• Radio Free Skaro #453 – Eight Is Enough

    With mere days to not only "Doctor Who: Last Christmas” but also our review of said Xmas special and even more thrillingly, our Patreon-inspired (and cringe-inducing) commentary for the infamous 1993 Children in Need special “Dimensions in Time,” the Three Who Rule ably tackled the last Fluid Links segment of ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #452 – In the Nick of Time

    It’s beginning to feel a lot like Last Christmas, which is dominating both our thoughts and the promotional efforts of the BBC Publicity department. Maybe that’s why most of our news is focused on that upcoming holiday where they show a new Doctor Who story and some other, largely irrelevant ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #451 – Celsius 451

    With the Three Who Rule firmly back in place and order restored to the galaxy, there was great rejoicing and much waffling about next to nothing, not to mention the controversial and wrong headed use of the terms “P-Cap”, “J-Co,” and “S-Claw.” in reference to the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #450 – Billie Piper at the Gates of Dawn

    The annual tradition of US Thanksgiving (as we Canadians call it) brings about another yearly custom - Chicago TARDIS! This year's edition has been quite wonderful, bringing together most of the main cast of Series 1 of the new series to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Doctor Who returning to ...

  • 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 ...

On December-14-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #452 – Click here to listen!

rfs452It’s beginning to feel a lot like Last Christmas, which is dominating both our thoughts and the promotional efforts of the BBC Publicity department. Maybe that’s why most of our news is focused on that upcoming holiday where they show a new Doctor Who story and some other, largely irrelevant events rides its coattails. Plus there’s news of a Doctor Who theme park, which is greeted by the confusion and derision only three middle aged nerds with no concept of what the kids today are into could muster. All that questionable content, and an interview from Chicago TARDIS with the voice of the Daleks, Cybermen and countless other creatures, Nick Briggs, who is also one of the main creative forces behind Big Finish! What are you waiting for?
Show Notes:

Last Christmas…Clip!
Last Christmas…Trailer!
Last Christmas…Media Kit!
Last Christmas…On SPACE!
Last Christmas…On ABC1!
Moffat…Talks Of A Female Doctor!
Alex Kingston…At Gallifrey One!
Katy Manning…At Long Island Who!
BBC…Theme Park!
Doctor Who…Part Of Free Comics Day 2015!
Lethbridge-Stewart…Novel Range!
All Of Classic Doctor Who…At The Same Time!
Gallifrey…One!
Long Island Who…3!
Chicago…TARDIS!

Interview
Nicholas…Briggs!

On December-7-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #451 – Click here to listen!

rfs451With the Three Who Rule firmly back in place and order restored to the galaxy, there was great rejoicing and much waffling about next to nothing, not to mention the controversial and wrong headed use of the terms “P-Cap”, “J-Co,” and “S-Claw.” in reference to the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special “Last Christmas”. But wait! The main feature is an interview with Mickey Smith himself, Noel Clarke, by our very own Steven recorded live on stage at Chicago TARDIS. And and and….nerd rage from Warren about the highly important matter of the 3.75 inch dolly. Blasphemy!
Show Notes:

Last Christmas…Synopsis!
Last Christmas…BBC Broadcast Time!
BBC America…Confirms Last Christmas Broadcast!
Last Christmas…On UK Home Video!
Last Christmas…On North American Home Video!
Doctor Who: Series 8…on Blu-Ray!
Underwater Menace…Still Due On DVD!
Stuart Manning Posters…Available For Purchase!
Lewis…Achenbach!
3.75″ Action Dollies…December 2014 Wave!
Doctor Who…History Collection!
Doctor Who…On CraveTV!
Long Island Who…3!
Chicago…TARDIS!

Interview
Noel…Clarke!

On November-9-2014 6 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #447 – Click here to listen!

rfs447And 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 the glorious fake-out of Jenna Coleman as the Doctor in the opening titles all the way to…well, there’s some Cyber-shenanigans which the Three Who Rule cover in great detail. And as a bonus, we have an Long Island Who report from The Memory Cheats and Doctor Who: Mostly Harmless Cutaway co-host (and all around fine gent) Josh Zimon!
Show Notes:

Death…In Heaven!
Death In Heaven…BBC Overnights!
Dark Water…Final BBC Ratings!
In the Forest Of The Night…Final Ratings!
Dark Water…Appreciated!
Doctor Who…Most-Watched Series On SPACE!
Doctor Who…Returns To Children In Need!
Series 8 UK DVD/Blu-Ray Release…Delayed!
Doctor Who Gaming…Coming To XBox One & PlayStation 4!
Peter Capaldi…Video Message To Autistic Boy!
Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
Radio Free Skaro…At Sasquan/WorldCon 2015!
Long Island…Who!

On September-7-2014 5 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #438 – Click here to listen!

rfs438Robin 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 on stats and what a blight they are on human society. But that’s not all, not by a long chalk! We also have an interview with director Douglas MacKinnon, whose handiwork will be seen later this series in “Time Heist”, “Flatline” and, next week, in “Listen”! So…do so!
Show Notes:

Robot…Of Sherwood!
Robot of Sherwood…Overnights!
Into The Dalek…Appreciated!
Into The Dalek…SPACE Viewing Figures!
Deep Breath…Sets A SPACE Record!
Into The Dalek…Watched In Australia!
Listen…Goes Out At 7:30!
Time Heist…Synopsis!
Robot Of Sherwood…Edited!
Peter Capaldi…Wins GQ Award!
Peter Capaldi…On The Graham Norton Show!
Support Radio Free Skaro…On Patreon!

Interview:

Douglas…MacKinnon!

On August-24-2014 7 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #436 – Click here to listen!

rfs436After 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 and Chris regarding Peter Capaldi’s debut episode and right-turn portrayal of everyone’s favourite Time Lord. Of course there was other news to ruminate upon, but…who are we kidding here, you want the “Deep Breath” goodness. And you shall have it! Tally-ho!
Show Notes:

Episode 1…Deep Breath!
Deep Breath…overnight viewing figures!
Doctor Who…Extra!
Doctor Who Extra…on Red Button!
Into The Dalek…730pm on August 30 on BBC One!
Robot of Sherwood…synopsis!
Series 8…episode titles!
Series 8…guest stars!
Series 8…coming to New Zealand August 31!
Series 8 in Germany…without German dubbing!
Series 8 in Germany…will later have German subtitles!
Have a look at…the revamped TARDIS interior!
Doctor Who World Tour…concludes!
Peter Capaldi…thanks the fans!
Space goes to New York…for the Doctor Who World Tour!
Space interviews…Peter Capaldi!
Space interviews…Jenna Coleman!
Doctor Who Legacy to add…Series 8 content!
The Matt Smith Years…coming to Blu-ray!
The Matt Smith Years Blu-ray…coming to Region 1 on November 4!
Series 8…coming to collectors edition Blu-ray on November 17!
2014 Hugo Awards…voting results!
Support Radio Free Skaro…On Patreon!

On July-6-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #429 – Click here to listen!

rfs429It 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 place in Cardiff. Once all the new shiny is talked about, though, the Three Who Rule dip back in time to commentate over the third part of the Key to Time season, 1978’s “The Stones of Blood”! Ogri, sausage sandwiches, well tamed crows, location videotape, Megara – all sorts of things to enjoy!
Show Notes:

“It’s time you knew him”…new Series 8 teaser!
World premiere of “Deep Breath” to take place in…Cardiff!
New episode of Doctor Who written by…Frank Cottrell Boyce!
Series 8 features the return…of the Cybermen!
Series 8 guest star…Michelle Gomez!
Radiophonic Workshop…at Glastonbury!
Series 8 DVD/Blu-ray…coming November 17!
Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File…ebook!
Space Helmet For A Cow…from Mad Norwegian Press!
The Canadian…Doctors!

Commentary

The Stones…Of Blood!

On December-18-2013 0 Comments
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New York – December 18, 2013 – BBC Home Entertainment announces Matt Smith’s final appearance in Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor coming to Blu-ray and DVD on March 4, 2014. With over 60 minutes of sensational bonus features including an hour long special celebrating Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, this is a must-have for any Doctor Who fan’s collection.

Bonus features include:

· “The Time of the Doctor – Behind the Lens” – It’s Christmas! A time for peace and goodwill to all. But hang on, its Doctor Who, surely it can’t be that simple? We take a peek behind the lens on this cracker of a Christmas special. The tinsel is out at the Oswald’s and we meet a familiar enemy in a new form. The Doctor comes face to face with the enigmatic Tasha Lem and makes a new friend. With Matt Smith, Orla Brady, Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat, Danny Hargreaves, Jack Hollington, Sheila Reid, James Buller and Elizabeth Rider.

· “Farewell to Matt Smith” – Narrated by Alex Kingston (River Song), This compelling, hour-long special looks back at Matt Smith’s extraordinary tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, featuring highlights from the show and copious interview footage with Matt, his cast-mates, writers, producers, guest stars and celebrity Doctor Who fans.

· “Tales from the TARDIS” – A look back at the full, 50-year history of this iconic series. Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and past Doctors David Tennant, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davison and Tom Baker tell what it was like to be the Doctor, how they got the job and how it changed their lives. With companions Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and more, this truly insightful special offers a unique insight into the world’s longest running sci-fi series.

Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And among them – the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe. Orla Brady (Fringe, Mistresses) guest stars as Tasha Lem.

Lead writer and executive producer Steve Moffat commented: “It’s his final battle and he’s been fighting it for a while. The Doctor is facing the joint challenge of a mysterious event in space that has summoned lots of aliens to one place and helping Clara cook Christmas dinner. There are also elements from every series of Matt’s Doctor, which will come to a head in this special. Things that we’ve laid down for years are going to be paid off. “

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor premieres Wednesday, December 25 on BBC AMERICA at 9:00pm ET in the US and on SPACE at 9:00pm ET in Canada.

On December-8-2013 3 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #396 – Click here to listen!

rfs396Statspocalypse! Yes, in a moment that Warren has feared since the inception of Radio Free Skaro, the 50th Anniversary generated stats to such a degree that they may have become sentient and declared war on humanity. And despite Warren’s hatred of the Devil Numbers, Radio Free Skaro gave you, the listener, comprehensive coverage of viewing figures, iPlayer requests, and other such pointless spreadsheetery.

But it wasn’t all stats (thankfully)! News of Other Doctor dollies, in-depth articles on 3D and the Radiophonic Workshop and more besides peppered the news list, leading up to the main event, the Missing Episodes panel from Chicago TARDIS, featuring Ed Stradling and Dan Hall of the DVD range and our own Steven as moderator. Note to Gallifrey Base users: Try not to divine rumour and nonsense from the facts and statements of truth in said panel. That is all. Thank you and good day! (puts on bowler hat, storms off stage left)

Show Notes:

Coming soon…The Time of the Doctor!
The Time of the Doctor…December 25, 730pm on BBC One!
…The Time of the Doctor…December 25, 800pm ET on Space!
…The Time of the Doctor…December 25, 900pm on BBC America!
…The Time of the Doctor…December 26, 730pm on ABC1!
The Time of the Doctor…snippets!
The Time of the Doctor…more snippets!
The Day of the Doctor…final viewing figures on BBC One!
The Day of the Doctor…record iPlayer requests!
The Day of the Doctor…record figures on Space!
The Day of the Doctor…record figures on BBC America!
The Day of the Doctor…UK box office numbers!
The Day of the Doctor…US box office numbers!
The Day of the Doctor…3D technology!
The Day of the Doctor…visual effects!
The Day of the Doctor…DVD details!
Paul McGann on…his surprise return!
Milk to do the visual effects…for Series 8!
An Adventure in Space and Time…BFI Q&A extract!
Waris Hussein’s script…for An Unearthly Child!
Radio Times article on…the Restoration Team!
BFI Eleventh Doctor event…guests announced!
The Enemy of the World and An Adventure…Canadian DVD exclusive release!
Radiophonic Workshop…revised Doctor Who theme!
Radiophonic Workshop…article in The Guardian!
The Other Doctor…action figure!
Doctor Who Cuttings Archive…returns!
New Doctor Who…puzzle app!
Doctor Who Adventures…interactive edition!
BBC Worldwide…closes Los Angeles video games division!
The Quest for Pedler…pre-orders available!
Barry Jackson…dies, sadly.

Links:

Blue Box Podcast Episode 79 – Fast Return

Chicago TARDIS Missing Episodes Panel:
Dan Hall
Ed Stradling

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On November-24-2013 10 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #394 – Click here to listen!

rfs394The long, long wait is over. Doctor Who celebrated 50 years of thrilling us all with the adventures of a madman with a box in high style, with not only “The Day of the Doctor”, but also the stunning “An Adventure in Space and Time” and Peter Davison’s “The Five(ish) Doctors”, a whimsical treat for lovers of both the classic and new series.

Let’s not forget that 94 countries and many movie theatres simulcast “The Day of the Doctor” on Saturday, and for the first time ever the Three Who Rule are able to relay what it felt like to watch a big-screen adventure with the Doctor(s) surrounded by the love of many, many fans cheering and whooping at every twist and turn.

It was indeed a monumental week, but there’s still the Christmas Special and the end of Matt Smith’s run in a month, and next week a special RFS from Chicago TARDIS! Allons-Y, Geronimo, and for God’s Sake, GALLIFREY STANDS!

Show Notes:

The Day…Of The Doctor!
The Day Of The Doctor…BBC Ratings!
The Day Of The Doctor…Deleted Scene!
The Day Of The Doctor…World Record!
The Day Of The Doctor…Behind The Lens!
Doctor Who Live…The After Party!
Christmas Special…Teaser!
An Adventure…In Space And Time!
An Adventure In Space And Time…Ratings!
William Hartnell…The Original!
The Last…Day!
The Five…Doctors(ish) Reboot!
Doctor Who…Google Doodle!
The Time…Machine!
Buckingham Palace…Party!

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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!

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Philip Segal

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Neil Perryman

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