Radio Free Skaro #552 – Class Is In Session

NOTE: our discussion of Episodes 1 and 2 of Class occur from 12:30-46:40.

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rfs552At long last, Class is here! Yes, two episodes of the newest spin-off of Doctor Who have landed (in the UK and Canada) and the Three Who Rule have their thoughts to share with you…unless you wish not to hear them, being in the United States! We’ve conveniently put bridging music before and after our review, and put the time of said review in the show notes, for you, our American listeners (who don’t download tv shows like fiendish criminal vandals). Besides that, we also have action dolly news, confirmation of Missy in Series 10 of Doctor Who, a discussion by three middle-aged nerds about the viewing habits of millennials, and more!

Class…Episode 1!
Class…Episode 2!
Doctor Who…On InnerSPACE!
Steven Moffat Confirms…Missy Is Back!
Charlie Brooker…Was Approached To Write Doctor Who!
Power of the Daleks…Behind The Scenes!
13 Doctors…Action Dolly Set!
Millennial…TV Viewing Habits!
Class cast and Patrick Ness…At MCM London Comic Con!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Steve Dillon…Died.

Radio Free Skaro #551 – Hungry Like The Wolves

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rfs551Chip, of the currently on hiatus Two-Minute Time Lord, current Whovian gadabout, and man about town rejoins Two of the Three Who Rule (Chris is still punching his liver with an assortment of British liquids) for a brief sojourn through a paltry news list this week! Dribbles of info about Class (which premieres October 22 in various parts of the Commonwealth)…and not much else. But wait! Chris travels from the past to the present to comment on the past (confused? We are) as RFS is plagued by “The Curse…of Fenric”!

Class Ep 1 and 2 available on BBC Three at 10am on October 22
Class: everything you need to know about the Doctor Who spin-off
Doctor Who marathon on Space on October 22 leading up to Class premiere
“The Power of the Daleks” in theatres in US on November 14
10th anniversary Torchwood story from Big Finish
Doctor Who “Mr. Men” books coming Spring 2017


Chip from Two-Minute Time Lord

Radio Free Skaro #550 – Make America Day-and-Date Again

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rfs550With New York Comic-Con upon us, the Doctor Who news is (at last) coming fast and furious with two(!) trailers for Class out in the wild and a panel featuring Steven Moffat, Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas, Brian Minchin and new companion Pearl Mackie at the con teasing what’s in store for the Christmas special and beyond! And with Chris off in the UK foraging for beer and scotch eggs, it was up to friend of the show Chip Sudderth to ably assume the third chair to cogitate upon matters Who with the Two Who Rule. We also have a report from Kim and Sage of Head Over Feels direct from NYCC! It’s a cornucopia of news on this, the most Canadian of Thanksgivings.

Doctor Who returns in “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”
Full NYCC Doctor Who on BBC America Panel
Classic series Doctor Who writer to write for Series 10
Doctor Who Facebook Live chat on Space
Full NYCC Class panel
New Class trailer #1
New Class trailer #2
Interview with new Doctor Who script editor Nick Lambon
The Guardian interview with Pearl Mackie
Long Island Doctor Who updates
Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas book, including free download
Digital version of Doctor Who pinball game released
Doctor Who wins Welsh BAFTA for Special and Visual Effects
Peter Capaldi nominated for Scottish BAFTA


Kim and Sage from Head Over Feels
Chip from Two-Minute Time Lord

Radio Free Skaro #549 – Doctor Spats

rfs549The spinoff Class continues to dominate discussion amongst the Doctor Who intelligentsia, with a panel incoming this week at NYCC and controversy raging about the late arrival of said spin-off in the United States of America. And for a second week running (to cover for technical SNAFUs last week at Edmonton Expo) we have another edition of Fluid Links! Listen, and feel both artron and rift energy surge through you in a fit of discontinuity!

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Class airs in Australia on ABC2 starting October 24
Class – Behind The Scenes
Doctor Who panels streaming at NYCC
Amazon Video streaming Doctor Who panel on October 7
DWAS Polarity Day Celebrates The Third Doctor on October 23

Radio Free Skaro #548 – Absinthe and a Dead Bird

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rfs548The Three Who Rule are at conterminous space coordinates this week, and despite the ever-present danger of the Blinovich Limitation Effect (not to mention cooties, con crud, and wayward glitter), they were able to record this episode “live” at Edmonton Expo! Besides controversy embroiling Class’s premiere next month in the UK and Canada and next year (!) in the USA, they were also able to tackle some of your Fluid Links, all while surrounded by cosplayers, fans, furries, and the ever present smell of onions.

Class premieres October 22 on BBC Three; Peter Capaldi appears in Episode 1
Class premieres October 22 on Space
Class premieres Spring 2017 on BBC America
2016 Doctor Who Christmas special enters production
Writing Doctor Who with Steven Moffat from BBC Writers Room
BFI Power of the Daleks screening details
Silva Screen re-release of 1983 Radiophonic Workshop album
“Anoraks” Kickstarter
Andrew Smith Just Giving page
Radio Free Skaro at Edmonton Expo!

Radio Free Skaro #547 – Seville Unrest

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rfs547Class fever is building, as evidenced by a fan-made trailer and bits and pieces of official ephemera dribbling out of the BBC about the upcoming Doctor Who spinoff. We’ve also got news of a slap-fight between Steven Moffat and John Barrowman, a hipster vinyl Big Finish release, and Steven’s appearance on Edmonton college station CJSR, where he helped break down the different shooting styles of classic and current Who! Plus, we have the conclusion of our commentary for that cannibalistic soap opera known as…”The Two Doctors!”

Fan-made…Class Trailer!
Class…Does Social Media!
Barrowman and Moffat…Have A Tiff!
Chimes of Midnight…On Vinyl!
Wallace Shawn…At Edmonton Expo!
All That Matters…With Steven As Guest!

The Two Doctors…Episode 3!

Radio Free Skaro #546 – Hipsters of the Quawncing Grig

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rfs546This week, we begin the first of a two-part commentary for “The Two Doctors”, a Robert Holmes romp with Two, Six, hipster cannibals, tall Sontarans, and Elton John as a disco scientist. Enticing! But before the main event, the Three Who Rule reflect on the 50th anniversaries of both Star Trek and The Prisoner, two shows that along side Doctor Who were seminal viewing experiences for their younger selves. Dive into the past with us, won’t you?

Star Trek…Celebrates 50 Years!
How Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary…Was Screwed Up!
The Prisoner…Celebrates 50 Years!
The Power of the Daleks…Animated!
The Power of the Daleks…Animation Trailer!
The Power of the Daleks…On BBC America!
Dad’s Army…Animation Profile!
Christopher Eccleston…On Australian Radio!
Big Finish Presents…The Lives of Captain Jack!
Edmonton Expo…Adds Christian Slater, Carlos Valdes, Elizabeth Henstridge and Mark Meer!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Gary Russell As Guest!
Parsec Awards…2016!

The Two Doctors…Episodes 1 & 2!

BBC Worldwide To Release Animation of Lost Doctor Who story “The Power of the Daleks” on November 5


BBC Worldwide to release animation of lost Doctor Who story, The Power of the Daleks on Saturday 5th November, exactly 50 years to the minute after it was first transmitted on BBC One at 5.50pm on Saturday 5th November, 1966


Classic story featuring Patrick Troughton’s debut as the Doctor to be released later this year as a digital download on BBC Store and on BBC DVD


It’s one of the Doctor’s most celebrated adventures and yet no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974.


BBC Worldwide has announced that a brand new black and white animation based on audio recordings of the programme using the original cast, surviving photographs and film clips will be released 50 years to the minute after its only UK broadcast on BBC One.


The six half hour episodes feature the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal’, of First Doctor William Hartnell into Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.


Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks is being produced by the team behind the highly successful animation of lost Dad’s Army episode A Stripe For Frazer, first released on BBC Store in February this year. The producer and director is Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.


Charles Norton says, “The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such a an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”


Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says, “Charles and his team are remarkably talented and passionate about Doctor Who and we are thrilled that fans will soon be able to enjoy this rather sinister but wonderful, classic story.”


Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks will be released on BBC Store on Saturday 5th November followed by the DVD on Monday 21st November.


Register your interest in the BBC Store download

Pre-order the DVD from Amazon and HMV (£20.42 RRP)


On Saturday 5th November there will be a special screening of episodes 1-3 of Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks at BFI Southbank, London which will also include a Q&A with Anneke Wills, Charles Norton and Frazer Hines. Further information will be available from from Monday 19th September.


Further information: or


About BBC Worldwide
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In 2015/16, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £133.8m and headline sales of £1,029.4m and returned £222.2m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review webpage:


About BBC Store

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Radio Free Skaro #545 – The Mark of the Ayres

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rfs545A chance meeting with a newly married couple blessed by one Mr. Peter Capaldi, dribs and drabs of Class news, and….a Miniscope! Musical scientist Mark Ayres is the subject of keen-eyed observations from the Three Who Rule, only one of which (Steven) have any real musical expertise but the bulk of the Miniscope is an interview with said Mr. Ayres, a scholar and gentleman tunesmith of the highest renown. Open your ears and enjoy!

First promo image of Class, filming has wrapped
Class tie-in novels coming; logo revealed?
Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie coming to Toronto on October 5
Wedding greeting from Capaldi to newlyweds Brian & Lesley
Remembrance of the Daleks commentary from Who Talk w/Toby Hadoke and guests
“Heaven Sent” editor Will Oswald gets Welsh BAFTA nomination

Mark Ayres

Radio Free Skaro #544 – The Dog Days of August

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rfs544New York Comic Con happens in October, with a strong presence from both Doctor Who and Class. But what if you a) are impatient and b) live not on the eastern seaboard of the United States but the East Midlands in the UK? Well, if you can wait until September 3 you can attend Whooverville 8 in Derby, and we have convention organizer and all-around gentleman Steve Hatcher on this week to tell us a little more about this fan-centric celebration of all things Doctor Who. Plus news (such as it is), and the Doctor Who Magazine Series 9 readers poll results! Enjoy!

Doctor Who Series 10 wrapping production in March 2017
Doctor Who S9 most watched series on Amazon Prime; S10 added September 5
Class likely premiering in October
BBC sells music rights to BMG

Steve Hatcher from Whooverville 8

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