|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 the glorious fake-out of Jenna Coleman as the Doctor in the opening titles all the way to…well, there’s some Cyber-shenanigans which the Three Who Rule cover in great detail. And as a bonus, we have an Long Island Who report from The Memory Cheats and Doctor Who: Mostly Harmless Cutaway co-host (and all around fine gent) Josh Zimon!|
– Death…In Heaven!
|More guests have been announced for the next edition of the Gallifrey One convention in February!|
|In ajust a scant few episodes and specially recorded inserts, Strax the Sontaran, as played by Dan Starkey, has become the comedy heart of Doctor Who. Dan is a very popular convention guest, having last appeared at Gallifrey One in 2013.|
|Ingrid Oliver played the character Osgood, an employee of UNIT and devotee to the legend known as The Doctor, in the 50th anniversary story “The Day of the Doctor”. She is also slated to appear later in Series 8, once again alongside fellow Gallifrey One attendee Jemma Redgrave. Like Jemma, this will be Ingrid’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Adjoa Andoh played Martha Jones’ strong, stern mother Francine Jones in Series 3, reprising her role in “The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End” to close out Series 4. She also appeared, under heavy cat nun makeup, as Sister Jatt in the Series 2 story “New Earth”. This will be Adjoa’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Angela Bruce will be the second Brigadier to appear at Gallifrey One, the first being the legendary Nicholas Courtney who was a mainstay at Gallifrey One in the early days. Angela, of course, played Brigadier Winifred Bambera in the 1989 story “Battlefield”, alongside Courtney. This will be Angela’s 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!|
|It’s only September, yet even more great guests have been announced for the upcoming Gallifrey One convention in February!|
|A member of the legendary Redgrave family of acting, Jemma Redgrave has played Kate Stewart, the new head of UNIT, in “The Power of Three” and “The Day of the Doctor”, and will appear in the upcoming series finale of Series 8 this autumn. This will be Jemma’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Jamie Mathieson has made a career out of writing for science fiction TV series in the UK, penning episodes of Being Human and Dirk Gently, as well as writing the 2009 film “Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel”. Jamie has also written episodes 8 and 9 of this current series of Doctor Who.|
|Peter Harness is new to writing Doctor Who with his Series 8 episode “Kill The Moon”, but he is by no means new to the show itself. A long time Doctor Who fan, Peter has also written for such notable TV programmes as Wallander. This will be Peter’s first Gallifrey One.|
|Nick Robatto was props maker on Doctor Who on over 40 episodes from 2006-2011, and will bring his knowledge and experience of making the many props that the show requires to Gallifrey One. He joins previously announced crafts guests Mike Tucker and Danny Hargreaves.|
|Nicholas Briggs has been a Gallifrey One veteran but is making his first appearance at the convention since 2013. The voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen, as well as the executive producer of Big Finish audioplays, Nick has always been a fan favourite at any convention he’s attended.|
|David Gooderson had the unenviable task of filling Michael Wisher’s shoes (and Wisher’s face mask – literally!) in playing the role of Davros in 1979’s “Destiny of the Daleks”. However, we all (well, some of us) think that that story is an underrated gem, and Gooderson’s portrayal is key to that opinion. This will be David’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Also announced were actor W. Morgan Sheppard, Keith Barnfather of Reeltime Productions (makers of several unofficial Doctor Who videos from the 1990s), Chase Masterson, and Arnold T. Blumberg. 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!|
|Fancy 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!|
– First wave of Gallifrey One 2015 guests…announced!
|The first guest update for the 2015 edition of Gallifrey One has been announced, and it’s jam packed with some new faces to Gallifrey One, as well as some old favourites!|
|Eve Myles was the heart and soul of Torchwood through all four seasons of the Doctor Who spinoff. She also appeared as Gwyneth in the 2005 Doctor Who episode “The Unquiet Dead”, and is an absolute hoot at conventions! This will be her first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Derrick Sherwin was producer and/or script editor for Doctor Who throughout the latter half of Patrick Troughton’s reign in the TARDIS. He also wrote the 1968 story “The Invasion”, and he also created UNIT, which was a staple for the entire Jon Pertwee era. This will be Derrick’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Janet Fielding is returning to Gallifrey One! Always a Gally favourite, Janet played Tegan Jovanka alongside Peter Davison for almost the entire run of the Fifth Doctor. Janet also had a hilarious cameo in “The Five-ish Doctors” in November 2013.|
|Sophie Aldred portrayed Ace onscreen during the Seventh Doctor era of Doctor Who, and has gone on to portray her in several Big Finish audios since then. One of the most beloved convention guests ever, Sophie makes her long awaited return to Gallifrey One next year.|
|Wendy Padbury played Zoe Heriot from 1968’s “The Wheel in Space” until the last story of the 1960’s., the ten-part epic “The War Games”. Wendy has appeared at several previous editions of Gallifrey One, and it’s great to have her back in LA once again in 2015.|
|Kai Owen played Gwen Cooper’s loyal but slightly overwhelmed husband Rhys in all four seasons of Torchwood, eventually becoming an almost full fledged member of the Torchwood team by the end. Kai previously appeared at Gallifrey One in 2009.|
|When Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner first set up shop to produce Doctor Who in 2004, casting director Andy Pryor was the person they hired, and Andy has been in that position to this day. During that time, he has had a strong hand in casting four different Doctors, several companions, and several hundred other actors that have graced the screen since the Doctor Who premiered in 2005. This is Andy’s first Gallifrey One appearance.|
|Danny Hargreaves is another veteran of the Doctor Who production team, and has been in charge of the visual effects on Doctor Who for several series now. This is Danny’s first Gallifrey One appearance, and he may even be bringing some of his tricks of the trade along with him…|
|Terry Molloy wasn’t the first to play the role of Davros, the Daleks’ creator, but he has certainly made it his own, playing Davros onscreen three times, and several times since then in various Big Finish audio plays.|
|Can Gallifrey One even exist without Frazer Hines being there? Frazer Hines played Jamie McCrimmon, longtime loyal companion of the Second Doctor, and he is a loyal companion to Gallifrey One, as well.|
|Christopher Neame, now based in Los Angeles, played Skagra, the main villain of the strike-cancelled “Shada”, which was supposed to close out Season 17 in 1980. This is Christopher’s first appearance at Gallifrey One, although he will only be able to appear on the Saturday of the convention.|
|You might not know the face of Sarah Louise Madison without her costume on, but rest assured, she has scared the pants off of you. Sarah has played one (or more) of the Weeping Angels in every televised appearance of the menacing statues, including “The Time of Angels” and “The Angels Take Manhattan”. This will be Sarah’s first appearance at Gallifrey One.|
|Also announced were old favourites Gary Russell, Paul Cornell, Steve Roberts, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Scott Handcock, David J Howe, Sam Stone, and Tony Lee. 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!|
|Doctor 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!
– Doctor Who…Returns In August!