|The Angels Take Manhattan….and, to various degrees, the hearts of Warren, Steven, and Chip the Two Minute Time Lord, who sat in Chris’s stead to review the mid-season finale and the departure of Matt Smith’s near and dear companions, the Ponds. Weeping Statues of Liberty, questions of style vs. substance and what comes next for the series all reared their silent, menacing stone visages before coming to the really terrifying stuff…stats. Add a rant about thigh-less maxi-busts, high praise for Chicks Unravel Time, Chicago TARDIS, and Gel Guard action dolls and you’ve got yourselves three nerds talking about Doctor Who for an hour and change! And now another long wait until new Doctor Who stories grace our screens again…|
The Angels…Take Manhattan!
Monthly Archives: September 2012
|The Three Who Rule took almost as long to talk about “The Power of Three” this week as the (admittedly truncated) episode itself took to play out on UK television screens. So what did Steven, Warren and Chris think of the slow invasion of the world by an Ikea fever dream? Did they enjoy the emergence of a new generation of UNIT leadership or the strengthening of emotional bonds between the Doctor, the Ponds, and Pond Sr? Or did they think it was all a load of stapled-on Gallifreyan fairy tales sealed by a bit of wand-waving? You’ll just have to listen to find out! Also, don’t miss stats, more stats, arguments about the canonical nature of Bill Baggs videos, pedanting, prequeldanting, and more!|
– The Power…Of Three!
A very special guest host takes the reigns on this week’s Video Free Skaro, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy his sardonic take on all things Whovian. But the main event is the Critical Hit show, a blending of improv and Dungeons and Dragons hosted by the inestimable Eric Fell, star of Blue Meanie and Skaromantic Comedy. Join Eric as he and his merry band of comedians vanquish monsters and concoct shenanigans under the lights of the Rio Theatre in Vancouver!
|The fine folks behind the upcoming Gallifrey One convention have announced another batch of guests, with some familiar names and some new faces, and certainly some folks we at Radio Free Skaro look forward to seeing and hearing speak.|
|Dan Hall is the executive producer of the Doctor Who DVD range, responsible for so many facets of the wonderful shiny discs made available every month. This is Dan’s first Gallifrey One appearance.|
|Ed Stradling has produced more special features for the DVD range than can adequately be covered in this blog post, not the least of which is the recent – and amazing – Second Time Around, a look at Patrick Troughton. This will be his first trip to Gallifrey One.|
|Steve Roberts, making a return appearance, rounds out the triumvirate of DVD-related guests now confirmed for the 2013 iteration of Gallifrey One. Steve was last at Gally in 2012, talking about the recently-found episodes of Galaxy 4 and The Underwater Menace.|
|Friend of the show Phil Ford will, like the Three Who Rule, be making his fifth consecutive Gallifrey One appearance. Phil was the lead writer for the later years of The Sarah Jane Adventures and of course worked on Doctor Who proper as well as the recent video games. Doubtless Phil will be discussing Wizards vs Aliens, his latest project with former Doctor Who show runner Russell T Davies.|
|Keith Temple wrote Planet of the Ood for the fourth series of Doctor Who, and will be returning to Gallifrey One after a lengthy absence.|
|Other Doctor Who guests announced for The 24 Hours of Gallifrey One are comics writers Len Wein and Josh Fialkov, illustrators Blair Shedd and Paul Hanley, writers Robert Smith? and Graeme Burk, and Inspector Spacetime himself Travis Richey. Genre guests recently announced are David Gerrold, Barbara Hambly, Marv Wolfman, Nancy Holder, Gillian Horvath, David Wise, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Darin Henry, Paul Salamoff and Debbie Viguie.|
|And while this list of names is impressive in its own right, the guest announcements for Gallifrey One are nowhere near done – keep an eye on the Gallifrey One website and your ears on Radio Free Skaro for future guest announcements!|
|Memberships for Gallifrey One are available from the convention website, and cost $75 (until September 30) for the entire weekend of programming. We’ll be there as usual, again opening the convention with a live show, and we hope to see you there too!|
|Steven returns this week to the Radio Free Skaro fold after spending the previous week in a Doctor Who-less desolation in the form of the lakes area of Northern Wisconsin. A completely different desolate location (namely, Almeria, Spain) served as the backdrop of Episode Three of Series 7a of Doctor Who, A Town Called Mercy, a sharp-looking homage to the many spaghetti Westerns that were filmed in its environs. The Three Who Rule were surprisingly all on the same page when it comes to how well writer Toby Whithouse, director Saul Metzstein, and the rest of the team brought this episode to being… Also, an unexpected deluge of viewing figures dominates the news list, but is punctuated by the unqualified ratings success of Doctor Who on SPACE in Canada and the gradual realization that what has always been a niche show north of the 49th parallel is becoming part of the mainstream. And, no, we don’t know how to deal with that, either.|
– A Town Called…Mercy!
|With Steven quite literally in a Cabin In The Woods, cut off from much of humanity and completely ignorant of “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” it was up to Warren, Chris and special guest star Chip, the Two-Minute Time Lord, to hash out their feelings about thunder lizards, Egyptian queens and guest stars from the Potterverse. But it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows and puppy dogs and fluffy clouds and unicorns and… wait, where were we again? Oh yeah, Warren was forced to confront that which he hated most, the dreaded stats, and we throw in some discussion about the Welsh BAFTAS, games, Cafe Press and the Hugo Awards and more. Put it all together and you’ve got yourself an audio program on the internet about a niche topic!|
– Dinosaurs…On A Spaceship!
This week Video Free Skaro visits Cos and Effect, Vancouver’s big cosplay convention where you’re likely to run into Batman, Link, Ringo Starr and trolls from Homestuck, often all at once. Warren interviews Heather Wilkinson, one of the organizers of Cos and Effect, and she gives him the lowdown on what cosplay is all about and how those interested can join in the fun.
All this and the (somewhat late) news! On Video! Free! Skaro!
Here’s a prequel for Asylum of the Daleks that was only made available to US iTunes subscribers on September 2, 2012. Enjoy!:
|New Doctor Who! Yes, Asylum of the Daleks marked the return of the good Doctor and his erstwhile companions for the first time since last Christmas, and in high style with quite literally EVERY DALEK EVER making an appearance. What did the Three Who Rule think of Asylum? You’ll just have to tune in and find out, but suffice it to say their opinions were less than uniform. All this and Pond Life, an entirely too long rant about the BBC America specials, the universally beloved viewing figure recitation, and much more on this episode of RADIO! FREE! SKARO!|
– Asylum of the…Daleks!