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Radio Free Skaro #555 – Imurjinsee Egsit

NOTE: our discussion of Episode 5 of Class occurs from 24:45-45:55.


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rfs555Warren is in Long Island, NY this week, enjoying the fourth iteration of the east coast nerd gathering known as LI Who, and has a report from the trenches for you dear listeners. Thanks to schedules, wifi, and probably rock monsters, Warren couldn’t watch Class in time for the show, but Steven and Chris are on the case to give you their take on Episode 5 of the Doctor Who spinoff. However, Warren is present for the commentary for the sentimental favourite (but not altogether good) Season 15 story “The Invisible Enemy”, recorded in the blissful, innocent time of October 2016. Remember that time? Remember…?
Links:

Class Episode 5, “Brave-ish Heart”
Power of the Daleks iTunes preorder
Doctor Who Experience to close in 2017
The Pirate Planet novelized by James Goss
Totally Tasteless: The Life of John Nathan-Turner, from Miwk Publishing
First look at Doctor Who Mr. Men
Kandles fan art by Robbie Bonham
Kandles fan art by Mike Rieger
Long Island Doctor Who

Commentary:

The Invisible Enemy

Radio Free Skaro #551 – Hungry Like The Wolves


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rfs551Chip, of the currently on hiatus Two-Minute Time Lord, current Whovian gadabout, and man about town rejoins Two of the Three Who Rule (Chris is still punching his liver with an assortment of British liquids) for a brief sojourn through a paltry news list this week! Dribbles of info about Class (which premieres October 22 in various parts of the Commonwealth)…and not much else. But wait! Chris travels from the past to the present to comment on the past (confused? We are) as RFS is plagued by “The Curse…of Fenric”!
Links:

Class Ep 1 and 2 available on BBC Three at 10am on October 22
Class: everything you need to know about the Doctor Who spin-off
Doctor Who marathon on Space on October 22 leading up to Class premiere
“The Power of the Daleks” in theatres in US on November 14
10th anniversary Torchwood story from Big Finish
Doctor Who “Mr. Men” books coming Spring 2017

With:

Chip from Two-Minute Time Lord

Radio Free Skaro #547 – Seville Unrest


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rfs547Class fever is building, as evidenced by a fan-made trailer and bits and pieces of official ephemera dribbling out of the BBC about the upcoming Doctor Who spinoff. We’ve also got news of a slap-fight between Steven Moffat and John Barrowman, a hipster vinyl Big Finish release, and Steven’s appearance on Edmonton college station CJSR, where he helped break down the different shooting styles of classic and current Who! Plus, we have the conclusion of our commentary for that cannibalistic soap opera known as…”The Two Doctors!”
Links:

Fan-made…Class Trailer!
Class…Does Social Media!
Barrowman and Moffat…Have A Tiff!
Chimes of Midnight…On Vinyl!
Wallace Shawn…At Edmonton Expo!
All That Matters…With Steven As Guest!

Commentary:
The Two Doctors…Episode 3!

Radio Free Skaro #546 – Hipsters of the Quawncing Grig


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rfs546This week, we begin the first of a two-part commentary for “The Two Doctors”, a Robert Holmes romp with Two, Six, hipster cannibals, tall Sontarans, and Elton John as a disco scientist. Enticing! But before the main event, the Three Who Rule reflect on the 50th anniversaries of both Star Trek and The Prisoner, two shows that along side Doctor Who were seminal viewing experiences for their younger selves. Dive into the past with us, won’t you?
Links:

Star Trek…Celebrates 50 Years!
How Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary…Was Screwed Up!
The Prisoner…Celebrates 50 Years!
The Power of the Daleks…Animated!
The Power of the Daleks…Animation Trailer!
The Power of the Daleks…On BBC America!
Dad’s Army…Animation Profile!
Christopher Eccleston…On Australian Radio!
Big Finish Presents…The Lives of Captain Jack!
Edmonton Expo…Adds Christian Slater, Carlos Valdes, Elizabeth Henstridge and Mark Meer!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Gary Russell As Guest!
Parsec Awards…2016!

Commentary:
The Two Doctors…Episodes 1 & 2!

Radio Free Skaro #541 – The Tholian Web


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rfs541It’s a bowl of mixed treats in the news list, from Peter Capaldi’s third anniversary to Class showrunner Patrick Ness being offered a chance to write for proper Doctor Who. Mysterious! Also Doctor Who Legacy, the TV Movie on Blu-Ray (sorta kinda), and a report from Warren who is attending Anglicon in Seattle. All this and the conclusion of our commentary for “The Web of Fear”! You will bow to the will of the Great Intelligence…or be destroyed! And make sure to tune in next week for our tenth anniversary special, where we reflect on anything other than ourselves! O Canada!
Links:

Patrick Ness…Turned Down Doctor Who!
Peter Capaldi…Announced Three Years Ago!
The Doctor Who Experience…Adds Another Console!
Doctor Who Magazine…On Location!
The TV Movie…On Blu-Ray!
Doctor Who Legacy…Bigger On The Inside!
Red Dwarf XI…Titles And Synopses!
Daisy Ridley…Works With Patrick Ness!
Steven on…Edmonton radio!

Commentary:

The Web of Fear…Episodes 4-6!

Radio Free Skaro #540 – The Velvet Web


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rfs540The Doctor Who news this week consists of action dollies, laments for the (on hiatus) Bookshelf Doctors, and not much else. But the Three Who Rule used their powers of bloviation to ponder, surmise, and otherwise cogitate for longer than was strictly necessary before getting to this week’s highlight, Part the First of our commentary for the 1968 story “The Web of Fear”. As an extra bonus, the commentary for the (still missing) Episode 3 features archive audio from missing episodes hunter Phil Morris!
Links:

Series 10…Filming In Spain!
Ralf Little…Denies Being In Doctor Who!
Doctor Who Funko Pops…Wave 3!
Third Doctor…Collectors Set!
Classic Doctors…New Monsters!

Commentary:

The Web of Fear…Episodes 1-3!

Radio Free Skaro #537 – A Towering Intelligence


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rfs537San Diego Comic-Con looms like a monolith on the very edge of our collective nerd conscience, and though Doctor Who officially will not be at this year’s SDCC, Titan Comics will be holding a panel and slaking the fires of word-balloon fueled fever! Add to that a contest for signed copies of issues #500 and #501 of Doctor Who Magazine, and Warren’s live-tweeting adventure chronicling the Director’s Guild of Canada with Rachel Talalay and Amanda Tapping (Storify link in the show notes) and you’ve got yourself a podcas…..but wait! There’s also a commentary on the classic series adventure “The Time Warrior” for you to enjoy! Oh yes, and three old men trying to talk about Pokemon and failing utterly. Shame them, for they deserve it.
Links:

Titan Comics…Does San Diego Comic-Con!
Doctor Who Magazine…Competition!
David Tennant…Gets Honourary Doctorate!
DGC Master Class…With Rachel Talalay!
DGC Master Class…Live Tweets Storified!

Commentary:

The Time…Warrior!

Radio Free Skaro #535 – Douglas, King of Scots


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rfs535Gallifrey One guests! A radiant Pearl Mackie sharing her first day on set for Series 10! Classic Who on PBS, and this very podcast being highlighted by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts blog! All mere preamble to the commentary for “The Husbands of River Song,” with special guest Douglas Mackinnon, the director of said story! Learn about all the secrets of filming the 2015 Christmas Special! You will enjoy or die!
Links:

Gallifrey One…Guest Announcement!
Pearl Mackie’s…First Day On Location!
WILL PBS TV…Airing Classic Doctor Who In July!
Robert Llewellyn…At Anglicon…Sort Of!
University of Alberta Alumni Association…Profiles Radio Free Skaro!

Commentary (Starts at 17:52):

The Husbands…Of River Song!
Douglas…MacKinnon!

Radio Free Skaro #534 – To The End Of The Universe


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rfs534For a Year With No Doctor Who, this week brought a surfeit of news, including tales of actors and writers headed for Series 10 (which begins filming this week!), news about Class, Doctor Who being included on the initial Emmy nomination list for the first time ever, and more! The mind veritably reels at this cornucopia of informational entertainments. But let’s be honest, you’re here for even more Rachel Talalay, and RFS delivers, as the acclaimed director joins us for the second of her two-part commentary, this one for “Hell Bent”!
Links:

Doctor Who Series 10…Begins Filming This Week!
First Series 10 Table Reads…Done!
Series 10 Kicks Off With A Steven Moffat Script…Directed By Lawrence Gough!
Series 10 Episode Two…By Frank Cottrell-Boyce!
Series 10 Recording Block Two…With Stories By Sarah Dollard And Mike Bartlett!
Series 10 Has Matt Lucas Returning…And Stephanie Hyam Guesting!
Matt Lucas Indicates Nardole Will Appear…In Multiple Stories!
Class Will Feature…An LGBT Lead Character!
Peter Capaldi…On The Long List For An Emmy!
Adric In The Big Finish…2017 Main Range!
Big Finish…The Trouble With Drax!
Big Finish Short Trips Competition…Closes Soon!
Paul Cornell Interview…On DWTWR!
Sean Pertwee…Was Asked To Appear In Doctor Who!
Red Dwarf…LEGO Ideas!
Gallifrey One Guest Announcement…Coming This Week!
LI Who…Guest Update!
Whooverville 8…Guests!
Anglicon…This August!
WYCC Chicago…Shows Tom Baker Stories!

Commentary (Starts at 36:00):

Heaven…Sent!
Rachel…Talalay!

Radio Free Skaro #533 – The First Second of Eternity


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rfs533Let’s just take it as read that there was no news this week of any consequence and move right to the main event. Director Rachel Talalay joins Steven and Warren this week for a commentary on “Heaven Sent”, the penultimate episode of this series of Doctor Who and, let’s be honest, one of the best episodes of the show ever to be produced, old or new. And next week she’s back with Hell Bent with Steven and Chris! But why are you reading this? Listen and enjoy!
Links:

Mark Gatiss…Writing For Series 10!
Class…Also On BBC One!
Class…On SPACE!
The Daleks…Humanity’s Saviours!

Commentary (Starts at 12:00):

Heaven…Sent!
Rachel…Talalay!

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