The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast
Episode 30: Lungbarrow

It took us 30 episodes, but we finally got around to it: this month we present our discussion of possibility the most iconic novel in the Virgin New Adventures, Lungbarrow by Marc Platt.  You may fondly recall when we reviewed Platt’s Cat’s Cradle: Time’s Crucible back in Episode 10.  Platt also wrote “Ghost Light” as well as a number of stories in the Big Finish range.  Needless to say, despite the limited amount of stories he’s contributed to the Doctor Who canon, his work is influential if not controversial.  From the back cover of Lungbarrow:

‘Nonsense, child,’ retorted the Doctor.  ‘Grandfather indeed!  I’ve never seen you before in my life!’

All is not well on Gallifrey.  Chris Cwej is having someone else’s nightmares.  Ace is talking to herself.  So is K-9.  Leela has stumbled on a murderous family conspiracy.  And the beleaguered Lord President, Romanadvoratrelundar, foresees one of the most tumultuous events in her plant’s history.

At the root of all is an ancient and terrible place, the House of Lungbarrow in the southern mountains of Gallifrey.  Something momentous is happening there.  But the House has inexplicably gone missing.

673 years ago the Doctor left his family in that forgotten House.  Abandoned, disgraced and resentful, they have waited.  And now he’s home at last.

In this, the seventh Doctor’s final New Adventure, he faces a threat that could uncover the greatest secret of them all.

Pour yourself a nice tall glass of Gallifreyan ale and sit back and enjoy as we try to pick apart Marc Platt’s Lungbarrow!

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Direct download: Episode_30_Lungbarrow.mp3
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Episode 29: State of Change

We bring you May’s episode in mid-June, as real life gave both of us a swift kick in the pants last month.  Next up is State of Change by Christopher Bulis, a Virgin Missing Adventure featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri.  From the back cover:

‘In less than 25 years the Romans have invented electricity generation, airships, radio and who knows what else.  Is that reasonable?’

Ancient Egypt, 41BC.  The Doctor and Peri watch as Cleopatra’s pleasure barge glides up the Nile in preparation for her fateful meeting with Mark Anthony.  And an alien presence observes the TARDIS, waits for it to dematerialize, then pounces.

When the time ship lands, the Doctor and Peri find themselves in ancient Rome, in the tomb of Cleopatra.  But something is very wrong.  The tomb walls depict steam-driven galleys and other disturbing anachronisms.  The Roman Empire is preparing for a devastating war – using weapons from the future capable of destroying the entire world.

Bulis has written a number of Doctor Who novels, some for the Missing Adventures range, including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Eye of the Giant, Twilight of the Gods, and A Device of Death.  This marks his first book in the series.

Don’t forget that, at the time of this release, Mad Norwegian Press’ Queers Dig Time Lords will be available for sale, with an article written on podcasting by none other than our own humble co-host Erik!  Buy your copy today!  (We already did.)

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Direct download: Episode_29_State_of_Change.mp3
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