• Radio Free Skaro #418 – Rodney’s Funscreen

    What derails the Three Who Rule from the week's news and a gripping Miniscope about classic series director Rodney Bennett? Why, it's the #firsttargetnovel Twitter discussion from Full Circle scribe and all-around gentleman Andrew Smith! Your hosts thoroughly enjoyed drenching themselves in novelised nostalgia, and look forward to further trips ...

  • 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 ...

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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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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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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On August-25-2013 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #381 – Click here to listen!

rfs381The Three Who Rule welcome back our very good friend Chip from the Two-minute Time Lord podcast as we all talk over Neil Gaiman’s most recent Doctor Who effort, Nightmare in Silver. Has some time and distance since the story’s initial broadcast allowed our hearts to warm to it more, or was the extremely divisive reaction from fandom warranted and still valid? Will the effort satisfy 80s Hair Band pedants? News of the week, with Chip filling in for a very busy Warren, and which includes talk of what might just be the worst merchandise tie-in ever, rounds out this episode of Radio Free Skaro. Excelsior!
Show Notes:

- Doctor Who Magazine 464…Cover!
- Capaldi…To Remain Scottish?
- Regeneration Limit…Acknowledged!
- RTD…Talks Capaldi!
- The Three Doctors…On Screen!
- Christopher Eccleston’s…Message To The BFI!
- Future Doctor Who BFI Screening…Details!
- Peter Jackson Rumours…Just Won’t Die!
- William Hartnell Interview…Details!
- 2013 Doctor Who Prom…BBC One Transmission!
- Eighth Doctor…eBook!
- The Light At The End…Hipster Release!
- Talking Sonic Screwdriver…Pizza Cutter?!?!
- Guinness World Record…For Daleks!
- Two-minute…Time Lord!

Commentary

- Nightmare…In Silver!

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On August-18-2013 4 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #380 – Click here to listen!

rfs380“Whimsical yet terrifying” is an apt way to describe “The Crimson Horror,” this week’s commentary, but also an accurate portrayal of current Who news. What missive struck fear into the stalwart hearts of the Three Who Rule? Possibly the fact that CBC executives wanted to dub over Christopher Eccleston’s Northern England accent with something more suitable to Canadian ears. Perhaps a Newfie accent would have made more sense. Or perhaps it was the notion that filming on Series 8 of Doctor Who won’t begin until January? The horror continued with a discussion of David Lee Roth’s storied career, what constitutes a bad fan (hint: probably everything) and more! And that’s before the commentary, with special guest Deb Stanish of the Verity Podcast! Enjoy!
Show Notes:

- Series 8 begins filming…in January!
- Neil Cross…back for Series 8!
- William Hartnell console…at the Doctor Who Experience!
- The future of…River Song!
- Christopher Eccleston…dubbed?
- Torchwood: Miracle Day…coming to BBC America!
- BFI announces…Ninth Doctor screening guests!
- BBFC clears DVD material for…The Tenth Planet! (1)
- BBFC clears DVD material for…The Tenth Planet! (2)!
- BBFC clears DVD material for…The Tenth Planet! (3)!
- Article on…the Doctor Who Restoration Team!
- 1967 William Hartnell interview…found!
- The TARDIS on…Google Maps!
- Peter Capaldi…doubles eBay memorabilia sales!
- Bill Nighy…turns down Doctor Who role!
- Katie Sackoff…as Tom Baker!
- Bob Mitsch’s…Zygons and Fourth Doctor costumes!
- Bob Mitsch’s…costumes!
- Bob Mitsch’s…Zygon!
- Deb from…Verity!

Commentary

- The Crimson…Horror!

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On July-28-2013 3 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #377 – Click here to listen!

rfs377On thisss week’sss Radio Free Ssskaro, the Ice Warriors return! Well, one of them does in the Cold War era episode called…er…”Cold War”, of which there is a commentary presented. Luke from TMDWP joins us, replacing Seattle-bound Warren, to give us not only his thoughts on one of his favourite episodes from the recent series, but also to tell us about the Sylvester McCoy BFI event that occurred on July 27. Also, much news and speculation is discussed, as well as a whole host of merchandise to make sure your pockets are liberated of any spare cash. Expect more of such things as we get closer and closer to the event of the year in November!
Show Notes:

- 50th Anniversary special…simulcast worldwide!
- BBC statement on…the Comic Con trailer!
- Twelfth Doctor…audition scripts!
- Is Doctor Who Confidential…returning?
- Returning for the 50th Anniversary…Paul McGann?
- Be in the audience for…a Doctor Who celebration show!
- Steven Moffat promises…closure!
- Series 7 box set…details!
- Series 7 box set…coming later in the UK!
- 50th Anniversary Character Options Building…mini figures!
- Eleventh Doctor…Mr. Potato Head!
- Captain Jack Harkness…costume T-shirt!
- Lord President of Gallifrey…costume T-shirt!
- Sophie Aldred…photo exhibition!
- Russell t Davies auctions a Midnight script…for charity!
- The Who’s He Podcast…featuring Chris!
- Adventures with the Wife and Blake…Kickstarter!

Commentary

- Cold…War!

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On July-21-2013 6 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #376 – Click here to listen!

rfs376San Diego Comic Con! Over the years, SDCC has become a mecca not only of pop culture, cosplay and general lunacy, but also an important platform by which Doctor Who announces mammoth events like, say…the 50th Anniversary Special Trailer. The crowds went wild in Hall H, and mere moments later, entitled fans worldwide bristled in anger, fury and impotent frustration that they were not included in the fun IMMEDIATELY. What they should have done is focused their…enthusiasm at this week’s episode of RFS, which contains not only news from SDCC and elsewhere but also a commentary for The Rings of Akhaten, featuring costumer Mette Hedin and Erik Stadnik of Doctor Who: The Writer’s Room. Now that’s value! Enjoy!
Show Notes:

- BBC teases…the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special!
- Doctor Who panel…from Nerd Machine!
- Matt Smith…as Bart Simpson!
- Karen Gillan…is bald!
- Soundtrack releases…from Silva Screen!
- Doctor Who Series 1-7…on one Blu-ray box set!
- Doctor Who from IDW…ends!
- BFI Eighth and Tenth Doctor screenings…announced!
- New Doctor Who 6.5″…action dolls!
- John Barrowman…coming to Edmonton Expo!
- Radio Free Skaro…Parsec Award Finalist!
- Doctor Who prints…on Society 6!

Commentary

- The Rings…of Akhaten!

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Radio Free Skaro #375 – Click here to listen!

rfs375With San Diego Comic Con looming in just a week’s time, the news list was filled to bursting with silly plastic dolls, lunch boxes and of course the con itself, which will feature a Sunday session with Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, and Mark Gatiss, as well as the iconic David Bradley who appears as the iconic William Hartnell in the iconic Adventures in Space and Time. But before SDCC comes the BBC Proms, a snippet of which you will hear on this very program! Toss in DVDs, ebooks, telesnaps and more and you’ve got a veritable gumbo of podcast goodness of #sharknado proportions. But wait, there’s more! A “The Bells of Saint John” commentary with which to fill your earholes with mirth, glee and mirth-glee! Listen! Now!
Show Notes:

- Doctor Who at the…2013 BBC Proms!
- Doctor Who…at San Diego Comic-Con!
- An Adventure in Space and Time…promo pic!
- Steven Moffat interviewed…by Entertainment Weekly!
- The Fourth Doctor…Time Capsule DVD Set!
- Doctor Who: The Monsters Collection…on DVD!
- Doctor Who Complete Series 7…box set!
- New Seventh Doctor…e-book!
- Doctor Who Magazine Second Doctor…Missing Episodes Special!
- British Icon…Dalek!
- SDCC First and Eleventh Doctors…action doll exclusives!
- SDCC Exclusive…Ace action figure!
- Chicago…TARDIS!

Commentary

- The Bells…of Saint John!

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