Monthly Archives: December 2011

Radio Free Skaro #286 – The Knaves of Androzani

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Christmas has come and gone for another year, and Santa Claus has delivered another Doctor Who special for us all to devour like so much poorly digested turkey. Steven Moffat’s The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe certainly wasn’t the centrepiece of a holiday feast for the Three Who Rule, but more of a side dish of undercooked mashed potatoes that failed to elicit any strong reaction from any of the Three. Even multiple references to that most treasured of classic Who stories, The Caves of Androzani, couldn’t prevent this year’s special from being eclipsed by last year’s momentous A Christmas Carol, mentioned here only to provide this write-up a high note to end on. Here’s another depressing note, though: no more new Doctor Who for about nine months…
Show Notes:

Radio Free Skaro…On Google+!
Gallifrey…One!
The Doctor, The Widow…And The Wardrobe!
The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe…BBC Viewing Figures!
Doctor Who Worlds In Time…Now Available To Play!
Official Doctor Who Convention…New Guests!
I-CON…31!

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Doctor Who and the Universal Vacation

It’s not often that we post fan productions at Radio Free Skaro, but we felt this was too impressive a production to ignore! Created by Kevin Kittridge, co-directed, shot, and edited by Richard Schultz, and featuring a cast of characters and costumes from Bob Mitsch (who many will know or know of from Gallifrey One), this six-minute music video called “Doctor Who and the Universal Vacation” is a truly impressive creation. Have a look at it below, and check out Kevin’s blog post here for how the project came to being.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Radio Free Skaro #285 – The Menagerie

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With just a week to go until the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special, the Three Who Rule cast their eyes back to a simpler time, before River Song was related to the Ponds and when a baby could turn into a puddle of goo and still be broadcast pre-watershed. Yes, “A Good Man Goes to War” was our commentary this week, with all the usual off-topic and off-color discussion you’ve come to know and somewhat tolerate. Add chatter of our live show at Gallifrey 2012 (two months from now!), news of departing companions, Season 7’s structure, and Fendahl action figures, and you’ve got yourself a podcast!
Show Notes:

Radio Free Skaro…On Google+!
Gallifrey…One!
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe…New Trailer!
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe…Preview Clips!
The Moff…Hints At Series 7!
New Companion…For Series 7!
Aliens vs…Wizards!
Tom Baker…Reunited With Jago & Litefoot!
Big Finish…Brings Back The Kraals!
Revisitations 3…UK DVD Release Date!
Face Of Evil…UK DVD Release Date!
The Daemons…UK DVD Release Date!
Sarah Jane Adventures Series 5…UK Release Date!
Sarah Jane Adventures…Box Set!
Image of the Fendahl…Action Figure Set!
Doctor Who…Chess Set!
Steven On…The Pharos Project!
Steven On…Alpha Waves Radio!
Steven and Chris On…The Goodies Podcast!
Warren and Chris On…Prognosis Negative!

Commentary:

A Good Man…Goes To War!

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2011 Christmas Special – North American DVD/BD Release

Roughly a month after the UK gets the home video release of the upcoming Christmas special, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, folks in North America will be able to buy their own copy on Blu-Ray and DVD.

With a February 14 release date, the special features available on either edition are a special Christmas episode of Doctor Who Confidential – though oddly the one from 2010 – and Doctor Who at the Proms. So yes, it’s the bonus material the UK got last year. At least that’s what initial reports are saying. We’ll see if that changes at all to perhaps include the (last-ever) new Confidential material shot for this year (before the show was cancelled) and/or anything else.

Three Best Of… supplements are said to be included as well.

MSRP will be $14.98 for the DVD and $19.89 for the Blu-Ray.

Check out more details at TV Shows On DVD, and click on the artwork for larger versions.

Radio Free Skaro #284 – The Enemy Within

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What started out as just another day with just another Radio Free Skaro episode rapidly ballooned into a furor of hype and rumour and finally confirmation as the BBC announced that two Classic Doctor Who episodes, Galaxy 4, Part 3 (entitled Air Lock) and The Underwater Menace, Part 2, had been returned to their archives. There were other things happening in the world of Who, like some DVD news, a rather cool prequel to the upcoming Christmas Special, and even the Global iPlayer going beyond the confines of the iPad, but really, what could hold a candle to the news of New! Classic! Doctor! Who! 2 down, 106 to go…
Show Notes:

Radio Free Skaro…On Google+!
Missing Doctor Who Episodes…FOUND!
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe…Prequel!
Global iPlayer…Comes To iPhone and iPod Touch!
The Eternity…Clock!
Doctor Who…Popular On iTunes!
Upcoming…UK DVD Releases!
March 2012…North America DVD Release Extras!

Commentary:

The…Almost People!

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Missing Classic Doctor Who Episodes Found!

In some exciting news, the BBC today announced that two previously missing episodes from Classic Doctor Who have been returned to the BBC archives!

Air Lock, episode 3 from Galaxy 4, a story which was previously completely missing (save a few minutes presented on the Lost In Time DVD set), has been located and returned to the BBC along with episode 2 of the Patrick Troughton story The Underwater Menace.

The Radio Times has a great article about the find, and the BBC itself has posted a lovely piece. The discoveries were presented at the Missing Presumed Wiped event in London.

Given it’s been more than 7 years since the last announced recovery of a missing episode we’re more than a little excited by the news even if the stories in question aren’t exactly classics.

Only 106 missing episodes left to go…

And to whet the appetite, here’s a clip from Galaxy 4:

And a clip from the newly-returned episode of The Underwater Menace:

Additionally, Classic DVD Extras producer Ed Stradling compiled a report on today’s announcement/event:

Radio Free Skaro #283 – Deep Dish

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A bumper crop of fantastic interviews highlights this week’s episode of Radio Free Skaro! Steven, our man in…er…Chicago managed to talk to Mark Sheppard about his lifelong passion for Doctor Who and his desire to return to the show, Benjamin Cook talks about his experiences writing The Writer’s Tale with Russell T Davies, Nick Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery discuss Tom Baker’s long awaited return to the role of The Doctor (in audio form), as well as say all that they can about the upcoming project to animate the missing episodes of The Reign of Terror, and Robert Shearman mentions Volume 2 of Running Through Corridors in between mouthfuls of pizza and beer. We hope you enjoy these interviews as much as we enjoy bringing them to you!
Show Notes:

Radio Free Skaro…On Google+!
Chicago…TARDIS!
The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe…UK Transmission Time!
The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe…Canada Transmission Time!
The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe…US Transmission Time!
The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe…UK DVD Release!
Christmas Confidential…Cancelled?
Confidential…On Points Of View!
David Yates…Movie Rumour Follow-up!
Steven Moffat…Movie Rumour Follow-up!
Global iPlayer…Hits Canada!
Shada Novelization…Cover Art!
Tomb Of The Cybermen…Special Edition DVD Extras!
March 2012…Region 1 DVD Releases!
David Tennant…On The Nerdist!

Interview:

Mark…Sheppard!
Benjamin…Cook!
Nick Briggs and…Jason Haigh-Ellery!
Rob…Shearman!

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