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Published on June 21st, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett

Classic Robert Holmes & Jon Pertwee on iPlayer

Two BBC radio shows currently available on BBC iPlayer may be of interest to anyone who has even the slightest excitement for Doctor Who related programmes.


The first is An Hour with Jon Pertwee, a whole hour with the legend himself as he talks to a studio audience in a one man show regarding his life and career covering Doctor Who, The Navy Lark and Worzel Gummidge to name a few. It’s warm, heartfelt and hilarious as one would expect from a giant character like Pertwee. Even if you’re not a Doctor Who fan, you still need to listen to this.

The second offering form the BBC is a very interesting play called Aliens in the Mind. This story was originally submitted to the Doctor Who offices with the title Aliens in the Blood. It was to feature the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe and was outlined by Robert Holmes.

Although Holmes never completed the script as the story was never picked up for Doctor Who, the adventure was rewritten by one Rene Basilico and stars 2 of the biggest masters of the horror genre, Peter Cushing and Vincent Price. The Gothic setting and creepy story is also classic Robert Holmes:

On a remote Scottish island, are a community of human mutants capable of telepathy. A plan is in place to use them to control the British Government, and friends Curtis Lark (Vincent Price) and Hugh Baxter (Peter Cushing) join forces to combat them.

Both of these picks are available to listen to on iPlayer right now but remember to hurry, as they’ll only be there for the next few days.

An Hour with Jon Pertwee can be found at and the first episode of Aliens in the Mind can be listened to by visiting . There is only a day left  to listen to each of these shows, so act now!

(With thanks to Michael)


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5 Responses to Classic Robert Holmes & Jon Pertwee on iPlayer

  1. avatar Quornhog says:

    “Aliens in the Mind” is currently being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Episode 2 (of 6) is on Saturday 22nd June at 1830BST and is repeated 6 hours later. The remaining four episodes will (presumably) be broadcast over the following four Saturdays.

  2. avatar vortexter says:

    That’s interesting. I wonder how many other unused Who plots have been recycled into other stories and series? Douglas Adams used several of his ideas into Dirk Gently etc. Doesanyone know of any others?

  3. avatar authorman94 says:

    First time I’ve heard that Pertwee program, he was my first Doctor and is “my” Doctor, so thank you very much for the heads up since it’s an excellent program!

  4. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Listened to the Pertwee program. It was quite a lark. (hot by comedy pie)

    • avatar TimeChaser says:

      *hit* I meant (there really needs to be an edit comments function…

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