Author Archives: Roger Pocock

About Roger Pocock

Co-writer on junkyard.blog. Author of windowsintohistory.wordpress.com. Editor of frontiersmenhistorian.info

The Avengers: The Charmers

This episode sees Steed having to work with “the other side” when it seems there is a third party killing off both their organisations’ operatives. That puts Steed in a very interesting situation, and the ease with which he strolls … Continue reading

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Unusual Doctor Who Photo #11: Mechanoid Cigarette Lighter

A bunch of journalists and photographers pack into Riverside Studios and stand amongst the Daleks in the Mechanoid city.  In their camera sights, producer Verity Lambert and a robotic rival for the Daleks: a Mechanoid, shooting flames: This photo call … Continue reading

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Mrs Columbo: Word Games

To say this series has a bad reputation would be an understatement. As a Columbo fan, I have been aware of the existence of a spin-off show for many years, but have never seen a single episode. Everything I have … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Doppelgangland

Joss Whedon has a talent for figuring out which bits of previous episodes are worth bringing back again, and this week we have the return of two characters who debuted in The Wish: Anya and Vampire Willow. The former clearly … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Rip Van Winkle Caper

I’m glad I’m nearly done with season 2; I need a break soon.  I’ve been watching in a way I never had before.  When I was a kid, I watched with my family – mostly my cousins and my dad … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Outside-In Man

In 1959 a British agent turned traitor and defected to an enemy state. Now the countries are at peace, and Britain faces the very odd situation of having to negotiate with the traitor, now “General” Sharp, to broker an arms … Continue reading

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Unusual Doctor Who Photo #10: The Sucker Punch

Why is the mild-mannered Ian Chesterton punching this smartly dressed gentleman? This is actually a behind-the-scenes photo from the filming of The Crusade.  Here’s a better picture of the man William Russell is aiming his punch at:

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Columbo: The Conspirators

Every generation of children has their worries. My parents had to survive through the war years. Before my time, many children were born into a world of fear, thinking that a nuclear attack could hit at any time. Nowadays climate … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Consequences

Actions have consequences, and the more serious the deed the bigger the consequences. Some can be dealt with easily. Others create lasting damage. Last time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer we saw Faith kill a human being, while Buffy failed … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Hundred Yards Over the Rim

I don’t recall ever seeing A Hundred Yards over the Rim before but I did predict what was happening within the first few minutes of the episode.  Normally, I’d roll my eyes, but not this time; I was sold completely.  … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Build a Better Mousetrap

As Season Three has progressed, The Avengers has been moving more and more towards bizarre scenarios and unusual, eccentric characters. This episode seems to be something of a breakthrough for that approach, because it is a huge amount of fun. … Continue reading

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Unusual Doctor Who Photo #9: The Technix

Who is William Hartnell joking around with in this photo? This is actually a behind-the-scenes photo from the filming of the first episode of The Daleks’ Master Plan, The Nightmare Begins.  The actors had minor roles playing functionaries at Central … Continue reading

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Columbo: How to Dial a Murder

Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend, but they can also be deadly weapons in the wrong hands. In this episode of Columbo, the very inventive seventh season continues with the most unusual method of killing yet, but can … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bad Girls

The obvious bombshell that gets dropped this episode is Faith killing a human being, but the episode is titled “Bad Girls” and not “Bad Girl” for a reason, so let’s start by looking at what happens to Buffy. Thanks to … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Long Distance Call

[Trigger warning: suicide theme discussed.] Charles Beaumont and William Idelson give us Long Distance Call; a dark story that starts off so nicely.  Billy Mumy makes his first Twilight Zone appearance as Billy, a little boy who loves his grandma.  … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Trojan Horse

This week writer Malcolm Hulke takes us into the world of horse racing and betting, but what are the odds on a good story set in that location? I’ve seen a few crime stories set at racetracks, and it seems … Continue reading

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Unusual Doctor Who Photo #8: Zarbi Conga

We’ve all done the conga at parties, haven’t we, maybe even in fancy dress… but this is truly impressive: OK, so they aren’t actually doing the conga.  Another shot of the same scene will give us more information:

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Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder

Kay Freestone is a television executive looking for her next promotion. She is hard-working, intelligent and efficient. In fact, she possesses all the qualities necessary to be a perfect… murderer. The Motive Kay is having an affair with her boss, … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Zeppo

Buffy was a show that kept evolving in new and exciting ways. In The Zeppo, it’s time for another apocalypse, similar to the one we saw at the end of the first season, and this is “worse than anything we’ve … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Prime Mover

I was coming to the conclusion that only Rod Serling presented us with that most unconscionable of requests: to somehow sympathize with the unsympathetic.  Alas, Charles Beaumont makes this same request of us with The Prime Mover.  Disappointing especially coming … Continue reading

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