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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Show 11: Doctor Who (The Edge of Destruction)

Welcome to our final show of the year, and so we can keep our suitable festive theme started in our last show when we covered The Box of Delights we now serve you the true turkey that is The Edge of Destruction.

This is the third show in the first run of Doctor Who, and was first broadcast in 1964. It is the ultimate example of what American TV would call a "bottle" show - in that it contains no guest cast and no new sets. It also, as you will know if you have seen it, contains almost no acting and very little script!

This story is not available by itself, but forms the final disc in the "The Beginning" boxed set that contains the whole first three classic Who stories. And a good thing to, becuase really you wouldn't choose to buy this thing by itself!

But you might not agree with us, so if not please do not hesitate to get in touch about it! Contact info is on the panel to the right, and tell us what you thought of this story. You cab also leave comments here if you are a member of our Facebook Group.

You can download the show manually by clicking here.
That's it for 2008, we will see you in a fortnight with our first show on a Doctor Who story that is only available on audio, Marco Polo. That will be released on or around the 9th of January.

From all of us here at Cadmium2 and Futility Radio, have a cracking new year!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Your feedback...

We recently put a poll on the main page about the content of the show. As regular listeners will know we put out two shows every month, one based on Doctor Who, one based on something else, and we wanted to know if you thought we had got the balance right, hence the poll. 68% of you told us we were getting the balance about right, with 12% saying that we put too much emphasis on Who, and the other 20% wanting more Who content! We are pleased with this because it suggests that we got the balance about right.

The next show (which is Doctor Who based) will be out on Boxing Day, and from that point the show will come out every other week on a Wednesday. (At the moment we do two per month, so going every other week means that you will get 26 shows per year out of us instead of 24!) We are also planning to go weekly for two months this year - May and June - so there will be plenty of content available for those of you who are going on holiday and have long journeys there and back.

Please continue to give us feedback, either via this blog or our Facebook Group, we hope to use it in future shows.

See you Boxing Day!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Show 10: The Box of Delights

As it is Christmas, (well almost anyway) we have chosen a Christmassy themed topic for the first December show - the BBC's 1984 adaptation of John Masefields book The Box of Delights. There has been a discussion thread set up on our Facebook group, so please feel free to leave us some feedback on our thoughts or some of your own!

To download the episode manually, click here.

If you don't yet own your own copy of The Box of Delights click here for some links that will enable you to buy it!

In two weeks time (yes, that's Boxing Day folks!) we will be back with a show about the Doctor Who story The Edge of Destruction.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far, we really do appreciated it and look forward to more throughout next year (we're really on the ball, we already have five months worth in the can!)
Have a great Christmas!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Verity Lambert, RIP

As all fans of the show will be aware, last month, on the eve of Doctor Who’s 44th anniversary, it’s first producer and creative driving force, Verity Lambert, died at the age of 71.

One of the UK’s foremost television producers, Lambert was the first producer of Doctor Who, in charge of the series from 1963 - 1965. At the age of 28 she was the youngest and only female drama producer working at the BBC.

Over the decades her credits and reputation continued to rise and she became highly respected within the television industry. She oversaw such iconic productions as Adam Adamant Lives, Budgie, The Naked Civil Servant, Rock Follies, Rumpole of the Bailey, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Reilly: Ace of Spies, Minder, Jonathan Creek and Love Soup.

In 1985 Lambert established her own independent production company, Cinema Verity. The company’s first production was the 1988 feature film A Cry in the Dark, starring Sam Neill and Meryl Streep. Cinema Verity’s first television series, the BBC1 sitcom May to December, ran from 1989 until 1994.

In 2000 two of her productions, Doctor Who and The Naked Civil Servant, finished third and fourth respectively in a British Film Institute poll of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century and in the 2002 New Year’s Honours list Lambert was awarded the O.B.E. for services to film and television production. In the same year she received BAFTA’s Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television.

At the beginning of this month she was due to receive the lifetime achievement award from the WFTV (Women in Film and Television). However, it was awarded posthumously, WFTV chair Sophie Balhetchet describing Lambert as "a passionate professional, a mentor, an inspiration".

"Women in Film and Television celebrates the achievements of these hugely talented women whose careers span the entire range of jobs in our industry," said Ms Balhetchet, herself a film and TV producer. "Our sadness is that Verity Lambert, whom we honour with our lifetime achievement award, died a few days ago." Lambert was "a truly exemplary woman in the work she produced and the life she lived", she added.

For Andrew, Mike and myself, we have felt moved by this perhaps a little more than we would have expected, as we have been watching Verity's vision unfold for our podcast and only recently finished viewing the entire first season back to back. She will be a great loss to film and television and to the world of Doctor Who.

Verity Ann Lambert, OBE.
27.11.35 - 22.11.07

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Show 9: The Tomorrow People (The Slaves of Jedikiah)

Show 9 is here, and this time we have a look at the very first story from the very first series of ITV's The Tomorrow People. This story was originally broadcast from April to June 1973.

As you will hear, we had a few things to say about this serial - it is a great series but sadly the opening episode is not representative of what the show became.

Joining the regular team of Paul, Mike and Andrew is Wendy from Sending a Wave (our sister Firefly/Serenity podcast) as well as Kevin (who is about to launch a splendid pub based podcast called The Great Barred.

The DVD of the serial can be purchased via the price comparison site on the end of this link (in fact it is cheaper to purchase it as part of the series one boxed set or if you really like it, you can get the whole lot for a very reasonable price by visiting Big Finish by clicking here (at the time we wrote this it was a fantastic £35!)

You can download this episode of Cadmium2 direct by clicking here.

Hope you enjoy the show - next up is BBC TV's Christmas serial The Box of Delights which is out in a fortnight on the 12th of December. Also, we really look forward to your thoughts on the shows we cover - either email us (see to the right) or leave a comment on the discussion board at our Facebook Group.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Show 8: Doctor Who (The Daleks)

The first Cadmium2 this month examines the second story of the first series of Doctor Who - the story that arguably put Doctor Who on the map. The Daleks, by Terry Nation, is a seven episode story that is available to buy as part of The Beginnings boxed set.

Thanks for the feedback that we have been receiving - we will cover some of that off in one of our December shows, which is in fact the first show that we have recorded since we launched - all of the first nine shows were recorded just as we put out the first couple of shows!

Show 8 can be downloaded by clicking here.

Next up in a fortnight is the first ever Tomorrow People story, with Wendy from Sending a Wave and Kevin Beaumont, who has also been heard on our sister show.

See you in a couple of weeks!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

November Update...

Just to let you all know the details of what you can expect from Cadmium2 in November:

14th: Doctor Who (The Daleks)
28th: The Tomorrow People (The Slaves of Jedikiah).

We have the December shows already recorded as well, (more on those later) and then in November we are all taking a week off work to record the first batch of shows for 2008. We will be covering our first radio series, another Bond, more Doctor Who (of course) and an awful lot more.

We keep meaning to do radio and never seem to get around to it, but the poll we put up on the site a while back suggests that cult radio is as much on your agenda as cult TV, with films and books way down the list!

We also have plans to do extra episodes in the Summer so that you can take us with you on holiday! We are very pleased and encouraged by the number of downloads we are getting and by the feedback we are getting which suggests that we are getting something right. We had actually recorded the first nine shows pretty much before we started releasing the podcast so that is why we have not really featured a lot of your comments within the body of the show, that will change from show ten!

Please continued to give us feedback on the show, and thanks you all for your support so far!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Show 7: The Stone Tape

Show 7 has been released today. In this, we cover Nigel Kneale's (of Quatermass fame) The Stone Tape, a play first broadcast in 1972 on Christmas Day on BBC2. We have a sneaking suspicion that the DVD has been deleted, but we are sure that if you look hard enough online you will be able to find it somewhere for a reasonable price.

If you wish to download Show 7 direct, click here.

Next month, we once again have two shows for you: we look at the second Doctor Who story The Daleks which introduced the most famous adversary to the series. We also look at the very first story of The Tomorrow People which is called The Slaves of Jedikiah. These will be released on the 14th and 28th of next month. Also just a reminder that the show has a Facebook Group, which can be accessed by clicking here. Please do join as it is a very easy way to leave us feedback, and we get to know who and where our listeners are.

See you all next month.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Show 6 now out!

Show six we look at The Tribe of Gum, which is the latter three episodes of the opening Doctor Who story. The story is available on DVD as part of "The Beginnings" boxed set, for some places to buy this click here.

The episode can be manually downloaded by clicking here.

In two weeks show seven will be available, which is about Nigel Kneales "The Stone Tape."

Please keep your feedback coming, from show nine we will be hoping to include your thoughts on the show we are covering. So, to that end, we would welcome some email comments (or even voicemails, see to the right for information on either) on the following two shows:

The Box of Delights
Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction.

We welcome your reviews and comments - please keep voicemails to about one minute, and email comments need to be able to be read in a minute. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

October on Cadmium 2...

There are two shows out this month:

Show 6 comes out on the 10th, and is covering the remainder of the very first Doctor Who story, by some known as The Tribe of Gum and by others as An Unearthly Child parts 2-4. Whatever you wish to call it, we let you know all about it and what we thought of it.

Show 7 is all about the 1972 BBC TV Movie The Stone Tape by Nigel Kneale, which was released on DVD in 2001 by the British Film Institute. The show is out on the 24th.

See you on the 10th...

Sunday, September 30, 2007

RIP Miss Moneypenny

Sad news reported this morning for fans of the James Bond films across the world.

Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny, has died at the age of 80. She joins Bernard Lee and Desmond Llewellyn, leaving Sean Connery the only surviving member of the original MI6 line up.


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Show 5: James Bond (Tomorrow Never Dies)

Show 5 has been released today. With Wendy from Sending a Wave as a guest reviewer, we get stuck in after watching the 18th Bond movie. This is the first movie we have covered on Cadmium 2, please let us know what you think.

You can download show 5 directly by clicking here.

That's it for this month, next month we look at the last three episodes of the opening Doctor Who adventure (by some known as The Tribe of Gum) as well as The Stone Tape - a 1970s play by Nigel Kneale! We will update you with release dates closer to the time.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

It's no secret that I am a massive fan of Big Finish's Dalek Empire series. Easily the strongest spin-off range they've produced to date and although, in my opinion, Series 3 was two episodes too long, it was still extremely well done and starred the future 10th Doctor himself, David Tennant!

So now we're onto Series 4. When Andrew and I interviewed Nick Briggs earlier in the year, he actually broke off from writing it to talk to us! This series goes back in time a bit to a point during the first series (I believe). Very little is known about what we can expect but, in a beautiful little coup, BF have snared the talents of New Doctor Who's Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke) to star as Kade in Dalek Empire 4: The Fearless. It's a four part story (as opposed to Series 3's six) and Part One is released this month.

On the basis of the previous three series I strongly urge you to buy this. It's excellent drama, well-acted and produced and if it maintains the high standards they've set themselves it should be cracking...

This hasn't appeared anywhere else yet (that I'm aware of) so I hope you like the cracking poster they've produced...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Show 4: Nick Briggs Interview

Hello, and welcome to all of our new subscribers from the advert placed on Slice of SciFi. In this show, we interview Nick Briggs, the producer of the Big Finish Doctor Who range. Oh, and he also does the voices of the Daleks on the Actual TV Show!

Later in the month we will be talking Bond. James Bond. We have started to get some feedback from you guys, much appreciated, see you in two weeks!

To download this episode manually, click here.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Nick Briggs Interview - Show 4

Hello, it's September and we can now announce what our two shows will be this month.

The first, show 4, which is out on the 12th of this month, is an interview with Nick Briggs, who is the producer of the Doctor Who range of the Big Finish audios. He also provides a lot of the alien voices for the current series of Doctor Who, most notably the Daleks and the Cybermen. It's a cracking interview, and we have been invited back for another recording so we may get to speak to him again!

Show 5, which is out on the 26th is our discussion on the 18th James Bond Film, Tomorrow Never Dies, starring Pierce Brosnan. Joining us on that one is Wendy Scott, who is a presenter on Sending a Wave, the Firefly/Serenity podcast, and a massive Bond/Brosnan fan.

So that is what we are doing in September, if you have any feedback for us our email address is on the panel to the right!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Join us on Facebook

We have just created a Facebook group for the show. We were thinking of doing a Frappr map and a MySpace group, but Facebook just seems simpler and, well, better! So if you listen to the show, please consider joining the group, it would be great to know who some of you are!

To go directly to the group, click here. (I don't know how this will work if you are not a member or if you are not signed in!)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Show 3: Timeslip (The Wrong End of Time)

In the new episode, released today, we examine the first story of the Timeslip series, broadcast in 1970. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the DVD, click here. The DVD set contains all 26 episodes and all four serials. We will cover future stories on future shows.

If you would like to know a little more about Timeslip, click here and read all about it!

That's is for this month, the September shows will be coming out on the 12th and 26th of September. Exactly which shows they are is in the process of being finalised, and as soon as we can confirm the topics we will announce it here. As usual, if you have any comments on what you have heard, contact using the contact details to the right.

If you need to download episode three direct, please click here.

See you all next month,

Monday, August 27, 2007

We have been Busy!

Hi everyone,

Show three comes out on Wednesday, and but we would like to reassure you that, although there was a large break between shows one and two, we have been incredibly busy. We will regularly deliver two shows per month, and we even have tentative plans to go weekly in May and June so that people can take us away on holiday with them!

This weekend we recorded shows eight and nine (that's how far ahead we are). So, topics that will be coming up very soon include:

Doctor Who: The Tribe of Gum (Series 1, Story 1)
Doctor Who: The Daleks (Series 1, Story 2)
James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies (18th Movie)
The Stone Tape (One off drama)
The Tomorrow People: The Slaves of Jedikiah (Series 1, Story 1)

Not in that order though!

We have started building our list of stuff that we want to cover, and frankly it is getting silly now! There is a lot of amazing radio to look at (Hitch Hikers, Nebulous, Lord of the Rings), more Doctor Who, more films... at the moment the current idea is that Doctor Who (in various forms, be it TV, Radio or Big Finish) will be about half of our output, but if you think it should be more (or less!) then do let us know!

Anyhow, show three (Timeslip: The Wrong End of Time) is out on Wednesday, and show four will hit your podcatcher on 12th September.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Show 2: "The Wishing Beast" Set Report

Hi everyone, thanks for your patience, sorry it's taken so long to get this show out to you. In May, we were invited to Moat Studios in London to watch the recording of the Doctor Who audio play The Wishing Beast (click on the link to take you to the relevant page on the Big Finish website, you can buy the play from here too).

In this show, we talk to some of the cast (Jean Marsh and Bonnie Langford) and crew (John Ainsworth. We also talked to Nick Briggs, that will be in a later show). Thanks especially to John and Nick of Big Finish, it was a fascinating day and this show is the result.

If you are not subscribed to our podcast feed you can download the episode direct by clicking here.

Now we are back on track in terms of production, you can look forward to our review of the first Timeslip serial, The Wrong End of Time. For more information on the show click here, and to find out where you can buy it click here. This show will be available on Wednesday, 29th August.

See you later in the month,

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Show 2 coming soon...

Thanks for your patience, show 2 is coming very soon. In fact, since there has been such a delay, show 3 will probably follow on within a couple of days!

We will update you on our schedule as soon as the next show comes out.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Show One here!

The very first episode of our new podcast is finally available to download! In this first episode, we look in detail at the very first episode of Doctor Who, "An Unearthly Child."

You can download it by clicking here. If you would like to subscribe via iTunes, open iTunes first then click here.

To give us some feedback on our first show, there are several options:

1) Leave a comment on this blog - go on, you know you want to...

2) Email us at cadmium2@futilityradio.com.

3) Send us a voicemail by emailing us a sound file to the above address, or

4) Call us on 07921 350340 and leave us some feedback (international listeners dial +447921 350340).

We have plenty of topics for upcoming shows planned, so if you would like to contribute your thoughts about the shows we are covering, get in touch!

Show 2 is an interview with Nick Briggs from Big Finish (who produce some excellent audio plays, including Doctor Who featuring the original cast). Click here for more info.

In Show 3, we look at the first serial from the 1970's ITV show Timeslip, called "The Wrong End of Time".

Show 4 will hopefully be a set report from one of the Big Finish audios.

Show 5 will be the James Bond movie "Tomorrow Never Dies". We will record the shows in batches of between 2 and 4, so as soon as we decide the schedule we will publish it so you can contribute if you want.

Hope you enjoy the opening show,

Paul, Mike and Andrew.

Monday, May 07, 2007


...to Cadmium2. A podcast and blog principally devoted to the television series of Doctor Who from 1963-200? also including the audio drama series produced by Big Finish.

Given that the majority of Doctor Who podcasts are magazine style shows, we wanted to try something a little different. Tachyon TV have already done the 'irreverent commentary' style - so our intention is to cover every story, although not in chronological order, and discuss the content, ideas within, and every other aspect we can think of! As you'll discover when listening, we all have pretty strong opinions about the show, which should hopefully make for interesting listening.

We're also keen on a lot of other British Cult TV and radio so, from time to time, we will intersperse the Who-casts with something from another series (Sapphire and Steel, Robin of Sherwood, Nebulous etc).The first show will be out in the next month and will be available on iTunes. We'd love to get feedback from you, so feel free to leave comments on this blog.You'll be hearing from us...