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Radio Free Skaro #575 – Beyond the Valley of the Thals


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With new Who slowly ambling towards our eyeballs, the news pace has picked up somewhat, with publicity stills, tantalizing details concerning Ice Warriors, and the release of the 1999 charity special “The Curse of Fatal Death” on Youtube (otherwise known as ‘streaming VHS’)! But this is a mere tease, the frothiest of fripperies, the lightest of garnishes (and so forth, please get on with it) to the reappearance of one Kyle Anderson, Nerdist scribbler and all-around fine fellow, as we complete our commentary of….The Daleks!
Links:

Ice Warrior episode teasers!
Series 10 publicity stills!
The Pilot gets a New Zealand cinema screening!
Australian Doctor Who panel show debuts after The Pilot!
Chibnall will write the new Doctor’s first words!
Red Nose Day Doctor Who charity auction!
Red Nose Day Doctor Who charity lottery!
The Curse of Fatal Death re-released by the BBC!

Commentary:

The Daleks! The Mutants! The Dead Planet!
Kyle Anderson!

Radio Free Skaro #574 – Valley of the Thals


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It’s time for a visit to The Dead Planet to see some Mutants in “The Daleks” with the Three Who Rule and Doctor Who: The Writers Room podcaster, Nerdist scribe and gentleman bounder Kyle Anderson as a special guest! Thrill to Steven’s knowledge of televisual minutiae, twirl to Kyle’s searing insights, sashay to Chris’s detailed analysis and recoil at the sight of Warren’s brain melting at the (in his sole opinion) grinding tedium of the early Hartnell era! Plus news like the first official Series 10 trailer, but who needs that when you’ve got survivors escaping an ordeal and an ambush, thus expediting a rescue!
Links:

Series 10 Episode 1 will be called The Pilot!
Series 10 will have a 3-parter in the middle!
Official BBC Series 10 trailer released!
Missy’s reaction to the trailer!
Australian cinema details for the Series 10 Premiere!
Paul Cornell’s Chalk
New Radiophonic Workshop album!
“Directed by Douglas Camfield” by Michael Seely!

Commentary:

The Daleks! The Mutants! The Dead Planet!
Kyle Anderson!

Radio Free Skaro #566 – Never Cruel Or Cowardly


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It is with a heavy heart that we mark the passing of acting legend John Hurt, beloved by Whovians for his portrayal of the War Doctor in “The Day of the Doctor” but with a career spanning the best of film, TV, and the stage. In happier news, we can now announce the guests for our Gallifrey One live show (contained within) and some other notable Gally news, updates and miscellany! We also announce the winner of our Whographica giveaway contest! Plus stats (bleh) and a commentary for the 1978 story “The Ribos Operation”! To me, Sholakh!
Links:

John Hurt died.
Radio Free Skaro… Live From Gallifrey One 2017!
Gallifrey One guest update and reception info!
Who’s Queer Now? featuring Russell T Davies!
Class BBC One ratings!

Commentary:

The Ribos Operation!

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

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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!

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