• Radio Free Skaro #453 – Eight Is Enough

    With mere days to not only "Doctor Who: Last Christmas” but also our review of said Xmas special and even more thrillingly, our Patreon-inspired (and cringe-inducing) commentary for the infamous 1993 Children in Need special “Dimensions in Time,” the Three Who Rule ably tackled the last Fluid Links segment of ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #452 – In the Nick of Time

    It’s beginning to feel a lot like Last Christmas, which is dominating both our thoughts and the promotional efforts of the BBC Publicity department. Maybe that’s why most of our news is focused on that upcoming holiday where they show a new Doctor Who story and some other, largely irrelevant ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #451 – Celsius 451

    With the Three Who Rule firmly back in place and order restored to the galaxy, there was great rejoicing and much waffling about next to nothing, not to mention the controversial and wrong headed use of the terms “P-Cap”, “J-Co,” and “S-Claw.” in reference to the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #450 – Billie Piper at the Gates of Dawn

    The annual tradition of US Thanksgiving (as we Canadians call it) brings about another yearly custom - Chicago TARDIS! This year's edition has been quite wonderful, bringing together most of the main cast of Series 1 of the new series to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Doctor Who returning to ...

  • 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 ...

On December-7-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #451 – Click here to listen!

rfs451With the Three Who Rule firmly back in place and order restored to the galaxy, there was great rejoicing and much waffling about next to nothing, not to mention the controversial and wrong headed use of the terms “P-Cap”, “J-Co,” and “S-Claw.” in reference to the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special “Last Christmas”. But wait! The main feature is an interview with Mickey Smith himself, Noel Clarke, by our very own Steven recorded live on stage at Chicago TARDIS. And and and….nerd rage from Warren about the highly important matter of the 3.75 inch dolly. Blasphemy!
Show Notes:

Last Christmas…Synopsis!
Last Christmas…BBC Broadcast Time!
BBC America…Confirms Last Christmas Broadcast!
Last Christmas…On UK Home Video!
Last Christmas…On North American Home Video!
Doctor Who: Series 8…on Blu-Ray!
Underwater Menace…Still Due On DVD!
Stuart Manning Posters…Available For Purchase!
Lewis…Achenbach!
3.75″ Action Dollies…December 2014 Wave!
Doctor Who…History Collection!
Doctor Who…On CraveTV!
Long Island Who…3!
Chicago…TARDIS!

Interview
Noel…Clarke!

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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