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Radio Free Skaro #546 – Hipsters of the Quawncing Grig


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rfs546This week, we begin the first of a two-part commentary for “The Two Doctors”, a Robert Holmes romp with Two, Six, hipster cannibals, tall Sontarans, and Elton John as a disco scientist. Enticing! But before the main event, the Three Who Rule reflect on the 50th anniversaries of both Star Trek and The Prisoner, two shows that along side Doctor Who were seminal viewing experiences for their younger selves. Dive into the past with us, won’t you?
Links:

Star Trek…Celebrates 50 Years!
How Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary…Was Screwed Up!
The Prisoner…Celebrates 50 Years!
The Power of the Daleks…Animated!
The Power of the Daleks…Animation Trailer!
The Power of the Daleks…On BBC America!
Dad’s Army…Animation Profile!
Christopher Eccleston…On Australian Radio!
Big Finish Presents…The Lives of Captain Jack!
Edmonton Expo…Adds Christian Slater, Carlos Valdes, Elizabeth Henstridge and Mark Meer!
Chicago TARDIS…Announces Gary Russell As Guest!
Parsec Awards…2016!

Commentary:
The Two Doctors…Episodes 1 & 2!

Radio Free Skaro #535 – Douglas, King of Scots


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rfs535Gallifrey One guests! A radiant Pearl Mackie sharing her first day on set for Series 10! Classic Who on PBS, and this very podcast being highlighted by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts blog! All mere preamble to the commentary for “The Husbands of River Song,” with special guest Douglas Mackinnon, the director of said story! Learn about all the secrets of filming the 2015 Christmas Special! You will enjoy or die!
Links:

Gallifrey One…Guest Announcement!
Pearl Mackie’s…First Day On Location!
WILL PBS TV…Airing Classic Doctor Who In July!
Robert Llewellyn…At Anglicon…Sort Of!
University of Alberta Alumni Association…Profiles Radio Free Skaro!

Commentary (Starts at 17:52):

The Husbands…Of River Song!
Douglas…MacKinnon!

Radio Free Skaro #528 – Sgt. Pepper Taught The Band To Play


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rfs528As The Year With No Doctor Who drags on, new cracks in spacetime emerge, amongst them a back-and-forth war between the BBC and its enemies in government and without, and the surprising news that Chris Chibnall might adopt the (predominantly) American model of a writer’s room for his tenure as showrunner for Doctor Who. Intriguing! And while thinking about the future, why not reflect on the past? Specifically, ponder upon the legacy of the twentieth anniversary of the TV Movie, with a panel recorded at LI Who featuring Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, Matthew Jacobs, and Gary Russell! And as if that isn’t enough, we have an interview with Yee Jee Tso about “Time and Spaces,” his photo book contrasting the Vancouver shooting locations of the movie in 1996 and today!
Links:

Will Chris Chibnall use a writers room for Doctor Who?
Big Finish Doctor Who license extended to 2025
Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trip Competition
Vote for your favourite Doctor Who Magazine cover!

Doctor Who TV Movie:

Doctor Who TV Movie on the BBC website

Interview:

Time and Spaces: A Photo Journal of Doctor Who Filming, by Yee Jee Tso

Radio Free Skaro #479 – Run Forest Run

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rfs479Like a bolt from the blue came the first set of Gallifrey One guest announcements, including one Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor but the first in our hearts (for this year, at any rate.) But lo, across the pond there was news of the Doctor Who Festival, to be held the same weekend in November as Long Island Who! Confused? The news is just the beginning of your confoundining (not a word) as the RFS crew and Nancy Alegria of The Happiness Patrol go into the woods for their “In the Forest of the Night” commentary!
Show notes:

Doctor Who…Festival!
Rebecca Front…Guest Stars In Series 9!
Gallifrey One 2016…First Guest Announcement!
Doctor Who…In LEGO Dimensions!

Commentary:
In The Forest…Of The Night!
Nancy…Alegria!

Gallifrey One 2015 – First Guest Update

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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!

Radio Free Skaro #370 – Pride (In The Name Of Who)

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rfs370Another week and still no new Doctor Who. The long 6-month wait for the 50th Anniversary Special means speculation about the show’s future in the form of the next actor (or will it be actress?) to play The Doctor. But it’s not all bad as there are always stats to be had, always new Doctor Who merchandise to be discussed and/or mocked and of course talk of DVDs and just how lucky we are as Doctor Who fans to have the Restoration Team. Featured in this jam-packed episode of Radio Free Skaro is an interview with Michael Damian Thomas, who as co-editor of Queers Dig Time Lords, talks about the queer segment of Doctor Who fandom and what draws people to our beloved show. Enjoy!
Show Notes:

A Female Doctor…A Bad Idea?
The Next Doctor…Rory Kinnear?
May…iPlayer Stats!
Doctor Who…New Visual Effects Team!
BFI…Screens Making-Of!
August 2013…North America DVD/BD Releases!
3.75″ Action Figures…Now Available!
Sixth Doctor…eBook!
Eleventh Doctor…Alternate Costume T-Shirt!
Brigadier Costume…T-Shirt!
Doctor Who…Aprons!
Doctor Who Experience…Cardiff Walking Tour!
A TARDIS…In Space!
Westercon…66!

Interview:

Michael D Thomas…On Queers Dig Time Lords!

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Gallifrey One 2014 Guest Update

Today saw the first of many guest announcements for the Gallifrey One convention in February 2014! With Gallifrey One celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, this block of guests features many familiar faces from the early years of the convention, as well as some recent favourites without whom Gally just wouldn’t be Gally!

Writer Paul Cornell makes his long awaited return to Gallifrey One after taking a couple years off. Cornell contributed several novels to the New Adventures range in the 1990s and created the popular end enduring character Bernice Summerfield. He also wrote “Father’s Day” for Series One of the new series and adapted his own acclaimed “Human Nature” novel into two-part story in Series Three.
Hugo Award winning scribe Phil Ford was absent from Gallifrey One last year, due to his continued work on the CBBC series Wizards vs Aliens. Not only has Phil been a fixture at Gallifrey One since 2009, he also has an impressive list of writing credits, including Doctor Who (The Waters of Mars), Torchwood, and head writer of the Sarah Jane Adventures. He is also, of course, “Friend of the Show” to us here at Radio Free Skaro.
When Doctor Who returned from its BBC imposed hiatus in 1986, a new version of the theme tune provided by Dominic Glynn was the first thing viewers heard. In addition to providing the theme tune for “The Trial of a Time Lord”, Glynn did incidental music for six of the fourteen episodes, and went on to score three stories in the Sylvester McCoy era. Dominic will be making his first appearance at Gallifrey One.
Several other return appearances were announced, as well, such as Gary Russell, Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Steve Roberts (Doctor Who Restoration Team), writers Justin Richards, Stephen Cole, Keith Topping, Peter Anghiledes, Graeme Burk, Robert Smith?, and comic artists Charlie Kirchoff and Matthew Dow Smith.
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!

Radio Free Skaro #345 – Celebrations and Swan Songs

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All good things come to an end, and so it must be with the series of interviews Steven conducted at Chicago TARDIS. But we end with none other than Gary Russell, someone who has done so much not only in the world of Doctor Who but also in a myriad of other creative pursuits. From his start as a child actor on the Famous Five to his work as editor of Doctor Who magazine and his years as script editor of the show itself, Russell has seen and done it all.

And of course it wouldn’t be an episode of RFS without a lot of meandering discussion, news, and a palpable excitement for Gallifrey, which is merely a month away. Hooray!

Show Notes:

BFI…Screenings!
Delia…Derbyshire Day!
Big Finish…Celebrates The 50th Anniversary!
Queers Dig…Time Lords!
Eoin Colfer…Writes For Doctor Who!

Interview:

Gary…Russell!

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Radio Free Skaro #313 – Wirrn Trouble Now

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This week’s episode of Radio Free Skaro has unwittingly turned into a celebration of one-time Doctor Who producer Philip Hinchcliffe. Not only do the Three Who Rule provide commentary on the first Hinchcliffe story to air, 1975’s iconic The Ark in Space, but it was also announced this past week that Hinchcliffe will be appearing at his first ever Gallifrey One convention in February of next year. So sit back and listen as we celebrate one of the finest eras in Doctor Who history that made the show an international success story.

Also, listen as we make fun of actors’ hairstyles. Ah, it’s Radio Free Skaro. What do you expect?

Show Notes:

Gallifrey One…First 2013 Guests Announced!
Mark Gatiss…Writing For Series 7!
Neil Cross…Writing For Series 7!
Jamie Payne…Directing For Series 7!
Steve Thompson…Writing For Series 7!
Who/Trek…Crossover Comic!

Commentary:

The Ark…In Space!

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Gallifrey One – First 2013 Guests Announced!

Gallifrey One, the longest-running North American Doctor Who convention, has released the first batch of guests for its next iteration, running February 15-17, 2013. There’s no shortage of amazing people announced today, but of course we’re very excited by the first name from today’s announcement!

Philip Hinchcliffe was the producer of Doctor Who from 1974 to 1977, overseeing many classic Tom Baker serials. Known for taking a page from great works of gothic horror, Hinchcliffe’s tenure includes The Brain of Morbius, The Talons of Weng-Chiang and The Deadly Assassin. One of only two surviving Doctor Who producers, this will be Hinchcliffe’s first Gallifrey One appearance, and is the first classic series producer since Barry Letts in 2005 to grace Gally.
Also known a long-serving Blue Peter presenter, Peter Purves played the role of Steven Taylor from 1965 to 1966. Alongside William Hartnell, and occasionally with his panda mascot HiFi, Peter’s character became the new “man of action” after the departure from Doctor Who of Gally 2012’s guest William Russell. This will also be the first time Gallifrey One has welcomed Purves as a guest.
Mark Strickson played the role of Vislor Turlough from 1983 to 1984, alongside Fifth Doctor Peter Davison. The final male companion of the classic series, Turlough began his time as a servant of the Black Guardian, trying to kill The Doctor, before ultimately being redeemed. Also known for discovering Steve Irwin, the “Crocodile Hunter”, this is Strickson’s first appearance at Gallifrey One since 2001.
Lisa Bowerman appeared in the 1989 story Survival but is best known for her work in Big Finish. Playing Bernice Summerfield, a character that’s grown exponentially since her first appearance in the New Adventures, Bowerman has a large and dedicated fan base. As with Mark Strickson, 2001 is the last time Bowerman appeared at Gallifrey One.
Nicholas Pegg is an accomplished actor, but of course Doctor Who fans will know him best as one of the Dalek operators in the new series and through his work with Big Finish. Pegg has also contributed to DVD extras and commentaries, not the least of which is the amazing Cheques, Lies and Videotape extra on the Revenge of the Cybermen DVD release. This will be Pegg’s first Gallifrey One appearance.
Friend of the show Gary Russell is the quintessential Doctor Who renaissance man, having worked on the main show as well as Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, played an integral part in Big Finish, and has authored countless books, both fiction and non-fiction, about our beloved show, and so much more. Russell is a Gallifrey One mainstay.
Also joining Gallifrey One as guests are Big Finish’s Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery, Doctor Who comics writer Tony Lee, and returning to Gallifrey One for his second appearance, comedian Charlie Ross. More guests will be announced as time goes on, but we at Radio Free Skaro look forward to seeing these fantastic guests tell their stories and reminisce about their time on and experiences with Doctor Who.

Memberships are available from the convention website, and currently cost $70 for the entire weekend of programming. We’ll be there as usual, again opening the convention with a live show, and we hope to see you there too!

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