• 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #439 – For What It’s Worth

    As showrunner for Doctor Who, Steven Moffat is mostly known for beginnings and endings of series, but this week the Moff brought us “Listen,” a standalone story that delves into beginnings, endings and fear itself. So, did Moffat overload the story with his personal tropes, take the show in an ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #438 – Rocket Robin Hood

    Robin 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #437 – Death to the Daleks

    The first proper P-Cap story, where he’s out of bed and sassing off to soldiers, Daleks and everyone in between, has arrived on our TV screens, tablets, laptops and eyeballs. You’d think after years of Dalek stories the well would be dry, but in fact….well, you’ll just have to listen ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #436 – Planet of the Pudding Brains

    After 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #435 – Into The Darkness

    Only one week to go until the premiere of Series 8, or as Warren (and no-one else) terms it, 8mageddon, and there’s news of trailers, radio trailers, misguided Tom Baker biopics, Doctor Who world tours and more. But more importantly, Friend of the Show, all around fine gent and writer ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #434 – We Sing In Praise of Total War

    Newsmageddon 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.) ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #433 – I Eat The Celery

    "Morgus! You stinking offal! Look at me!" Yes, a day long anticipated by the Three Who Rule Has finally arrived as they were privileged to tackle the all-time classic The Caves of Androzani as a commentary. While they had long feared such a task would devolve into silent slack jawed amazement, ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #432 – Down and Out in San Diego

    With San Diego Comic Con’s annual media megashow winding down, Radio Free Skaro brought in a Special Report from Nerdist editor and all around fine fellow Kyle Anderson as our man on the scene to let us know about the Big! Who! News! almost live from the source. Well, it ...

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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On March-31-2013 6 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #360 – Click here to listen!

New Doctor Who! And given such an auspicious occasion, it was no surprise that the Three Who Rule yammered on at length about “The Bells of Saint John,” and then further prognosticated on the news that David Tennant and Billie Piper will in fact return for the 50th anniversary special. Debate on the proper levels of fanwankiness for the special, speculation on the many hints and tidbits Moffat has seeded throughout his tenure leading up to November 23rd, 2013 and other wishes and dreams for the upcoming season were all grist for the fevered (and possibly insane) minds of the RFS crew. All this and various other tidbits of news, and more importantly, no stats. (Don’t worry, stats will be back in full force next week).
Show Notes:

The Bells…Of Saint John!
Tennant and Piper…Return!
Series 7B…In New Zealand!
Series 7B…Episode Titles!
Matt Smith…Hangs Around For 2014!
Demon’s Run…Two Days Later!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Doctor Who Stuff…On Playstation Home!
The Mill…Closing The TV Division?
Doctor Who Stamps…Are Popular!
Series 7B…DVD Extras!
Terror of the Zygons…DVD Delayed!
Regenerations…DVD Box Set!?
Doctor Who…Wins A Peabody Award!
Hugo Award…2013 Nominees!

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