• 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 ...

  • 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 ...

On October-19-2014 6 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #444 – Click here to listen!

rfs444Doctor 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 their musings! Agree with them or else! All that passive-aggressive goodness and the usual stats, tat and flibbity flap awaits!
Show Notes:

Flatline!
Jamie Mathieson…Flatline Blog Post!
Jamie Mathieson…Another Blog Post!
Jamie Mathieson…Posts On His Blog Again!
Jamie Mathieson…Twitter Q&A!
In The Forest Of The Night…Trailer Oopsie?
Flatline…BBC One Overnights!
Mummy On The Orient Express…Appreciated!
Mummy On The Orient Express…Final BBC One Ratings!
Kill The Moon…BBC One Final Ratings!
Dark Water…Synopsis!
An Adventure In Space And Time…Emmy Nomination!
Michael Hayes…Dies.
Tom Spilsbury…Talks Spoilers!
Doctor Who Magazine…479!
New Sixth Doctor…Big Finish Companion!
Seven Moffat…At MIPCOM!
Peter Capaldi…At Project Motormouth 3!
Doctor Who…Anatomy Of A Hit!
Waris Hussein…Awarded!
Doctor Who Book…Reprints!
Lalla Ward…Wrote A(nother) Book!
Seventh Doctor…Umbrella!
BBC…Genome Project!

On October-5-2014 11 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #442 – Click here to listen!

rfs442“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 plumbed the dark depths of jerkery, and was he justified in doing so? So many questions for the Three Who Rule to muddle through and cogitate upon! And they do! Oh yes and there are some stats as well, but then you’d expect that, wouldn’t you?
Show Notes:

Kill…The Moon!
Kill The Moon…BBC One Overnights!
2014 Christmas Special…Wraps Filming!
BBC Logo Taken Down…From Television Centre!
The Caretaker…Appreciated!
Time Heist…Final BBC One Ratings!
The Caretaker…Final BBC One Ratings!
Time Heist…UK Chart Position!
The Mummy on the Orient Express…8:35 BBC One Start Time!
Flatline…Synopsis!
Maggie Stables…Died.
Doctor Who Experience…Reopens October 24!
Lalla Ward…Does Doctor Who Voiceover Work!
Retro TV…To Air The Mind of Evil in Colour!
Minister of Chance…Kickstarter!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Who Party Toronto…Welcomes Phil Ford!
Edmonton Expo…Attendance!
Support Radio Free Skaro…on Patreon!

On September-28-2014 13 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #441 – Click here to listen!

rfs441When 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 if you listen to our review. So do so! This weekend was also when Edmonton Expo descended on the Edmonton Expo Centre in sunny Edmonton, Alberta, and Steven was there to moderate a panel on Doctor Who and more specifically Series Eight with Erika Ensign, convention general manager Shane Turgeon, and Sara Ellen. Tune in to find out what these noble souls thought of P-Cap, J-Co, The Moff and everything else we’ve seen so far in Series Eight!
Show Notes:

The…Caretaker!
The Caretaker…BBC One Overnights!
Time Heist…Appreciated!
Listen…Scores A Top Ten!
Kill The Moon…Goes Out At 8:30 On BBC One!
Peter Capaldi…On The Graham Norton Show!
Mummy On The Orient Express…Synopsis!
Katy Manning…Visits The TARDIS Set!
NYCC Exclusive…6.5″ Twelfth Doctor!
NYCC Exclusive…8″ Trenzalore TARDIS!
NYCC Exclusive…3″ Homeless Twelfth Doctor!
NYCC…Doctor Who Panel!
Not Lego…Rare Figures!
Seasons Of War…Anthology!
Doctor Who panel…at Edmonton Expo!
Support Radio Free Skaro…on Patreon!

On July-27-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #432 – Click here to listen!

rfs432With 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 turns out there hasn’t been very much news to speak of Who-wise, with the BBC likely focusing their energies on launching their world tour, and….showing us a new 15 second trailer. And……showing the premiere in cinemas worldwide! Holy cats! Despite the dearth of SDCC news, rest assured our list is chockablock full of items of interest, and as if that weren’t enough, we also have the last Fluid Links for quite some time! Madness!
Show Notes:

San Diego Comic-Con ReportFrom Kyle Anderson!
Deep Breath…Cinema Screenings!
Latest…Series 8 Trailer!
“Listen”…Series 8 Teaser!
Series 8…Episode Previews!
Doctor Who Twitter Account…Has 1,000,000 Followers!
Philip Morris…Q&A!
The Day of the Doctor…Most Watched in 2013!
Cardiff…World Tour Details!
Korea…World Tour Update!
Seoul World Tour Deep Breath Screening…Will Be Free!
Shada…Cine Location Footage!
Verity Lambert…Blue Plaque Unveiled!
Big Finish…Adapts Damaged Goods!
Big Finish…15 Days of Sales!
The Radiophonic Workshop…At Glasgow Quays!
50th Anniversary…DVD/Blu-Ray Set!
Argos…Action Dollies!
Action Dollie…Playsets!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update Soon!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Billie Piper!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Ellie and Joseph Darcey-Alden!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Sonita Henry!
Long Island Who…Announces Simon Fraser, Nick Abadzis and Nina Toussaint-White!

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 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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On November-24-2013 10 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #394 – Click here to listen!

rfs394The long, long wait is over. Doctor Who celebrated 50 years of thrilling us all with the adventures of a madman with a box in high style, with not only “The Day of the Doctor”, but also the stunning “An Adventure in Space and Time” and Peter Davison’s “The Five(ish) Doctors”, a whimsical treat for lovers of both the classic and new series.

Let’s not forget that 94 countries and many movie theatres simulcast “The Day of the Doctor” on Saturday, and for the first time ever the Three Who Rule are able to relay what it felt like to watch a big-screen adventure with the Doctor(s) surrounded by the love of many, many fans cheering and whooping at every twist and turn.

It was indeed a monumental week, but there’s still the Christmas Special and the end of Matt Smith’s run in a month, and next week a special RFS from Chicago TARDIS! Allons-Y, Geronimo, and for God’s Sake, GALLIFREY STANDS!

Show Notes:

The Day…Of The Doctor!
The Day Of The Doctor…BBC Ratings!
The Day Of The Doctor…Deleted Scene!
The Day Of The Doctor…World Record!
The Day Of The Doctor…Behind The Lens!
Doctor Who Live…The After Party!
Christmas Special…Teaser!
An Adventure…In Space And Time!
An Adventure In Space And Time…Ratings!
William Hartnell…The Original!
The Last…Day!
The Five…Doctors(ish) Reboot!
Doctor Who…Google Doodle!
The Time…Machine!
Buckingham Palace…Party!

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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!

Miniscope

Philip Segal

Guest

Neil Perryman

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On November-3-2013 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #391 – Click here to listen!

rfs391The tsunami of news (or, if you will, newsnami) continues this week, with tales of conventions, extras, tie-ins, and so, so much about An Adventure in Space and Time. All but mere pre-amble to the second part of the John Nathan-Turner miniscope, with special guest Steve O’Brien, who spares nothing in his analysis of the somewhat shaky years comprising the tail-end of JNT’s era as producer of Doctor Who. The Three Who Rule also give their thoughts on the latter half of the JNT era, rounding out a jam-packed episode of Radio Free Skaro sure to pale in comparison to the utter madness that is the final weeks before the 50th anniversary. Prepare yourselves!
Show Notes:

An Adventure in Space And Time…airing sometime between November 16-22!
An Adventure in Space And Time…posters!
Mark Gatiss…preparing for criticism!
An Adventure in Space and Time…DVD extras!
An Adventure in Space And Time…airing November 24 in Australia!
Doctor Who Celebration…adds over 40 guests!
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games…coming to Steam?
AudioGo UK…goes into receivership.
The Ood Cast live…November 16!
The Day of The Doctor…The Last Day!
The Day of The Doctor…Behind The Lens!
The Eleventh Doctor Revisited…on BBC America November 24!
Steven Moffat says…at least 13 episodes in 2014!
Doctor Who programming…on BBC Radio!
Doctor Who Magazine…on iTunes!
BFI…Eighth Doctor panel!
BFI…Tenth Doctor panel!
Doctor Who…on Children in Need!
Put your face…in the Doctor Who title sequence!

Miniscope

John Nathan-Turner

Guest

Steve O’Brien

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On October-27-2013 1 Comment

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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