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Jesse Merlin is an actor and bass-baritone. James Holloway is a teacher and writer with degrees in history and archaeology. They've been joined by their love of classic Doctor Who for over 30 years. Join them as they watch and discuss classic Who stories.
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Feb 7, 2016

Demons, aliens, archaeology, evil Morris men, a white witch -- it's all excitement in classic Jon Pertwee story The Daemons! Normally our run through classic Doctor Who would lead us to a Pat Troughton story next, but there was a problem with the file. Fortunately, we record well in advance, so we have this one for you to enjoy instead. 

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  • almost two years ago
    Lisa
    Great episode!

    I'm not sure how 'live' it would have been, but the televised excavations at Silbury Hill, also in Wiltshire, would have been on not long before this was filmed, and some of the more gothic elements here might be a wink at how wildly underwhelming Silbury Hill turned out to be (at least as far as exciting television went - lots of previous and subsequent archaeological work there has shown some pretty cool things).

    There is also a lot of Mortimer Wheeler on iPlayer now, if you dig up (see what I did there?) the archaeology collection, which is actually quite well-curated; Jesse, when they do the Wheeler rock opera, I expect to see you playing him.

    Another 'ritual calendar' recommendation is Britain's Living Folklore by Roy Palmer - it's not nearly as in-depth as the excellent Hutton book, but it's a nice overview from an early 1990s folklore viewpoint.