• 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #431 – Birth of the Titans

    With San Diego Comic Con looming, roving Radio Free Skaro reporter Warren Frey took it upon himself to interview Andrew James, the editor of the new Doctor Who range at Titan Comics. James spilled the beans on SDCC plans, a Doctor Who Day promotion across the U.S. and the U.K. ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #430 – Limb’s Whims

    It was a week of great tumult in the world of Doctor Who, with the leaking of the first five scripts for Series 8 taking the internet by storm and sending Whovians into spasms of joy, guilt, fear and loathing. Though the scripts have presumably spread far and wide, Who-dom ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #429 – Busy Nothing Hyperspace

    It was an exciting week in the world of Doctor Who, with a new teaser, with news of the return of the Cybermen, the addition of the esteemed Frank Cottrell Boyce to the writers team (plus another female director, Sheree Folkson, joining the production team), and a premiere screening taking ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #428 – Believe It Or Not

    The Series 8 news is slowly building as we hurtle towards August 23rd, the just-announced debut date for Peter Capaldi (aka P-Cap), the 12th (13th?) Doctor in a feature-length adventure called "Deep Breath". But mixed with excitement is disappointment for some fans, as there will be no San Diego Comic ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #427 – The Perils of Tharils

    With 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #426 – Telesnap Crackle Pop

    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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #425 – Rupu’s Drag Race

    The randomizer, it has been noted, can be a harsh mistress. Bear that in mind when you cast an ear to our commentary to "Frontios", the somewhat maligned but still intriguing apocalyptic Fifth Doctor tale of hunger, strife, fascism and….giant snails. And if slimy Tractators aren’t your thing, tune in ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #424 – The Day of The Day of the Doctor

    The Three Who Rule tuned their brainwaves to Doctor Who Magazine’s latest poll naming all of our favourite show’s stories from best to worst, along with favourite (and not so favourite) Doctors, companions, and other movers and shakers. Did they agree with the choices of thousands upon thousands of fans? ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #423 – The Life Aquatic with Michael E Briant

    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 ...

On July-13-2014 5 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #430 – Click here to listen!

rfs430It was a week of great tumult in the world of Doctor Who, with the leaking of the first five scripts for Series 8 taking the internet by storm and sending Whovians into spasms of joy, guilt, fear and loathing. Though the scripts have presumably spread far and wide, Who-dom has heeded the call of #keepmespoilerfree and as of release of this episode, no major spoilage is happening in the more reputable corners of the internet.

While lest you think #8gate was the only thing happening in Who this week, rest assured there was movement in the realms of comics, Classic Who (with Retro TV bringing back our old friend on August 4th, starting with “An Unearthly Child”) and shoddily made, possibly foreign but certainly amusing “versions” of Doctor Who from Japan and….well, wherever the hell Beedeer is from.

All this, and an interview with 80’s music maestro Roger Limb in the Miniscope! Listen! WE COMMAND IT!

Show Notes:

- Doctor Who Scripts…Leaked!
- Deep Breath…Starts At 8:00?
- Series 8…First Look!
- Retro TV…Launches Doctor Who In August!
- Doctor Who…Comics Day!
- Titan Comics…Comic-Con Panel!
- Remembering…Verity Lambert!
- Philip Hinchcliffe…Big Finish Trailer!
- Canadian Doctors…Video!
- Japanese…Doctor!
- BEEDEER!
- SPACEKISSER!
- Doctor Who…Sherlock Easter Egg!
- Zohra Sehgal…Died.

Miniscope/Interview:

- Roger…Limb!

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 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 April-20-2014 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #418 – Click here to listen!

rfs418What derails the Three Who Rule from the week’s news and a gripping Miniscope about classic series director Rodney Bennett? Why, it’s the #firsttargetnovel Twitter discussion from Full Circle scribe and all-around gentleman Andrew Smith! Your hosts thoroughly enjoyed drenching themselves in novelised nostalgia, and look forward to further trips to the fannish past. Eventually, the fellas settle down and talk about the work of Mr. Bennett, who helmed three stories in the Tom Baker era – “The Ark in Space”, “The Sontaran Experiment”, and “The Masque of Mandragora”. But what of the future? What wondrous commentaries and other aural delights are in store for you, dear listener? WHAT!?
Show Notes:

- Doctor Who Celebration…Full Panel With The Doctors!
- Doctor Who Nominated…As Best Of British!
- Doctor Who…On Amazon Prime Video!
- Horror Channel…Doctor Who Launch!
- The Radiophonic Workshop…Plays the Doctor Who Theme Live!
- Classic Doctor Who…DVD Compendium!
- Billie Piper…On The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson!
- 2014…Hugo Award Nominees!

Miniscope:

- Rodney…Bennett!

On March-30-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #415 – Click here to listen!

rfs415It’s the return of the Miniscope! The focus this time is on Michael Hayes, the accomplished director who at first blush wanted nothing to do with Doctor Who but learned to love the show after directing “The Androids of Tara”, “The Armageddon Factor” and the rightly beloved “City of Death”. What did the Three Who Rule think? Turn on your audio-visualizer and find out! But before that, news of Mark Gatiss writing more episodes of Doctor Who, and can it really be nine years since Doctor Who returned to our screens? Amazing!
Show Notes:

- Rose…Ninth Anniversary!
- Mark Gatiss…Writing for Peter Capaldi!
- Myth…Makers!
- Adric…In Big Finish!
- An Adventure in Space and Time…Region 1 Artwork!
- Crafty…Nominations!
- Mary Tamm…Second Generation!

Miniscope:
- Michael…Hayes!

On March-9-2014 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #412 – Click here to listen!

rfs412The Three Who Rule are travelling back in time this week to the wild, wooly days of 2005, when a certain program about a madman in a box first re-graced our screens after a long, long hiatus. Though we take the success of Doctor Who as a matter of course these days, in those early stories the show could have easily failed, and the fact that it didn’t is in no small part due to the work of one Joe Ahearne, gentleman director and subject of the Miniscope. Join Steven, Warren and Chris as they dissect the work of one of the most important directors of new Who…and also waste your time beforehand with news, japes and the introduction of P-Cap and J-Co to the “irritating shortened names for actors” pantheon.
Show Notes:

- Another Series 8 Writer…Announced!
- Matt Smith Panel…From The Doctor Who Celebration!
- An Adventure In Space And Time…North American Blu-Ray Release!
- Enemy Of The World…Package Art!
- An Adventure In Space And Time…North American Package Art Choices!
- The Web Of Fear DVD…Breaks Sales Records!
- Titan’s Doctor Who Comics…First Look!
- Doctor Who Legacy…Available On Kindle!
- A Day With The Radiophonic Workshop…In Chichester!

Miniscope:
- Joe…Ahearne!
- Joe Ahearne…Interview!

On November-17-2013 3 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #393 – Click here to listen!

rfs393With less than a week until “The Day of the Doctor”, the Two Who Rule (Warren and Steven, Chris was on assignment with UNIT) were positively giddy with anticipation for the 50th anniversary adventure to hit their eye bulbs in glorious 3D. But before that momentous event, the BBC released “The Night of the Doctor,” with a shocking appearance by Paul McGann! Lest you think that was the only treat for Whovians this week, a 2-minute clip from Day of the Doctor was also released in conjunction with Children in Need (which we will not discuss here, spoilerphobes), and various idents and other fripfrap also helped to fuel the hype machine. But, let’s be honest, what you’re really here for is our final Miniscope, this time with Richard Molesworth (author of a new book called “Robert Holmes: A Life in Words”) discussing the Phillip Hinchcliffe era. We’ve very much enjoyed doing these Miniscopes, and we hope you’ve enjoyed listening to them. And three lucky listeners won copies of Adventures with the Wife in Space, written by friend of the show (and last week’s guest!) Neil Perryman! Who were the winners? You’ll just have to listen to find out!
Show Notes:

- The Day of the Doctor…preview clip!
- The Night…of the Doctor!
- Steven Moffat talks about…The Night of the Doctor!
- Matt Smith BBC Ident…one!
- Matt Smith BBC Ident…two!
- The Day of the Doctor…Australian simulcast!
- The Day of the Doctor…New Zealand simulcast details!
- An Adventure in Space and Time…on UKTV in New Zealand!
- The Day of the Doctor…promo pics!
- An Adventure in Space and Time…promo pics!
- An Adventure in Space and Time…trailer!
- Doctor Who Live…After Party!
- An Evening with…Steven Moffat!
- The Day of the Doctor…DVD extras!
- The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear…t-shirts!
- Silva Screen 50th Anniversary box set…track listing!
- Tom Baker an Lalla Ward…together again at Big Finish!
- Doctor Who: Legacy…mobile phone game!
- David Tennant and Billie Tyler…Radio Times poll winners!

Miniscope

- Philip Hinchcliffe

Guest

- Richard Molesworth

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On November-10-2013 4 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #392 – Click here to listen!

rfs392It was truly a momentous week for Doctor Who fans everywhere as they got not one, nor two, but THREE different trailers for ‘The Day of the Doctor’ from the BBC (twice!), BBC America, and, inadvertently early, BBC Latin America. While everyone is busy frame advancing through those to find out clues about the 50th Anniversary Special, a metric ton of news also dropped this week which helped push this episode of Radio Free Skaro past the two hour mark. But how could you go wrong with a Philip Segal Miniscope in the form of a TV Movie commentary with guest Neil Perryman? Answer: you can’t. Enjoy, and be content that we are now less than two weeks away from the anniversary weekend…
Show Notes:

- The Day of the Doctor…extended trailer!
- The Day of the Doctor…trailer!
- The Day of the Doctor…BBC America trailer!
- The Day of the Doctor…preview clip!
- The Day of the Doctor…media pack!
- #SaveTheDay…website!
- The Day of the Doctor…BBC Three after party!
- The Day of the Doctor…InnerSPACE Live after party!
- Matt Smith and David Tennant…on the Graham Norton show!
- An Adventure in Space and Time…airs November 21 on BBC Two!
- An Adventure in Space and Time…airs November 22 on Space!
- An Adventure in Space and Time…airs November 22 on BBC America!
- An Adventure in Space and Time…coming to Region 2 DVD on December 2!
- Doctor Who dominates BBC America…November 18-24!
- Doctor Who…BBC Red Button content!
- The Enemy of the World…DVD details!
- Unreleased trailer for…The Tenth Planet!
- Radiophonic Workshop…performance and back catalog reissues!!
- Silva Screen…Doctor Who 50th Anniversary box sets!
- The Science of Doctor Who…trailer!
- The Science of Doctor Who…preview clip!
- Eleventh Doctor ebook penned…by Neil Gaiman!
- Official BBC Worldwide…Sonic Screwdriver app!
- Doctor Who wins BBC Radio 1 Teen Award…for Best Drama!
- The Eternity Clock sequels…cancelled!
- Doctor Who Celebration…programming schedule!
- David Banks and Ricco Ross…coming to Gallifrey One!
- Coming soon…Chicago TARDIS!
- The Ood Cast…Live!

Miniscope

- Philip Segal

Guest

- Neil Perryman

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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 October-27-2013 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #390 – Click here to listen!

rfs390It was one of the more exciting weeks in Doctor Who recently with global cinema screenings of “The Day of The Doctor” being announced around the world, and Big Finish’s 50th anniversary story “The Light At The End” being given an early release, one month before the actual anniversary itself. The resulting chaos showed that no internet site knows the wrath of an impatient group of Doctor Who fans, but at the end of the day, thousands of fans will be watching the 50th Anniversary story in 3D together in cinemas (the Three Who Rule included!) on November 23 and 25. Once the furore of this died down on the podcast, the Skaro boys turn back the clock to delve into the first half of the John Nathan-Turner era in the Miniscope, with the wonderful Rob Shearman!
Show Notes:

- Doctor Who…on the big screen!
- Doctor Who…at your local cinema!
- Doctor Who screening giveaway…from Space!
- The Day of The Doctor…cleared by the BBFC!
- Big Finish…The Light at The End!
- The Eleventh Doctor…at the BFI!
- The Science of Doctor Who…November 14 on BBC Two!
- Doctor Who on The Culture Show…November 22 on BBC Two!
- Time Trips…digital books!
- Deborah Watling…returns to Gallifrey One!
- Tom Baker…official Facebook page!
- The Caves of Androzani soundtrack…on limited edition LP!
- AudioGo UK…suspends business operations!

Miniscope

- John Nathan-Turner

Guest

- Robert Shearman

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