65 Doctor Who – Planet of the Spiders

It’s our final podcast of 2013 and we have reached the end of the Pertwee era! How does the Third Doctor’s finale stand up today? What did we think of the era as a whole. Have we had a startling epiphany or do we still think it’s best avoided?

Donna has something on her back…(ahem) Sorry, getting 36 years ahead of ourselves there.

Sarah has something on her back… Mike finds religion and the Doctor has the longest chase in history, using (deep breath) cars, boats, bicycles, hovercrafts, Whomobiles, milk floats, mobility scooters, stairs, elevators, stilts, pogo sticks, roller-skates, hang-gliders, canoes, trains, tanks, swimming, shopping trolleys, rickshaws, hot air balloons, parachutes, zip wires, helicopters, elephants, those things window cleaners use to go up and down, skiing, free-running, skateboards, hoverboards, DeLoreans, a hospital trolley on a stairwell, ejector seats, an empty cello case, a bus that can’t go below 50, carnival floats, jet packs, surfboards, pushchairs, horses, slides, submarines, a pony and trap, motorbikes, rockets, fighter jets, bungee jumping, segways, space hoppers, lolo balls, magic carpets, an egg and spoon race, escalators, the tube, cable cars, a space hopper, circus cannons, an angry birds catapult and a tramp.

But before he can get his breath back, he dies of embarrassment when Incey Wincey Spider asks him to tap dance.

It’s going to be one of those days… Ommmmm

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Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! We’ll be back on the 10th of January 2014 with… Robot!

7 thoughts on “65 Doctor Who – Planet of the Spiders

  1. Hi guys
    Sorry to post this in the show comments, but there seems to be a problem with the iTunes download for this show. I’m getting a message that the podcast url is not a valid podcast url (it’s http://www.thetimevault.co.uk/mike/tvlist.xml). This seems strange as it’s the exact same url as all the previous shows which have downloaded without any problems (show 64 is the last one which downloaded correctly). Any ideas what the problem could be?

    • Hi Mike, I’m not sure what the problem is, as mine has downloaded from iTunes fine. I’ll ask Mike (the technical one) to look into it. In the meantime, I’d suggest downloading it from here on the site.

      • Hi Paul
        Thanks for looking into this. I’ll download from the website while Mike does his thing. I’m a lazy bugger though, and it’s much easier to let iTunes download the shows automatically than get them manually! I’ve tried unsubscribing and resubscribing to the podcast and I’ve done the old ‘turn it off and on again’ with iTunes but to no avail. All other podcasts I subscribe to download ok, the problem just seems to be with this latest show for some reason.

        I’ll let you get back to your turkey sandwiches now.


  2. Hi Paul
    Sorry to bother you again but this may help Mike investigate the iTunes problem. I’ve just run the podcast url through Feedvalidator.org and got the following result:

    This feed does not validate.

    line 303, column 40: Incorrect day of week: Fri (6 occurrences) [help]

    Fri, 22 Sep 2011 00:05:00 -0000
    line 1728, column 700: XML parsing error: :1728:700: not well-formed (invalid token) [help]

    … rs, horses, slides, submarines, a pony & trap, motorbikes, rockets, figh …
    In addition, interoperability with the widest range of feed readers could be improved by implementing the following recommendation.

    line 13, column 34: Email address is missing real name [help]


    The & character in the phrase ‘pony & trap’ may be causing the problem as It looks like these are not allowed in XML files and should be replaced with the word ‘and’ (I’m not a technical person, so this is just a guess from reading the Feedvalidator report). Line 1728 does relate to the latest show and this is when the problem started.

    Cheers again

  3. Francis Burton says:

    Happy New Year, guys! Just listened to the iTunes podcast and I have to say that my experiences vis a vis rewatching old episodes remembered as a bit iffy/uninspired but turning out to be surprisingly enjoyable match yours exactly. Isn’t it odd!? Hmmm. Anyway, I enjoyed both Planet of the Spiders and your podcast, and agree that Tommy’s transformation was outstanding.

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