• Radio Free Skaro #417 – Arcturan Mega-Donkey

    Pertwee! Jo! Troughton the younger! An incontinent skull! With a cast like that it can only be the Three Who Rule's commentary on "The Curse of Peladon"! Watch a prince in short pants fight a revolution, superstition and a questionable monster suit in this Third Doctor...classic? Also, news and discussion, ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #416 – Random Access Memories

    Sadly, a trio of recent deaths in the Doctor Who world lead off this week's episode, as we remember the contributions of writer/actor Glyn Jones, director Derek Martinus, and the Rani herself, Kate O'Mara. But with new Doctor Who still months away, trickles of information are beginning to emerge as ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #415 – More Of A Table Wine

    It’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". ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #414 – Caesar Salad

    Only 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, ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #413 – Block Transfer Computation

    It’s the return of Fluid Links! Yes, everyone’s favourite mercury-based connection thingy is back, and we’ve got (some) of your questions to hash over, cogitate upon, and generally discuss. Good thing too, because the news is pretty thin on the ground this week. But there is talk of intriguing Season ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #412 – Ahearne It Through The Grapevine

    The 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #411 – Kicking the Styres

    The classic commentary returns to Radio Free Skaro, in the form of a brief but enticing little number known as "The Sontaran Experiment"! Despite its quick running time, the adventures of Styre and Friends packs in adventure, spills, stunts, Terry Walsh in an unconvincing wig, and a pint-sized pugilist from ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #410 – Love From Gallifrey, Boys

    With 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #409 – Gallifrey Falls No More

    The year's most anticipated event on the calendar of the Three Who Rule and many thousands other Doctor Who fans has come and gone as Gallifrey One: 25 Glorious years has now concluded! Over 3700 attendees, guests, and volunteers enjoyed the event, and Radio Free Skaro was proud to be ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #408 – The Case of the Missing Episodes

    Day two of Gallifrey One 2014, and the bright eye of the Three Who Rule cast its fiery, lidless wrath upon the missing episodes. Steven and Chris interview Restoration Team head and video genius Steve Roberts on his own, and missing episode experts Damian Shanahan and Jon Preddle together. But ...

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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On October-20-2013 7 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #389 – Click here to listen!

rfs389A trailer! A trailer! Maybe not THE trailer we’ve all been waiting for, but certainly a fitting tribute to 50 years of Doctor Who, with a frankly insane number of homages and visual cues stuffed into a minute of pure nostalgia. In true timey-wimey fashion, the Three Who Rule recorded the bulk of this episode BEFORE the trailer came out, but Steven and Warren were able to admonish their past selves and give their brief thoughts on the trailer, mostly consisting of “ooo,” “ahhh,” and “gear!”

But lest you think a minute of visually splendiferous pandering was all that was covered in this episode of RFS, feast your earballs on a Miniscope featuring an interview with Liz Myles, the co-editor of Chicks Unravel Time and a member of the Verity! podcast, as she sings the praises of the Graham Williams era. Steven, Warren and Chris also cover the peaks and valleys of the Williams era, in addition to bantering about non-trailer related news. Fantasallonsonimo!

Show Notes:

- Fifty Years of Doctor Who…trailer!
- The Day of The Doctor…promo pics!
- An Adventure In Space and Time…promo pics!
- Ben Wheatley…to direct Doctor Who!
- The Day of The Doctor…in Australian cinemas!
- The Moonbase…documentary!
- The Web of Fear Parts 1-3…cleared by the BBFC!
- The Web of Fear Parts 4-6…cleared by the BBFC!
- Doctor Who coins…in New Zealand!
- Doctor Who ado…at Buckingham Palace!

Miniscope

- Graham Williams

Guest

- Liz Myles

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On October-6-2013 4 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #387 – Click here to listen!

rfs387As we turn the corner into October in this 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who, the Three Who Rule reach the halfway point in their odyssey of covering the eras of each producer of the classic series in the Miniscope. This week, the Barry Letts epoch is the focus, a five year stretch of classic episodes that vaulted Doctor Who from a Saturday tea-time tradition to a British television institution. A lifelong fan of the era, Gary Russell, who has been involved with the show in many ways since the early 1980s, joins us to discuss the many strengths of Letts’s time on the show. Steven, Warren, and Chris also reunite to discuss the news of the week, including details of a worldwide simulcast of The Day of the Doctor, which were announced earlier this week. Fun and exciting!
Show Notes:

- Doctor Who simulcast…in 75 countries!
- Doctor Who Revisited…coming to Space!
- The Tenth Doctor…Revisited!
- Sherlock, The Doctor, and Me…with Steven Moffat!
- Pup Ltd Doctor Who…show reel!
- Doctor Who loses…at the Welshies!
- Gareth Roberts is novelizing…City of Death!
- Tenth Doctor ebook…by Derek Landy!
- Edmonton Doctor Who themed…election signs!

Miniscope

- Barry Letts

Guest

- Gary Russell

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On September-29-2013 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #386 – Click here to listen!

rfs386The producer Miniscope series plows onward as special guest John Williams from Tachyon TV joins in to discuss the Peter Bryant and Derrick Sherwin era. An era of selecting a new Doctor and ever-changing roles for the production team, Bryant and Sherwin were responsible for… well, you’ll just have to listen and find out, won’t you? With Warren unavailable, Steven and Chris tackle the news of the week including discussion on the latest (what some may call) blunder on the part of the BBC’s 50th anniversary “celebrations”, and yes, even talk about audio stuff! And books! And cosplay! And we announce the winner of our Twitter contest for a Region 1 Doctor Who Complete Series 7 box set! When the Warren is away, the mice will play!
Show Notes:

- An Adventure in Space and Time…at the BFI!
- Rain…Gods!
- The Companions…Video Interview!
- Peter Capaldi’s Past Appearances…to be Explained!
- #SaveTheDay!
- Doctor Who…for a Dream Night In!
- Waris Hussein’s…An Unearthly Child Floorplans!
- Fifty Years…of Doctor Who Audio!
- Doctor Who at the BBC…Volume 8!
- Doctor Who…Sound Recording Feature!
- The Raymond P Cusick Signature Collection…and Robert Holmes: A Life In Words!
- Tenth Doctor Coat…for the Ladies!

Miniscope

- Peter Bryant
- Derrick Sherwin

Guest

- John Williams

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On September-22-2013 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #385 – Click here to listen!

rfs385The Miniscope madness continues this week with an examination of the Innes Lloyd era, with a little help from JR Southall of Starburst Magazine and the Blue Box Podcast, and Deborah Watling, AKA Victoria Waterfield. But before “regeneration and bases under siege” (and a whole lot more) fall under the hawk-like gaze of the RFS crew and their guests, news of DVD releases, theatrical showings of “The Day of the Doctor” and flagrant disregard for the term “rels” were the order of the day. Enjoy, and a quick note: all rel-related pedantry should be aimed squarely at Warren, who will dismiss said pedantry out of hand.
Show Notes:

- 1966 interview with…Sydney Newman!
- Doctor Who…gold coin!
- The Day of the Doctor…on Blu-ray!
- The Day of the Doctor coming to Blu-ray…in Region 1!
- The Monsters collection…coming to DVD!
- The Tenth Planet coming to DVD…October 14!
- A new Doctor Who…video game?
- Doctor Who coming…to Hulu Plus!
- Reversed Polarity…in Toronto November 1-3!
- Wizards vs Aliens Series 2…coming to CBBC!

Miniscope

- Innes Lloyd

Guest

- JR Southall
- Deborah Watling

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