->''And so in conclusion there is only one thing of which we can be absolutely certain: the spaceship was already blowing up when I got there.''

Imagine ''Series/DoctorWho'' starring an underfunded ObstructiveBureaucrat, and you have ''Nebulous'': a BBC Radio 4 AfterTheEnd comedy series which parodies much of British Science Fiction, in particular ''Franchise/{{Quatermass}}'' and the aforementioned ''Series/DoctorWho''. ''Nebulous'' follows the adventures of Professor Nebulous, leader of K.E.N.T.: the Key Environmental Non-judgemental Taskforce, which just happens to be based in a London launderette. K.E.N.T. is tasked with picking up the pieces after an environmental disaster known as "The Withering": a CosyCatastrophe that has led to the extinction of vegetarians, tarts and white dog-doings. The series exists almost solely to [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] SpeculativeFictionTropes, and many episodes are [[AffectionateParody Affectionate Parodies]] of other shows.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AirVentPassageway - parodied
* BBCQuarry: referenced:
-->'''Nebulous:''' The Withered Zone itself poses no threat, sir. It is merely a sterile wasteland. To the untrained eye, it might as well be a quarry.
* BigWordShout - Harry loves these and has probably done just about every sub-trope, too.
-->'''Guy''': Excuse me, would you like to sign up for the University Dramatics Society?\
'''Harry''': [[PunctuatedForEmphasis NOOOOOOOOOOOO! THAAAAAAAAAAANK! YOOOOOOOOU!]]
* BlackHelicopter - L.O.U.G.H.B.O.R.O.U.G.H. maintain a fleet of them.
* BrownNote - the colour "Garrow" causes all who look at it to go crazy.
* CataclysmBackstory: The Withering.
* CatchPhrase -
** Sir Ronald Rowland: "I'd like to do what I can, but I'm afraid I can't."
** Rory: "Bollocks ... Sir."
** Nebulous: "I'm drifting."
** General catch phrase: "K.E.N.T. can do."
* ChasteHero - Nebulous remains oblivious to his assistant Paula's obvious and blatant attraction to him
** In fact she is somewhat beyond blatant, frequently disrobing, placing his hand on her and molesting him while unconscious.
* CasanovaWannabe - Rory claims to be the team's ladies' man. There is absolutely no evidence for this.
* CreatorProvincialism - Parodied, when one of the villains claims that there are so many alien invasions of the UK "for tax reasons".
* FlashbackBackBack - Nebulous has frequent flashbacks to his childhood, triggered by variants of the word "Clown".
* ForScience - Nebulous has shown a lack of foresight regarding some of his inventions.
-->'''Nebulous''': You're looking at the man who invented basers, as a recycling tool for cutting up scrap metal. The baser: a hyper-caustic acid beam housed in a handy gun shaped dispenser. How could I have possibly known that the military would turn it into a weapon?
* FunWithAcronyms - K.E.N.T.'s biggest rival is L.O.U.G.H.B.O.R.O.U.G.H. - the Legitimate Organisation Undertaking General Humanitarian Business Operations Requiring Optimum Unconditional Global Harmony. Apparently, people from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Kent K.E.N.T.]] have always hated people from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loughborough_University L.O.U.G.H.B.O.R.O.U.G.H.]].
** For our non-british readers: L.O.U.G.H.B.O.R.O.U.G.H is supposed to be said 'Luffburrah' the same as the English town of the same name. Paula thinks you say it as it's written - Loogahboroogah.
* FutureFoodIsArtificial - parodied, as no-one has any issues with cannibalism, but the idea of eating soya-based Soylent Beige makes people retch in horror.
** A colony of rogue vegetarians is treated with absolute scorn by the main cast:
-->'''Rory''': Why wouldn't you eat meat ? Meat's lovely.
* IstanbulNotConstantinople - The Withering means that the Empire of Luxembourg is now a superpower, while The Midlands is now an exotic sounding old name for The Withered Zone.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe - Wonderfully parodied in the final episode of Season 1, where Nebulous is held at gunpoint by his arch-nemesis.
-->'''Nebulous:''' Surely you're going to outline your brilliant plan?
-->'''Dr. Klench:''' Why should I? The information's no use to you.
-->'''Nebulous:''' To...satisfy my curiosity?
-->'''Dr. Klench:''' It's irrelevant. Any minute now you're going to be a dead body.
* KidsAreCruel - "Nobulous".
* LostTechnology - parodied, since the lost technologies include the vacuum cleaner and fire (although luckily, that one came back pretty quickly).
* MissingEpisode - Parodied in the liner notes for the first series, which claims that there were at least 11 series of ''Nebulous'', but almost all the episodes were lost. Many of the examples given are spoofs of famous ''Series/DoctorWho'' episodes - many of which are themselves missing.
* {{Metaphorgotten}} - a RunningGag is that Professor Nebulous frequently takes metaphors too far until they break:
-->'''Nebulous''': These people have had their [[{{Brainwashing}} brains washed]], rinsed, conditioned, and then put through some kind of mangle, then ironed, and folded, and then put in some kind of airing cupboard: an airing cupboard of the mind, I'm drifting.
* MonsterClown - sort of, Nebulous has terrifying (to him) flashbacks about ''being'' a clown.
** Because both his parents were clowns, and being clowns was the family business. He bucked the trend by becoming an underpaid scientist.
* MyGreatestFailure - Nebulous blew up the Isle of Wight while trying to move it to the left a bit. It ruined his career, [[spoiler:his subsequent attempt to avert the disaster failed,]] and nobody lets him forget it.
* ParodyEpisode - many episodes are fairly close parodies of classic sci-fi series.
* PerkyFemaleMinion - The aptly-named Paula Breeze, who takes perkiness to the point of mental illness.
* ShoutOut - While [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] is known as "The Oncoming Storm", Nebulous is merely "The Oncoming Drizzle".
* SickEpisode - Third series episode "Us and Phlegm". Rory, Paula, Harry and ninety-nine percent of the nation's workforce come down with every serious illness in the world, one after another. Eventually Nebulous discovers that [[spoiler:aliens were behind it.]]
* WholePlotReference - the episode "The Lovely Invasion" is a very close parody of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E3TheClawsOfAxos The Claws of Axos]].
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