• 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #435 – Into The Darkness

    Only one week to go until the premiere of Series 8, or as Warren (and no-one else) terms it, 8mageddon, and there’s news of trailers, radio trailers, misguided Tom Baker biopics, Doctor Who world tours and more. But more importantly, Friend of the Show, all around fine gent and writer ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #434 – We Sing In Praise of Total War

    Newsmageddon continues! With only two weeks to go before the premiere of Deep Breath across the planet, the Doctor Who hype machine is in full swing, from the world tour making it’s way through the UK before heading overseas to early reviews of the premiere episode (all spoiler-free, of course.) ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #433 – I Eat The Celery

    "Morgus! You stinking offal! Look at me!" Yes, a day long anticipated by the Three Who Rule Has finally arrived as they were privileged to tackle the all-time classic The Caves of Androzani as a commentary. While they had long feared such a task would devolve into silent slack jawed amazement, ...

  • 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 ...

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!

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Radio Free Skaro #428 – Click here to listen!

rfs428The 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 Con panel this year…which makes sense given Doctor Who is to be gallivanting around the globe shortly on a world tour of seven different cities on five continents. But all this is mere preparation for the return of Fluid Links, where we answer your questions about Doctor Who, nonsense, and Doctor Who nonsense! Which questions did we pick? Listen and find out!
Show Notes:

Doctor Who…Returns August 23!
Series 8 Begins With…Deep Breath!
Series 8…Second Teaser!
Jamie Mathieson…Writes Episode 9!
Series 8…Will Be 12 Episodes!
San Diego Comic Con…Will Not Feature Doctor Who!
Steven Moffat…Returns For Series 9!
Eleventh Doctor…In Tenth Doctor’s Costume Dolly!
War Doctor…SDCC Exclusive Dolly!
Nine Inch…Beast!
Twelfth Doctor Costume…T-Shirt!
Big Finish…Brings Back The Rani!
Best Sci-Fi Moments…SFX Poll!

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 June-1-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #424 – Click here to listen!

rfs424The 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? Let’s just say there was some dissent in the ranks!

Mere preamble, however, to Fluid Links, where we answer your questions, from the sublime to the silly, about Doctor Who and somewhat less Time Lord related activity. If you’ve ever wanted to know what podcasts Warren listens to, here you go! And let’s be honest, you’re dying to know. Really.

Show Notes:

Doctor Who…Ranked!
Rachel Talalay…Interviewed!
Doctor Who…Has Foxes!
No Doctor Who…After David Tennant?
Retro TV…Gets Classic Who!
An Adventure in Space and Time…Nominated!
Will Cohen…Interviewed!
MYSHIRT2014…Skaro Shop (US) Discount!
MYSHIRT2014…Skaro Shop (UK) Discount!
L. I. Who…Guest Update!

On May-4-2014 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #420 – Click here to listen!

rfs420Will someone just rename this the “Pointless Speculation about Star Wars Episode VII Podcast” already? After listening to the opening of this week’s Radio Free Skaro, they might! The Three Who Rule did eventually bring the latest Doctor Who news to the table, along with an interview with writer, script editor and classic series producer Derrick Sherwin, but (mostly due to Warren, as usual) there were many digressions, including unrestrained bile for new Terminator films, studious avoidance of discussion of a certain naughty parody film, and the aforementioned Sturm Und Drang about a certain movie with laser swords coming Xmas 2015. Next week, the return of Fluid Links! Submit your ideas on Twitter using hashtag #FluidLinks and we may just draw it for discussion!
Show Notes:

Jamie Mathieson…writing for Series 8!
Peter Harness…writing for Series 8!
Doctor Who…wins some BAFTAs!
97,000 people attend…Calgary Expo!
One week left in…Doctor Who Music pre-orders!
Matt Smith cast in a major role in…the new Terminator trilogy!
Steven Moffat explains…the absence of an Eccleston regeneration scene!
The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear…on DVD!

Interview:

Derrick…Sherwin!

On December-26-2013 2 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #399 – Click here to listen!

rfs399The Fall of the Eleventh is at last upon us as Matt Smith took his final bow in the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special, “The Time of the Doctor”. Crammed with all sorts of the Doctor’s past enemies and a number of other surprises, the episode was topped off with a momentous performance from the outgoing Matt Smith. But what do the Three Who Rule think of this one? Did it pack enough emotional wallop after the spectacle that was the 50th anniversary? Did Matt Smith go out in a blaze of glory like Christopher Eccleston, or did he limp to the finish line like some (well, we) think David Tennant’s Doctor did? Listen and find out. Oh, and Peter Capaldi is the Doctor now. We think this is a good thing, and it will make the wait for Capaldi’s first proper outing as the Twelfth Doctor a very long one indeed…
Show Notes:

The Time…of the Doctor!
The Time of the Doctor…deleted scene!
The Time of the Doctor…behind the lens!
The Time of the Doctor…video roundup!
The Time of the Doctor…video roundup (more)!
The Time of the Doctor…overnight viewing figures!
Matt Smith says farewell…to Doctor Who!

Doctor Puppet…a Time Lord Christmas!
Doctor Who Celebration…video panel!
The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear…might air on BBC4!
The “average” face of…The Doctor!
Coming to Gallifrey One…Paul McGann!

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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-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-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-1-2013 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #382 – Click here to listen!

rfs382Despite the Doctor Who world being split between multiple conventions this weekend (or because of it), the news was a bit thin this week, but that didn’t stop the Three Who Rule from spinning their creative wheels in new and exciting directions, including the creation of Sofa-ism, a philosophy based on sitting around on your couch. Canada’s national shame, otherwise known as Nickelback, was also name checked far more than necessary (ie. at all.) All this and an appearance from Sean Homrig of the Tardis Tavern podcast for our Name of the Doctor commentary! The mind reels at the riches in store for you. Next week: the producer Miniscopes begin in earnest!
Show Notes:

Doctor Who Prom…Ratings!
Tenth Planet…R1 DVD Release Date!
Moonbase…Animation Proofs!
BBC3…50th Anniversary Special?
Doctor Who…Knitwear!
Christopher Burgess (no, the other one) and Gerard Murphy…Died.
Patrick Magee…Entertains!
Parsec…Awards!
TARDIS…Tavern!

Commentary

The Name…of the Doctor!

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