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Radio Free Skaro #583 – The Meddling Monks


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We’re at the midway point of Series 10 (sniff) so what better time for Steven Moffat to check in on the show he runs by penning another episode himself in the form of “Extremis”, a mind-bending escapade that took viewers from England to the Vatican and all points in between. Or did it…? Once again, the inestimable Kyle Anderson steps in as a replacement for one of the Three (in place of Warren this time) to join Chris and Steven on this review. What did they think? What of the Monks? And the occupant of the Vault? In this podcast we are revealed…
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Episode 6 – “Extremis”
Moffat and Mulkern talk “Extremis”
“Extremis” BBC One overnight viewing figures
“Oxygen” overnight viewing figures
Oxygen Appreciation Index
Jamie Mathieson talks Gus and Oxygen
“Knock Knock” final BBC One viewing figures
“The Lie of the Land” synopsis
Michelle Gomez leaving Who along with Moffat & Capaldi
…or is she?
Michelle Gomez reddit AMA
Big Finish releasing second Tenth Doctor audio series
BBC shutting down TV episode downloading service
Radiophonic Workshop’s “Burials in Several Earths” released
Who poetry book written by James Goss and Illustrated by Russell T Davies due in September
Doctor Who Time Vortex 360 web-based game released
Eric Pringle reportedly died

Radio Free Skaro #578 – A Star in Her Eye


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The time has finally arrived, with new Doctor Who gracing our screens and Bill, a new companion, capturing our hearts. Puddles, Movellans and so much more danced across our eyeballs this past Saturday in “The Pilot”, and the Three Who Rule have thoughts and bon mots to share about the return of Who and the stories still to come! But like all Moffat-era Who, there are twists and turns still to come, like the fact that Capaldi says he’s filmed the regeneration before the Christmas episode was lensed. Mystery and intrigue!
Links:

The Pilot!
The Pilot BBC One overnights!
Steven Moffat’s Series 10 episode guide!
Capaldi says he’s filmed his character’s death scene!
Thin Ice synopsis!
Big Finish’s The Helm of Awe!
The Pescatons and Doctor Who Sound Effects vinyl re-release!

Radio Free Skaro #577 – Second Chances


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It’s a week before new Doctor Who, which means a veritable tsunami of news, previews and madness, including the surprise reveal that John Simm will come back as the Master and possibly cause a shipping paradox the likes of which hasn’t been seen since SuperWhoLock! In other surprises, Britbox announced they’re streaming most of Classic Who, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” was nominated for a Hugo, and we have a new segment called Second Chances looking at that very story with Titan Comic Tenth Doctor scribe Nick Abadzis!
Links:

Series 10 wrapped filming!
Series 10, second trailer!
John Simm returns as The Master!
The Pilot airs at 7:20pm on BBC One!
Smile synopsis!
Series 10 first 10 titles & writers & directors!
Series 10 press pack interviews!
Introducing Bill Potts!
Series 10 teaser image!
Christmas Special begins filming in July!
Pearl Mackie only around for one year?
Prime in New Zealand begins Series 10 on April 17!
BritBox brings Classic Who back to streaming!
Doctor Who Comics Day is September 2!
Doctor Mysterio gets a Hugo nomination!
Tim Piggot-Smith died.
Gallifrey One 2018 tickets went on sale!

Interview:

Nick Abadzis
The Return of Doctor Mysterio!

Radio Free Skaro #576 – The Fisher King


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We’re in the final stretch run of The Year (and a bit) of No Doctor Who, as Series 10 is less than two weeks away! There’s spoiler-free talk of synopses, the character of Bill Potts is revealed to be gay (hooray!), and there are various promotional things happening in and around the premiere of “The Pilot” on April 15. And we take our last look inside the Miniscope for this year with a detailed analysis of the works of writer David Fisher, author of four stories from the later Tom Baker era!
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Synopsis for The Pilot!
Season 10 Plot Setup!
Bill will be gay!
Capaldi and Mackie at the BFI & RT TV Festival
Mr Men at the Doctor Who Experience
Myths & Legends book!
RiffTrax covers The Five Doctors!
The Almost Doctors!
Sydney Newman’s Centenary!

Miniscope:

David Fisher
The Stones of Blood
The Androids of Tara
The Creature from the Pit
The Leisure Hive

Radio Free Skaro #575 – Beyond the Valley of the Thals


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With new Who slowly ambling towards our eyeballs, the news pace has picked up somewhat, with publicity stills, tantalizing details concerning Ice Warriors, and the release of the 1999 charity special “The Curse of Fatal Death” on Youtube (otherwise known as ‘streaming VHS’)! But this is a mere tease, the frothiest of fripperies, the lightest of garnishes (and so forth, please get on with it) to the reappearance of one Kyle Anderson, Nerdist scribbler and all-around fine fellow, as we complete our commentary of….The Daleks!
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Ice Warrior episode teasers!
Series 10 publicity stills!
The Pilot gets a New Zealand cinema screening!
Australian Doctor Who panel show debuts after The Pilot!
Chibnall will write the new Doctor’s first words!
Red Nose Day Doctor Who charity auction!
Red Nose Day Doctor Who charity lottery!
The Curse of Fatal Death re-released by the BBC!

Commentary:

The Daleks! The Mutants! The Dead Planet!
Kyle Anderson!

Radio Free Skaro #574 – Valley of the Thals


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It’s time for a visit to The Dead Planet to see some Mutants in “The Daleks” with the Three Who Rule and Doctor Who: The Writers Room podcaster, Nerdist scribe and gentleman bounder Kyle Anderson as a special guest! Thrill to Steven’s knowledge of televisual minutiae, twirl to Kyle’s searing insights, sashay to Chris’s detailed analysis and recoil at the sight of Warren’s brain melting at the (in his sole opinion) grinding tedium of the early Hartnell era! Plus news like the first official Series 10 trailer, but who needs that when you’ve got survivors escaping an ordeal and an ambush, thus expediting a rescue!
Links:

Series 10 Episode 1 will be called The Pilot!
Series 10 will have a 3-parter in the middle!
Official BBC Series 10 trailer released!
Missy’s reaction to the trailer!
Australian cinema details for the Series 10 Premiere!
Paul Cornell’s Chalk
New Radiophonic Workshop album!
“Directed by Douglas Camfield” by Michael Seely!

Commentary:

The Daleks! The Mutants! The Dead Planet!
Kyle Anderson!

Radio Free Skaro #573 – Stevie Nicks


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No sooner did we joke about Mondasian Cybermen in Series 10 than they magically appear in a publicity shot with one Peter Capaldi! While we’d like to claim prophetic wisdom in this matter, we had no inside knowledge and this was likely a “going out in style” wish from one Mr. Capaldi, and we are all the better for it. P-Cap will also be gracing the small, inconsequential town of Calgary, AB for Calgary Expo at the end of April, to the delight of bouffant enthusiasts across the Canadian prairies! And in other good news, we have two interviews to round out our Gallifrey coverage, one with the voice of the Daleks, Cybermen (plus many others) and Big Finish man about town Nicholas Briggs, and the other with writer, director, actor and Dalek operator Nicholas Pegg! Do we have the right? Of course we do!
Links:

Peter Capaldi at Calgary Expo!
Series 10 trailer “A Time for Heroes”
Mondasian Cybermen and Rachel Talalay are back in Series 10!
Class episode 1 as part of the Series 10 Premiere cinema experience!
Big Finish Humble Bundle!
Spare Parts on vinyl!

Interviews:

Nicholas Pegg!
Nicholas Briggs!
Gallifrey One!

Radio Free Skaro #571 – Silver Nitrate


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Post-Gally blues…or post-Gally buzz? The Three Who Rule were in high spirits this week, energized by a most wonderful gathering of the tribe in Los Angeles. This episode presents two interviews from Gallifrey One, first with TV consultant for the BFI, Dick Fiddy, and second with Red Dwarf and Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden! Tally ho!
Links:

Class final BBC One viewing figures
Series 10 Parts 1 & 2 DVD and Blu-Ray
Pertwee Years interview collection
Gallifrey One: 28 Days Later

Interviews:

Dick Fiddy
Howard Burden

Radio Free Skaro #567 – The Clock Strikes Twelve


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Capaldexit! Yes, the Three Who Rule were sideswiped (as was everyone else) by Peter Capaldi’s surprise announcement that he was leaving the role of The Doctor, and after admonishing the UK press for baseless speculation, the RFS crew engaged in frankly hypocritical predictions of their own. That plus stats, Series Ten news and a 70 minute(!) Miniscope about writer/director Terence Dudley round out this episode! Enjoy!
Links:

Peter Capaldi leaving after Series 10.
Peter Capaldi’s tenure.
Ben Whishaw is the bookie’s favourite for the next Doctor!
Series 10 starts April 15 on BBC One!
Series 11 may start Autumn 2018!
Series 10 starts April 15 on BBC America!
Class premieres April 15 on BBC America!
Series 10 writer list!
Mark Gatiss brings back the Ice Warriors!
Gareth David-Lloyd announced for Gally!
Naoko Mori announed for Gally!
Gallifrey One Schedule!
Class eps 7 & 8 BBC One viewing figures!
Class eps 3 & 4 BBC One final viewing figures!
Big Finish wins BBC Drama award!
Doctor Puppet War Doctor puppet!

Miniscope:

Terence Dudley!
Meglos!
Four to Doomsday!
Black Orchid!
The King’s Demons!
K-9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend!
K-9 and Company fan titles!

Radio Free Skaro #566 – Never Cruel Or Cowardly


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It is with a heavy heart that we mark the passing of acting legend John Hurt, beloved by Whovians for his portrayal of the War Doctor in “The Day of the Doctor” but with a career spanning the best of film, TV, and the stage. In happier news, we can now announce the guests for our Gallifrey One live show (contained within) and some other notable Gally news, updates and miscellany! We also announce the winner of our Whographica giveaway contest! Plus stats (bleh) and a commentary for the 1978 story “The Ribos Operation”! To me, Sholakh!
Links:

John Hurt died.
Radio Free Skaro… Live From Gallifrey One 2017!
Gallifrey One guest update and reception info!
Who’s Queer Now? featuring Russell T Davies!
Class BBC One ratings!

Commentary:

The Ribos Operation!

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