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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!

Rachel Talalay Joins Radio Free Skaro For Two-Part Director’s Commentary

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Rachel Talalay, the award-winning director and who has helmed the finales of both Series 8 and Series 9 of Doctor Who, will be joining the Three Who Rule for director’s commentaries on her two Series 9 episodes, “Heaven Sent” and “Hell Bent”.

“Heaven Sent” has received considerable acclaim since its original broadcast, and in addition to being nominated for a 2016 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form), it is also eligible for Emmy Award nomination in the US. Rachel joins Steven and Warren for this commentary on Radio Free Skaro #533, which will be released on Sunday, June 12 at 2pm ET.

“Hell Bent” concludes the two-part finale, and features not only the return of Gallifrey, but the final regular appearance of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. Rachel joins Steven and Chris for this commentary on Radio Free Skaro #534, the release of which will occur on Sunday, June 19 at 2pm ET.

Note that no commentaries for these two episodes are available on the official Doctor Who Series 9 box set, so Radio Free Skaro will be the only place to hear Rachel Talalay give a commentary for these amazing episodes. We thank Rachel for her time and for her enthusiasm in recording these with us, and we hope you all enjoy them!

*Note: we watched the NTSC (Region 1) versions of these episodes, so the commentaries will run slightly slower when trying to sync with PAL (Region 2) or other versions.

Radio Free Skaro #530 – Birdemic: Shock and Terror


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rfs530Comics, commentaries, audio adventures (both new and rumoured) and a celebration of Doctor Who’s many female scientists make for a busier newslist than usual in this, The Year With No Doctor Who, and this week you even get bonus tut-tutting about Target book arrangements and criminal dips to black on CraveTV’s streaming editions of the programme. A summons to the high court of the League of Fandom is in the maoi and should be arriving at their offices soon, fear not. And if that made-up legal nonsense doesn’t engage you, how about a commentary for “Face the Raven” with Deb Stanish of Verity! fame and Alyssa of Whovian Feminism?
Links:

Third Doctor…Titan Comics Series!
Doctor Who’s…Inspiring Female Scientists!
Tennant and Tate…Big Finish Interview!
Barrowman and Coduri…Recorded For Big Finish!
Series 4…On Blu-Ray In North America!
New Commentaries… For Some Of The Hartnell Era!
New Commentary…For The Daemons!
Alec Wheal…Died

Commentary:

Face…The Raven!
Deborah…Stanish!
Alyssa…From Whovian Feminism!

Radio Free Skaro #529 – Enter Sandman


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rfs529Hotelmageddon! The annual minute-or-less scramble for rooms at the LAX Marriott for Gallifrey One was once again a frenzied affair, and the Three Who Rule have the scars to prove it. But they also have news, such as new Big Finish War Doctor stories, including one by friend of the show Andrew Smith, and a new Twelfth Doctor sonic on the way to set your hearts (both of them) aflame! But wait! There’s also a commentary for Sleep No More, featuring Kathleen Schowalter! YOU WILL LISTEN!
Links:

Gallifrey One…Hotel Sold Out!
Doctor Who…Eligible For The Emmy Awards!
Twelfth Doctor…Sonic Screwdriver!
Big Finish…War Doctor Agents of Chaos!
Target Exhibition…Extended!

Commentary:

Sleep…No More!
Kathleen…Schowalter!

Radio Free Skaro #526 – The Twin Dilemma


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rfs526New Doctor Who! A whole two minutes of it, featuring just-announced new companion Pearl Mackie, AKA Bill, AKA AsBill (according to some Wags of Fandom.) We’ll dive into what the Three Who Rule think of the Doctor’s new best friend given the tiniest of morsels with which to analyze her origins and attitudes, as well as swim deeply into the fetid waters of stats, from whose rotten grip no-one escapes unscathed. Also comics, Target books, confusing DVD releases, and a commentary for “The Zygon Inversion” with The Doctor Who Fan Show’s Christel Dee!
Links:

Pearl Mackie…As Bill!
Friend…From The Future!
Pearl Mackie…Interview!
BBC Viewing Figures…For Series 9!
Outside Content…On BBC iPlayer!
The Target Book…Reissue!
Titan Comics…Summer Multi-Doctor Crossover!
North American…Upcoming Doctor Who DVD News!

Commentary:

The Zygon…Inversion!
Christel…Dee!

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