• 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #442 – Through The Thick And Thin

    “Kill the Moon,” this week’s episode of Doctor Who, has proven to be one of the most divisive in recent memory, with fandom loving it or despising it but certainly not dismissing it. Was it the “game changer” showrunner Steven Moffat made it out to be? Has Peter Capaldi’s Doctor ...

  • 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 ...

On June-22-2014 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #427 – Click here to listen!

rfs427With no Chris this week, Steven and Warren enlisted the help of erstwhile scribe, podcaster and gentleman japesman Kyle Anderson of the Nerdist, Doctor Who: The Writer’s Room, WTF Are You Watching, and Awesomely Bad Movies fame. Much fun was had as news of comics, schedules, and action dollies (oh so many dollies) was discussed with great gusto. And as a bonus, we also have an interview with Stephen Gallagher, writer of 1980s Doctor Who stories “Warriors’ Gate” and “Terminus”! Ever had questions about time-jumping lions? You bet you do, and they’re about to get answered!
Show Notes:

The Five(ish) Doctors…sequel?
New Titan Comics covers featuring…The Twelfth Doctor!
The Time of the Doctor…action dollies set!
Asylum of the Daleks…action dollies set!
Ace Silver Nemesis…action dolly set!
Holographic Ninth Doctor…action dolly prototype!
Matt Smith coming to Toronto…for Fan Expo!
Dominic Glynn’s Doctor Who Theme: The Gallifrey Remixes…available now!

Interview:

Stephen…Gallagher!

On May-4-2014 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #420 – Click here to listen!

rfs420Will someone just rename this the “Pointless Speculation about Star Wars Episode VII Podcast” already? After listening to the opening of this week’s Radio Free Skaro, they might! The Three Who Rule did eventually bring the latest Doctor Who news to the table, along with an interview with writer, script editor and classic series producer Derrick Sherwin, but (mostly due to Warren, as usual) there were many digressions, including unrestrained bile for new Terminator films, studious avoidance of discussion of a certain naughty parody film, and the aforementioned Sturm Und Drang about a certain movie with laser swords coming Xmas 2015. Next week, the return of Fluid Links! Submit your ideas on Twitter using hashtag #FluidLinks and we may just draw it for discussion!
Show Notes:

Jamie Mathieson…writing for Series 8!
Peter Harness…writing for Series 8!
Doctor Who…wins some BAFTAs!
97,000 people attend…Calgary Expo!
One week left in…Doctor Who Music pre-orders!
Matt Smith cast in a major role in…the new Terminator trilogy!
Steven Moffat explains…the absence of an Eccleston regeneration scene!
The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear…on DVD!

Interview:

Derrick…Sherwin!

On April-27-2014 1 Comment

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 January-5-2014 5 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #400 – Click here to listen!

rfs400From its origins on a humble Skype connection in 2006 to the quasi-shabby status it endures today, Radio Free Skaro has tried to entertain, inform and educate its listeners about the wonderful world of Doctor Who. And in this, its 400th episode, it may have finally succeeded. Joining us for a retrospective roundtable on the Matt Smith era were Chris and Laura Mead of the Oodcast, Luke Harrison of TMDWP, Kyle Anderson of the Doctor Who: The Writer’s Room (and Nerdist fame) and Chip, the Two Minute Time Lord. What did these luminaries, and to a much lesser extent, Steven, Warren, and Chris think of Matt Smith’s run as the Doctor? You’ll just have to listen to find out. You’ll also have to endure some blather about stats beforehand. Vegetables before you get your dessert!
Show Notes:

The Time of the Doctor…Appreciated!
The Time of the Doctor…Final Viewing Figures!
The Time of the Doctor…Sets Another BBC America Record!
Gareth Roberts…Writing for Series 8!
Tom Baker’s New Year’s…Message!
The Best of The Doctor…On Region 4 DVD!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Babelcolour’s…50th Anniversary Tribute Video!

Guests:
Luke…from TMDWP!
Kyle…from DWTWR!
Chip…from 2MTL!
Chris and Laura Sigma…from The Oodcast!

On December-26-2013 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #399 – Click here to listen!

rfs399The Fall of the Eleventh is at last upon us as Matt Smith took his final bow in the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special, “The Time of the Doctor”. Crammed with all sorts of the Doctor’s past enemies and a number of other surprises, the episode was topped off with a momentous performance from the outgoing Matt Smith. But what do the Three Who Rule think of this one? Did it pack enough emotional wallop after the spectacle that was the 50th anniversary? Did Matt Smith go out in a blaze of glory like Christopher Eccleston, or did he limp to the finish line like some (well, we) think David Tennant’s Doctor did? Listen and find out. Oh, and Peter Capaldi is the Doctor now. We think this is a good thing, and it will make the wait for Capaldi’s first proper outing as the Twelfth Doctor a very long one indeed…
Show Notes:

The Time…of the Doctor!
The Time of the Doctor…deleted scene!
The Time of the Doctor…behind the lens!
The Time of the Doctor…video roundup!
The Time of the Doctor…video roundup (more)!
The Time of the Doctor…overnight viewing figures!
Matt Smith says farewell…to Doctor Who!

Doctor Puppet…a Time Lord Christmas!
Doctor Who Celebration…video panel!
The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear…might air on BBC4!
The “average” face of…The Doctor!
Coming to Gallifrey One…Paul McGann!

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On December-22-2013 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #398 – Click here to listen!

rfs398Despite the obvious dangers of the Blinovich Limitation Effect, the Three Who Rule came together in Edmonton for a pre-Xmas, pre-“The Time Of The Doctor” powwow. Besides many and various clips, rumours and idle speculatings about the upcoming Christmas special, the big news was the announcement that Rose Tyler herself, Billie Piper, will be a guest at Gallifrey One, mere weeks away! Other morsels of information also teased the jingle-belled minds of the RFS crew, including the tempest in a teacup that was the Missing Believed Wiped event at the BFI on December 21, topped off by a final set of interviews from Chicago TARDIS with volcano enthusiast Tracey Childs (from “The Fires of Pompeii”) and notable Davros impresario Terry Molloy. And if lava and genocidal geniuses doesn’t capture the holiday spirit, what does? Nothing, that’s what.
Show Notes:

Coming to Gallifrey One…Billie Piper!
Paul Vanezis clarifies…the Missing Believed Wiped event!
Starburst #396…with Philip Morris interview!
The Time of the Doctor…clip!
The Time of the Doctor…extended trailer!
The Time of the Doctor…BFI screening report!
The BFI salutes…Matt Smith’s last bow!
The Doctor…with no clothes on!
The Time of the Doctor…cleared by the BBFC!
The Time of the Doctor…DVD/Blu-ray details!
Farewell to Matt Smith…coming to Space!
BBC America…Doctor Who related Christmas programming!
Strax’s field report…on the 12 Doctors!
The Moonbase…DVD details!
An Adventure in Space and Time…soundtrack!
Random House…takes over Doctor Who audio!
Peter Davison…hosts Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular!

Chicago TARDIS Interviews:
Terry Molloy
Tracey Childs

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On December-15-2013 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #397 – Click here to listen!

rfs397As Matt Smith’s time in Doctor Who approaches its end, the BBC is starting to ramp up promotion of Smith’s finale episode, “The Time of the Doctor”, with a new trailer and a series of very intriguing promo pics. These topics and more form some key discussion points for the Three Who Rule this week, but no stats this week in honour of Warren’s birthday celebrations! (Little does he know that there are no stats to discuss this week, anyway). However, the feature items in this week’s episode are two interviews from Chicago TARDIS. Dan Hall drops by again to give an update on the final two Pup Ltd related DVDs coming up in 2014, “The Moonbase” and “The Underwater Menace”, and the lovely Nina Toussaint-White (Mels from “Let’s Kill Hitler”) speaks to Steven in an interview recorded live on stage. Enjoy!
Show Notes:

The Time of the Doctor…trailer!
The Time of the Doctor…promo pics!
The Time of the Doctor…media pack!
The Time of the Doctor…airing December 26 in New Zealand!
Douglas Mackinnon…returning to Doctor Who!
BBC America says farewell…to Matt Smith!
Doctor Who holiday programming…on Space!
The Moonbase coming to Region 1 DVD…February 11!
BBC Radiophonic Workshop…on BBC Radio 6!
Power of the Daleks fanfilm…online!
Doctor Who and Torchwood items…at Bonham’s auction!
Official BBC…TARDIS app!

Chicago TARDIS Interview:
Dan Hall
Nina Toussaint-White

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On November-3-2013 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #391 – Click here to listen!

rfs391The tsunami of news (or, if you will, newsnami) continues this week, with tales of conventions, extras, tie-ins, and so, so much about An Adventure in Space and Time. All but mere pre-amble to the second part of the John Nathan-Turner miniscope, with special guest Steve O’Brien, who spares nothing in his analysis of the somewhat shaky years comprising the tail-end of JNT’s era as producer of Doctor Who. The Three Who Rule also give their thoughts on the latter half of the JNT era, rounding out a jam-packed episode of Radio Free Skaro sure to pale in comparison to the utter madness that is the final weeks before the 50th anniversary. Prepare yourselves!
Show Notes:

An Adventure in Space And Time…airing sometime between November 16-22!
An Adventure in Space And Time…posters!
Mark Gatiss…preparing for criticism!
An Adventure in Space and Time…DVD extras!
An Adventure in Space And Time…airing November 24 in Australia!
Doctor Who Celebration…adds over 40 guests!
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games…coming to Steam?
AudioGo UK…goes into receivership.
The Ood Cast live…November 16!
The Day of The Doctor…The Last Day!
The Day of The Doctor…Behind The Lens!
The Eleventh Doctor Revisited…on BBC America November 24!
Steven Moffat says…at least 13 episodes in 2014!
Doctor Who programming…on BBC Radio!
Doctor Who Magazine…on iTunes!
BFI…Eighth Doctor panel!
BFI…Tenth Doctor panel!
Doctor Who…on Children in Need!
Put your face…in the Doctor Who title sequence!

Miniscope

John Nathan-Turner

Guest

Steve O’Brien

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On September-8-2013 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #383 – Click here to listen!

rfs383As most of you might be aware, Doctor Who is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, and the Three Who Rule are also doing their part to mark the occasion by celebrating and analyzing the era of each producer who helmed the show from 1963 through until the Fox TV movie in 1996. First up, the first producer – the original, you might say – Verity Lambert, who set in stone much of what we know and love about Doctor Who with help from her story editors David Whitaker and Dennis Spooner. And joining us for this segment is Doctor Who writer Jonny Morris to provide insight and opinion on the first two years in the programme’s history. We look forward to peeling back the curtain on classic Who for the next several weeks leading up to the 50th anniversary on November 23!
Show Notes:

Doctor Who Christmas Special…begins filming!
The Tenth Planet Part Four original script…found!
Doctor Who Revisited episodes…revealed!
Doctor Who Revisited 9-11…on DVD!
Doctor Who Series 1-7…on Blu-ray!
The Restoration Team works on…The Underwater Menace!
Juliet Landau…is the new Romana?
The Beast of Babylon…by Charlie Higson!
The Pyramids of Mars…priory playset!
Doctor Who…Risk!

Miniscope

Verity Lambert
David Whitaker
Dennis Spooner

Guest

Jonathan Morris

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On September-4-2013 3 Comments
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The Doctors Revisited series on BBC America has been a great way to introduce NuWho viewers to the different characterizations of The Doctor as well as giving them a glimpse into the Classic Series; the DVD releases of these episodes conclude on December 3 when the third volume hits store shelves.

Along with the documentaries highlighting each of the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, the set will include the new series episodes Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways for Eccleston’s Doctor, The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End for Tennant’s Doctor and lastly The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon for soon-to-be-departed Matt Smith’s Doctor.

A week later, on December 10, folks on this side of the Atlantic can also lay their hands on the upcoming 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor. The Blu-Ray version will be an all-encompassing Blu-Ray/DVD/3D Blu-Ray release, making it a pretty cool value if you can actually view it in 3D. Doctor Who Explained, previously referenced on Radio Free Skaro, will be included as a bonus; other extras have yet to be announced, though scuttlebutt says An Adventure in Time and Space may be amongst those final extras.

MSRP for the 3-disc The Doctors Revisited: 9-11 will be $39.98; The Day of the Doctor will have an MSRP of $24.98 for the DVD release and $29.98 for the Blu-Ray release. Check TVShowsOnDVD.com for more details (use this link for The Day of the Doctor details) and click on the artwork for a larger version!

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