• 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #434 – We Sing In Praise of Total War

    Newsmageddon continues! With only two weeks to go before the premiere of Deep Breath across the planet, the Doctor Who hype machine is in full swing, from the world tour making it’s way through the UK before heading overseas to early reviews of the premiere episode (all spoiler-free, of course.) ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #433 – I Eat The Celery

    "Morgus! You stinking offal! Look at me!" Yes, a day long anticipated by the Three Who Rule Has finally arrived as they were privileged to tackle the all-time classic The Caves of Androzani as a commentary. While they had long feared such a task would devolve into silent slack jawed amazement, ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #432 – Down and Out in San Diego

    With 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 ...

  • 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 ...

On August-24-2014 7 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #436 – Click here to listen!

rfs436After 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 and Chris regarding Peter Capaldi’s debut episode and right-turn portrayal of everyone’s favourite Time Lord. Of course there was other news to ruminate upon, but…who are we kidding here, you want the “Deep Breath” goodness. And you shall have it! Tally-ho!
Show Notes:

Episode 1…Deep Breath!
Deep Breath…overnight viewing figures!
Doctor Who…Extra!
Doctor Who Extra…on Red Button!
Into The Dalek…730pm on August 30 on BBC One!
Robot of Sherwood…synopsis!
Series 8…episode titles!
Series 8…guest stars!
Series 8…coming to New Zealand August 31!
Series 8 in Germany…without German dubbing!
Series 8 in Germany…will later have German subtitles!
Have a look at…the revamped TARDIS interior!
Doctor Who World Tour…concludes!
Peter Capaldi…thanks the fans!
Space goes to New York…for the Doctor Who World Tour!
Space interviews…Peter Capaldi!
Space interviews…Jenna Coleman!
Doctor Who Legacy to add…Series 8 content!
The Matt Smith Years…coming to Blu-ray!
The Matt Smith Years Blu-ray…coming to Region 1 on November 4!
Series 8…coming to collectors edition Blu-ray on November 17!
2014 Hugo Awards…voting results!
Support Radio Free Skaro…On Patreon!

On August-10-2014 6 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #434 – Click here to listen!

rfs434Newsmageddon continues! With only two weeks to go before the premiere of Deep Breath across the planet, the Doctor Who hype machine is in full swing, from the world tour making it’s way through the UK before heading overseas to early reviews of the premiere episode (all spoiler-free, of course.) Online content, the Moff saying stuff that may or may not be true and so….much…more. But that’s not all! We also have the final Miniscope of the year, this time profiling BBC Radiophonic Workshop composer Jonathan Gibbs with the help of eminent smart music lady Emily Kausalik from the Doctor Who: Time Signatures podcast! Huzzah!
Show Notes:

Peter Capaldi…Interview!
Peter Capaldi…Extended Interview!
Peter Capaldi…Talks Costume!
Deep Breath…Premiere Q&A!
Deep Breath…Synopsis!
Deep Breath…To Be Simulcast In Australia!
World Tour…Live Streams!
Enemy of the World and Web of Fear…On Hulu!
Series 8…On Internet Video Services!
Deep Breath DVD/BluRay…UK Release!
Deep Breath DVD/BluRay…North American Release!
Moffat Says…No Master or Tenth Anniversary Special!
Moffat Says…More Online Content!
Rachel Talalay Interviewed…By The Globe And Mail!
Planet 55 Studios Says…No More Classic DVD Animations!
Qurios…Passed On Underwater Menace Animation!
Doctor Who Restoration Team…At LonCon!
Symphonic Spectacular…Touring The Antipodes!
Big Chief…First Doctor!
Season 1…Trailer!
Animated Adventures of Doctor Who…Trailer!
Doctor Who…On Sesame Street!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Camille Coduri!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury and Deborah Watling!

Miniscope

Jonathan…Gibbs!

Guest

Emily…Kausalik!

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 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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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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