But after being in the wilderness for a while, you may come around to feeling sociable.
- Thomas “Laughing Boy” Ligotti
Trying to explain our current hiatus would result in an even longer story than usual, so I’m not going to attempt it. Instead, in order to get something up this week, we’ll try following the pattern of some recent successful marketing strategies and review a trailer.
Me: It’s the trailer for The Power of the Daleks.
This trailer was only uncovered in 2003, hiding away in part of another programme from 1966.1
The Voice of Fate announces that we’ll now have a look ahead at what’s going to be on BBC 1 tomorrow. Turns out it’s an adventure with Doctor Who in the year 2020. This vision’ll be taking place on the planet Vulcan.
|Ratty and Moley faced some serious spring-cleaning that year.|
Him: Dusty, dusty Daleks.
The Doctor, being all Patrick Troughton, introduces Ben and Polly to some poorly maintained pieces of Whomobilia, namely a collection of Dalek fly-traps. Our heroes creep slowly in…
And that’s it. Well, apart from:
The Voice of Fate: The next programme now on BBC 2 is The Virginian. This is BBC 1.
Me: So, any thoughts about the next stage of the ascent?
Me: Nothing you want to predict about the difficult north face of the Trout?
Him: Yes. Ish.
Me: About anything in particular?
Him: When we get onto one that moves.
Me: That’ll be good. I think these next few seasons are the ones that I really know the least about – what with the majority of the stories only existing in the BBC canteen.
Me: Right, good job. Anything else you want to say?
Him: I hate hiccups.
Me: Lovely. Right, we’ll get The Power of the Daleks watched when the dust of early May’s settled a bit.
Him: I didn’t say ‘wibble’.
Me: I know. I did.
Him: Oh, right. Wibble, wibble, wibble.
Me: Which reminds me…2
1. Molesworth, Richard, Wiped! Doctor Who’s Missing Episodes, Telos Publishing, Prestatyn, 2010.
2. This’ll make sense in a few weeks, trust me.