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Staggering Stories Podcast #378: What If… Dizzy Daleks
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks and Marvel’s first season of What If…?, talk about media we’ve been consuming, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #235: Doctor Who – Can You Hear Me?
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 10 Oct 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, fingered, in front of 2020 Doctor Who episode ‘Can You Hear Me?’, and spout our usual nonsense! Yaz finally has a past, Ryan is letting a friend down and the Doctor has a wet willy. But enough of their problems, please sit down with […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #377: RTD2 of Traken
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 03 Oct 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare discuss the news of Russell T Davies returning as Doctor Who showrunner, review Doctor Who: The Keeper of Traken, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:55 — Welcome! 01:58 […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #376: The Regathering
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 19 Sep 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn recount their time at the recent Whooverville 12 Doctor Who convention, review the BBC’s Ghosts TV series, play a game, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:46 — Welcome! 01:11 – […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #375: Respond to All Starfish
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 05 Sep 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Big Finish’s Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures – Respond to All Calls and the 2021 film The Suicide Squad, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:45 — […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #374: Sontaran Milkshake
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 22 Aug 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn review the 1975 Doctor Who story The Sontaran Experiment and the 2021 Karen Gillan film Gunpowder Milkshake, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:27 — Welcome! 02:01 – News: 02:13 — […]

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Tony Gallichan is Mildly Perturbed by... Space Mumps


People have been wondering whats happened to me. I've gone quiet. Running in stealth mode.

 

Do you remember the episode of Red Dwarf which had Lister suffering from Space Mumps? The huge swellings on his head...and everything that splattered out when his head burst?

That's me at the moment.

 

I have an incredibly bad sinus infection. Its a condition I have suffered with now for about ten years. Sometimes it recedes like Andy's hairline did all those many years ago, sometimes it decides to try and make my head explode like Lister.

So, I've had intense headaches most of the time. I've also been living in a bit of a fog...more then usual.

As a result, writing things has become a little more difficult then it usually is. And as for doing any music....Well, sorry, but there's no way.

 

It's soooooooo annoying. It doesn't help that all this has aggravated my other prob. I have music half done for Dam Audios...haven't been able to finish it and don't want anyone to hear it till it is. Poor David..sorry mate. I should be doing a version of Visions In Blue for a competition I set up on the Ultravox website. Nope. Not happening. I should be doing music for the site. I have plans, should Mark Ayres hang on to those Logopolis masters, to record the music to that pro gramme...from memory. Its been going around in my mind now since the first transmission. I used to tape record Doctor Who and started doing that from the fourth part of Warrior's Gate. We didn't have a video back then. So I'd sit with headphones on, listening to those old episodes. And because the music was done to accompany visuals. So there would be long periods of just listening to the music...no speach etc.

 

As a result, the music wormed its way into my mind. Especially Logopolis. Paddy Kingslands score for that, possibly because of that oft talked about "funereal" atmosphere it helped to create so well, somehow, I don't know, touched me. Those who've listened to any of my music will spot that I tend to do gloomy things. The Schrodinger Effect music, Synomosia, the Dam Audios audition, Beware The Judder Man etc, all have a certain mournfulness to them. Well blame Kingsland. I've had to live with the music to Logopolis and Full Circle (repeated the following summer...I missed taping part one....) in my head for all these years.

 

That's why I'm so desperate for Mark Ayres to hurry up and release Warrior's Gate and Logopolis on cd. It will be, hopefully, very cathartic. And clear my mind of it's ghosts.

 

Tony Gallichan is feeling very sorry for himself and wishes the world would just leave him alone. That includes all those cosmic forces that still enjoy poking him with a stick for a laugh...sod off and leave me alone!