(Re)Generation Who guest Sophie Aldred has been flexing her sci-fi muscles again recently — this time alongside comedy duo Trev and Simon, along with a variety of guest actors whose names may also be familiar to Whovians.
Trev and Simon’s crowdfunded podcast, Strangeness in Space, follows three space-stranded humans — a NASA gift shop manager named Sophie and an 80s synth-pop duo who call themselves Pink Custard — as they orbit the distant planet Mirth in a damaged spacecraft. When trouble strikes (and it does), the trio descend to the surface of Mirth to find an answer to their problems… which generally means finding more problems along the way. On board with them is the robot LEMON, voiced by Barnaby Edwards (familiar to Who fans for his regular role as a Dalek operator), and the surface of Mirth is populated by a variety of friends and foes whose voices may ring a bell as well.
While fiction and comedy podcasts are (fortunately) not in short supply these days, Strangeness in Space feels much more like a spiritual successor to the broadcast radio drama tradition that, while still alive in the UK, dwindled in America decades ago. It’s Red Dwarf through the lens of Firesign Theatre, with humour that fluctuates between irreverent and surreal without ever being in danger of leaving the listener behind. Even though it’s not performed in front of a live studio audience, it follows the same beats and cues as The Goon Show and others of that nature that were. Even the fourth-wall breaking — practically a requirement in comedy nowadays — is done in inventive ways.
Episode 2 drops this Saturday, and features guest performances by Rufus Hound, Peter Guinness, and Carol Cleveland. It also finds Sophie back in surprisingly familiar territory as she meets — well, we don’t want to spoil the surprise. All we’ll say is names can be deceiving.
You can listen to the first episode free right now on their website, strangenessinspace.com, or click here to subscribe on iTunes. And if you like what you hear, consider supporting the podcast so they can continue to bring you more spaced-out comedy!