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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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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!