Monday, 8 February 2016

Story 145 - Paradise Towers

In which the Doctor and Mel decide to have a short holiday. She picks a visit to Paradise Towers, which has a famous swimming pool on its roof. When they arrive in the vast residential complex, they find that it disappointingly run down. The corridors are rubbish strewn and the walls covered in graffiti. They meet a group of young women dressed in red - one of the colour-coded girl gangs known as Kangs who live in the Towers. Their rivals are the Blue Kangs. The Doctor learns that the last of the Yellow Kangs has been made "un-alive". Elsewhere in the complex, one of the Caretaker staff is killed by one of the Cleaning Machines which patrol the corridors. The Doctor and Mel become separated. She meets a couple of the residents - elderly ladies Tabby and Tilda. They invite her into their flat and seem reluctant to see her leave. They insist she eats some of their cakes as well. Suddenly a young man named Pex breaks down the door. He claims that he is the Tower's defender and had come to rescue her - though she did not think she was in any danger. The Doctor, meanwhile, is captured by the Chief Caretaker. he accuses the Doctor of being the Great Architect who built the Towers, and so must be executed...

The Doctor tricks his guards and is able to escape. Mel and Pex find themselves threatened by the Cleaning Machines, and split up. Mel finds herself back at the flat of Tabby and Tilda. It transpires that they intend to eat her. Both are killed by a metal tendril which pulls them into the waste disposal system, and Pex once more comes to the rescue. Mel discovers that the Kangs belittle Pex - claiming he is really a coward. Some years ago all the young people left the Towers to fight in a war. Pex was afraid to go and stayed behind. The Doctor joins the Red Kangs in their hideout, and gains their trust.
The Chief caretaker makes regular visits to the basement, where the real Great Architect - Kroagnon - resides. He had been unhappy that his perfect building was going to be spoiled by having people living in it. The inhabitants of the Towers turned on him, and only his disembodied mind survives. The Chief knows that Kroagnon is using the Cleaning Machines to kill people and bring their bodies down to the basement.

The Blue Kangs attack the Red Kang base, but the Doctor gets both gangs to work together.Mel makes it to the famous swimming pool - only to be attacked by an aquatic Cleaning Machine. Kroagnon takes over the Chief Caretaker's body so that he can roam once more through the corridors of his Towers. As Cleaning Machines kill all who they come across, the remaining residents and Caretaker staff make their way to the swimming pool area. The Doctor encourages all of them to set aside old differences and to fight together. A trap is set to destroy Kroagnon. This only partly works. Pex sacrifices himself to destroy the Great Architect. The Doctor and Mel leave the Towers, whose inhabitants are now all co-operating with each other.

This four part adventures was written by Stephen Wyatt, and broadcast between 5th and 26th October, 1987.
This is the first story that script editor Andrew Cartmel could really call his own - with Wyatt the first of the new writers that he commissioned from the BBC's script pool.
Cartmel was a big fan of Sci-Fi comics - 2000AD in particular - and wanted to have stories that had a more serious, political edge.
The idea of lethal buildings was not a new one. One of Terry Gilliam's Monty Python animations had featured a building that turned people into mince-meat, for instance. Both The Avengers and The New Avengers had featured stories in which a computer-run building started bumping off its residents.
An obvious source for this story was JG Ballard's High-Rise.
The story also looked at general themes of urban decay - with gang warfare, and the isolation many occupants of tower blocks felt, having been uprooted from their traditional communities.
There are a lot of things that don't quite work with Paradise Towers. The Kangs should really be much more grubby and feral. On screen, they are a bit middle-class drama school and too well groomed. Some of their pidgin-English is quite fun, but you do get the impression this was written by someone who had never met any real gang members.
The back-story behind this society does not make a lot of sense. Just how long ago was this war? Pex is a young man, so presumably only a couple of years ago, but everyone talks about it as if it is almost legend. And where are the male equivalent of the Kangs - young boys who would have been too young to go to war? There are no middle-aged people at all on view - apart from some of the Caretakers. Did all of the young women also go off to fight. One other thing absent is some context as to where we are. It cannot be Earth, as it does not fit with any of the future histories of this planet elsewhere in the series, so presumably an alien world. An Earth colony perhaps? But where is the wider society?
A design problem is the Cleaning Machines. Too big and cumbersome, and slow-moving. And their tools don't seem to have anything to do with any likely cleaning tasks.

There is a formidable cast on view - though sadly not everyone treats the script seriously. Principal guest artist Richard Briers, as the Chief Caretaker, is the main culprit in terms of unrealistic performance. He decides to play him as an OTT Hitlerian jobsworth. Or Blakey from On The Buses. He starts off over-playing, then goes up the way.
Tabby and Tilda are veteran actors Elizabeth Spriggs and Brenda Bruce respectively. Spriggs had almost been cast as Chessene in The Two Doctors a couple of years before. Judy Cornwell plays another of the Rezzies - Maddy. Pex is Howard Cooke, and the Deputy Chief Caretaker is Clive Merrison, last seen in Tomb of the Cybermen. Amongst the Red Kangs is Julie Brennon, once wed to Turlough actor Mark Strickson.
Episode endings are:
  1. The Chief Caretaker tells the Doctor that he believes him to be the Great Architect - and so faces execution...
  2. Mel screams as she is bound in a crochet shawl by Tabby and Tilda, and threatened with a toasting fork...
  3. The Doctor and some of the Kangs see the Chief Caretaker being taken over by Kroagnon. As they attempt to flee, the Doctor is seized by the throat by a Cleaning Machine...
  4. The now united residents of Paradise Towers perform a ceremony in honour of Pex, as the Doctor and Mel depart.

Overall, a huge improvement on the previous story - in terms of script quality and Sylvester McCoy's performance. The first sign of how the Seventh Doctor's era will develop. Could have done with being a bit darker and with more naturalistic performances.
Things you might like to know:
  • Stephen Wyatt wasn't happy with the casting of Pex. He wanted a hulking Rambo-like figure - so that his appearance contrasted with his cowardliness. 
  • He also wanted the Caretakers to be all old men in shabbier uniforms, and regretted bumping off the cannibalistic Tabby and Tilda too early.
  • Wyatt was commissioned for another story while this one was still being made. Paradise Towers was not his first story idea. Cartmel did not like the original idea and this story developed during further meetings.
  • Producer JNT asked for the Cleaning Machines to be made more prominent, so that the story had a "monster".
  • Following the Hungerford massacre, all BBC shows were asked to tone down on screen violence. Originally Mel was to have been threatened with a carving knife at the climax of Part Two, but - bizarrely - this was replaced with an even more vicious looking toasting fork.
  • The Doctor mentions that they had to jettison the TARDIS bathroom when it started leaking. If it's the one we saw in The Invasion of Time - a big swimming pool - then this might explain why Mel wants to visit the Towers.
  • The pool we see in this story is just so underwhelming. It is just an average sized indoor pool that you would find in any big house in the stockbroker belt. Hardly worth traveling across the galaxy for. These scenes were the only location filming for the story. The owner had been away for some time, and the pool was not heated.
  • The rather annoying music is courtesy of Keff McCulloch. He was called in at the last minute (well, three days before the first episode needed to be scored) to replace original composer David Snell.
  • It had been hoped that Edward Hardwicke would play the Deputy Chief Caretaker. He was well-known at the time for playing Watson to Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes. Apparently Roger Daltrey and Ian Richardson were also approached. The Chief was almost TP McKenna, who will appear at the end of the next season.
  • Talking about his performance later, Briers claims that he was never asked to tone it down in any way. Briers was the nephew of British comedy great Terry-Thomas, and though he never appeared in Doctor Who again, he did feature in Series 2 of Torchwood. His wife played Jenny in The Dalek Invasion of Earth.

Friday, 5 February 2016

The (Real) Great Fire of Rome

My history blog tonight takes a look at what Doctor Who had to say about the events surrounding the Great Fire of Rome in 64AD - and what really happened. comes, sees and conquers as it takes a look at that Hartnell classic The Romans.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Who has been in Star Wars?

Watch many TV series coming out of the US these days and you will see British actors in lead roles - often putting on a fake accent to be Americans. Idris Elba, Hugh Laurie, Andrew Lincoln, and many more. Go back a few decades, and Hollywood preferred British actors to take on the role of the principal villains. There's many a war movie with a noted British thesp playing the German officer.
This was the case back in the mid-1970's, when the first Star Wars film was being produced. It obviously helped that the first trilogy was made in England, as far as studio work is concerned.
Watch those first three movies and you will see a great many actors who are familiar to us from Doctor Who - almost always representatives of the Evil Empire (the Star Wars version of the Nazis).

Let's start with the most iconic figure in the entire series - Darth Vader. The voice might be James Earl Jones, but the body is Dave Prowse. He had appeared only once in Who, again unrecognisable in a mask, as the Minotaur in The Time Monster.
His boss is Grand Moff Tarkin - who has lent his title to a nickname for the current showrunner. He is Peter Cushing - the cinema Dr Who.
That Tusken Raider who attacks Luke Skywalker? That's Peter Diamond. He also arranged all the light-sabre work for the original trilogy. Diamond was a fight arranger on Doctor Who, and had two speaking roles in the Hartnell era - Delos in The Romans, and the rather cowardly Morok guard in The Space Museum. Diamond is also the Morris Dancer who bursts into the pub to attack Sgt. Benton but gets clobbered by Miss Hawthorne's reticule.
Onto Imperial officers, and the first we see is the one who informs Vader that the plans are not aboard the captured rebel ship. That's George Roubicek, who was Captain Hopper in Tomb of the Cybermen. Then we have Don Henderson, from Delta and the Bannermen, in the conference scene aboard the Death Star.
There are four Imperial officers who have played more than one role in Doctor Who, and the first to mention is Leslie Schofield (The War Games and Face of Evil).
One of the regular extras on Who was Harry Fielder - known simply as "H" - who features prominently in the second of Schofield's appearances. He is a Stormtrooper in the first Star Wars film.

Onto the good guys, and a couple of people worth a mention. First up, we should say something about Garrick Hagon (The Mutants and A Town Called Mercy). As Biggs, he had a much bigger role, set on Tatooine, but it was all cut - so he only features in the latter part of the film.
Amongst the flight crew helping the rebels prepare for the attack on the Death Star is Shane Rimmer (The Gunfighters), and one of the rebel officers is Malcolm Tierney (Terror of the Vervoids).
Lastly for the first movie, one of the stunt artists was Rick Lester, one of the principal Ogrons actors in Frontier in Space.

And so onto The Empire Strikes Back. A lot more Imperial officers on view, and guess what? Yes, a few faces familiar to Doctor Who.
First up we have Michael Sheard. He's the Admiral who displeases Vader and gets throttled quite early on. His Who credits have a whole post on this blog to themselves, should you care to have a little hunt.
The officer who takes charge of the Imperial Walkers down on Hoth is none other than Julian Glover, the third of the actors to have more than one role in Who. He was King Richard in The Crusade, then later Scaroth / Scarlioni in City of Death. (plus special mention should be made that his wife was in The King's Demons, and his son played William Russell in 2013's origins drama).
The last of the multi-Who actors to appear as an Imperial officer is Milton Johns. He was in The Enemy of the World, The Android Invasion, and The Invasion of Time.
One other low ranking officer is played by Mark Jones - Keeler from The Seeds of Doom.
There's a new bad guy on the block - Boba Fett. He is played by Jeremy Bulloch, from The Space Museum and The Time Warrior. I wouldn't like to say for certain, and he isn't credited anywhere as such, but one of the Imperial officers seen in the Cloudmine sequences looks suspiciously like Bulloch as well...
Pay attention to the line-up of other bounty hunters, and (allegedly) you'll see a reused spacesuit costume from 1960's Who.
There's also a new good guy introduced - Lando. His chief aide is John Hollis, who was Professor Sondergaard in The Mutants.

Sadly, as the films progress, we see fewer and fewer Who actors. save returnees like Prowse and Bulloch. The Return of the Jedi introduces those blasted Ewoks, chief of whom was young Warwick Davis, from Nightmare in Silver.
Deep Roy (Talons of Weng-Chiang and Mindwarp) plays one of the alien characters.
As well as choreographing light-sabre duels, Peter Diamond is still around on screen. He's one of those Imperial bikers in the forest of Endor.
Last but not least, there is an actor who was almost the Seventh Doctor - Dermot Crowley. He is the rebel General Madine (the one with the Donald Trump comb-over).

Sadly, the second set of three movies were mostly filmed in Australian studios, and UK actors were not used quite so much. Warwick Davis will appear in some capacity (sometimes more than one character). In The Phantom Menace he's both Greedo Jnr and, without a mask, as one of Jabba The Hut's entourage.
Brian Blessed (Mindwarp) - another nearly Doctor - voices the Gungan ruler.
One of the Naboo fighter pilots is Celia Imrie (The Bells of Saint John). Lindsey Duncan (The Water of Mars) provides one of the protocol droid voices.
And talking of voices, a very special mention for Silas Carson, the voice of the Ood. He is Nute Gunrey and Jedi council member Ki-Ade-Mundi (plus others). He will make it to the end of this second trilogy - as both characters.
Also from The Waters of Mars, we have Alan Ruscoe. An alien in this and the next film, he was also a Slitheen and the Anne-Droid amongst other things in Doctor Who.
From the most recent series of Who, there is also Peter Serafinovicz. He voiced Darth Maul, and we recently heard him voicing the Fisher King in Before The Flood.
Jeremy Bulloch gets a cameo appearance in the last of that original set of 6 movies - in Revenge of the Sith he's Captain Colton.

Which brings us to the most recent entry in the series - The Force Awakens. There's now 21st Century Doctor Who, so crossovers with 21st Century Star Wars are inevitable. Warwick Davis is back for a start, and genre fan Simon Pegg (The Long Game) is in it. So is young Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Human Nature / The Family of Blood).
Who is still going on (just), and there are a few more Star Wars movies in the pipe-line (including those spin-offs), so I expect I'll be revisiting and updating this in a couple of years' time.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Story 144 - Time And The Rani

In which the TARDIS is bombarded by laser fire and forced to make a landing on the rocky planet of Lakertya. The culprit is the Rani. She and her Terap allies enter the ship and find the Doctor and Mel unconscious. The Doctor regenerates. He is removed and taken to the Rani's nearby base. She has need of his technical skills. When the shorter, dark haired Doctor revives, he is suffering from post-regeneration amnesia - which the Rani decides to exploit. She dresses up as Mel and pretends to be his companion. She claims that this is his laboratory, and he was knocked out when an experiment went wrong. The Doctor claims he needs some equipment from the TARDIS, so the Rani sends the Tetrap leader - Urak - ahead to remove the real Mel. Tetraps are large bat-like creatures, who have eyes on the sides and backs of their heads. Mel has already recovered, and has been captured by one the planet's natives - Ikona. The reptilian Lakertyans are an indolent species, and have been easily conquered by the Rani. Only Ikona is determined not to become a slave, like their leader Beyus. The planet's surface is covered in lethal traps set by the Rani, and Beyus' daughter is killed by one. Mel saves Ikona from stepping into another, and so he grudgingly decides to let her help him.

When Mel steps into a trap, the Rani convinces the Doctor that it is she who has been caught. Mel is rescued by Ikona. The Doctor changes out of the Sixth Doctor's costume, and returns to the Rani's lair. He is starting to wonder what the work he is doing here is about. Mel breaks in and meets the new Doctor. She does not recognise him, and he thinks she is the Rani. A quick check of each others' pulse reveals the truth. The Doctor feigns amnesia for a while longer - hoping to learn the Rani's scheme. He sees that she is monitoring an asteroid nearby, which is composed of Strange Matter. This substance is incredibly dense. He has noted that power lines feed into a sealed vault at the back of the laboratory, but fails to break in. The Rani realises he is feigning, and starts to reveal her plan. She has captured a number of brilliant scientists from across the universe and is harnessing their minds. The Doctor is to join them. He and Mel escape, and go with Ikona to the Lakertyan hall of pleasure. Here, the Rani subjugates the natives using killer insects, which she can release from a metal sphere in the ceiling. The Doctor is later captured by Tetraps, and taken back to the Rani's base.

Here he is forced to join the rest of the captured scientists. His brain power gives her the boost the Rani needs, though he also confuses the others. The Rani is forced to remove him. The Doctor discovers that behind the huge metal hatch is a massive brain - a Time Brain. The Doctor inadvertently gives it the final piece of the equation it is seeking to create a light-weight version of Strange Matter - loyahrgil. The Rani plans to tip a rocket with this substance and fire this at the asteroid. Lakertya will be destroyed and the Time Brain will expand to fill a shell of chronons - creating an organic computer that will enable the Rani to manipulate evolution throughout the entire universe. The Laketyans are finally convinced to fight back and the Doctor ensures that the rocket is delayed by a few moments so that it misses the asteroid. Beyus then sacrifices himself to blow up the Time Brain along with the rest of the Rani's base. She tries to flee, but ends up a captive of the Tetraps, who had learned that she was going to abandon them on the doomed planet. They leave with her in her TARDIS. The Doctor has an antidote to the killer insects, but Ikona pours it away. His people must solve their own problems...

This four part adventure was written by Pip & Jane Baker, and was broadcast between 7th and 28th September, 1987. It introduces Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, and opens Season 24. It also marks the return of Kate O'Mara as the Rani, and gives us a new title sequence and theme tune arrangement courtesy of Keff McCulloch. We also get the first ever use of computer generated effects - in the titles as well as part of the VFX. Andrew Cartmel takes over as Script Editor.
This is the last contribution to the show by the Bakers, who originally wrote it for their namesake, Colin.
On learning that he had been given the push, Colin Baker had been asked to come back to do one final story in which he regenerated. He told the BBC that to do so would mean having to give up other jobs, so proposed instead one final season with the regeneration at the conclusion. The BBC said no. Baker also rejected the chance to do a regeneration scene - so what we get is McCoy lying on the TARDIS floor in Baker's costume, wearing a Harpo Marx wig, and some VFX are laid over his face as Urak turns him over. The effect does not work as it is clearly McCoy in an ill-fitting wig just before the FX kick in.

Prior to this, Mc Coy was best known to the UK public for his childrens' TV work, though he was also an accomplished stage actor. He had also spent a considerable part of his career putting ferrets and explosives down his trousers.
The Bakers were unhappy on the production. They had planned that Lakertya should be a beautiful forest planet - only to see it realised as yet another quarry. They also clashed with Cartmel, who did not like their style and was keen to take the show into fresher areas. The Bakers also missed their namesake, who had become a close friend.
The Bakers were always keen to use real science in their scripts, but the Rani's plan is incredibly convoluted, and Kate O'Mara struggled with their dialogue.
The cast sees a reunion from a Troughton story. Donald Pickering (Beyus) and Wanda Ventham (playing his wife Faroon) had both appeared in The Faceless Ones. Both had appeared in other stories - he in Keys of Marinus and she in Image of the Fendahl. Of course, she now plays Sherlock's mum - both on and off the screen. Urak is Richard Gaunt, and Ikona is Mark Greenstreet. Best known at the time for taking his shirt off in a TV ad, he went on to star in a drama series based around the world of horse racing.
Episode endings are:
  1. Mel gets caught in one of the Rani's lethal bubble traps...
  2. The Doctor tries to find a hiding place - only to find himself in the middle of the awakening Tetraps...
  3. The Doctor is helpless as the Rani adds his mind to her collection of genii...
  4. The new Doctor assures Mel that he will grow on her, as the two head back to the TARDIS...

Overall, a pretty dreadful start to the new Doctor's tenure. McCoy is really struggling to find the part and his acting is quite atrocious in the first episode, with some clumsy clowning thrown in. The Rani's plan is plain stupid and almost incomprehensible. The Tetraps look good, however, and there is some great model work. The new titles / music have remained divisive to this day.
Things you might like to know:
  • Yes, loyhargil is an anagram of holy grail.
  • The story went by the name of Strange Matter for a long time. This would have been much more apt, what with the plot being incredibly dense.
  • The Tetrap leader Urak gets his name from the Dickens character Uriah Heep - as he is so obsequious.
  • McCoy's costume is mercifully more sedate than his predecessor's. The one big gripe everyone has is with the question mark pullover. At least the more recent Doctor's only had one pair of question marks on their shirt collars. McCoy has stated that had he got a fourth season, the jumper would have gone.
  • For this story only, he wears a tartan scarf. This is replaced in his next story by the Paisley patterned one.
  • Only Castrovalva and The Five Doctors have had a pre-credits sequence up until this point - something we now take for granted. One was a recap, and the other was a little bit of nostalgia, but here it is the start of the new story (from the TARDIS being bombarded up to the Doctor's regeneration).
  • The main reason for the pre-credit sequence is because the new titles had McCoy's face in them, so it was daft to show it before the regeneration.
  • When broadcast, the fourth episode had McCoy's face less obvious in the titles. This was felt to make him look a bit sinister, so was never used again.
  • Unseen story time - just how does the Rani know how to imitate Mel when they have never met? Obviously an unseen adventure? Trouble is, Mel doesn't appear to know about the Rani.
  • That horse-racing drama that Mark Greenstreet was in was called Trainers. It was written by someone else with a Rani connection - Gawn Grainger, who had played George Stephenson in The Mark of the Rani.
  • McCoy's ferret / exploding trouser escapades had occurred when he was part of The Ken Campbell Roadshow. Campbell himself was up for the part of the Seventh Doctor. As was Andrew Sachs of Fawlty Towers fame. Irish actor Dermot Crowley was also considered. At the auditions, Janet Fielding was brought in to play a Mrs Thatcher-style villain.
  • Another audition piece would become part of Mel's leaving scene at the end of this season.
  • Talking of Mrs T., at his audition, Andrew Cartmel had said that he hoped Doctor Who could bring down the government. There will be a Mrs T. pastiche along in just the next story, though the media won't notice it for another 30 years or so... 

Monday, 25 January 2016

January's Figurines

Well, if there is one time that I might not have minded a parcel going missing in the post, this would be it. My least favourite Doctor, paired with my least favourite Dalek.
Old Sixie first. There is a hint of Colin Baker in the features, though it would be unlikely to stand up in an identity parade. Believe it or not, but the costume is actually toned down somewhat. The yellow of the trousers is not quite as bright as the costume as seen on TV.
This means there is now just one more Doctor to be released - the Second.
I deliberately went for a side view of the hunch-backed Supreme Dalek, as it perfectly demonstrates how much of a design monstrosity these were compared to the original Ray Cusick ones.
The Sixth Doctor is as he is supposed to have appeared in Vengeance on Varos, whilst the Supreme does not represent Victory of the Daleks. The magazine does not cover this story, so that opens the door for a future other New Paradigm Dalek release - i.e. this one just painted another colour.
Next month we get the first character from the most recent series - the Fisher King.
PS - last time I mentioned that the Sensorite was the first figure to be released from the Hartnell era that wasn't a Dalek (not counting the Doctor himself). I had clearly forgotten about the Tenth Planet Cyberman. What I should have said is that the Sensorite is the first figurine from the B&W era that isn't a Cyberman or a Dalek. That saves me going back and correcting the earlier post - not that anyone commented on it.

Sunday, 24 January 2016


I'm afraid that Friday's news has rather depressed me - hence no update last night as promised. Am still trying to work out what the announcement means for the longer term future of the programme.
Quite what a big relaunch in 2018 will look like - and who will be in it - remains to be seen.
My look at Time and the Rani will be out tomorrow instead.
(Maybe, subconsciously, I really don't want to think about that particular story in any great detail...).

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Moffat Out. Chibnall In.

No doubt you will have already read that Steven Moffat has finally resigned as showrunner on Doctor Who - and his replacement is going to be Chris Chibnall.
There is not going to be any new series in 2016 - just a Christmas Special.
Moffat will be in charge of Series 10 - but that doesn't start until Spring 2017.
Am I happy with this?
Of course not. A whole year without any new series- and a bit of a prat at the end of it.

Chibnall has a little bit of cache with Broadchurch. The first series, whilst totally derivative, did get big viewing figures. The second series was laughable in its ineptitude. This is also the guy who was responsible for the first series of Torchwood - which everyone agrees was a bit of a mess. Chris Chibnall also wrote that TW episode Cyberwoman... I rest my case...
Do I trust this man to take over the show?
Ney. ney and thrice ney!
The BBC are obviously giving us a lot of guff about this. They are saying the programme will relaunch in the Spring of 2017, and that's a good thing - because the series came back in the Spring of 2005.
That's the from the same d***heads who said that the programme needed to go out in the Autumn -when it was darker. I do believe that one of these d***heads was Steven Moffat himself.
Logic dictates that Steven Moffat is a d***head...

What does this mean for the future of the series? Basically Moffat is more interested with Sherlock, Gatiss isn't trustworthy to take over Who. Neither is Toby Withouse.
The future is bleak...