• Radio Free Skaro #449 – Super 8

    For the first time ever (we defy you to prove us wrong, RFS pedants, DEFY YOU) Radio Free Skaro is coming out on November 23rd, better known this year as the 51st anniversary of Doctor Who, our favorite program. And while there's no new Who to discuss until Christmas, we ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #448 – The Road To Qdoba

    And so begins the Dark Times, otherwise known as waiting a month and a bit after the end of Series 8 for the Doctor Who Christmas Special. In the meantime, the Three Who Rule tackled stats, poured one out for sci-fi TV legend Glen A. Larson, and most importantly, devoted ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #447 – All The President’s Cybermen

    And with that, Series 8 of Doctor Who is over! After a radical turn towards darkness and drama it all came together with “Death in Heaven,” the final episode of the series and the P-Capstone on the 12th Doctor’s inaugural year. From the machinations of Missy (AKA The Master) to ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #446 – The Moffat Master Plan

    The penultimate episode of Series 8 is upon us, with Cybermen, the afterlife, and Missy, who is revealed as….well, you should certainly watch “Dark Water” (penned by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay) before listening to the Three Who Rule expound upon the contents therein, or risk a mega-spoiler ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #445 – Can’t See The Forest For The Trees

    "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) ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #444 – Boneless Chicken Wings

    Doctor Who is often at its best when it mixes domesticity with the fantastical, and the Jamie Mathieson penned, Douglas Mackinnon directed “Flatline” was no exception, if the rapturous reception (spoilers) of the Three Who Rule for this week’s episode is anything to go by. Thrill to their enthusiasm! Enjoy ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #443 – Execute Order 66

    Trains! Space! A mummy! Jelly babies! Foxes! All things in writer Jamie Mathieson's “Mummy on the Orient Express,” this week’s episode of the obscure and not well regarded televisual program known as Doctor Who, and all subjects for debate for the Three Who Rule, who mulled all these elements plus ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #442 – Through The Thick And Thin

    “Kill the Moon,” this week’s episode of Doctor Who, has proven to be one of the most divisive in recent memory, with fandom loving it or despising it but certainly not dismissing it. Was it the “game changer” showrunner Steven Moffat made it out to be? Has Peter Capaldi’s Doctor ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #441 – Officer’s Mess

    When we found out that Gareth Roberts was the scribe behind “The Caretaker,” we all expected a rompity-romp-romp, much like “The Lodger” and “Closing Time.” And while this story did have rompy moments, it was also funny, touching and filled with nice character touches that you’ll only find out about ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #440 – All Hail The Great Architect

    The beauty of Doctor Who is that it can be any story, anywhere and anywhen…and yet inexplicably there’s never really been a heist episode. Well, no longer! “Time Heist,” by writer Steve Thompson of “Curse of the Black Spot” and “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS" (ahem) fame. Did ...

On October-19-2014 6 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #444 – Click here to listen!

rfs444Doctor Who is often at its best when it mixes domesticity with the fantastical, and the Jamie Mathieson penned, Douglas Mackinnon directed “Flatline” was no exception, if the rapturous reception (spoilers) of the Three Who Rule for this week’s episode is anything to go by. Thrill to their enthusiasm! Enjoy their musings! Agree with them or else! All that passive-aggressive goodness and the usual stats, tat and flibbity flap awaits!
Show Notes:

Flatline!
Jamie Mathieson…Flatline Blog Post!
Jamie Mathieson…Another Blog Post!
Jamie Mathieson…Posts On His Blog Again!
Jamie Mathieson…Twitter Q&A!
In The Forest Of The Night…Trailer Oopsie?
Flatline…BBC One Overnights!
Mummy On The Orient Express…Appreciated!
Mummy On The Orient Express…Final BBC One Ratings!
Kill The Moon…BBC One Final Ratings!
Dark Water…Synopsis!
An Adventure In Space And Time…Emmy Nomination!
Michael Hayes…Dies.
Tom Spilsbury…Talks Spoilers!
Doctor Who Magazine…479!
New Sixth Doctor…Big Finish Companion!
Seven Moffat…At MIPCOM!
Peter Capaldi…At Project Motormouth 3!
Doctor Who…Anatomy Of A Hit!
Waris Hussein…Awarded!
Doctor Who Book…Reprints!
Lalla Ward…Wrote A(nother) Book!
Seventh Doctor…Umbrella!
BBC…Genome Project!

On September-7-2014 5 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #438 – Click here to listen!

rfs438Robin 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 on stats and what a blight they are on human society. But that’s not all, not by a long chalk! We also have an interview with director Douglas MacKinnon, whose handiwork will be seen later this series in “Time Heist”, “Flatline” and, next week, in “Listen”! So…do so!
Show Notes:

Robot…Of Sherwood!
Robot of Sherwood…Overnights!
Into The Dalek…Appreciated!
Into The Dalek…SPACE Viewing Figures!
Deep Breath…Sets A SPACE Record!
Into The Dalek…Watched In Australia!
Listen…Goes Out At 7:30!
Time Heist…Synopsis!
Robot Of Sherwood…Edited!
Peter Capaldi…Wins GQ Award!
Peter Capaldi…On The Graham Norton Show!
Support Radio Free Skaro…On Patreon!

Interview:

Douglas…MacKinnon!

On June-15-2014 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #426 – Click here to listen!

rfs426Fancy a Doctor Who historical? Even those that don’t exist anymore (for now)? The Three Who Rule certainly did, and so writer John Lucarotti, the scribe behind “Marco Polo,” “The Aztecs,” and “The Massacre (of St. Bartholomew’s Eve)” was the focus of this week’s Miniscope. Warren decided to go down a more textual path, and read the Target novelization of Marco Polo, while Steven and Chris braved the wild world of fan recons. How does Mr. Lucarotti fare under the glare of 2014’s wildly different pacing and tastes? Only one way to find out! But before that, our old friend Chip from Two-Minute Time Lord drops by to visit and talk about the news of the week, such as it is. Enjoy!
Show Notes:

First wave of Gallifrey One 2015 guests…announced!
Doctor Who…World Tour!
Series 8 on BBC America will be…day and date!
Series 8 of Doctor Who…coming to Australia!
Peter Capaldi report card…for charity!
The Doctor Who Experience…about to regenerate!
John Barrowman and Julie Gardner are now…Members of the British Empire!
Peter Capaldi wins…the RTS Scotland Award!
Doctor Who wins fictitious awards…in Banff!
New Tenth Doctor “The Day of the Doctor”…sonic screwdriver!
Star Trek/Doctor Who Assimilation…limited edition set!
Anglicon in Seattle…Kickstarter project!

Miniscope:

John…Lucarotti!

On May-25-2014 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #423 – Click here to listen!

rfs423Doctor Who is coming back in August, and the internet has the brief, presumably-Capaldi-silhouette-filled trailer to prove it! But the RFS lads were equally enamoured with a recently released fan trailer of P-Cap and J-Co traipsing around in the rain, made by none other than the mysterious John Smith, who not only created the stellar Wholock trailer that consumed the internet, but also appears in Warren’s own Skaromantic Comedy as the random victim of a comely Dalek lass!

But enough quasi-self-promotion, today’s Miniscope guest is none other than Michael E. Briant, director of “Colony in Space”, “The Sea Devils”, “The Green Death”, “Death to the Daleks”, “Revenge of the Cybermen”, and “The Robots of Death”! Though we included our cogent analysis on said stories, we also went straight to the man himself, with an in-depth interview with Steven about his time on the show, the freedom afforded a television director in the 1970s, and even Briant’s new life as a full-fledged sailor. Avast, ye dogs!

Show Notes:

Doctor Who…Returns In August!
Series 8…amazing fan trailer!
Day of the Doctor…Wins A BAFTA!
BAFTA…Acceptance Speech and Interview!
Dominic Glynn’s Gallifrey One Theme Remix…On Sale June 16!
Extra…Time!
L. I. Who…Guest Update!

Interview/Miniscope:

Michael…E. Briant!

On April-20-2014 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #418 – Click here to listen!

rfs418What derails the Three Who Rule from the week’s news and a gripping Miniscope about classic series director Rodney Bennett? Why, it’s the #firsttargetnovel Twitter discussion from Full Circle scribe and all-around gentleman Andrew Smith! Your hosts thoroughly enjoyed drenching themselves in novelised nostalgia, and look forward to further trips to the fannish past. Eventually, the fellas settle down and talk about the work of Mr. Bennett, who helmed three stories in the Tom Baker era – “The Ark in Space”, “The Sontaran Experiment”, and “The Masque of Mandragora”. But what of the future? What wondrous commentaries and other aural delights are in store for you, dear listener? WHAT!?
Show Notes:

Doctor Who Celebration…Full Panel With The Doctors!
Doctor Who Nominated…As Best Of British!
Doctor Who…On Amazon Prime Video!
Horror Channel…Doctor Who Launch!
The Radiophonic Workshop…Plays the Doctor Who Theme Live!
Classic Doctor Who…DVD Compendium!
Billie Piper…On The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson!
2014…Hugo Award Nominees!

Miniscope:

Rodney…Bennett!

On April-13-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #417 – Click here to listen!

rfs417Pertwee! Jo! Troughton the younger! An incontinent skull! With a cast like that it can only be the Three Who Rule’s commentary on “The Curse of Peladon”! Watch a prince in short pants fight a revolution, superstition and a questionable monster suit in this Third Doctor…classic? Also, news and discussion, including the exciting news that Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are coming to Calgary Expo! And….well, you know the drill. Listen!
Show Notes:

Matt Smith…At Calgary Expo!
Ben Miller…Guest Stars In Series 8!
Wallowing…In Our Own Weltschmerz!
Derrick Sherwin…Memoir!
Titan Comics…Preorders!
Big Finish…Doctor Four, Series Four!
Doctor Who Lego…Second Set In Review!
Doctor Who Magazine…Wins A Fictitious Award!
BAFTA…Nominations!
Martin Friend…Died.

Commentary:

The Curse…Of Peladon!

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 February-2-2014 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #404 – Click here to listen!

rfs404In the dog days before the wondrous rapture that is the Gallifrey convention in the greater Los Angeles area, the news was sparse and the fans were restless. However, the reveal of Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor costume sparked not only excitement and fevered speculation across Who fandom but was also the cause of an ill-advised tangent on cosplay by Warren, Steven, and Chris, who know less than nothing about such matters and have been replaced by trained seals in 6th Doctor costumes. Next week, the semi-demi-official Gallifrey 2014 preview episode! But for now, a commentary by the Three Who Rule for “The Day of the Doctor”!
Show Notes:

Peter Capaldi’s…Costume!
An Adventure in Space and Time…Soundtrack!
Big Finish…Wins Fictitious Awards!
Gallifrey One…Update!

Commentary:
The Day…of the Doctor!

On January-26-2014 7 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #403 – Click here to listen!

rfs403The Three Who Rule aren’t known for feedback, which is befitting of their hubristic megalomania and general dedication to evil. But in a new feature called Fluid Links, we’ve invited you, the listener, to submit topics of note for us to hash over, debate, pettily argue and break into tears over. Shocking lack of imagination or new era of transparency and openness? You be the judge.

Also news, LEGO, emulated video games, funny books, Gally announcements and DVD releases!

Show Notes:

Arthur Darvill…At Gallifrey One!
Tom Baker…Turns 80!
Tom Baker…Interviewed!
Verity Lambert…Biography!
Peter Capaldi…Fan Art!
J Michael Straczynski…Wants To Write Doctor Who!
Doctor Who Fan Orchestra…50th Anniversary Suite!
Doctor Who Wins…Fictitious National Television Awards!
The Web of Fear…Region 2 DVD Release Date!
Titan…Licensed for Doctor Who comics!
Action Figures…The Next Wave!
Twelfth Doctor…Not Lego!
Eleventh Doctor…Slippers!
Doctor Who…Cards Against Gallifrey!
Doctor Who…Retro Gaming!

On May-12-2013 4 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #366 – Click here to listen!

rfs366Neil Gaiman’s sophomore effort is one of the most divisive in the history of new Doctor Who, with some fans adoring his take on the Cybermen and others viewing precocious children and speedy metal men with disdain. But what did the Three Who Rule think? What are Chris’s views on the Proper Use of the Pimp Hand? Was Steven his usual cheery self, and did Warren find time to admonish his fellow nerds for overexcitement? Mix in stats, leaked Series 7 DVDs, fake Target book covers, and more, and you’ve got yourself a veritable jambalaya of Doctor Who conversation for slightly less than an hour!
Show Notes:

Nightmare…In Silver!
Nightmare In Silver…BBC Overnights!
The Crimson Horror…BBC Overnights!
The Crimson Horror…Appreciated!
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS…Final BBC Ratings!
The Name of the Doctor…Prequel!
The Name of the Doctor…Second Teaser!
The Name of the Doctor…BBC America Teaser!
Series 7 Part Two…Blu-Ray Released Early!
New Series…Target Mockups!
Tip…Of The Tongue!
BFI Fourth Doctor Screening…Q&A Panel Video!
The New TARDIS Console…Close Up!
BAFTAs…Celebrate Doctor Who!
Westercon…66!

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