• Radio Free Skaro #452 – In the Nick of Time

    It’s beginning to feel a lot like Last Christmas, which is dominating both our thoughts and the promotional efforts of the BBC Publicity department. Maybe that’s why most of our news is focused on that upcoming holiday where they show a new Doctor Who story and some other, largely irrelevant ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #451 – Celsius 451

    With the Three Who Rule firmly back in place and order restored to the galaxy, there was great rejoicing and much waffling about next to nothing, not to mention the controversial and wrong headed use of the terms “P-Cap”, “J-Co,” and “S-Claw.” in reference to the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #450 – Billie Piper at the Gates of Dawn

    The annual tradition of US Thanksgiving (as we Canadians call it) brings about another yearly custom - Chicago TARDIS! This year's edition has been quite wonderful, bringing together most of the main cast of Series 1 of the new series to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Doctor Who returning to ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #449 – Super 8

    For the first time ever (we defy you to prove us wrong, RFS pedants, DEFY YOU) Radio Free Skaro is coming out on November 23rd, better known this year as the 51st anniversary of Doctor Who, our favorite program. And while there's no new Who to discuss until Christmas, we ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #448 – The Road To Qdoba

    And so begins the Dark Times, otherwise known as waiting a month and a bit after the end of Series 8 for the Doctor Who Christmas Special. In the meantime, the Three Who Rule tackled stats, poured one out for sci-fi TV legend Glen A. Larson, and most importantly, devoted ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #447 – All The President’s Cybermen

    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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #446 – The Moffat Master Plan

    The penultimate episode of Series 8 is upon us, with Cybermen, the afterlife, and Missy, who is revealed as….well, you should certainly watch “Dark Water” (penned by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay) before listening to the Three Who Rule expound upon the contents therein, or risk a mega-spoiler ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #445 – Can’t See The Forest For The Trees

    "In the Forest Of The Night" already looks to be one of the most polarizing episodes of Series 8, and there's no shortage of opinion on this week's Radio Free Skaro to go around. Along with Steven and Warren, Nerdist wordsmith Kyle Anderson joined in (pinch-hitting for an unavailable Chris) ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #444 – Boneless Chicken Wings

    Doctor Who is often at its best when it mixes domesticity with the fantastical, and the Jamie Mathieson penned, Douglas Mackinnon directed “Flatline” was no exception, if the rapturous reception (spoilers) of the Three Who Rule for this week’s episode is anything to go by. Thrill to their enthusiasm! Enjoy ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #443 – Execute Order 66

    Trains! Space! A mummy! Jelly babies! Foxes! All things in writer Jamie Mathieson's “Mummy on the Orient Express,” this week’s episode of the obscure and not well regarded televisual program known as Doctor Who, and all subjects for debate for the Three Who Rule, who mulled all these elements plus ...

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Radio Free Skaro #419 – Click here to listen!

rfs419An exciting time for Doctor Who and other genre fans in southern Alberta as they descended upon the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo in their thousands upon thousands to witness, among other events, the Matt Smith and Karen Gillan panel! Our own Steven files his report from the con, including audio from the panel itself! Later, Mark Ayres drops by to talk about the massive 11-disc box set containing music from 50 years of Doctor Who (available for pre-order now!), including shedding some light on those long lost Dudley Simpson tracks that are now available for you to buy! A jam packed episode celebrating a jam packed week in Doctor Who!
Show Notes:

Naheed…Nenshi!
Calgary…Expo!
The Empire…Strips Back!
Tenth Doctor…New Companion!
Eleventh Doctor…New Companion!
Titan Comics…Issue 2 Preview!
50 Years…Of Doctor Who Comics!
British…Pathé!
Big Chief…Fourth Doctor!
Doctor Who Soundtrack Box Set…Standard Release!

Interview:

Mark…Ayres!

On July-21-2013 6 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #376 – Click here to listen!

rfs376San Diego Comic Con! Over the years, SDCC has become a mecca not only of pop culture, cosplay and general lunacy, but also an important platform by which Doctor Who announces mammoth events like, say…the 50th Anniversary Special Trailer. The crowds went wild in Hall H, and mere moments later, entitled fans worldwide bristled in anger, fury and impotent frustration that they were not included in the fun IMMEDIATELY. What they should have done is focused their…enthusiasm at this week’s episode of RFS, which contains not only news from SDCC and elsewhere but also a commentary for The Rings of Akhaten, featuring costumer Mette Hedin and Erik Stadnik of Doctor Who: The Writer’s Room. Now that’s value! Enjoy!
Show Notes:

BBC teases…the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special!
Doctor Who panel…from Nerd Machine!
Matt Smith…as Bart Simpson!
Karen Gillan…is bald!
Soundtrack releases…from Silva Screen!
Doctor Who Series 1-7…on one Blu-ray box set!
Doctor Who from IDW…ends!
BFI Eighth and Tenth Doctor screenings…announced!
New Doctor Who 6.5″…action dolls!
John Barrowman…coming to Edmonton Expo!
Radio Free Skaro…Parsec Award Finalist!
Doctor Who prints…on Society 6!

Commentary

The Rings…of Akhaten!

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Radio Free Skaro #330 – Click here to listen!

The Angels Take Manhattan….and, to various degrees, the hearts of Warren, Steven, and Chip the Two Minute Time Lord, who sat in Chris’s stead to review the mid-season finale and the departure of Matt Smith’s near and dear companions, the Ponds. Weeping Statues of Liberty, questions of style vs. substance and what comes next for the series all reared their silent, menacing stone visages before coming to the really terrifying stuff…stats. Add a rant about thigh-less maxi-busts, high praise for Chicks Unravel Time, Chicago TARDIS, and Gel Guard action dolls and you’ve got yourselves three nerds talking about Doctor Who for an hour and change! And now another long wait until new Doctor Who stories grace our screens again…
Show Notes:

The Angels…Take Manhattan!
The Last Days…of the Ponds!
Doctor Who…in the U.S.!
The Angels Take Manhattan…overnight ratings!
The Power of Three…appreciation index!
A Town Called Mercy…final ratings!
Chicks Unravel Time…coming soon!
Doctor Who DVD…Ultimate Gift Box Set!
The Three Doctors…action figure playset!
First Doctor…Maxi-Bust!
Chicago TARDIS…guests announced!
Chip…from Two-Minute Time Lord!

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On September-2-2012 17 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #326 – Click here to listen!

New Doctor Who! Yes, Asylum of the Daleks marked the return of the good Doctor and his erstwhile companions for the first time since last Christmas, and in high style with quite literally EVERY DALEK EVER making an appearance. What did the Three Who Rule think of Asylum? You’ll just have to tune in and find out, but suffice it to say their opinions were less than uniform. All this and Pond Life, an entirely too long rant about the BBC America specials, the universally beloved viewing figure recitation, and much more on this episode of RADIO! FREE! SKARO!
Show Notes:

Asylum of the…Daleks!
Asylum of the Daleks…overnight viewing figures!
Doctor Who…Pond Life!
Next Week…Dinosaurs on a Spaceship!
Mitchell and Webb…in Doctor Who!
Doctor Who comes early…to ABC iView!
Doctor Who comes to New Zealand…September 13!
Doctor Who Series 7a…movie poster artwork!
Doctor Who Series 7a…coming to DVD/Blu-Ray!

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On July-17-2012 0 Comments

It’s nerdlesque insanity at Video Free Skaro this week, with a peek at Geeks After Dark, the raucous monthly event featuring nerds, booze, burlesque and costumes. This month’s theme was Star Wars, with many a sexy Ewok and Hawaiian shirt clad Boba Fett in attendance.

We interviewed Fairlith Harvey, the organizer of Geeks After Dark, as well as her co-conspirator Cam Russell.

But that’s not all, we’ve also got news from Comic-Con! Truly, it is a great time to be a nerd.

If you like the shirt Warren is wearing, go to damask.ca, and if you’d like to check out Geeks After Dark yourself, head to their Facebook page..

On July-15-2012 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #319 – Click here to listen!

San Diego Comic-Con has become a huge event for the team behind Doctor Who, and this year is no different, with the cast and crew descending upon San Diego to promote the upcoming Series 7, believed to be premiering on BBC America (and most likely BBC One and SPACE) on Saturday, August 25! Stephen Prescott from the Mad Man With A Box podcast drops by to give us his report from the trenches at SDCC. Later, our old friend Josh Zimon (of The Memory Cheats fame) joins the Three Who Rule for the first part of our commentary on The Seeds of Doom. All this and more on another jam packed edition of Radio Free Skaro!
Show Notes:

Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic-Con…recap!
Asylum of the Daleks…premiering August 25?
Mark Gatiss writes…two episode for Series 7!
Episode 2…title!
Clip synopsis from Episode 3…A Town Called Mercy!
Sonic Screwdriver remote control…coming August 31!
The Ambassadors of Death …coming to Region 2 October 1!
The Ambassadors of Death …coming to Region 1 October 2!
The Claws of Axos Special Edition DVD…coming October 22!
The Claws of Axos…Making Of documentary!
A Mad Man With A Box…Podcast!

Commentary:

The Seeds of…Doom! Parts 1-2!

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Radio Free Skaro #317 – Click here to listen!

A bumper crop of news highlights this week’s episode of RFS as the ramp-up to the new series of Doctor Who continues. San Diego Comic-Con talk, BFI premieres, and several new toys that will be filling the toy boxes and bookcases of child and middle-aged nerd alike. And to top it off, we present our commentary of The War Machines, the 1966 serial that introduced us to the character of “Doctor Who” and a rather far fetched notion of computers connecting to each other across the world into some sort of an international network. There’s nothing quite so dated as our vision of the future, is there?
Show Notes:

Doctor Who panel…at SDCC on July 15!
Matt Smith…at SDCC on July 14!
Asylum of the Daleks…at the BFI!
Steven Moffat…at the Edinburgh TV Festival!
David Warner…in Doctor Who!
Paul Scoones is writing…a book on Doctor Who comics!
Castrovalva…toy playset!
Dalek…retro action figure!
Victory of the Daleks action figures…Comic-Con Exclusive!
Christopher H. Bidmead…clarification!

Commentary:

The…War Machines!

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On May-13-2012 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #310 – Click here to listen!

It’s a time of endings on this week’s episode of Radio Free Skaro. Not only did the past week see the end of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in their roles as the Ponds, at least as far as filming goes, it also saw the end of the Upper Boat studio being the home of Doctor Who. To cap it all off, the Three Who Rule talk all over the first four episodes of Inferno, the last story to (prominently) feature the frankly awesome Liz Shaw. But it’s also a time for new beginnings as the announcement of the Series 7 premiere is discussed. Every week that passes is one week closer to NEW! DOCTOR! WHO!
Show Notes:

Series 7…Premiere Screening!
Upper Boat Studio…sets sail!
It’s a wrap for…Arthur Darvill!
It’s a wrap for…Karen Gillan!

Commentary:

Inferno…Parts 1-4!

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On February-26-2012 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #299 – Click here to listen!

Gally is over for another year. While the Three Who Rule briefly reminisce about the glory that was Gallifrey One’s Network 23 in this episode of Radio Free Skaro, it’s back to normal for podcaster and listener alike for the next few months – at least until next year’s The 24 Hours of Gallifrey One, or y’know, until the new series of Doctor Who starts in the autumn. To help us get back into the swing of things, we present to you a commentary on the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, as well as a smattering of news and views of what was missed while we were all living it up at Gally.

Sigh…we miss Gally.

Show Notes:

Gallifrey…One!
Series 7…Casting Update!
Shada Novelization…Release Date!
Michael Troughton Records…Ice Warriors Commentary!
Torchwood: Miracle Day…On North American DVD/Blu-ray!
Ninth Doctor Costume…T-Shirt!
Eighth Doctor…Maxi-Bust!
Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock to use…Unreal Engine 3!
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games…Cancelled!
Karen Gillan to attend…the official Doctor Who Convention!
Peter Halliday…Dies.

Commentary:

The Doctor, The Widow…and The Wardrobe!

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Radio Free Skaro #282 – Click here to listen!

With Steven special corresponding from Chicago TARDIS, and with The Doctor Who Book Club’s Erik joining the Three Who Rule to offer his trenchant insights on fannish Who goings-on, this episode is chock full of things in the American Mid-West that involve a Doctor Who convention. Such things include an interview with Peter Davison, an RFS first, even if he’s Doctor the Fifth. Of course it wouldn’t be an episode of Radio Free Skaro without the usual news, sardonic analysis and nerdery. Enjoy!
Show Notes:

Radio Free Skaro…On Google+!
Chicago…TARDIS!
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe…Synopsis!
2012…Recording Info!
BBC…Christmas Trailer!
Doctor Who…On The Radio Times Cover!
Interactive…Dalek!
Keeper of Traken…Action Figures!
Second Doctor Costume…T-Shirt!
Eighth Doctor Costume…T-Shirt!
Series 6 Box Set…Night Videos!
Robots of Death SE…DVD Extras!
Three Doctors SE…DVD Extras!
Series 6 Soundtrack…Track Listing!
SPACE…Doctor Who Christmas Schedule!
Doctor Who Book Club…Podcast!

Interview:

Peter…Davison!

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