Monthly Archives: September 2013

Radio Free Skaro #386 – The Ordeal

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rfs386The producer Miniscope series plows onward as special guest John Williams from Tachyon TV joins in to discuss the Peter Bryant and Derrick Sherwin era. An era of selecting a new Doctor and ever-changing roles for the production team, Bryant and Sherwin were responsible for… well, you’ll just have to listen and find out, won’t you? With Warren unavailable, Steven and Chris tackle the news of the week including discussion on the latest (what some may call) blunder on the part of the BBC’s 50th anniversary “celebrations”, and yes, even talk about audio stuff! And books! And cosplay! And we announce the winner of our Twitter contest for a Region 1 Doctor Who Complete Series 7 box set! When the Warren is away, the mice will play!
Show Notes:

An Adventure in Space and Time…at the BFI!
Rain…Gods!
The Companions…Video Interview!
Peter Capaldi’s Past Appearances…to be Explained!
#SaveTheDay!
Doctor Who…for a Dream Night In!
Waris Hussein’s…An Unearthly Child Floorplans!
Fifty Years…of Doctor Who Audio!
Doctor Who at the BBC…Volume 8!
Doctor Who…Sound Recording Feature!
The Raymond P Cusick Signature Collection…and Robert Holmes: A Life In Words!
Tenth Doctor Coat…for the Ladies!

Miniscope

Peter Bryant
Derrick Sherwin

Guest

John Williams

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Radio Free Skaro #385 – A Change of Identity

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rfs385The Miniscope madness continues this week with an examination of the Innes Lloyd era, with a little help from JR Southall of Starburst Magazine and the Blue Box Podcast, and Deborah Watling, AKA Victoria Waterfield. But before “regeneration and bases under siege” (and a whole lot more) fall under the hawk-like gaze of the RFS crew and their guests, news of DVD releases, theatrical showings of “The Day of the Doctor” and flagrant disregard for the term “rels” were the order of the day. Enjoy, and a quick note: all rel-related pedantry should be aimed squarely at Warren, who will dismiss said pedantry out of hand.
Show Notes:

1966 interview with…Sydney Newman!
Doctor Who…gold coin!
The Day of the Doctor…on Blu-ray!
The Day of the Doctor coming to Blu-ray…in Region 1!
The Monsters collection…coming to DVD!
The Tenth Planet coming to DVD…October 14!
A new Doctor Who…video game?
Doctor Who coming…to Hulu Plus!
Reversed Polarity…in Toronto November 1-3!
Wizards vs Aliens Series 2…coming to CBBC!

Miniscope

Innes Lloyd

Guest

JR Southall
Deborah Watling

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Radio Free Skaro #384 – A Battle of Wits

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rfs384Our second entry in our Producer era Miniscopes sees us tackle the John Wiles era, a controversial six months in Doctor Who’s long history that ushered in great changes and foreshadowed a great many more. Joining us to discuss the finer points of this tumultuous time is Toby Hadoke, and we also bring you an interview with Peter Purves, who played Steven Taylor throughout the Wiles era. Before that, Simon Harries drops by to discuss the news of the week with Steven and Warren. A jam packed episode, to be sure!
Show Notes:

Coming November 23…The Day of The Doctor!
The Day of The Doctor…poster!
Doctor Who…takes over television!
Five Doctors on the cover…of Doctor Who Magazine!
Gallifrey One…guest update!
BFI Tenth Doctor event…guests announced!
BFI Eighth Doctor event…guests announced!
BFI Seventh Doctor panel…on YouTube!
BFI Ninth Doctor panel…on YouTube!
Doctor Who…wins awards!
Script Doctor…republished!
Doctor Who girls…calendar!
Myth Makers Presents…Golden Years!
Remote control…flying TARDIS!
TARDIS…gelatin mold!
Doctor Who…chocolate molds!
A Day with…Philip Hinchliffe!

Miniscope

John Wiles
Donald Tosh

Guest

Toby Hadoke
Peter Purves

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Gallifrey One 2014 Guest Update

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Some more guests have been added to the already impressive bill at the upcoming Gallifrey One convention in February 2014!

jeanmarshAn acting legend in the UK since the 1960s, and famous for the series 1970s series Upstairs, Downstairs, Jean Marsh has had some notable brushes with the Doctor Who world. Previously married to Jon Pertwee, Jean first appeared on Doctor Who in 1965’s “The Crusade”, then followed it up by playing short term companion Sara Kingdom in the epic “The Daleks’ Master Plan” later that year. Jean returned to Doctor Who in 1989 to portray Morgaine in “Battlefield”. This will be Jean Marsh’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.
kateomaraKate O’Mara played the villainous Rani in two stories – Season 22’s “The Mark of the Rani” and Sylvester McCoy’s debut “Time and the Rani” from Season 24. The plot of the latter story called on Kate to double for Bonnie Langford in disguise as Mel, and Kate now replaces Bonnie Langford at Gallifrey One as Bonnie has had to pull out of attending the con! Funny how these things work out. 2014 will be Kate’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.
jacquelinekingJacqueline King played the disappointed mother to Catherine Tate’s underachieving Donna Noble in the 2006 Christmas Special “The Runaway Bride”. Jacqueline would reprise the role in Series 4 and 2009-10’s “The End of Time”. 2014 will see the first appearance at Gallifrey One for Jacqueline.
Deep RoyFamous in recent years for appearing in a variety of Tim Burton productions including Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and perhaps best know now as being Scotty’s alien companion Keenser in the new Star Trek films, Deep Roy played the role of Mr. Sin in the iconic 1977 serial “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”. He also appeared in the flesh as The Klute in the beloved Blake’s 7 episode “Gambit”. This will be Deep’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.
tobyhadokeFriend of the show Toby Hadoke returns to Gallifrey One with a Friday night performance of his hit comedy show “My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver”. Toby first wowed Gally with his 2009 show “Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf”, and he has also been omnipresent on many classic series DVD commentaries and extra features.
jamiegloverJamie Glover has yet to appear in the Doctor Who universe, but he will be playing William Russell in Mark Gatiss’s An Adventure in Space and Time that will be broadcast in November. Also, Jamie comes from an impressive Doctor Who acting pedigree, as both his parents Julian Glover (“The Crusade”, “City of Death”) and Isla Blair (“The King’s Demons”) have appeared on the show in the past. This will be Jamie’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.
nevfountainNev Fountain makes his return to Gallifrey One since the 2009 edition of the convention. Nev is well known for his work on the comedy series Dead Ringers, but he also written several Doctor Who audio plays for Big Finish, and created the popular audio series Mervyn Stone about a crime solving ex-script editor of a popular science fiction show!
elliedarceyaldenjosephdarceyaldenEllie Darcey-Alden and Joseph Darcey-Alden are real life siblings, and they played onscreen sister and brother Francesca and Digby in the 2012 Christmas special “The Snowmen”. This will be the Darcey-Aldens’ 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!

Radio Free Skaro #383 – The Firemaker

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rfs383As most of you might be aware, Doctor Who is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, and the Three Who Rule are also doing their part to mark the occasion by celebrating and analyzing the era of each producer who helmed the show from 1963 through until the Fox TV movie in 1996. First up, the first producer – the original, you might say – Verity Lambert, who set in stone much of what we know and love about Doctor Who with help from her story editors David Whitaker and Dennis Spooner. And joining us for this segment is Doctor Who writer Jonny Morris to provide insight and opinion on the first two years in the programme’s history. We look forward to peeling back the curtain on classic Who for the next several weeks leading up to the 50th anniversary on November 23!
Show Notes:

Doctor Who Christmas Special…begins filming!
The Tenth Planet Part Four original script…found!
Doctor Who Revisited episodes…revealed!
Doctor Who Revisited 9-11…on DVD!
Doctor Who Series 1-7…on Blu-ray!
The Restoration Team works on…The Underwater Menace!
Juliet Landau…is the new Romana?
The Beast of Babylon…by Charlie Higson!
The Pyramids of Mars…priory playset!
Doctor Who…Risk!

Miniscope

Verity Lambert
David Whitaker
Dennis Spooner

Guest

Jonathan Morris

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December 2013 North America Doctor Who DVD Releases

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The Doctors Revisited series on BBC America has been a great way to introduce NuWho viewers to the different characterizations of The Doctor as well as giving them a glimpse into the Classic Series; the DVD releases of these episodes conclude on December 3 when the third volume hits store shelves.

Along with the documentaries highlighting each of the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, the set will include the new series episodes Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways for Eccleston’s Doctor, The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End for Tennant’s Doctor and lastly The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon for soon-to-be-departed Matt Smith’s Doctor.

A week later, on December 10, folks on this side of the Atlantic can also lay their hands on the upcoming 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor. The Blu-Ray version will be an all-encompassing Blu-Ray/DVD/3D Blu-Ray release, making it a pretty cool value if you can actually view it in 3D. Doctor Who Explained, previously referenced on Radio Free Skaro, will be included as a bonus; other extras have yet to be announced, though scuttlebutt says An Adventure in Time and Space may be amongst those final extras.

MSRP for the 3-disc The Doctors Revisited: 9-11 will be $39.98; The Day of the Doctor will have an MSRP of $24.98 for the DVD release and $29.98 for the Blu-Ray release. Check TVShowsOnDVD.com for more details (use this link for The Day of the Doctor details) and click on the artwork for a larger version!

Radio Free Skaro #382 – Behind the Sophist

Radio Free Skaro #382 – Click here to listen!

rfs382Despite the Doctor Who world being split between multiple conventions this weekend (or because of it), the news was a bit thin this week, but that didn’t stop the Three Who Rule from spinning their creative wheels in new and exciting directions, including the creation of Sofa-ism, a philosophy based on sitting around on your couch. Canada’s national shame, otherwise known as Nickelback, was also name checked far more than necessary (ie. at all.) All this and an appearance from Sean Homrig of the Tardis Tavern podcast for our Name of the Doctor commentary! The mind reels at the riches in store for you. Next week: the producer Miniscopes begin in earnest!
Show Notes:

Doctor Who Prom…Ratings!
Tenth Planet…R1 DVD Release Date!
Moonbase…Animation Proofs!
BBC3…50th Anniversary Special?
Doctor Who…Knitwear!
Christopher Burgess (no, the other one) and Gerard Murphy…Died.
Patrick Magee…Entertains!
Parsec…Awards!
TARDIS…Tavern!

Commentary

The Name…of the Doctor!

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