• 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #439 – For What It’s Worth

    As showrunner for Doctor Who, Steven Moffat is mostly known for beginnings and endings of series, but this week the Moff brought us “Listen,” a standalone story that delves into beginnings, endings and fear itself. So, did Moffat overload the story with his personal tropes, take the show in an ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #438 – Rocket Robin Hood

    Robin Hood! Robots! Shenanigans! Etc! Things took a turn for the romp-y in “Robot of Sherwood,” the latest episode of Doctor Who, but what did the usually taciturn and P-Cap-ian Three Who Rule think? Eh? Listen as the three acerbic grouchwads expound upon the story in question and also reflect ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #437 – Death to the Daleks

    The first proper P-Cap story, where he’s out of bed and sassing off to soldiers, Daleks and everyone in between, has arrived on our TV screens, tablets, laptops and eyeballs. You’d think after years of Dalek stories the well would be dry, but in fact….well, you’ll just have to listen ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #436 – Planet of the Pudding Brains

    After months of waiting, feverish panic, speculation, madness, leaked scripts, world tours and other such lunacy, the first episode of Doctor Who, Series 8, titled “Deep Breath”, is upon us. You know what that means? Stats! So, so many stats. And, to a lesser extent, the opinions of Steven, Warren ...

On April-2-2013 1 Comment

It took Warren a while to get this done, but here’s our live show from Gallifrey One 2013, captured in glorious HD color video pixels. Thrill to the visual stylings of Sylvester McCoy, Philip Hinchcliffe, Stephen Thorne, and Dan Starkey. And don’t forget Chip, the Two Minute Time Lord, with another rousing speech for the assembled masses at Gallifrey One in Los Angeles!

Special thanks to Mel Siermaczeski, Nancy Alegria, and Tyson Ferland and Jack Bessey of Knack Design who helped out with extra footage.

On February-15-2013 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #351 – Click here to listen!

RFS Live from Gallifrey One in Los Angeles! Yes, it’s time once again for Radio Free Skaro’s annual live show at Gallifrey One, the biggest and best Doctor Who convention to grace the shores of Los Angeles and the world entire. Steven, Warren and Chris were delighted and honoured to play host to Sylvester McCoy, Philip Hinchcliffe, Stephen Thorne, Dan Starkey, Neve McIntosh, and Richard Hope. Chip, the Two Minute Time Lord, both acted as audio engineer and delivered a wonderful sermon on the importance and sheer wonder of being a fan in a community of diverse but like-minded friends.

Can we just say it one more time? PHILIP HINCHCLIFFE.

Thanks to one and all who came to the show in person, and we’re delighted to offer this year’s live show to our listeners who couldn’t make it to L.A.

Show Notes:

Gallifrey…One!

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On February-3-2013 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #348 – Click here to listen!

Because of a complicated situation involving Mandrels, Bandrils, the Borad and the Swarm, the Three Who Rule kept it (somewhat) brief this week, focusing on conserving their energies for the onslaught of Gallifrey coverage coming your way in a mere week and change. News included the casting of “An Adventure in Space and Time,” the increasingly intruiging dramatization of the early days of Doctor Who, DVD news, analysis of the upcoming insanely detailed (and expensive) David Tennant figure, and a tribute to Bernard Horsfall, a veteran Classic Who actor who left us all too soon this week.

But since this is Radio Free Skaro, there was also pointless debate about the Mask of Omega, the overall quality of the Three Doctors, the Two Doctors and other classic stories, and speculation about just what the BBC is holding back (if anything) regarding their celebratory plans for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Enjoy this short(er) but sweet(er) episode, which will lighten the weight of your portable listening device! Don’t question that last statement, it is SCIENCE.

Show Notes:

Gallifrey…One!
The Reign…Of Terror!
An Adventure in Space and Time…Casting!
An Adventure in Space and Time…More Casting!
An Adventure in Space and Time…Yet More Casting!
Steven Moffat…Talks 50th Anniversary Stuff!
Tomb of the Cybermen…BFI Screening Guests!
Ice Warriors DVD…Delayed!
Mind of Evil…Colour Almost Restored!
Big Chief…Tenth Doctor Figure!
Bernard Horsfall…Dies.

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On January-27-2013 4 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #347 – Click here to listen!

A shocking amount of news made its way from the wilds of the Internet to the fevered brains and out of the fetid mouths of the Three Who Rule this week, including the infamous “ToyFairGate,” where canny spies noted BBC posters announcing….somewhat sparse plans for the anniversary year of Doctor Who. The din of fan outrage was such that it almost drowned out announcements of new action figures, soundtracks, special edition DVDs and other delicious morsels.

But controversy and action figure portfolios aside, this week also marks an interview with Paul Scoones, Doctor Who historian and author of “The Comic Strip Companion: 1964-1979″ which chronicles decades of Doctor Who comic strips. Scoones is also well known for his deep production knowledge, expressed through the medium of subtitles on Doctor Who DVDs. Steven spent the better part of an hour delving deep into Scoones work with him, and now we bring that interview to you.

And remember, in less than three weeks Radio Free Skaro will open Gallifrey One with our live show, “The Ambassadors of Death!” With a guest lineup of Sylvester McCoy, Philip Hinchcliffe, Bernard Horsfall, Neve McIntosh, Richard Hope and Dan Starkey, it’s sure to be ninety minutes of fun, facts and…a return guest appearance from Chip, the Two Minute Time Lord!

Show Notes:

Gallifrey…One!
Radio Free Skaro…The Ambassadors of Death!
Doctor Who Returns March 30…To BBC One!
Doctor Who Returns March 30…To SPACE!
Doctor Who Returns March 30…To BBC America!
Doctor Who…50th Anniversary Website!
Doctor Who…50th Anniversary Lineup!
An Adventure In Time And Space…Begins Filming Soon!
The Aztecs…Revisitations Release Details!
The Caves Of Androzani…Soundtrack!
Character Options…Announces New Toys!
The Mind Of Evil…BFI Screening Change!

Interview:

Paul…Scoones!

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On January-25-2013 0 Comments
The 24 Hours of Gallifrey One is set to take place from February 15-17 at the LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and once again, Radio Free Skaro is proud to kick off the convention on the main stage at noon on Friday, February 15! As previously announced, the show will be called Radio Free Skaro: The Ambassadors of Death, and we can now announce the guest list! Appearing with us on stage will be:

Sylvester McCoy

The Seventh Doctor himself, Sylvester McCoy, will be the headlining guest! Sylvester was the last Doctor to appear in Doctor Who during its original run, inhabiting the role from 1987-89. He later reprised his role in the 1996 Fox TV movie in which he handed the key to the TARDIS to Paul McGann. Sylvester has recently found fame as Radagast the Brown in the first film of The Hobbit trilogy.

Philip Hinchcliffe

Philip Hinchcliffe took over the producer’s chair from Barry Letts in 1974, and went on to shepherd Doctor Who through its most successful era ever, making Tom Baker a star, achieving record viewing figures, and introducing elements of horror that frightened and enthralled a generation on both sides of the Atlantic. Both Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat cite the Hinchcliffe era as a big influence on how Doctor Who is being made today.

Stephen Thorne

If you’re a fan of classic Doctor Who stories, Stephen Thorne isn’t a face you will recognize, but his voice is unmistakable. Appearing in three stories in the series’ classic run, all behind masks, Stephen still managed to create some of the most iconic characters in Doctor Who history, such as Azal from “The Daemons” and Eldrad in “The Hand of Fear”. His most notable performance, though, was as the renegade Time Lord Omega in “The Three Doctors”.

Neve McIntosh

Initially cast in a dual role as the villainous Silurians Alaya and her sister Restac in “The Hungry Earth” and “Cold Blood”, Neve McIntosh has gone on play a more benevolent Silurian who has helped The Doctor on many occasions. As Madame Vastra, the reclusive Silurian detective from the Victorian era, McIntosh has appeared in “A Good Man Goes To War” and “The Snowmen”, and is slated to appear again in the upcoming Series 7b.

Richard Hope

Like Neve McIntosh, Richard Hope is known in Doctor Who for his Silurian roles, winning hearts and minds as a friendly, if slightly eccentric, doctor named Malokheh in “The Hungry Earth” and “Cold Blood”. Richard has since gone on to play all subsequent male Silurian roles in the series, including appearances in “The Wedding of River Song” and “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”.

Dan Starkey

Starkey is known to Doctor Who fans for playing multiple Sontarans in five different episodes, as well as two episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures and one of the Doctor Who Adventure Games. He has since won over the internet with his excellently hilarious performance as Strax, the Sontaran nurse who aids Madame Vastra and Jenny in “The Snowmen”.

Two-Minute Time Lord

Chip from Two-minute Time Lord will be our technical director again this year, and he will be performing a live version of his Two-Minute Time Lord podcast onstage, as well. Chip’s presentation during last year’s Radio Free Skaro show, entitled “This Is Gallifrey” was a tremendous success, and we look forward to see what Chip has in store for us this time around!

UPDATE:

Bernard Horsfall 1930-2013

We were originally going to have legendary actor Bernard Horsfall on our show to reminisce about his time and Doctor Who. Sadly, Bernard passed away on January 29, 2013. We at Radio Free Skaro have long been fans of Bernard’s performances, especially his iconic turn as Chancellor Goth in “The Deadly Assassin”, and we were all looking forward to meeting him. Our sincere condolences go out to Bernard’s friends and family.

 

It all kicks off at 12:00pm on Friday, February 15 in the Main Programming Hall at Gallifrey One. Get there early!

Stay tuned to Radio Free Skaro and radiofreeskaro.com for further details about the show, and visit the Gallifrey One website (www.gallifreyone.com) for updates on the convention itself. See you all there!

On July-10-2012 4 Comments

In this exciting episode of Video Free Skaro, Warren talks to Joanna Gaskell, creator, writer and star of Standard Action, a web series shot in Vancouver but set in a Dungeons and Dragons world of high adventure and hilarity. We also welcome another special guest to Tom Baker Tonight, and Tom is once again in fine form. All this and the latest Who news!

If you like the shirt Warren is wearing, head to http://www.damask.ca for all your Whovian sartorial needs!

On July-8-2012 8 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #318 – Click here to listen!

With Chris away this week as he completes his move westward to Edmonton, the Three Who Rule welcomes occasional Fourth Ruler Neil Perryman of Adventures With The Wife in Space and Tachyon TV fame to talk about the works of Paddy Kingsland in the Miniscope. Kingsland provided many a memorable motif in a multitude of stories from Seasons 18-21, ranging stylistically from the morose melodies of “Logopolis” to the rock and roll riffs that backed up “Mawdryn Undead”. Also discussed were the imminent appearances of mother-daughter team Diana Rigg and Rachel Stirling in Doctor Who, and can Paul McGann’s new costume (it’s canon now, folks!) be the stepping stone to a future appearance in the TV series in 2013? Stay tuned!
Show Notes:

Diana Rigg and Rachel Stirling…in Doctor Who!
The Ambassadors of Death…in colour!
Paul McGann in…a new costume!
Sonic Screwdriver…remote control!
Talking Dalek…action figure set!
Character Options…Dalek Saucer playset!
Character Options…Silent Time Machine playset!
Big payday for…Paddy Kingsland!
Adventures With The…Wife in Space!

Miniscope:

Paddy…Kingsland!

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On May-27-2012 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #312 – Click here to listen!

With the furore and fascination of Eurovision now over with (oh, the excitement! The whimsy!), the Three Who Rule turn their gaze towards one of the most prolific directors in the new series, Euros Lyn, in this week’s Miniscope. Lyn was credited with directing an astonishing eleven episodes across nine stories, including some stunning work on Tooth and Claw, and some questionable decisions on the David Tennant/RTD finale The End of Time. Also discussed in this week’s podcast is Radio Free Skaro’s upcoming appearance at Westercon 66 in July 2013, and some exciting news on the DVD front in the months to come. All in all, this week’s episode is worth more Euros than money can buy!
Show Notes:

Westercon…66!
Matt Smith…Carries The Olympic Torch!
Good…As Gold!
The New Companion…Begins Filming!
The Doctor’s Wife…Wins A Nebula!
Doctor Who Magazine…Wins An Eagle!
Ambassadors of Death…DVD Extras!
Vengeance on Varos…DVD Extras Part One!
Vengeance on Varos…DVD Extras Part Two!
Inferno…To Be Revisited!

Miniscope:

Euros…Lyn!

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On May-20-2012 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #311 – Click here to listen!

The RFS team is scattered hither and yon this week with Steven in Madison, Wisconsin, and Warren scooping up cross-border deals in Seattle, but they still manage to crank out another episode of Radio Free Skaro for your listening delight. This week, Steven and Chris postulate on the news that was, including a discussion on the wonderful Tales of Television Centre documentary that aired on BBC Four this past week, but all of the Three Who Rule are there to commentate over the final three episodes of Inferno, the 1970 Jon Pertwee classic. It’s the end of the world as we know it…
Show Notes:

Script to Screen…2012!
The Doctor Who Experience…Returns In July!
The Eternity Clock…Begins Ticking Soon!
Moffat…Gets A BAFTA!
August 2012…Region 1 Classic Doctor Who DVD Releases!
Tales…Of Television Centre!
Radio Free Skaro…Popular!

Commentary:

Inferno…Parts 5-7!

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On May-7-2012 0 Comments

On this episode of Video Free Skaro, not only do we have an interview with noted Doctor Who and Y the Last Man artist Pia Guerra, not only do we have a profile of the Myrka, the most despised villain in all Whodom, but we also have action figures making out. Yep, you read that right.

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