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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

Radio Free Skaro #650 – The Fabulous Bristol Boys


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A rather staggering pile of Doctor Who news this week, including the announcement of all the new writers and directors for Series 11, a Bill action dolly becomes a little more real, Doctor #5’s first season gets the Blu-ray treatment, and more Doctor Who convention news than you can shake a stick at! And just for you, dear listeners, the first of a two-part Miniscope featuring the dynamic duo of writers Bob Baker and Dave Martin, AKA the Bristol Boys! A Miniscope? Now this is outrageous!
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Series 11 writers and directors
Profile on Jennifer Perrott; Australia to get Series 11 Premiere cinema screening
Profile on Malorie Blackman
Bill action figure preorder
Season 19 Blu-Ray due Nov 19 in the UK
Season 19 Blu-Ray due Dec 4 in the US
Season 19 trailer
Season 12 Blu-Ray replacement disc update
Big Finish 20th anniversary box set, The Legacy of Time
Doctor Who & Torchwood audios Humble Bundle
Dalek Audio Annual due in December 2018
Doctor Who Magazine “World of Doctor Who” special edition
Black Archive #23, The Curse of Fenric by Una McCormack due Sep 3
2019 Art of Andrew Skilleter calendar
Final Patrick Troughton convention appearance, recorded the day before his death
Whooverville X begins Sep 1
Graeme Harper, Frazer Hines and Nicholas Briggs announced for Chicago TARDIS
2018 Hugo voting stats

Miniscope:

Bob Baker
Dave Martin
The Claws of Axos
The Mutants
The Three Doctors
The Sontaran Experiment
The Hand of Fear

Radio Free Skaro #647 – To Infinity and Beyond


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This week on Radio Free Skaro, we’re looking to the future as the first wave of Gallifrey One guests get announced for 2019, Series 11 of Doctor Who wraps up filming, a new Thirteenth Doctor publicity photo emerges, and many a soundtrack (well, two) for Classic Who drops from the sky into your ears. And if that isn’t enough sensory overload, we have an interview with notable game merchants Susan and Lee Cummings as they discuss their upcoming Steam and mobile game, Doctor Who Infinity!
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Gallifrey One 2019 first guest block announced
Series 11 wraps filming
Thirteenth Doctor Titan Comics Issue 1 variant covers
Thirteenth Doctor promo image, “On Top of the World”
Doctor Who Fan Show Steven Moffat interview part 3
William Hartnell blue plaque at Ealing Studios
The Invasion soundtrack
The Five Doctors soundtrack
Eccleston & Tennant DVD collection
Smith DVD collection
Capaldi DVD collection
Silver Nemesis 30th anniversary DVD announced then unannounced
Alan Bennion died

Interview:

Doctor Who Infinity
Susan Cummings
Lee Cummings

Radio Free Skaro #646 – Flipping Cat Fights All Hours of the Day


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Insanity levels are slightly lower in this, the week after San Diego Comic-Con, but there’s still plenty to discuss including Jodie Whittaker being a proper cinephile (at a now sold out appearance at Somerset House), a new book about the women of Doctor Who, upcoming Doctor Who merchandise discovered live on Amazon during the podcast, John Levene chronicling the saga of his life and times, Doctor Who: Infinity and Big Finish news, and the main event – the return of Fluid Links, where you ask the tough questions and we meander with half-baked responses!
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Doctor Who on Twitch
Jodie Whittaker: Films of my Life
Entertainment Tonight Comic-Con Doctor Who interview
The Women Who Lived: Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords
John Levene autobiography due in the fall
Doctor Who 2019 Calendar
Amazon US lists preorder for Wheel in Space DVD
The War Master returns in Big Finish
Doctor Who Infinity launches on Steam in August
Doctor Who escape room
Thirteenth Doctor wax figure
Class soundtrack on the horizon
London Film and Comic Con
Doctor Who Meets Scratchman novelization
William Hughes died

Radio Free Skaro #645 – New Best Friends


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It’s San Diego Comic-Con! There is an absurd amount of news from the world’s largest media convention this week, including a new and mysterious Doctor Who trailer, a panel featuring Jodie Whittaker, Mandop Gill, Tosin Cole, showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens, new Series 11 artwork, Jodie wowing everyone with a surprise appearance at the Her Universe fashion show, a press conference or two and (takes breath) reports from on the ground at SDCC with the Nerdis’s Kyle Anderson and Doctor Who on the Couch’s Heather Berberet! Sit down and get yourself a snack because this is the annual SDCC edition of Radio Free Skaro and it’s going to be a whopper!
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Doctor Who on Twitch
San Diego Comic-Con International
Doctor Who SDCC Panel
Jodie Whittaker arrival video, new Pull To Open typeface
Jodie Whittaker announcement/reaction video
Series 11 SDCC Trailer
BBC America confirmed to be simulcasting Series 11 premiere
Series 11 won’t have two-parters, writer’s room style confirmed
Series 11 Christmas Special confirmed
Series 11 to have 50/50 gender split for directors and first People of Colour writers
New Sonic Screwdriver
Series 11 promo pics
Series 11 promo artwork
Series 11 character portraits
Jodie Whittaker at Her Universe fashion show
Doctor Who SDCC press conference
Entertainment Weekly Doctor Who facebook live interview
TVLine SDCC Doctor Who interview
Series 11 to have new monsters
Jodie Whittaker hopes Doctor Who will inspire young girls
Macra Terror and Wheel in Space animated?
TVNZ will broadcast Doctor Who in New Zealand, taking over from Prime
Jodie Whittaker on the Radio Times cover
Doctor Who Magazine will have subscriber-only collectible covers
John Barrowman and Mark Shepherd announced for Edmonton Expo

Correspondents:

Kyle Anderson
Heather Berberet

Radio Free Skaro #644 – The Universe is Calling


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Trailer! Teaser? Either way, a rather brief look at Series 11 of Doctor Who that shows the new friends Ryan, Yasmin, and Graham, a brief shot of Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who #13, and several unhealthy food options was released to the world just before this podcast recording! Yes, the PR onslaught has begun, with Jodie on the cover of EW, dolly news, San Diego Comic-Con news, Amazon listings, and and AND a miniscope featuring Daniel Nettheim, director of “The Zygon Invasion” and “The Zygon Inversion”, “Extremis”, and “The Pyramid at the End of the World”!
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Doctor Who on Twitch
Series 11 trailer
Jodie Whittaker on the cover of Entertainment Weekly; BBC America to simulcast Series 11 Premiere
Thirteenth Doctor figurine range
Titan Comics San Diego Comic-Con panel
David Tennant and The Muppets
More of David Tennant and the Muppets
Peter Davison and The Muppets
2019 Doctor Who mini calendar features Thirteenth Doctor era exclusively
BBC America showing Shada
Torchwood on Twitch
Twice Upon A Time in 4K
Eccleston/Tennant DVD box set
Matt Smith DVD box set
Peter Capaldi DVD box set
Carole Ann Ford joins David Bradley on Big Finish
Season 12 Blu-Ray replacement discs

Miniscope:

Daniel Nettheim
The Zygon Invasion
The Zygon Inversion
Extremis
The Pyramid at the End of the World

Radio Free Skaro #643 – Serendipity


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The news elves are busily working their magic as we edge closer to San Diego Comic-Con, which will sport the likes of Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Chris Chibnall, Matt Strevens at the BBC America Doctor Who panel occurring at the spacetime vector of Thursday, July 19, 11:45 am PT! The BBC is also going all legal to track down the nefarious leakers of The Clip, and friend of the show Wayne Yip is directing the Series 11 episode to air at (or around) Christmas! Also Season 12 Blu-ray news, Big Finish wandering into territories Trek and what you’ve all been waiting for…part two of our gripping commentary on “The Green Death”!
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Doctor Who on Twitch
Doctor Who San Diego Comic-Con panel details announced
BBC tries to find the Series 11 clip leak source
Wayne Yip directing Series 11 episode airing at Christmas
Season 12 Blu-Ray popular, says a UK sales chart
Season 12 trailer
Season 12 disc replacement
Big Finish getting into Star Trek

Commentary:

The Green Death, episodes 4-6

Radio Free Skaro #642 – The Nut Hutch


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Last week’s vast wasteland of not-news has been replaced by a verdant jungle of news-news, most notably the announcement of Segun Akinola as the new composer for Doctor Who! Plus Matt Smith comes to Edmonton, and comics and calendars that sort of feature Jodie Whittaker or flat-out don’t. There’s other news of course, but this is a mere tease to part one of our commentary for the Jon Pertwee story “The Green Death”, so dive back with us to June 1973 and hippies, environmentalism, and giant maggots!
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Doctor Who on Twitch
Segun Akinola announced as new Doctor Who composer
Segun Akinola BAFTA profile
Segun Akinola Soundcloud
Jodie Whittaker comic issue 0
Jodie Whittaker calendar snub
Matt Smith announced for Edmonton Expo
Philip Hinchcliffe’s unused Season 15 plans
New Target novelization audiobooks
BBC Sounds app announced for iPlayer Radio and Podcasts
Big Finish celebrates 20 years of recording
Torchwood Series 6 begins in October from Big Finish
Third Doctor Who Infinity story revealed

Commentary:

The Green Death, episodes 1-3

Radio Free Skaro #641 – Bazalgette City


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This week on Radio Free Skaro, it’s time for the nation’s favourite game show* (*not an actual game show) as we dive headlong into another edition of the Miniscope. This week, it’s director Ed Bazalgette, who guided the recent episodes “The Girl Who Died”, “The Woman Who Lived”, and “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” into port. What did the Three Who Rule think of the former guitarist from the 1980s band The Vapors and his work in Doctor Who? Listen and find out! Also, with Doctor Who being produced under a cone of silence as of late, early discussion veers from Doctor Who on Twitch to Amazon reviews to Star Wars to Star Trek and so on. Be warned.
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Doctor Who on Twitch

Miniscope:

Ed Bazalgette
The Doctor’s Meditation
The Girl Who Died
The Woman Who Lived
The Return of Doctor Mysterio

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