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Power of 3

212 episodes - English - Latest episode: 24 days ago - ★★★★★ - 2 ratings

A podcast discussing Doctor Who-related items, more often than not in threes, whether stories, guests, or anything else. Featuring Big Finish's Kenny Smith, and in the early episodes, regular appearances from Tom Harris (the former Labour MP) and David Steel (not the former Liberal Party MP, MSP and leader).

Dave still appears, as do Dr John Bollan and Stephen Day, with Tom fleetingly materialising.

We also have a host of great Doctor Who guests using "Kenny's bottomless address book" (c) David Steel.

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195: The Church on Ruby Road (Novelisation)

February 01, 2024 00:00 - 39 minutes - 39.8 MB

The Fifteenth Doctor's first adventure is out as a Target book, a month after the episode was shown on TV. We chat with editor Steve Cole and author Esmie Jikieme-Pearson about bringing the adventure to life on the printed page. You can find out more about Esmie's work at her website https://www.esmiejikiemi-pearson.com/

194: The Giggle (Novelisation)

January 31, 2024 00:00 - 56 minutes - 59.5 MB

Our coverage of the new Target novelisations reaches the third and final of the 60th anniversary specials. And to commemorate the occasion, we bring you a bumper episode with FOUR exclusive interviews. We chat with editor Steve Cole (who had the fun of typesetting the book to keep the contents secret), James Goss (who had a harrowing trip to see the episode in its early edit form), narrator Dan Starkey (who had to sing), and cover artist Anthony Dry (who's stepping back from the range).

193: Wild Blue Yonder (Novelisation)

January 30, 2024 00:00 - 39 minutes - 40.8 MB

Wild Blue Yonder - the Doctor Who 60th anniversary special that we knew nothing about before transmission... And now, we're looking the second of the new Target paperbacks, adapted by the brilliant horror writer Mark Morris. We speak with range editor Steve Cole, Mark and cover artist Anthony Dry, as we continue our mini-series covering the latest novelisations.

192: The Star Beast (Novelisation)

January 29, 2024 00:11 - 44 minutes - 45.9 MB

It's obvious that we at the Power of 3 love our Doctor Who books. We kick off a mini-series of episodes looking at the latest Target novelisations, with a look at The Star Beast. We chat with editor Steve Cole, author Gary Russell and cover artist Anthony Dry, as we reveal all about the making of these gems. We also feature an excerpt from the audiobook version, as read by Jacqueline King, courtesy of BBC Audio.

191: Goodbye, Ruby Sunday?

January 26, 2024 00:00 - 19 minutes - 19.6 MB

Doctor Who's been making the front pages of the press this past week. On Saturday, 20 January, the Daily Mirror reported that Millie Gibson had been "dropped" as the Doctor's latest companion, Ruby Sunday. Given that the Power of 3 has two co-conspirators with around 70 years of experience of working in and with the media, Tom and Kenny discuss the ins and outs of how the media works with stories like this - and how likely it is to be true.

190: Novel Experiences on DVD

January 25, 2024 00:00 - 39 minutes - 41.7 MB

Novel Experiences - the Doctor Who convention that Dave and Kenny just won't shut up about - is back! Reeltime Pictures have just released a DVD featuring many of the writers who attended the Whoovers' convention in Derby in May last year - and it even features our own Kenny as an alleged book 'expert'. Our dynamic duo watched the two DVDs, covering the Virgin ranges and BBC Books, and give their thoughts on them, as well as having a chat with producer Keith Barnfather.

189: Optional Extras 6 - Classics 1

January 18, 2024 00:00 - 1 hour - 65.7 MB

We're back with the first of our exclusive chats with Character Options' Al Dewar, in 2024. This episode, we're chatting about the original wave of classic series figures, released in 2008, with the Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, SV7, D84, the Zygon, a Sea Devil, Magnus Greel and Mr Sin, plus the Giant Robot! We also bring you the full story of what happened to The Web of Fear Yeti figure. Kenny and Dave discuss their memories of when this wave first appeared.

188: Season 15 Blu-Ray Reveal

January 13, 2024 00:07 - 52 minutes - 53.3 MB

Well, our pledge to do one episode a week in 2024 didn't last long, did it? Here we go - our second episode of the week, as Dave and Kenny - featuring Steevie on the space/time telegraph - discuss the reveal of the first Doctor Who - The Collection blu-ray release of the year. And they're all VERY excited by the season 15 reveal!

187: The Church on Ruby Road

January 11, 2024 00:00 - 54 minutes - 56.4 MB

The team's had a couple of weeks off, and they're back for 2024. So, what better way to mark it, than by looking back to Christmas last year? Join John, Kenny and Steevie as they discuss The Church on Ruby Road, and find out how they found our new Doctor and companion double act - and did they like the breaking of the fourth wall at the end with Mrs Flood? And, as mentioned in the episode, you can read the interview with Kenny which appeared in the Scotsman by pasting this link into your web ...

186: New Year of the Daleks

January 01, 2024 00:00 - 1 hour - 72.1 MB

The New Year specials are no more! Doctor Who is back at Christmas, but we're marking the arrival of 2024 by looking back at the three Thirteenth Doctor specials that aired on 1 January. Steevie and Kenny share their thoughts on Resolution, Revolution of the Daleks and Eve of the Daleks.

185: Jacqueline King

December 31, 2023 00:00 - 50 minutes - 58.2 MB

It's the end (of 2023)... but the moment has been prepared for! We're celebrating Hogmanay with a special Power of 3 party, as Kenny and Dave look back over the year and pick out their personal highlights. Oh, and we've also got a special guest, in the form of a Scottish Doctor Who star, who returned to the show this year, for the 60th anniversary celebrations!

184: Spiders, Snowmen and Superheroes

December 24, 2023 00:00 - 53 minutes - 52.7 MB

It's the most wonderful time of the year once again - and we're reverting to our original podcast format! (Sort of) Kenny and Dave wind back the clock to look at three Doctor Who Christmas specials from the eras of the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors. They put The Runaway Bride, The Snowmen and The Return of Doctor Mysterio under the spotlight - how do they stand up now?

183: The Daleks in Colour

December 21, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 62.6 MB

It's hard to believe that it's nearly a month since BBC4 broadcast The Daleks in colour. Today, we chat with two of the team involved with the work on it, editor Ben Cook and chief colourist Richard Tipple. And we even get some teases about their next project too! Kenny, Steevie and John discuss their work on The Daleks too (and love it!).

182: And Action!

December 18, 2023 00:00 - 48 minutes - 49.4 MB

We're back with another book you should have on your Christmas list - a director from the classic era of Doctor Who shares his memories. Andrew Morgan has a chat with our Kenny about his career and working on Doctor Who - as well as mentions of Diana Dors, joints and pouring gin down a sink. Kenny and Dave also share their love of Andrew's work on Time and the Rani and Remembrance of the Daleks.

181: Cover B

December 16, 2023 00:00 - 55 minutes - 53.2 MB

The Power of 3 is a big fan of not just Doctor Who comics, but comics in general. After all, Dave is co-host of the Earth2 podcast, looking at the legacies of the characters from the gold, silver and bronze age of DC Comics. Today, we're talking about the Titan Comics Doctor Who covers, which were created through the Photoshop wizardry of Will Brooks. Will has collated his work into a new book, Plan B, which can currently be ordered through his Kickstarter page, at https://www.kickstarter.co...

180: Optional Extras 5 - The Christmas figures

December 14, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 64.1 MB

CHRISTMAS is a time of giving, and over the years, Character Options have given us a host of figures based on the Doctor Who festive specials. We've had Doctors, Sycorax, Kylie, Daleks, Bannakaffalatta, Rassilon and even a Dalek! We also talk about some of the figures that never were - and should have been! Kenny and Dave discuss figures, before Character Options's Al Dewar pops in for a special chat ahead of the festivities! Donna Noble wedding dress picture (c) Doctor.revwhos on Instagram.

179: Rebellion on Treasure Island

December 11, 2023 15:37 - 43 minutes - 43.9 MB

Avast there, me hearties! The good ship Power o' Three be taking a trip to the high seas today. Ahhhaaaaarrrr! Shipmates No Beard Smith and Sawbones John Bollan be sharin' their thoughts on classic books, includin' this new one, Rebellion on Treasure Island! There'd better be no rebellion here on this here ship - or ye will all walk the plank, or take a lashin' from the cat o' nine tails! Author Bali Rai will be dishin' out the grog later, so start listenin' now, landlubbers!

178: The Giggle

December 09, 2023 23:49 - 35 minutes - 36.5 MB

THE Doctor is dead - long live the Doctor! Well, that was a regeneration story with a different, wasn't it? The Doctor died, but two of him were still alive at the end! Join John, Steevie, Dave and Kenny as they discuss the final episode for David Tennant (for now?), and the arrival of Ncuti Gatwa in his pants.

177: Ten Days of Christmas

December 07, 2023 00:00 - 21 minutes - 17.7 MB

Christmas is coming - have you all got your lists ready for Santa? In the run-up to 25 December, we're taking a look at some of the books which have been released this year that we can recommend as being worth of being under your tree this year. Dave and Kenny welcome Steve Cole to this episode, to discuss Ten Days of Christmas.

176: Wild Blue Yonder

December 03, 2023 00:21 - 30 minutes - 30.7 MB

Wild Blue Yonder - the episode of Doctor Who that we knew almost nothing about in advance. John and Kenny share their thoughts on the second of the 60th anniversary special episodes - and beware! Spoilers ahead!

175: Pat Mills and The Star Beast

December 01, 2023 00:01 - 37 minutes - 36.3 MB

We're delighted to welcome Pat Mills back to the Power of 3 podcast, for the second time in a week! Last time, he wasn't able to talk about the TV version of the DWM comic strip due to his NDA, but now that the episode has been out, he is free to discuss it. Wahey! Join us for a celebration of the return of Doctor Who, with a genuine British comics legend.

174: Diamond Anniversaries Are Forever

November 30, 2023 00:00 - 57 minutes - 57.4 MB

And so, that's it - the final day of November. Somehow, we've managed to do what we started planning in June, and brought you an episode every day of this month, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who. If you have listened to every episode we've dropped this month, not including this one, that's 26 hours, 1 minute and 55 seconds of your time that you've spent with us. Today, we finished off the month as Dave and Kenny look back on the anniversary output and share their thoughts on th...

173: Pull To Open

November 29, 2023 00:00 - 39 minutes - 37.7 MB

We're stepping back in time to 1962-63, and Doctor Who's earliest days. We have about the genesis of the show and talk to Paul Hayes, author of Pull To Open, which looks at how Doctor Who came to be. Kenny and Dave discuss Paul's excellent previous book, The Long Game, then argue over which song to play out on!

172: David Whitaker in an Exciting Adventure with Television

November 28, 2023 00:00 - 50 minutes - 40.2 MB

As we near the end of the 60th anniversary month, we're turning the clock back to look at one of the most important people involved in the creation of Doctor Who - David Whitaker. The original story editor wrote for the first three Doctors, became the first person other than Terry Nation to create adventures for the Daleks, but is often overlooked for this contribution to the show. We chat with author Simon Guerrier about his new book, from Ten Acre Films, looking at the works of David Whitak...

171: Daleks - Invasion Glasgow 2013AD

November 27, 2023 00:00 - 50 minutes - 40.1 MB

A decade ago, Doctor Who fans were making the 50th anniversary of the show with a special biopic, looking at William Hartnell's life as the Doctor. Written by Mark Gatiss, it became an instant hit with fans, especially with its recreations of classic series scenes. Kenny and Tom got to witness the four Daleks which appeared in this film being made, and they share their memories of seeing them, and have a chat with prop maker Paul McNamara, about the Daleks which were built in Glasgow.

170: The Star Beast (2023)

November 26, 2023 00:23 - 52 minutes - 41.2 MB

Doctor Who is back! And for the first time ever, we've done a post-episode analysis, as Steevie, Dave, John and Kenny share their thoughts on The Star Beast (2023). And we also give our first thoughts on Doctor Who Unleashed - Kenny's raging as the host used the non-word "Whovians" to describe fans of the show.

169: The Star Beast (1980)

November 25, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 56.7 MB

He's back - and it's about time! Are we talking about the Doctor? Or David Tennant? Maybe Russell T Davies? The Meep himself? Whatever, we don't mind - Doctor Who returns to our TV screens in The Star Beast today, 25 November, and to celebrate, Steevie, Dave and Kenny turn back the clock to look at not just the original comic, but also the Big Finish audio adaptation. And - we've two guests, including comics royalty, as original Star Beast writer Pat Mills joins us for a chat! Also popping i...

168: Destiny of the Doctor

November 24, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 116 MB

It's the 10th anniversary of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary! We mark the occasion by turning back the clock to 2013, and explore the joy that is Destiny of the Doctor, a story in 11 parts, featuring each of the Doctor's incarnations at that point. Dave and Kenny go through each episode, story by story, and share their thoughts on it. And, to make it a party, they're joined by producer John Ainsworth, as well as writers Andrew Smith, Jonathan Morris and Darren Jones!

167: The Day of the Doctor

November 23, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 102 MB

Happy Doctor Who Day! It's November 23, and to mark the occasion, we're turning back the clock by a decade. Where did you first see The Day of the Doctor? Dave and Kenny discuss, as they watch the 50th anniversary special for our first-ever live commentary episode. Will it be as much fun as they remember it to be? Let's find out - and it's totally unedited from start to finish!

166: Ghosts of India

November 22, 2023 00:00 - 44 minutes - 35.7 MB

We're marking the return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate today, with a look back at Ghosts of India. Author Mark Morris joins us for a chat about researching Ghandi, the political climate of the time, and the joy of writing a horror story for children. Kenny and Dave share their thoughts too!

165: The Krillitane Storm

November 21, 2023 00:00 - 35 minutes - 31.9 MB

It's another Tenth Doctor travelling solo adventure for us today. We meet author Christopher Cooper, while Kenny and Dave discuss the return of the Krillitanes. It's a reunion, but not at school!

164: Autonomy

November 20, 2023 00:00 - 42 minutes - 37.8 MB

We continue our countdown to the return of David Tennant as the Doctor, with a look at another of the 2009 novels. Kenny and Dave discuss shopping centres and their demise, celebrity culture, and much more, all inspired by this books, Autonomy. Author Daniel Blythe drops in to discuss his work.

163: Prisoner of the Daleks

November 19, 2023 00:00 - 41 minutes - 39.4 MB

Today, we put one of the most popular and highly-rated BBC Books under the microscope. Dave and Kenny take a look at 2009's Prisoner of the Daleks, released during the 'specials' year, before David Tennant departed as the Doctor. We chat with author Trevor Baxendale - with a guest appearance from Graham O'Brien himself, Bradley Walsh!

162: The Slitheen Excursion

November 18, 2023 00:00 - 40 minutes - 32.2 MB

Life's always a gas when the Slitheen are around... and this is one entertaining novel! But there's no zips or methane in this one, as Kenny and Dave discuss the criminal family from Raxacoricofallapatorius. We also have a chat with author Simon Guerrier, and get the inside scoop on this Tenth Doctor novel from 2009.

161: Judgement of the Judoon

November 17, 2023 00:00 - 46 minutes - 41.7 MB

Klo! Fo! To! Gro! Sho! Rho! Or, in England, welcome to another episode of the Power of 3! Today, Dave and Kenny discuss Judgement of the Judoon, by the lovely Colin Brake. And there's a special guest dropping in to read the back cover blurb from this book too! But who is it?

160: The Underwater Menace

November 16, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 90.1 MB

Stand by for our longest episode EVER! This look at the making of the latest animated released from the BBC clocks in at just under two hours! John, Steevie and Kenny discuss the merits of the story, recalling where they heard about the return of episode two, interspersed with our special guests - all four of them. We meet producer AnneMarie Walsh giving a very rare interview, character artist Martin Geraghty, picture restoration expert Peter Crocker, and John Kelly, who tells the sad story o...

159: Liberation of the Daleks

November 15, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 52.2 MB

We've reached the current (for now!) Doctor, with the fourteenth incarnation of the Time Lord. Since we don't have any books featuring him, we've instead got a look at his first full story, Liberation of the Daleks, from Doctor Who Magazine. Dave and Kenny love this strip, and we're joined by artist Lee Sullivan, who took time out from illustrating episode 14, to have a chat. What a star!

158: The Secret in Vault 13

November 14, 2023 00:00 - 45 minutes - 47.2 MB

"I've got the key, I've got the secret..." So sang the Urban Cookie Collective. One thing we do know is that they didn't have the key to open Vault 13, and today, Kenny and Dave discuss this novel, initially aimed at younger readers. What did the pair think? And they're also joined by the author, David Solomons (who's also Scottish).

157: Royal Blood

November 13, 2023 00:00 - 46 minutes - 48.5 MB

All bow before us! Not that we've got tickets on ourselves, but this episode of the Power of 3 is all about Royal Blood. Kenny and Dave discuss this novel, featuring the Twelfth Doctor, before having a chat with author Una McCormack. And why does Una mention Clara's cleavage? It's not what you think!

156: Touched by an Angel

November 12, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 66.8 MB

We've hit the era of the Eleventh Doctor - and a monster from the TV series has arrived. Kenny and Dave discuss Touched By An Angel - in depth - and have a fun chat with the novel's writer, Jonathan Morris. And expect some interesting revelations from our hosts!

155: Sting of the Zygons

November 11, 2023 00:00 - 42 minutes - 40.6 MB

We've reached the second Scottish Doctor Who, as we delve into a story with a sting in the tale (getting?). We speak with writer Steve Cole about this Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones novel, which features the return of fan (and Tennant) favourite, the Zygons. Join Kenny and Dave as they celebrate this book - and who does Dave stop Kenny from phoning, as they look to answer a question?

154: The Stealers of Dreams

November 10, 2023 00:00 - 43 minutes - 41.7 MB

The Power of 3's look at Doctor Who novels materialises (fully) in the 21st century era of the show. Today, Kenny and the returning Dave discuss The Stealers of Dreams, and we hear from author Steve Lyons

153: Engines of War

November 09, 2023 00:00 - 1 hour - 54.5 MB

"War changes everyone... even the Doctor" - so declares the cover of Engines of War. This is the only novel to date which features the War Doctor, and today, Kenny and Matt discuss this book and its impact. Author George Mann shares his creative process on this one - and the first draft of it is one that NO ONE will ever be able to read...

152: The Book of the Still

November 08, 2023 00:00 - 56 minutes - 56.3 MB

It's been eight episodes in eight days so far, so Dave's going to have the day off. Kenny is joined by his Pieces of Eighth semi-regular co-host Matt Michael to discuss the EIghth Doctor novel The Book of the Still, written by Paul Ebbs. Get reading for a fascinating chat about how Paul came to write the book - and also, what Matt thinks of his original DWM review of the novel more than 20 years later. Has he changed his mind?

151: Birthright

November 07, 2023 00:00 - 34 minutes - 29.7 MB

We arrive in the era of the New Adventures for today's episode of The Power of 3. We discuss the 17th New Adventure, Birthright, and have a chat with author Nigel Robinson about it. And he reveals more about Muldwich!

150: Business Unusual

November 06, 2023 00:01 - 43 minutes - 37 MB

It's the joy of six on The Power of 3 today. The Sixth Doctor and Melanie Bush meet for the first time in today's adventure, Business Unusual, as we're joined by author Gary Russell. Throw in twin Autons, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and continuity references, and there's plenty to discuss.

149: Zeta Major

November 05, 2023 00:00 - 46 minutes - 45.4 MB

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November... as it's the day we release our look at Zeta Major, the Fifth Doctor Previous Doctors Adventure from the BBC. Written by Simon Messingham, he joins Kenny and Dave - TWICE - to chat about it. Twice? How can this be? Tune in, find out!

148: Drift

November 04, 2023 00:00 - 40 minutes - 30.8 MB

We're dreaming of a white November... Well, we're not really, but today's book is Drift, a Fourth Doctor BBC Book with a wintry setting. Kenny and Dave chat about the novel's beautiful cover, and author Simon A Forward pops in for a chat about his first published work.

147: Amorality Tale

November 03, 2023 00:00 - 50 minutes - 42.1 MB

Our anniversary adventure takes us to London on our third day of celebrating Doctor Who's 60th anniversary. Dave and Kenny celebrate the Third Doctor adventure Amorality Tale, and we have a chat with author David Bishop - a New Zealander now living in Scotland - about it. And, trivia fans... Kenny's half-New Zealander (sort of), on his father's side!

146: The Dark Path

November 02, 2023 00:00 - 40 minutes - 33.2 MB

Our celebration of 60 years of Doctor Who continues, as we turn back the clock to one of the final Missing Adventures to be published by Virgin. We have a chat with David A McIntee about writing this adventure, in which Koschei (we find out the correct pronunciation too!) becomes the Master, after an emotional encounter with the Second Doctor.