• Radio Free Skaro #440 – All Hail The Great Architect

    The beauty of Doctor Who is that it can be any story, anywhere and anywhen…and yet inexplicably there’s never really been a heist episode. Well, no longer! “Time Heist,” by writer Steve Thompson of “Curse of the Black Spot” and “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS" (ahem) fame. Did ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #439 – For What It’s Worth

    As showrunner for Doctor Who, Steven Moffat is mostly known for beginnings and endings of series, but this week the Moff brought us “Listen,” a standalone story that delves into beginnings, endings and fear itself. So, did Moffat overload the story with his personal tropes, take the show in an ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #438 – Rocket Robin Hood

    Robin Hood! Robots! Shenanigans! Etc! Things took a turn for the romp-y in “Robot of Sherwood,” the latest episode of Doctor Who, but what did the usually taciturn and P-Cap-ian Three Who Rule think? Eh? Listen as the three acerbic grouchwads expound upon the story in question and also reflect ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #437 – Death to the Daleks

    The first proper P-Cap story, where he’s out of bed and sassing off to soldiers, Daleks and everyone in between, has arrived on our TV screens, tablets, laptops and eyeballs. You’d think after years of Dalek stories the well would be dry, but in fact….well, you’ll just have to listen ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #436 – Planet of the Pudding Brains

    After months of waiting, feverish panic, speculation, madness, leaked scripts, world tours and other such lunacy, the first episode of Doctor Who, Series 8, titled “Deep Breath”, is upon us. You know what that means? Stats! So, so many stats. And, to a lesser extent, the opinions of Steven, Warren ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #435 – Into The Darkness

    Only one week to go until the premiere of Series 8, or as Warren (and no-one else) terms it, 8mageddon, and there’s news of trailers, radio trailers, misguided Tom Baker biopics, Doctor Who world tours and more. But more importantly, Friend of the Show, all around fine gent and writer ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #434 – We Sing In Praise of Total War

    Newsmageddon continues! With only two weeks to go before the premiere of Deep Breath across the planet, the Doctor Who hype machine is in full swing, from the world tour making it’s way through the UK before heading overseas to early reviews of the premiere episode (all spoiler-free, of course.) ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #433 – I Eat The Celery

    "Morgus! You stinking offal! Look at me!" Yes, a day long anticipated by the Three Who Rule Has finally arrived as they were privileged to tackle the all-time classic The Caves of Androzani as a commentary. While they had long feared such a task would devolve into silent slack jawed amazement, ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #432 – Down and Out in San Diego

    With San Diego Comic Con’s annual media megashow winding down, Radio Free Skaro brought in a Special Report from Nerdist editor and all around fine fellow Kyle Anderson as our man on the scene to let us know about the Big! Who! News! almost live from the source. Well, it ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #431 – Birth of the Titans

    With San Diego Comic Con looming, roving Radio Free Skaro reporter Warren Frey took it upon himself to interview Andrew James, the editor of the new Doctor Who range at Titan Comics. James spilled the beans on SDCC plans, a Doctor Who Day promotion across the U.S. and the U.K. ...

On September-21-2014 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #440 – Click here to listen!

rfs440The beauty of Doctor Who is that it can be any story, anywhere and anywhen…and yet inexplicably there’s never really been a heist episode. Well, no longer! “Time Heist,” by writer Steve Thompson of “Curse of the Black Spot” and “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS” (ahem) fame. Did this story surpass his previous attempts? The reception by the Three Who Rule is mixed, to say the least. We also have an interview with writer and Peter Harness, the scribe behind “Kill the Moon.” And that’s what you call a podcast with things in it, so listen and enjoy!
Show Notes:

Time…Heist!
Time Heist…Overnight BBC Viewing Figures!
Listen…Final BBC Ratings!
Listen…Appreciated!
The Caretaker…Broadcast Time!
Kill The Moon…Synopsis!
2014 Christmas Special…Guest Stars!
Angus Lennie…Died.
David Tennant Years DVD Set…UK Release!
Ghost Light Soundtrack…On Vinyl!
Big Finish…2015 Peter Davison Stories!
Eleventh Doctor…New Action Dollie!
Steven writes an article…for Starburst Magazine!
Doctor Who panel…at Edmonton Expo!
Support Radio Free Skaro…on Patreon!

Interview:

Peter…Harness!

On September-14-2014 11 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #439 – Click here to listen!

rfs439As showrunner for Doctor Who, Steven Moffat is mostly known for beginnings and endings of series, but this week the Moff brought us “Listen,” a standalone story that delves into beginnings, endings and fear itself. So, did Moffat overload the story with his personal tropes, take the show in an interesting direction, or…well, listen to the opinions of the Three Who Rule for their thoughts on the matter. There’s also tat, stats, Gallifrey One guest updates and more, including a diversion into some serious action dolly madness. Listen! Please.
Show Notes:

Listen!
Listen…Overnight Viewing Figures!
Robot of Sherwood…Appreciated!
Robot of Sherwood…Final BBC Ratings!
Into The Dalek…Final BBC Ratings!
Time Heist…Transmitting At 7:30!
The Caretaker…Synopsis!
Deep Breath…Best At The US Box Office!
Jane Baker…Died.
Tom Baker…At 80!
Jemma Powell…To Play Barbara Wright!
Horror Channel…To Show Remastered Episodes!
Radio Times…10 Greatest Companions!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Edmonton Expo…Doctor Who Panel!
Twelfth Doctor…Action Dollie!
Doctor Who Series 8…Region 1 Home Video Release!
Miwk Publishing…Upcoming Titles!
Doctor Who Memorabilia…Guinness World Record!
Support Radio Free Skaro…on Patreon!

On September-9-2014 1 Comment
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It’s only September, yet even more great guests have been announced for the upcoming Gallifrey One convention in February!


jemmaredgraveA member of the legendary Redgrave family of acting, Jemma Redgrave has played Kate Stewart, the new head of UNIT, in “The Power of Three” and “The Day of the Doctor”, and will appear in the upcoming series finale of Series 8 this autumn. This will be Jemma’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.
jamiemathiesonJamie Mathieson has made a career out of writing for science fiction TV series in the UK, penning episodes of Being Human and Dirk Gently, as well as writing the 2009 film “Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel”. Jamie has also written episodes 8 and 9 of this current series of Doctor Who.
peterharnessPeter Harness is new to writing Doctor Who with his Series 8 episode “Kill The Moon”, but he is by no means new to the show itself. A long time Doctor Who fan, Peter has also written for such notable TV programmes as Wallander. This will be Peter’s first Gallifrey One.
nickrobattoNick Robatto was props maker on Doctor Who on over 40 episodes from 2006-2011, and will bring his knowledge and experience of making the many props that the show requires to Gallifrey One. He joins previously announced crafts guests Mike Tucker and Danny Hargreaves.
nickbriggsNicholas Briggs has been a Gallifrey One veteran but is making his first appearance at the convention since 2013. The voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen, as well as the executive producer of Big Finish audioplays, Nick has always been a fan favourite at any convention he’s attended.
davidgoodersonDavid Gooderson had the unenviable task of filling Michael Wisher’s shoes (and Wisher’s face mask – literally!) in playing the role of Davros in 1979’s “Destiny of the Daleks”. However, we all (well, some of us) think that that story is an underrated gem, and Gooderson’s portrayal is key to that opinion. This will be David’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.
Also announced were actor W. Morgan Sheppard, Keith Barnfather of Reeltime Productions (makers of several unofficial Doctor Who videos from the 1990s), Chase Masterson, and Arnold T. Blumberg. Check out the full list of guests on the Gallifrey One website. Stay tuned to Gallifrey One and Radio Free Skaro for future guest announcements!
On September-7-2014 5 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #438 – Click here to listen!

rfs438Robin Hood! Robots! Shenanigans! Etc! Things took a turn for the romp-y in “Robot of Sherwood,” the latest episode of Doctor Who, but what did the usually taciturn and P-Cap-ian Three Who Rule think? Eh? Listen as the three acerbic grouchwads expound upon the story in question and also reflect on stats and what a blight they are on human society. But that’s not all, not by a long chalk! We also have an interview with director Douglas MacKinnon, whose handiwork will be seen later this series in “Time Heist”, “Flatline” and, next week, in “Listen”! So…do so!
Show Notes:

Robot…Of Sherwood!
Robot of Sherwood…Overnights!
Into The Dalek…Appreciated!
Into The Dalek…SPACE Viewing Figures!
Deep Breath…Sets A SPACE Record!
Into The Dalek…Watched In Australia!
Listen…Goes Out At 7:30!
Time Heist…Synopsis!
Robot Of Sherwood…Edited!
Peter Capaldi…Wins GQ Award!
Peter Capaldi…On The Graham Norton Show!
Support Radio Free Skaro…On Patreon!

Interview:

Douglas…MacKinnon!

On August-31-2014 9 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #437 – Click here to listen!

rfs437The first proper P-Cap story, where he’s out of bed and sassing off to soldiers, Daleks and everyone in between, has arrived on our TV screens, tablets, laptops and eyeballs. You’d think after years of Dalek stories the well would be dry, but in fact….well, you’ll just have to listen to the Three Who Rule’s take on “Into the Dalek” to find out. Do they enjoy Capaldi’s surly and cerebral take on the Doctor? Is there such a thing as a “good” Dalek? Most importantly, is Missy the Master? The Rani? Romana? Dodo? No, because that would be stupid. As a bonus, listen to Steven and Chris thrill (and Warren cringe) with a surfeit of stats from last week’s airing of Deep Breath. Stats, you say? Yes. Yes we do.
Show Notes:

Into…The Dalek!
Into the Dalek…Overnights!
Deep Breath…Final UK Ratings!
Deep Breath…Appreciated!
Deep Breath…UK Cinema Screening Earnings!
Robot of Sherwood…BBC One Broadcast Time!
Deep Breath…SPACE Ratings!
Deep Breath…BBC America Ratings!
Deep Breath…Australia Ratings!
Listen…Synopsis!
Doctor Who Extra…On YouTube!
Around the World…In 12 Days!
Deep Breath DVD…Press Release!
Doctor Who Experience…Revamp!
The Fourth Doctor and Jamie…In Big Finish!
Doctor Who…Minecraft!
Billy Hanshaw…Profiled!
Sonic Screwdriver…Cutlery!
Sonic Screwdriver…Washing Brush!
Support Radio Free Skaro…On Patreon!

On August-24-2014 7 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #436 – Click here to listen!

rfs436After months of waiting, feverish panic, speculation, madness, leaked scripts, world tours and other such lunacy, the first episode of Doctor Who, Series 8, titled “Deep Breath”, is upon us. You know what that means? Stats! So, so many stats. And, to a lesser extent, the opinions of Steven, Warren and Chris regarding Peter Capaldi’s debut episode and right-turn portrayal of everyone’s favourite Time Lord. Of course there was other news to ruminate upon, but…who are we kidding here, you want the “Deep Breath” goodness. And you shall have it! Tally-ho!
Show Notes:

Episode 1…Deep Breath!
Deep Breath…overnight viewing figures!
Doctor Who…Extra!
Doctor Who Extra…on Red Button!
Into The Dalek…730pm on August 30 on BBC One!
Robot of Sherwood…synopsis!
Series 8…episode titles!
Series 8…guest stars!
Series 8…coming to New Zealand August 31!
Series 8 in Germany…without German dubbing!
Series 8 in Germany…will later have German subtitles!
Have a look at…the revamped TARDIS interior!
Doctor Who World Tour…concludes!
Peter Capaldi…thanks the fans!
Space goes to New York…for the Doctor Who World Tour!
Space interviews…Peter Capaldi!
Space interviews…Jenna Coleman!
Doctor Who Legacy to add…Series 8 content!
The Matt Smith Years…coming to Blu-ray!
The Matt Smith Years Blu-ray…coming to Region 1 on November 4!
Series 8…coming to collectors edition Blu-ray on November 17!
2014 Hugo Awards…voting results!
Support Radio Free Skaro…On Patreon!

On August-18-2014 1 Comment

We’ve all waited a long time for Series 8, and almost as long to find out what the twelve episodes we’re about to watch are going to be called. Now we wait no more!

Today the BBC released all twelve episode titles – the two we knew and the ten we didn’t – and here they are, direct from the BBC!

Episode 1: Deep Breath
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Ben Wheatley

Episode 2: Into The Dalek
Written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Introducing Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink.

Episode 3: Robot Of Sherwood
Written by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 4: Listen
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 5: Time Heist
Written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 6: The Caretaker
Written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat
Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 7: Kill The Moon
Written by Peter Harness
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 8: Mummy On The Orient Express
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 9: Flatline
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 10: In The Forest Of The Night
Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Directed by Sheree Folkson

Episode 11/12 Dark Water/Death In Heaven
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Rachel Talalay

Doctor Who Series 8 begins in five days, with Deep Breath transmitting at 7:50 on BBC One and 9PM ET on SPACE and BBC America! As well, The Telegraph newspaper has a handy list of the major Series 8 guest stars, episode by episode! Hooray!

On August-17-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #435 – Click here to listen!

rfs435Only one week to go until the premiere of Series 8, or as Warren (and no-one else) terms it, 8mageddon, and there’s news of trailers, radio trailers, misguided Tom Baker biopics, Doctor Who world tours and more. But more importantly, Friend of the Show, all around fine gent and writer of some renown Phil Ford returns to talk about “Into the Dalek,” his contribution to Series 8 due to grace our screens in just a couple of weeks, but also about the Deep Breath premiere in Cardiff and just how wonderful Peter Capaldi really is, both on and off camera. And if you’ve ever wanted to know what ringtones the Three Who Rule have on our phones, well….you’re welcome.
Show Notes:

Doctor Who…World Tour!
Deep Breath…Trailer!
Deep Breath…Radio Trailer!
Deep Breath…Transmission Time!
Deep Breath…On BBC America!
Into The Dalek…Synopsis!
Series 8…Opening Titles!
Paul Wilmshurst…Returns for Christmas!
Doctor Who Magazine…The Year Of The Doctor Special!
Tom Baker…Biopic!
Support Us…On Patreon!

Interview:

Phil…Ford!

On August-10-2014 6 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #434 – Click here to listen!

rfs434Newsmageddon continues! With only two weeks to go before the premiere of Deep Breath across the planet, the Doctor Who hype machine is in full swing, from the world tour making it’s way through the UK before heading overseas to early reviews of the premiere episode (all spoiler-free, of course.) Online content, the Moff saying stuff that may or may not be true and so….much…more. But that’s not all! We also have the final Miniscope of the year, this time profiling BBC Radiophonic Workshop composer Jonathan Gibbs with the help of eminent smart music lady Emily Kausalik from the Doctor Who: Time Signatures podcast! Huzzah!
Show Notes:

Peter Capaldi…Interview!
Peter Capaldi…Extended Interview!
Peter Capaldi…Talks Costume!
Deep Breath…Premiere Q&A!
Deep Breath…Synopsis!
Deep Breath…To Be Simulcast In Australia!
World Tour…Live Streams!
Enemy of the World and Web of Fear…On Hulu!
Series 8…On Internet Video Services!
Deep Breath DVD/BluRay…UK Release!
Deep Breath DVD/BluRay…North American Release!
Moffat Says…No Master or Tenth Anniversary Special!
Moffat Says…More Online Content!
Rachel Talalay Interviewed…By The Globe And Mail!
Planet 55 Studios Says…No More Classic DVD Animations!
Qurios…Passed On Underwater Menace Animation!
Doctor Who Restoration Team…At LonCon!
Symphonic Spectacular…Touring The Antipodes!
Big Chief…First Doctor!
Season 1…Trailer!
Animated Adventures of Doctor Who…Trailer!
Doctor Who…On Sesame Street!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Camille Coduri!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury and Deborah Watling!

Miniscope

Jonathan…Gibbs!

Guest

Emily…Kausalik!

On August-3-2014 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #433 – Click here to listen!

rfs433“Morgus! You stinking offal! Look at me!”

Yes, a day long anticipated by the Three Who Rule Has finally arrived as they were privileged to tackle the all-time classic The Caves of Androzani as a commentary. While they had long feared such a task would devolve into silent slack jawed amazement, they did their damnedest to inform and entertain to the standard being played out on screen. There’s also morsels of news regarding cinema screenings and other such frippery, but c’mon! Caves! Yeah!

Show Notes:

Series 8…New Photos!
Deep Breath…Cinema Screening!
Leicester Square…Deep Breath Screening!
Mexico City…World Tour Tickets On Sale!
BBC America…Deep Breath Cinema Extras!
BBC America…New Specials!
Peter Capaldi…Featured In Entertainment Weekly!
Peter Capaldi…Featured In Empire Magazine!
Peter Capaldi…Featured In The Sunday Times!
Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular…UK Dates!
Radiophonic Workshop…Glasgow Concert On iPlayer!
Classic Doctor Who…DVD Compendium!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!

Commentary:

The Caves…Of Androzani!

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