Radio Free Skaro #539 – Quark’s Bar


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rfs539With San Diego Comic-Con in full swing as of this recording, there’s…well, news of a sort at any rate. David Tennant will appear in Family Guy as the Tenth Doctor (yay?), various doodads and cards are available at SDCC (getting warmer) and non-Who silliness like a new Star Trek TV series trailer (yay!) along with Dirk Gently (yaaaaa…I dunno.) But why concentrate on the present when you can dive decades into the past with director Morris Barry in…the Miniscope!
Links:

David Tennant…On Family Guy!
John Barrowman…Wants More Torchwood On TV!
Twelfth Doctor…Crystal TARDIS!
Topps…Doctor Who Cards!
Alex Kingston & John de Lancie…At Edmonton Expo!
Peter Capaldi…At Letters Live!
Chibnall & Graham…Wrote For Star Wars!
Star Trek…Discovery!
Star Trek Discovery…On SPACE!
Dirk Gently…Teaser!

Miniscope:

Morris…Barry!
Morris Barry…DVD Intro!
The…Moonbase!
The Tomb…Of The Cybermen!
The…Dominators!

Radio Free Skaro #538 – Time Crimes


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rfs538The news drought continues, but that doesn’t stop us from coming up with spurious, quasi-Doctor Who related detective shows, Pigbin Josh Christmas adventures and quite possibly the worst analysis of the UK’s political climate since Donald Trump visited a golf course. All this and Fluid Links, chums! The mind reels!
Links:

Matt Strevens…Series 10 Exec Producer!
Bill Anderson…Directing Series 10!
Tom Baker…Joins Star Wars Rebels!
British Culture Secretary…Sacked!

Radio Free Skaro #537 – A Towering Intelligence


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rfs537San Diego Comic-Con looms like a monolith on the very edge of our collective nerd conscience, and though Doctor Who officially will not be at this year’s SDCC, Titan Comics will be holding a panel and slaking the fires of word-balloon fueled fever! Add to that a contest for signed copies of issues #500 and #501 of Doctor Who Magazine, and Warren’s live-tweeting adventure chronicling the Director’s Guild of Canada with Rachel Talalay and Amanda Tapping (Storify link in the show notes) and you’ve got yourself a podcas…..but wait! There’s also a commentary on the classic series adventure “The Time Warrior” for you to enjoy! Oh yes, and three old men trying to talk about Pokemon and failing utterly. Shame them, for they deserve it.
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Titan Comics…Does San Diego Comic-Con!
Doctor Who Magazine…Competition!
David Tennant…Gets Honourary Doctorate!
DGC Master Class…With Rachel Talalay!
DGC Master Class…Live Tweets Storified!

Commentary:

The Time…Warrior!

Radio Free Skaro #536 – No Complications


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rfs536Doctor Who Comics Day, Big Finish, and Steven Moffat’s agonies over Series 7 top the news this week, as does the ascent of Piers Wenger to Grand Poobah of Commissioning of Things of a Dramatic Nature for the BBC. But what you really want to know about is the work of Classic Series director Paul Bernard, who helmed “Day of the Daleks”, “The Time Monster” and “Frontier In Space” and we have an examination of his work…in the Miniscope!
Links:

Doctor Who…Comics Day!
Supremacy…Of The Cybermen!
Doctor Who Magazine 501…Profiles Tom Baker!
Steven Moffat…Called Series 7 Miserable!
Steven Moffat…Gets Honourary Doctorate!
Big Finish…Adapting Lance Parkin’s “Cold Fusion”!
Matt Lucas…Location Video!
Piers Wenger…Back At The BBC!
Seasons Of War…Preorder!
Two-minute Time Lord…Hiatus!

Miniscope:

Paul…Bernard!
Paul Bernard…Interview!
Day Of…The Daleks!
The Time…Monster!
Frontier…In Space!

Radio Free Skaro #535 – Douglas, King of Scots


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rfs535Gallifrey One guests! A radiant Pearl Mackie sharing her first day on set for Series 10! Classic Who on PBS, and this very podcast being highlighted by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts blog! All mere preamble to the commentary for “The Husbands of River Song,” with special guest Douglas Mackinnon, the director of said story! Learn about all the secrets of filming the 2015 Christmas Special! You will enjoy or die!
Links:

Gallifrey One…Guest Announcement!
Pearl Mackie’s…First Day On Location!
WILL PBS TV…Airing Classic Doctor Who In July!
Robert Llewellyn…At Anglicon…Sort Of!
University of Alberta Alumni Association…Profiles Radio Free Skaro!

Commentary (Starts at 17:52):

The Husbands…Of River Song!
Douglas…MacKinnon!

Radio Free Skaro #534 – To The End Of The Universe


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rfs534For a Year With No Doctor Who, this week brought a surfeit of news, including tales of actors and writers headed for Series 10 (which begins filming this week!), news about Class, Doctor Who being included on the initial Emmy nomination list for the first time ever, and more! The mind veritably reels at this cornucopia of informational entertainments. But let’s be honest, you’re here for even more Rachel Talalay, and RFS delivers, as the acclaimed director joins us for the second of her two-part commentary, this one for “Hell Bent”!
Links:

Doctor Who Series 10…Begins Filming This Week!
First Series 10 Table Reads…Done!
Series 10 Kicks Off With A Steven Moffat Script…Directed By Lawrence Gough!
Series 10 Episode Two…By Frank Cottrell-Boyce!
Series 10 Recording Block Two…With Stories By Sarah Dollard And Mike Bartlett!
Series 10 Has Matt Lucas Returning…And Stephanie Hyam Guesting!
Matt Lucas Indicates Nardole Will Appear…In Multiple Stories!
Class Will Feature…An LGBT Lead Character!
Peter Capaldi…On The Long List For An Emmy!
Adric In The Big Finish…2017 Main Range!
Big Finish…The Trouble With Drax!
Big Finish Short Trips Competition…Closes Soon!
Paul Cornell Interview…On DWTWR!
Sean Pertwee…Was Asked To Appear In Doctor Who!
Red Dwarf…LEGO Ideas!
Gallifrey One Guest Announcement…Coming This Week!
LI Who…Guest Update!
Whooverville 8…Guests!
Anglicon…This August!
WYCC Chicago…Shows Tom Baker Stories!

Commentary (Starts at 36:00):

Heaven…Sent!
Rachel…Talalay!

Radio Free Skaro #533 – The First Second of Eternity


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rfs533Let’s just take it as read that there was no news this week of any consequence and move right to the main event. Director Rachel Talalay joins Steven and Warren this week for a commentary on “Heaven Sent”, the penultimate episode of this series of Doctor Who and, let’s be honest, one of the best episodes of the show ever to be produced, old or new. And next week she’s back with Hell Bent with Steven and Chris! But why are you reading this? Listen and enjoy!
Links:

Mark Gatiss…Writing For Series 10!
Class…Also On BBC One!
Class…On SPACE!
The Daleks…Humanity’s Saviours!

Commentary (Starts at 12:00):

Heaven…Sent!
Rachel…Talalay!

Rachel Talalay Joins Radio Free Skaro For Two-Part Director’s Commentary

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Rachel Talalay, the award-winning director and who has helmed the finales of both Series 8 and Series 9 of Doctor Who, will be joining the Three Who Rule for director’s commentaries on her two Series 9 episodes, “Heaven Sent” and “Hell Bent”.

“Heaven Sent” has received considerable acclaim since its original broadcast, and in addition to being nominated for a 2016 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form), it is also eligible for Emmy Award nomination in the US. Rachel joins Steven and Warren for this commentary on Radio Free Skaro #533, which will be released on Sunday, June 12 at 2pm ET.

“Hell Bent” concludes the two-part finale, and features not only the return of Gallifrey, but the final regular appearance of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. Rachel joins Steven and Chris for this commentary on Radio Free Skaro #534, the release of which will occur on Sunday, June 19 at 2pm ET.

Note that no commentaries for these two episodes are available on the official Doctor Who Series 9 box set, so Radio Free Skaro will be the only place to hear Rachel Talalay give a commentary for these amazing episodes. We thank Rachel for her time and for her enthusiasm in recording these with us, and we hope you all enjoy them!

*Note: we watched the NTSC (Region 1) versions of these episodes, so the commentaries will run slightly slower when trying to sync with PAL (Region 2) or other versions.

Radio Free Skaro #532 – Roll D84 For Initiative


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rfs532There’s very little news this week, as per usual, and what we do know comes from cons across the land, including Michelle Gomez talking about her future on the show at Fan Expo Dallas, and where Peter Capaldi also proved (once again) his fan bona fides with an amazing imitation of a scene from “Day of the Daleks”! But vast these mere baubles of information aside and drink in the thoughts of the Three Who Rule as they answer your questions with the return of….Fluid Links!
Links:

Missy Returns…In Series 10!
Series 10…Begins Filming In Two Weeks!
Peter Capaldi…Dalek Impressions At Fan Expo Dallas!
Fan Expo…Dallas!
Classic Costumes…For Sale!

Radio Free Skaro – A Day in the Life of Big Finish


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rfsbfPresenting a standalone episode featuring our documentary “A Day in the Life of Big Finish”, surrounding the production of the Big Finish story “Vampire of the Mind”. Featured in the documentary: Colin Baker, Kate Kennedy, Alex MacQueen, Jamie Anderson, Ian Atkins, and Nicholas Briggs.

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Doctor Who: Vampire of the Mind

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