|Our second entry in our Producer era Miniscopes sees us tackle the John Wiles era, a controversial six months in Doctor Who’s long history that ushered in great changes and foreshadowed a great many more. Joining us to discuss the finer points of this tumultuous time is Toby Hadoke, and we also bring you an interview with Peter Purves, who played Steven Taylor throughout the Wiles era. Before that, Simon Harries drops by to discuss the news of the week with Steven and Warren. A jam packed episode, to be sure!|
- Coming November 23…The Day of The Doctor!
|Some more guests have been added to the already impressive bill at the upcoming Gallifrey One convention in February 2014!|
|An acting legend in the UK since the 1960s, and famous for the series 1970s series Upstairs, Downstairs, Jean Marsh has had some notable brushes with the Doctor Who world. Previously married to Jon Pertwee, Jean first appeared on Doctor Who in 1965′s “The Crusade”, then followed it up by playing short term companion Sara Kingdom in the epic “The Daleks’ Master Plan” later that year. Jean returned to Doctor Who in 1989 to portray Morgaine in “Battlefield”. This will be Jean Marsh’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Kate O’Mara played the villainous Rani in two stories – Season 22′s “The Mark of the Rani” and Sylvester McCoy’s debut “Time and the Rani” from Season 24. The plot of the latter story called on Kate to double for Bonnie Langford in disguise as Mel, and Kate now replaces Bonnie Langford at Gallifrey One as Bonnie has had to pull out of attending the con! Funny how these things work out. 2014 will be Kate’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Jacqueline King played the disappointed mother to Catherine Tate’s underachieving Donna Noble in the 2006 Christmas Special “The Runaway Bride”. Jacqueline would reprise the role in Series 4 and 2009-10′s “The End of Time”. 2014 will see the first appearance at Gallifrey One for Jacqueline.|
|Famous in recent years for appearing in a variety of Tim Burton productions including Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and perhaps best know now as being Scotty’s alien companion Keenser in the new Star Trek films, Deep Roy played the role of Mr. Sin in the iconic 1977 serial “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”. He also appeared in the flesh as The Klute in the beloved Blake’s 7 episode “Gambit”. This will be Deep’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Friend of the show Toby Hadoke returns to Gallifrey One with a Friday night performance of his hit comedy show “My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver”. Toby first wowed Gally with his 2009 show “Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf”, and he has also been omnipresent on many classic series DVD commentaries and extra features.|
|Jamie Glover has yet to appear in the Doctor Who universe, but he will be playing William Russell in Mark Gatiss’s An Adventure in Space and Time that will be broadcast in November. Also, Jamie comes from an impressive Doctor Who acting pedigree, as both his parents Julian Glover (“The Crusade”, “City of Death”) and Isla Blair (“The King’s Demons”) have appeared on the show in the past. This will be Jamie’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Nev Fountain makes his return to Gallifrey One since the 2009 edition of the convention. Nev is well known for his work on the comedy series Dead Ringers, but he also written several Doctor Who audio plays for Big Finish, and created the popular audio series Mervyn Stone about a crime solving ex-script editor of a popular science fiction show!|
|Ellie Darcey-Alden and Joseph Darcey-Alden are real life siblings, and they played onscreen sister and brother Francesca and Digby in the 2012 Christmas special “The Snowmen”. This will be the Darcey-Aldens’ first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Check out the full list of guests on the Gallifrey One website. Stay tuned to Gallifrey One and Radio Free Skaro for future guest announcements!|
|In an uneventful, post finale, nothing ever happens week, The Three Who Rule….wait, HOLD ON, JUST A SECOND…..Chris isn’t on the show this week. Oh, and also, Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who.
Yes, the floppy haired foetus who charmed his way into our hearts in the Eleventh Hour has decided to vacate the TARDIS, but not before the 50th Anniversary and Christmas specials this year. Smith’s tenure spanned arguably the greatest period of global mainstream popularity the show has ever seen, and it is likely the search and selection of the next Doctor will garner more than a little attention from both fans and the not-we. Let the speculation, tears, jeers, madness, forum bile and lunacy begin! We also have news, japes, Warren trying and failing to explain Guardians of the Galaxy to Steven, and a winner for our DVD caption contest! Hooray!
- Matt Smith…leaves Doctor Who!
|For decades, fans of Doctor Who have been wondering and dreaming of what amazing thrills and sights exist within The Doctor’s TARDIS. The 50th Anniversary of the programme seems to be an appropriate time to finally peel back the curtain on The Doctor’s magical time-space machine, and Stephen Thompson’s script, free of crippling 20th century BBC budgets, took us for a ride. But what did the Three Who Rule think? After that, Chris and Steven are joined by Erika and Katrina from Verity! in Calgary, talking about the massive event that is Calgary Expo, which attracted 60,000 fans (and many Doctor Who cosplayers) to southern Alberta this weekend. Enjoy!|
- Journey To The Centre…of the TARDIS!
|Another guest announcement for the upcoming Gallifrey One convention in February 2014!|
|Bonnie Langford played the bouncy and enthusiastic Melanie (known as Mel) during the latter half of The Trial of a Time Lord in 1986 alongside Colin Baker, then was Sylvester McCoy’s first companion during all of Season 24 in 1987. Bonnie has since reprised the role in Big Finish audios, and will be making her return to Gallifrey One after her first appearance at the convention in 2001.|
|Annette Badland played Margaret Blaine (aka Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen), initially in “Aliens of London/World War Three”, then reprising her role in an acclaimed performance in “Boom Town” later in Series One. This will be Annette’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Also announced were writers Robert Shearman and Tony Lee, without whom Gallifrey One would just not be Gallifrey One! Check out the full list of guests on the Gallifrey One website. Stay tuned to Gallifrey One and Radio Free Skaro for future guest announcements!|
|After a rollicking opening to Series 7B last week, we were treated to a new episode in “The Rings of Akhaten” that received almost no love from any of the Three Who Rule. In fact, only one person had something nice to say about it, and you’ll never guess who! The episode may have left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, but the return of a full stats report, and a return of our new, impromptu game called “Guess the Stats!”, proved to be a splash of minty, mouthwashy goodness! That, and talk of the 50th Anniversary special, Christopher Eccleston, DVD news, and an endless list of Doctor Who t-shirt ideas, makes clear that it’s not where you start, but where you finish. Next week: Ice Warriorssss…|
- The Rings…of Akhaten!
It took Warren a while to get this done, but here’s our live show from Gallifrey One 2013, captured in glorious HD color video pixels. Thrill to the visual stylings of Sylvester McCoy, Philip Hinchcliffe, Stephen Thorne, and Dan Starkey. And don’t forget Chip, the Two Minute Time Lord, with another rousing speech for the assembled masses at Gallifrey One in Los Angeles!
Special thanks to Mel Siermaczeski, Nancy Alegria, and Tyson Ferland and Jack Bessey of Knack Design who helped out with extra footage.
|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).|
- The Bells…Of Saint John!