I hadn’t planned for this to be a thing. I’d simply had The Tomorrow People languishing on disc upstairs and had read so much about it that I thought I should go beyond the first season and a half that I had watched and have a butcher’s at some of the later episodes. And where else to start than the one with Hitler in it?
I quite enjoyed Tweeting about it and people joined in, so here are the results in one easy to follow blog post.
As Twitter is not a solo pursuit when done properly, I have also included some Tweets from others who propelled me along with cyber banter as my jaw dropped ever further… Thanks to them for joining in. Here goes:
Well, I was going to watch an Armchair Theatre but I’m in a mood so sod it: I’m going to do the Tomorrow People story with an alien Hitler.
Tomorrow People: Mike’s going to a disco dressed as a Nazi! John voices his disapproval. Whatever Hsui Tai’s reaction is is indecipherable.
(Graeme Burk @graemeburk
@TobyHadoke True fact: in Roger Price’s script, TIM’s next line is “Actually Hitler is a [name of alien race from “A Rift In Time”]”
Graeme Burk @graemeburk
@TobyHadoke It’s batshit insane. Hugely offensive. But it has Michael Sheard, so most fans forgive it.)
Tomorrow People: Sitcom favourites Nicholas Lyndhurst and Ray Burdis are, respectively, a German & an English Nazi. Mike is getting tempted!
Tomorrow Ppl: Brit officer tells John he ran over a boy. “I trust you called the police?” is John’s immediate response. He’s SO responsible!
Tomorrow People: 5 buttons on John’s shirt. He’s only done 2 up. He’s not THAT sensible, then, there’s a bit of a beast in Mr Straight!
Tomorrow People: “Do you know who Hitler is Mike?” could be one of the worst sci-fi lines ever were it not for what comes after it…
Tomorrow People: “Hitler isn’t dead. Hitler is Nebor from the planet Vashir. A galactic shape changing psychopath.”
@TobyHadoke I’m fascinated by Nebor’s eye. Does it regularly fall off? Is he forever picking it up & putting it back?
Gareth Roberts @OldRoberts953
@hellothisisivan @TobyHadoke That went out on my tenth birthday. I was APPALLED.
Toby Hadoke @tobyhadoke
@OldRoberts953 @hellothisisivan I’ve never seen it before. It’s… I’m not sure what it is. Crikey.
AIEEEEEEEvan Kirby @hellothisisivan Oct 8
@TobyHadoke @OldRoberts953 Jaw-droppingly misjudged.)
Tomorrow People: Hitler is actually Mr Bronson.
(I didn’t Tweet as much as I’d like as I was distracted with an exchange which I think demonstrates one of the dangers of being a comedian on Twitter. My Tweets are in blue and my correspondent’s (whose handle I have disguised out of courtesy) are in green:
Tomorrow People: Hitler is actually Mr Bronson.
@TobyHadoke A bit over the top, Mr. Hadoke?
@???* Just a statement of fact. M Sheard who played Mr Bronson is Hitler in this. But now you mention it, he is over the top!
@TobyHadoke Isn’t Sheard dead?
@???* Sigh. There is a thing called a DVD…
@TobyHadoke I know. I know. Sorry about that Toby. I did a bit of research on him and that is when I found out what I think you.
Tomorrow People: Hitler is pleased that television is popular. “You will obey me”, he declares, before adding an Oliver Hardy-esque
@TobyHadoke I don’t think anybody can say if Hitler is pleased or not because he has been dead for 70 years.
@???* You’re taking this out of context ???*. I’m watching an episode of the Tomorrow People.
@TobyHadoke Sorry mate. I just hear so much about people being compared to Hitler.
@???* I did handily preface every Tweet with the words “Tomorrow People”.
@TobyHadoke I caught it in the middle Toby. I am sorry about that.
*There’s no harm done with the above exchange – I regularly correspond with the person in question and will continue to do so. it just illustrates how stick can quickly be grabbed at the wrong end on social media.
Tomorrow People: John gets tough with Ray Burdis and calls him “Square ‘ead”. I think I love John. He’s sensible AND mean.
Tomorrow People: “I asked for 50 men,” frets Leon Eagles to his platoon of 6, clearly unaware that he’s in a show with a small budget.
Tomorrow People: Hitler’s true form is revealed – a cascade of swarfega and a badly attached eye.
Tomorrow People: Eagles escapes from his troops by ambling away – fortunately they give up immediately after firing a burst at him.
Tomorrow People: Hitler is pleased that television is popular. “You will obey me”, he declares, before adding an Oliver Hardy-esque “Mmmm!”.
Tomorrow People: Mike has stunned John, Leon Eagles and Hsui Tai! In the case of the latter it hasn’t made much of a difference…
Tomorrow People: Yay: and it all ends on a joke about John being a bit of a Hitler. All good, clean, Nazi-alien fun!
Tomorrow People: Damn. I’m at my destination – no time to watch the next one which seems to feature a spaceship with a talking penis!
I have since watched this episode. I will publish the results at some point.