• Radio Free Skaro #431 – Birth of the Titans

    With San Diego Comic Con looming, roving Radio Free Skaro reporter Warren Frey took it upon himself to interview Andrew James, the editor of the new Doctor Who range at Titan Comics. James spilled the beans on SDCC plans, a Doctor Who Day promotion across the U.S. and the U.K. ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #430 – Limb’s Whims

    It was a week of great tumult in the world of Doctor Who, with the leaking of the first five scripts for Series 8 taking the internet by storm and sending Whovians into spasms of joy, guilt, fear and loathing. Though the scripts have presumably spread far and wide, Who-dom ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #429 – Busy Nothing Hyperspace

    It was an exciting week in the world of Doctor Who, with a new teaser, with news of the return of the Cybermen, the addition of the esteemed Frank Cottrell Boyce to the writers team (plus another female director, Sheree Folkson, joining the production team), and a premiere screening taking ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #428 – Believe It Or Not

    The Series 8 news is slowly building as we hurtle towards August 23rd, the just-announced debut date for Peter Capaldi (aka P-Cap), the 12th (13th?) Doctor in a feature-length adventure called "Deep Breath". But mixed with excitement is disappointment for some fans, as there will be no San Diego Comic ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #427 – The Perils of Tharils

    With no Chris this week, Steven and Warren enlisted the help of erstwhile scribe, podcaster and gentleman japesman Kyle Anderson of the Nerdist, Doctor Who: The Writer's Room, WTF Are You Watching, and Awesomely Bad Movies fame. Much fun was had as news of comics, schedules, and action dollies (oh ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #426 – Telesnap Crackle Pop

    Fancy 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #425 – Rupu’s Drag Race

    The randomizer, it has been noted, can be a harsh mistress. Bear that in mind when you cast an ear to our commentary to "Frontios", the somewhat maligned but still intriguing apocalyptic Fifth Doctor tale of hunger, strife, fascism and….giant snails. And if slimy Tractators aren’t your thing, tune in ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #424 – The Day of The Day of the Doctor

    The Three Who Rule tuned their brainwaves to Doctor Who Magazine’s latest poll naming all of our favourite show’s stories from best to worst, along with favourite (and not so favourite) Doctors, companions, and other movers and shakers. Did they agree with the choices of thousands upon thousands of fans? ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #423 – The Life Aquatic with Michael E Briant

    Doctor Who is coming back in August, and the internet has the brief, presumably-Capaldi-silhouette-filled trailer to prove it! But the RFS lads were equally enamoured with a recently released fan trailer of P-Cap and J-Co traipsing around in the rain, made by none other than the mysterious John Smith, who ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #422 – Nobody Slaps Cyril Shaps

    A shocking (O’ the Quawncing Grig) amount of news this week, including the inclusion of Tank Girl director Rachel Talalay as a Series Eight helmer for two episodes, Doctor Who returning to Lanzorate for the aforementioned Series Eight, A Doctor Who comics Humble Bundle, and more! By far the coolest ...

On July-6-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #429 – Click here to listen!

rfs429It was an exciting week in the world of Doctor Who, with a new teaser, with news of the return of the Cybermen, the addition of the esteemed Frank Cottrell Boyce to the writers team (plus another female director, Sheree Folkson, joining the production team), and a premiere screening taking place in Cardiff. Once all the new shiny is talked about, though, the Three Who Rule dip back in time to commentate over the third part of the Key to Time season, 1978′s “The Stones of Blood”! Ogri, sausage sandwiches, well tamed crows, location videotape, Megara – all sorts of things to enjoy!
Show Notes:

- “It’s time you knew him”…new Series 8 teaser!
- World premiere of “Deep Breath” to take place in…Cardiff!
- New episode of Doctor Who written by…Frank Cottrell Boyce!
- Series 8 features the return…of the Cybermen!
- Series 8 guest star…Michelle Gomez!
- Radiophonic Workshop…at Glastonbury!
- Series 8 DVD/Blu-ray…coming November 17!
- Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File…ebook!
- Space Helmet For A Cow…from Mad Norwegian Press!
- The Canadian…Doctors!

Commentary

- The Stones…Of Blood!

On March-30-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #415 – Click here to listen!

rfs415It’s the return of the Miniscope! The focus this time is on Michael Hayes, the accomplished director who at first blush wanted nothing to do with Doctor Who but learned to love the show after directing “The Androids of Tara”, “The Armageddon Factor” and the rightly beloved “City of Death”. What did the Three Who Rule think? Turn on your audio-visualizer and find out! But before that, news of Mark Gatiss writing more episodes of Doctor Who, and can it really be nine years since Doctor Who returned to our screens? Amazing!
Show Notes:

- Rose…Ninth Anniversary!
- Mark Gatiss…Writing for Peter Capaldi!
- Myth…Makers!
- Adric…In Big Finish!
- An Adventure in Space and Time…Region 1 Artwork!
- Crafty…Nominations!
- Mary Tamm…Second Generation!

Miniscope:
- Michael…Hayes!

On March-9-2014 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #412 – Click here to listen!

rfs412The Three Who Rule are travelling back in time this week to the wild, wooly days of 2005, when a certain program about a madman in a box first re-graced our screens after a long, long hiatus. Though we take the success of Doctor Who as a matter of course these days, in those early stories the show could have easily failed, and the fact that it didn’t is in no small part due to the work of one Joe Ahearne, gentleman director and subject of the Miniscope. Join Steven, Warren and Chris as they dissect the work of one of the most important directors of new Who…and also waste your time beforehand with news, japes and the introduction of P-Cap and J-Co to the “irritating shortened names for actors” pantheon.
Show Notes:

- Another Series 8 Writer…Announced!
- Matt Smith Panel…From The Doctor Who Celebration!
- An Adventure In Space And Time…North American Blu-Ray Release!
- Enemy Of The World…Package Art!
- An Adventure In Space And Time…North American Package Art Choices!
- The Web Of Fear DVD…Breaks Sales Records!
- Titan’s Doctor Who Comics…First Look!
- Doctor Who Legacy…Available On Kindle!
- A Day With The Radiophonic Workshop…In Chichester!

Miniscope:
- Joe…Ahearne!
- Joe Ahearne…Interview!

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 September-22-2013 0 Comments

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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On September-8-2013 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #383 – Click here to listen!

rfs383As most of you might be aware, Doctor Who is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, and the Three Who Rule are also doing their part to mark the occasion by celebrating and analyzing the era of each producer who helmed the show from 1963 through until the Fox TV movie in 1996. First up, the first producer – the original, you might say – Verity Lambert, who set in stone much of what we know and love about Doctor Who with help from her story editors David Whitaker and Dennis Spooner. And joining us for this segment is Doctor Who writer Jonny Morris to provide insight and opinion on the first two years in the programme’s history. We look forward to peeling back the curtain on classic Who for the next several weeks leading up to the 50th anniversary on November 23!
Show Notes:

- Doctor Who Christmas Special…begins filming!
- The Tenth Planet Part Four original script…found!
- Doctor Who Revisited episodes…revealed!
- Doctor Who Revisited 9-11…on DVD!
- Doctor Who Series 1-7…on Blu-ray!
- The Restoration Team works on…The Underwater Menace!
- Juliet Landau…is the new Romana?
- The Beast of Babylon…by Charlie Higson!
- The Pyramids of Mars…priory playset!
- Doctor Who…Risk!

Miniscope

- Verity Lambert
- David Whitaker
- Dennis Spooner

Guest

- Jonathan Morris

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On July-28-2013 3 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #377 – Click here to listen!

rfs377On thisss week’sss Radio Free Ssskaro, the Ice Warriors return! Well, one of them does in the Cold War era episode called…er…”Cold War”, of which there is a commentary presented. Luke from TMDWP joins us, replacing Seattle-bound Warren, to give us not only his thoughts on one of his favourite episodes from the recent series, but also to tell us about the Sylvester McCoy BFI event that occurred on July 27. Also, much news and speculation is discussed, as well as a whole host of merchandise to make sure your pockets are liberated of any spare cash. Expect more of such things as we get closer and closer to the event of the year in November!
Show Notes:

- 50th Anniversary special…simulcast worldwide!
- BBC statement on…the Comic Con trailer!
- Twelfth Doctor…audition scripts!
- Is Doctor Who Confidential…returning?
- Returning for the 50th Anniversary…Paul McGann?
- Be in the audience for…a Doctor Who celebration show!
- Steven Moffat promises…closure!
- Series 7 box set…details!
- Series 7 box set…coming later in the UK!
- 50th Anniversary Character Options Building…mini figures!
- Eleventh Doctor…Mr. Potato Head!
- Captain Jack Harkness…costume T-shirt!
- Lord President of Gallifrey…costume T-shirt!
- Sophie Aldred…photo exhibition!
- Russell t Davies auctions a Midnight script…for charity!
- The Who’s He Podcast…featuring Chris!
- Adventures with the Wife and Blake…Kickstarter!

Commentary

- Cold…War!

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On July-21-2013 6 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #376 – Click here to listen!

rfs376San Diego Comic Con! Over the years, SDCC has become a mecca not only of pop culture, cosplay and general lunacy, but also an important platform by which Doctor Who announces mammoth events like, say…the 50th Anniversary Special Trailer. The crowds went wild in Hall H, and mere moments later, entitled fans worldwide bristled in anger, fury and impotent frustration that they were not included in the fun IMMEDIATELY. What they should have done is focused their…enthusiasm at this week’s episode of RFS, which contains not only news from SDCC and elsewhere but also a commentary for The Rings of Akhaten, featuring costumer Mette Hedin and Erik Stadnik of Doctor Who: The Writer’s Room. Now that’s value! Enjoy!
Show Notes:

- BBC teases…the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special!
- Doctor Who panel…from Nerd Machine!
- Matt Smith…as Bart Simpson!
- Karen Gillan…is bald!
- Soundtrack releases…from Silva Screen!
- Doctor Who Series 1-7…on one Blu-ray box set!
- Doctor Who from IDW…ends!
- BFI Eighth and Tenth Doctor screenings…announced!
- New Doctor Who 6.5″…action dolls!
- John Barrowman…coming to Edmonton Expo!
- Radio Free Skaro…Parsec Award Finalist!
- Doctor Who prints…on Society 6!

Commentary

- The Rings…of Akhaten!

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On May-12-2013 4 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #366 – Click here to listen!

rfs366Neil Gaiman’s sophomore effort is one of the most divisive in the history of new Doctor Who, with some fans adoring his take on the Cybermen and others viewing precocious children and speedy metal men with disdain. But what did the Three Who Rule think? What are Chris’s views on the Proper Use of the Pimp Hand? Was Steven his usual cheery self, and did Warren find time to admonish his fellow nerds for overexcitement? Mix in stats, leaked Series 7 DVDs, fake Target book covers, and more, and you’ve got yourself a veritable jambalaya of Doctor Who conversation for slightly less than an hour!
Show Notes:

- Nightmare…In Silver!
- Nightmare In Silver…BBC Overnights!
- The Crimson Horror…BBC Overnights!
- The Crimson Horror…Appreciated!
- Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS…Final BBC Ratings!
- The Name of the Doctor…Prequel!
- The Name of the Doctor…Second Teaser!
- The Name of the Doctor…BBC America Teaser!
- Series 7 Part Two…Blu-Ray Released Early!
- New Series…Target Mockups!
- Tip…Of The Tongue!
- BFI Fourth Doctor Screening…Q&A Panel Video!
- The New TARDIS Console…Close Up!
- BAFTAs…Celebrate Doctor Who!
- Westercon…66!

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On March-20-2013 0 Comments
Two weeks after the release of the special edition DVD of The Visitation, on May 28, North American Blu-Ray and DVD buyers will be able to buy Series 7 Part Two; the set will include The Snowmen and the other eight episodes of Series 7B.

Edit: Extras have now been announced for this set, which include a behind-the-scenes for The Snowmen, “prequels” to The Snowmen and The Bells of St John, and a 45-minute special entitled The Companions.

Doctor Who Series 7 Part Two has an MSRP of $24.98 for the DVD release and $29.98 for the Blu-Ray release. Click on the package art for a larger version. Check TVShowsOnDVD.com for more details!

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