Staggering Stories Podcast #35: The Christmas Kazoo Charade

'Real' Keith, 'Fake Keith', Adam and Andy (Crumbly) wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!Show summary: Andy Simpkins, Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith and the ‘Real’ Keith Dunn get festive and talk about Doctor Who: The Christmas Specials and Science Fiction Christmas References, play Swanee-Kazoo and Charades, have a visit from The Agony Nanny, find lots of general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically:

  • 00:00 – Intro and theme tune.
  • 00:37 — Welcome!
  • 01:40 – News:
  • 01:57 — Sarah Jane Adventures Gets a Third Season.
  • 02:44 — Nicholas Courtney wants back on Doctor Who as the Brigadier!
  • 04:11 — Majel Barrett is Voicing the Enterprise Computer in the new Star Trek Film.
  • 04:35 — George Takei is Voicing a Neimodian in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • 05:17 — Knight Rider is Cut Short!
  • 06:15 — Heroes writer Bryan Fuller Slams Villains Arc.
  • 07:02 — Oliver Postgate (Clangers, Bagpus, Noggin the Nog) is dead.
  • 08:33 — Star Wars Holiday Special hits 30!
  • 11:20 — Caprica gets a Full Season.
  • 13:39 — Eleventh Hour (US version) gets ‘Back 5’ for Full Season.
  • 14:19 — David Tennant has Done His Back In and Takes a Break From Hamlet.
  • 15:10 — William Shatner/JJ Abrahms Feud is a Joke?
  • 15:45 – Quick Recommendation: The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).
  • 16:55 – Pulling the Christmas Crackers.
  • 21:25 – Swanee-Kazoo!
  • 24:09 – 30 Second Recommendation: The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke.
  • 25:30 – Doctor Who: The Christmas Specials.
  • 38:51 – Charades.
  • 43:21 – The Agony Nanny.
  • 44.21 – Science Fiction Christmas References.
  • 50.00 – Christmas in the Stars…
  • 50:30 – Emails and listener feedback.* Hit us yourself at
  • 58:55 – Farewell for this podcast!
  • 59:47 — End theme, disclaimer, copyright, etc.

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5 Responses to "Staggering Stories Podcast #35: The Christmas Kazoo Charade"

  1. Nathan B says:

    Thanks for a brilliant Christmas podcast – you guys are amazing. The tribute to Oliver Postgate was fitting and a little bit brilliant, the charades was insane, the kazoo game was unfathomable and the cracker jokes were bloody awful (as they should be)!

    Despite being mocked by Fake Keith I shal thoroughly enjoy Hamlet even if DT isn’t in it (I am not sulking, I am not sulking, I am not sulking!!) Speaking of FK, the discussion about sci-fi and religion was far to cerebral – STOP MAKING ME THINK!!!!

    Have a geeky Christmas and an insane new year


    PS Love the team picture!

  2. Yes Indeed I have been finaly outed as being called “Michael” and I just wanted to thank you for your great xmas show. Kazzos insired me…. maybe I need a new theme tune done on a kazoo! Back from the heights of Whocast back to my Small pond of a show. Hazar. Ive missed my Little Podcast… But now I have VISTA! and enough ram to shake random sticks at. So hopefully the only thing that can break is my voice…

    SF and religion… isnt there a Michael Moorcock story about a time traveller replacing Jesus? Not exactly Christmas more of an easter thing. Or was it Time Tourists messing about with the “Realease… The Bloke who isnt Jesus” and changing the crowds feelings as the whole crowd were tourists and the locals hadnt came out. or did i dream it?


    Hope you liked Next Doctor as much as I did. Clock work transformers! whats not to love!

    Regards and happy new year Michael Tin Dog Bloke

  3. Oh and Songs of distant earth needs a series of short stories on the same theme…. each a story from a diffrent seed ship…

    What would a world of nothing but fundamentalists be like? etc etc…

  4. Andy Simpkins says:

    TDB, You do raise a few very valid points about The Songs Of Distant Earth.There are mentions of seed-ships from other Earth cultures being built and launched.There is mention of both a Mormon seed-ship and a Moslem ship called ‘The Sword of The Prophet’ in the novel.It’s a shame no-one has picked up on that and turned them into short stories.
    As for Behold The Man in which a time-traveller from 1970’s London takes over the role of Jesus,I first read that many years ago and still find it very thought-provoking.There is another novel about the computer system on a colony ship becomes sentient and demand that the colonists be obedient to it,the name of the story temporarily escapes me.There are a lot of novels where the line between science fiction and religion does become rather blurred,if you know where to look.

  5. right. you are in place to be the first podcast with the news that ________________ will be the 11th doctor. as its anounced TOMORROW at 5.25pm.

    race you?



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