About Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro

Radio Free Skaro is possibly the most popular, most prolific and charmingly irreverent (but never irrelevant) Doctor Who podcast around. Since August 2006, hosts Warren Frey (in Vancouver, BC) and Steven Schapansky (in Edmonton, AB) have provided listeners with their brand of amusing Doctor Who praise and punishment. A year later, Chris Burgess (also in Edmonton, AB) was added to the team, and The Three Who Rule were born.

Recommended by Doctor Who Magazine and voted most popular Doctor Who podcast by members of Gallifrey Base, Radio Free Skaro provides an entertaining and diverting listen for the diehard or casual Doctor Who fan. New episodes usually appear on Sundays, following a loose magazine format of the three hosts discussing the news and events of the past week in the Doctor Who universe. Extra features include fan commentaries for classic series and new series episodes of Doctor Who, interviews of some of the brightest Doctor Who luminaries and our massively popular Miniscope that profiles a writer, director or composer. Radio Free Skaro is also the official podcast of Gallifrey One, the world’s largest and longest-running fan-run Doctor Who convention.

Episodes are available from our website or from iTunes – enjoy!

Have a listen to our promo – feel free to share it with your family and friends, or use it in your own podcast: rfspromo.mp3.

As a primer for our podcast, may we suggest some of our episodes featuring interviews with Who notables? In no particular order:

Mark Sheppard, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs, Benjamin Cook and Robert Shearman
Freema Agyeman, Saul Metzstein, and Michael Jayston
Peter Davison
Pia Guerra
Murray Gold
Dan Hall, 2|Entertain
Phil Collinson
Douglas MacKinnon, Mark Strickson, Dick Mills and Andrew Smith
Richard Marson, about his book JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner
Phil Ford & Toby Hadoke
Simon Harris, producer of Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock
Nick Briggs, Phil Ford and Robert Shearman
Richard Molesworth, about his book Wiped!
Steve Roberts
Steve Roberts, Dan Hall, Nicholas Pegg, and Ed Stradling
Graeme Harper
David J Howe
Ed Stradling & Toby Hadoke, regarding The Gunfighters DVD
Phil Ford
Tom MacRae
Sylvester McCoy, Philip Hinchcliffe, Stephen Thorne, Neve McIntosh, Dan Starkey, and Richard Hope
Camille Coduri, Barnaby Edwards, Toby Haynes, Simon Fisher-Becker, Gary Russell
Bill Stanley, former Program Manager for KSPS (PBS Spokane, WA)
Toby Hadoke
Robert Shearman & Jason Haigh-Ellery
Paul Scoones
Gary Russell, regarding Nicholas Courtney
William Russell, Waris Hussein, Philip Segal, Phil Ford
Phil Ford
Tracie Simpson, Matthew Waterhouse & Lars Pearson
Doris Egan & Jane Espenson
Chris Hardwick
Steve Roberts
Louise Jameson, Michael Troughton, Richard Franklin, Charlie Ross
Gareth Roberts, Clayton Hickman, Joss Agnew, Phil Ford & James Moran
Toby Hadoke, regarding Barry Letts
Simon Guerrier
Mark Askwith, Producer Special Projects at SPACE
Phil Ford
Richard Senior, Steve Roberts and Simon Guerrier
Peter Howell
Mark Ayres, regarding Dick Mills
Simon & Thomas Guerrier
Tony Lee & Matthew Dow Smith

19 comments

  • Steven

    Hello,

    I just love your podcast. You really add a lot to my Doctor Who experience.

    I’m not sure how many Dr Who fan-produced podcasts you all listen to, but one of the best is moving from darkerprojects.com over to brokensea.com.

    Mark Kalita, who sounds eerily like Peter Davison, plays an incredible Doctor. If you haven’t heard it, it’s worth a listen.

    The old stories are at:
    http://www.darkerprojects.com/doctorwho.html

    The new ones will be at:
    http://brokensea.com/drwho/

    And, if that promo is any indication of what’s to come, I for one, will totally enjoy the ride.

    Keep on podcasting!

    Steven

    Easthampton, MA usa

  • Si Roberts

    Hey Guys,

    British ex-pat here based in Michigan.
    I enjoy your podcasts and was wondering if you had seen this yet?

    Got a feeling that might give you something to talk about. lol

    Keep up th good work!

    Si

  • Hi

    Just a quick email to tell you how much I’m enjoying Radio Free Skaro which I discovered a few days ago. Very funny stuff with some great chemistry and some very interesting debates. Ming-Mong-Tastic! Keep them coming!

    If you get some time please check out our own efforts (magazine shows and commentaries) at Tachyon TV:

    http://www.tachyon-tv.co.uk

    Cheers

    Neil

  • LazerDave

    Your show makes me smile on so many levels!

    I only discovered you after “Turn Left”, but have gone back as far as my little podgrabber will take me.

    I listen to your commentaries while I drive my open-topped Jeep past the Denver Zoo on my way to my cruddy little office job. (WhoRay!)

    Incidentally, in which Confidential does Phil use that term? I don’t have the patience or the stomach to go back and watch them all again just so I can laugh.

    I have my doubts about your randomizer, too. Morbius, then Black Orchid, then Weng-Chiang?! Very unlikely! Of course, if it had thrown the Krotons in after Morbius I would have said you had a Madoc Agenda, I suppose.

    Anyway, boys, keep up the excellent work! I just happened to be in San Diego when ComicCon happened, but registration was already closed by the time I knew. Bad geek! *smack*

    One last thing: A-D-R-I-C is not pronounced “AY-dric”, just as I have to keep telling my partner that they are not “DAR-leks”.

    Oh yeah, and his badge for mathematical excellence was NOT used for picking up girls. Ask Connecticut. 😉

  • Darryl Christensen

    Just want to say that I love your podcasts and look forward to them every Sunday (Monday)…is there a schedule? Anyway, I live in St. Louis, Missouri USA and stumbled upon your podcasts. Great stuff. Kind of like Sienfeld….show about nothing!…well Doctor Who… but it entertainingly fills up and hour or so each week. Keep it up!! Thanks!!

  • Gents… I just added your podcast from iTunes. The Rise of The Rubbishor was my first one and it is hilarious. Great job!

    Gonz’

  • Rod

    Hi Guys,

    Just to let you know you have new listener for the US, aka North Carolina. I totally enjoy the banter b/t all three so keep that up as a laugh while my fellow co-workers stare at me when I Iisten to you. I have become a little addicted and started downloading a chuck of your podcasts.

  • Terrence Keenan

    I’ve just dicoveredc your lovely little podcastic rambles and have enjoyed them thoroughly. It’s nice to see that you have a sense of humor about Who. The commentaries are a hoot.

    Keep up the excellent work.

  • Istvan Hajdu

    Hi Steven, Warren, and Chris,

    Just wanted to tell you guys that I’ve been listening to the podcast for a while and I actually have listened to all 147 which took about a month of listening to the show every second I could. I found out about the podcast when I bought an ipod a couple of months ago and looking up doctor who podcasts randomly. So, I’m going through other podcasts related to doctor who but I enjoy you guys the best because of the humor and the hilarious bits about the show. I’m from South Carolina, US and have always been a fan of the classic series. My dad actually went to Wales in the early 70’s and found out about the show and I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was a kid watching Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, and Peter Davidson on VHS. I know a lot about the show even though I was born 2 years before the classic series ended. From the old series I like Tom Baker and Patrick Troughton, even though I watched Patrick Troughton on youtube because I don’t have any of DVD’s of his stories. The new series is alright in my opinion and probably the best doctor of the new series would be Christopher Eccleston agreeing with Chris. David Tennant is alright but there’s just been something about him that I never really liked when I first saw him. I do miss certain aspects of the classic series that you guys discuss in your podcasts but the special effects and cgi have come a long way from the classic series. But in ways I like the cheesy effects of classic Doctor Who because that’s what made the show cool in a way. Also the emotions and companion back story is very strange to watch from the new series when all you’ve seen are the classic series where there aren’t many instances of emotion or companion back story.

    Keep up the interesting podcasts.

  • Hi RFS,

    Got to say that your podcast is the best one I’ve heard out here on the interwebs! Much better than the rest, I must buy a pedantor mug from your shop, maybe a RFS T-Shirt too, expect an order soon – and keep up the good work!!

    Mr. Rant

  • Hi All!

    I just listened to podcast #166 and found it quite interesting. I’m particularly looking forward to this weekend’s edition about the Waters of Mars. Your podcast is interesting and and the sound engineering is very good! I love the fact that you feature the classic Who as well. I grew up on it back in the 80’s. As much as I enjoy the new series, I still love the old ones too! You have yet another loyal listener. 🙂

  • Tonia

    When I was young girl in the 80s I discovered Doctor Who and immediately was a fan of Tom Baker and Doctor Who. While at that tender age I didn’t understand all of what I was watching, this show and the Twilight Zone were the two shows I snuck out of bed to watch!

    Now in my 30s, I’m catching up on the last 5 years of Doctor Who and I’m a fan once again thanks to Netflix… not the Sci-Fi Channel (what idiot planned those airing times?)

    I’ve only come across your podcast (and others) over these last few weeks since I’ve had my iPod and its fantastic to hear your and others opinions of the show. Many of which validates episodes I did and did not like and gave me much to consider about the writing, directing, music and canon.

    Thank you so much do doing such a great job, and while I only have Cablevision and no BBC America *sigh* I love forward to your podcasts of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor.

  • You’ve got the best Dr Who podcast on the web – congratulations guys! Never get bored listening to you chaps.

  • Web

    Just wanted to tell you guys that I’ve been listening to the podcast for a while and I actually have listened to all 147 which took about a month of listening to the show every second I could. I found out about the podcast when I bought an ipod a couple of months ago and looking up doctor who podcasts randomly. So, I’m going through other podcasts related to doctor who but I enjoy you guys the best because of the humor and the hilarious bits about the show. I’m from South Carolina, US and have always been a fan of the classic series. My dad actually went to Wales in the early 70’s and found out about the show and I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was a kid watching Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, and Peter Davidson on VHS. I know a lot about the show even though I was born 2 years before the classic series ended. From the old series I like Tom Baker and Patrick Troughton, even though I watched Patrick Troughton on youtube because I don’t have any of DVD’s of his stories. The new series is alright in my opinion and probably the best doctor of the new series would be Christopher Eccleston agreeing with Chris. David Tennant is alright but there’s just been something about him that I never really liked when I first saw him. I do miss certain aspects of the classic series that you guys discuss in your podcasts but the special effects and cgi have come a long way from the classic series. But in ways I like the cheesy effects of classic Doctor Who because that’s what made the show cool in a way. Also the emotions and companion back story is very strange to watch from the new series when all you’ve seen are the classic series where there aren’t many instances of emotion or companion back story.
    +1

  • Just wanted to tell you guys that I’ve been listening to the podcast for a while and I actually have listened to all 147 which took about a month of listening to the show every second I could. I found out about the podcast when I bought an ipod a couple of months ago and looking up doctor who podcasts randomly. So, I’m going through other podcasts related to doctor who but I enjoy you guys the best because of the humor and the hilarious bits about the show. I’m from South Carolina, US and have always been a fan of the classic series. My dad actually went to Wales in the early 70’s and found out about the show and I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was a kid watching Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, and Peter Davidson on VHS. I know a lot about the show even though I was born 2 years before the classic series ended. From the old series I like Tom Baker and Patrick Troughton, even though I watched Patrick Troughton on youtube because I don’t have any of DVD’s of his stories. The new series is alright in my opinion and probably the best doctor of the new series would be Christopher Eccleston agreeing with Chris. David Tennant is alright but there’s just been something about him that I never really liked when I first saw him. I do miss certain aspects of the classic series that you guys discuss in your podcasts but the special effects and cgi have come a long way from the classic series. But in ways I like the cheesy effects of classic Doctor Who because that’s what made the show cool in a way. Also the emotions and companion back story is very strange to watch from the new series when all you’ve seen are the classic series where there aren’t many instances of emotion or companion back story.+1
    +1

  • Stuart Donaldson

    Hi Guys, Stuart from Liverpool England here. Love your podcasts and your enthusiam for things British especially Doctor Who. I was born pre Unearthly Child and became a fan with Season 7 (Inferno my favourite all time story) and Troughton my fave Doctor with Tennant a good second.. Been listening since start of 2010 and Matt Smith era. Have now gone back to 2006 and listened to your first 22 editions. Steven and Warren seem very happy with the early RTD stuff and far more manic pre the arrival of our pendantic friend Chris. Will be interesting to see how your views on RTD and Tennant develop as i listen to the outstanding 178 episodes whilst keeping up with the current releases. Love your commentaries – want to hear Warren squirm to more McCoy. And maybe Twin Dilemma – the worst crime to hit Dr Who ever. Keep up the good work guys and maybe one day I’ll get to Gallifrey (2013 maybe)and say hello. Cheers Stuart

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  • Peter E. Shields

    I cannot believe i have made almost all of these last ten years every week (or saved up) with you three Canadians.
    I’m even older than you guys and am impressed with the longevity of the production and the quality. Keep it up and hope to meet you in person some day( Yes I am that old school.)

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