Hello and welcome to theTimeVault. The aim of this podcast is to review, chat and banter about some of our favourite subjects: Doctor Who, Hammer, Blake's 7 and The Avengers…
Some of you may know us from a previous life where we were two of the three presenters of Cadmium2. On that podcast we were watching Doctor Who in order, from the very beginning, as well as covering many other entries in the British Cult TV and Film world. Now, although Cadmium2 has ceased to be, we have decided (after many, many requests from listeners) to continue the Doctor Who part of that task and we're happy to carry on where we left off.
Thanks for listening, we hope you enjoy it.
Paul and Mike
152 BUGS (Manna from Heaven - Hot Metal)
Ros has found her new calling…Road Rage Influencer; when she’s not goading violent henchman types into ramming elderly drivers in dark tunnels, she’s flying helicopters over public roads while shooting at vehicles transporting highly unstable explosive materials. It all comes back to haunt her though when she has a reaction to a bad salad.
Ed meanwhile is in the most understaffed scientific research facility in the world, having to spend the whole weekend showing the worst security man ever how to wind a really big watch. He’s so keen to leave he willingly lets himself get captured by some dodgy types, tied to a chair surrounded by lasers and exploding liquid while he waits for a nasty phone call….
Oblivious to all of this, Beckett’s feeling pumped about finding a secluded spot to get crazy with a cute lab technician, unaware that she won’t do anything for less than ten million!
It looks like he’ll have to cancel Gerhardt the Magician.
151 Doctor Who (The Moonbase)
It’s all happening on the moon! Except it isn’t. The moon-base is staffed by the most normal, relaxed bunch of colleagues you’re ever likely to find in Doctor Who. It’s so relaxed that Ben stacks boxes, Polly waffles on about nail varnish and the doctor looks at shoes under a microscope. Ahh, lazy days…..
But oh no! Scott has just head butted the moon and gets a bad case of the sweats when he starts hallucinating Billie Piper. He needs help but no one really appreciates the gravity of the situation until the many love children of Bender and Metal Mickey turn up with a plan to kill everyone on Earth by rotting the teeth of everyone on the moon….
No, I don’t know either. They’ve been hiding behind the breakfast cereals in the store room and i think they’ve having a sugar rush.
150 Sapphire and Steel (Assignment 4)
The man without a face doesn’t have a face but he does have a face and another face.
The woman with an unmentionable job and questionable taste in music has her name and someone else’s name and keeps extra hair by her bed but not by her other bed.
A pair of medium atomic weights have taken to squatting in someone else’s dingy, squalid little flat while they bicker about job satisfaction and look at the most miserable, depressing photographs they can find.
The children’s division of the Oliver Twist Fan Club who want to poke people’s eyes out with umbrellas are just a distraction.
What we’re here to talk about is what happens when the Blank Stare, the Big Hair and the Bickering Pair gather on the staircase to have a big ol’ barney in the middle of the night.
149 Doctor Who (The Underwater Menace)
aka ‘Stop Piscine About’
The TARDIS crew go for a swim in their latest adventure when they discover the lost city of Atlantis!
A mad mad scientist (that’s a mad scientist who’s then gone mad) with an equally mad accent has found the city and promised to raise it, but only he knows that to do it he must blow up the world! Ahahahahahaha!!! (see, i said he was mad).
The Doctor tries to stop him by doing something educational with a cooking pot while Polly wanders around wearing whelks and mussels trying not to be turned in to a fish, and the boys? Well, they just prance around in tight fitting wetsuits for most of the story – clearly servicing the fetishist fantasies of the costume designer.
There are big hats, big priests, dodgy disguises, dancing fish (which aren’t nearly as entertaining as they sound), a stereotypical Irishman, underwater filming without the water, one of the most clichéd cliff-hangers ever......and did I mention the mad scientist?
B05 James Bond Commentary (Live and Let Die)
A politician with a penchant for gardening who likes chocolate bars and compulsive gigglers is a big man in the ‘underground alternative medicine’ scene.
When he’s not lurking in the cellars of his restaurant chain, he surrounds himself with a lot of card players; his secretary likes playing solitaire while his public relations advisor prefers snap. When Bond turns up and convinces one of them to switch to Happy Families, chaos ensues.
After he has a little quarrel with his unexpected wife because she forgot her mongoose and doesn’t like playing darts, he picks a fight with an army of black russians who chase him all over the place until he gives their magic slave back.
He does this and then his new sex-mad girlfriend goes country dancing in zombie land so that he can shut the local dancing skeleton in a box full of snakes and then saves the day by puncturing Kananga’s over inflated opinion of himself. Pop.
Then he talks to his friend, Felix. Who can fix anything.
148 Doctor Who (The Highlanders)
Och aye the Noo! Ye dinnae ken the trubbel ye coz when ye treps roon bonnie Scotland wi’out a kilt or haggis tae call yer ohn....
A toff falls down a hole in history while Polly and a Scottish bird prowl the moors at night looking to mug people. Ben does porridge with a man who plays the bagpipes and the Doctor collects hats while dressed as a washer woman!!
As the Doctor hides from the English soldiers, Ben tries sneaking off to Barbados (looking for a cushy life, no doubt) but changes his mind and goes swimming. Polly and her Caledonian counterpart get fruity with the troops before moving on from late-night mugging to blackmail, then to arms smuggling and finally, to kidnapping.
The Doctor brings the whole thing to a close by impersonating a German lawyer and incites a load of prisoners to riot! As the bodies pile up, Polly adopts the bagpipe man as a pet and they all make their getaway in the TARDIS.
In the end, there can be only…oh no, that’s the wrong series. Damn! Damn! Damn!....oh no, so’s that!
A very entertaining & unique pod for classic tv fans
I’ve just started listening and really enjoyed the Red Dwarf commentaries. Starting the Sapphire & Steel episodes. So many memories.
Insight, intelligent conversation and nostalgia. Perfect!
Being British and a similar age to Paul and Mike, the Timevault podcast is an absolute gift. It’s like sitting with friends and reminiscing about the classic shows we grew up with.
Beyond the show reviews which are always entertaining and objective, Paul and Mike share insights and background information that add new layers and perspective to shows that I often hadn’t realised or appreciated at the time if broadcast.
The megadonkey shows are also thought provoking and Paul and Mike share their well researched information with intelligent debate, articulately made.
An absolute gem that I listen to daily.
The best Doctor Who podcast out there
Sounds like an exaggeration, but these guys get it just right. The know their stuff, they do their research and they make it entertaining. I’ve not found any other Who-focused podcast that comes close to their depth of knowledge and ability to make it a fun listen. Highest of recommendations. 👌🏻