Monthly Archives: March 2013

Radio Free Skaro #360 – Quadracyclephenia

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New Doctor Who! And given such an auspicious occasion, it was no surprise that the Three Who Rule yammered on at length about “The Bells of Saint John,” and then further prognosticated on the news that David Tennant and Billie Piper will in fact return for the 50th anniversary special. Debate on the proper levels of fanwankiness for the special, speculation on the many hints and tidbits Moffat has seeded throughout his tenure leading up to November 23rd, 2013 and other wishes and dreams for the upcoming season were all grist for the fevered (and possibly insane) minds of the RFS crew. All this and various other tidbits of news, and more importantly, no stats. (Don’t worry, stats will be back in full force next week).
Show Notes:

The Bells…Of Saint John!
Tennant and Piper…Return!
Series 7B…In New Zealand!
Series 7B…Episode Titles!
Matt Smith…Hangs Around For 2014!
Demon’s Run…Two Days Later!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Doctor Who Stuff…On Playstation Home!
The Mill…Closing The TV Division?
Doctor Who Stamps…Are Popular!
Series 7B…DVD Extras!
Terror of the Zygons…DVD Delayed!
Regenerations…DVD Box Set!?
Doctor Who…Wins A Peabody Award!
Hugo Award…2013 Nominees!

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Gallifrey One 2014 Guest Update

Today saw the first of many guest announcements for the Gallifrey One convention in February 2014! With Gallifrey One celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, this block of guests features many familiar faces from the early years of the convention, as well as some recent favourites without whom Gally just wouldn’t be Gally!

Writer Paul Cornell makes his long awaited return to Gallifrey One after taking a couple years off. Cornell contributed several novels to the New Adventures range in the 1990s and created the popular end enduring character Bernice Summerfield. He also wrote “Father’s Day” for Series One of the new series and adapted his own acclaimed “Human Nature” novel into two-part story in Series Three.
Hugo Award winning scribe Phil Ford was absent from Gallifrey One last year, due to his continued work on the CBBC series Wizards vs Aliens. Not only has Phil been a fixture at Gallifrey One since 2009, he also has an impressive list of writing credits, including Doctor Who (The Waters of Mars), Torchwood, and head writer of the Sarah Jane Adventures. He is also, of course, “Friend of the Show” to us here at Radio Free Skaro.
When Doctor Who returned from its BBC imposed hiatus in 1986, a new version of the theme tune provided by Dominic Glynn was the first thing viewers heard. In addition to providing the theme tune for “The Trial of a Time Lord”, Glynn did incidental music for six of the fourteen episodes, and went on to score three stories in the Sylvester McCoy era. Dominic will be making his first appearance at Gallifrey One.
Several other return appearances were announced, as well, such as Gary Russell, Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Steve Roberts (Doctor Who Restoration Team), writers Justin Richards, Stephen Cole, Keith Topping, Peter Anghiledes, Graeme Burk, Robert Smith?, and comic artists Charlie Kirchoff and Matthew Dow Smith.
Check out the full list of guests on the Gallifrey One website. Stay tuned to Gallifrey One and Radio Free Skaro for future guest announcements!

Radio Free Skaro #359 – Whether You Like It Or Not

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The upcoming book “JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner” is quite possibly the most controversial account of the behind-the-scenes world of Doctor Who ever published, delving into the, at times, seedy side of the life of the long time producer of Doctor Who. It also covers, with astonishing detail, the trials and tribulations that occurred during the making of the programme in the 1980s when the BBC were increasingly trying to kill it. We present an interview with the book’s author, Richard Marson, who explains the amount of work that went into researching the biography, as well as discuss his own experiences and opinions on the man who was responsible for Doctor Who for an entire decade. But before that, Chris and Steven yammer about the news of the week, and look forward to new Doctor Who in less than a week’s time!
Show Notes:

Gallifrey…One!
The Bells of St John…”Prequel”!
The Bells of St John…BBC One Transmission Time!
The Bells of St John…Trailer!
The Bells of St John…Clips!
Series 7B…Trailers!
Series 7B…First Four Titles and Synopses!
Series 7B…Movie-Style Posters!
Matt Smith…Leaving In 2013?
Private Eye…Talks Caro Skinner!
Red Nose Day…Doctor Who Clip!
Doctor Who Magazine…First Doctor Special!
Australia Gets The Bells of St John…On March 31!
Australia Doesn’t Get…Advance iView Episodes!
Series 7B…North American DVD/BD Release Date!
Visitation Special Edition DVD…Details!
Doctor Who…Another Entertainment Weekly Cover!

Interview:

Richard…Marson!
JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times…of John Nathan-Turner!

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Doctor Who Series 7 Part Two on North American DVD

Two weeks after the release of the special edition DVD of The Visitation, on May 28, North American Blu-Ray and DVD buyers will be able to buy Series 7 Part Two; the set will include The Snowmen and the other eight episodes of Series 7B.

Edit: Extras have now been announced for this set, which include a behind-the-scenes for The Snowmen, “prequels” to The Snowmen and The Bells of St John, and a 45-minute special entitled The Companions.

Doctor Who Series 7 Part Two has an MSRP of $24.98 for the DVD release and $29.98 for the Blu-Ray release. Click on the package art for a larger version. Check TVShowsOnDVD.com for more details!

Radio Free Skaro #358 – A Breath of Fresh Air Lock

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A wide variety of news leads off the latest episode of Radio Free Skaro, as the Three Who Rule pontificate about the fate of Caroline Skinner, the discovery of early Doctor Who scripts and even a little about the upcoming Series 7B… but wait, there’s more! This week saw the release of the Special Edition of The Aztecs, which includes the recently-found third episode of Galaxy 4, and what more fitting way to celebrate its release on home video than for the RFS lads to talk all over it in the form of a commentary. Talk of Lego, the upcoming Calgary Expo, the realization we’re on the cusp of the longest unbroken streak of Doctor Who episodes since 2010 – and of course the other news of the week – round out this week’s podcast. Enjoy!
Show Notes:

Mark Sheppard…At Calgary Expo!
Calgary Expo…Preliminary Schedule!
Caro Skinner…No Longer Exec Producer!
Jenna-Louise Coleman…In Series 8!
Spearhead From Space…On BBC America!
Series 7B…Tidbits!
1960s Doctor Who Scripts…Found!
Inferno SE and Mind of Evil…DVD Details!
Robots of Death…BFI Screening Guests!
Peter Davison…BFI Screening Info!
Doctor Who…Pointless!

Commentary:

Air…Lock!

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Radio Free Skaro #357 – Wiped Clean By The Wrath of Pamela Nash

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Just as Doctor Who is missing episodes from its archive, the Three Who Rule are missing Chris this week. But instead of providing you with a telesnap reconstruction of Pedantor, we bring to you instead an interview with Richard Molesworth, author of Wiped!, the second edition of which is hitting bookshelves soon. Steven and Richard discuss all there is to talk about regarding missing episodes, including recent discoveries, mystery in Sierra Leone, and what’s being done to hopefully find more episodes in the future. Warren and Steven also plough through a news list featuring discussion of conventions, Series 7b news, and outrage at the continued absence of a Bill Filer action figure.
Show Notes:

Gallifrey One…25 Glorious Years!
Official BBC…Doctor Who Celebration Weekend!
Series 7b tidbits…from Steven Moffat!
New Ice Warrior…picture!
Series 7b…promo pics!
The Tenth Planet regeneration scene…animated!
The Mind of Evil…DVD extras!
The Claws of Axos…action figure set!
Third Doctor novel…The Spear of Destiny!
Doctor Who on…Comic Relief!
Wiped!…Second Edition!

Interview:

Richard…Molesworth!

Other upcoming conventions:

Calgary Expo (Calgary, AB, April 26-28)
Comicpalooza (Houston, TX, May 24-26)
CONvergence (Bloomington, MN, July 4-7)
Westercon 66 (Sacramento, CA, July 4-7)
Long Island Who (Ronkonkoma, NY, November 8-10)
Chicago TARDIS (Lombard, IL, November 29-December 1)

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Radio Free Skaro #356 – Strax to the Max

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After the craziness of last week’s Calgary Expo announcement (which crashed the servers at Radio Free Skaro headquarters, aka a rusty shack in Surrey, BC), and two weeks after the wild times of Gallifrey One, the Three Who Rule were finally able to sit back, relax, and take in an episode of Doctor Who. And then talk over it. The episode of choice is “The Snowmen”, the 2012 Christmas special that caused much merriment amongst most of the masses. Minus Warren, Chris and Steven find time before hand to discuss the news of the week, including the passing of designer Ray Cusick, responsible for one of the most iconic science fiction designs of all time. He also designed the Daleks.
Show Notes:

Calgary…Expo!
The Bells…Of St John!
Series 7B…Teaser!
The Ice Warriors…Animated For DVD!
Peter Cushing Dalek Movies…Coming Soon On Blu-Ray!
An Adventure In Space And Time…Wraps Filming!
Tomb of the Cybermen…Audiobook!
Raymond Cusick…Dies.

Commentary:

The…Snowmen!

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