Thursday, 29 December 2011

FRS 29: 'Silver Nemesis' Sylvester McCoy

Helloings! Due to all of the family commitments and retail hell that comes with the season we have had to resort to hitting the vaults for this week's Fast Return Switch.

We dug out a previously unreleased classic that was recorded all the way back in August before being abandoned for more topical episode coverage. I've explained this just so you know that, when we refer to last week we actually mean last August and when we talk about next week we talk about other abandoned plans!

Confused? Me too. I don't think I'm cut out for time travel at all!

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Sunday, 25 December 2011

FRS 28: ‘K9 and Company: A Girls Best Friend’ Elizabeth Sladen

Merry Crimbles! I have spent a good part of the Christmas morning editing this delight for you! Seasons' enjoyings! (yes I have started drinking already)

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Friday, 23 December 2011

An Apology...

Sorry to any Fast Return Switch listeners who were expecting a podcast yesterday. We were really hoping to get a podcast out for you at the usual time but family and seasonal commitments got in the way. We fully intend to stick with our ongoing commitment to not miss a week and have one out for you guys soon. Just not today! Stay tuned folks!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

FRS 27: ‘The Christmas Invasion’ David Tennant

Merry Regeneration! Last week it was the Eleventh's first Crimbo and now we tackle the Tenth's! We had a good laugh doing this one but unfortunately there are a few audio glitches towards the end. No wonder David T spent most of the episode in bed. I can't blame him, sleeping through Christmas is a tradition in my family. Enjoy the festivities!

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Thursday, 8 December 2011

FRS 26: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Matt Smith

Merry December, listeners! We're gonna be all festive for a bit here on FRS. Kicking off the merriment we cover Matt Smith's inaugural Christmas episode. We have Messrs Munro, Weston and Woodford chatting dumb over this one with a 'special' guest appearance from Dan Morrison. This episode is made extra EXTRA special by the absence of Mr Fanton. I kid, I kid. He's good people. Merry Cringles!

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Friday, 2 December 2011

FRS 25: ‘Spearhead from Space ’ Part Two. Jon Pertwee

Wurzel puts his Spear-head on once again as we unleash part two of the Pertwee classic. I wasn't sure why I couldn't remember the end of this story that clearly. Turns out I fell asleep! Rum was a bad choice. You need not fear though as Masters Fanton, Munro and Weston do a fine job of keeping things entertaining in my unfortunate and slightly embarrassing absence. When will I learn? Probably never.

Love ya!

Woaf xXx

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Thursday, 24 November 2011

FRS 24: ‘Spearhead from Space ’ Part One. Jon Pertwee

We made it! Officially we're on time. Though in my mind we're about 6 hours late. We have the return of the much loved Stu Munro this week! That man can't resist a bit of Pertwee. And Who can blame him?

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Techical problems

I'm afraid we're facing some technical problems today. Our internet service provider is failing to provide a consistent connection and therefore we can't upload the podcast right now. I'll keep trying whenever I can and hopefully you guys won't have to wait too long. Stupid Branson.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

FRS 23: ‘The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet ’ Part two. Colin Baker

Part two! Trial! Go!

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Thursday, 10 November 2011

FRS 22: ‘The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet ’ Part one. Colin Baker

We finally do a Colin! We did actually record a fan commentary for the more colourful of the Bakers a fair while ago, but unfortunately it didn't make it to the editing software intact so we had to regretfully let it go. Weep! But we made it in the end! Hooray! So don your cat brooch and join us as we watch the court room drama unfold...

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

FRS Episode 21b: ‘Forest of the Dead’ David Tennant

Would we EVER leave you hanging in the middle of a story? NO! Well, not yet anyway. For two weeks in a row there's double prizes! Once in a while, when the wind is on our side, EVERYBODY WINS!

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FRS Episode 21a: ‘Silence in the Library’ David Tennant

There's not much silence to be found in the Library when Fast Return Switch are in town! We're as chatty as ever over this episode. The three Andys couldn't resist visiting the last adventure River has with the Doctor (from her point of view). Moffat you break my brain, sir. And my Brian.

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Thursday, 27 October 2011

FRS Episode 20: ‘The Doctor's Wife’ Matt Smith

Double Prizes! I had to dip into the archive again this week and I pulled out a doozy! If I'm honest it's a little soon to be covering another Matt Smithisode but it was by far the most suitable for today. It might confuse in places (it did me) as it was recorded a while ago and we mention a few plans that never came to fruition as well as reference episodes which at the time hadn't aired and since have. Stupid time travel. I hope we get the hang of it sooner rather than later.


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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

FRS Episode 19b: ‘The Hand of Fear’ Tom Baker

The second part of The Hand of Fear podcast is finally here! Sorry for the week long delay! But I think it was well worth the wait. I hope you agree! I'd just like to thank all the fans for being so patient. You're saints each and every one of you. As far as I know not one one of you complained. Thanks for your understanding. You all rock.

Measures have been put in place to stop this sort of thing happening in the future.

So with out further ado...


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Friday, 21 October 2011

Technical Issues

We're having issues. This is in itself nothing new to me. I've got tons of issues. But as a collective we're now having an issue that stops us getting the podcast out today. Sad face. It is being delt with however and the hand of fear part b should be with you in a matter of days. Sorry for the delay...

Thursday, 20 October 2011

FRS Episode 19a: ‘The Hand of Fear’ Tom Baker

We're back!

See! The wait wasn't so bad was it? The first part of our 'The Hand of Fear' fan commentating commences below. We're rocking it old school with just the Andys this time and things are decidedly... Welsh.

For a change...

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Part b shall arriving tomorrow!

Monday, 17 October 2011

What the bloody hell?

I know what you're asking yourself. You're asking, 'It's Monday? Where be my damn FRS podcast, bitch?' (I'm guessing at your colloquialisms obviously). Well fear not! FRS has not phased out of the known dimensions. Nor has it hiding one second out of sync with your normal timestream. It is merely shifting to a later day of the week.

That day be THURSDAY.

See nothing to panic about. Can you stop hyperventilating now? It's just a few extra days? It's a Tom Baker story we're doing too. Everyone loves Tom Baker.

Monday, 10 October 2011

FRS Episode 18: ‘The Awakening’ Peter Davison

Recently discovered in the Fast Return Switch vaults this long lost classic can now be revealed to our ravenous public! Many guest appearances abound from John Hurt to Patrick Moore including a brief cameo from the legend Sir Tom Jones!

Also we spend entirely too much time time talking about the village of Martin.

What the bloody hell?

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Monday, 3 October 2011

FRS Episode 17: ‘The Wedding of River Song’ Matt Smith

So here it is! What it's all been leading up to! All of us here at Fast Return Switch are giddy with excitement as the series comes to its conclusion. I'm going to keep this short and sweet this week as I know if I type too long I'll end up gloating about how spot on Mr Weston and myself are at guessing endings.

I probably should have stopped a sentence earlier there.

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Monday, 26 September 2011

FRS Episode 16: ‘Closing Time’ Matt Smith

Here we are again with another Fast Return Switch podcast! This time we have the triumphant return of Mr Thomas Butler and it's good to have him back. We also celebrate Mr Fanton's Birthday! Sing along now... 'Closing time, no more time for alcohol...'

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P.S. If you've not seen the prequel to next week's epic-looking finale, The Wedding of River Song, then follow this link to the official Doctor Who site and check it out! We'll see you on the other side of the end of series 6....

Monday, 19 September 2011

FRS Episode 15: ‘The God Complex’ Matt Smith

Wow, these new episodes are all fantastic, are they not? It's a rhetorical question obviously. Below you'll find a podcast from four renegade Time Lords who currently operate under the aliases of Andy Fanton, Amy Meechan, Andy Weston and Andi Woodford. Their true names will be revealed in time but not before they employ their combined wisdom to de-construct... The God Complex!

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Sunday, 11 September 2011

FRS Episode 14: ‘The Girl Who Waited’ Matt Smith

We have a lot of hosts this week! We've got the usual three Andys (Fanton, Weston and Woodford), the return of semi-regular (I checked with his GP) Stuart Munro and the official début (though she did appear briefly last week) of Amy Meechan (AKA Tabitha)!

We're covering 'The Girl Who Waited' this time which is a truly BEAUTIFUL episode that deserves better than us fools chatting over it. A fact which my recording equipment must have understood, as it continued to crap out on me all evening.

After numerous attempts we do manage to rise above our technical problems and record the damn thing but we do not suggest you try to watch along as streaming issues make the timing decidedly shonk. Unfortunately there's still a few minor blips in the recording but I think I've managed to hide most of 'em with a certain editorial grace. You'd have to be very eagle eared to spot ANY of my editing anyway. I'm just that good.

Don't believe me? Listen on and SEE HOW WRONG YOU ARE!

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Do eagles have good ears? They probably do, right? They are REALLY big after all. No, hang on. That's beagles, isn't it? I probably should've said beagle-eared earlier. Does that sound better? HELP ME I"M STILL TYPING!

Note: Shortly after this was written, Mr Woodford was sectioned by his fellow podcasters. He will, possibly, be free in time for next week's podcast, though we make no promises.

Monday, 5 September 2011

FRS Episode 13: ‘Night Terrors’ Matt Smith

FRS employs use of a THIRD microphone! With each podcast we strive ever further towards professionalism and take a sharp left before we get there. The Andys regress to a childlike state of terror this week. Which makes a change from our normal child-like state of giggling at Sontaran nob jokes. Of which there are still plenty.


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Monday, 29 August 2011

FRS Episode 12: ‘Let's Kill Hitler’ Matt Smith

While Garfield and the Boomtown Rats may not like 'em. I Love Mondays right now. It's my second favourite day of the week! It's not as good as Saturdays obviously. Saturdays are the day we get a BRAND NEW episode of Doctor Who! But Mondays are pretty damn cool, yeah. Cause Mondays mean FAST RETURN SWITCH!

It's 'Let's Kill Hitler' we chat over this week and we'll continue to do so after each episode of this series. For its ENTIRE run!

There's a good joke hidden in this one. We had to have one eventually right? It's right near the end though. And the delivery is terrible. But it's still a good joke. Fanton didn't think so. But I do. So there. Can you spot it?

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Monday, 22 August 2011

Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes ( I wuz I wuz)


Change has come to FRSwitch and we think you'll find you like it! Up until today our humble podcast always launched on a Sunday. Nothing wrong with that. We all like to worship the good Doctor of a weekend. Today however is a Monday and Monday shall be our home from now on.

The main catalyst of this slight temporal shift is Matt Smiths oncoming triumphant return to our screens NEXT SATURDAY! Our new weekday launch window allows plenty of time to watch the latest, greatest Doctor Who episodes a couple of times and then comment those bitches right up! WOOT! FRSwitch is gonna be topical for once!

We hope you'll join us in the celebration! Don't forget to tweet us @FRSwitch, yeah? Get in early enough and we might even be able to mention ya on the show!

See ya next week! When Fast Return Switch will be covering "Lets Kill Hitler!"

Oh my Goodness, I can't wait!

Love Woaf,

FRS Episode 11: ‘The Mind Robber’ Patrick Troughton

A Podcast? On a Monday? Are we losing our minds?

Don't worry listners! We haven't had our minds robbed. There is a very good reason for me having to edit three bloody podcasts in two days when I'm quite busy enough thank you very much. And all will be revealed soon. But first entertain yourself with Andys Fanton, Weston and Woodford as we enjoy an excellent Patrick Trousers story!

Here be part 'a'

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And here be part 'b'

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Sunday, 21 August 2011

FRS Episode 10: 'Partners in Crime' David Tennant

'And Then There Were Two'

It's just Mr Weston and myself (Woaf) this time round. Which means no-one has to share a mike! Luxury. At the last possible minute we decide that 'Partners In Crime' was the episode to yabber over. Beers are drunked, doughnuts are eated and a deep Bromance is formed (in my mind anyway).



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Thursday, 18 August 2011

A mystery is finally laid to rest...

In one or two of our podcasts of late, there's been some talk of a mythical advert featuring Buster Merryfield (of Uncle Albert fame) advertising the popular snack Hula-Hoops. Now, this has been a long running joke mystery, and something that none of us has ever been able to prove the existence of.

Until now.

Idly surfing the net today, I came across a reference to this Holy Grail, and shortly after the trail led to the advert itself. It IS real, and Mr Fanton can sleep soundly for the first time in 14 years.

And, if you're curious, here it is in all its glory.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

FRS Episode 9: 'Paradise Towers' Sylvester McCoy

EXPLICIT CONTENT WARNING (especially in part b)

By popular imaginary demand Fast Return Switch is laying it on thick again this Sunday with another multi part podcast. Being far to awesome to be contained in a solitary hour the Sylvester McCoy classic 'Mel wants to go swimming' is covered this week over two highly informative podular castings.

The correct listening order is 'a' then 'b'. That's 'a' followed by 'b'. Just like the cassette tapes from the 80's. You remember the 80's right? I hope so. It really helps when listening to us...

FRS 9a

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FRS 9b

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Monday, 8 August 2011

We're on Twitter!

Just a very brief post to let you all know that Fast Return Switch is now on Twitter! So, if you'd like to follow us and find out what we're up or if you'd just like to send us some comments/abuse, we are @FRSwitch.

The picture of the lovely Alex Kingston is entirely gratuitous, and has little to do with this, save for the fact it looks a little like she could be Tweeting in that picture (she's not though).

Saturday, 6 August 2011

FRS Episode 8: 'The King's Demons' Peter Davison


I was very careful to make sure we got our explicit tag on iTunes. It made me comfortable knowing that we could say what ever we wanted without fear of causing undue offence or distress. As I'm a bit slow in the brainbox however, I never thought to throw up a warning on these here blog posts. I've been bunging these things up willy nilly and couple of four letter words have snuck into our previous podcasts that you may of not been prepared for. For this I can only apologise.

Another thing I can only apologise for is the following podcast. We're still finding our feet here at Fast Return Switch. At the time of recording we had yet to work out an appropriate level of alcohol consumption and decided to try our hand at recording post public house. This, I feel, was a mistake.

So I'm sorry. I'm sorry we don't really talk about the episode. I'm sorry Peter Davison doesn't get the love he deserves in his FRS début (we did record a much superior Davison fan commentary before but my bloody computer done eated it). I'm sorry we slur a lot. I'm sorry we often fail to make any sense. I'm sorry we forget how to hold microphones. And most of all I'm sorry, really sorry, to the French.

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Sunday, 31 July 2011

FRS episode 7b: 'The Three Doctors' part two

The thrilling conclusion to our two part epicast is here! Will Woaf get his Gel Guards out again? Will Weston reference the 80's for no reason? Will Fanton needlessly offend anyone else? Find out the answers in the next thrilling instalment of... Fast Return Switch! Dun Dun Duhhhhhh.

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FRS episode 7a: 'The Three Doctors' part one

My favourite cast thus far! I get so excited I get my Gel Guards out at one point!

This time the combined minds of Thomas Butler, Andrew Fanton, Andrew Weston and Andrew Woodford are consumed into an anti-matter universe of our own creation as we ramble over the first two episodes of the Hartnell, Trousers and Pertwee story 'The Three Doctors'. Unfortunately Tom loses his physical form after only half an hour's exposure to anti-matter and has to bow out. Which leaves the three Andys to battle on. Can they survive...?

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Part 7b following later today!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

FRS Episode 6: ‘Utopia’ David Tennant

Chan- This time the Switchers (Sorry I'm tired) chat mindrot over the Tennant masterpiece 'Utopia'. -Tho

Chan- God we loved this episode. -Tho

Chan- It's fantastic. -Tho

Chan- It's got Trench-coat battles! -Tho

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Saturday, 16 July 2011

FRS Episode 5: 'The Sontaran Experiment' Tom Baker

The Three Andys return and enjoy another classic Who. This time it's Tom Baker's turn to inspire the intellectual debate. It's an intellectual debate that focuses a bit too much on sticks, instant mash and South African beard harvesting but an intellectual debate nonetheless.

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Sunday, 10 July 2011

FRS Episode 4: 'The Lodger' Matt Smith

In an almost poetic expression of our love for time travel we zoom straight to the present day Doctor and show the love for Matt Smith. Messrs Fanton, Weston and Woodford chat over 'The Lodger' the 11th episode of the 5th series. We end up being almost convinced by some net conspiracies here. And Fanton impersonates a troubled monkey.

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Sunday, 3 July 2011

FRS Episode 3: ‘The Rescue’ William Hartnell

FRS is proud to spew forth its thoughts on this William Hartnell classic.

Thomas Butler, Andy Fanton, Andy Weston and Andi Woodford discuss a number of important issues raised by this particular episode such as cappuccino lies, malicious kittens and a trouser felt appreciation of Vicki's wardrobe... go on, have a listen.

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Sunday, 26 June 2011

FRS Episode 2: 'Survival' Sylvester McCoy

The 80's love continues as we spout nonsense over the Sylvester McCoy episode Survival. This time you'll hear the noise holes of Andy Fanton, Stu Munro, Andy Weston and Andi Woodford.

"There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea's asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke, and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there’s injustice, and somewhere else the tea's getting cold. Come on, Ace — we’ve got work to do!"
Listen Now:

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Sunday, 19 June 2011

FRS Episode 1: 'Father's Day' Christopher Eccleston

Messrs Fanton, Munro, Weston and Woodford take a trip back to the 80's and ramble all sorts of nonsense, including a few too many mentions of Rock and Chips.

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Friday, 17 June 2011

Welcome Whovians!

Welcome Welcome Welcome. Welcome. And indeed welcome. Erm...

You have found your way to the Blog of the podcast 'Fast Return Switch'. A podcast where a random bunch of morons discuss a different episode of Doctor Who each week. This podcast was born of a desire to continue watching the BBC's premier Science Fiction show each week whether it was currently broadcast or not. This Blog was born of the necessity to host the podcast somewhere.

Once I work out how to enable the editorial powers of us all the quality of writing should be vastly improved.

Please stick around for the ride!

Lot's of love,