|And thus begins the calm before the storm for Radio Free Skaro. One week before the Three Who Rule jet off to Sacramento to participate in Westercon 66, after which weeks of blockbuster episodes from commentaries to Miniscopes will take you all the way to the 50th Anniversary Special, the Three let their hair down, invite a couple friends over, and have a bit of fun and frivolity. First, Kyle Anderson of Nerdist and Doctor Who: The Writers Room fame drops by after far too long to talk about the news of the week in Doctor Who, and Toby Hadoke also drops by to tell everyone how his fabulous Who’s Round podcast is coming along, what’s in store in the weeks to come, and how can help Toby in his epic quest to gather a production anecdote from every single televised Doctor Who story. So sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy yourself with us!|
– Matt Smith…Says Thank You!
Monthly Archives: June 2013
|October 8, as expected, will see another batch of Doctor Who DVD releases here in North America.
Terror of the Zygons has now been officially confirmed for that date, and will see extras such as a commentary, Douglas Camfield retrospective, part three of The UNIT Family and more. The DVD will also contain the recently recovered extra scene, meticulously recoloured by Babelcolour.
Volume 2 of The Doctors Revisited, including both the BBC America series of that name as well as the related stories appearing alongside the specials for the Fifth through Eighth Doctors, will hit store shelves the same day. Those stories are of course Earthshock, Vengeance on Varos, Remembrance of the Daleks and The TV Movie. This marks at least the third DVD release for each of those titles other than Earthshock, so this may be appropriate only for completionists.
MSRP for Terror of the Zygons, a 2-disc release, will be $34.98; MSRP for the 4-disc Doctors Revisited is $39.98. Click on the artwork above for a larger image. Check TVShowsOnDVD.comfor more details!
|Breaking the trend – unless the initial information proves to be incorrect – of the second Tuesday of the month seeing new Doctor Who DVD releases, September 17th will see two stories prominently featuring animation.
The Ice Warriors, missing two episodes which have been animated for its DVD release, will see the light of day on this side of the Atlantic. The second Patrick Troughton release to feature animation, extras will include audio commentary, the links produced for the VHS release, part 2 of Doctor Who Stories – Frazer Hines and more.
A purely animated story, featuring the second appearance of (the iconic) Richard E Grant as The Doctor, Scream of the Shalka is Paul Cornell’s web-based contribution to the show’s 40th Anniversary. Six (albeit shorter than the usual) episodes comprise this story also featuring contributions from Sir Derek Jacobi and David Tennant before their prominent roles in the revised TV series. Shalka extras will include commentary, making of documentaries and production notes.
MSRP will be $34.98 for The Ice Warriors and $24.98 for Scream of the Shalka. Click on the package art for larger versions. Check TVShowsOnDVD.com for more details!
|It has been one crazy week in the world of Doctor Who, with rumours of scores of missing Doctor Who episodes being found, then not found, then found again, then, finally, all of them declared not missing but destroyed. The end. Is it, though? The wait for a new Doctor will also have to wait awhile, so there is very little in the way of solid news to discuss this week, but that didn’t stop the Three Who Rule! One thing is for sure, though – Radio Free Skaro will be at Westercon 66 in Sacramento in a couple weeks, and the convention organizers Kevin Roche and Andy Tremblay are here to tell you all about it. It’s looking like it might be an interesting summer in this, the 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who!|
– Official statements about…missing episodes!
|Another week and still no new Doctor Who. The long 6-month wait for the 50th Anniversary Special means speculation about the show’s future in the form of the next actor (or will it be actress?) to play The Doctor. But it’s not all bad as there are always stats to be had, always new Doctor Who merchandise to be discussed and/or mocked and of course talk of DVDs and just how lucky we are as Doctor Who fans to have the Restoration Team. Featured in this jam-packed episode of Radio Free Skaro is an interview with Michael Damian Thomas, who as co-editor of Queers Dig Time Lords, talks about the queer segment of Doctor Who fandom and what draws people to our beloved show. Enjoy!|
– A Female Doctor…A Bad Idea?
|August 13 brings to North America two Doctor Who releases from the Jon Pertwee era, including the first (and only) original series story to be released on Blu-Ray.
The Green Death gets the Special Edition treatment, and will hopefully include Death of the Doctor, the Sarah Jane Adventures story, which will appear on the region 2 release.
On the same day, those of us in Region A will also be able to buy the oft-rumoured and soon-to-be-tangible Blu-Ray release of Jon Pertwee’s debut story, Spearhead from Space.
MSRP for The Green Death, a 2-disc release, will be $34.98; MSRP for the single disc Spearhead is $29.98.
|In an uneventful, post finale, nothing ever happens week, The Three Who Rule….wait, HOLD ON, JUST A SECOND…..Chris isn’t on the show this week. Oh, and also, Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who.
Yes, the floppy haired foetus who charmed his way into our hearts in the Eleventh Hour has decided to vacate the TARDIS, but not before the 50th Anniversary and Christmas specials this year. Smith’s tenure spanned arguably the greatest period of global mainstream popularity the show has ever seen, and it is likely the search and selection of the next Doctor will garner more than a little attention from both fans and the not-we. Let the speculation, tears, jeers, madness, forum bile and lunacy begin! We also have news, japes, Warren trying and failing to explain Guardians of the Galaxy to Steven, and a winner for our DVD caption contest! Hooray!
– Matt Smith…leaves Doctor Who!
|Some big name Doctor Who actors, and one new series director, have been announced for the Gallifrey One convention in February 2014! (And the Gallifrey One website has received a makeover, as well!)|
|Nicola Bryant played Peri (Perpugilliam Brown) across three seasons from 1984-86, arriving in dazzling fashion in “Planet of Fire” and exiting the series in the shocking “Mindwarp”. Nicola has since reprised the role on several occasions in Big Finish audio dramas. Nicola will be making her first appearance at Gallifrey One since 2009.|
|The very first companion actress in the long history of the show, Carole Ann Ford played The Doctor’s granddaughter Susan from 1963-1964, reprising her role in 1983’s The Five Doctors. Carole previously appeared at Gallifrey One in 2002, and was slated to appear at Gally in 2013 before having to bow out, so we’re delighted to be able to see Carole Ann next year!|
|One of the youngest companion actors ever to appear in Doctor Who, Matthew Waterhouse played Adric for two years, joining the TARDIS team in “Full Circle” (1980) and exiting the series in the staggering “Earthshock” (1982). Matthew last appeared at Gallifrey One in 2011.|
|Stuart Milligan is an American actor based in the UK, and thus was perfect casting as President Richard M. Nixon in “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon” from 2011. Milligan also voiced the character of Colonel Stark in 2009’s animated story “Dreamland”. Stuart will be making his first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|The most iconic villain of the Sixth Doctor era, and one of the most memorable characters in the entire history of Doctor Who, was Sil, who appeared in Vengeance on Varos and Mindwarp. Sil was brought to life with amazing relish by Nabil Shaban. Nabil will be making his first appearance at Gallifrey One in 2014.|
|Whenever news broke in the Russell T Davies era of Doctor Who, Trinity Wells was there. Lachele Carl played the fictitious American news anchor on several episodes of Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Torchwood. Lachele will be making her first apperance at Gallifrey One.|
|This may be open to debate, but Rosita Farisi, who was companion to David Morrissey’s “Doctor” (real name: Jackson Lake) in 2008’s “The Next Doctor”. Regardless of companion canon debates, actress Velile Tshabalala played Rosita in the episode, and will be making her first Gallifrey One appearance in 2014.|
|Steve Hughes has (to date) only directed one episode of Doctor Who, but in directing 2011’s “Closing Time”, he help bring to life the reunion between actors Matt Smith and James Corden, who had last appeared together the previous year in “The Lodger”, as well as offer fans their first glimpse of a Cybermat in the new series. This will be Steve’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|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!|