• 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 ...

  • 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 ...

On March-14-2012 0 Comments
For the first time in a long time, we’ve got some upcoming North American Doctor Who DVD releases not featuring a title that’s been recently released in the UK.

June 12 will see the release of the special editions (née Revisitations) of the Patrick Troughton/Ice Warriors story The Seeds of Death along with Peter Davison’s lone battle against the Daleks, Resurrection of the Daleks.

Full special features have yet to be announced by Warner, though it’s safe to assume the North American releases will offer the same bonuses as folks got in the UK. With these releases, North America is finally caught up to the UK as far as Revisitations titles are concerned, with one exception – there’s still neither hide nor hair of the special edition of Spearhead From Space on this side of the Atlantic. Is it an issue with the Fleetwood Mac song? Who knows…

Also, as previously announced on Radio Free Skaro, June 12 will see the North American release of Series Five of The Sarah Jane Adventures, an offering which will indeed include the lone bonus item Goodbye Bannerman Road, Chris Chapman’s wonderful look at the series and the passing of its lead actress and star, Lis Sladen.

The Doctor Who releases will each be 2-disc sets and carry an MSRP of $34.98. Series Five of The Sarah Jane Adventures is a single disc release with an MSRP of $19.98. More details about these Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures releases can be found at TVShowsOnDVD.com.

Update: Full cover art for Seeds of Death and Resurrection of the Daleks is now available. Click on the artwork for any of these titles for a larger version.

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Radio Free Skaro #300 – Click here to listen!

After five and a half years of middling Doctor Who talk and wildly inaccurate discussion about the programme and those who create it, The Three Who Rule reach the amazing milestone of their 300th episode of Radio Free Skaro. It’s been an epic ride from virtual obscurity for our first two years of existence to where we are today, and what better way to celebrate this event than the return of the Miniscope! In this instalment, we discuss the work of minor director Nicholas Mallett, whose Doctor Who output ranged from the very worst (“Paradise Towers”) to the very best (“The Curse of Fenric”), and everything in between (“The Mysterious Planet”). Given Warren’s rampant distaste for the Sylvester McCoy era, surely this will be a painful experience for him…or will it? This is the type of intrigue that has kept this show going for 300 episodes, and will push it into the future for at least a couple more.
Show Notes:

Fictitious…Saturn Award Nominations!
Fictitious…Nebula Award Nomination!
Fictitious…Royal Television Society Award Nominations!
Sarah Jane Adventures Series 5…On Region 1 DVD!
Amy Pond…Maxi-Bust!
Julian Simpson…At The Official Doctor Who Convention?
Behind The Sofa…Charity Book!
Dennis Chinnery…Died.
A Mad Man With A Box…Podcast!
The Memory Cheats…Podcast!
ICON…31!
The Hugo…Awards!

Miniscope:

Nicholas…Mallett!

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Radio Free Skaro #287 – Click here to listen!

As 2011 draws to a close and the Three Who Rule look forward to 2012 and the next series of Doctor Who – whenever the heck it ends up being transmitted – and also deliver their commentary for the Series 6.2 opener, Let’s Kill Hitler. We’ll see if it stands the test of time or not, mad ride that it is. And in real-life news, hearty congratulations go out to former Doctor David Tennant and former Doctor’s “daughter” Georgia Moffett on their nuptials! Now calm down, fangirls. Just. Calm. Down.
Show Notes:

Radio Free Skaro…On Google+!
Gallifrey…One!
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe…Appreciated!
Goodbye…Bannerman Road!
David…Tennant!
Georgia…Moffett!

Commentary:

Let’s Kill…Hitler!

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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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The lead time for the announcement of the Sarah Jane Adventures Series 4 release in North America is short, but Warner has finally let it be known that December 6 will see the series come out on DVD.

Blu-Ray release news hasn’t yet been announced, so as far as we know it’s up in the air if we’ll get a high definition release of the series, which includes the return of Jo Jones (née Grant) and the appearance of Matt Smith, but hope springs eternal of course.

No extras were announced in the press release, but you can take a look at the press release at TV Shows On DVD. MSRP for the release is $29.98 in the US and, oddly, $37.48 in Canada.

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Radio Free Skaro #279 – Click here to listen!

Well, it had to come to this eventually – a slow news week and a duff episode of Doctor Who to be commented on both occurring on the same episode of Radio Free Skaro. With little in the way of actual news to discuss, the Three Who Rule instead bandied about their mostly positive experiences while playing the new Doctor Who Adventure game, The Gunpowder Plot. And with equally little in the way of actual good Doctor Who, the Three meandered into discussions about Justin Bieber and the films of director Peter Weir. You have been warned.
Show Notes:

The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 5…On BBC One!
The Man Who Never Was…Final Ratings!
Unmade Story…Scriptbooks!
Doctor Who Encyclopedia…On The iPad!
The Gunpowder…Plot!
Eleventh Doctor Costume…T-Shirt!
Patrick Troughton…Biography!
The Ood Cast…Live!
Edward Russell’s Walk for Lis…Just Giving Page!

Commentary:

The Curse…Of The Black Spot!

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Radio Free Skaro #278 – Click here to listen!

Doctor Who commentaries continue here on Radio Free Skaro, with The Three Who Rule taking a look at the conclusion to the Series 6 opener, Day of the Moon. What glorious insights are offered into this spooky episode? (Answer: probably none.) What heinous tangential ramblings occur during this episode? (Answer: probably many.) The news of the week has bits on Children in Need, DVDs, fictitious awards, games, books and more! Halloween or not, join us in your favourite fairy princess outfit and have a listen!
Show Notes:

Children In Need…Christmas Episode Preview!
Sarah Jane Adventures…BAFTA Nominations!
The Curse of Clyde Langer…Viewing Figures!
Justyce…Served!
Series 6…Soundtrack!
Shada…DVD Plans!
Time…5!
Chicks…Unravel Time!
Eleventh Doctor…Bow Tie!
Fifth Doctor…Bust!
Save Doctor Who Confidential…Campaign Update!
The Gunpowder…Plot!
Gallifrey One…Call For Panelists!
The Ood Cast…Live!
Edward Russell’s Walk for Lis…Just Giving Page!

Commentary:

Day…Of The Moon!

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Radio Free Skaro #277 – Click here to listen!

The time has finally arrived for The Three Who Rule to cast their eyes back on Series 6 of Doctor Who via their annual commentary series. Things kick off with, of course, The Impossible Astronaut, as the lads talk over what they felt to be one of the best opening episodes for any series of NuWho… and as ever, rarely staying on topic. But for every beginning there’s an ending as the last ever episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures graced the small screen this past week, and things just won’t be the same without Lis Sladen. The news of the week rounds out the show with a look at DVDs, books, and the latest from the rumour mill.
Show Notes:

The Man…Who Never Was!
Matt Smith…One More Year?
The Brilliant Book…Teases Series 7!
Sky…Final Viewing Figures!
The Wonderful Book…1965?
Series 6 DVD Box Set…Full Details!
Night…And The Doctor!
February 2012…North American DVD Releases!
Caves of Androzani…Action Figure Set!
The Ood Cast…Live!
Edward Russell’s Walk for Lis…Just Giving Page!

Commentary:

The Impossible…Astronaut!

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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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Radio Free Skaro #273 – Click here to listen!

The penultimate episode of Series 6 featured the return of one of the great Doctor-companion teams that never happened. Matt Smith and James Corden, so perfectly matched in 2010’s “The Lodger”, reunited to amuse and delight in Gareth Roberts’s wonderful follow-up “Closing Time”, a story about which the Three Who Rule were unanimous in their opinion. The Cybermen also returned and were promptly dispensed with, but who cares about them, really? Also discussed in this podcast: the inevitable rapid-fire stats, new toys, favourite Doctors, rampant pluggery and more. Radio Free Skaro, here to help!
Show Notes:

Closing…Time!
The Wedding of River Song…Broadcast Time!
Series 7…Begins Autumn 2012!
Closing Time…BBC Overnights!
The God Complex…Appreciated!
The Girl Who Waited…Final BBC Numbers!
The Gathering…Final BBC Numbers!
Christmas Special…Guest Cast!
– Sarah Jane Adventures…Episode 3 and Episode 4 Synopses!
Sarah Jane Adventures…Series 4 On North American DVD!
Reign Of Terror…Animation Sample!
Next Wave…Of Doctor Who Action Figures!
Chicago TARDIS…Guest Announcements!
The Ood Cast…Live!
Edward Russell’s Walk for Lis…Just Giving Page!

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