• Radio Free Skaro #449 – Super 8

    For the first time ever (we defy you to prove us wrong, RFS pedants, DEFY YOU) Radio Free Skaro is coming out on November 23rd, better known this year as the 51st anniversary of Doctor Who, our favorite program. And while there's no new Who to discuss until Christmas, we ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #448 – The Road To Qdoba

    And so begins the Dark Times, otherwise known as waiting a month and a bit after the end of Series 8 for the Doctor Who Christmas Special. In the meantime, the Three Who Rule tackled stats, poured one out for sci-fi TV legend Glen A. Larson, and most importantly, devoted ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #447 – All The President’s Cybermen

    And with that, Series 8 of Doctor Who is over! After a radical turn towards darkness and drama it all came together with “Death in Heaven,” the final episode of the series and the P-Capstone on the 12th Doctor’s inaugural year. From the machinations of Missy (AKA The Master) to ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #446 – The Moffat Master Plan

    The penultimate episode of Series 8 is upon us, with Cybermen, the afterlife, and Missy, who is revealed as….well, you should certainly watch “Dark Water” (penned by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay) before listening to the Three Who Rule expound upon the contents therein, or risk a mega-spoiler ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #445 – Can’t See The Forest For The Trees

    "In the Forest Of The Night" already looks to be one of the most polarizing episodes of Series 8, and there's no shortage of opinion on this week's Radio Free Skaro to go around. Along with Steven and Warren, Nerdist wordsmith Kyle Anderson joined in (pinch-hitting for an unavailable Chris) ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #444 – Boneless Chicken Wings

    Doctor Who is often at its best when it mixes domesticity with the fantastical, and the Jamie Mathieson penned, Douglas Mackinnon directed “Flatline” was no exception, if the rapturous reception (spoilers) of the Three Who Rule for this week’s episode is anything to go by. Thrill to their enthusiasm! Enjoy ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #443 – Execute Order 66

    Trains! Space! A mummy! Jelly babies! Foxes! All things in writer Jamie Mathieson's “Mummy on the Orient Express,” this week’s episode of the obscure and not well regarded televisual program known as Doctor Who, and all subjects for debate for the Three Who Rule, who mulled all these elements plus ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #442 – Through The Thick And Thin

    “Kill the Moon,” this week’s episode of Doctor Who, has proven to be one of the most divisive in recent memory, with fandom loving it or despising it but certainly not dismissing it. Was it the “game changer” showrunner Steven Moffat made it out to be? Has Peter Capaldi’s Doctor ...

  • 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 ...

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 November-10-2013 4 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #392 – Click here to listen!

rfs392It was truly a momentous week for Doctor Who fans everywhere as they got not one, nor two, but THREE different trailers for ‘The Day of the Doctor’ from the BBC (twice!), BBC America, and, inadvertently early, BBC Latin America. While everyone is busy frame advancing through those to find out clues about the 50th Anniversary Special, a metric ton of news also dropped this week which helped push this episode of Radio Free Skaro past the two hour mark. But how could you go wrong with a Philip Segal Miniscope in the form of a TV Movie commentary with guest Neil Perryman? Answer: you can’t. Enjoy, and be content that we are now less than two weeks away from the anniversary weekend…
Show Notes:

The Day of the Doctor…extended trailer!
The Day of the Doctor…trailer!
The Day of the Doctor…BBC America trailer!
The Day of the Doctor…preview clip!
The Day of the Doctor…media pack!
#SaveTheDay…website!
The Day of the Doctor…BBC Three after party!
The Day of the Doctor…InnerSPACE Live after party!
Matt Smith and David Tennant…on the Graham Norton show!
An Adventure in Space and Time…airs November 21 on BBC Two!
An Adventure in Space and Time…airs November 22 on Space!
An Adventure in Space and Time…airs November 22 on BBC America!
An Adventure in Space and Time…coming to Region 2 DVD on December 2!
Doctor Who dominates BBC America…November 18-24!
Doctor Who…BBC Red Button content!
The Enemy of the World…DVD details!
Unreleased trailer for…The Tenth Planet!
Radiophonic Workshop…performance and back catalog reissues!!
Silva Screen…Doctor Who 50th Anniversary box sets!
The Science of Doctor Who…trailer!
The Science of Doctor Who…preview clip!
Eleventh Doctor ebook penned…by Neil Gaiman!
Official BBC Worldwide…Sonic Screwdriver app!
Doctor Who wins BBC Radio 1 Teen Award…for Best Drama!
The Eternity Clock sequels…cancelled!
Doctor Who Celebration…programming schedule!
David Banks and Ricco Ross…coming to Gallifrey One!
Coming soon…Chicago TARDIS!
The Ood Cast…Live!

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Philip Segal

Guest

Neil Perryman

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Radio Free Skaro #390 – Click here to listen!

rfs390It was one of the more exciting weeks in Doctor Who recently with global cinema screenings of “The Day of The Doctor” being announced around the world, and Big Finish’s 50th anniversary story “The Light At The End” being given an early release, one month before the actual anniversary itself. The resulting chaos showed that no internet site knows the wrath of an impatient group of Doctor Who fans, but at the end of the day, thousands of fans will be watching the 50th Anniversary story in 3D together in cinemas (the Three Who Rule included!) on November 23 and 25. Once the furore of this died down on the podcast, the Skaro boys turn back the clock to delve into the first half of the John Nathan-Turner era in the Miniscope, with the wonderful Rob Shearman!
Show Notes:

Doctor Who…on the big screen!
Doctor Who…at your local cinema!
Doctor Who screening giveaway…from Space!
The Day of The Doctor…cleared by the BBFC!
Big Finish…The Light at The End!
The Eleventh Doctor…at the BFI!
The Science of Doctor Who…November 14 on BBC Two!
Doctor Who on The Culture Show…November 22 on BBC Two!
Time Trips…digital books!
Deborah Watling…returns to Gallifrey One!
Tom Baker…official Facebook page!
The Caves of Androzani soundtrack…on limited edition LP!
AudioGo UK…suspends business operations!

Miniscope

John Nathan-Turner

Guest

Robert Shearman

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New York – October 24, 2013 – BBC Worldwide announces special theatrical screening events of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary special, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, in RealD™ 3D on November 23 and 25. In association with Cineplex Entertainment’s Front Row Centre Events, BBC Worldwide will simulcast 3D screening events in eight cities, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Victoria, and Winnipeg, at the same time the 75-minute special premieres on SPACE and across the globe. Tickets will go on sale October 25, 2013, at Cineplex.com and participating theatres.

The festivities won’t stop there: Cineplex will continue the celebration by giving fans across Canada a second chance to experience Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor in RealD™ 3D on Monday, November 25. Expanding to 60 screens for a special encore showing. Tickets for the November 25 screenings will also go on sale October 25.

In addition to Matt Smith,the Anniversary special also stars former Time Lord David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt. The theatrical events will include specially shot introductions and The Day of The Doctor: Behind The Lens, a 10 minute behind-the-scene featurette directly following the special. The short features Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt, as well as lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, discussing their 50th Anniversary experiences.

Soumya Sriraman, EVP Home Entertainment and Licensing for BBC Worldwide North America, commented: “Doctor Who 50th Anniversary is truly a global celebration and we’re thrilled to bring the special to the big screen. Our partnerships with Cineplex will give fans, on November 23 and 25, the opportunity to see the Doctor in a whole new way – in RealD™ 3D.”

Since its launch in 1963, Doctor Who has become one of the world’s best loved dramas and is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful sci-fi series ever. Doctor Who has received numerous awards across its 50 years. The series has enjoyed success off-air with over 10 million DVDs and 8 million action figures sold globally and is the BBC’s top series on iTunes in Canada and the UK. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK broadcaster, distributes Doctor Who to over 200 territories across the world.

NOTE: The Canadian in-theatre exclusive, a behind-the-scenes featurette of over 10 minutes, will also be available in the UK on www.bbc.co.uk/Doctorwho at the same time.

On October-11-2013 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #387/A – Missing Episodes Special – Click here to listen!

rfs387aFOUND! Against all hope and logic, nine episodes of Doctor Who once thought lost forever have been found and returned to the BBC Archives. Such a monumental occasion warrants a rare Radio Free Skaro cutaway episode, wherein the Three Who Rule discuss the return of five episodes of The Enemy of the World and four episodes of The Web of Fear, the extravagant efforts that Doctor Who’s newest hero, Philip Morris of Television International Enterprises Archives, went to in order to uncover these lost treasures…and also reveal a little bit of the intense research that was done by the Skaro boys over the past few months to try to get to the bottom of all the rumours! Rejoice, Who fans!
Show Notes:

Television International Enterprises…Archives!
Television International Enterprises…Ltd!
Doctor Who…missing episodes!
Missing episodes…found!
Missing episodes…Doctor Who Magazine article!
Missing episode…press conference!
Phillip Morris…interview!
Missing episodes…DVD release dates!
Missing episodes…DVD artwork!
The Enemy of the World…poster!
The Enemy of the World…trailer!
The Enemy of the World…on iTunes!
The Web of Fear…poster!
The Web of Fear…trailer!
The Web of Fear…on iTunes!

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Radio Free Skaro #387 – Click here to listen!

rfs387As we turn the corner into October in this 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who, the Three Who Rule reach the halfway point in their odyssey of covering the eras of each producer of the classic series in the Miniscope. This week, the Barry Letts epoch is the focus, a five year stretch of classic episodes that vaulted Doctor Who from a Saturday tea-time tradition to a British television institution. A lifelong fan of the era, Gary Russell, who has been involved with the show in many ways since the early 1980s, joins us to discuss the many strengths of Letts’s time on the show. Steven, Warren, and Chris also reunite to discuss the news of the week, including details of a worldwide simulcast of The Day of the Doctor, which were announced earlier this week. Fun and exciting!
Show Notes:

Doctor Who simulcast…in 75 countries!
Doctor Who Revisited…coming to Space!
The Tenth Doctor…Revisited!
Sherlock, The Doctor, and Me…with Steven Moffat!
Pup Ltd Doctor Who…show reel!
Doctor Who loses…at the Welshies!
Gareth Roberts is novelizing…City of Death!
Tenth Doctor ebook…by Derek Landy!
Edmonton Doctor Who themed…election signs!

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Barry Letts

Guest

Gary Russell

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BBC show will be enjoyed by millions across six continents in BBC Worldwide global simulcast and cinema extravaganza

LONDON: October 1st 2013

BBC Worldwide today announces that the special 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, the world’s longest running and most successful sci-fi series will, for the first time ever, be broadcast simultaneously to millions of viewers worldwide in a global simulcast on 23rd November 2013.

From Canada to Colombia, Brazil to Botswana and Myanmar to Mexico, fans in at least 75 countries spanning six continents will be able to enjoy the episode in 2D and 3D* at the same time as the UK broadcast, with more countries expected to be confirmed within the next month. The US, Australia and Canada have also signed up for the simulcast which will be shown in numerous countries across Europe, Latin America and Africa. In addition to Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, the one-off special, entitled The Day of the Doctor stars former Time Lord David Tennant as well as Billie Piper, and John Hurt.

On top of the worldwide TV broadcast, hundreds of cinemas in the UK and across the world also plan to screen the hotly anticipated special episode simultaneously in full 3D, giving fans the opportunity to make an event of the occasion and be part of a truly global celebration for the iconic British drama series. Details about tickets for the anniversary screening will be announced in due course.

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On September-22-2013 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #385 – Click here to listen!

rfs385The Miniscope madness continues this week with an examination of the Innes Lloyd era, with a little help from JR Southall of Starburst Magazine and the Blue Box Podcast, and Deborah Watling, AKA Victoria Waterfield. But before “regeneration and bases under siege” (and a whole lot more) fall under the hawk-like gaze of the RFS crew and their guests, news of DVD releases, theatrical showings of “The Day of the Doctor” and flagrant disregard for the term “rels” were the order of the day. Enjoy, and a quick note: all rel-related pedantry should be aimed squarely at Warren, who will dismiss said pedantry out of hand.
Show Notes:

1966 interview with…Sydney Newman!
Doctor Who…gold coin!
The Day of the Doctor…on Blu-ray!
The Day of the Doctor coming to Blu-ray…in Region 1!
The Monsters collection…coming to DVD!
The Tenth Planet coming to DVD…October 14!
A new Doctor Who…video game?
Doctor Who coming…to Hulu Plus!
Reversed Polarity…in Toronto November 1-3!
Wizards vs Aliens Series 2…coming to CBBC!

Miniscope

Innes Lloyd

Guest

JR Southall
Deborah Watling

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Radio Free Skaro #380 – Click here to listen!

rfs380“Whimsical yet terrifying” is an apt way to describe “The Crimson Horror,” this week’s commentary, but also an accurate portrayal of current Who news. What missive struck fear into the stalwart hearts of the Three Who Rule? Possibly the fact that CBC executives wanted to dub over Christopher Eccleston’s Northern England accent with something more suitable to Canadian ears. Perhaps a Newfie accent would have made more sense. Or perhaps it was the notion that filming on Series 8 of Doctor Who won’t begin until January? The horror continued with a discussion of David Lee Roth’s storied career, what constitutes a bad fan (hint: probably everything) and more! And that’s before the commentary, with special guest Deb Stanish of the Verity Podcast! Enjoy!
Show Notes:

Series 8 begins filming…in January!
Neil Cross…back for Series 8!
William Hartnell console…at the Doctor Who Experience!
The future of…River Song!
Christopher Eccleston…dubbed?
Torchwood: Miracle Day…coming to BBC America!
BFI announces…Ninth Doctor screening guests!
BBFC clears DVD material for…The Tenth Planet! (1)
BBFC clears DVD material for…The Tenth Planet! (2)!
BBFC clears DVD material for…The Tenth Planet! (3)!
Article on…the Doctor Who Restoration Team!
1967 William Hartnell interview…found!
The TARDIS on…Google Maps!
Peter Capaldi…doubles eBay memorabilia sales!
Bill Nighy…turns down Doctor Who role!
Katie Sackoff…as Tom Baker!
Bob Mitsch’s…Zygons and Fourth Doctor costumes!
Bob Mitsch’s…costumes!
Bob Mitsch’s…Zygon!
Deb from…Verity!

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The Crimson…Horror!

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Radio Free Skaro #378 – Click here to listen!

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Peter Capaldi is the Twelfth Doctor! Announced during a worldwide live TV broadcast, Peter Capaldi was introduced to an Elstree TV studio full of delighted fans and an entire planet full of excited watchers, and the result is near unanimous – Steven Moffat’s sole choice for the role was the right. Good thing the Three Who Rule recorded the news two days before the announcement…and got the announcement right! Amazing foresight (luck) on their part! However, Erika from Verity! not only drops by to talk with Steven about the live broadcast of Capaldi’s reveal, but also joins the crew for a commentary on the Series 7 episode “Hide”. All hail Peter the Great! And the new Peter, too!
Show Notes:

The Twelfth Doctor is…Peter Capaldi!
The Next Doctor…live on SPACE!
Looking back at…casting of Doctors!
The Eighth Doctor…Revisited!
The Radio Times…exhibition!
The ice Warriors…DVD details!
The Scream of the Shalka…DVD details!
Terror of the Zygons…DVD details!
IDW Doctor Who 50th Anniversary story…by Paul Cornell!
Doctor Who up for…the Welshies!
Erika from…Verity!

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