Radio Free Skaro #583 – The Meddling Monks


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We’re at the midway point of Series 10 (sniff) so what better time for Steven Moffat to check in on the show he runs by penning another episode himself in the form of “Extremis”, a mind-bending escapade that took viewers from England to the Vatican and all points in between. Or did it…? Once again, the inestimable Kyle Anderson steps in as a replacement for one of the Three (in place of Warren this time) to join Chris and Steven on this review. What did they think? What of the Monks? And the occupant of the Vault? In this podcast we are revealed…
Links:

Episode 6 – “Extremis”
Moffat and Mulkern talk “Extremis”
“Extremis” BBC One overnight viewing figures
“Oxygen” overnight viewing figures
Oxygen Appreciation Index
Jamie Mathieson talks Gus and Oxygen
“Knock Knock” final BBC One viewing figures
“The Lie of the Land” synopsis
Michelle Gomez leaving Who along with Moffat & Capaldi
…or is she?
Michelle Gomez reddit AMA
Big Finish releasing second Tenth Doctor audio series
BBC shutting down TV episode downloading service
Radiophonic Workshop’s “Burials in Several Earths” released
Who poetry book written by James Goss and Illustrated by Russell T Davies due in September
Doctor Who Time Vortex 360 web-based game released
Eric Pringle reportedly died

Radio Free Skaro #582 – Every Breath You Take


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It’s that most wondrous time of the year again, Base Under Siege-mas, in the form of Jamie Mathieson’s anti-corporate not-zombie saga “Oxygen”! What did the Three Who Rule think? Listen and find out, before their oxygen credits are depleted and they’re sucked into the cold, meaningless vacuum!
Links:

Episode 5 – “Oxygen”
“Thin Ice” final ratings
Knock Knock AI rating – 83
“The Pyramid at The End of the World” synopsis
Geoffrey Bayldon (1923-2017)

Radio Free Skaro #581 – Is There A Doctor In The House?


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It’s time for Steven, Warren and noted Nerdist Kyle Anderson to assess the timbre of “Knock Knock,” the Mike Bartlett penned ode to lumber-based horror and insectile consumption. Did the Two Who Rule and Kyle consider this story a mighty oak or a mere sapling in the forest of Series 10? Plus news of a new series of Torchwood via Big Finish starring (Lumber)Jack Harkness and the rest of the gang plus new recruits, and a thrilling dive into the prehistory of computer games. No trees were harmed in the production of this podcast.
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Episode 4 – “Knock Knock”
“Knock Knock” overnights – 4.32 Million, 24.9% share
Doctor Who: The Fan Show with David Suchet and Mike Bartlett
Stay at the house used for exteriors for “Knock Knock”
Kyle Anderson’s “Knock Knock” review on Nerdist
Smile final BBC One viewing figures 5.98 Million, 23rd for the week
“Thin Ice” AI: 84
Episode 6 – “Extremis” – synopsis
“Knock Knock” and its tie to the past
UK DVD/Blu-Ray Series 10 releases: Part 1, May 29; Part 2, July 17
New Big Finish companion for Fourth Doctor
Torchwood so-called Series 5 will be in Big Finish
Doctor Who Skype Bot
Doctor Who Nerd Block figures
New K-9 design revealed, and movie announced

Radio Free Skaro #580 – Fish Food Frolics


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It’s 1814, and Regency London is cold, racist, and beset by a big fish under the the Thames…but the Doctor and Bill are on the case! As are Steven, Warren and Nerdist’s own Kyle Anderson (for the second week running) with their take on Sarah Dollard’s sophomore Doctor Who effort “Thin Ice,” as well as a detailed examination of stats, new Mr. Men books, free Comic Book Day, and rampant dismissal of frenzied speculation on the occupant of The Vault!
Links:

Doctor Who S10E03 “Thin Ice”
“Thin Ice” overnight viewing figures
“Smile” AI – 83
“The Pilot” final viewing figures: 6.68m, 10th for the week
Den of Geek interviews Ep 1 and 2 director Lawrence Gough
S10E05 “Oxygen” synopsis
Class ratings on BBC America
Class DVD/BR details
Mark Gatiss “wasn’t approached” to be new showrunner
Steven Moffat to appear at the Hay Festival (May 25-June 4)
Michelle Gomez narrates “Dr. Twelfth”
New Doctor Who/Mr. Men books coming for Two, Seven, Eight, and Nine
Four Doctors crossover in Titan Comics starting in September
Peter Capaldi at Calgary Expo

Radio Free Skaro #579 – The Crooked Smile


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A rare occurence on this week’s Radio Free Skaro in that two thirds of the regular Three Who Rule are absent. So we present to you Two other Rulers! Erika from Verity! and Kyle from Doctor Who: The Writer’s Room join Steven (Chris and Warren are off somewhere making tea) to review the second episode of this most recent series of Doctor Who. Will they be smiling or in their appreciation of it? Or will they merely be gritting their teeth and pretending as to not get murdered by cute robots? Isn’t that everyday anyway?
Links:

Doctor Who S10E02 “Smile”
“Smile” – overnight viewing figures
Memorial University prof inspires robots on new episode of Doctor Who
“The Pilot” AI – 83
“Knock Knock” synopsis
Knock Knock to get a binaural audio edition on iPlayer for headphone users
David Bradley back as the First Doctor in the Christmas special?
David Bradley is cagey about the Christmas Special
Class North American DVD/BR release July 11
Oxford English Dictionary adding some DW words: Sonic Screwdriver, TARDIS, Dalek, Cyberman
Radiophonic Workshop concert and Q&A at the Science Museum June 16, £25
BBC Studios in Wales gets new head of drama

Radio Free Skaro #578 – A Star in Her Eye


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The time has finally arrived, with new Doctor Who gracing our screens and Bill, a new companion, capturing our hearts. Puddles, Movellans and so much more danced across our eyeballs this past Saturday in “The Pilot”, and the Three Who Rule have thoughts and bon mots to share about the return of Who and the stories still to come! But like all Moffat-era Who, there are twists and turns still to come, like the fact that Capaldi says he’s filmed the regeneration before the Christmas episode was lensed. Mystery and intrigue!
Links:

The Pilot!
The Pilot BBC One overnights!
Steven Moffat’s Series 10 episode guide!
Capaldi says he’s filmed his character’s death scene!
Thin Ice synopsis!
Big Finish’s The Helm of Awe!
The Pescatons and Doctor Who Sound Effects vinyl re-release!

Radio Free Skaro #577 – Second Chances


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It’s a week before new Doctor Who, which means a veritable tsunami of news, previews and madness, including the surprise reveal that John Simm will come back as the Master and possibly cause a shipping paradox the likes of which hasn’t been seen since SuperWhoLock! In other surprises, Britbox announced they’re streaming most of Classic Who, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” was nominated for a Hugo, and we have a new segment called Second Chances looking at that very story with Titan Comic Tenth Doctor scribe Nick Abadzis!
Links:

Series 10 wrapped filming!
Series 10, second trailer!
John Simm returns as The Master!
The Pilot airs at 7:20pm on BBC One!
Smile synopsis!
Series 10 first 10 titles & writers & directors!
Series 10 press pack interviews!
Introducing Bill Potts!
Series 10 teaser image!
Christmas Special begins filming in July!
Pearl Mackie only around for one year?
Prime in New Zealand begins Series 10 on April 17!
BritBox brings Classic Who back to streaming!
Doctor Who Comics Day is September 2!
Doctor Mysterio gets a Hugo nomination!
Tim Piggot-Smith died.
Gallifrey One 2018 tickets went on sale!

Interview:

Nick Abadzis
The Return of Doctor Mysterio!

Radio Free Skaro Special: Classic Doctor Who Comes To BritBox!

 

 

 

 

Good news! At long last, nearly the entire run of classic Doctor Who is now on BritBox! Britbox is a streaming service in the US co-operated by the BBC and ITV, and offers a large selection of classic British TV series.

Our friend Kyle Anderson has the scoop over on Nerdist.com, but Kyle was kind enough to chat with our very own Steven, as well. Listen below!

 

Radio Free Skaro #576 – The Fisher King


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We’re in the final stretch run of The Year (and a bit) of No Doctor Who, as Series 10 is less than two weeks away! There’s spoiler-free talk of synopses, the character of Bill Potts is revealed to be gay (hooray!), and there are various promotional things happening in and around the premiere of “The Pilot” on April 15. And we take our last look inside the Miniscope for this year with a detailed analysis of the works of writer David Fisher, author of four stories from the later Tom Baker era!
Links:

Synopsis for The Pilot!
Season 10 Plot Setup!
Bill will be gay!
Capaldi and Mackie at the BFI & RT TV Festival
Mr Men at the Doctor Who Experience
Myths & Legends book!
RiffTrax covers The Five Doctors!
The Almost Doctors!
Sydney Newman’s Centenary!

Miniscope:

David Fisher
The Stones of Blood
The Androids of Tara
The Creature from the Pit
The Leisure Hive

Radio Free Skaro #575 – Beyond the Valley of the Thals


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With new Who slowly ambling towards our eyeballs, the news pace has picked up somewhat, with publicity stills, tantalizing details concerning Ice Warriors, and the release of the 1999 charity special “The Curse of Fatal Death” on Youtube (otherwise known as ‘streaming VHS’)! But this is a mere tease, the frothiest of fripperies, the lightest of garnishes (and so forth, please get on with it) to the reappearance of one Kyle Anderson, Nerdist scribbler and all-around fine fellow, as we complete our commentary of….The Daleks!
Links:

Ice Warrior episode teasers!
Series 10 publicity stills!
The Pilot gets a New Zealand cinema screening!
Australian Doctor Who panel show debuts after The Pilot!
Chibnall will write the new Doctor’s first words!
Red Nose Day Doctor Who charity auction!
Red Nose Day Doctor Who charity lottery!
The Curse of Fatal Death re-released by the BBC!

Commentary:

The Daleks! The Mutants! The Dead Planet!
Kyle Anderson!

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