Monthly Archives: January 2010

Dreamland North America DVD Release

DoctorWho_DreamlandAlong with the previously-announced releases on May 4, it has now been announced that Dreamland, the recent animated episode written by Phil Ford, will see a release on the same day in a 2-disc set. As has previously been noted on Radio Free Skaro, the bulk of the bonus features are the Greatest Moments montage specials transmitted last year in the UK, however a commentary will be included.


Radio Free Skaro #178 – Fnargengruven

Radio Free Skaro #178 – Click here to listen

rfs178In a move that could be precipitated only by Slownewsweekor, the Three Who Rule relied upon Torchwood discussion to fuel the latest Radio Free Skaro episode. The news of Torchwood maybe coming to America hit like a ton of bricks and startled much of the Doctor Who world, causing panic and looting; there may or may not have been talk of small children getting crushed underfoot as a result.
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Gallifrey One…Schedule!
Fictitious…National Television Awards!
Doctor Who…Video Games!
The Space Museum…DVD Extras!
The Chase…DVD Extras!
The Time Monster…DVD Extras!
The Creature From The Pit…DVD Extras!
The Horns of Nimon…DVD Extras!

May North American DVD Releases


May 4 will see the North American release of both Peladon stories from the Jon Pertwee era, The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon, as well as the 1976 Tom Baker story The Masque of Mandragora. What’s interesting to note is that the Peladon stories will only be sold separately, as opposed to the box set that came out this month in the UK.

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FOX to Produce a US Version of Torchwood

jack_usaThe Hollywood Reporter is reporting that FOX is developing a new version of Torchwood for air in the US, written by Russell T Davies and produced by Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter at BBC Worldwide. Read the full story here, and here for Den of Geek’s (whose charming picture we’ve borrowed for this article) take on affairs.

This can’t be seen as too much of surprise, given how many of the key cogs behind Torchwood’s creation, namely Davies, Gardner, and Tranter, are all working in the US now. The new series will probably star John Barrowman as Captain Jack, and, given how many story threads of the Cardiff-based Torchwood team were closed in the thrilling “Children of Earth”, it gives this new Torchwood a blank slate to work off of. The question is, will prudish, mainstream American TV be ready for the pansexual Captain Jack? This is also a man who killed his own grandchild to save mankind in a scene that would have never passed the censors at FOX.

We at Radio Free Skaro find this development interesting, to say the least (and one of our number, Steven, was one of many people who hypothesized that a future Torchwood series might be set in the US). Stay tuned!

SPACE Blog Post – Why Matt Smith as The Doctor is a Very Good Thing

spacebadgeSo who is this Matt Smith guy, anyway? It’s a fair question. Fandom let out a resounding “huh?” when the new Doctor was announced a little over a year ago. Not only did the then-26 year old Smith go against incoming Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat’s oft-quoted claim that he was looking for an older actor to take on he role, but Smith himself was something of an unknown quantity.

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Radio Free Skaro #177 – Dr. Who or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Russell T Davies

Radio Free Skaro #177 – Click here to listen

rfs177The retrospectives continue on Radio Free Skaro with The Three Who Rule again joined by TachyonTV’s Neil Perryman… though this week the world got flipped, turned upside down as the unthinkable happened: An episode dedicated to praising the work of Russell T Davies! Curmudgeor was not best pleased at the prospect and had to be subdued, but in the end the lads had a bit of a love-in for our favourite (read: only) NuWho show runner. Come share the warm fuzzies!
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Steven on…The Minute Doctor Who Podcast!
Gallifrey One…Panel Schedule!
Doctor Who…Scripts!
The End of Time…In New Zealand!
Toby Haynes…Directs!
The Masque of Mandragora…Restored!
Mary Tamm Introduces…Tomorrow’s Times!
The Specials Box Set…Oopsies!

SPACE Podcast – January 15, 2010

spacebadgeOn the latest SPACE Podcast, the Three Who Rule, after taking a week off to let The End of Time sink in a bit more, offer their revised thoughts of David Tennant’s finale. Will much have changed in their way of thinking? Will Steven like it less? Will Warren dislike it more? Will Chris acknowledge that it actually existed? Have a listen and find out!

Radio Free Skaro #176 – Neil Before Zod!

Radio Free Skaro #176 – Click here to listen

rfs176One mini-break in the wilderness is over for Doctor Who and it’s time to look at the gap year that was as we head into the next wilderness mini-break, awaiting Matt Smith’s first series. To aid in the retrospective the Three Who Rule dragged Tachyon TV’s own Neil Perryman kicking and screaming into the (virtual) recording booth, Vinvocci style. More bile was flung about than a monkey can fling poop, though kudos were given where appropriate… but do we ever want to see a gap year again?
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
The End of Time…Part Two Ratings!
The End of Time…Part Two Appreciated!
BBC America…New Ratings Records!
The End of Time…Goes To Australia!
Series 5/1/31…Writers!
Episode Title…Leaked!
Murray Gold…Does More Music!
National Television…Fictitious Awards!
The Creature From The Pit…On DVD!
The End of Time…Action Figures!
SFX Weekender…Ticket Competition!
The Writer’s Tale…Updated!

SPACE Blog Post – David Tennant is this Generation’s Tom Baker

spacebadgeThat may seem like a bold statement until you take a step back and look at Doctor Who’s storied history in a larger context. When Tom Baker took the role in 1974, he was something of an unknown quantity, a tall and gangly question mark poised to fill the shoes of Jon Pertwee, the “man of action” Doctor who ably rang the show into the Seventies. Likewise, Tennant took over for the broody and intense Christopher Eccleston, who ably shepherded the show back into existence in 2005.

And once Tennant had the role he ran with it. It didn’t hurt that Tennant grew up as a massive fan of the classic series, able to drop the most obscure references to Mandrels and Sensorites at the drop of a hat.

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Series 5/1/31 – Final Writers List

05/10/2009 08:49Previous investigations by the Radio Free Skaro crew into the names of Series 5/1/31 writers yielded a nearly perfect list now confirmed in Doctor Who Magazine Issue 417. While our efforts showed two episodes from the pen of Gareth Roberts, it is now known Roberts is writing but one episode with Men Behaving Badly writer/creator Simon Nye taking the other slot.

In no particular order, here are the Series 5/1/31 writers:

Steven Moffat (6 episodes)
Chris Chibnall (2 episodes)
Mark Gatiss (1 episode)
Toby Whithouse (1 episode)
Gareth Roberts (1 episode)
Simon Nye (1 episode)
Richard Curtis (1 episode)

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