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Radio Free Skaro #530 – Birdemic: Shock and Terror


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rfs530Comics, commentaries, audio adventures (both new and rumoured) and a celebration of Doctor Who’s many female scientists make for a busier newslist than usual in this, The Year With No Doctor Who, and this week you even get bonus tut-tutting about Target book arrangements and criminal dips to black on CraveTV’s streaming editions of the programme. A summons to the high court of the League of Fandom is in the maoi and should be arriving at their offices soon, fear not. And if that made-up legal nonsense doesn’t engage you, how about a commentary for “Face the Raven” with Deb Stanish of Verity! fame and Alyssa of Whovian Feminism?
Links:

Third Doctor…Titan Comics Series!
Doctor Who’s…Inspiring Female Scientists!
Tennant and Tate…Big Finish Interview!
Barrowman and Coduri…Recorded For Big Finish!
Series 4…On Blu-Ray In North America!
New Commentaries… For Some Of The Hartnell Era!
New Commentary…For The Daemons!
Alec Wheal…Died

Commentary:

Face…The Raven!
Deborah…Stanish!
Alyssa…From Whovian Feminism!

Radio Free Skaro #529 – Enter Sandman


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rfs529Hotelmageddon! The annual minute-or-less scramble for rooms at the LAX Marriott for Gallifrey One was once again a frenzied affair, and the Three Who Rule have the scars to prove it. But they also have news, such as new Big Finish War Doctor stories, including one by friend of the show Andrew Smith, and a new Twelfth Doctor sonic on the way to set your hearts (both of them) aflame! But wait! There’s also a commentary for Sleep No More, featuring Kathleen Schowalter! YOU WILL LISTEN!
Links:

Gallifrey One…Hotel Sold Out!
Doctor Who…Eligible For The Emmy Awards!
Twelfth Doctor…Sonic Screwdriver!
Big Finish…War Doctor Agents of Chaos!
Target Exhibition…Extended!

Commentary:

Sleep…No More!
Kathleen…Schowalter!

Radio Free Skaro #528 – Sgt. Pepper Taught The Band To Play


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rfs528As The Year With No Doctor Who drags on, new cracks in spacetime emerge, amongst them a back-and-forth war between the BBC and its enemies in government and without, and the surprising news that Chris Chibnall might adopt the (predominantly) American model of a writer’s room for his tenure as showrunner for Doctor Who. Intriguing! And while thinking about the future, why not reflect on the past? Specifically, ponder upon the legacy of the twentieth anniversary of the TV Movie, with a panel recorded at LI Who featuring Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, Matthew Jacobs, and Gary Russell! And as if that isn’t enough, we have an interview with Yee Jee Tso about “Time and Spaces,” his photo book contrasting the Vancouver shooting locations of the movie in 1996 and today!
Links:

Will Chris Chibnall use a writers room for Doctor Who?
Big Finish Doctor Who license extended to 2025
Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trip Competition
Vote for your favourite Doctor Who Magazine cover!

Doctor Who TV Movie:

Doctor Who TV Movie on the BBC website

Interview:

Time and Spaces: A Photo Journal of Doctor Who Filming, by Yee Jee Tso

Radio Free Skaro #524 – The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe


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rfs524Warm up those #school related hashtags and get your fanfic pencils sharpened, because while this may be the Year Of No Doctor Who, there’s movement afoot with Patrick Ness’s Who spinoff, Class, which just announced its cast! And while not quite Doctor Who, it’s still exciting that Rachel Talalay has announced she’ll be directing an episode of Sherlock! Huzzah! Meanwhile, we’ve got a commentary on “The Woman Who Lived” with editor, writer and all around lovely person Amal El-Mohtar!
Links:

Class…Cast Announcement!
Patrick Ness…Profile!
Sherlock Returns January 1…With Rachel Talalay At The Helm!
Ianto Is Back…In Big Finish!
Target Reissues…Book Signing!
Restoration Team Website…Updated!
Gallifrey One…Tickets Go On Sale April 16!
Gallifrey One…Hotel Code Goes Live May 9
Whooverville…8!

Commentary:

The Woman…Who Lived!
Amal…El-Mohtar!

Radio Free Skaro #519 – The Creeds of Cowards


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rfs519Big Finish dominates the news this week, with old and new companions and Doctors flitting about throughout the audio spectrum like flitty things that flit. But the main event is our the start of our Series 9 commentaries, beginning with special guest Una McCormack as we tackle “The Magician’s Apprentice”!
Links:

Class…Filming In April!
Tennant/Tate…Big Finish Trailer!
River Song…Meets Classic Doctors In Big Finish!
Bernice Summerfield…Unbound!
Fourth Doctor Big Finish…Series Finale Details!
Doctor Puppet…Episode 7!
Doctor Puppet…Indiegogo Campaign!
Nicholas Briggs…Going To LI Who!

Commentary:

The Magician’s…Apprentice!
Una…McCormack!

Radio Free Skaro #517 – Quel Dommage


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rfs517It’s the post-Gally period, which means lots of pent-up news of middling interest, debates about terrible video games of yesteryear, silly spoofs and condescension towards Britain’s national treasures. But the treat of the week is a previously unaired interview with one Russell T. Davies from 2011, courtesy of writer and interviewer Jeffrey Berman. Jeffrey hosted a show seen locally in Los Angeles where he interviewed notable writers about their work and writing process. The first season aired in 2008, but while interviews were conducted in 2011 (including RTD) they have never been heard…until now! Enjoy!
Links:

Doctor Who…Popular On iPlayer!
Doctor Who…Popular Across The World!
BBC Three…Moves Online!
Sheridan Smith…Returns To Big Finish!
Suzie Costello…Returns To Torchwood!
Doctor Who…Comics Day!
Steven Appearing At…Edmonton Podcast Meetup!
TARDIS…Beat!
Target Book…Reissues!
Doctor Who Legacy…Husbands Of River Song Expansion!
Doctor Who Pinball…Funded!
Underwater Menace DVD…Delayed In North America!
Peter Capaldi…In The Shakespeare Walk!

Interview:

Russell T…Davies!
Jeffrey…Berman!

Radio Free Skaro #513 – A Day In The Life Of Big Finish


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rfs513Is it true? Is Doctor Who leaving Netflix and Hulu in the US? It certainly appears that way, and the Three Who Rule range from perturbed to sanguine at this development, tempered with speculation on a possible BBC streaming service. Plus there’s news of dolls, coloring books, poorly considered song choices by future showrunners, and a full length documentary by Steven from the heart of Big Finish’s HQ in deepest London. What mysteries do these auditory magicians hold in their secret lair! Listen…and learn!
Show notes:

Doctor Who leaving Netflix and Hulu in the US
From September, BBC planning a US streaming site
Gallifrey One guest updates
Chris Chibnall’s Doctor Who theme song from 1985
Exclusive “Spearhead From Space” steelbook
Talking Tom Baker plush toy
A second Doctor Who colouring book coming April 7

Documentary:

Big Finish: Vampire of the Mind

Radio Free Skaro #511 – Ground Control to Major Tom


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rfs511For almost as long as Doctor Who has been around, there have been excited scribes chronicling its triumphs, tragedies, terrors and the finer points of Terileptil husbandry. Chief amongst these chroniclers of Time Lord lore has been Doctor Who Magazine, currently under the expert tutelage of gentleman editor Tom Spilsbury, our interview subject for this week’s episode. We also have a mere sprinkling of news, most of it Big Finish related! We also pay tribute to a couple of titans we lost this past week in David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Listen…if you dare!
Show notes:

The War Doctor and Leela…In Big Finish!
UNIT Shutdown…From Big Finish!
Tosh Returns…In Big Finish!
Doctor Who…Wins Golden Tomato!
Robert Banks Stewart…Died.
LI…Who!

Interview:

Tom…Spilsbury!

Radio Free Skaro #504 – A Bird In The Hand

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rfs504The penultimate episode of Series 9, “Heaven Sent” has arrived, and it’s a surreal, cerebral acting triumph for one Peter Capaldi, an expertly crafted bit of storytelling from showrunner Steven Moffat and director Rachel Talalay, and a dazzling artistic achievement from editor Will Oswald and musician Murray Gold. It’s also a lead in to….well, you’ll just have to listen to have us (ever so lightly) spoil the upcoming events past “Heaven Sent” and into “Hell Bent.” Plus stats, rumination on the future of television, allusions to the Prisoner, talk of Tom Baker’s cabbage fetish, and more!
Show notes:

Heaven…Sent!
Face the Raven…Appreciated!
Sleep No More…Final BBC Viewing Figure!
Face the Raven…Script!
2015 Christmas Special…Casting Announcement!
Big Finish…War Doctor Clip!
Anthony Read…Died.
BBC Three Moves Online…In February!
Chicago…TARDIS!

Radio Free Skaro #503 – Let Me Be Brave

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rfs503And so we come to the end of Clara Oswald, one of the most consequential companions in the history of Doctor Who and the focus of “Face The Raven,” the third to last story in Series 9. What did the Three Who Rule think of Clara’s departure, writer Sarah Dollard’s debut, and the return of Rigsy? And, as the Three catch up on various news items of the past couple weeks, what of stats, comics, DVDs and other frip-frap? Next week, Steven calls in from Chicago TARDIS and we look at “Heaven Sent,” the Capaldi one-hander leading into the Series 9 finale. Woot!
Show notes:

Face…The Raven!
Episodes 11 & 12…Are Longer!
Sleep No More…Appreciated!
The Zygon Inversion…Appreciated!
The Zygon Inversion…Final BBC Viewing Figure!
The Zygon Invasion…Final BBC Viewing Figure!
Doctor Who…Popular On SPACE!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Jenna Coleman…Withdraws From Chicago TARDIS!
Eve Myles…Withdraws From Chicago TARDIS!
Tenth Doctor/Donna…Big Finish Clip!
Fourth Doctor/Sarah Jane…Titan Comics!
The Dad Who Fell To Earth…Fictitious Award Nomination!
The Underwater Menace…North American DVD Release?
Series 9 Part Two…North American DVD/BluRay Release!

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