Episode 45 – Turtle Wax

Spock coming to terms with his new life with Zarabeth

Whom Pods Destroy returns with another episode, taking a deep dive into the original series.

In this podcast we discuss the late third season episode “All Our Yesterdays”. The episode where Spock regresses and er… gets back to basics, so to speak.

This episode threw up all manner of side topics, about contemporary storytelling formats and how they no longer exist today.

We also get a worrying insight in some of Derek’s more… intense fantasy realms.

Episode 44 – Spock here!

Whom Pods Destroy is back with Graham, Derek & Terry getting all loved up for the one and only Spock.

Well, I say the one and only but in fact there have been a number of iterations of that “green blooded sonofabitch” and we spent a pleasant 45 minutes discussing the portrayal, development and characterisation of one of Star Trek’s most beloved Starfleet officers throughout his nearly half a century of association with the franchise.

Episode 43 – Nigel Mudd


We are delighted to return for another episode of Star Trek chat.

Harcourt Fenton Mudd is one of the most notorious characters on the history of the Star Trek. A sex trafficker, drug dealer, misogynist and rogue.

And that’s just in his first appearance.

Mudd appears in two episodes of The Original Series, one from the Animated Series and made his return to Star Trek Discovery, to some consternation. Although Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad is probably one of the best episodes from Series 1 of Disco.

On Whom Pods Destroy, Graham and Derek discuss a character that is both celebrated and derided. We talk about Mudd’s development and ask why the creators persist with this “lovable rogue”. Did they recognise, in Mudd, characteristics of some the public figures in our time?

We also speculate as to what shape the proposed Mudd Next Generation episode might have taken.

Episode 42 – The Phantom Mendez

We are overjoyed to bring you our discussions on the only two part episode of Star Trek: The Original Series – The Menagerie.

Series 2 of Star Trek Discovery, featuring Captain Pike, Number One and Spock, is about to get underway. So what better time to go back to where it started with and celebrate this triumph over this masterful episode that arguably saved the franchise from cancellation.

Listen out for what could have been for one of the best call backs in the history of Star Trek plus some more Albert Whitlock chat.

The website that Terry refers to about the remastered matte paintings is here.

Episode 41 – Funky Griffin Guy

We are delighted to be bringing you our first (and perhaps only) podcast on Star Trek: The Animated Series.

On this edition of Whom Pods Destroy we look forward to the new series of Star Trek: Discovery by focussing on “Yesteryear”: a superb exploration of the history and character of Spock written by the incomparable Dorothy Fontana.

We also take a moment to reflect on the Animated Series in general its qualities and what it left behind. It also gives us a chance to share this absolute banger with you.

Episode 40 – We need to build a faster web, lads

The Tholian Web is a fondly remembered character episode with some award winning visuals and elements of psychological and gothic horror.

In this episode of Whom Pods Destroy, Graham, Terry and Derek celebrate this third season episode. They also revel in the great character moments between Spock and McCoy in the episode where Kirk is largely absent but his shadow looms large. We also contemplate the Scotty’s by now apparent alcoholism.

Episode 39 – What of Lazarus?

We are a sucker for unpopular episodes of the original series here at Whom Pods Destroy and they are seldom less popular than The Alternative Factor. However, our last two episode have explored parallel universes so we thought that it would be a good opportunity to explore this often forgotten first season episode since it plays around with the notion of alternative dimensions.

Of course there are worse episodes than The Alternative Factor but not much worse. However, the show was beset with a number of production problems which we discuss while trying to some any positives in the story.

Episode 38 – There is no Roy Orbison in the Mirror Universe

Following on from our previous podcast on Mirror, Mirror – Graham, Terry and Derek discuss its legacy and the nature of parallel universes and alternate timelines not just in Star Trek but in other Science Fiction.

We also celebrate the numerous sequels to this classic episode whether they be canon, side canon and non canon. So we’re talking Fan films, DC Comics, Dark Mirror by Diane Duane, Deep Space 9, Enterprise and Discovery. Please note there will be spoilers.

This podcast is also notable for a world class impression of the Grand Nagus.

Episode 37 – Your agoniser please

Mirror, Mirror is one of the most popular and enduring Star Trek stories. Its visual and narrative legacy has lasted all the way through to the modern day Star Trek.

In this episode of Whom Pods Destroy, Graham, Derek and Terry celebrate this fantastic episode of the original series and discuss its finer points including the nature of interdimensional travel. Did the Enterprise landing party transport into their counterpart’s underwear or was it a more hygienic case of mind transference?

Episode 36 – Star Trek invented the sonic screwdriver and the Wrath of Harve

Assignment Earth was the failed back door pilot that, were it not for the famous fan letter writing campaign, would have been the final episode of Star Trek.

This is a strange episodeTrek as it  relegates the regular characters to guest star roles as the focus is switched to the pilot’s two main protagonists, Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln.

In this edition of Whom Pods Destroy Terry, Graham and Derek discuss this episode and its premise. As well as the pilot’s various contemporary influences, including James Bond, Derek Flint plus Steed & Mrs Peel. The fact that it was a back door pilot allows them to broaden the discussion to Gene Rodenberry’s other, mostly failed projects. Plus we revel that true sub-text of one of the Star Trek movies.