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The Strange Dr. Weird - 2 Episodes (03-27-45) (04-03-45)

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The Strange Dr. Weird - 2 Episodes (03-27-45) (04-03-45)

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Two Episodes "He Woke Up Dead" (03-27-45) and "The Devil's Caverns" (04-03-45)
The Strange Dr. Weird was a spin-off of The Mysterious Traveler. It featured the same voice from The Mysterious Traveler (Maurice Tarplin) but under a new name, Dr. Weird. He told Mysterious Traveler stories, but shortened them to 15 minutes and gave them different titles (Grams, 2000, 450). He even used a similar exit strategy in both series, pretending it is the listener who is interrupting his story to leave, but taking the time to invite them back next week for another creepy tale told in his trademark slithering voice. Given all these similarities, it should be no surprise that the same director (Jock MacGregor) and writers (Bob Arthur and David Kogan) were also from The Mysterious Traveler (Buxton, 229). The only stylistic change was that Dr. Weird told his stories in a mansion overlooking a dreary cemetery, instead of on a train. So why the shorter time format? Realistically, it was likely a business decision to make more money by repackaging already tried and true storylines into shorter time slots. SHOW NOTES FROM RADIOHORRORHOSTS.COM