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Last wednesday i was run over while walking to work. 


My left leg is broken below the knee in two places and the knee has about as much cartlage left as batman...


Im still in hospital and awating a specialist to screw it all back together again.


I should have the operation tomorrow.. and yes its a relaitively minor operation... but its still an operation and im just a touch worried.


I had my audio recorder in my bag when i was hit and ive not had a chance to test it yet. Though it looks like my bad or my head removed the womans wing mirror. 


Both are in need of tlc.


So I just wanted to take this oportunity to say a big thank you.... you know... just incase you dont hear from me... at all...


Thanks fir being witb me for 10 years

Thanks to all the friends ive made through podcasting and Doctor Who.

Thanks to the other podcasters for entertainment and argument.

Thanks to all the celebs that have been here and chatted.


Thank you to my wife and Daughter who I love with all my hearts



Thank you. Listners. You have made it worth while.


And ive NEVER ment this as much as I mean it righr now...



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It begins with just a few people falling ill. Another flu virus that spreads around the globe. And then the reports begin that people are dying…

When most of the world's population is wiped out, a handful of survivors are left to pick up the pieces.

Cities become graveyards. Technology becomes largely obsolete. Mankind must start again…

NOTE: Survivors contains adult material and is not suitable for younger listeners.

1. Revelation by Matt Fitton
When people begin to die of a new strain of a flu virus, newspaper journalists Helen Wiseman and Daniel Connor investigate. They uncover a terrifying story - but will anyone ever get to read it?

Written By: Matt Fitton
Directed By: Ken Bentley


Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), John Banks (Daniel Connor), Louise Jameson (Jackie Burchall), Sinead Keenan (Susie Edwards),.Caroline Langrishe (Helen Wiseman), Adrian Lukis (James Gillison), Chase Masterson (Maddie Price), Terry Molloy (John Redgrave), Camilla Power (Fiona Bell), Phil Mulryne (Pnil Bailey), San Shella (Sayed)

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Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is an 1884 satirical novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott. Writing pseudonymously as "A Square",[1] the book used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Victorian culture, but the novella's more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions.[2]

Several films have been made from the story, including the feature film Flatland(2007). Other efforts have been short or experimental films, including one narrated by Dudley Moore and the short films Flatland: The Movie (2007) andFlatland 2: Sphereland starring Martin Sheen and Kristen Bell.[3]




Illustration of a simple house in Flatland.

The story describes a two-dimensional world occupied by geometric figures, whereof women are simple line-segments, while men are polygons with various numbers of sides. The narrator is a square, a member of the caste of gentlemen and professionals, who guides the readers through some of the implications of life in two dimensions. The Square dreams about a visit to a one-dimensional world (Lineland) inhabited by "lustrous points", and attempts to convince the realm's monarch of a second dimension; but is unable to do so. He is himself visited by a three-dimensional sphere, which he cannot comprehend until he sees Spaceland (a tridimensional world) for himself. This Sphere visits Flatland at the turn of each millennium to introduce a new apostle to the idea of a third dimension in the hopes of eventually educating the population of Flatland. From the safety of Spaceland, they are able to observe the leaders of Flatland secretly acknowledging the existence of the sphere and prescribing the silencing of anyone found preaching the truth of Spaceland and the third dimension. After this proclamation is made, many witnesses are massacred or imprisoned (according to caste).

After the Square's mind is opened to new dimensions, he tries to convince the Sphere of the theoretical possibility of the existence of a fourth (and fifth, and sixth ...) spatial dimension; but the Sphere returns his student to Flatland in disgrace.

The Square then has a dream in which the Sphere visits him again, this time to introduce him to Pointland, whereof the point (sole inhabitant, monarch, and universe in one) perceives any communication as a thought originating in his own mind (cf.Solipsism):

'You see,' said my Teacher, 'how little your words have done. So far as the Monarch understands them at all, he accepts them as his own – for he cannot conceive of any other except himself – and plumes himself upon the variety of Its Thought as an instance of creative Power. Let us leave this God of Pointland to the ignorant fruition of his omnipresence and omniscience: nothing that you or I can do can rescue him from his self-satisfaction.'[4]

— the Sphere

The Square recognizes the identity of the ignorance of the monarchs of Pointland and Lineland with his own (and the Sphere's) previous ignorance of the existence of higher dimensions. Once returned to Flatland, the Square cannot convince anyone of Spaceland's existence, especially after official decrees are announced that anyone preaching the existence of three dimensions will be imprisoned (or executed, depending on caste). Eventually the Square himself is imprisoned for just this reason.

Social elements[edit]

Men are portrayed as polygons whose social status is determined by their regularity and the number of their sides, with a Circle considered the "perfect" shape. On the other hand, females consist only of lines and are required by law to sound a "peace-cry" as they walk, lest she be mistaken face-to-face for a point. The Square evinces accounts of cases where women have accidentally or deliberately stabbed men to death, as evidence of the need for separate doors for women and men in buildings.

In the world of Flatland, classes are distinguished by the "Art of Hearing", the "Art of Feeling", and the "Art of Sight Recognition". Classes can be distinguished by the sound of one's voice, but the lower classes have more developed vocal organs, enabling them to feign the voice of a polygon or even a circle. Feeling, practised by the lower classes and women, determines the configuration of a person by feeling one of its angles. The "Art of Sight Recognition", practised by the upper classes, is aided by "Fog", which allows an observer to determine the depth of an object. With this, polygons with sharp angles relative to the observer will fade more rapidly than polygons with more gradual angles. Colour of any kind is banned in Flatland after Isosceles workers painted themselves to impersonate noble Polygons. The Square describes these events, and the ensuing class war at length.

The population of Flatland can "evolve" through the "Law of Nature", which states: "a male child shall have one more side than his father, so that each generation shall rise (as a rule) one step in the scale of development and nobility. Thus the son of a Square is a Pentagon, the son of a Pentagon, a Hexagon; and so on".

This rule is not the case when dealing with isosceles triangles (Soldiers and Workmen) with only two congruent sides. The smallest angle of an isosceles triangle gains thirty arc minutes (half a degree) each generation. Additionally, the rule does not seem to apply to many-sided polygons. For example, the sons of several hundred-sided polygons will often develop fifty or more sides more than their parents. Furthermore, the angle of an isosceles triangle or the number of sides of a (regular) polygon may be altered during life by deeds or surgical adjustments.

An equilateral Triangle is a member of the craftsman class. Squares and Pentagons are the "gentlemen" class, as doctors, lawyers, and other professions. Hexagons are the lowest rank of nobility, all the way up to (near) circles, who make up the priest class. The higher-order polygons have much less of a chance of producing sons, preventing Flatland from being overcrowded with noblemen.

Regular polygons were considered in isolation until chapter seven of the book when the issue of irregularity, or physical deformity, became considered. In a two dimensional world a regular polygon can be identified by a single angle and/or vertex. In order to maintain social cohesion, irregularity is to be abhorred, with moral irregularity and criminality cited, "by some" (in the book), as inevitable additional deformities, a sentiment with which the Square concurs. If the error of deviation is above a stated amount, the irregular polygon faces euthanasia; if below, he becomes the lowest rank of civil servant. An irregular polygon is not destroyed at birth, but allowed to develop to see if the irregularity can be “cured” or reduced. If the deformity remains, the irregular is “painlessly and mercifully consumed”.[5]

As a social satire[edit]

In Flatland Abbott describes a society rigidly divided into classes. Social ascent is the main aspiration of its inhabitants, apparently granted to everyone but strictly controlled by the top of the hierarchy. Freedom is despised and the laws are cruel. Innovators are imprisoned or suppressed. Members of lower classes who are intellectually valuable, and potential leaders of riots, are either killed, or promoted to the higher classes. Every attempt for change is considered dangerous and harmful. This world, as ours, is not prepared to receive 'Revelations from another world'.

The satirical part is mainly concentrated in the first part of the book, 'This World', which describes Flatland. The main points of interest are the Victorian concept on women's roles in the society and in the class-based hierarchy of men.[6]

Abbott has been accused of misogyny due to his portrait of women in 'Flatland'. In his Preface to the Second and Revised Edition, 1884, he answers such critics by stating that the Square:

was writing as a Historian, he has identified himself (perhaps too closely) with the views generally adopted by Flatland and (as he has been informed) even by Spaceland, Historians; in whose pages (until very recent times) the destinies of Women and of the masses of mankind have seldom been deemed worthy of mention and never of careful consideration.

—the Editor

Critical reception[edit]

Although Flatland was not ignored when it was published,[7] it did not obtain a great success. In the entry on Edwin Abbott in the Dictionary of National BiographyFlatland is not even mentioned.[2]

The book was discovered again after Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity was published, which introduced the concept of a fourth dimension. Flatland was mentioned in a letter entitled "Euclid, Newton and Einstein" published in Nature on February 12, 1920. In this letter Abbott is depicted, in a sense, as a prophet due to his intuition of the importance of time to explain certain phenomena:[2][8]

Some thirty or more years ago a little jeu d'esprit was written by Dr. Edwin Abbott entitled Flatland. At the time of its publication it did not attract as much attention as it deserved... If there is motion of our three-dimensional space relative to the fourth dimension, all the changes we experience and assign to the flow of time will be due simply to this movement, the whole of the future as well as the past always existing in the fourth dimension. —from a "Letter to the Editor" by William Garnett. in Nature on February 12, 1920.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography now contains a reference to Flatland.

Editions in print[edit]

Adaptations and parodies[edit]

Numerous imitations or sequels to Flatland have been written, and multiple other works have alluded to it. Examples include:

In film[edit]

Flatland (1965), an animated short film based on the novella, was directed by Eric Martin and based on an idea by John Hubley.[9][10][11]

Flatland (2007), a 98-minute animated independent feature film version directed by Ladd Ehlinger Jr,[12] updates the satire from Victorian England to the modern-day United States.[12]

Flatland: The Movie (2007), by Dano Johnson and Jeffrey Travis,[13] is a 34-minute animated educational film voice acted byMartin SheenKristen BellMichael York, and Tony Hale.[14] Its sequel was Flatland 2: Sphereland (2012), inspired by the novel Sphereland by Dionys Burger and starring Kristen BellDanny PudiMichael YorkTony HaleDanica McKellar, andKate Mulgrew.[15][16][17]

In literature[edit]

An Episode on Flatland: Or How a Plain Folk Discovered the Third Dimension by Charles Howard Hinton (1907), Spherelandby Dionys Burger (1965), The Planiverse by A. K. Dewdney (1984), Flatterland by Ian Stewart (2001), and Spaceland by Rudy Rucker (2002). Short stories inspired by Flatland include "The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics" by Norton Juster (1963), "The Incredible Umbrella" by Marvin Kaye (1980), and "Message Found in a Copy of Flatland" by Rudy Rucker (1983)

Physicists and science popularizers Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking have both commented on and postulated about the effects of Flatland. Sagan recreates the thought experiment as a set-up to discussing the possibilities of higher dimensions of the physical universe in both the book and television series Cosmos,[18] whereas Dr. Hawking notes the impossibility of life in two-dimensional space, as any inhabitants would necessarily be unable to digest their own food.[19]

In television[edit]

Flatland features prominently in The Big Bang Theory episode "The Psychic Vortex",[20] when Sheldon Cooper declares it one of his favorite imaginary places to visit.[21]

It also features in the Futurama episode "2-D Blacktop", when Professor Farnsworth's adventures in drag racing lead to a foray of drifting in and out of inter-dimensional spaces.[22]

See also[edit]

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BLUE BOX MESSIAH: REVIEW! from British Theatre Guide


Blue Box Messiah

Michael M Gilroy-Sinclair

The Old George, Newcastle

From 21 November 2013 to 22 November 2013

Review by Peter Lathan

This weekend, of course, is the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Dr Who, a children's TV series which has become an international cult science fiction show, so it is hardly surprising that there will be Who-related ("Whovian" is the new adjective) theatrical productions.

Blue Box Messiah is written by Michael M Gilroy-Sinclair, author of Whostrology: A Time Traveller's Almanac, who will be the celebrant at a big Whovian wedding at which around fifty couples will get married, renew their vows or engage in a civil partnership in a Doctor Who themed ceremony in London on Sunday 24th November – a ceremony at which this play will be performed.

In the play life-long Doctor Who fans Luke (Adam Lightfoot) and Matt (Lee Shillito), inspired by being door-stepped by Jehovah’s Witnesses, discuss how the series could form the basis of a religion. In the course of the discussion they briefly take on other parts, such as a Jehovah’s Witness, a preacher and even a couple of (puppet) aliens.

If you’re not a Doctor Who fan, much of what is said (including the humour) will go over your head: there are continuous references to episodes, the various Doctors, their companions and their adversaries. At one point the word “esoteric” is used and it seems a very appropriate one to describe this play. I have to admit that I found myself lost at times; I do watch the series (and have done since it first started back in 1963) but have never been tempted to immerse myself in it in the way many others do.

It’s a dialogue rather than a play, an exploration of a philosophical idea through discussion, in a tradition that stretches back to Plato, a tradition which allows the subject under discussion to be looked at from different points of view. However the intended audience is hardcore Doctor Who fans and, to judge from the reaction of the audience at the performance I saw, they will certainly enjoy it.

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North East theatre company celebrates 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who


A theatre company from Newcastle has found a special way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with a new comedy play about the religion of Doctor Who.


Illumination Theatre will be staging Blue Box Messiah, in which two life-long fans discuss whether the show would make a good religion.  It features a cast of various vicars, aliens, policemen, an ex-Santa and a little girl called Susan, all of whom are played by two actors.  Sunderland-based actor Lee Shillito, who plays Matt, says “it’s quite a challenging play to perform, as we both play a dozen very different characters, and we’ve even had to learn puppeteering.” 


Lee Shillito and Adam Lightfoot with the two alien puppets from the production


The play was written by Michael M Gilroy-Sinclair, who has previously written the Doctor Who astrology book Whostrology.  Michael, originally from Wallsend, is a life-long Doctor Who fan who is also the host of the popular Tin Dog Podcast. 


Adam Lightfoot, who plays Luke, says “I’m a huge fan of the Doctor, so it’s been enormous fun to work on this show.  Doing the research for the part has been particularly enjoyable, as I’ve been watching all the old episodes!”


The play is directed by Louise Gregory, who was originally sent the script for proofreading.  “After I finished laughing,” she says, “I got straight onto Michael and begged him for the chance to direct it for the stage.  It’s been such fun to rehearse, and we’re looking forward to bringing it to an audience of fans who will get all the references.”


The play will be launching in London on 24th November at the Whovian wedding, an international Doctor Who-themed mass wedding event, which sees 50 couples say “I who” before tucking into a banquet served by Daleks and a Tardis cake.  The company hopes to tour the show around the UK next year, but there will be special preview performances at The Old George in Newcastle on 21st and 22nd November and at the Jam Jar Cinema in Whitley Bay on 26th November.  Tickets can be booked from or from

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Year-long project, Celebrate Regenerate is an epic 303-page doorstop of a book, filled with celebratory articles for every televised Doctor Who story. Fandom has come together to build this wonderful archive of thoughts, memories and reviews, all in aid of the show's 50th anniversary this year.

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TDP NEWS  - Mr Smith is leaving.... (podcast to follow)

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Matt Smith to leave Doctor Who at the end of year

Lizo Mzimba reports on Matt Smith's time as the Doctor

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Doctor Who star Matt Smith is to leave his role as the Doctor at the end of this year, the BBC has announced.

After four years as the Time Lord on the BBC One show, viewers will see Smith's Doctor regenerate in the 2013 Christmas special.

The 30-year-old actor said working on the show had been "the most brilliant experience".

Doctor Who marks its 50th anniversary in November with a special episode, which Smith has already filmed.

The BBC said Smith's "spectacular exit" was yet to be revealed and would be "kept tightly under wraps".

'Extraordinary show'

Smith first stepped into the Tardis as the 11th Doctor in the New Year's Day episode of 2010. Taking over from David Tennant, he was the youngest actor to play the role.

Matt Smith's statement in full

"Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show.

"I'm incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I'm incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.

"Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It's been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven - he's a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.

The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I've never seen before.

"Your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number 11, who I might add is not done yet - I'm back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special.

"It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the Tardis for a spell with 'the ginger, the nose and the impossible one'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt."

Speaking after the announcement, he said he was "incredibly proud" of what the show had achieved over the last four years under Steven Moffat, the show's lead writer and executive producer.

Smith also thanked fans around the world for their "truly remarkable" dedication to the show.

During his tenure, Smith's floppy-haired, bow tie-wearing Time Lord has fought enemies such as the Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and the Silence.

His Doctor has shared his adventures with Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and most recently, Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman).

Referring to his time-travelling companions, Smith said: "It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the Tardis for a spell with 'the ginger, the nose and the impossible one'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go..."

Show runner Steven Moffat said: "Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me. The way he'd turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry - I just never knew what was coming next.

"The Doctor can be clown and hero - often at the same time - and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently. And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him - sometimes literally - his behaviour was always worthy of the Doctor."

Moffat added: "Great actors always know when it's time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break as we say goodbye to number 11. Thank you Matt - bow ties were never cooler."

The announcement of Smith's exit is likely to spark months of fevered speculation about his replacement.

'Still so exciting'

"Somewhere out there right now - all unknowing, just going about their business - is someone who's about to become the Doctor," Moffat hinted.

Peter Davison

The 11 Doctors

1. William Hartnell (1963-1966)

2. Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)

3. Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)

4. Tom Baker (1974-1981)

5. Peter Davison - pictured (1982-1984)

6. Colin Baker (1984-1986)

7. Sylvester McCoy (1987-1996)

8. Paul McGann (1996)

9. Christopher Eccleston (2005)

10. David Tennant (2005-2010)

11. Matt Smith (2010 - 2013)

"A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again. After 50 years, that's still so exciting."

Smith's first adventure in April 2010, the Eleventh Hour, saw his newly-regenerated Doctor crash his Tardis into the garden of a young Scottish girl who was later to become his new companion - Amy Pond.

In his most recent adventure, the Name of the Doctor - which aired two weeks ago - Smith's Time Lord visited his own grave on the planet Trenzalore.

In 2011, Smith became the first actor to be nominated for a Bafta in the role.

And he won the most popular male drama performance award at the National Television Awards in 2012.

Born in Northampton in 1982, Smith studied drama and creative writing at the University of East Anglia.

He made his TV debut in the 2006 adaptation of Philip Pullman's the Ruby in the Smoke, which starred former Doctor Who companion Billie Piper.

Smith's stage work has included stints with theatre companies such as the Royal Court and National Theatre. His West End debut was in Swimming With Sharks opposite Christian Slater.

During his time in Doctor Who, Smith also appeared in BBC TV films Christopher and His Kind, in which he played novelist Christopher Isherwood, and in Olympic rowing drama Bert and Dickie

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