Doctor Who: The Krynoid Podcast



An irreverent UK-based 'book club' style interactive discussion podcast about televised Doctor Who stories.


  • Krynoid PodCast Extra: Dimensions in Time

    Krynoid PodCast Extra: Dimensions in Time

    10/05/2020 Duración: 22min

    As our next episode (Paradise Towers) will be later than usual and as many of you will have more time than usual to kill, we’ve dredged up something from our past as a piece of additional Lockdown content. Back in March 2017, the Blue Box Podcast kindly invited us and others to contribute to their 250th episode. We weighed in with a 20 minute review of the 1993 Children in Need charity special, Dimensions in Time. You can watch Dimensions in Time here. If you didn’t catch our review first time around, or would like to here it again, here it is. Also available on Spotify. All the Blue Box Podcasts can be found on iTunes, etc. but, as you may know, the team have since regenerated into the Strangers in Space podcast – well worth subscribing to and also available on iTunes. Stay safe.

  • 128: Marco Polo

    128: Marco Polo

    15/04/2020 Duración: 03h06min

    With all of us seeing rather too much of our immediate locales at the moment, what better time to come with us on a voyage through old Cathay? That said, our TARDIS team may have preferred to self-isolate from their travelling companions – a thieving Venetian and a Machiavellian Mongol. On this trip of a lifetime, our magic caravanners must face frostbite, poisoning, thirst, a surfeit of sand and some interpretive dance. The Doctor gets hysterical, Susan gets a friend, Ian gets a go at cherchez la femme and it all gets a bit dicey for Babs. Will the Doctor ever get back the keys to his caravan? Does the TARDIS carry a dehumidifier? Will the great Kublai Khan resort to Cathayan viagra to escape his wife? And did the trip broaden the minds of Jim and Martin or leave them saddle sore? Listen to find out!

  • 127: The Leisure Hive

    127: The Leisure Hive

    15/03/2020 Duración: 03h19min

    In need of a holiday in these trying times? Where better than Space Fawlty Towers on the nuke-shagged planet of Argolis? Answer: almost anywhere. For The Leisure Hive is a place where reptiles skin up, guests are dismembered and squash players lose their balls. Romana gets a new lab partner, the Doctor gets an old face and K9 regrets his attempt to become a salty sea dog. The First Lady doesn’t bat a green eyelid when her husband spills his seed and dies. Instead she hooks up with her fancy (hu)man, spends a lot of time sprawled on a table and ends up with a baby. Is Pangol Prentis’s apprentice? What girdles do the Foamasi use and where can we get some? And did The Leisure Hive give Jim and Martin a new lease of life or make them feel older than Santa Tom? Listen to find out! Also available on Spotify.

  • 126: The Power of the Daleks

    126: The Power of the Daleks

    19/02/2020 Duración: 03h29min

    So you want to continue your successful show but need to recast your leading man. What do you do? Why you make it as difficult as possible for your bemused audience to accept him, of course! The Power of the Daleks sees impish impostor Pat Troughton cackling evilly, talking about himself in the third person and doing his very best to disingratiate himself with the good cop / bad cop companions, Polly and Ben. Luckily there are some seemingly servile Daleks to distract their attention, along with some crafty colonists, an increasingly mad professor and Vulcan’s worst ever spy. Polly wears shorts, the Doctor wears a silly hat, and Ben wears down everyone’s nerves with his unmanaged anger. Does Valmar desire dominatrices? Who would win in a fight between Hartnell and Troughton? Will the Doctor’s recorder soon be in need of a rinse? And did Jim and Martin find the new bloke a refreshing change or more like a fart in the face from a mercury swamp? Listen to find out! Also available on Spotify.

  • 125: Earthshock

    125: Earthshock

    16/01/2020 Duración: 03h44min

    We start 2020 with an ending. Loathe him or hate him, Adric has been a big part (prat?) of 80s Who but all things must pass, however indigestible. Yes, this is Earthshock, which packed a couple of major bombshells back in the day (not counting Beryl Reid). It’s a tale of pointless deaths, some equally pointless characters and gender fluid troopers (many of them genuinely fluid by the time the murderous mime act has finished with them). The Doctor promotes fine dining, Tegan packs heat, Nyssa plays house and Adric ploughs into the Diplodocidae. Meanwhile, it’s all bonuses and bollockings from Beryl and her long-suffering lackey can’t even sell out his own planet properly. Luckily Scott musters more machismo in his moustache than in Ringway’s whole body but cringing Kyle goes from gung-ho to agoraphobic at the drop of a boiler suit. So were Jim and Martin wildly cheering or weeping inconsolably by the end of it all? Listen to find out. Also available on Spotify.

  • 124: The Armageddon Factor

    124: The Armageddon Factor

    19/12/2019 Duración: 03h54min

    In our December episode, Jim and Martin ease themselves into Whuletide by settling down to watch The Black and White Guardian Show. It’s something of a festive feast, featuring as it does Rudolph the Two-Nosed Shadow, a space Trotter on hols from ver Big Smoke and some props which look suspiciously like they’ve come out of a Christmas cracker (along with some of the jokes). The wicked Marshal gets advice from his mirror while our fairy tale princess is prepared to be part of a crystal to get the part of Romana. She’s pursued by a man who’s wetter than a Sea Devil’s vest and he’s feebly assisted by another, whose life seems to be redirected halfway through by a visit from three ghosts – presumably Norman Wisdom, Mr Pastry and a Chuckle Brother. Meanwhile, the Doctor rants, Romana vamps and K9 switches masters as rapidly as TV channels on a bloated Boxing Day. But did the lads think The Armageddon Factor was a missing piece in their lives or was it the last orange cream in the Quality Street tin of Television?

  • 123: Planet of the Spiders

    123: Planet of the Spiders

    14/11/2019 Duración: 03h50min

    “No, I shan’t… you shan’t take him!” Jenny Laird crashes out of the running for her own award in the arachnophobe’s nightmare that is Planet of the Spiders. It’s a tale of a tweedy traitor, yogic flying, mind-altering jewellery and more creepy crawlies than you can shake a rolled-up newspaper at. The Brig blushes, Sarah rushes (between two stories) and Mike Yates saves face while the Doctor loses his. Would you buy a used watch from the Brigadier? Was Mike Yates already doing exotic dancer exercises? Can anyone free Lupton’s mandala? And do Jim and Martin think this story is a Great One or in need of regeneration? Listen to find out!

  • 122: The Myth Makers

    122: The Myth Makers

    14/10/2019 Duración: 02h21min

    "Mightiest of warriors, greatest in battle, humblest of your servants." Well they do say learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all, Achilles, but this is tendon towards arrogance. Yes, this month it's the swords and sandals epic, The Myth Makers, in which Steven gets a new outfit, Vicki gets a new name and the Doctor gets out of a breezy solo flight into the big city. They meet a jolly Jack Tar, a sotto voce soldier, a shrieking soothsayer and a king who chucks his Troys out of the Priam (yes, we know that doesn't make any sense but Donald Cotton's puns are getting to us). So is there really a Doctor in the horse? Will Vicki find true love with the time-weathered teen, Troilus? And will Jim and Martin award The Myth Makers legendary status or did it ring as hollow as a Trojan Horse? Listen to find the answer to some of these questions and less.

  • 121: State of Decay

    121: State of Decay

    16/09/2019 Duración: 03h13min

    "Then die. That is the purpose of guards." It seems that the life of a vampire's chief henchman is no better than that of an Alzarian milkmaid. No wonder he turned to drink. This is 1980's State of Decay, eliciting the cheesiest ever episode of this podcast from The Two Who Fool (About). In a land where rubber bats wheel in an unrealistic green sky, the Doctor stops a door with his nose while Romana prefers to play undead rather than talk to Adric (who walks like he has a second badge for Mathematical Excellence secreted up his fundament). For a feudal society, there's no shortage of fashion statements. The bloodthirsty local gentry model a nice line in goth cosmetics while their agricultural underlings wear miniskirts, string toupees and beards cannibalised from a busted sofa. Underneath it all, an enormous Nosferatu makes a breakthrough and gets a big hand. So do Jim and Martin think this story is a Great One or a big Wasting of time? Listen to find out.

  • 120: The Ice Warriors

    120: The Ice Warriors

    15/08/2019 Duración: 03h35min

    "I've had enough of experts!" Now there's a phrase with a familiar ring. And Britannicus Base's self-imposed brain drain and dislike of the unlike is sending the UK into chaos. You couldn't make it up.   But Brian Hayles did, in 1967's snowy saga The Ice Warriors - a tale of unripe tomatoes, dial-up food machines and a vibro-chair with a shake that brings all the boys to the Medi-Care Centre. The beards are shaggy, the outfits are short and the science is decidedly dodgy. But worse is to come when a bunch of full-bladdered Martians turn up with their own brand of whispering death, provoking a hissy fit of its own from the sacred Computer.   The Doctor's opining, Victoria's whining and Jamie's reclining at the hideout of hairy hippies, Wallace and Isa. But can Cleggy save the world without the aid of a motorised bathtub? Will Varga and Zondal end up tying the knot? Can they tie anything with hands like that? And did Jim a

  • 119: The Mysterious Planet

    119: The Mysterious Planet

    15/07/2019 Duración: 02h59min

    "If the rest of his presentation is as riveting as the first little epic, wake me when it’s finished." The Trial of a Time Lord goes all meta with one of the riskiest lines in Doctor Who history. The "first little epic" is The Mysterious Planet, in which the Doctor is on remand, Peri (from Marble Arch, USA) is in demand and Joan Sims commands her ragged warriors to carry on dying. Two cockernee New Romantics go on the rob, two Adric-a-likes get on your nerves and the verbose Valyard swallows a Thesaurus. Meanwhile, the jury’s out (of Voltarol) and the Inquisitor looks like she’d rather be at home making a casserole. Who on Ravalox is the Doctor impersonating? How smug can a dead face be? Where can you get some saucy but artistic robot photos? And did Jim and Martin give The Mysterious Planet a pardon or did they throw the Three Books of Knowledge at it? Listen to find out.

  • 118: The Massacre

    118: The Massacre

    16/06/2019 Duración: 02h49min

    "Nicholas only knows the most boring places." He's obviously not acquainted with the Doctor's wardrobe then, which contains... Who knows what? And there's plenty going on in the rest of 16th Century Paris, with a familiar-looking priestly weirdo, a companion's possible ancestor and man-hungry sectarian rats. The Doctor may or may not be in the house but Steven finds that Preslin, the King of germinology, has definitely left the building. What's the Doctor hiding about his mysterious continental city break? Does what happens in Paris stay in Paris? Should Chaplet or Chaplet get a ride in the TARDIS? Did Jim and Martin find The Massacre a mind-broadening trip or a four-part death sentence? And what did Peter Purves think of The Massacre and his time on the show? Listen to find out.

  • 117: Warriors of the Deep

    117: Warriors of the Deep

    15/05/2019 Duración: 03h07min

    “There should’ve been another way.” Yup. But when you only have a couple of days, £37.50 and a two-man human centipede, you will inevitably end up with 1984’s Warriors of the Deep. But the Doctor still manages to trade his cricket beiges for a daring new beige outfit and some temporal footwear, though Turlough misses out on an early airing of his budgie smugglers. Tegan’s troubles are more practical than sartorial, however, when she feels the gossamer weight of a sea base door on her lovely legs. They also encounter the future’s unluckiest intern, a commander who’s a long way from his native 1970s and the leading lights of the power-bloc-which-cannot-be-named’s premier pantomime troop. Throw in some sweat, smells, sloth-like Silurians and skew-whiff sea devils and it all starts to feel like the end of the world. So did Jim and Martin take to the story like a Myrka to water or did it leave them drowning in dreck? Listen to find out.

  • 116: The Daleks

    116: The Daleks

    16/04/2019 Duración: 03h33min

    “My legs! My legs!” Zero out of a million on the tact front from Ian, crowing about his pins when surrounded by legless Daleks. Actually, they haven’t touched a drop but they have experimented with some freaky hallucinogens from their peacenik neighbours. So this is the TARDIS foursome’s first awayday – The Daleks – and where better to visit than a quiet, pollen-free forest with nearby amenities, including free toilet rolls, gratis green grocery and more mercury than you could ever need (especially if you don’t need any). But have some Thals found their own forbidden fruit? Has the tripping Dalek come down yet? How many more legs does Alydon have than Ian? And where would Jim and Martin place the story on the evolutionary continuum from joke shop fake to perfect paragon? Listen to find out.

  • 115: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

    115: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

    15/03/2019 Duración: 03h46min

    "Weirdos!" It’s not often that a Doctor Who story reviews Jim and Martin but this is the topsy-turvy world of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy. It’s all a bit of a circus as the Ringmaster puts the 'c' into 'rap', a foxy artiste blames it on the moonlight and the Chief Clown grins all the way to the emergency dentist. Ace is victim to some violent conducting and the Doctor prances, prestidigitates and experiences a warm burst on his exit. Peaceful hippy Bellboy makes killer robots, Deadbeat mopes around waiting for Lovejoy to turn up and Mystic Morgana wishes she’d never agreed to a fan meet-and-greet. Captain Cook bores himself to death, a new stand-up dies on stage and Peggy Mount proves to be the Worst Dinner Lady in the Galaxy. So did Jim and Martin enjoy the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the non-existent crowd? Or were they reaching for their zero score cards? Listen to find out and to hear the lads review the Tom Baker and James Goss novel, Scratchman.

  • 114: The Sontaran Experiment

    114: The Sontaran Experiment

    15/02/2019 Duración: 02h20min

    “I’ve lost my sonic screwdriver. I feel completely lost without it.” Lost? Modern Doctors would need resuscitating. Yes, it’s back to basics with The Sontaran Experiment, wherein hairy rock dwellers set traps, chuck rocks and threaten people with hot sticks. Undeterred, Sarah channels Margo Leadbetter, Harry tries out some mucus-based medicine and the Doctor whistles the Spitting Image classic “I’ve Never Met A Nice South African.” Meanwhile Styre suffers from short man syndrome and displays his confusion at having a female boss by torturing men, wearing guyliner and fouling his own living space. It all leaves him a tad deflated. But at least everyone gets to take a breather and watch two newcomers have a roll in the heather. Not like that. So did Jim and Martin enjoy the overcast uplands of The Sontaran Experiment or did they fake collarbone fractures to escape watching it? Find out here.

  • 113: The Highlanders

    113: The Highlanders

    14/01/2019 Duración: 02h19min

    “He says he’s a frog doctor, sir.” Let’s have some fanfic where the Troughton and Whittaker Doctors combine forces to heal a lonely amphibian universe. Actually… let’s not. No, this is The Highlanders, where you could be excused for thinking the Doctor’s bizarre accent was French and that his hat was a Goth’s traffic bollard. It’s a second outing for the second Doctor but 18th Century Scotland fares poorly on Cosmic Trip Adviser, with its dog biscuits, corked wine and one-star wet room. And you’ll find the locals unwelcoming and the English tourists somewhat invasive. But the TARDIS team do indulge in recreational pursuits. Ben swims, the Doctor headbangs, Jamie toys with his dirk and Polly manages to avoid fifty shades of Solicitor Grey. But did Jim and Martin think The Highlanders was pure dead brilliant or did it warrant the Ff-bomb? Listen to find out.

  • Xmas Special 2018: Series 11 Review

    Xmas Special 2018: Series 11 Review

    23/12/2018 Duración: 37min

    Merry Christmas! And let's hope it stays merry after listening to Jim and Martin discussing the Series 11 episodes not yet covered in the Krynoid PodCast, and then the series as a whole. We play out with John Gonzalez's Christmas-tinged rendition of the Doctor Who theme (find it on YouTube Hearty thanks from the Green Cathedral to everyone who's listened, tweeted, retweeted, followed, liked and provided feedback over 2018. We'll be back in January 2019. Until then, Happy New Year!

  • 112: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

    112: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

    15/12/2018 Duración: 03h29min

    “There’s your monster maker… Caught in the act.” And lo… Barry Letts did advance upon him, spitting tacks and brandishing a rubber T-Rex, with insertion on his mind. Yes, this is yer actual Invasion of the Dinosaurs – a tale of double talk, double-crosses and double denim. The Doctor drives stuff, Sarah discovers stuff and Yates says “Stuff you!” to his UNIT family (and to everyone outside the central London elite bubble). Have the cast been selectively aged and rejuvenated by Whitaker’s time experiments? Is the science as shaky as the Whitehall walls? And is it worth gambling your house on? Will Lis Sladen ever get the underwear she doesn’t need? And where will Jim and Martin place the story on a scale of Jurassic Park to The Goodies? To find out the answers to some or none of these questions, listen here.

  • 111: The Celestial Toymaker

    111: The Celestial Toymaker

    15/11/2018 Duración: 02h43min

    "I'm bored." Well, if you can't stand the ennui, get out of the kitchen. Yes, we're in the strange and underfunded world of The Celestial Toymaker where the fun barely starts. The Doctor single-handedly plays the world's worst spectator sport, while Steven and Dodo are forced to tackle 'sighted-man's buff', 'spot the comfy chair' and 'hunt the dramatic tension'. And, if you think Strictly seems to go on forever, try the Toymaker's version, aka They Shoot Time Travellers, Don't They? Along the way they meet a mute clown, a clown you wish was mute, the 1966 'Mr & Mrs' champions, a cockernee cook, a (low) Quality Street soldier and the copyright-skirting Billy Butner of Greyflyers School. Dodo reveals that she's all tells and no poker face, Steven tries not to kill everyone in sight (especially Dodo) and the Doctor unleashes his inner Mike Yarwood. So did Jim and Martin dive into the fun like toddlers on tartrazine or would they have preferred to have joined Hartnell in Bognor? Find ou

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