Monthly Archives: August 2010

Radio Free Skaro #213 – Chimeron You Crazy Diamond

Radio Free Skaro #213 – Click here to listen

So it’s come to this… the final installment of the summer Classic Series Commentary series has arrived, and oh what an arrival it was. Delta and the Bannermen gets put through one end of the RFS grinder and goodness only knows what will come out the other end. Warren’s notorious hatred of Sylvester McCoy’s tenure underlies the episode, but what did he think of the story when all was said and done? Add to that the collective pants-wetting over the upcoming release of The Seeds of Doom on DVD and pretty much the entire gamut of human emotion comes through in this episode of Radio Free Skaro!
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Next Series of Doctor Who…Split Into Two Halves!
Adam Smith and Richard Clarke…Direct Series 6!
Doctor Who Games…On DS and Wii!
TARDIS…Released!
Doctor Who Proms…On BBC3!
Doctor Who Live…Cast Announcements!
The TV Movie…Coming To North America, Australia and New Zealand!
The Seeds of Doom…DVD Extras!
Meglos…Coming Soon To DVD!

Commentary:

Delta…And The Bannermen!

Next Series of Doctor Who Split Into Two

Doctor Who head writer Steven Moffat has announced that the next series of Doctor Who would be split into two halves, with a “game-changing cliffhanger” separating the two. Speaking at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Moffat said that seven episodes would start airing near Easter, with the following six episodes airing in the Autumn.

Click here to read the full article at The Guardian. And click here for the official BBC press release about the news.

Adam Smith, Richard Clark Return To Direct Series 6

Doctor Who director Adam Smith


According to the CV of new Doctor Who production designer Michael Pickwoad, Adam Smith and Richard Clark will be returning to the director’s chair for Series 6 of Doctor Who, set to begin filming shortly.

Adam Smith, in our minds, was the directorial star of Matt Smith’s first series as The Doctor, successfully bringing The Eleventh Hour, The Time of Angels, and Flesh and Stone to the screen with great flair and panache. It would appear that Smith will be in charge of one of the first two blocks of filming, which apparently includes shooting on Neil Gaiman’s episode.

Richard Clark returns to Doctor Who for the first time since helming two Series 3 episodes, Gridlock and The Lazarus Experiment.

Both directors join a top notch team which includes Toby Haynes, who is in charge of the upcoming 2010 Christmas Special and who previously directed The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang from Series 5.

Here’s links to both Adam Smith’s and Richard Clark’s profiles on IMDB:

Adam Smith
Richard Clark

Doctor Who 1996 TV Movie Coming to DVD in North America

As heard in an exclusive interview on the Hoo On Who podcast, 2Entertain Commissioning Editor Dan Hall announced that the 1996 FOX Doctor Who TV Movie will be released in North America before the end of 2011. The long and convoluted history regarding broadcast and distribution rights between the various production companies responsible for the movie have kept it off of North American VHS and DVD shelves since its original broadcast 14 years, so this is welcome, and overdue, news.

Good job, David and Marty at Hoo On Who, for bringing us the announcement! You can visit the Hoo On Who website here, or click to listen to the exclusive announcement in the media player above.

New Doctor Who Nintendo DS and Wii Games

It appears that two new Doctor Who video games, one for the Nintendo DS and one for the Wii, will be released in the UK on October 29 (Play.com lists the release dates as November 17). Not many details are known about the games, produced by Asylum Entertainment, but what we can show you are the covers for each game. Above is the cover for Evacuation Earth (Nintendo DS); below is the one for Return to Earth (Wii).
Exciting, yes? Here’s the links to each game on Amazon.co.uk:

Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth
Doctor Who: Return To Earth

Thanks to Blogtor Who and TARDIS Newsroom for the heads up!

Radio Free Skaro #212 – Let’s Do The Mindwarp Again

Radio Free Skaro #212 – Click here to listen

In this, the penultimate Radio Free Skaro Classic Series Commentary for the summer, the Three Who Rule lucked out with the second segment of the four-part trilogy known as The Trial of the Time Lord. Lucked out, you may well ask? Well, yes, for all three hosts were fairly unanimous in their praise of Mindwarp, and the Trial season as a whole, firm in their belief that Colin Baker’s tenure as The Doctor has been unfairly maligned over the years. Disagree? Listen to the commentary to see if you will be swayed…

Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Gallifrey 22…Guest Update!
Torchwood The New World…Details!
Doctor Who Adventure Games…Episode Three!
SFX Magazine…Poll Results!
Christmas Special…Cast Members!
Sarah Jane Adventures Series 4…Wraps!
TV Movie…Commentary!
Victory of the Daleks…In-Vision Commentary!
The Time of Angels…In-Vision Commentary!
Demon Quest…Preview!

Commentary:

Mindwarp!

Radio Free Skaro #211 – The Indifferent Case of the Vanishing Eprim

Radio Free Skaro #211 – Click here to listen

The Three Who Rule celebrated the fourth anniversary of Radio Free Skaro by enduring one of the slowest news weeks in recent memory as next to nothing happened in the last seven days in the world of Doctor Who. Fortunately (?), the gang had the latter half of The Keys of Marinus to help them through it all. And if that wasn’t enough to sate them, well, there’s always finding out what story they’ll be commenting on next week. Go, Randomizer!
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Steve Thompson…Writing For Series 6?
Tom MacRae…Writing for Series 6?
The Eleventh Hour…In-Vision Commentary!

Commentary:

The Keys…Of Marinus!

Radio Free Skaro #210 – Voord To Tears

Radio Free Skaro #210 – Click here to listen

Warren returns to the fold this week, having thought he had escaped the worst that Doctor Who could offer by missing the commentary for Time-Flight last week. Instead, Hartnell-phobe Warren was given both barrels of black and white mediocrity in the form of The Keys of Marinus, one of the lesser lights of the debut season of Doctor Who from 1964. Actually, the Three Who Rule managed to keep themselves reasonably entertained throughout the first three episodes of Terry Nation’s best non-Dalek script that he ever wrote for Doctor Who…until the thought of having to watch three more episodes next week brought everyone back down to Earth.

Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Gallifrey…Guest Update!
2010 Christmas Special…In The Can!
Torchwood Series 4…Writers!
Torchwood Series 4…Gets A Title!
Fictitious…Portal Awards!
Seeds of Doom…On DVD!
Vampires of Venice…DVD In-vision Commentary!
Cold Blood…DVD In-vision Commentary!
The Big Bang…DVD In-vision Commentary!

Commentary:

The Keys…Of Marinus!

Torchwood: The New World Writers Confirmed

According to the Chicago Tribune, Russell T Davies has cobbled together his writing team for Series 4 of Torchwood, now called “Torchwood: The New World”, to be coproduced in the UK and the US. The writers responsible for the 10-part series are, including Davies himself:

– John Shiban (“Breaking Bad,” “Supernatural,” “The X-Files”)
– Doris Egan (“House,” “Tru Calling,” “Dark Angel’)
– Jane Espenson (“Game of Thrones,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Buffy”)
– John Fay (the only other UK writer on the team who, of course, wrote two episodes of “Torchwood: Children of Earth”)

Davis has said that the new series of Torchwood will be written in more of a “writer’s room” style, where all the writers collectively write the episodes, as opposed to each writer penning an episode or episodes on his/her own. Filming on the new Starz-BBC Torchwood series will begin in January, and will feature material shot in the US and the UK.

Read the full story on the Chicago Tribune website.

Radio Free Skaro #209 – Eevanerab! Tumal Tumal! Verram Verram! Xarak Namaan!

Radio Free Skaro #209 – Click here to listen

Warren ran for cover when he learned Time-Flight was the next up to bat in the Classic Series Commentaries series, so Paul from The Pharos Project podcast was strongarmed into filling his shoes. The crew did their level best to not talk about the story at hand thanks to its less than stellar production values and execution, but from time to time nevertheless felt compelled to address what was on their screens. In a cruel twist of fate, the Randomizer decided next week’s commentary was going to be for another story that one of the crew, as with Time-Flight, greatly dislikes…
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
The Pharos…Project!
Steven Moffat…Writing 6 episodes for Series 6!
Gap Year Specials…Soundtrack!
Doctor Who Adventure Games…Top The Download Charts!
Amy’s…History Hunt!
Demon Quest…Part One Details!

Commentary:

Time-Flight!!