• Radio Free Skaro #441 – Officer’s Mess

    When we found out that Gareth Roberts was the scribe behind “The Caretaker,” we all expected a rompity-romp-romp, much like “The Lodger” and “Closing Time.” And while this story did have rompy moments, it was also funny, touching and filled with nice character touches that you’ll only find out about ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #440 – All Hail The Great Architect

    The beauty of Doctor Who is that it can be any story, anywhere and anywhen…and yet inexplicably there’s never really been a heist episode. Well, no longer! “Time Heist,” by writer Steve Thompson of “Curse of the Black Spot” and “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS" (ahem) fame. Did ...

  • 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 ...

On August-24-2014 7 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #436 – Click here to listen!

rfs436After 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 and Chris regarding Peter Capaldi’s debut episode and right-turn portrayal of everyone’s favourite Time Lord. Of course there was other news to ruminate upon, but…who are we kidding here, you want the “Deep Breath” goodness. And you shall have it! Tally-ho!
Show Notes:

Episode 1…Deep Breath!
Deep Breath…overnight viewing figures!
Doctor Who…Extra!
Doctor Who Extra…on Red Button!
Into The Dalek…730pm on August 30 on BBC One!
Robot of Sherwood…synopsis!
Series 8…episode titles!
Series 8…guest stars!
Series 8…coming to New Zealand August 31!
Series 8 in Germany…without German dubbing!
Series 8 in Germany…will later have German subtitles!
Have a look at…the revamped TARDIS interior!
Doctor Who World Tour…concludes!
Peter Capaldi…thanks the fans!
Space goes to New York…for the Doctor Who World Tour!
Space interviews…Peter Capaldi!
Space interviews…Jenna Coleman!
Doctor Who Legacy to add…Series 8 content!
The Matt Smith Years…coming to Blu-ray!
The Matt Smith Years Blu-ray…coming to Region 1 on November 4!
Series 8…coming to collectors edition Blu-ray on November 17!
2014 Hugo Awards…voting results!
Support Radio Free Skaro…On Patreon!

On August-17-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #435 – Click here to listen!

rfs435Only 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 of some renown Phil Ford returns to talk about “Into the Dalek,” his contribution to Series 8 due to grace our screens in just a couple of weeks, but also about the Deep Breath premiere in Cardiff and just how wonderful Peter Capaldi really is, both on and off camera. And if you’ve ever wanted to know what ringtones the Three Who Rule have on our phones, well….you’re welcome.
Show Notes:

Doctor Who…World Tour!
Deep Breath…Trailer!
Deep Breath…Radio Trailer!
Deep Breath…Transmission Time!
Deep Breath…On BBC America!
Into The Dalek…Synopsis!
Series 8…Opening Titles!
Paul Wilmshurst…Returns for Christmas!
Doctor Who Magazine…The Year Of The Doctor Special!
Tom Baker…Biopic!
Support Us…On Patreon!

Interview:

Phil…Ford!

On August-3-2014 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #433 – Click here to listen!

rfs433“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, they did their damnedest to inform and entertain to the standard being played out on screen. There’s also morsels of news regarding cinema screenings and other such frippery, but c’mon! Caves! Yeah!

Show Notes:

Series 8…New Photos!
Deep Breath…Cinema Screening!
Leicester Square…Deep Breath Screening!
Mexico City…World Tour Tickets On Sale!
BBC America…Deep Breath Cinema Extras!
BBC America…New Specials!
Peter Capaldi…Featured In Entertainment Weekly!
Peter Capaldi…Featured In Empire Magazine!
Peter Capaldi…Featured In The Sunday Times!
Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular…UK Dates!
Radiophonic Workshop…Glasgow Concert On iPlayer!
Classic Doctor Who…DVD Compendium!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!

Commentary:

The Caves…Of Androzani!

On June-15-2014 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #426 – Click here to listen!

rfs426Fancy a Doctor Who historical? Even those that don’t exist anymore (for now)? The Three Who Rule certainly did, and so writer John Lucarotti, the scribe behind “Marco Polo,” “The Aztecs,” and “The Massacre (of St. Bartholomew’s Eve)” was the focus of this week’s Miniscope. Warren decided to go down a more textual path, and read the Target novelization of Marco Polo, while Steven and Chris braved the wild world of fan recons. How does Mr. Lucarotti fare under the glare of 2014’s wildly different pacing and tastes? Only one way to find out! But before that, our old friend Chip from Two-Minute Time Lord drops by to visit and talk about the news of the week, such as it is. Enjoy!
Show Notes:

First wave of Gallifrey One 2015 guests…announced!
Doctor Who…World Tour!
Series 8 on BBC America will be…day and date!
Series 8 of Doctor Who…coming to Australia!
Peter Capaldi report card…for charity!
The Doctor Who Experience…about to regenerate!
John Barrowman and Julie Gardner are now…Members of the British Empire!
Peter Capaldi wins…the RTS Scotland Award!
Doctor Who wins fictitious awards…in Banff!
New Tenth Doctor “The Day of the Doctor”…sonic screwdriver!
Star Trek/Doctor Who Assimilation…limited edition set!
Anglicon in Seattle…Kickstarter project!

Miniscope:

John…Lucarotti!

On March-16-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #413 – Click here to listen!

rfs413It’s the return of Fluid Links! Yes, everyone’s favourite mercury-based connection thingy is back, and we’ve got (some) of your questions to hash over, cogitate upon, and generally discuss. Good thing too, because the news is pretty thin on the ground this week. But there is talk of intriguing Season 8 guest star Keeley Hawes, Olaf Pooley (Professor Stahlman in “Inferno”) turning 100, and whimsical speculation about Fonzie LEGO minifigs jumping over LEGO sharks. Meta!
Show Notes:

Keeley Hawes…Guest Stars in Series 8!
The Real History…of Science Fiction!
Doctor Who Lego…May Happen!
Olaf Pooley…Centenary!
The Radiophonic Workshop…Plays Edinburgh!

On January-5-2014 5 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #400 – Click here to listen!

rfs400From its origins on a humble Skype connection in 2006 to the quasi-shabby status it endures today, Radio Free Skaro has tried to entertain, inform and educate its listeners about the wonderful world of Doctor Who. And in this, its 400th episode, it may have finally succeeded. Joining us for a retrospective roundtable on the Matt Smith era were Chris and Laura Mead of the Oodcast, Luke Harrison of TMDWP, Kyle Anderson of the Doctor Who: The Writer’s Room (and Nerdist fame) and Chip, the Two Minute Time Lord. What did these luminaries, and to a much lesser extent, Steven, Warren, and Chris think of Matt Smith’s run as the Doctor? You’ll just have to listen to find out. You’ll also have to endure some blather about stats beforehand. Vegetables before you get your dessert!
Show Notes:

The Time of the Doctor…Appreciated!
The Time of the Doctor…Final Viewing Figures!
The Time of the Doctor…Sets Another BBC America Record!
Gareth Roberts…Writing for Series 8!
Tom Baker’s New Year’s…Message!
The Best of The Doctor…On Region 4 DVD!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Babelcolour’s…50th Anniversary Tribute Video!

Guests:
Luke…from TMDWP!
Kyle…from DWTWR!
Chip…from 2MTL!
Chris and Laura Sigma…from The Oodcast!

On December-22-2013 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #398 – Click here to listen!

rfs398Despite the obvious dangers of the Blinovich Limitation Effect, the Three Who Rule came together in Edmonton for a pre-Xmas, pre-“The Time Of The Doctor” powwow. Besides many and various clips, rumours and idle speculatings about the upcoming Christmas special, the big news was the announcement that Rose Tyler herself, Billie Piper, will be a guest at Gallifrey One, mere weeks away! Other morsels of information also teased the jingle-belled minds of the RFS crew, including the tempest in a teacup that was the Missing Believed Wiped event at the BFI on December 21, topped off by a final set of interviews from Chicago TARDIS with volcano enthusiast Tracey Childs (from “The Fires of Pompeii”) and notable Davros impresario Terry Molloy. And if lava and genocidal geniuses doesn’t capture the holiday spirit, what does? Nothing, that’s what.
Show Notes:

Coming to Gallifrey One…Billie Piper!
Paul Vanezis clarifies…the Missing Believed Wiped event!
Starburst #396…with Philip Morris interview!
The Time of the Doctor…clip!
The Time of the Doctor…extended trailer!
The Time of the Doctor…BFI screening report!
The BFI salutes…Matt Smith’s last bow!
The Doctor…with no clothes on!
The Time of the Doctor…cleared by the BBFC!
The Time of the Doctor…DVD/Blu-ray details!
Farewell to Matt Smith…coming to Space!
BBC America…Doctor Who related Christmas programming!
Strax’s field report…on the 12 Doctors!
The Moonbase…DVD details!
An Adventure in Space and Time…soundtrack!
Random House…takes over Doctor Who audio!
Peter Davison…hosts Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular!

Chicago TARDIS Interviews:
Terry Molloy
Tracey Childs

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On December-18-2013 0 Comments
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New York – December 18, 2013 – BBC Home Entertainment announces Matt Smith’s final appearance in Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor coming to Blu-ray and DVD on March 4, 2014. With over 60 minutes of sensational bonus features including an hour long special celebrating Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, this is a must-have for any Doctor Who fan’s collection.

Bonus features include:

· “The Time of the Doctor – Behind the Lens” – It’s Christmas! A time for peace and goodwill to all. But hang on, its Doctor Who, surely it can’t be that simple? We take a peek behind the lens on this cracker of a Christmas special. The tinsel is out at the Oswald’s and we meet a familiar enemy in a new form. The Doctor comes face to face with the enigmatic Tasha Lem and makes a new friend. With Matt Smith, Orla Brady, Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat, Danny Hargreaves, Jack Hollington, Sheila Reid, James Buller and Elizabeth Rider.

· “Farewell to Matt Smith” – Narrated by Alex Kingston (River Song), This compelling, hour-long special looks back at Matt Smith’s extraordinary tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, featuring highlights from the show and copious interview footage with Matt, his cast-mates, writers, producers, guest stars and celebrity Doctor Who fans.

· “Tales from the TARDIS” – A look back at the full, 50-year history of this iconic series. Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and past Doctors David Tennant, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davison and Tom Baker tell what it was like to be the Doctor, how they got the job and how it changed their lives. With companions Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and more, this truly insightful special offers a unique insight into the world’s longest running sci-fi series.

Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And among them – the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe. Orla Brady (Fringe, Mistresses) guest stars as Tasha Lem.

Lead writer and executive producer Steve Moffat commented: “It’s his final battle and he’s been fighting it for a while. The Doctor is facing the joint challenge of a mysterious event in space that has summoned lots of aliens to one place and helping Clara cook Christmas dinner. There are also elements from every series of Matt’s Doctor, which will come to a head in this special. Things that we’ve laid down for years are going to be paid off. “

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor premieres Wednesday, December 25 on BBC AMERICA at 9:00pm ET in the US and on SPACE at 9:00pm ET in Canada.

On December-15-2013 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #397 – Click here to listen!

rfs397As Matt Smith’s time in Doctor Who approaches its end, the BBC is starting to ramp up promotion of Smith’s finale episode, “The Time of the Doctor”, with a new trailer and a series of very intriguing promo pics. These topics and more form some key discussion points for the Three Who Rule this week, but no stats this week in honour of Warren’s birthday celebrations! (Little does he know that there are no stats to discuss this week, anyway). However, the feature items in this week’s episode are two interviews from Chicago TARDIS. Dan Hall drops by again to give an update on the final two Pup Ltd related DVDs coming up in 2014, “The Moonbase” and “The Underwater Menace”, and the lovely Nina Toussaint-White (Mels from “Let’s Kill Hitler”) speaks to Steven in an interview recorded live on stage. Enjoy!
Show Notes:

The Time of the Doctor…trailer!
The Time of the Doctor…promo pics!
The Time of the Doctor…media pack!
The Time of the Doctor…airing December 26 in New Zealand!
Douglas Mackinnon…returning to Doctor Who!
BBC America says farewell…to Matt Smith!
Doctor Who holiday programming…on Space!
The Moonbase coming to Region 1 DVD…February 11!
BBC Radiophonic Workshop…on BBC Radio 6!
Power of the Daleks fanfilm…online!
Doctor Who and Torchwood items…at Bonham’s auction!
Official BBC…TARDIS app!

Chicago TARDIS Interview:
Dan Hall
Nina Toussaint-White

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On December-8-2013 3 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #396 – Click here to listen!

rfs396Statspocalypse! Yes, in a moment that Warren has feared since the inception of Radio Free Skaro, the 50th Anniversary generated stats to such a degree that they may have become sentient and declared war on humanity. And despite Warren’s hatred of the Devil Numbers, Radio Free Skaro gave you, the listener, comprehensive coverage of viewing figures, iPlayer requests, and other such pointless spreadsheetery.

But it wasn’t all stats (thankfully)! News of Other Doctor dollies, in-depth articles on 3D and the Radiophonic Workshop and more besides peppered the news list, leading up to the main event, the Missing Episodes panel from Chicago TARDIS, featuring Ed Stradling and Dan Hall of the DVD range and our own Steven as moderator. Note to Gallifrey Base users: Try not to divine rumour and nonsense from the facts and statements of truth in said panel. That is all. Thank you and good day! (puts on bowler hat, storms off stage left)

Show Notes:

Coming soon…The Time of the Doctor!
The Time of the Doctor…December 25, 730pm on BBC One!
…The Time of the Doctor…December 25, 800pm ET on Space!
…The Time of the Doctor…December 25, 900pm on BBC America!
…The Time of the Doctor…December 26, 730pm on ABC1!
The Time of the Doctor…snippets!
The Time of the Doctor…more snippets!
The Day of the Doctor…final viewing figures on BBC One!
The Day of the Doctor…record iPlayer requests!
The Day of the Doctor…record figures on Space!
The Day of the Doctor…record figures on BBC America!
The Day of the Doctor…UK box office numbers!
The Day of the Doctor…US box office numbers!
The Day of the Doctor…3D technology!
The Day of the Doctor…visual effects!
The Day of the Doctor…DVD details!
Paul McGann on…his surprise return!
Milk to do the visual effects…for Series 8!
An Adventure in Space and Time…BFI Q&A extract!
Waris Hussein’s script…for An Unearthly Child!
Radio Times article on…the Restoration Team!
BFI Eleventh Doctor event…guests announced!
The Enemy of the World and An Adventure…Canadian DVD exclusive release!
Radiophonic Workshop…revised Doctor Who theme!
Radiophonic Workshop…article in The Guardian!
The Other Doctor…action figure!
Doctor Who Cuttings Archive…returns!
New Doctor Who…puzzle app!
Doctor Who Adventures…interactive edition!
BBC Worldwide…closes Los Angeles video games division!
The Quest for Pedler…pre-orders available!
Barry Jackson…dies, sadly.

Links:

Blue Box Podcast Episode 79 – Fast Return

Chicago TARDIS Missing Episodes Panel:
Dan Hall
Ed Stradling

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