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Good Show Sir Comments: Steampunk Dottor Chi?

Thanks to Armando for sending this in!

Published 2009

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.41 out of 10)

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44 Responses to “Illusione di Potere”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Now that really CAN’T get up stairs.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Robot wide receiver should have no problem with that very catchable pill pass.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    You think this is a heap? You should see what the loaner looks like!

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    Mike, I could see the boom mic in that shot. Let’s do another take everybody.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:


    Also WTF. Just WTF,

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Does this hat make me look odd?

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I think the robo-car is having an erection.

  9. Tag Wizard Says:

    @FB – Tag added. After you hang around here awhile, your WTF threshold goes way up.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The real WTF is the salt cellar…

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    Fun Fact 1: Terry Nation was the first person to adapt a PKD story for the screen (‘Imposter’ was an episode of ‘Out of This World’ in 1962, so had a dinner-jacketed Boris Karloff introducing it).

    Fun Fact 2: His estate, especially his agent Roger Hancock, were notorious for suing the pants off anyone who used the Daleks without permission. Even Spielberg.

    Fun Fact 3: Terry Nation’s last major gig was writing for ‘MacGyver’.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @TatW—so is this cover the first explicit linkage between PKD and the Dalek? Did Terry Nation approve this cover? Thanks for the brief SF history. Being a yank and not a Dr. Who fan, I didn’t know from Daleks. I was busy hiding behind the sofa the whole time.

  13. Ray P Says:

    Appropriately, the first Dalek story broadcast has a notorious Dalek takes a trip scene. It just needed to start jabbering about pink lases and Vast Active Living Intelligent Systems. Perhaps the Great Intelligence?

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:


  15. Francis Boyle Says:

    @Tag Wizard

    My WTF threshold is currently in orbit somewhere beyond the Kuiper belt but this cover still exceeds it.

  16. Ray P Says:

    Davros built my hot-rod. Dalek sings old blue eyes greatest songs. “I did it my WAY – EXTERMINATE!”

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @RayP: Soon I discovered that this Time Lord thing was true. Ron Grainer was the devil; Davros was an architect previous to his career as a prophet. All of a sudden, I was in love with Skaro, so there was only one thing I could do, was ding-a-ding-dang my dang-a-long Dalek.


  18. fred Says:

    Can you get a ringtone of a Dalek saying ‘fuhgeddaboutit’?

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: Nation died in 1997 but by 2009 his estate had worked out which side their bread was buttered and let the BBC lawyers handle this stuff (and in 2010 we had a broadcast episode, ‘Victory of the Daleks’, that recycled ‘Imposter’ but with the humanoid bomb talked out of exploding by being embarrassed at his old girlfriend’s silly name. That’s not the stupidest bit of the script.)

    @RayP. (13): That would be ‘Plague of Death’, a strip in ‘TV21’ from 1965. Although we don’t really know what the ‘Human Factor’ in ‘Evil of the Daleks’ looked like. Being a Troughton story there was probably foam involved.
    (16) That would be Ol’ Blue Eye, singular. (He did open his eyelids last time we saw him but they weren’t especially blue and most people would rather forget that episode).

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    According to the Dalek Pocket Book and Authentic Space Travellers’ Guide from 1965, and the Dalek World Annual from the same year, the colour red is invisible to Daleks. So they would just see a steam-driven hat.

    (Of course, the first these books had a red Dalek on the front, a still from the recent Peter Cushing film.)

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: that also explains why the person giving it a push is clothed in red.

  22. Anna T. Says:

    Steampunk Daleks apparently need rubber gloves to protect themselves. And wheelchairs. The fedora I have no explanation for, other than that fedoras are nice-looking hats.

    But, still . . . I sincerely doubt this book has any Daleks in it, so why the author felt the need to put one on the cover is something I have no explanation for.

  23. Tat Wood Says:

    @AnnaT.: I really don’t think the author had any say in the matter…

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Forget about staircases, what does this thing do if it meets a slightly banked curve?

  25. Raoul Says:

    It’s bothering me that those giant jazz hands don’t seem to be attached to the robot at all. They are like the shadows of his little robot mechanical grippers projected on the wall.

  26. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It’s like a Dalek’s cranky old father who’s coming home during Christmas seasons to complain about “foreigners stealing our jobs” and “they don’t make’em like they used to…”

  27. Tat Wood Says:

    This is the Italian translation of ‘Now Wait for Last Year’. So this Dalek drives a taxi.

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Illustrazione como pucaccia!

  29. GSS ex-noob Says:

    A Dalek became one of those MRA’s — put on the fedora and added a pair of hands to a) grab women by the you-know what and b) post to Reddit. Very 21st century.

    I read all of GSS in a month, and this is still beyond my WTF limit.

    @Tat Wood: of course nuDaleks come in a variety of colo(u)rs now. Or did for a while, I think they’re back to all being proper Dalek colo(u)r now.

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is why scientists should never become politicians. After the mechanical engineer invented a machine that could shake hands with the electorate, his colleague the molecular biologist engineered an organism to kiss their babies for her.

  31. Francis Boyle Says:

    GSS ex-noob, I hope the psych ward is comfortable and humanely run.

    Good Show Sir is a strong drug and is best taken in carefully measured doses.

  32. DaveM Says:

    Despite this being a P.K Dick book, it draws the line at coal powered steam driven Daleks in fedoras. I’d say this cover is probably weirder than most of the text inside, and that’s rare for P.K Dick.

    At the end, the main character does have a meaningful conversation with a Robot Taxi, but even with all the drugs Dick (and his characters) tended to indulge in, if that’s a taxi, I’m walking.

    Oh, the piston like thing attached to the back wheel? Here’s a pro tip. Attach it to the spokes, not the axle if you want it to provide locomotion. Of course, you could just want a piston that destroys the axle every time you use it, in which case Good Show Sir!

  33. Anna T. Says:

    @Tat Wood: ARTIST. I meant to say I didn’t know why the ARTIST put this on the cover. I mean, we all know Philip K. Dick died in the ’70s or ’80s.

  34. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Francis: I got over it during a stretch where there weren’t many new covers.

    @DaveM: As cobbled-not-together this is, I wouldn’t be surprised if the piston doesn’t pist, just sits there as a connector of axle to Dalek.

  35. HappyBookworm Says:

    Okay….Wow. What to say? Perhaps if Daleks could have bad-supper dreams it would look like this…….Can they?

    Even the Doctor couldn’t figure this cover out.

  36. simple guy Says:

    Dead Stuff With Big Teeth @Look like you are a loaner these days. What happened?

  37. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    We are awaiting the official final vote tally…

    ‘Bon soir…d’accord…bon soir…Mais oui, I now present to you the results of the voting for Président de la République Française…’

    I don’t know if you can make it out, but the crowd has quieted considerably.

    ‘For Monsieur Emmanuel Macron…’

    En Marche Party.

    ‘20,753,798 votes.’

    That will be the number to beat…not sure if it’s even possible…

    ‘For Madame Marine Le Pen…’

    Front National Party.

    ‘10,644,118 votes.’

    And En Marche seem assured of a victory, unless there is a plurality due to…

    ‘Monsieur Dalek D’Rouge…’

    Poivrier Party.


    And so, despite a strong pre-election 8.89, the Poivrier Party have failed to make an impact. At all. Back to you in the studio.

  38. simple guy Says:

    @DSWBT So you are out of your Blah Zone

  39. GSS ex-noob Says:

    But how did the Silly Party do?

  40. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS Francophone: *insert here Trump joke*

    Done! Off to pub.

  41. ProfBeetle Says:

    Plate #10 from “An Illustrated History of the Dalek” by Howard Pinchford et al.

    After retiring from the universal conquest and domination business Dalek Serial #00034 (MK I.a – Steam Powered) went into a life of veterinary medicine, seen here in it’s exam gloves about to administer a “horse pill” being tossed to it from off camera.

    A rare photo indeed.

    Note the unusual piston configuration which could lift the Dalek forward off of it’s rear axle allowing it to reach further downwards. A quite controversial addition to the MK I.a the external facing of the piston made it very susceptible to damage and malfunction so it was removed from the MK I.c and all further models. (The MK I.b included forward pistons as well allowing the Dalek to lean backwards, however constant overbalancing issues meant that the MK I.b was never released into production.)

  42. Tat Wood Says:

    I’ve spent the last week trying to remember which Stanislaw Lem in which edition had this cover

    Never mind a Dalek with trainer-wheels, here’s a ticklish Cyberman.

  43. DaveM Says:

    @DSWBT “Can I just say this is my first time on television?” 🙂

  44. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DaveM: No, I’m sorry, we’re out of time.

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