Monthly Archives: September 2018

Radio Free Skaro #655 – Her Majesty


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The countdown is on with one week to a new Doctor and a new era, and the media frenzy continues unabated with Jodie Whittaker playing an entirely non-canon Theremin on the Graham Norton Show, talking on BBC Radio6, giving us the first(ish) glimpse at her Doctor with a 53 second clip, and frankly a staggering amount of news that can’t possibly be summed up with these pithy remarks. We also have a quick visit from Paul Cornell to discuss his last-ever Doctor Who week available now in a new Titan Comics Humble Bundle, and last week’s Series 11 panel from Edmonton Expo, with Earp Chirpers and Whovians Erika Ensign and Annette Wierstra, Variant Edmonton comic book purveyor (and Doctor Whoocher) Danica LeBlanc…and Steven.
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Edmonton Expo
Series 11 will debut at 6:45pm BST on BBC One, simulcast on SPACE and BBC America
NYCC will include a simulcast viewing and Q&A afterward with Whittaker, Chibnall and Strevens
Only “The Woman Who Fell To Earth” will be simulcast
SPACE will also simulcast the premiere
SPACE free preview, and premiere will be on space.ca
Sheffield press launch for Series 11
Press launch photos
NYCC Doctor Who panel details
SPACE interview with new friends/companions
The Series 11 theme tune samples the original
Whittaker did her own stunts for episode 1
Clip from episode 1 shown on The Graham Norton Show
Whittaker on Shaun Keaveny’s Radio 6 show, starts after the two hour mark
Whittaker surprises fans
Big Finish “Cold Vengeance” on vinyl
Unofficial 1972 Doctor Who Annual due February 2019
BARB expanding recording of devices used to view content
Jenna Coleman at Chicago TARDIS
Titan Comics Humble Bundle
Paul Cornell’s final Doctor Who work is part of this Humble Bundle

Interview:

Paul Cornell

Edmonton Expo Panel:

Edmonton Expo
Steven Schapansky
Erika Ensign
Danica LeBlanc
Annette Wierstra

Radio Free Skaro #654 – Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon


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With a mere two weeks to go before Series 11 of Doctor Who graces our screens, the news is arriving with increased ferocity, including a new trailer, articles in Doctor Who Magazine and the New York Times (!), cinema screenings, media appearances by one J. Whittaker, and more! But while you look forward to October 7, why not jump back through the decades to 1971 (and forward to Earth’s future) with our hair-obsessed commentary of episodes four to six of “Colony in Space!”
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Edmonton Expo
Episode 2 titled “The Ghost Moment”
Second Series 11 trailer
Series 11 teasers from Chibnall
Chris Chibnall interview for doctorwho.tv
New York Times article on Jodie Whittaker
Jodie Whittaker reads reaction tweets
Georgia Tennant tweets her support for Whittaker
Doctor Who Magazine 530 released
Series 11 title sequence and music may not appear until episode 2
DWAS Series 11 premiere party
Canadian Series 11 Premiere cinema screenings
American Series 11 Premiere cinema screenings
Jodie Whittaker’s BBC promotional appearances
Series 11 effects being done by DNeg
Missy gets her own Big Finish series
Earthshock BFI screening
Christopher Eccleston memoir due in 2019

Commentary:

Colony in Space, Episodes 4-6

Radio Free Skaro #653 – Dent Captain Dent


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Beginnings and endings this week as the build-up to Series 11 continues with the official premiere in Sheffield on September 24 – and you could be there! (But not to actually see the screening). And we tip our toque to the Doctor Who Information Network, Canada’s longest running Doctor Who fan organization, closing its doors at the end of October. But the main event is a trip back to 1971 and the planet Uxarieus as we commentate overtop of the first three episodes of “Colony In Space”!
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Doctor Who Information Network ceasing operations October 31
Series 11 Premiere Red Carpet event contest
Season 19 Blu-Ray available for preorder in Canada
Shada available for US digital download
New K-9 series in the works

Commentary:

Colony in Space, Episodes 1-3

Radio Free Skaro #652 – The Glass Ceiling


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It’s official! Doctor Who, starring one Jodie Whittaker as Dr. Who, will air on October 7 worldwide (well, the UK, USA, and Canada, so far, and October 8 in Australia), and we’re pleased as punch about it. To build up and celebrate the impending arrival of Thirteen, BBC America is doing a timey-wimey marathon, Australia is doing cinema screenings the next day, and Canada’s own Space is…showing the episode. Plus we have Edmonton Expo news, some gushing over the upcoming (circa 1981) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Blu-ray, and an interview with man-about-town and TV Years editor Graham Kibble-White!
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“The Woman Who Fell To Earth” debuts October 7
Series 11 Teaser
Doctor Who Magazine will have spoiler-free previews of Series 11 Episodes 1 & 2
BBC America will simulcast the Series 11 premiere
BBC America “13 Days of Doctor Who” marathon
SPACE will debut Series 11 day & date
ABC debuts Series 11 October 8
Australia cinema screenings will be October 8
Edmonton Expo schedule available for Matt Smith and David Tennant panels
Doctor Who Infinity released for mobile devices
Doctor Thirteenth book debuts November 6
Mr Men 13 Doctors Collection due March 7, 2019
Heather Hartnell interview
Jacqueline Pearce died
Lovett Bickford died
Peter Benson died
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy remastered Blu-Ray and BFI screening

Interview:

Graham Kibble-White
TV Years

Radio Free Skaro #651 – Shipshape and Bristol Fashion


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Sad news this week as legendary production designer Michael Pickwoad passed away at age 73, leaving behind a legion of fans and a body of work that included iconic Doctor Who sets over 71 episodes but spanned a decades-long career in film and television. He will be missed. We also speculate about a likely Sunday start date in October for Series 11, we have news of a Doctor Who fan experience coming to Johannesburg, Matt Smith being cast in Star Wars: Episode IX, and most excitingly, part two of our Miniscope featuring 1970s writing duo Bob Baker and Dave Martin!
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Michael Pickwoad died
Radio Free Skaro interview with Michael Pickwoad
Behind the scenes pics from “The Abominable Snowmen”
African Doctor Who Experience
Sheridan Smith returns to Big Finish
Preview of Thirteenth Doctor Issue #2
Matt Smith cast in Star Wars Episode IX

Miniscope:

Bob Baker
Dave Martin
The Invisible Enemy
Underworld
The Armageddon Factor
The Nightmare of Eden