• Radio Free Skaro #504 – A Bird In The Hand

    The 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #503 – Let Me Be Brave

    And 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #502 – Live From New York

    Goodbye England, and hello New York! Long Island, to be precise, the home of Long Island Who and the setting of this episode of Radio Free Skaro. Steven, Warren, and Chris took in "Sleep No More," Mark Gattis's found footage exploration of sleep deprivation and eye gunk, and then leapt ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #501 – Osgood As It Gets

    Warren, Steven and Erika are winding down their UK journey, but they’re still wandering around London, Derby, Cardiff and elsewhere with stunned looks in their eyes and swelling love for Albion in their hearts. Meanwhile, "The Zygon Inversion" has graced our screens, and the Three Who Rule have some things ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #500 – Hither and Thither

    THIS…IS…ENGLAND! At least it is for Steven, Warren, and Erika, who with the help of the lovely Simon Harries are currently wandering around Albion, fighting dinosaurs, ATMOS, Autons and jet lag as they drool like wide-eyed schoolchildren at famous sights and the drearily commonplace. But first, Chris joins Warren and ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #499 – Knightmare On Elm Street

    The Doctor reunites with Ashildr/Me…but is she a friend of an enemy? More to the point, was "The Woman Who Lived" better or worse than the episode that preceded it, “The Girl Who Died?” Also, is it possible to contain the sheer amount of squee generated when Sir John Hurt ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #498 – Suddenly Susan

    Fandom held its collective breath to witness the return of The Doctor's granddaughter Susan, in the form of Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, and instead of that half-baked and silly theory they got a cracking good story about Vikings, immortality and clarity regarding the thorny Visage De Capaldi issue ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #497 – A Fifth Of Beethoven

    "Before the Flood" left Warren baffled and Steven and Chris intrigued, but what else did your three hosts think of the second episode of Toby Whitehouse’s brain-twisting two-parter? Did the paradoxes and guitar solos excite or infuriate them? More to the point, what developments in both LEGO, Big Finish audios ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #496 – The Underwater Menace

    Doctor Who dives beneath the waves for “Under the Lake,” a base under siege story with ghosts, flash cards and British Sign Language….but what did Steven, Warren and Chris think of the first part of this soggy saga? More to the point, what is their hot take on “Class,” the ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #495 – A Frown Called Mercy

    We’re headed back to Skaro for "The Witch’s Familiar", the second part of the opening story of Series 9, and the Three Who Rule have thoughts, opinions, and perspectives to share on the latest thread in the grand tapestry that is the life of Ernest Q. Davros. (Yes, that’s his ...

On September-20-2015 10 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #494 – Click here to listen!

rfs494An old enemy returns (or two!) in “The Magician’s Apprentice”, the first new Doctor Who in many months and the premiere episode of Series 9. Daleks and Missy and Davros, oh my! What did the Three Who Rule think? And what did they have to say about Jenna Coleman leaving Doctor Who? Tune into over an hour of their mad bleatings, including musings on #TeamHoodie, clam bombs, and the staggeringly important matter of the Capaldi Bouffant!
Show notes:

Series 9, Episode 1 “The Magician’s Apprentice”
Jenna Coleman is leaving Doctor Who
“The Doctor’s Meditation” on Doctor Who Facebook page (UK only)
“The Magician’s Apprentice” interview clips
Series 9 episode titles and Steven Moffat guide
Stuart Manning’s Radio Times Series 9 posters
“Under The Lake” synopsis
Doctor Who Christmas Specials Blu-ray box art
“The Witch’s Familiar” airs at 7:45pm on September 26 on BBC One

On August-23-2015 3 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #490 – Click here to listen!

rfs490Another Hugos has come and gone, and with it two-thirds of the Radio Free Skaro crew can cross “host pre and post show at the Hugos and ad-lib for almost a half hour during same” off their bucket list. Though the Hugos were…dogged with controversy, in the eye of the storm all was calm and in fact Steven and Warren (along with Verity’s own Erika Ensign) were pleased to attend their first Worldcon, an international celebration of science fiction and fantasy that pre-dates (and was interrupted by) World War II! And as if that wasn’t enough, the Two and Verity Who Rule bring you all the latest Doctor Who news, of which there is a smattering! Enjoy!
Show notes:

The Hugo Awards
The 2015 Hugo Awards Ceremony, plus pre- and post-shows
Breakdown of 2015 Hugos voting and nominations
Steven and Warren visit KSPS-TV in Spokane
Series 9 preview in SFX Magazine
Episode 9 by Mark Gatiss will be found footage style
New gallery images for Series 9
Doctor Who – Mission: Dalek launched
Doctor Who miniatures tabletop game in development
Dark Water/Death in Heaven 3D Blu-ray cover art released
Doctor Who Legacy v3.0 released

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!
3.75″ Action Dollies…December 2014 Wave!
Doctor Who…History Collection!
Doctor Who…On CraveTV!
Long Island Who…3!


On October-26-2014 3 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #445 – Click here to listen!

rfs445“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) to take a look at a story about…well, trees. Warren also interviewed Rachel Talalay, the director of both “Dark Water” and “Death in Heaven”, the penultimate and final episodes of the series, and her thoughts on Doctor Who, the differences between directing for UK and American television, and a whole host of other topics are here for you to enjoy. Plus stats, general annoyance about the lack of a 5″ P-Cap action dollie, audio news, and all manner of jaunty amusement await you!
Show Notes:

In The Forest…Of The Night!
In The Forest Of The Night…overnight viewing figures!
Flatline…appreciation index!
Dark Water…November 1 at 8:15pm on BBC One!
Death in Heaven…synopsis!
Special BFI screening for…the Doctor Who finale!
Lynda Bellingham…dies.
AMC buys…BBC America!
UK Drama to show…classic Doctor Who on Sundays!
Doctor Who Series 8 Blu-ray…fan event!
Doctor Who Series 8 Blu-ray…details!
BBC replacing faulty Blu-ray discs…for The Day of the Doctor!
The Doctor and the Dalek…new online video game!
Now available in Doctor Who Legacy…the Fourth Doctor!
Now writing the City of Death novelization…James Goss!
Joe Lidster writes an interactive adventure for…the Doctor Who Experience!
Fourth Doctor…5″ regeneration action figure!
Massive Audio…Doctor Who Bluetooth speakers!
Coming Soon…Time-Flight concert at Long Island Who!
Doctor Puppet…Indiegogo campaign!!
Doctor Who convention…in Vancouver!

Director…Rachel Talalay!

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!





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!


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!
Adric…In Big Finish!
An Adventure in Space and Time…Region 1 Artwork!
Mary Tamm…Second Generation!


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!

Joe Ahearne…Interview!

On December-18-2013 0 Comments
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.