same story, two human slave-prisoners of the Cybermen on the planet Telos, named Bates and Stratton, reveal that their organic arms and legs have been removed by the Cybermen, and replaced by Cyber-substitutes. In Earthshock (1982), the actors' chins were vaguely visible through a clear perspex area on the helmet to suggest some kind of organic matter. In The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), veins and brains were visible through the domed head of the Cyberman Controller and similarly, in Attack of the Cybermen (1985) and "The Age of Steel" (2006), the Cyber-Controller's brain is visible through the dome. The first is a Mondas Cyber Controller, while the second involves alternative Earth's John Lumic. However, in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975), the Doctor says they are "total machine creatures". The audio play Real Time implies that the converted victim's face remains beneath the Cyberman faceplate, although the audio plays, like all non-televised spin-off media, are of uncertain canonicity with regards to the television series. The Virgin New Adventures novel Iceberg by David Banks states that some Cybermen experience rare flashes of emotional memory from the time before they were converted, which are then usually suppressed. The parallel Earth Cybermen in the 2006 series are usually constructed from human brains bonded to a Cyberman exoskeletal shell with an artificially grown nervous system threaded throughout ("The Age of Steel"), although direct grafting of cyber-components is another method of conversion ("Cyberwoman"). Although the Cybermen often claim that they have done away with human emotion, they have exhibited emotions ranging from anger to smug satisfaction in their confrontations with the Doctor (although this is only clearly present during their appearances in the 1980s). Some Cybermen in the early stories were even given individual names such as "Krang". Some parallel Earth Cybermen did retain some memories of their pre-conversion lives, although their emotional response varied. In "Cyberwoman", the partial conversion led to a degree of insanity in Lisa Hallett, which was retained even after she transferred her brain into a cyberman body. In "Doomsday", Yvonne Hartman is able to retain at least some elements of her personality in order to prevent the advance of a group of other Cybermen, and is last seen weeping what appears to be either an oil-like substance or blood. In the same episode, the Cyber-Leader expresses clear frustration at the humans' refusing to surrender, although in a later scene he criticizes the Doctor for showing emotion. In "The Age of Steel", the Doctor is able to defeat the Cybermen by shutting down their emotional inhibitors, enabling them to "see" what had become of them. Their realization of what they had become led them to either simply shut down out of sheer horror, or partially explode. Lastly, when the first Cyber Leader is killed, his head explodes with some white liquid leaking down his body; there are references in that episode to a patented Cybus Industries mixture of chemicals used to preserve the brain. The Virgin Missing Adventures novel Killing Ground by Steve Lyons suggests that some Cybermen imitate emotions to intimidate and unnerve their victims. The Big Finish Productions audio play Spare Parts (set on Mondas in the early days of cyber-conversion) suggests that the Cybermen deliberately remove their emotions as part of the conversion process to stifle the physical and emotional trauma of becoming a Cyberman. The conversion process in the parallel Earth is termed "upgrading". This motive behind the removal of emotions is made more explicit in "The Age of Steel" where it is done by means of an emotional inhibitor. In that episode, the deactivation of their emotional inhibitors drives the converted Cybermen insane when they realise what they have become, killing them. This motive may also be applicable to Mondas Cybermen, given their forcible conversion of other lifeforms to Cybermen to maintain their numbers, despite the fact the Mondasians appear to have originally willingly converted themselves as a survival mechanism.[citation needed] Cybermen have a number of weaknesses over the years. The most notable weakness is the element gold. Their aversion to gold was not mentioned until their attempt to destroy the planetoid Voga (the so-called "Planet of Gold") in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975). Initially, it was explained that, due to its non-corrodible nature, gold essentially chokes their respiratory systems. For example, the glittergun, a weapon used during the Cyber-Wars in the future, fired gold dust at its targets. However, in later serials, gold appeared to affect them rather like silver affects werewolves, with gold coins or gold-tipped bullets fired at them having the same effect. The revived series' Cybermen have no such weakness, though the tie-in website for the episode makes mention of it.[1] Cybermen are also rather efficiently killed when shot with their own guns. Other weaknesses from early stories include solvents, gravity based technology, and excessive levels of radiation. In "The Age of Steel" an EMP grenade is shown to disable a Cyberman and shut down its emotional inhibitor. Their armour is often depicted as flexible and resistant to bullets, but can be penetrated by gold arrows and projectiles made of gold. The Parallel Earth Cybermen are bullet-proof and are very resilient, but are not indestructible -- they are vulnerable to heavy explosives, electromagnetic pulses and specialised weaponry, as well as Dalek weapons. [edit] Costume details The design of the Cybermen acted almost as a guide to prevailing fashion at the time of transmission. Nearly all were silver in colour and included items and material such as cloth, rubber diving suits, PVC, chest units, tubing, practice golf balls, cricketers' gloves, and silver-painted Doc Martens boots.[2] A BBC Cyberman costume from the black & white era of TV has recently been discovered.[3] The 1980s design used converted flight suits painted silver. Unlike the Doctor's other foes, the Cybermen have changed substantially in appearance over the years, looking more and more modern, although retaining certain commonalities of design, the most iconic being the "handle bars" attached to Cybermen heads, that were supposed to aid with their hearing, their round eyeholes and their chest units. Completely black-coloured Cybermen were seen briefly in "Attack of the Cybermen". A Cyberman head from the 1975 serial Revenge of the Cybermen, seen here in a display case in "Dalek" (2005). Aside from these changes, variations in design between rank-and-file Cybermen and their leaders have been seen. In The Wheel in Space and The Invasion (both 1968), the Cyber Director was depicted as an immobile mechanism. In The Tomb of the Cybermen and Attack of the Cybermen, the Cyber Controller was a larger Cyberman with a high domed head instead of the "handle bar" helmet design. In Revenge of the Cybermen, the Cyber Leader had a completely black helmet except for his face. From Earthshock (1982) onwards he could be distinguished from his troops by the black handle bars on his helmet. The Cyber-Leader in "Army of Ghosts" also had black handles. Because the Doctor is a time traveller, he meets the Cybermen at various points in their history out of sequence from the order the serials were made. This can be confusing since Cybermen from serials set in "earlier" periods of history can sometimes look more sophisticated than those from "later" periods. Lawrence Miles suggests in his reference work About Time 5 that the anachronistically designed Cybermen of Earthshock and Silver Nemesis are time travellers, like those in Attack of the Cybermen. A Cyberman head was seen in the 2005 episode, "Dalek", kept in a display case. The text on the info card states that the head was found in a sewer, suggesting that the head was from The Invasion. However, the enlarged Cyber-Handles suggest that the head is from Revenge of the Cybermen. The info card states the head was found in 1975, the year in which The Invasion was set and the year in which Revenge of the Cybermen was broadcast. The Cybermen returned in episodes 5 and 6 of the 2006 season of the new series, in a two-part story set on an alternate Earth. The new Cybermen were designed by production designer Edward Thomas's team and Neill Gorton at Millennium FX. The new Cyberman design is physically imposing, being about 6 feet 7 inches (2.0 m) tall. The general design is made to resemble modern consumer electronics, such as the iPod. To this extent, they are made from burnished steel instead of silver, feature the Cybus Corporation symbol on its chest, and have a general art deco design. The other distinct Cyberman design is that of the Cyber-Controller, which had glowing eyes, a transparent forehead revealing the brain, and sockets on its chest-plate providing connectors to other systems. The Torchwood episode "Cyberwoman" features a partially cyber-converted woman who lacks the outer plating of a fully converted Cyberman. Her body is encased in metal structures but much of her flesh, including her face, is visible. She also has clearly visible metallic breasts, though it is not clear how much of her own flesh has been replaced and how much is merely covered. Another character speculates she could be 40-45% human, and 55-60% Cyberman. [edit] Voice Early Cybermen had an unsettling, sing-song voice, constructed by placing the inflections of words on the wrong syllables. In their first appearance, the effect of this was augmented by the special effect of having a Cyberman abruptly open his mouth wide and keep it open, without moving his tongue or lips, while the separately recorded voice would be playing, and then shut it quickly when the line was finished. Although the cloth-like masks of the first Cybermen were soon replaced by a full helmet, a similar physical effect involving the mouth "hatch" opening and then shutting when the line was finished was used until The Wheel in Space (1968). Later, the production team used special effects from its Radiophonic Workshop by adding first a mechanical larynx, then a vocoder, to modify speech to make it sound more alien and computer-like. In later stories of the original series and in the audio plays, two copies of the voice track were sampled and pitch-shifted downwards by differing amounts and layered to produce the effect, sometimes with the addition of a small amount of flanging. From Revenge of the Cybermen to Silver Nemesis (1988) the actors provided the voices themselves, using microphones and transmitters in the chest units. The voices for the 2006 return of the Cybermen are similar to the buzzing electronic monotone voices of the Cybermen used in The Invasion. They were provided by Nicholas Briggs (who performed the voices for the Cybermen in Big Finish audio stories as well as the Daleks in both the new series and the audio stories). As shown in the season 2 DVD special feature "Confidential Cut Downs," the timbre was created by processing Brigg's voice through a Moog moogerfooger ring modulator. Unusually, in "The Age of Steel", the Cyber-Controller (John Lumic, played by Roger Lloyd Pack) retains his voice after being upgraded, but it is still electronic. In "Doomsday", a Cyberman which contains the brain of Torchwood Institute director Yvonne Hartman retains a female-sounding though still electronic voice, as does the partially converted Lisa Hallett in "Cyberwoman" when her Cyberman personality is dominant. The reason for this is that their minds are taking control of the suit into which their brain has been placed, thus allowing the Cyber-suit's design to be exploited through sheer mental power. In an effect reminiscent of the earliest Cybermen's mouths snapping open while speaking, the new Cybermen have a blue light in their "mouths" which blinks in synchronisation with their speech. [edit] Cybermen variants Some Cybermen are given titles, being credited as "Cyber Leader" (or variants thereof), "Cyber Lieutenant", "Cyber Scout" or the "Cyber Controller". The Cyber Controller in particular has appeared in multiple forms, both humanoid and as an immobile computer, and has also been referred to as the "Cyber Planner" or "Cyber Director". The Controller seen (and destroyed) in various serials also may or may not be the same consciousness in different bodies; it appears to recognize and remember the Doctor from previous encounters. In Iceberg, the first Cyber Controller is created by implanting a Cyber Director into the skull of a recently converted Cyberman. The Cyber-Controller in "The Age of Steel" used the brain of John Lumic, the creator of the Cybermen in that parallel reality. In "Doomsday", a Cyber-Leader appears, and when he is destroyed, mention is made of downloading his data files into another Cyberman unit, which is then upgraded to Cyber-Leader. The 2008 Christmas special, "The Next Doctor", featured a new variant called a Cybershade.[4], The Doctor theorises that it is a more primitive version of a Cyberman, using the brain of a cat or a dog. In the same story a "Cyber-King" appears; according to the Doctor, it is a "Dreadnought-class" ship resembling a Cyberman hundreds of feet tall, and contains a Cyber-factory in its chest. It is controlled from within its mouth. Its right arm can be converted into a cannon, and its left into a laser. [edit] Technology Cybermen technology is almost completely oriented towards weaponry, apart from their own bodies. When originally seen in The Tenth Planet they had large energy weapons that attached to their chests. In The Moonbase, the Cybermen had two types of weaponry: an electrical discharge from their hands, which stunned the target, and a type of gun. They also made use of a large laser cannon with which they attempted to attack the base itself. The hand discharge was also present in The Tomb of the Cybermen, which featured a smaller, hand-held cyber-weapon shaped like a pistol that was described as an X-ray laser. In The Wheel in Space the Cybermen could use the discharge to also operate machinery, and had death rays built into their chest units. They displayed the same units in The Invasion as well as carrying large rifles for medium distance combat. In Revenge of the Cybermen and Real Time their weapons were built into their helmets. Killing Ground indicates that this type of Cybermen also have more powerful hand weapons. Subsequent appearances have shown them armed almost exclusively with hand-held cyberguns. The Cybermen have access to weapons of mass destruction known as cobalt bombs, which are also sometimes known as Cyber-bombs, which were banned by the galactic Armageddon Convention (Revenge of the Cybermen). A "Cyber-megatron bomb" was mentioned in The Invasion, supposedly powerful enough to destroy all life on Earth. In Earthshock, the Cybermen also used androids as part of their plans to invade Earth. The parallel Earth Cybermen electrocute their victims by touching them and at first carried no other weaponry. In "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday", the Cybermen are equipped with retractable energy weapons housed within their forearms (these were actually first shown in "The Age of Steel", but only very briefly and were not used during that episode), but also use modified human weapons to battle the Daleks. The arm mounted guns prove effective against humans but are unable to penetrate Dalek shields. Two Cybermen sent to parley with Dalek Thay at the Battle of Canary Wharf shot the Dalek but were promptly exterminated. In the Torchwood episode "Cyberwoman" the partially converted Lisa Hallett used her electrical touch against the Torchwood team, as well as an energy beam fired from her arm which could only stun the part of the body at which it was aimed. [edit] Cybermats The Cybermen also use smaller, cybernetic creatures called "cybermats" as weapons of attack. In their first appearance in The Tomb of the Cybermen, they resembled oversized metallic silverfish and had segmented bodies with hair-like tactile sensor probes along the base of their heads, which were topped with crystalline eyes. The Second Doctor described them as a "form of metallic life," implying that they may be semi-organic like the Cybermen, and that they attacked by feeding off brain waves. The second model of cybermat seen in The Wheel in Space was used for sabotage, able to tune in on human brainwaves. They were carried to the "Wheel" in small but high-density sacs that sank through the hull of the space station, causing drops in air pressure. These cybermats had solid photoreceptors for eyes instead of crystals. The Second Doctor used an audio frequency to jam them, causing them to spin, crash and disintegrate. The third model, seen in Revenge of the Cybermen, was a much larger, snake-like cybermat that could be remotely controlled and could inject poison into its victims. It had no visible eyes or other features, and was as vulnerable to gold dust as the Cybermen were. In Spare Parts, "mats" are cybernetically augmented creatures, sometimes kept as pets. Cybermats of a different design are used for surveillance by Mondas' Central Committee. The creatures occasionally go wild, chewing on power sources, and must be rounded up by a "mat-catcher." In the Past Doctor Adventures novel Illegal Alien by Mike Tucker and Robert Perry, set in the 1940s, the Cybermen create cybermats by cyber-converting local animals like cats or birds, possibly because of lack of technological resources. In the Bernice Summerfield audio adventure The Crystal of Cantus, a Cyberman reveals that the organs of children who are too small to be fully cyber-converted are used in the creation of cybermats. [edit] History [edit] Conceptual history The name "Cyberman" comes from cybernetics, a term coined in Norbert Wiener's book Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine (MIT Press, 1948). Wiener used the term in reference to the control of complex systems in the animal world and in mechanical networks, in particular self-regulating control systems. By 1960, doctors were performing research into surgically or mechanically augmenting humans or animals to operate machinery in space, leading to the coining of the term "cyborg", for "cybernetic organism". In the 1960s, "spare-part" surgery was starting out, with the first, gigantic heart-lung machines being developed. There were also serious suggestions of wiring the nerve endings of amputees directly into machines for quicker response.[5] In 1963, Kit Pedler had a conversation with his wife (who was also a doctor) about what would happen if a person had so many prostheses that they could no longer distinguish themselves between man and machine. He got the opportunity to develop this idea when, in 1966, after an appearance on the BBC science programmes Tomorrow's World and Horizon, the BBC hired him to help on the Doctor Who serial The War Machines. That eventually led to him writing, with Gerry Davis's help, The Tenth Planet for Doctor Who. Pedler, influenced by the logic-driven Treens from the Dan Dare comic strip, originally envisaged the Cybermen as "space monks", but was persuaded by Davis to concentrate on his fears about the direction of spare-part surgery. The original Cybermen were imagined as human, but with plastic and metal prostheses. The Cybermen of The Tenth Planet still have human hands, and their facial structures are visible beneath the masks they wear. However, over time, they evolved into metallic, more robot-like designs. The Cybermen attracted controversy when parents complained after a scene in The Tomb of the Cybermen in which a dying Cyberman spurted white foam from its innards. Another incident was initiated by Pedler himself, who took a man in a Cyberman costume into a busy shopping area of St. Pancras. The reaction of the public was predictable, and the crowd almost blocked the street and the police were called in. Pedler said that he "wanted to know how people would react to something quite unusual," but also admitted that he "wanted to be a nuisance."[6] Pedler wrote his last Cyberman story, The Invasion, in 1968, and left Doctor Who with Gerry Davis to develop the scientific thriller series Doomwatch. [edit] History within the show [edit] Origins Millennia ago, during prehistoric times, Mondas was knocked out of solar orbit and drifted into deep space. The Mondasians, already far in advance of Earth's technology and fearful for their race's survival, sent out spacecraft to colonise other worlds, including Telos, where they pushed the native Cryons aside and used the planet to house vast tombs where they could take refuge in suspended animation when necessary. On Mondas, the Mondasians were dying out, and therefore, in order to survive and continue the race, they replaced most of their bodies with Cybernetic parts. Having eventually removed all emotion from their brains, to maintain their sanity, the natives installed a drive propulsion system so they could pilot the planet itself through space. As the original race was limited in numbers and were continually being depleted, the Mondasians -- now Cybermen -- became a race of conquerors who reproduced by taking other organic beings and forcibly changing them into Cybermen. The origins of the Cybermen were further elaborated upon in Spare Parts. The move to "cybernise" Mondasians must have commenced on Mondas before they conquered Telos. Otherwise, there must have been some ongoing contact between Mondas and Telos after it was conquered, or the move to develop into Cybermen must have been paralleled after that point. [edit] The Earth invasions The Cybermen's first attempt at invading Earth, around 1970, was chronicled in The Invasion. A group of Cybermen from "Planet 14" had allied themselves with industrialist Tobias Vaughn, who installed mind control circuits in electrical appliances manufactured by his International Electromatics company, paving the way for a ground invasion. This was uncovered by the newly formed United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, led by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, who repelled the invasion with the help of the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe. In The Tenth Planet, the First Doctor and his companions Ben and Polly, met an advance force of Cybermen that landed near an Antarctic space tracking station in the year 1986. This advance force was to prepare for the return of Mondas to the solar system. As Mondas approached, it began to drain Earth's energy for the Cybermen's use, but in the process absorbed too much energy and disintegrated. The Cybermen on Earth also fell apart as their homeworld was destroyed. In 1988 a fleet of Cyber warships was assembled to convert Earth into a New Mondas. A scouting party was sent to Earth in search of the legendary Nemesis statue, a Time Lord artifact of immense power, made of the "living metal" validium. Due to the machinations of the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace, however, the Nemesis destroyed the entire Cyber-fleet instead. (Silver Nemesis). In 2012, the inert head of a Cyberman was part of the Vault, a collection of alien artefacts belonging to American billionaire Henry van Statten ("Dalek", 2005). According to its label, it was recovered from the London sewers in 1975[7] and presumably came from the 1970 invasion attempt, although it is of a design only seen in Revenge of the Cybermen, which took place in the late 29th century (in a metafictional sense, the label is accurate, as Revenge was broadcast in 1975). By the mid-21st century, mankind had reached beyond its planet and set up space stations in deep space. One of these, Space Station W3, known as "The Wheel," was the site of a takeover by Cybermen who wanted to use it as a staging point for yet another invasion of Earth. The Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe prevented this in The Wheel in Space. The Cybermen returned in The Moonbase. By the year 2070, Earth's weather was being controlled by the Gravitron installation on the Moon. The Cybermen planned to use the Gravitron to disrupt the planet's weather patterns and destroy all life on it, eliminating a threat to their survival. This attempt was also stopped by the Second Doctor, Ben, Polly, Jamie and the surviving crew of the moonbase. [edit] The Cyber-Wars Five centuries after the destruction of Mondas, the Cybermen had all but passed into legend when an archaeological expedition to the planet Telos uncovered their resting place in The Tomb of the Cybermen. However, those Cybermen were not dead but merely in hibernation, and were briefly revived before the Second Doctor returned them to their eternal sleep, with help from some of the archaeologists, Jamie and Victoria. This was short-lived, however. By the beginning of the 26th century, the Cybermen were back in force, and the galactic situation was grave enough that Earth hosted a conference in 2526 that would unite the forces of several planets in a war against the Cybermen. A force of Cybermen tried to disrupt this conference, first by trying to infiltrate Earth in a freighter and when that was discovered by the Fifth Doctor, to crash the freighter into Earth and cause an ecological disaster. Although the attempt failed, the freighter was catapulted back in time to become the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs (Earthshock). Unfortunately, the Doctor's Companion Adric was trapped aboard the freighter, and died in the crash; leaving the Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa to mourn him. The Cybermen faced complete defeat now that humanity was united against them in the Cyber-Wars. The glittergun had been developed as a weapon against them, with Voga, the legendary "Planet of Gold", being a major supplier of gold dust ammunition. Meanwhile, the native Cryons on the planet Telos rose up and sabotaged the Cybermens' hibernation tombs. Using a captured time travel machine, a group of Cybermen travelled back to Earth in 1985 to try to prevent the destruction of Mondas, but were stopped by the Sixth Doctor and his companion Peri (Attack of the Cybermen). The Cryons also finally succeeded in taking back Telos. The Cybermen did survive, but by the late 29th century they had been reduced to small remnant groups wandering throughout space. The Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan encountered one such group during this time; and the Doctor very sarcastically pointed out their diminished state, noting that they had "no home planet, no influence, nothing!", and were "just a bunch of pathetic tin soldiers, skulking about the galaxy in an ancient spaceship." These Cybermen had discovered that Voga had drifted through space and wandered into the solar system, being pulled into orbit around Jupiter as a new moon. They planned to restore their race's power with a plan of revenge against Voga by destroying it with Cyber-bombs. They hoped that this would disrupt their enemies' supply of gold, but their plot was stopped by the Doctor. This was their last chronological appearance to date, with the Cybermen seemingly vanishing from history after this point (Revenge of the Cybermen). A Cyberman (of the type seen in The Invasion) also appeared in the Miniscope exhibit in Carnival of Monsters (1973). Three squads of Cybermen of the Earthshock variety, each led by a Cyber-Leader, appeared in The Five Doctors (1983) in a slightly larger role. [edit] Parallel Earth and the Battle of Canary Wharf In the "Rise of the Cybermen"/"The Age of Steel" two-part story, the Tenth Doctor, Rose Tyler, and Mickey Smith crash down into a parallel London in a parallel universe, where the Cybermen are being created on modern-day Earth. These alternate Cybermen were created as an "upgrade" to humanity and the ultimate move into cyberspace, allowing the brain to survive in an ageless steel body. These Cybermen also referred to themselves as "Human Point 2 (Human.2)" and "deleted" all those deemed incompatible with the upgrade. They could electrocute humans with a touch. These Cybermen were created by John Lumic, a terminally ill and insane genius whose company, Cybus Industries, had advanced humanity considerably. To find a way to survive, he perfected a method to sustain the human brain indefinitely in a cradle of chemicals, bonding the synaptic impulses to a metal exoskeleton. The Cybermen "handle bars" were part of a high-tech communications device called an EarPod. Also created by Lumic, the EarPods were used extensively in the place of MP3 players and mobile phones, allowing information to be directly downloaded into people's heads. Lumic began to trick and abduct homeless people and convert them into Cybermen, and assassinated the President of Great Britain after the President rejected his plans. Using the EarPods, Lumic took mental control of London, marching thousands to be cyber-converted. He was betrayed by an old friend who damaged his wheelchair's life-support systems. He had told the Cybermen that he would upgrade 'only with my last breath' and since that moment was at hand he was involuntarily upgraded into the Cyber-Controller, a superior model of Cyberman. However, the Doctor and his companions, having accidentally landed on the parallel Earth, managed to foil his plans. They freed London from mental control and disabled the Cybermen's emotional inhibitors, causing them to go insane and in some cases explode. Lumic himself fell to his apparent death into the burning remains of his factory. A human resistance group, the Preachers, then set about to clean up the remainder of Lumic's factories around the world. These Cybermen reappeared in the 2006 season finale "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday". It is to be noted that these Cybermen also use energy weapons built into their right arms. However, in "The Age of Steel" after the conversion sequence, the newly created Cybermen can be seen to have the retractable weapons in place after exiting the conversion chambers. Having infiltrated that world's version of the Torchwood Institute and discovering a breach between universes caused by the passage of an interdimensional void ship, the Cybermen used it to invade the Doctor's universe. However, the void ship's users, the Daleks, also revealed themselves, leading to all-out war across London with mankind caught in the crossfire. Eventually, the Doctor re-opened the breach, causing the Cybermen and Daleks (who had been saturated with background radiation from the Void) to be sucked back into it. The breach then sealed itself, leaving the Cybermen and Daleks (except the Cult of Skaro, who used their emergency temporal shift function to escape) seemingly trapped in the Void forever. [edit] Torchwood Three Incident Lisa the "Cyberwoman" In "Cyberwoman" it was revealed that at the height of the "Battle of Canary Wharf" the Cybermen had begun to directly convert whole bodies using regular Earth technology, rather than transplant their brains into parallel earth Cyberman shells. One of their victims, a woman called Lisa Hallett, was only partially converted when the power was shut off and she was rescued by her boyfriend, Ianto Jones. Jones took her to Torchwood Three in Cardiff along with a cyber-conversion unit which he made into a life support system for her under her directions. He tried to find a cure for her condition, calling on cybernetics expert Dr Tanizaki. Unfortunately Hallett's Cyberman personality asserted itself, leading to her killing Tanizaki and trying to take over Torchwood Three as a staging area for a new Cyberman army. She eventually transplanted her own brain into the body of a pizza delivery girl whom she let into the base, and was shot to death by the other members of the Torchwood team. [edit] The CyberKing A small handful of the Cybermen t


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    Main Feature: Interview with Adrian Hodges, the co-creator of Primeval. We chat with Adrian about how Primeval came to be, how the cast came to together and a look forward at season 3. There's also talk about his work on the Survivors remake and the two Sally Lockhart stories he adapted for the BBC.

    We round off the interview with some words of wisdom from Adrian to any budding writers out there.



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 111

    Geek Syndicate

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    08:41 (GMT) - 20 Mar 2009

    In this feature length special as well as the usual Shoutouts, News, Week we have a special interview.

    News: The Flying car is here...sort of, To SyFy or not to SyFy, Cancertown gets one awesome foreword and DC Portfolio review at Bristol

    Week that was:50 Cent: Blood on the Sand Video game,Batman Cacophony,Batman: Battle for the Cowl, Gravel, Smallville, BSG (don't worry it's spoiler free) and a GS Official Retraction on Punisher War Zone

    Main Feature: Interview with Adrian Hodges, the co-creator of Primeval. We chat with Adrian about how Primeval came to be, how the cast came to together and a look forward at season 3. There's also talk about his work on the Survivors remake and the two Sally Lockhart stories he adapted for the BBC.

    We round off the interview with some words of wisdom from Adrian to any budding writers out there.



  • Podshock

    Doctor Who: Podshock - 143

    Podshock

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    22:54 (GMT) - 19 Mar 2009

    Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 143
    Running Time: 1:47:16

    John Levene interview part 2, Chicago TARDIS report part 2, news, rumours, feedback, free audiobook download offer and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Ken Deep, and James Naughton.

    Photographs by Billy Davis, Joshua Lou Friedman, and Louis Trapani

    Brought to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and presented by Outpost Gallifrey.

    Do you want the Enhanced Podcast AAC file format? Get our Enhanced Podcast version of this episode using our feed at http://www.gallifreyanembassy.org/podshock/podshock.xml.



  • Radio Free Skaro

    So You Want To Podcast Doctor Who: The Director's Cut

    Radio Free Skaro

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    15:02 (GMT) - 18 Mar 2009

    Now with more swearing! And some more keen insights from the fine fellows at Tachyon TV and Podshock, as well as the Three Who Rule, at the "So You Want to Podcast Doctor Who" panel at Gallifrey 2009.

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  • Radio Free Skaro

    So You Want To Podcast Doctor Who: The Director's Cut

    Radio Free Skaro

    Direct Podcast Download

    15:02 (GMT) - 18 Mar 2009

    Now with more swearing! And some more keen insights from the fine fellows at Tachyon TV and Podshock, as well as the Three Who Rule, at the "So You Want to Podcast Doctor Who" panel at Gallifrey 2009.




  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #107 - Overuse of the Daleks

    Whocast.de (Deutsche)

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    11:47 (GMT) - 16 Mar 2009

    Bei der Besprechung der beiden Big Finish Folgen "Time Reef" und "The Brotherhood of the Daleks" wird Raphael heute von Fabian unterstutzt. Wer schon immer wissen wollte, warum es auch langeweilige Big Finishs gibt und warum Raphael die Daleks langsam zu Halse raushangen sollte reinhoren...


  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #129 - Digressionary Tactics

    Radio Free Skaro

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    21:36 (GMT) - 15 Mar 2009

    With only Comic Relief and a mini-SJA episode (story?) starring a flatulent Ronnie Corbett, the Three Who Rule had little in the way of solid material to mold into gorgeous verbal statuary with their mellifluous locution this week. But thanks to the power of digression, they managed to unleash a torrent of nonsense almost unparalleled in the annals of Skarosian myth and legend. And all of it for you, dear listeners.


  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #129 - Digressionary Tactics

    Radio Free Skaro

    Direct Podcast Download

    21:36 (GMT) - 15 Mar 2009

    With only Comic Relief and a mini-SJA episode (story?) starring a flatulent Ronnie Corbett, the Three Who Rule had little in the way of solid material to mold into gorgeous verbal statuary with their mellifluous locution this week. But thanks to the power of digression, they managed to unleash a torrent of nonsense almost unparalleled in the annals of Skarosian myth and legend. And all of it for you, dear listeners.


  • Bigger on the Inside

    Bigger on the Inside - Episode 09

    Bigger on the Inside

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    14:55 (GMT) - 15 Mar 2009

    To quote a listener, "The Web Planet" was "not entirely successful," and that's being nice. Between the curious fights, odd voices and needlessly long story, this one proved a challenge to watch for Dan and Mike.


 
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