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What could be worse than being sucked through the earth? Having our panelists make dirty jokes about it. (Heh. “Dirty” jokes.) Come join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and special guest J.G. McQuarrie as they discuss Christopher H. Bidmead’s novelization of FRONTIOS.We are now a proud part of the Direction Point Podcast Network, i…
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What does Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel about a woman cheating on her husband before drowning herself have to do with a two-part DOCTOR WHO story from 1984? Absolutely f*ck all. Come join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and special guest Jim Sangster as they discuss why, with certain types of Pringles, you CAN eat just one.We are now a …
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Come on in, the water’s fine! Mind you, it’s infested with Sea Bases, Silurians, and Sea Devils, with the occasional foreign saboteur thrown in, but it’s still warmer than being on dry land in Chicago right now! Come join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and special guest Jim Sangster as they take a deep dive into the first story of…
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It’s (still, barely) the 60th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO, and to celebrate, we’ve decided to take a little trip back in time ourselves, to discuss the novelization of the very first story of the series, AN UNEARTHLY CHILD! Come join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes as they revisit a novel that two of them have never read before. (…
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It’s the 60th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO, and the moment has been prepared for! Well, mostly, if you consider a PowerPoint presented at Chicago TARDIS “preparing for” anything. Come join Tony Whitt and special guest Larry VanMersbergen as they look at a few of the most notable times an author has gone off target (get it?) to tell a different story o…
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We’re back from hiatus, and it’s about time! Actually, this time it isn’t about time, for once. It’s about James Bond pastiches, mid-life crises, and both Freudian and Jungian interpretations of a plot that really makes no damn sense. Join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Alyson Fitch-Safreed to discuss Ian Marter’s last, and definitely strangest, bo…
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One day we shall come back. Yes, we shall come back. But we’re going on hiatus until November, so you’ll just have to wait. Till then, there must be no tears, no regrets. Just join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and special guests J.G. McQuarrie and Jim Sangster as the Five Critics discuss that sweet confectionery, Terrance Dicks’…
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How did the Master seduce a young fan to the Dark Side using only a cricket ball? And why are the Doctor and Tegan suddenly so bitchy with each other? Come join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and special guest Trey Korte as we discuss Terence Dudley’s latest attempt to make a sprawling historical novel out of a two-part story, THE…
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Ahoy there, landlubbers! Come join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Alyson Fitch-Safreed as we discuss Barbara Clegg’s novelization of ENLIGHTENMENT, leading to questions about what Eternals actually do when they’re not existing, whether Turlough is really a developed character or not, and why the White and Black Guardians are wasting their time host…
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Space pirates who look like gay 80s glam rockers! Shambling walking undead zombies! Exposition Patient Zero! Oh, and Nyssa leaves, too. Sounds like a hot mess, and on TV, it is. On the printed page…it’s something entirely different. Join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Alyson Fitch-Safreed as we discuss John Lydecker’s novelization of TERMINUS!We ar…
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When is a Time Lord not a Time Lord? When is an English schoolboy not an English schoolboy? And for the love of all that’s holy, when, oh when, were the UNIT stories actually set?! Come join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Alyson Fitch-Safreed as we discuss Peter Grimwade’s novelization of MAWDRYN UNDEAD and try to figure these oh so important quest…
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We can dance, we can dance, everybody’s taking the chance, it’s the Snakeydance! Come join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Alyson Fitch-Safreed as we discuss the sequel no one was really asking for and how, just sometimes, the first movie really IS better.We are now a proud part of the Direction Point Podcast Network, including such fine shows as TH…
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Omega’s back, and it’s about…something or other in Amsterdam, apparently. What is the Arc, and why is it infinite? Does it have f**k all to do with the plot? And who thought that giant pile of chicken bones was a good idea? Come join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and special guest J.G. McQuarrie as we discuss these and other abso…
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It’s often been said that the main reason that TIME-FLIGHT is considered such a poor story is its utter lack of budget. But the wonderful thing about novelizations is that budget is no longer a consideration, and when a writer adapts his own script for the page, it’s generally going to be much better than it ever was onscreen. Isn’t it? Come join T…
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It’s the end of an era. Never again will we be able to make jokes about Matthew Waterhouse – at least, not any good ones, anyway. Come join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and special guest Jim Sangster as we discuss why we’ve all been unfair to Waterhouse, to Adric, and even to Ian Marter as we talk about his novelization of Eric …
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In our newest episode, Tony gets lost in the walls of a stately manor, Dalton gets lost in the labrynthine rules of cricket, and special guest Jason Miller gets lost in showing us just how much his podcast and ours are “Two peas in a pod…positively two peas in a pod.” It’s time for murder, cricket, and horticulture as we discuss the somewhat overgr…
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It’s the very first Peter Davison novelization, the very first novel by Eric Saward, and the very first photo cover that doesn’t suck. It’s also the very first appearance on our show of special guest Jim Sangster, as he, Tony Whitt, and Dalton Hughes discuss the novelization of the story that put gaudily decorated androids and plague mice on the ma…
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And you think you woke up on the wrong side of the bed... When Tegan takes a nap on an alien planet and wakes up in a bad mood, everyone has to deal with the consequences. Oh, and Matthew Waterhouse tries to teach acting. This and more are in store as Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes discuss Terrance Dicks’ novelization of KINDA!…
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Alyson claims she’s never heard Tony sputter with rage before this episode. (She has, but that’s beside the point.) Come join them and Dalton as the three discuss the sheer stupidity that is FOUR TO DOOMSDAY, made only nominally better by the novelization by Terrance Dicks. As Adric would say, it’s “silly.” As Peter Davison would say of Matthew Wat…
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It’s the beginning, and the moment…ah, you get it. Come join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and special guest J.G. McQuarrie as we discuss Christopher H. Bidmead’s introduction to the Fifth Doctor, CASTROVALVA, and try to figure out if the new guy is actually going to work out. (Come to think of it, we’ll likely be talking about t…
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It’s wintertime, when all of our fancies turn to snowmen, gifts under the tree, and sacrificing virgin boys to Hecate. OK, maybe not everyone does that last one, but “religious freedom,” right? Come join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes as we do our not-so-special Holiday Special and discuss Terrance Dudley’s bizarre novelization…
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It’s Chicago TARDIS weekend (or rather, it was), and so it’s time for a special live recording to mark a special occasion in our podcast…the debut of the Cloister Bell! (JK, LOL, as the kids say.) Come join the discussion with Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and special guest J.G. McQuarrie as we are pleasantly surprised at how eng…
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What exactly is it with the effed up society that Nyssa of Traken comes from? Maybe that weird figure in the Grove is doing us all a favor by getting rid of them all – but only if he also gets rid of the novelization by Terrance Dicks. Come join the discussion by Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes to find out why this book should b…
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What is going on in this story? If that’s something you’ve always wondered…well, the book will make it clearer, and maybe the discussion by Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and special guest Jennifer Picker might help. Might. Let us know what you think!We are now a proud part of the Direction Point Podcast Network, including such fi…
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Get out your tourniquets and your butterfly syringes, and put those pesky crosses away – it’s time for the blood letting to commence! Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes try their damnedest to celebrate Halloween as they discuss Terrance Dicks’ novelization of his own script for STATE OF DECAY and find themselves wishing he’d stolen…
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EPISODE 123: FULL CIRCLEIf Limahl had been cast as Adric, we could’ve made endless jokes about FULL CIRCLE being a Never-Ending Story. Instead, we get Matthew Waterhouse. F*ck. On the other hand, we also get Andrew Smith’s surprising novelization! Come join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes as we discuss how much better Adric is o…
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Can the puny minds of Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Alyson Fitch-Safreed even conceive the power of Terrance Dicks’ novelization of MEGLOS? Make sure to bring your towel and some Band-aids (sticking plasters if you’re in the UK), because this one is a little sticky. Ouch!We are now a proud part of the Direction Point Podcast Network, including suc…
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We finally, and I mean FINALLY, begin looking at Tom Baker’s final season as the Doctor, as Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and special guest Jennifer Picker talk about the very last (and possibly very best) David Fisher novelization we will ever read, from his script for THE LEISURE HIVE. Bring your beach chair and your winter coa…
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We join the Fourth Doctor on a fishing trip (a Fisher trip?) as Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and special guest Erik Gulbrandsen talk about the BBC Books Target release of David Fisher’s THE ANDROIDS OF TARA! Thrill to swashbuckling sword fighting and cybernetic sadism as Fisher tries to inject some interest into this tepid tale – but does he succeed?…
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Was it really worth it for David Fisher to demonstrate how much he hated Terrance Dicks’ novelization of THE STONES OF BLOOD by going and writing his own? The only way you’re going to know (except by going out and buying a copy yourself, ya cheap mook) is by listening in as Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and special guest Jenny Ingersoll talk about the…
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EPISODE 118: PAUL SCOONES INTERVIEWIt’s rare that we ever get to talk to an author about a DOCTOR WHO novelization – it’s only happened once before – and now we get to do it again! This week, as a special episode before we dive back into the world of David Fisher, we interview Paul Scoones, the author of the fan version of SHADA and former editor o…
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Why is it so much easier to successfully emulate Terrance Dicks than it is to emulate Douglas Adams? Maybe it’s easier to do when it’s a better Douglas Adams script, and SHADA…well… Come join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and special guest Trey Korte as they discuss the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club adaptation of the notoriously incomplete story, an…
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There are times when a novelization can just about rehab even the most reviled story, and this is…almost one of those times. Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and guest panelist Jason Miller discuss the general horniness of the Nimon and why Terrance Dicks is still the best when it comes to making a silk purse out of a bull’s ear.We are now a proud part o…
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After a long series of mishaps keeping us from recording, we finally get to the one story we’ve been looking forward to for months now. Just kidding – we’re discussing THE NIGHTMARE OF EDEN, a story that lives up to its name both behind and in front of the cameras. Come join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and guest panelist Jennifer Picker as we figure…
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In a new installment of TECHNICALLY TARGET, we tackle a book that’s neither a Target book nor a novelization of a televised story. Instead, we look at the novelization of the movie DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS by Alan Smithee (yes, that’s actually the name on the book). Come join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and guest panelist Danny Celedon as we grapple w…
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EPISODE 113: CREATURE FROM THE PITThe cast is great, the writing is clever, the creature is…turgid. What’s not to like about CREATURE FROM THE PIT? Just about everything, really, even in book form. Come join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes as they consider whether there’s such a thing as too much Tom Baker, and whether Erato had…
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Or should that be CITIES OF DEATH? A TALE OF TWO CITIES OF DEATH? TWO CITIES, ONE CUP? Whatever it should be called, this is our long-awaited and much-delayed discussion of the two different novelizations of Douglas Adams’ acclaimed story. Come join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes as they try to figure out the answer to the ques…
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Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes start a new season of the podcast by talking about how awesome Lalla Ward is, how much the post-Davros Daleks suck, and whether there’s anything that screams 1979 more than Movellans do. Now with 100% less Key to Time!We are now a proud part of the Direction Point Podcast Network, including such f…
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Can we please stop talking about the Key to Time now? Join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes as they discuss just how tired they are of segments, tracers, and shadows, and why Mary Tamm deserved so much better. We are now a proud part of the Direction Point Podcast Network, including such fine shows as THE DOCTOR WHO COLLECTORS PO…
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Our usual gang of Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Jenny Ingersoll decides to take a holiday break from the Target books to look at three short stories from the DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL 1980 – you know, the one with Romana and K-9, the one with the actual logo on the cover for a change? Tune in to find out whether it’s naughty or nice! Link to the PDF of th…
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We resume our regular programming with a discussion of colonialism, Dalek p*rn, and Aunt Jemima syrup. Oh, and a giant squid god named Nick Kroll or something. Come join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Jenny Ingersoll as we try to find something interesting about a story that just kinda lies there in the mud like…well, like a giant squid god. (Featu…
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Remember going to your elementary school’s book fair and seeing such exciting books as GOOSEBUMPS, NANCY DREW, VALLEY HIGH, and…JUNIOR DOCTOR WHO? Yeah, we don’t either. (The last one, we mean – those others were awesome!) Turns out there are good reasons why you’d never have seen these back then, which is also why you rarely see them these days, e…
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THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, with some androids thrown in? Yep, that’s about it, really – but can Terrance Dicks make a silk purse of a derivative sow’s ear? (Spoiler alert: No.) Join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and special guest, host of the POLICE BOX IN A JUNKYARD podcast Erik Gulbrandsen, as they discuss Dicks’ novelization of David Fisher’s THE ANDRO…
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Ever watched a horror movie that you thought would be really scary, and it turned out to be…not really a horror movie at all? Join Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and special guest Jenny Ingersoll as they discuss the DOCTOR WHO equivalent of such an experience just in time for Halloween, Terrance Dicks’ novelization of David Fisher’s THE STONES OF BLOOD…
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Just how different can two books written by two authors from a single script be? And can they both be any good, especially when the original story is so full of subtlety, pathos, and restrained acting? Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes discuss both the fan version by David Bishop and the “official” version by James Goss of Douglas…
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Ever have that favorite uncle or aunt that gave you the best Christmas gifts, but one year they gave you a pair of socks – and even worse, the socks didn’t fit right? That’s exactly how Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes feel about discussing Ian Marter’s version of THE RIBOS OPERATION. If you like ill-fitting socks, you just might…
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What could THE INVASION OF TIME possibly have in common with MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS? And why are bathrooms so inherently funny? These questions – as well as the usual ones about what’s the difference between a Gallifreyan and a Time Lord, or the difference between an Outside and a Larper – are all answered as Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed…
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Why is UNDERWORLD (or, as Target calls it, THE UNDERWORLD) so reviled? And why is the book not much better, to be honest? Join Tony Whitt and guest panelists J.G. McQuarrie of the TALKING WHO TO YOU podcast and Jenny Ingersoll as we discuss how even on the printed page, UNDERWORLD just about works, but only if you squint really hard.If you like wha…
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How do you celebrate the landmark episode of a podcast you’ve been doing for years now that talks about Target books? Talk about something entirely different! This time, our three-person discussion panel of Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes is joined by friend of the podcast Larry VanMersbergen for a special bumper volume (hey, th…
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