Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Panel Borders: Summer Rabbits

July 19, 2016

Covers from A City Inside, The End of Summer and I Love this Part by Tillie Walden / The Rabbit, Artificial Flowers and Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor 2.1 by Rachael Smith

Covers from A City Inside, The End of Summer and I Love this Part by Tillie Walden / The Rabbit, Artificial Flowers and Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor 2.1 by Rachael Smith

Summer Rabbits: Continuing our two part look at the work of Avery Hill Publishing, Alex Fitch talks to Rachael Smith about her latest title The Rabbit and drawing back-up strips for Doctor Who comics, and Tillie Walden discusses her work for the company including The City Inside and The End of Summer plus her Eisner Award nominated graphic novella I Love This Part.
(Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am. Originally broadcast as the second half of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 10th May 2016)

For more info and a variety of formats to stream or download this podcast, please visit archive.org

Links: Avery Hill website
Tillie Walden’s
website
Rachael Smith’s blog
Listen to Alex’s interview with Avery Hill co-publisher Dave White, publicity agent Katriona Chapman, plus artists Edie O.P., Matthew Swan, and Owen Pomery

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Pop Culture and Honor Blackman

December 29, 2015

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Poster for Alice in Wonderland at the British Library, publicity still for The Avengers with Patrick MacNee and Honor Blackman, poster for Future Shock

Poster for Alice in Wonderland at the British Library, publicity still for The Avengers with Patrick MacNee and Honor Blackman, poster for Future Shock

Pop Culture and Honor Blackman: Electric Sheep Magazine editor in chief Virginie Sélavy and assistant editor Alex Fitch explore film and pop culture. Celebrating her recent 90th birthday, in an interview recorded at the London Film Museum, Alex talks to legendary British actress Honor Blackman about Goldfinger, Doctor Who and the cult 60s series The Avengers, plus producer Sean Hogan discusses Future Shock: The Story of 2000AD, a documentary that charts the development of the seminal British comic. Also, Virginie chats to curator Helen Melody about the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at the British Library, and the varying adapations of Alice on screen over the years; includes classic tracks by The Sonics, Serge Gainsbourg and Jefferson Airplane.
Fifth of the 12 Podcasts of Christmas. (more…)

Reality Check: The Ersatz Doctors part 2

December 27, 2015 1 Comment

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

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.

Third of the 12 Podcasts of Christmas (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) (more…)

Reality Check: The Ersatz Doctors part 1

December 25, 2015 4 Comments

David Troughton / Jon Culshaw / Covers of Survivors from Space and the Ark in Space

David Troughton / Jon Culshaw / Covers of Survivors from Space and the Ark in Space

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

First of the 12 Podcasts of Christmas (Originally broadcast 21st December 2015 as part of a Clear Spot on Resonance FM, with thanks to BBC Audio) (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: The Ersatz Doctors

December 20, 2015

Tomorrow at 8pm on Resonance FM, Clear Spot: The Ersatz Doctors

Sylvester McCoy with Tim Treloar / Carole Ann Ford with John Guilor / David Troughton / Jon Culshaw

Sylvester McCoy with Tim Treloar / Carole Ann Ford with John Guilor / David Troughton / Jon Culshaw

In the last Clear Spot of 2015, 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; 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 Petwee is no longer with us.

8pm Monday 21st December 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com (more…)

Today’s show: Laureates

September 15, 2015

Today at 8pm on Resonance FM, Panel Borders: Laureates

Dave Gibbons in discussion with Alex Fitch at LICAF / Antrobus by Chris Riddell

Dave Gibbons in discussion with Alex Fitch at LICAF / Antrobus by Chris Riddell

Starting a new series of Panel Borders as an hour long monthly show, Alex Fitch talks to comics laureate Dave Gibbons about his early career from drawing the comic strip in Doctor Who Weekly to Watchmen, and to children’s laureate Chris Riddell about newspaper cartoons, Goth Girl and illustrating Coraline. Recorded at Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Graphic Brighton)

Panel Borders continues on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.

8pm Tues 15th September, repeated 9am Wednesday 16th September 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Interview with Dave Gibbons about becoming Comics Laureate
Chris Riddell’s website
2008 video interview with Dave Gibbons

Book List: Time Lord Spin-offs

June 9, 2015

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Covers of Doctor Who spin-off books

Covers of Doctor Who spin-off books

Time Lord Spin-offs: In a show looking at new Doctor Who novels, short story antholgies 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)

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 (more…)

Panel Borders: Roach and Collins – Doctor Who, Star Trek and other licensed comics

June 7, 2015

Comics by Mike Collins and David A Roach

Comics by Mike Collins and David A Roach

Roach and Collins – Doctor Who, Star Trek and other licensed comics: Concluding a month of shows comparing independent and ‘mainstream’ comics, Alex Fitch talks to British artists Mike Collins and David Roach. Collins and Roach have worked together and seperately on Doctor Who comics as penciller and inker respectively; Mike Collins has also drawn a variety of American comic books including Batman, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt and Star Trek, while David Roach is a veteran of the British periodical 2000AD, having drawn classic strips such as Nemesis the Warlock and Judge Anderson. (Recorded at Birmingham International Comic Expo / Originally broadcast as part of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 5th June 2015) (more…)

Today’s show: Ten years of new Doctor Who spin-offs

June 5, 2015 1 Comment

Today at 8pm on Resonance FM, Clear Spot: Ten years of new Doctor Who spin-offs

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Covers of recent Doctor Who books, animation and comics

In an hour long show looking at new Doctor Who novels, comics and animated serials 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.
Also: artists David Roach and Mike Collins discuss drawing Doctor Who comics, and writer / producer James Goss talks about the numerous animated serials featuring various incarnations of the Time Lord released on the internet and DVDs over the last decade, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON.

8pm Friday 5th June, repeated 9am Monday 8th June 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Reality Check: Lawrence Miles

December 29, 2013 6 Comments

Novels by Lawrence Miles

Novels by Lawrence Miles

Lawrence Miles: Andrew Hickey talks to Lawrence Miles about his work, including Doctor Who novels Christmas on a Rational Planet and Alien Bodies, plus his Faction Paradox series. Andrew and Lawrence also discuss the latter’s unrealised plans for the nature of ‘The Enemy’ in the BBC Books Time War, the vaguaries of cover design and how his first book was nearly lost down the back of a cupboard!
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: Lawrence Miles’ Beasthouse Blog and The Bestiary of Sherlock Holmes (more…)

Book List: Novelizing Doctor Who

December 12, 2013 6 Comments

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Covers of Doctor Who novels by Terrance Dicks, Mark Platt, Paul Cornell, Jenny Colgan and Tommy Donbavand

Covers of Doctor Who novels by Terrance Dicks, Mark Platt, Paul Cornell, Jenny Colgan and Tommy Donbavand

Novelizing Doctor Who: In an hour long show looking at the long tradition of Doctor Who novelizations and original novels, Alex Fitch talks to five novelists who have written books and monologues based on all eras of the show: Jenny Colgan, Paul Cornell, Tommy Donbavand, Marc Platt, and script editor (1970-1974) Terrance Dicks. Recorded in front of a live audience at SCI-FI-LONDON, Spring 2013.
(Originally broadcast 12/12/13 on Resonance FM)

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 (more…)

Today’s show: Novelizing Doctor Who

December 12, 2013 1 Comment

Today at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Clear Spot: Novelizing Doctor Who

Covers of Doctor Who Novels by Terrance Dicks, Lawrence Miles, Marc Platt, Paul Cornell, J.T. Colgan and Tommy Donbavand

Covers of Doctor Who Novels by Terrance Dicks, Lawrence Miles, Marc Platt, Paul Cornell, J.T. Colgan and Tommy Donbavand

In an hour long show looking at the long tradition of Doctor Who novelizations and original novels, Alex Fitch talks to five novelists who have written books and monologues based on all eras of the show: Jenny Colgan, Paul Cornell, Tommy Donbavand, Marc Platt, and script editor (1970-1974) Terrance Dicks. Also, critic Andrew Hickey talks to writer Lawrence Miles about his Who novels from the late 90s and early 2000s and his spin off series Faction Paradox.

8pm, Thursday 12th December 2013, repeated 9am, Friday 13th December 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Jenny Colgan’s facebook page
Paul Cornell’s website
Tommy Donbavand’s website
Wikipedia pages on Marc Platt and Terrance Dicks
Lawrence Miles’ blog and books published by Mad Norwegian Press (more…)

Panel Borders: Doctor Who and the Graphic Novels

November 20, 2013

Doctor Who comics by artists Adrian Salmon, Mark Buckingham, and writers Andrew Cartmel and Scott Gray

Doctor Who comics by artists Adrian Salmon, Mark Buckingham, and writers Andrew Cartmel and Scott Gray

Doctor Who and the Graphic Novels: Continuing a month about comic book creators who collaborate together, Alex Fitch looks at Doctor Who comic strips in the 50th anniversary week of the TV show. In a panel discussion recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, artists Adrian Salmon and Mark Buckingham plus writers Scott Gray and Andrew Cartmel (also the TV script editor from 1987-1989) discuss the various adventures of the Doctor in sequential art, including the ‘wilderness years’ when the show was off air in the 1990s and comics were the only continuing visual adventures of the Time Lord. Recorded May 2013 in front of a live audience at SCI-FI-LONDON, Stratford Picture House.
Originally broadcast Monday 18th November 2013, on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) (more…)

Today’s show: Doctor Who and the graphic novels

November 18, 2013

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Doctor Who and the graphic novels

Doctor Who comics by artists Adrian Salmon, Mark Buckingham, and writers Andrew Cartmel and Scott Gray

Doctor Who comics by artists Adrian Salmon, Mark Buckingham, and writers Andrew Cartmel and Scott Gray

Continuing a month about comic book creators who collaborate together, Alex Fitch looks at Doctor Who comic strips in the 50th anniversary week of the TV show. In a panel discussion recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, artists Adrian Salmon and Mark Buckingham plus writers Scott Gray and Andrew Cartmel (also the TV script editor from 1987-1989) discuss the various adventures of the Doctor in sequential art, including the ‘wilderness years’ when the show was off air in the 1990s and comics were the only continuing visual adventures of the Time Lord.

4.30pm, Monday 18th November 2013, repeated 2am, Thursday 21st November 2013, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Book List: Celebrating Ephemera

May 1, 2013 3 Comments

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Covers of The Card by Graham Rawle, Brenda and Effie Forever / Vince Cosmos by Paul Magrs and Comic Book Babylon by Tim Pilcher

Covers of The Card by Graham Rawle, Brenda and Effie Forever / Vince Cosmos by Paul Magrs and Comic Book Babylon by Tim Pilcher

Celebrating Ephemera: Starting a new series of the bimonthly show on books, Alex Fitch talks to three authors whose work celebrates ephemera and pop culture detritus. ‘Graphic Novelist’ Graham Rawle discusses his latest novel The Card, which follows the journey of a man who believes he is being employed by the secret service to protect Princess Diana, via playing cards, bubble-gum cards and cigarette cards that are left in his path. Rawle is an author and University of Brighton lecturer who uses graphic design and typography in his work, including collage of text from magazines (Woman’s World) and photographic montages (Lost Consonants et al.). Also, Tim Pilcher talks about his crowd-funded memoir Comic Book Babylon which documents his time working at DC Comics’ London office in the 90s, meeting pop culture celebrities such as Grant Morrison, Jonathan Ross, The Spice Girls and Adam Ant; while Paul Magrs chats about his novels and audio plays set around the fringes of Doctor Who, including his latest release Vince Cosmos, Glam Rock Detective (more…)

Today’s show: Celebrating Ephemera

May 1, 2013

Today at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Clear Spot: Celebrating Ephemera

Covers of The Card by Graham Rawle, Brenda and Effie Forever / Vince Cosmos by Paul Magrs and Comic Book Babylon by Tim Pilcher

Covers of The Card by Graham Rawle, Brenda and Effie Forever / Vince Cosmos by Paul Magrs and Comic Book Babylon by Tim Pilcher

Starting a new series of the bimonthly show on books, Alex Fitch talks to three authors whose work celebrates ephemera and pop culture detritus. ‘Graphic Novelist’ Graham Rawle discusses his latest novel The Card, which follows the journey of a man who believes he is being employed by the secret service to protect Princess Diana, via playing cards, bubble-gum cards and cigarette cards that are left in his path. Rawle is an author and University of Brighton lecturer who uses graphic design and typography in his work, including collage of text from magazines (Woman’s World) and photographic montages (Lost Consonants et al.). Also, Tim Pilcher talks about his crowd-funded memoir Comic Book Babylon which documents his time working at DC Comics’ London office in the 90s, meeting pop culture celebrities such as Grant Morrison, Jonathan Ross, The Spice Girls and Adam Ant; while Paul Magrs chats about his novels and audio plays set around the fringes of Doctor Who, including his latest release Vince Cosmos, Glam Rock Detective where a Ziggy Stardust style pop star turns out to be engaged in an on-going war with aliens on Earth. Magrs also discusses his popular ‘Brenda and Effie’ series of books about the Bride of Frankenstein and a white witch running a B+B in Whitby.

8pm, Wednesday 1st May 2013, repeated 9am, Thursday 2nd May, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) (more…)

Panel Borders: From small press to mainstream

April 23, 2013

Excerpts from Ellipsis by Tom Humberstone, Danger Academy by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood, The Alchemists Easel by Al Davison, Strange Embrace by David Hine

Excerpts from Ellipsis by Tom Humberstone, Danger Academy by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood, The Alchemist’s Easel by Al Davison, Strange Embrace by David Hine

From small press to mainstream: In a panel discussion recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, the London International festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film, guest presenter Matt Badham talks to comic creators David Hine, Al Davison, Tom Humberstone and Tony Lee about starting their careers in independent comics, how that influenced their style and choices when breaking into the ‘mainstream’ industry and the advice they have to give creators starting out now. Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch (Originally broadcast 22/04/13 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

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: Websites – Tony Lee, Tom Humberstone, David Hine, Al Davison (more…)

Today’s show: From small press to mainstream

April 22, 2013

This morning at 8.30am on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: From small press to mainstream

Excerpts from Ellipsis by Tom Humberstone, Danger Academy by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood, The Alchemists Easel by Al Davison, Strange Embrace by David Hine

Excerpts from Ellipsis by Tom Humberstone, Danger Academy by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood, The Alchemist’s Easel by Al Davison, Strange Embrace by David Hine

In a panel discussion recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, the London International festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film, guest presenter Matt Badham talks to comic creators David Hine, Al Davison, Tom Humberstone and Tony Lee about starting their careers in independent comics, how that influenced their style and choices when breaking into the ‘mainstream’ industry and the advice they have to give creators starting out now. (Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch)

8.30am, Monday 22nd April 2013 / repeated 3pm, Thursday 25th April, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Websites – Tony Lee, Tom Humberstone, David Hine, Al Davison (more…)

Today’s show: The chances of anything coming from Mars…

March 29, 2013

Today at 5pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, I’m ready for my close-up: The chances of anything coming from Mars…

Still from Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds - The New Generation, featuring Liam Neeson / photo from the set of The Search for Simon, featuring Sophie Aldred (centre) and director Martin Gooch (right)

Still from Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds – The New Generation, featuring Liam Neeson / photo from the set of The Search for Simon, featuring Sophie Aldred (centre) and director Martin Gooch (right)

Alex Fitch talks to a composer, a director and an actor, whose uniquely British approaches to Science Fiction will be seen on the big screen over the next few weeks. Alex discusses the concert film of Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds – The New Generation with the composer and discusses the development and rerecording of the classics SF concept album over the last 35 years. Also, in an interview recorded on the set of new alien abductee comedy drama The Search for Simon, director Martin Gooch and one of the stars – Doctor Who alumnus Sophie Aldred – talk about this crowd funded feature that mixes elements of travelogue with the X-Files.

The War of the Worlds – The New Generation is screening at UK cinemas on 11th and 14th April – more info at www.thewaroftheworldscinema.com / The Search for Simon premières at SCI-FI-LONDON on May 3rd and you can contribute to the funding of the film via www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-search-for-simon (more…)

Reality Check: Time and relative Dimensions in the Search for Simon

March 21, 2013 2 Comments

Posters for Dimensions and The Search for Simon

Posters for Dimensions and The Search for Simon

Time and relative Dimensions in the Search for Simon: Alex Fitch talks to the cast and crew of two new low budget British SF movies: director Sloane U’Ren, editor Adam Garstone and members of the cast of Dimensions discuss their ‘Merchant Ivory’ style time travel film which mixes a love triangle with a time loop that joins their pasts with their futures. Also, on the set of new alien abductee comedy drama The Search for Simon, director Martin Gooch and one of the stars – Doctor Who alumnus Sophie Aldred – talk about this crowd funded feature that mixes elements of travelogue with the X-Files.

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 (more…)