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Game Controller (Pwning “The Celestial Toymaker”)

Game Controller (Pwning “The Celestial Toymaker”)

Entering the pocket reality of a powerful entity that loves to play games isn’t something that happens every day, but if you’re a character on Doctor Who, it’s an occupational hazard. The Celestial Toymaker is the first realization of that idea onscreen, made more interesting by the revelation that it’s not the first time the Doctor has met this potentially problematic villain. In Who canon, the story is well-remembered if not revered — for the implied history between the two characters, for the clever morphing of kids’ games into deathtraps, and, if we’re being honest, the tumultuous goings-on behind the scenes. Is it really a classic, though, or is its reputation pure nostalgia, amplified by the unfortunate fact that most of the story is missing? Let’s play the re-evaluation game.

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Story Essentials

  • Season 3, Serial 6

  • Story number: 23, per the The Pull To Open Codex

  • Production Code: Y

  • Writer: Brian Hayles (with Donald Tosh and Gerry Davis)

  • Producer: Innes Lloyd

  • Aired  2 April - 23 April 1966

Pull To Open: The Celestial Toymaker

  • Season 4

  • Episode 2

Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor

Feedback loop and interlude music: Martin West/Thinking Fish

Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada

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There are many Doctor Who podcasts. Only one dares review the entire show... in entirely random order!
Join journalists Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor as they summarize stories in record time, play the Whomoji game, enter the History Corner, answer the Four Questions to Doomsday, and cower in fear before the almighty Randomizer.
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