Monthly Archives: June 2013

Radio Free Skaro #373 – Jeff Podcast

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rfs373And 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!
Show Notes:

Matt Smith…Says Thank You!
BFI…Sixth Doctor Screening Q&A!
BFI…Ninth Doctor Screening!
September 2013…North America Doctor Who DVD Releases!
October 2013…North America Doctor Who DVD Releases!
BBC Radio 2…Celebrates 50 Years Of Doctor Who!
Big Finish…And Philip Hinchcliffe!
Tenth Doctor…Sonic Screwdriver Remote!
Dalek…Whizz Watch!
The Restoration…Team!
50th Anniversary…Fan-Made Trailer!





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October 2013 North America Doctor Who DVD Releases

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!

September 2013 North America Doctor Who DVD Releases

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 for more details!

Radio Free Skaro #372 – The Chain

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rfs372It 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!
Show Notes:

Official statements about…missing episodes!
New Doctor announcement…not coming yet!
Jamie Payne directs…the Christmas special!
David Burton…the original Eighth Doctor?
Doctor Who…at the BFI!
Terror of the Zygons…DVD cover!
The Scream of the Shalka…DVD extras!


Kevin Roche and Andy Tremblay from…Westercon 66!

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Terror of the Zygons – North America DVD Cover Art

Terror of the Zygons, a long-anticipated DVD release, doesn’t have a formal release date in North America, but cover art has been made available for the upcoming 2-disc set.

Zygons has a September 30, 2013 release date in the UK; it would not be surprising to have the North American release hit store shelves on October 8, the usual second-Tuesday-of-the-month release slot.

Until a formal release announcement is made, enjoy the cover art! Click on the above image for a larger version.

Radio Free Skaro #371 – Bless the Rains

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rfs371The Doctor Who rumour mill was in full blown chaos this week with Twelfth Doctor casting rumours giving way to tales of hoards of missing episodes being recovered. The Two Who Rule (Chris managed to escape the mongering of said rumours) neatly sidestepped harmless (or harmful) speculation by delving into talk of the future of the film industry and 3D TV and its relation to Doctor Who. But Chris returns (and Warren departs) to talk to Neil Perryman, dear friend and author who is writing the upcoming Adventures of the Wife in Space book, based on his hugely successful blog. Listen on!
Show Notes:

Warren’s playing…the Doctor Who Role Playing game!
BBC iPlayer figures…now official!
May…iPlayer Stats!
Sixth Doctor celebration…at the BFI!


Neil Perryman…Adventures with the Wife in Space!

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Radio Free Skaro #370 – Pride (In The Name Of Who)

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rfs370Another 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!
Show Notes:

A Female Doctor…A Bad Idea?
The Next Doctor…Rory Kinnear?
May…iPlayer Stats!
Doctor Who…New Visual Effects Team!
BFI…Screens Making-Of!
August 2013…North America DVD/BD Releases!
3.75″ Action Figures…Now Available!
Sixth Doctor…eBook!
Eleventh Doctor…Alternate Costume T-Shirt!
Brigadier Costume…T-Shirt!
Doctor Who…Aprons!
Doctor Who Experience…Cardiff Walking Tour!
A TARDIS…In Space!


Michael D Thomas…On Queers Dig Time Lords!

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August 2013 North America Doctor Who DVD Releases

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. Full extras for Region 1 have yet to be announced. This post will be updated when details are known, and also when proper artwork is available. Extras will include dual commentaries, an interview with Robert Sloman, the aforementioned Sarah Jane Adventures episodes, documentaries and more.

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. As with its companion release, no details or final artwork have been made available. We anticipate a great deal of popularity with this release, despite the fact the BBC has already double-dipped (now triple-dipped) with releases of Spearhead. Bonus features on the release include a piece on Caroline John, a comparison of the newly-restored version with what came before, and more.

MSRP for The Green Death, a 2-disc release, will be $34.98; MSRP for the single disc Spearhead is $29.98. Package art will be added once available; the artwork above is from the UK releases. Click on the artwork above for larger images, and check for more details!

Radio Free Skaro #369 – A Tale of Two Doctors

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rfs369In 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!

Show Notes:

Matt Smith…leaves Doctor Who!
Ben Daniels…the next Doctor?
The Name of the Doctor…final ratings!
The Doctors Revisited revisits…Vengeance on Varos!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Doctor Who…Trivial Pursuit!
Doctor Who…Bluetooth speaker!


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Gallifrey One 2014 Guest Update

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!)

nicolabryantNicola 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.
CaroleAnnFordThe 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!
matthewwaterhouseOne 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.
stuartmilliganStuart 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.
nabilshabanThe 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.
lachelecarlWhenever 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.
veliletshabalalaThis 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.
stevehughesSteve 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!