S02 E02: Don't panic! It's The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
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We’ve got answers, but if you’re looking for questions… Well, you’re going to have to ask Deep Thought. We take a trip through life, the universe and everything as we celebrate The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. 

Which is the definitive version of Douglas Adams' masterpiece? The radio series hit airwaves in 1978, the first novel followed in 1979, there's a much-loved 1980s TV series and oft-maligned 2005 movie, with videogames, comics and stageplays appearing along the way. Saturated with Adams unique voice, the story is infinitely quotable and hugely influential. Join us as we spend an evening celebrating its humour, sci-fi credentials and memorable characters. 

We take our trip to the planet Magrathea in the company of writer, editor, book reviewer and Doctor Who superfan Rhian Drinkwater, who'll be a familiar name to followers of SFX magazine and the Arthur C Clarke Award

Shhh… Don’t tell anyone but we’ve seen A Quiet Place Part II. Is it worth shouting about? We've also caught Loki on Disney+ and post-apocalyptic fairytale Sweet Tooth and new episodes of Lucifer on Netflix. 

As usual, we take a wry look at the latest sci-fi announcements too. Jupiter’s Legacy has been cancelled, Sandman casting has ruffled fan feathers, and Hugh Jackman dazzles in the trailer for high-concept film Reminiscence. There’s all this, plus Pushing Daisies, Marvel movie news, a bleeped-out bad word, and a proposed Disneyland trip, in Robby The Robot’s Waiting, the podcast that’s mostly harmless.


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Episode highlights:

00:00:38 – What we’re watching: Loki, Sweet Tooth, A Quiet Place II, Lucifer

00:27:32 – Meet guest Rhian Drinkwater (plus: Star Wars and Marvel rewatch, Black Water Sister by Zen Cho, Inside Number 9)

00:33:06 – The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, in all its glorious forms.

01:04:57 – News: Jupiter’s Legacy, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Kraven The Hunter, JJ Abrams, Sandman, Reminiscence 

Bipedal ape descendants:

Tanavi Patel: entertainment reporter for SFX magazine and Digital Spy, panel moderator for MCM, FanExpo and more. https://twitter.com/tanavip

Dave Bradley: writer, gamer, book reviewer and a former editor of SFX. https://twitter.com/BoxDaveB

Richard Edwards: film and TV journalist and another former editor of SFX. https://twitter.com/RichDEdwards

SPECIAL GUEST! Rhian Drinkwater is a writer, editor, awards judge, Doctor Who expert and regular contributor to SFX magazine. https://twitter.com/rhian82

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