|For decades, fans of Doctor Who have been wondering and dreaming of what amazing thrills and sights exist within The Doctor’s TARDIS. The 50th Anniversary of the programme seems to be an appropriate time to finally peel back the curtain on The Doctor’s magical time-space machine, and Stephen Thompson’s script, free of crippling 20th century BBC budgets, took us for a ride. But what did the Three Who Rule think? After that, Chris and Steven are joined by Erika and Katrina from Verity! in Calgary, talking about the massive event that is Calgary Expo, which attracted 60,000 fans (and many Doctor Who cosplayers) to southern Alberta this weekend. Enjoy!|
- Journey To The Centre…of the TARDIS!
|Another guest announcement for the upcoming Gallifrey One convention in February 2014!|
|Bonnie Langford played the bouncy and enthusiastic Melanie (known as Mel) during the latter half of The Trial of a Time Lord in 1986 alongside Colin Baker, then was Sylvester McCoy’s first companion during all of Season 24 in 1987. Bonnie has since reprised the role in Big Finish audios, and will be making her return to Gallifrey One after her first appearance at the convention in 2001.|
|Annette Badland played Margaret Blaine (aka Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen), initially in “Aliens of London/World War Three”, then reprising her role in an acclaimed performance in “Boom Town” later in Series One. This will be Annette’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Also announced were writers Robert Shearman and Tony Lee, without whom Gallifrey One would just not be Gallifrey One! Check out the full list of guests on the Gallifrey One website. Stay tuned to Gallifrey One and Radio Free Skaro for future guest announcements!|
|Awoooooo! Scary stuff! That’s what this week’s instalment of Doctor Who was, as “Hide”, a tautly written and directed thriller, enthralled many a fan and viewer. But what did the Three Who Rule think? They were widely split with their opinions of writer Neil Cross’s first effort, “The Rings of Akhaten”; will Cross make Chris cross, or will it be smooth sailing for all involved? Also discussed are changing pronunciations of planet names throughout the years (because, yes, Metebelis-gate is casually mentioned in this episode), the title of the Series 7b finale, the return of the Doctor Who Proms, and some exciting action figures coming your way later this year. Awooooo!|
|May 28 sees the release of Doctor Who Series 7 Part Two on DVD and Blu-Ray, but it also sees the release of the standalone version of The Snowmen.
Also available on both DVD and Blu-Ray, the extras for The Snowmen will appear on the standalone release as well as the aforementioned Series 7 Part Two box set – as will, as mentioned previously on Radio Free Skaro, the episode itself.
The release will contain two “prequels” to The Snowmen along with the behind the scenes item, Clara’s White Christmas. So why have this standalone release with no unique extras? Why have it come out the same day as the Series 7 Part Two box set which includes The Snowmen itself? Both excellent questions, and we have no good answer. This seems a superfluous release to say the least, perhaps geared towards the collectors who must have absolutely everything – or perhaps only collect the standalone Christmas episode releases. Either way, this is $14.98 (DVD MSRP) or $19.98 (Blu-Ray MSRP) that we don’t think we’ll be spending.
Click the package art for larger versions, and check TVShowsOnDVD.com for more details!
Update: BBC America is not listing The Snowmen or its related extras as part of this set; information can change in advance of a product’s release and if The Snowmen is indeed not on the Series 7 Part Two set it makes perfect sense to release it on a standalone DVD. Keep tuned to Radio Free Skaro for any further updates as they are known.
|After a wait of almost 40 years, the Ice Warriors have returned to Doctor Who, with at least (and let’s be honest, at most) one heavily armoured, lumbering green menace back to make the lives of an 80′s crew of Soviet submariners a soggy, terrifying hell. Mark Gatiss, a Who polymath with some hits and a few misses under his belt, brings the claustrophobic terror with “Cold War,” but the real question is, what did the Three Who Rule think of the story? With precious little to discuss besides this episode and stats, stats, stats (and more stats) they expostulated at length, coming perilously close to beating Douglas McKinnon’s expertly paced tale’s running time with their balderdash and bafflegab.|
|After a rollicking opening to Series 7B last week, we were treated to a new episode in “The Rings of Akhaten” that received almost no love from any of the Three Who Rule. In fact, only one person had something nice to say about it, and you’ll never guess who! The episode may have left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, but the return of a full stats report, and a return of our new, impromptu game called “Guess the Stats!”, proved to be a splash of minty, mouthwashy goodness! That, and talk of the 50th Anniversary special, Christopher Eccleston, DVD news, and an endless list of Doctor Who t-shirt ideas, makes clear that it’s not where you start, but where you finish. Next week: Ice Warriorssss…|
- The Rings…of Akhaten!
|June 11 will see a few Doctor Who releases on DVD, not the least of which is a standalone, 4-disc set for The Doctors Revisited. The set includes not only the specials themselves but also the stories accompanying their BBC America airings. The Aztecs, The Tomb of the Cybermen, Spearhead from Space and Pyramids of Mars will be included. Specially-recorded introductions by Steven Moffat will be featured on the shiny discs.
The fun doesn’t stop there, however! The Special Edition of Inferno will also hit store shelves that same day, about two weeks behind its release in the UK.
But wait! There’s more! The Pertwee train keeps on going as June 11 will also see the DVD debut of The Mind of Evil, in all its colour-restored glory. As regular Radio Free Skaro listeners will know, no copies of episode one containing colour information (chromadots) of the story existed, and the episode had to be painstakingly restored to colour with the assistance of Stuart Humphryes; Humphryes also assisted the Restoration Team with colour work on the Director’s Cut footage in the upcoming Terror of the Zygons DVD release.
MSRP for each of the Pertwee stories will be $34.98, while the MSRP for The Doctors Revisited will be $39.98. Package art is currently only available for The Doctors Revisited;
It took Warren a while to get this done, but here’s our live show from Gallifrey One 2013, captured in glorious HD color video pixels. Thrill to the visual stylings of Sylvester McCoy, Philip Hinchcliffe, Stephen Thorne, and Dan Starkey. And don’t forget Chip, the Two Minute Time Lord, with another rousing speech for the assembled masses at Gallifrey One in Los Angeles!
Special thanks to Mel Siermaczeski, Nancy Alegria, and Tyson Ferland and Jack Bessey of Knack Design who helped out with extra footage.
|New Doctor Who! And given such an auspicious occasion, it was no surprise that the Three Who Rule yammered on at length about “The Bells of Saint John,” and then further prognosticated on the news that David Tennant and Billie Piper will in fact return for the 50th anniversary special. Debate on the proper levels of fanwankiness for the special, speculation on the many hints and tidbits Moffat has seeded throughout his tenure leading up to November 23rd, 2013 and other wishes and dreams for the upcoming season were all grist for the fevered (and possibly insane) minds of the RFS crew. All this and various other tidbits of news, and more importantly, no stats. (Don’t worry, stats will be back in full force next week).|
- The Bells…Of Saint John!
|Today saw the first of many guest announcements for the Gallifrey One convention in February 2014! With Gallifrey One celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, this block of guests features many familiar faces from the early years of the convention, as well as some recent favourites without whom Gally just wouldn’t be Gally!|
|Writer Paul Cornell makes his long awaited return to Gallifrey One after taking a couple years off. Cornell contributed several novels to the New Adventures range in the 1990s and created the popular end enduring character Bernice Summerfield. He also wrote “Father’s Day” for Series One of the new series and adapted his own acclaimed “Human Nature” novel into two-part story in Series Three.|
|Hugo Award winning scribe Phil Ford was absent from Gallifrey One last year, due to his continued work on the CBBC series Wizards vs Aliens. Not only has Phil been a fixture at Gallifrey One since 2009, he also has an impressive list of writing credits, including Doctor Who (The Waters of Mars), Torchwood, and head writer of the Sarah Jane Adventures. He is also, of course, “Friend of the Show” to us here at Radio Free Skaro.|
|When Doctor Who returned from its BBC imposed hiatus in 1986, a new version of the theme tune provided by Dominic Glynn was the first thing viewers heard. In addition to providing the theme tune for “The Trial of a Time Lord”, Glynn did incidental music for six of the fourteen episodes, and went on to score three stories in the Sylvester McCoy era. Dominic will be making his first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Several other return appearances were announced, as well, such as Gary Russell, Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Steve Roberts (Doctor Who Restoration Team), writers Justin Richards, Stephen Cole, Keith Topping, Peter Anghiledes, Graeme Burk, Robert Smith?, and comic artists Charlie Kirchoff and Matthew Dow Smith.|
|Check out the full list of guests on the Gallifrey One website. Stay tuned to Gallifrey One and Radio Free Skaro for future guest announcements!|