• Radio Free Skaro #439 – For What It’s Worth

    As showrunner for Doctor Who, Steven Moffat is mostly known for beginnings and endings of series, but this week the Moff brought us “Listen,” a standalone story that delves into beginnings, endings and fear itself. So, did Moffat overload the story with his personal tropes, take the show in an ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #438 – Rocket Robin Hood

    Robin Hood! Robots! Shenanigans! Etc! Things took a turn for the romp-y in “Robot of Sherwood,” the latest episode of Doctor Who, but what did the usually taciturn and P-Cap-ian Three Who Rule think? Eh? Listen as the three acerbic grouchwads expound upon the story in question and also reflect ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #437 – Death to the Daleks

    The first proper P-Cap story, where he’s out of bed and sassing off to soldiers, Daleks and everyone in between, has arrived on our TV screens, tablets, laptops and eyeballs. You’d think after years of Dalek stories the well would be dry, but in fact….well, you’ll just have to listen ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #436 – Planet of the Pudding Brains

    After months of waiting, feverish panic, speculation, madness, leaked scripts, world tours and other such lunacy, the first episode of Doctor Who, Series 8, titled “Deep Breath”, is upon us. You know what that means? Stats! So, so many stats. And, to a lesser extent, the opinions of Steven, Warren ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #435 – Into The Darkness

    Only one week to go until the premiere of Series 8, or as Warren (and no-one else) terms it, 8mageddon, and there’s news of trailers, radio trailers, misguided Tom Baker biopics, Doctor Who world tours and more. But more importantly, Friend of the Show, all around fine gent and writer ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #434 – We Sing In Praise of Total War

    Newsmageddon continues! With only two weeks to go before the premiere of Deep Breath across the planet, the Doctor Who hype machine is in full swing, from the world tour making it’s way through the UK before heading overseas to early reviews of the premiere episode (all spoiler-free, of course.) ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #433 – I Eat The Celery

    "Morgus! You stinking offal! Look at me!" Yes, a day long anticipated by the Three Who Rule Has finally arrived as they were privileged to tackle the all-time classic The Caves of Androzani as a commentary. While they had long feared such a task would devolve into silent slack jawed amazement, ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #432 – Down and Out in San Diego

    With San Diego Comic Con’s annual media megashow winding down, Radio Free Skaro brought in a Special Report from Nerdist editor and all around fine fellow Kyle Anderson as our man on the scene to let us know about the Big! Who! News! almost live from the source. Well, it ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #431 – Birth of the Titans

    With San Diego Comic Con looming, roving Radio Free Skaro reporter Warren Frey took it upon himself to interview Andrew James, the editor of the new Doctor Who range at Titan Comics. James spilled the beans on SDCC plans, a Doctor Who Day promotion across the U.S. and the U.K. ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #430 – Limb’s Whims

    It was a week of great tumult in the world of Doctor Who, with the leaking of the first five scripts for Series 8 taking the internet by storm and sending Whovians into spasms of joy, guilt, fear and loathing. Though the scripts have presumably spread far and wide, Who-dom ...

On April-18-2012 1 Comment
Two new classic Doctor Who DVD releases have been announced for North America in July, featuring the last complete Patrick Troughton story from 1969 and Jon Pertwee’s final Dalek story from 1974.

Season 6’s The Krotons is one of only six complete Patrick Troughton stories known to exist. While not looked at fondly by many fans, it does feature the Who debuts of writer Robert Holmes and actor Philip Madoc. The extra features on the DVD release are anchored by the keenly anticipated documentary “Second Time Around: The Troughton Years”, a 52-minute retrospective of the Second Doctor era, produced by Ed Stradling.

Smack dab in the middle of Season 11 is Death to the Daleks, which sees the Third Doctor meeting the Daleks for the last time, and Sarah Jane Smith encountering them for the very first time. A unique element of the production of this story is that a large amount of behind-the-scenes studio footage exists, and it is this footage that forms the basis of much of the extra features on the DVD.

Both releases, coming to store shelves on July 10, will each be single disc sets and carry an MSRP of $24.98. More details about these releases can be found at TVShowsOnDVD.com.

Update: Full cover art for both releases is now available. Click on the artwork for either of these titles for a larger version.

On February-19-2012 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #296 – Click here to listen!

Day Two of Gally! And what a day of behind the scenes luminaries it was, with Doctor Who director Richard Senior (“Let’s Kill Hitler”), writer Simon Guerrier and the inestimable Steve Roberts of the Doctor Who Restoration Team rounding out the behind the scenes chatter. Plus the delightful mendicants from the Pharos Project stopped by to drink, swear and occasionally form a sentence. Drunktastic!
Show Notes:

Gallifrey…One!

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On December-4-2011 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #283 – Click here to listen!

A bumper crop of fantastic interviews highlights this week’s episode of Radio Free Skaro! Steven, our man in…er…Chicago managed to talk to Mark Sheppard about his lifelong passion for Doctor Who and his desire to return to the show, Benjamin Cook talks about his experiences writing The Writer’s Tale with Russell T Davies, Nick Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery discuss Tom Baker’s long awaited return to the role of The Doctor (in audio form), as well as say all that they can about the upcoming project to animate the missing episodes of The Reign of Terror, and Robert Shearman mentions Volume 2 of Running Through Corridors in between mouthfuls of pizza and beer. We hope you enjoy these interviews as much as we enjoy bringing them to you!
Show Notes:

Radio Free Skaro…On Google+!
Chicago…TARDIS!
The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe…UK Transmission Time!
The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe…Canada Transmission Time!
The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe…US Transmission Time!
The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe…UK DVD Release!
Christmas Confidential…Cancelled?
Confidential…On Points Of View!
David Yates…Movie Rumour Follow-up!
Steven Moffat…Movie Rumour Follow-up!
Global iPlayer…Hits Canada!
Shada Novelization…Cover Art!
Tomb Of The Cybermen…Special Edition DVD Extras!
March 2012…Region 1 DVD Releases!
David Tennant…On The Nerdist!

Interview:

Mark…Sheppard!
Benjamin…Cook!
Nick Briggs and…Jason Haigh-Ellery!
Rob…Shearman!

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On September-1-2011 0 Comments
Just as details of the forthcoming DVD box set entitled The UNIT Box coming to light, we now know that the two stories featured in that box set will be coming to North America on January 10, 2012. Both the 1974 Jon Pertwee story Invasion of the Dinosaurs and 1975’s The Android Invasion, starring Tom Baker, will hit the shelves in Region 1 at roughly the same time as they will in the UK, where a release date has yet to be announced.

Invasion of the Dinosaurs will be a two-disc release and will retail for $34.98, while the single-disc The Android Invasion will cost you $24.98. Click the artwork for larger versions.

Check out TVShowsOnDVD.com for more details, including a list of extras that will be included on each release.

On June-2-2011 0 Comments
Reign of Terror Animation Sample

Dan Hall of 2 Entertain announced on Twitter on June 2 that the First Doctor serial The Reign of Terror will have its missing episodes (“The Tyrant of France” and “A Bargain of Necessity”, episodes 4 and 5) reanimated for its DVD release, believed to be in 2012. Hall has announced the animation partners will be Big Finish and ThetaMation.

This marks the second classic Doctor Who release that will feature animation to fill in the gaps of missing episodes. Cosgrove Hall worked on the missing episodes 1 and 4 of the Patrick Troughton story “The Invasion” in 2006. Read about the story behind that release here.

Click on the image to see a larger version of the animation sample.

On May-22-2011 4 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #255 – Click here to listen

Fear Her is a story not well beloved by most Who fans (one RFS host being the notable exception), but Life on Mars is near universally praised. Since both were written by Matthew Graham, the writer of this week’s “The Rebel Flesh,” the Three Who Rule didn’t know what to expect as they sat down to view this latest adventure of the Doctor and his companions. What did the Three Who Rule think of Graham’s apology for Fear Her? You’ll just have to listen to find out!
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…North America!
Skaro Shop…UK!
Radio Free Skaro…on GetGlue!
Radio Free Skaro…on Tumblr!
The Rebel…Flesh!
The Rebel Flesh…Ratings!
The Doctor’s Wife…Appreciated!
The Doctor’s Wife…Final Ratings!
Gallifrey…One!
North America…Doctor Who Delays!
A Good Man Goes To War…Synopsis!
The Impossible Astronaut…Recorded!
Doctor Who…On Twitter!
Confidential Cutdowns…On BBC America!
Torchwood…BFI Screening!
Miracle Day…Trailer!
Miracle Day…Cast Announcements!
Torchwood…Web Of Lies!
Day of the Daleks…On North American DVD!
2011 Doctor Who Action Figures…Wave 1!
Time Warrior…Action Figure Set!
Time Monster…Action Figure Set!
Fictitious…TV Choice Awards!
Fictitious…BAFTA TV Awards!

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On May-8-2011 9 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #253 – Click here to listen

It’s a pirate party, and yarrr all invited as The Three Who Rule take a look at the latest Doctor Who offering, The Curse of the Black Spot. The boys hash through the highs, lows and plethora of middles of this eye of the storm between the Series 6 two-part opener and Neil Gaiman’s sure-to-be-awesome-but-dark episode 4, always keeping the goals of stats and public safety in sight.
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…North America!
Skaro Shop…UK!
Radio Free Skaro…on GetGlue!
Radio Free Skaro…on Tumblr!
The Curse…of the Black Spot!
The Curse of the Black Spot…overnight viewing figures!
Day of the Moon…final viewing figures!
Doctor Who…dominating iPlayer!
The Doctor’s Wife…next week!
The Rebel Flesh…airing May 14!
The Sarah Jane Adventures…finished.
Series 6.1 DVD release…timed for San Diego Comic-Con!
2012 DVD releases from…2 Entertain!
Invasion of the Dinosaurs…commentary submitted!
Doctor Who nominated for several…Welsh BAFTAs!
Oliver Elmes…dies, sadly.

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On April-17-2011 7 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #250 – Click here to listen


With less than a week to go until New! Doctor! Who! The Three Who Rule delved into the distant past via the works of Brian Hayles, creator of the Ice Warriors, Luddite, and gentleman scholar, in what will likely be the last Miniscope for quite some time. Of course it wouldn’t be RFS without the latest news, analysis, and off-color banter about Rory in a Roman outfit, all of which were copiously present.
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…North America!
Skaro Shop…UK!
Radio Free Skaro…on GetGlue!
Radio Free Skaro…on Tumblr!
The Impossible Astronaut…April 23, 6pm on BBC One!
Doctor Who Confidential…April 23, 7pm on BBC Three!
Day of the Moon…April 30, 6-7pm on BBC One!
The Impossible Astronaut…Preview Clips!
The Impossible Astronaut…New Trailer!
Series 6…BBC America Comcast Trailer!
Steven Moffat on…The Graham Norton Show!
Matthew Graham talks about…The Rebel Flesh!
The BBC releases…spoilers!
Torchwood: Miracle Day coming to…SPACE!
The Krotons coming to…DVD!
Planet of Giants coming to…DVD!
Terror of the Zygons coming to…DVD!
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy coming to DVD…in 2012!
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy…to be released alone!
You could be part of a…Doctor Who DVD commentary!
Planet of the Spiders – The Final Cut…third preview clip!
Doctor Who Character Building…Weeping Angels mini-set!
Doctor Who talk on the…SPACE Podcast!
Who Party 15 Fundraiser…in Toronto on April 19!

Miniscope – Brian Hayles:

The…Celestial Toymaker!
The…Smugglers!
The…Ice Warriors!
The Seeds…of Death!
The Curse…of Peladon!
The Monster…of Peladon!

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Radio Free Skaro #249 – Click here to listen

For the first time in what seems like a very long while, the Three Who Rule tackle a Miniscope segment all on their own without the aid of a special (and probably much better informed) guest. The subject? Musician Tristram Cary, whose moody melodies and bouncy ballads helped underscore many a 1960s Doctor Who serial. Even the most taciturn of individuals could find something to say about Cary’s iconic work. And if that wasn’t enough to fill an episode, there’s a bundle of press launch news from both sides of the Atlantic to help form another jam packed, spoiler-free episode of Radio Free Skaro.
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…North America!
Skaro Shop…UK!
BBC Doctor Who…Press Launch!
BBC America Doctor Who…Press Launch!
Doctor Who Premiere Screening…in Chicago!
Series 6 Episodes 1-7…Titles!
The Impossible Astronaut…No Broadcast Time Yet!
Doctor Who Series 6…Striking New Images!
Doctor Who Panel…At WonderCon!
Torchwood: Miracle Day…Press Launch at MIPTV!
Earth Story DVD Box Set…Details!
Series 6…Part 1 On Region 2 DVD!
Doctor Who…Upcoming Region 2 DVD Release Schedule!
Death To The Daleks…Coming To DVD!
Dalek Film Soundtracks…On Vinyl!
Another Clip Of…The Final Cut Documentary!
First Big Finish Fourth Doctor Title…Revealed!
The Fourth Doctor’s…Sonic Screwdriver!
DWIN’s Open Letter… To Doctor Who Insider!

Miniscope – Tristram Cary:

The…Daleks!
Marco…Polo!
The Daleks’ Master…Plan!
The…Gunfighters!
The…Mutants!

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On March-30-2011 0 Comments
It looks like August 9 will see the North American DVD release of the Seventh Doctor story Paradise Towers; this title doesn’t yet have a UK release date. Amongst the features on the disc are a commentary featuring writer Stephen Wyatt, sound designer Dick Mills and (oddly, perhaps, given he didn’t provide the music score on this story), Mark Ayres. Ayres may be there to offer an insight in David Snell’s unused scored for the story which is included on the disc as an extra. Whether you prefer Snell’s score to Keff McCulloch’s last minute replacement work is another matter…

SRP for the DVD will be $24.98. Check out more details at TVShowsOnDVD.com.

UPDATE: A second DVD, The Sun Makers from Season 15, will also see release on August 9. No artwork has been revealed yet, but a small list of extras has been confirmed including a commentary with Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Michael Keating, and the late Pennant Roberts, as well as a feature on long time Doctor Who composer Dudley Simpson. The shelf price for this will also be $24.98. Check TVShowsOnDVD.com for more on this release.

UPDATE 2: Artwork for The Sun Makers is now available. TVShowsOnDVD.com has full details on extras.

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