Category Archives: Reality Check

Episodes of Sci-Fi London’s podcast “Reality Check” produced by Strip! and former I’m ready for my close-up presenter Alex Fitch.

Reality Check: Save Our Skins, Superbob!

Reality Check: Save Our Skins, Superbob!

Alex Fitch talks to the casts and crews of two British Comedy / Science-Fiction films, in Q and As on stage at the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival. At Stratford PictureHouse, the director of SOS: Save our Skins, produced by Baby Cow, discusses finding humour in an alien apocalypse, and at the Ritzy Cinema, the creator of SuperBob and members of the cast, including Catherine Tate talk about creating a South London Superhero.

Poster and still from SOS: Save Our Skins / Superbob poster,  Catherine Tate, Brett Goldstein, Natalia Tena and director John Drever at the Ritzy Q and A with Alex Fitch (photo by Chris Harvey)

Poster and still from SOS: Save Our Skins / Superbob poster, Catherine Tate, Brett Goldstein, Natalia Tena and director John Drever at the Ritzy Q and A with Alex Fitch (photo by Chris Harvey)

Links: Grain Media page on Superbob
Buy Superbob from amazon.co.uk
SOS Save Our Skins tumblr
BITE TV channel on youtube

Reality Check: Darth Vader and the Girls from Goldfinger

Reality Check: Darth Vader and the Girls from Goldfinger

In Q and As recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON and the London Film Museum, Alex Fitch talks to Dave Prowse, Shirley Eaton and Tania Mallet about appearing in (Saving) Star Wars and Goldfinger respectively.
Shirley and Tania discuss being cast as Bond Girls: the Masterson sisters in the third 007 film, and Dave talks about turning down the role of Chewbacca for a more sinister position in George Lucas’ classic movies.

Shirley Eaton and Tania Mallet (photo by Mark Mawston) / Dave Prowse and friend (photo by Getty Images)

Shirley Eaton and Tania Mallet (photo by Mark Mawston) / Dave Prowse and friend (photo by Getty Images)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: Watch Saving Star Wars on watchscifi.com
Official Dave Prowse website
Listen to Alex’s interview with Honor Blackman about appearing in Goldfinger, The Avengers and Doctor Who

Reality Check: The Ersatz Doctors part 2

Reality Check: The Ersatz Doctors part 2

Alex Fitch continues his exploration of the actors who have been hired to play incarnations of Doctor Who after the original actors have passed on.
Alex talks to John Guilor about providing a new voice for William Hartnell’s First Doctor in reconstructed ‘missing’ scenes for BBC DVDs; and to Tim Treloar about continuing the adventures of the Third Doctor in Big Finish audio plays, now that Jon Pertwee is no longer with us.
(Originally broadcast 21st December 2015 as part of a Clear Spot on Resonance FM, recorded at ‘The Day of the Doctors 2’ convention, with thanks to Big Finish Productions)

Cover of The Third Doctor Adventures / Syvlester McCoy and Tim Treloar / Cover of Doctor Omega / Behind the scenes and cover of Doctor Who: Planet of Giants

Cover of The Third Doctor Adventures / Syvlester McCoy and Tim Treloar / Cover of Doctor Omega / Behind the scenes and cover of Doctor Who: Planet of Giants

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: More info about ‘Tenth Planet’ Doctor Who events
Article about the recording of The Third Doctor Adventures at bigfinish.com
Behind the scenes video of recording The Planet of Giants
Buy The Third Doctor Adventures: Volume 1, Doctor Who: Planet of Giants and Doctor Omega And The Fantastic Adventure To Mars from amazon.co.uk
Info about Tim Treloar’s Doctor Who CDs at bigfinish.com
Listen to Alex’s interviews with Jon Culshaw and David Troughton about playing alternate versions of Doctor Who

Reality Check: The Ersatz Doctors part 1

Reality Check: The Ersatz Doctors part 1

Alex Fitch looks at the actors who have been hired to play incarnations of Doctor Who after the original actors have passed on or retired. While the programme has a built in fiction for the constant recasting of the lead role, fans have had a desire to still see and hear new adventures for the 1960s and 70s versions of Doctor Who, and these have begun to be made and licenced by the BBC for broadcast on digital radio, television and download.
Alex talks to impressionist Jon Culshaw about playing Tom Baker – otherwise known as the Fourth Doctor – in Dead Ringers, and audiobooks such as The Ark in Space; to actor David Troughton about channeling his father Patrick as an ersatz Second Doctor on BBC Radio 4extra
(Originally broadcast 21st December 2015 as part of a Clear Spot on Resonance FM, with thanks to BBC Audio)

David Troughton / Jon Culshaw / Covers of The Hexford Invasion and the Ark in Space

David Troughton / Jon Culshaw / Covers of The Hexford Invasion and the Ark in Space

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Article about the recording of The Ark in Space at ladbrokeradio.com
Review of Doctor Who: Serpent Crest at cultbox.com
Listen to Alex’s interviews with Doctor Who actors Sylvester McCoy, Michael Jayston and Sophie Aldred
Order Death to the Daleks, The Ark in Space, The Hexford Invasion and The Curse of Peladon on CD from bbcshop.com

Book List: Time Lord Spin-offs

Book List: Time Lord Spin-offs

In a show looking at new Doctor Who novels, short story anthologies and ebooks since the programme returned to television in 2005, Alex Fitch talks to novelist Alastair Reynolds about his book The Harvest of Time, and to writers / editors Jay Eales and Selina Lock about Faction Paradox, Iris Wildtyme, Senor 105 and other Gallifreyan themed titles published by Obverse and Manleigh Books in an interview recorded at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. (Partially broadcast as a Clear Spot, 05/06/15 on Resonance FM)

Covers of Doctor Who spin-off books

Covers of Doctor Who spin-off books

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other formats you can download / stream, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Page on Alastair Reynolds site about writing Doctor Who: The Harvest of Time
Info about Faction Paradox and Iris Wildthyme books featuring Jay Eales at obversebooks.co.uk
Info about the Timelord Mexican Wrestler Se?or 105 published by Manleigh Books including Selina Lock’s ‘Green Eyed and Grim’
Jay and Selina’s Factor Fiction Press
Buy The Harvest of Time from Amazon
Listen to Andrew Hickey’s interview with Lawrence Miles about Faction Paradox
Listen to Alex Fitch’s previous interviews with Selina Lock and Clear Spot about Doctor Who novels and interview with Iris Wildthyme creator Paul Magrs

Reality Check: Space Odysseys

Reality Check: Space Odysseys

Celebrating Sci-Fi programming at the BFI and Brighton’s Cine-City festival, Alex Fitch talks to writer / actor Graham Duff (Nebulous)about the Cine-City performance of ‘They – A sequence of unease’ adapted from a surrealist novel by author Kay Dick. Alex also chats to broadcaster and author Matthew Sweet about the new BFI print of 2001 – A Space Odyssey, with an extract from his recent Q and A about the film, featuring Keir Dullea, broadcast 2nd December 2014 on BBC Radio 3. (With thanks to BBC Arts)

Cover of They by Kay Dick / Foredown Tower, Portslade / Still from 2001 / Keir Dullea at the BFI

Cover of They by Kay Dick / Foredown Tower, Portslade / Still from 2001 / Keir Dullea at the BFI

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: BBC Arts and Free Thinking websites
Info about the BFI Fear and Wonder season
Info about the They performance at Cine-City
Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Matthew Sweet
Graham Duff’s website and Doctor Who audio play

More download formats: archive.org/details/RealityCheckSpaceOdysseys

Reality Check: Vampire Academy comic Breaks

Reality Check: Vampire Academy comic Breaks

Continuing a Q and A recorded at Gosh! Comics, as part of SCI-FI-LONDON 14, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Emma Vieceli about illustrating the comic book adaptations of the first three Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead. Emma also discusses her new webcomic Breaks and forthcoming work on the Alex Rider graphic novel range.

Cover of Dragon Age / interior art from Vampire Academy and Breaks, illustrated by Emma Vieceli

Cover of Dragon Age / interior art from Vampire Academy and Breaks, illustrated by Emma Vieceli

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com
Links: Penguin website on Vampire Academy graphic novels
Breaks webcomic
Emma Vieceli’s website
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Emma Vieceli: in 2009 and the first half of the Gosh! / SCI-FI-LONDON Q and A Continue reading

Panel Borders: Freud, Shakespeare and Marx

Panel Borders: Freud, Shakespeare and Marx

Continuing a month of shows looking at the work of female cartoonists, Alex Fitch talks to a pair of artists whose graphic novels have covered the work of masters of theatre, philosophy and psychoanalysis. In a Q and A recorded at Gosh! Comics as part of the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival, Emma Vieceli discusses her work on SelfMadeHero’s Manga Shakespeare line, drawing adaptations of a post-apocalyptic Hamlet, and 19th Century Much ado about nothing. Also, in an interview (translated by Alex Spiro) recorded at ELCAF French cartoonist Anne Simon discusses her graphic novel biographies of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, published in English by Nobrow. Originally broadcast 23rd June 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Much ado about nothing and Hamlet, drawn by Emma Vieceli / Freud and Marx by Anne Simon

Much ado about nothing and Hamlet, drawn by Emma Vieceli / Freud and Marx by Anne Simon

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Emma Vieceli’s website and new webcomic Breaks
Manga Shakespeare website
Nobrow and Grand Papier pages on Anne Simon
Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Emma Vieceli and Dickon Harris’ interview with Alex Spiro about Nobrow Continue reading

Reality Check: John dies at the End of the Quest for the Game Child

Reality Check: John dies at the End of the Quest for the Game Child

Alex Fitch talks to director Don Coscarelli about his new film John Dies at the End, a slacker-apocalypse comedy with guest appearances by Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones and Clancy Brown. Also, in a Q and A recorded ate last year’s SCI-FI-LONDON, youtube phenomenon Stuart Ashen and director Riyad Barmania discuss their movie Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child.

Stills from Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child / John Dies at the End

Stills from Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child / John Dies at the End

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com

Links: More info about John Dies at the End at www.johndies.com
Stuart Ashen’s youtube channel
Watch full length movie Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child

Book List: Family Reading

Book List: Family Reading

In an hour long show looking at titles aimed at different ages of young readers, Alex Fitch talks to three female authors about their work. Graphic designer Lotta Nieminen talks about her first picture book, Walk This World, which depicts various cities and locations around the world, in a highly stylised rectilinear fashion; YA author Sally Gardner discusses her Carnegie Medal winning dystopian novel Maggot Moon and new illustrated fantasy title Tinder; and debut novelist Fayette Fox explores the background of her coming of age novel The Deception Artist, whose young narrator may be in contact with a visitor from the future… Includes readings from Tinder and The Deception Artist performed by Robert Madge and Fayette Fox. Originally broadcast 23/01/14 as a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

Covers of books by Sally Gardner, Fayette Fox and Lotta Niemenen

Covers of books by Sally Gardner, Fayette Fox and Lotta Niemenen

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other formats you can download / stream, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Info about Walk This World at www.bigpicturepress.net
Info about Sally Garner on the Orion Books website
Maggot Moon website
Info about Fayette Fox on the Myriad Editions website Continue reading