• 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-29-2014 0 Comments
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More guests have been announced for the next edition of the Gallifrey One convention in February!


danstarkeyIn 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.
ingridoliverIngrid 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.
adjoaandohAdjoa 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.
angelabruceAngela 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!
On September-14-2014 11 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #439 – Click here to listen!

rfs439As 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 interesting direction, or…well, listen to the opinions of the Three Who Rule for their thoughts on the matter. There’s also tat, stats, Gallifrey One guest updates and more, including a diversion into some serious action dolly madness. Listen! Please.
Show Notes:

Listen!
Listen…Overnight Viewing Figures!
Robot of Sherwood…Appreciated!
Robot of Sherwood…Final BBC Ratings!
Into The Dalek…Final BBC Ratings!
Time Heist…Transmitting At 7:30!
The Caretaker…Synopsis!
Deep Breath…Best At The US Box Office!
Jane Baker…Died.
Tom Baker…At 80!
Jemma Powell…To Play Barbara Wright!
Horror Channel…To Show Remastered Episodes!
Radio Times…10 Greatest Companions!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Edmonton Expo…Doctor Who Panel!
Twelfth Doctor…Action Dollie!
Doctor Who Series 8…Region 1 Home Video Release!
Miwk Publishing…Upcoming Titles!
Doctor Who Memorabilia…Guinness World Record!
Support Radio Free Skaro…on Patreon!

On September-9-2014 1 Comment
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It’s only September, yet even more great guests have been announced for the upcoming Gallifrey One convention in February!


jemmaredgraveA 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.
jamiemathiesonJamie 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.
peterharnessPeter 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.
nickrobattoNick 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.
nickbriggsNicholas 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.
davidgoodersonDavid 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!
On August-10-2014 6 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #434 – Click here to listen!

rfs434Newsmageddon 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.) Online content, the Moff saying stuff that may or may not be true and so….much…more. But that’s not all! We also have the final Miniscope of the year, this time profiling BBC Radiophonic Workshop composer Jonathan Gibbs with the help of eminent smart music lady Emily Kausalik from the Doctor Who: Time Signatures podcast! Huzzah!
Show Notes:

Peter Capaldi…Interview!
Peter Capaldi…Extended Interview!
Peter Capaldi…Talks Costume!
Deep Breath…Premiere Q&A!
Deep Breath…Synopsis!
Deep Breath…To Be Simulcast In Australia!
World Tour…Live Streams!
Enemy of the World and Web of Fear…On Hulu!
Series 8…On Internet Video Services!
Deep Breath DVD/BluRay…UK Release!
Deep Breath DVD/BluRay…North American Release!
Moffat Says…No Master or Tenth Anniversary Special!
Moffat Says…More Online Content!
Rachel Talalay Interviewed…By The Globe And Mail!
Planet 55 Studios Says…No More Classic DVD Animations!
Qurios…Passed On Underwater Menace Animation!
Doctor Who Restoration Team…At LonCon!
Symphonic Spectacular…Touring The Antipodes!
Big Chief…First Doctor!
Season 1…Trailer!
Animated Adventures of Doctor Who…Trailer!
Doctor Who…On Sesame Street!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Camille Coduri!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury and Deborah Watling!

Miniscope

Jonathan…Gibbs!

Guest

Emily…Kausalik!

On July-27-2014 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #432 – Click here to listen!

rfs432With 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 turns out there hasn’t been very much news to speak of Who-wise, with the BBC likely focusing their energies on launching their world tour, and….showing us a new 15 second trailer. And……showing the premiere in cinemas worldwide! Holy cats! Despite the dearth of SDCC news, rest assured our list is chockablock full of items of interest, and as if that weren’t enough, we also have the last Fluid Links for quite some time! Madness!
Show Notes:

San Diego Comic-Con ReportFrom Kyle Anderson!
Deep Breath…Cinema Screenings!
Latest…Series 8 Trailer!
“Listen”…Series 8 Teaser!
Series 8…Episode Previews!
Doctor Who Twitter Account…Has 1,000,000 Followers!
Philip Morris…Q&A!
The Day of the Doctor…Most Watched in 2013!
Cardiff…World Tour Details!
Korea…World Tour Update!
Seoul World Tour Deep Breath Screening…Will Be Free!
Shada…Cine Location Footage!
Verity Lambert…Blue Plaque Unveiled!
Big Finish…Adapts Damaged Goods!
Big Finish…15 Days of Sales!
The Radiophonic Workshop…At Glasgow Quays!
50th Anniversary…DVD/Blu-Ray Set!
Argos…Action Dollies!
Action Dollie…Playsets!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update Soon!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Billie Piper!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Ellie and Joseph Darcey-Alden!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Sonita Henry!
Long Island Who…Announces Simon Fraser, Nick Abadzis and Nina Toussaint-White!

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 June-12-2014 0 Comments
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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!


evemylesEve 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.
derricksherwinDerrick 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.
janetfieldingJanet 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.
sophiealdredSophie 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.
wendypadburyWendy 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.
kaiowenKai 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.
andypryorWhen 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.
dannyhargreavesDanny 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…
terrymolloyTerry 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.
frazerhinesCan 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.
christopherneameChristopher 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.
sarahlouisemadisonYou 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!
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 March-23-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #414 – Click here to listen!

rfs414Only a mere month after the celebrations of Gallifrey One 2014, the 26th iteration of the best convention in the world…sold out in 75 minutes this Friday. The Three Who Rule, poised over their keyboards intently, managed to secure their registration and will be in Los Angles in February 2015, and hope to see many of you there! Gallifrey aside, there was news this week of bespoke music collections, a trailer for upcoming BBC America series Real History of Science Fiction, and a magnificent interview by one Mr Toby Hadoke of one Russell T. Davies in one Who’s Round podcast! And as if that’s not enough, we have a classic commentary of the Krotons, featuring robots, Philip Madoc, and quite psychedelic visuals in black and white!
Show Notes:

The 26 Season of Gallifrey One…sold out!
Toby Hadoke interviews…Russell T Davies!
The Real History of SciFi…trailer!
Silva Screen TARDIS music…box set!

Commentary (at 15:13):
The…Krotons!

On February-23-2014 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #410 – Click here to listen!

rfs410With Gallifrey One 2014 behind them, the Three Who Rule rallied their weakened, battle-scarred livers and turned their attention to Matt Smith’s last hurrah, “The Time of the Doctor”. Much appreciation! Such regeneration! But first, news, updates and other matters of import! And next week, the classic series commentaries return with “The Sontaran Experiment!” And a week afterwards, the Miniscope reborn! Who will be the focus of the unblinking spreadsheet-y eye of the ‘Scope? You’ll just have to listen to find out!
Show Notes:

Paul Wilmhurst…director for Series 8!
The Day of the Doctor…Collector’s Edition!
Philip Hinchcliffe Presents…Big Finish audio drama!
Big Finish…15th Anniversary special!
Christopher Barry…1925-2014.
The 26 Seasons of Gallifrey One admissions…on sale March 21!
Long Island Who 2 welcomes…Paul McGann!
A Wild Endeavour…Doctor Who fan project!

Commentary (at 14:00):
The Time…of the Doctor!

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