• 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 ...

  • 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 ...

On October-3-2010 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #218 – Click here to listen


The Series 5 Commentary Series gets a bit of a rest as we focus on the news of the week and feature another extended interview with friend of the show, Phil Ford. Phil, along with Russell T Davies, recently won the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Hugo Award for The Waters of Mars, the first such honour for Doctor Who not bestowed upon Steven Moffat, and our own Steven sat down with him to discuss the Hugo, the upcoming Series 4 of The Sarah Jane Adventures for which he serves as head writer, and a lot more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some time with Phil and his effervescence on this installment of Radio Free Skaro!
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Christmas Special…90 Minutes?
Sarah Jane Adventures…Episode 1 Synopsis!
Sarah Jane Adventures…Episode 2 Synopsis!
Sarah Jane Adventures…Press Pack!
Sarah Jane Adventures…Alien Files!
The Mutants…DVD Extras!
The Mutants…Commentary!
Series 5 Action Figures…Wave 2!
Louis Marks…Dies, Sadly.

On September-26-2010 5 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #217 – Click here to listen

After taking the better part of September off to either move to, visit, or stay away from other continents, the Three Who Rule reconvened for their first regularly recorded episode of Radio Free Skaro since the hazy days of summer. And, lo! What a news list to come back to! Some old, most older, but all entirely relevant, otherwise it would have never been mentioned in the first place. And to top it off, there’s a commentary on perhaps the best New Series episode made to date, “The Time of Angels”. If you’re going to listen to one episode of Radio Free Skaro, make it this one! (And all the others, too.)
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Series 6 Filming…Commenced!
Toby Haynes…Directs!
International iPlayer…coming soon!
Synchronized Worldwide DVD releases…coming soon!
Jane Espenson writes…three Torchwood episodes!
Sarah Jane Adventures…coming October 11!
Sarah Jane Adventures…twice weekly!
Sarah Jane Adventures episodes…in detail!
Death of the Doctor…preview!
Suranne Jones…in Doctor Who!
The Waters of Mars…wins a Hugo!
Doctor Who…wins an award!
Doctor Who…wins another award!
Rob Shearman…wins an award!
David J Howe…wins an award!
Matt Smith…wins an award!
More Adventure Games…coming soon!
Sonic Screwdriver…Wiimote!
Sonic Screwdriver Stylus…for Nintendo DS!
Remembrance of the Daleks…action dolls!
Meglos…coming to DVD!
The Ark…coming to DVDf!
Future DVD release…rumours!
Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 DVD…UK release date!
Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 DVD…US release date!
Geoffrey Burgon…dies, sadly.
Murray Gold’s Specials Soundtrack…delayed!

Commentary:

The Time…Of Angels!

On September-5-2010 0 Comments

Congratulations to Russell T Davies and friend of the show Phil Ford on their Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form Hugo award for The Waters of Mars, presented earlier today at Aussiecon 4 in Melbourne. This Hugo is the fourth win for Doctor Who since its revamp in 2005 and the first for any writer other than Steven Moffat. The Waters of Mars was, at least for the Radio Free Skaro gang, the high point of the 2009 Gap Year and we couldn’t be happier it was recognized for its brilliance.

On March-1-2010 7 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #187 – Click here to listen

The Three Who Rule bury the hatchet regarding The Incident in time to talk to iconic Doctor Who director Graeme Harper in this, the last Radio Free Skaro episode from Gallifrey 21. Harper’s work, which indirectly inspired Radio Free Skaro to be created, is discussed at great length, including the controversial Warriors’ Gate, the legendary The Caves of Androzani, and how Harper just missed out on directing for Series Fnarg – twice.
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Gallifrey…One!
BBC…Shownar!

On February-27-2010 4 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #185 – Click here to listen

After the “incident” with Chris on Friday that resulted in no podcast being released for the first official day of Gallifrey 21, Radio Free Skaro returned today in full force with interviews with Nick Briggs, Phil Ford, and Rob Shearman. Listen to these three fine gentlemen regale you with tales of woe, whimsy, and water – not necessarily in that order. NOTE: Chris’s appearance on this podcast is purely due to contractual obligation. We cannot comment on any rumours that have been circulating about Chris’s future on Radio Free Skaro.
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Gallifrey…One!
Big…Finish!
Love Songs…for the Shy and Cynical!
BBC…Shownar!

On December-20-2009 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #173 – Click here to listen

rfs173With TV viewers in Canada and the US now caught up with the rest of the world regarding The Waters of Mars, the time was right for the Radio Free Skaro team to provide a running commentary on the recent masterpiece bestowed upon us by Graeme Harper, Russell T Davies, and (friend of the show) Phil Ford. Main points of discussion during the commentary were the unparalleled acting skills of David Tennant, the talents of directorial master Graeme Harper, and why it’s so difficult to find a timepiece that accurately measures rels.
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
The End of Time…press screening!
The Weeping Angels…are back!
Sarah Jane Adventures…on BBC Kids!
Dreamland…DVD extras!
More Dreamland…DVD extras!
Character Options…new Doctor Who figures!
BBC…Shownar!

Commentary Links (The Waters of Mars):
Watch online…on BBC iPlayer!
Watch online…at SPACE
Watch online…at BBC America!

On December-1-2009 0 Comments
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It was previously announced that the David Tennant gap year specials would all be released in the form of a box set on February 2, 2010, as well as separately. Well, now we have the details for the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Waters of Mars, available for $14.98 (DVD, SRP) and $19.89 (Blu-ray, SRP). You can view the DVD artwork (left), and the Blu-ray artwork (right) above.

Also revealed were some of the details for the box set (although not the cover art, as this is being kept literally under wraps for now). From the official Warner Bros. release:

This stunning collection of Doctor Who specials – The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, The Waters of Mars and The End of Time, Part One & Two – is a must own for all Doctor Who fans. The four imaginative, action-packed specials are the farewell to star David Tennant, and Russell T Davies, the mastermind behind the rebirth of the modern Doctor Who. The specials culminate in the dramatic regeneration of the Doctor, giving fans their first glimpse of the eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith. The specials are packed with a terrific lineup of guest stars including Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman), David Morrissey (State of Play, Sense and Sensibility), Lindsay Duncan (Alice in Wonderland [2010], Rome, Under the Tuscan Sun) and many more that we can’t reveal just yet!

The 5-Disc box set will retail at $49.98 (DVD, SRP) and $59.99 (Blu-ray, SRP). Click here to read the full story from TVShowsOnDVD.com.

On November-29-2009 20 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #170 – Click here to listen

rfs170After an eventful few weeks of New Who and rampant podcest, the Three Who Rule (reduced to Two Who Adjudicate for this episode) settled down to news, shenanigans, and rampant avoiding of anything that could possibly be construed as a spoiler. But hope and glory came in the form of Malcolm Clarke, the first musician to grace the Miniscope (yes, it’s back, at least temporarily) and an underrated craftsman in the world of Classic Who. Synthesizers from 1972 and marching Cyberman themes ahoy!
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Doctor Who…Dreamland!
The End of Time…synopsis!
The End of Time, Part Two…on New Year’s Day!
The Waters of Mars…ratings!
The Waters of Mars in Australia…but not HD!
David Tennant interviews…Russell T Davies!
John Barrowman in…the End of Time!
Doctor Who…in Trogir, Croatia!
Bernard Cribbins awarded…a special BAFTA!
Phil Collinson joins…Coronation Street!
Chritopher Eccleston is…John Lennon!
The Waters of Mars…appreciated!
BBFC clears…The Waters of Mars!
BBFC clears…Is There Life On Mars?!
BBFC clears…The End of Time, Part One!
BBFC clears…The End of Time, Part Two!
BBFC clears…End of Time Doctor Who Confidential, Part One!
BBFC clears…End of Time Doctor Who Confidential, Part Two!
BBFC clears…San Diego Comic Con extras!
BBFC clears…Doctor Who Christmas Idents!
Sarah Jane Adventures Episode 12…ratings!
Sarah Jane Adventures…Appreciated!
Commentary recorded for…The Sun Makers!
The Restoration Team article on…Peladon!
BBC…Shownar!

Miniscope Links (Malcolm Clarke):
The…Sea Devils!
Earthshock…!
Enlightenment…!
Resurrection of the…Daleks!
The Twin…Dilemma!
Attack…of the Cybermen!
Terror…of the Vervoids!

On November-23-2009 11 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #169 – Click here to listen

rfs169To commemorate the 46th anniversary of the debut of Doctor Who, The Three Who Rule felt it only fitting to invite fellow podcasting super-giant Ken Deep of Doctor Who: Podshock onto the show to not only discuss the news and events of the past week in the world of Who, but to wax on about how they became fans of the show, why they are all still fans, and how they all manage to spend a fair amount of time each week talking about what we, and no doubt you, think is the greatest TV programme ever invented – Doctor Who. We hope you enjoy this unique celebration.
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Ken Deep talks…Chicago TARDIS!
Anneke Wills…at Gallifrey!
Radio Free Skaro…on Den of Geek!
Radio Free Skaro…blogging for SPACE!
Doctor Who…Dreamland!
Tennant finale…named!
The End of Time preview…on Children in Need!
Children in Need…ratings!
The End of Time…on BBC America!
The Waters of Mars…ratings!
The Waters of Mars…appreciated!
Sarah Jane Adventures…The Gift!
Sarah Jane Adventures Episode 11…ratings!
Sarah Jane Adventures Episode 12…ratings!
Sarah Jane Adventures…Appreciated!
Shada documentary…on BBC Radio 4!
Lizo says…The Writer’s Tale released on January 14!
BBC acquires…2|Entertain!
BBC…Shownar!

On November-15-2009 3 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #168 – Click here to listen

rfs168After seven long months, Doctor Who returned to the airwaves in high style with “The Waters of Mars,” a topper of a story and one heck of a lead-in to the Doctor’s imminent demise and resurrection. The Three Who Rule were effusive in their praise of The Waters of Mars, though somewhat less so when the conversation came to the latest episodes of the Sarah Jane Adventures, which Chris (also known as “Curmudge-or”) succinctly labeled as “poop”. The trio even discussed how Steven somehow managed to get onto UK radio last week and participate in a conference call with David Tennant. Intellectual banter and relentless name-dropping ahoy!
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…Buy Our Stuff!
Doctor Who…The Waters of Mars!
Doctor Who on SPACE…on December 19!
Jonny Campbell…directs Doctor Who!
Doctor Who…in Croatia!
Doctor Who…Confidential!
Sarah Jane Adventures…Mona Lisa’s Revenge!
Sarah Jane Adventures Episode 9…ratings!
Sarah Jane Adventures Episode 10…ratings!
Sarah Jane Adventures…Appreciated!
Sarah Jane Adventures…Appreciated!
Children in Need…Doctor Who scene!
And it’s airing…between 8:00 and 8:30!
Dreamland…episode lengths!
Dreamland…coming to BBC Two!
Classic Who…on YouTube!
K9 World Premiere…in Poland!
The Ambassadors of Death…commentary!
Doctor Who DVDs…in March!
Dalek War Box Set coming to…North America!
Big Finish…lost Who episodes!
BBC…Shownar!

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