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Doctor Who: Prepare the Timelash!!
51 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
Episode 26 - Underworld
The Quest is the Quest! Ken & Mike continue their look at the adventures of Leela and the Fourth Doctor with Underworld, and ... yeah. Besides the infamous dodgy CSO effects in this story, this one's got a lot of odd head-scratching moments. Still, there's plenty to discuss, even if some of the behind-the-scenes tales of the making of Underworld are more interesting at times than the story itself!
62 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Episode 25 - The Sun Makers
Praise the Company! This month, Mike & Ken take a look at "The Sun Makers", and ... well, they are indeed gratified! Among other things, they discuss Leela's turn as being in charge with companions of her, the magnificent splendificity of Gather Hade, and Robert Holmes' prescient accuracy in naming Pluto as the ninth planet. Because, you know, it IS a planet. Help yourself to a raspberry leaf, keep your feet off the mahogany desk, and have a listen!
65 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
Episode 24 - Image of the Fendahl
Put kettle on! Because this month, Ken and Mike take a look at "Image of the Fendahl", one of the few Doctor Who stories involving cosmic horror ... and boy, do they have a lot to talk about! Among other things, they discuss whether or not Colby is the most annoying character in Classic Who, baby Fendahline plushies, and the plausibility of the Fendahl's plan to take over humanity. It's a good one this month, folks, so get yourself a piece of fruitcake, sit back, relax, and listen!
56 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
Episode 23 - The Invisible Enemy
"Contact has been made!" With THAT catchphrase, you know Ken & Mike must be discussing "The Invisible Enemy", and, well ... contact hasn't exactly been made with a Doctor Who masterpiece. Still, our hosts have much to discuss, including the debut of K-9, the dubious use of giant blast shields as a disguise, and why three-foot-tall silver prawns aren't exactly terrifying. It's a weird (and often dull) story, but Mike & Ken do their best with it!
68 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 22 - Horror of Fang Rock
This month, Ken & Mike are joined by Joy & Kyle from "Five Years Rapid" to discuss "Horror of Fang Rock", the Terrance Dicks-penned season opener from Season 15 of classic Doctor Who! Besides their mutual admiration of this story, they all discuss the improbabilities of a Sontaran/Rutan war, what makes "Fang Rock" good Gothic horror, and the character Vince. Oh, poor Vince. Some really great discussions and insights all around, so come on in from that cold fog and have a listen!
65 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Episode 21 - The Talons of Weng-Chiang
Do YOU know the different sounds of death? If you do, then you must know that Mike and Ken are discussing "The Talons of Weng Chiang" this month! It's a story with some great characters, some incredible world-building ... and also has a whole bunch of problems involving racism. Sigh. There's a lot to unpack about this story, so help yourselves to some mutton (no forks or knives required!) and have a listen.
67 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Episode 20 - The Robots of Death
Killer art deco robots on a sandminer, you say? Why, Ken & Mike must be covering "Robots of Death"! Among other things, this month they discuss the surprising diversity of the cast, Chris Boucher's knack for world-building, and why the titular Robots are, oh, a billion times better than the Quarks. Please don't throw hands at us - just sit back, enjoy a massage from a robot who couldn't possibly be homicidal, and listen to this month's episode!
59 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Episode 19 - The Face of Evil
It's a new season of "Prepare the Timelash" as Ken & Mike travel further back into the time vortex to an era of scarves, jelly babies, and janis thorns! That's right, they're now covering the Fourth Doctor's travels with Leela, and they're starting with "The Face of Evil"! Besides talking about the first appearance of Leela on Doctor Who, they also discuss Caleb's Loki-ish role in the story, Neeva's impressive ability to wear a glove as a hat, and how Mike & Ken can't ever seem to escape Who-related trials!
66 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Episode 18 - Ol' Sixie
It's the end - but the moment has been prepared for! In their final episode focusing on the Sixth Doctor, Ken & Mike take a look at two of his Big Finish audio adventures that they consider to be among his finest - "The Wrong Doctors" and "Static". They also recap their thoughts on both the character of the Sixth Doctor and on Colin Baker's performance in the role, and what they've learned from looking at this era of Doctor Who so closely for the past year and a half.
57 minutes | May 26, 2021
Episode 17 - Resolution of the Listeners
The listeners have decided! In a recent Twitter poll, Ken & Mike asked what Big Finish stories the listeners wanted to hear them discuss, and in the end, "Jubilee" and "Davros", um, exterminated the competition. And besides a number of Dalek-related topics, they also reveal what they'll be covering in Season 2 of Prepare The Timelash!!, which starts in July! Lots to talk about this month, so you won't want to miss this one!
43 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Episode 16 - The Evelyn Experience
The foray into the Sixth Doctor's audio adventures continues as Mike & Ken look into two stories - "The Marian Conspiracy" and "The Spectre of Lanyon Moor", both of which feature audio companion Dr. Evelyn Smythe! Besides talking about Evelyn and the Doctor's relationship, Ken & Mike cover a few other topics, including the meeting of Six & the Brig, and why certain villains might've fit better in "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers". It's a fun discussion, so help yourself to some chocolate cake and join us!
62 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Episode 15 - The Peri Redemption
This month, Ken & Mike finally start covering the Sixth Doctor's audio adventures on Big Finish with two Peri-centric (is that a word?) stories - "Peri & the Piscon Paradox" and "The Widow's Assassin", both of which focus on some of the issues regarding the character in her televised stories. Do they bring a certain amount of redemption to the oft-maligned character of Peri? Listen and find out! Also, Mike & Ken's discussion is FULL of spoilers, so be warned!
72 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Episode 14 - The Wilderness Years
Ken & Mike wander this month into "The Wilderness Years", where they tackle various appearances of the Sixth Doctor - and (cough) "The Stranger" - in the late Eighties and early Nineties. Among other things, they examine the "Ultimate Adventure" musical production (yes, really!), novels from Virgin Books and BBC Books, and video cassette releases from BBV. There's also this thing called "Dimensions in Time" that they're obligated to discuss. Much to discuss for a time when Doctor Who itself was off the air!
70 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Episode 13 - The Ultimate Foe
Court is adjourned! Yes, Ken & Mike have reached the end of "Trial of a Time Lord" as they get to "The Ultimate Foe". This month, they talk about how this season wrapped up, what worked well (the Master's boss mic drop!) and what didn't (pretty much everything else), and the continued troubles behind-the-scenes that plagued this story. Also, they discuss the future of "Prepare the Timelash!!" after they're done covering the Sixth Doctor! It's a jam-packed episode, so buckle up and have a listen!
76 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Episode 12 - Terror of the Vervoids
Did you just hear an ear-splitting scream? Why yes, Mike and Ken sure did, which means Mel has arrived and they're talking about "Terror of the Vervoids"! Besides talking about Mel's first appearance, they also discuss the troubled behind-the-scenes making of this story, the Doctor's dubious choice of this adventure as his defense, and - plot twist! - what they're looking forward to with Doctor Who in 2021! There's a lot to chew on, so pull up a wicker lounge chair and have a listen!
55 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Episode 11 - Mindwarp
Rombrom sabaluma sssSSSS!!! Great Morgo be praised, Ken & Mike continue their look at "Trial of a Timelord" this month, as they tackle "Mindwarp"! Among other things, they discuss the awesomeness of Brian Blessed, Sil as a second banana, and why the story's courtroom banter is something out of an argument clinic. Also, they say farewell to one Perpugilliam Brown - and the lovely and talented Nicola Bryant as well - as they take a closer look at her time on Doctor Who.
67 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Episode 10 - The Mysterious Planet
Order in the court, Sagacity? Yes, Ken & Mike have finally gotten to "The Trial of a Time Lord" as they examine its first story, "The Mysterious Planet"! Among many other things, they talk about some of the inherent problems of the Trial concept, just what the "L" in the name of the L1 robot actually stands for, and just how darn nice it is to FINALLY see the Sixth Doctor & Peri getting along. So, join us as we tackle Season 23, one of the oddest seasons in this era of Doctor Who!
71 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Episode 9 - Arc of Infinity
This month, "Prepare the Timelash!!" becomes "The Commander Maxil Show", as Ken & Mike look at "Arc of Infinity", featuring Colin Baker's first appearance on Doctor Who! Besides discussing things like why Nyssa is so awesome in this story, why Gallifreyan lore is better left mysterious, and the Castellan's complete incompetence, they also discuss how this Season 20 story differs from the darker tones of the Sixth Doctor's Season 22. All clips are copyright BBC and Big Finish. No infringement is intended.
69 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Episode 8 - Doctor in Distress
Penguin private eyes? Crazed computers? The worst New Wave song ever recorded? What in the name of Rassilon is happening here? Well, this month Ken & Mike take a look at the "Doctor in Distress" - the 18 month hiatus between Seasons 22 & 23 of Doctor Who, why it happened, and what it meant for the show. They also cover the oddities that occurred during that hiatus, and look back at the highs & lows for Season 22. It's a jam-packed episode this month, so wake the kids, phone the neighbors, and have a listen!
60 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Episode 7 - Revelation of the Daleks
"Prepare The Timelash!!" hits a milestone this month as Ken & Mike reach the end of Season 22 with "Revelation of the Daleks", its final story! Is it a good story? Yes. Is it a good Doctor Who story ...? Well, that's a different discussion. Also discussed in this month's episode are the amazing number of double acts in this story, the brilliance of Davros, and the traveling Doctor Who Celebration exhibit that criss-crossed the US back in the Eighties, (Yes, we're old.) Also, Jobel? BACK OFF. Yeeesh.
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