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Staggering Stories Podcast #313: The Other Captain Marvel
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review the 2019 film Shazam!, come up with some Doctor Who ideas for Big Finish, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:49 — Welcome! 02:35 – News: 02:46 — […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #228: Doctor Who – Resolution
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 14 Apr 2019 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, driven, in front of 2019’s Doctor Who episode ‘Resolution’, and spout our usual nonsense! Aaron knows how to stall the plot, Lin is being taken for a ride and the Doctor has some serious skids. But enough of their problems, please sit down with […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #312: Wigs and the Rani
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 07 Apr 2019 08:15

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review the Sylvester McCoy’s debut Doctor Who story Time and the Rani, discuss the Sounds of Thunder audio Annual 2019, celebrate Fake Keith’s birthday, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #227: Doctor Who – Dimensions in Time
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 31 Mar 2019 13:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, baffled, in front of 1993’s Doctor Who 30th anniversary story ‘Dimensions in Time’, and spout our usual nonsense! The Doctor is randomly swapping bodies, companions are coming and going and the Rani wants to visit the set of EastEnders. But enough of their problems, […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #311: An Earthly Marvel
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 24 Mar 2019 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn review the Big Finish Doctor Who stories An Earthly Child and Relative Dimensions, discuss the 2019 Captain Marvel film, talk about media we’ve been consuming, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:44 — Welcome! 01:35 […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #226: Doctor Who – The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, forgetting, in front of the 2018 Doctor Who episode ‘The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos’, and spout our usual nonsense! Paktraki’s memory is entirely plot driven, Graham is out for revenge and Lady Jane from Lovejoy lost her critical thinking millennia ago. But enough […]

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Blanche

Blanche

As inhabiting the mind of Woman of the Week


Full Name: Blanche Simmonds

Blanche joined the crew of the Buccaneer's TARDIS in 1887 London where she was a street urchin, her age being somewhere between 17 and 21. She has no idea of her actual age.

Blanche has no parents (her father is conspicuous by his absense and her mother gambled her away at a very early age) and was brought up by a Fagin style gang, until she began attracting the unwanted attentions of the gang leaders.

Leaving the gang she started operating by herself, living rough on the streets.

She quickly became an adept sneak thief and pickpocket (taking an important piece of equipment from the Time Lord's pocket).  When cornered she affects a down and dirty street fighting style, utilising anything that comes to hand - a knife, broken bottle, or even a piece of wood with a rusty nail in it - doing maximum amount of damage with it in the time she has and then legging it.

Her blonde hair is kept cropped short in a boyish style (more out of habit then necessity these days). She used to wear large baggy clothes in an attempt to hide her maturing female form but since she has started travelling has been branching out into more relaxed, casual clothes.  She hardly ever wears dresses, instead prefering jeans or trouser suits that complement her form.

She has attractive slate blue eyes, and a pleasant round face. When she first met Macfadyan she got on famously with him, their sense of humours complimenting each other. But after her death, the clones that Macfadyan created have to deal with his third incarnation and she can't stand him!! However, she is unable to leave him - unknown to her it is programmed into her mind that she must stay with him. She scores what points she can off Macfadyan but he is usually so far up his own rectum that her barbed witticisms are lost on him.

She is still trying to come to terms with alien lifeforms, even after all this time. As a result, Cre'at is a source of amusement to her, calling him "Mr. Balloon" knowing he will have to correct her. As Macfadyan hardly ever explains things in a way she can underdstand, Cre'at is slowly learning to translate for her.

What the future holds for Blanche is a mystery, but with the way Macfadyan's been acting, life is about to become very difficult for all of them.