• 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 February-17-2014 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #409 – Click here to listen!

rfs409The 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 able to bring a little bit go Gally to you all each day. On this final episode from Gallifrey One, we interview Series 8 writer Phil Ford, “Closing Time” director Steve Hughes, Gallifrey One program director Shaun Lyon, and Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide authors Paul Cornell and Keith Topping. We also announce our plans for the next few weeks while we all wait for Series 8 to premiere! Enjoy, and thanks for listening!
Show Notes:

- Gallifrey One…25 Glorious Years!
- Gallifrey One…Panel List!
- Gallifrey One…Friday schedule!
- Gallifrey One…Saturday schedule!
- Gallifrey One…Sunday schedule!
- Gallifrey One…Autograph/Photos/Kaffeeklatsch schedule!
- Gallifrey One…LAX Marriott convention map!
- Gallifrey One…Dealers Room map!

On January-12-2014 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #401 – Click here to listen!

rfs401It’s the beginning of the next 400 episodes of Radio Free Skaro, and what better way to start off this new era than with talk of Star Wars, weather in Florida, hockey, Tim Hortons and other irrelevant meanderings! The Three Who Rule eventually focused their energies and relayed what little Doctor Who news eked out this week, including such gems as new guests for Gallifrey 2014 (and the lineup for our own live show on Friday, February 14th), the return of friend of the show Phil Ford to Doctor Who, and other assorted newsy morsels.

All mere preamble to a commentary recorded this summer at Westercon for “Silver Nemesis”. We’re not saying our commentary is good, but rest assured it is better than the story itself, so have a listen to it, won’t you?

Show Notes:

- Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
- Radio Free Skaro…Gallifrey Stands!
- Doctor Who…Series 8 Begins Filming!
- Phil Ford…Writes for Series 8!
- Series 9…Confirmed?
- BFI Matt Smith Celebration…Video!
- City of Death…Novelization in Hardcover!
- Doctor Who Console Video Games…Are No More!
- National Television Awards…Fictitious Nominations!

Commentary:
- Silver…Nemesis!

On March-25-2013 0 Comments
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!
On September-23-2012 9 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #329 – Click here to listen!

The Three Who Rule took almost as long to talk about “The Power of Three” this week as the (admittedly truncated) episode itself took to play out on UK television screens. So what did Steven, Warren and Chris think of the slow invasion of the world by an Ikea fever dream? Did they enjoy the emergence of a new generation of UNIT leadership or the strengthening of emotional bonds between the Doctor, the Ponds, and Pond Sr? Or did they think it was all a load of stapled-on Gallifreyan fairy tales sealed by a bit of wand-waving? You’ll just have to listen to find out! Also, don’t miss stats, more stats, arguments about the canonical nature of Bill Baggs videos, pedanting, prequeldanting, and more!
Show Notes:

- The Power…Of Three!
- The Power of Three…Overnights!
- The Angels Take Manhattan…Airs September 29!
- The Angels Take Manhattan…Cardiff Screening!
- A Town Called Mercy…Appreciated!
- Dinosaurs on a Spaceship…Final Ratings!
- A Town Called Mercy…Prequel!
- Steve Thompson…To Write For Series 7!
- Neil Cross…Writing Two Series 7 Scripts!
- The Curse of Clyde Langer…Writer’s Guild Nomination!
- Adventures With The Wife In Space…The Book!

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On September-17-2012 0 Comments
The fine folks behind the upcoming Gallifrey One convention have announced another batch of guests, with some familiar names and some new faces, and certainly some folks we at Radio Free Skaro look forward to seeing and hearing speak.

Dan Hall is the executive producer of the Doctor Who DVD range, responsible for so many facets of the wonderful shiny discs made available every month. This is Dan’s first Gallifrey One appearance.
Ed Stradling has produced more special features for the DVD range than can adequately be covered in this blog post, not the least of which is the recent – and amazing – Second Time Around, a look at Patrick Troughton. This will be his first trip to Gallifrey One.
Steve Roberts, making a return appearance, rounds out the triumvirate of DVD-related guests now confirmed for the 2013 iteration of Gallifrey One. Steve was last at Gally in 2012, talking about the recently-found episodes of Galaxy 4 and The Underwater Menace.
Friend of the show Phil Ford will, like the Three Who Rule, be making his fifth consecutive Gallifrey One appearance. Phil was the lead writer for the later years of The Sarah Jane Adventures and of course worked on Doctor Who proper as well as the recent video games. Doubtless Phil will be discussing Wizards vs Aliens, his latest project with former Doctor Who show runner Russell T Davies.
Keith Temple wrote Planet of the Ood for the fourth series of Doctor Who, and will be returning to Gallifrey One after a lengthy absence.
Other Doctor Who guests announced for The 24 Hours of Gallifrey One are comics writers Len Wein and Josh Fialkov, illustrators Blair Shedd and Paul Hanley, writers Robert Smith? and Graeme Burk, and Inspector Spacetime himself Travis Richey. Genre guests recently announced are David Gerrold, Barbara Hambly, Marv Wolfman, Nancy Holder, Gillian Horvath, David Wise, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Darin Henry, Paul Salamoff and Debbie Viguie.
And while this list of names is impressive in its own right, the guest announcements for Gallifrey One are nowhere near done – keep an eye on the Gallifrey One website and your ears on Radio Free Skaro for future guest announcements!
Memberships for Gallifrey One are available from the convention website, and cost $75 (until September 30) 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!
On February-20-2012 5 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #298 – Click here to listen!

Our Gallifrey One coverage concludes for another year as we chat with some gentlemen who played integral roles in launching Doctor Who in the 1960s and 1990s. First up, Ian Chesterton, Sir Ian, Knight of Jaffa himself, the amazing William Russell joins Steven and Ken Deep in reminiscing about what Doctor Who and TV production in general was like in the early days of the programme. Following that, An Unearthly Child and Marco Polo director Waris Hussein outlines his role in helping to create the longest running science fiction show ever. Fast forward three decades to the 1996 Fox TV Movie, the brainchild of Philip Segal, who discusses the many pitfalls that he encountered to get the 8th Doctor’s only televised adventure brought to our screens. And finally, we catch up with friend of the show Phil Ford about aliens, wizards, and tequila. And stay tuned at the end to hear Radio Free Skaro’s plans for the next few months while we wait for new Doctor Who!

Thanks to everyone who we met and those who we met again at Gally this year, and thanks to you, dear listener, for tuning in to our coverage. An utterly unforgettable weekend, and we’re already looking forward to coming back next year!

Show Notes:

- Gallifrey…One!

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On December-18-2011 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #285 – Click here to listen!

With just a week to go until the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special, the Three Who Rule cast their eyes back to a simpler time, before River Song was related to the Ponds and when a baby could turn into a puddle of goo and still be broadcast pre-watershed. Yes, “A Good Man Goes to War” was our commentary this week, with all the usual off-topic and off-color discussion you’ve come to know and somewhat tolerate. Add chatter of our live show at Gallifrey 2012 (two months from now!), news of departing companions, Season 7′s structure, and Fendahl action figures, and you’ve got yourself a podcast!
Show Notes:

- Radio Free Skaro…On Google+!
- Gallifrey…One!
- The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe…New Trailer!
- The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe…Preview Clips!
- The Moff…Hints At Series 7!
- New Companion…For Series 7!
- Aliens vs…Wizards!
- Tom Baker…Reunited With Jago & Litefoot!
- Big Finish…Brings Back The Kraals!
- Revisitations 3…UK DVD Release Date!
- Face Of Evil…UK DVD Release Date!
- The Daemons…UK DVD Release Date!
- Sarah Jane Adventures Series 5…UK Release Date!
- Sarah Jane Adventures…Box Set!
- Image of the Fendahl…Action Figure Set!
- Doctor Who…Chess Set!
- Steven On…The Pharos Project!
- Steven On…Alpha Waves Radio!
- Steven and Chris On…The Goodies Podcast!
- Warren and Chris On…Prognosis Negative!

Commentary:

- A Good Man…Goes To War!

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On October-9-2011 3 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #275 – Click here to listen!

The world of Doctor Who has entered the dark times. With no new episodes of our beloved show until Christmas, The Three Who Rule are forced to delve into their bag of tricks this week. And what do they find in the bag? Why, it’s a new interview with The Sarah Jane Adventures head writer, Phil Ford! Join us as we talk with Phil about the new series of The Sarah Jane Adventures along with the next Doctor Who Adventure Game, The Gunfighter… er, Gunpowder Plot, and of course talk about some memories of Sarah Jane herself, Lis Sladen.
Show Notes:

- Sky!
- Closing Time…Final BBC Ratings!
- Early 2012…Region 1 DVD Releases!
- The Chase…Action Figure Set!
- Gallifrey One…Preliminary Schedule!
- The Ood Cast…Live!
- Edward Russell’s Walk for Lis…Just Giving Page!

Interview:

- Phil…Ford!

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On February-18-2011 5 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #239 – Click here to listen

Behold Radio Free Skaro’s first ever live show at Gallifrey: Radio Free Skaro in 3-D! Along with special guests Gareth Roberts, Clayton Hickman, Joss Agnew, James Moran, and (Friend of the Show) Phil Ford, the Three Who Rule fought off stage fright to delight and entertain a room full of their new best friends, and hopefully a good few of you who weren’t able to make it to Gallifrey. Thanks to all for a fab time!
Show Notes:

- Skaro Shop…North America!
- Skaro Shop…UK!
- Gallifrey…One!

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On February-2-2011 0 Comments

It’s getting to be that time of year again when hundreds of Doctor Who fans and celebrities converge upon sunny California at Gallifrey One, the largest Doctor Who fan convention in North America. This year’s edition, Gallifrey One’s Catch 22: Islands of Mystery, takes place from February 18-20, 2011, at the LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, and Radio Free Skaro will be there!

As in past years, The Three Who Rule will provide extensive coverage of the convention by publishing daily podcasts from Thursday, February 17 through until Monday, February 21. These podcasts will feature interviews with many of the guests at the convention, as well as the main RFS event of the weekend: Radio Free Skaro in 3-D, live on stage, on Friday, February 18 at 2pm, featuring guests Gareth Roberts, Clayton Hickman, Joss Agnew, James Moran, and Phil Ford. We might even have a surprise or two in the works…

The best way to keep up to date with our coverage is to subscribe to our iTunes feed here. Keep an eye on these feeds, though, too:

- Twitter: Radio Free Skaro (@RadioFreeSkaro), as well as the three hosts – Steven (@Legopolis), Warren (@freyburg), and Chris (@dubbayoo)
- YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/radiofreeskaro
- Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/radiofreeskaro
- Tumblr: http://radiofreeskaro.tumblr.com/

If you’re going to Gallifrey this year, then perhaps we will see you there! And if not, we’ve got it covered for you! In the meantime, check out our coverage of Gallifrey 21 from 2010:

- Radio Free Skaro #183 – The Elephant in the Room (podcasters round table)
- Radio Free Skaro #184 – Feasts of Stevens (interviews with Steve Roberts, Steve Manfred)
- Radio Free Skaro #185 – Bo! Sco! Fo! Do! No! Kro! Blo! Co! Sho! Ro! (interviews with Nick Briggs, Phil Ford, Rob Shearman)
- Radio Free Skaro #186 – The Yalta Conference (Doctor Who podcast panel, interview with Tony Lee and Matthew Dow Smith)
- Radio Free Skaro #187 – Loads of Pace and Energy! (interview with Graeme Harper)

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