• 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #431 – Birth of the Titans

    With San Diego Comic Con looming, roving Radio Free Skaro reporter Warren Frey took it upon himself to interview Andrew James, the editor of the new Doctor Who range at Titan Comics. James spilled the beans on SDCC plans, a Doctor Who Day promotion across the U.S. and the U.K. ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #430 – Limb’s Whims

    It was a week of great tumult in the world of Doctor Who, with the leaking of the first five scripts for Series 8 taking the internet by storm and sending Whovians into spasms of joy, guilt, fear and loathing. Though the scripts have presumably spread far and wide, Who-dom ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #429 – Busy Nothing Hyperspace

    It 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #428 – Believe It Or Not

    The 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #427 – The Perils of Tharils

    With no Chris this week, Steven and Warren enlisted the help of erstwhile scribe, podcaster and gentleman japesman Kyle Anderson of the Nerdist, Doctor Who: The Writer's Room, WTF Are You Watching, and Awesomely Bad Movies fame. Much fun was had as news of comics, schedules, and action dollies (oh ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #426 – Telesnap Crackle Pop

    Fancy 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 ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #425 – Rupu’s Drag Race

    The randomizer, it has been noted, can be a harsh mistress. Bear that in mind when you cast an ear to our commentary to "Frontios", the somewhat maligned but still intriguing apocalyptic Fifth Doctor tale of hunger, strife, fascism and….giant snails. And if slimy Tractators aren’t your thing, tune in ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #424 – The Day of The Day of the Doctor

    The 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? ...

  • Radio Free Skaro #423 – The Life Aquatic with Michael E Briant

    Doctor Who is coming back in August, and the internet has the brief, presumably-Capaldi-silhouette-filled trailer to prove it! But the RFS lads were equally enamoured with a recently released fan trailer of P-Cap and J-Co traipsing around in the rain, made by none other than the mysterious John Smith, who ...

On April-20-2014 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #418 – Click here to listen!

rfs418What 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 to the fannish past. Eventually, the fellas settle down and talk about the work of Mr. Bennett, who helmed three stories in the Tom Baker era – “The Ark in Space”, “The Sontaran Experiment”, and “The Masque of Mandragora”. But what of the future? What wondrous commentaries and other aural delights are in store for you, dear listener? WHAT!?
Show Notes:

- Doctor Who Celebration…Full Panel With The Doctors!
- Doctor Who Nominated…As Best Of British!
- Doctor Who…On Amazon Prime Video!
- Horror Channel…Doctor Who Launch!
- The Radiophonic Workshop…Plays the Doctor Who Theme Live!
- Classic Doctor Who…DVD Compendium!
- Billie Piper…On The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson!
- 2014…Hugo Award Nominees!

Miniscope:

- Rodney…Bennett!

On April-13-2014 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #417 – Click here to listen!

rfs417Pertwee! 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, including the exciting news that Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are coming to Calgary Expo! And….well, you know the drill. Listen!
Show Notes:

- Matt Smith…At Calgary Expo!
- Ben Miller…Guest Stars In Series 8!
- Wallowing…In Our Own Weltschmerz!
- Derrick Sherwin…Memoir!
- Titan Comics…Preorders!
- Big Finish…Doctor Four, Series Four!
- Doctor Who Lego…Second Set In Review!
- Doctor Who Magazine…Wins A Fictitious Award!
- BAFTA…Nominations!
- Martin Friend…Died.

Commentary:

- The Curse…Of Peladon!

On January-26-2014 7 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #403 – Click here to listen!

rfs403The Three Who Rule aren’t known for feedback, which is befitting of their hubristic megalomania and general dedication to evil. But in a new feature called Fluid Links, we’ve invited you, the listener, to submit topics of note for us to hash over, debate, pettily argue and break into tears over. Shocking lack of imagination or new era of transparency and openness? You be the judge.

Also news, LEGO, emulated video games, funny books, Gally announcements and DVD releases!

Show Notes:

- Arthur Darvill…At Gallifrey One!
- Tom Baker…Turns 80!
- Tom Baker…Interviewed!
- Verity Lambert…Biography!
- Peter Capaldi…Fan Art!
- J Michael Straczynski…Wants To Write Doctor Who!
- Doctor Who Fan Orchestra…50th Anniversary Suite!
- Doctor Who Wins…Fictitious National Television Awards!
- The Web of Fear…Region 2 DVD Release Date!
- Titan…Licensed for Doctor Who comics!
- Action Figures…The Next Wave!
- Twelfth Doctor…Not Lego!
- Eleventh Doctor…Slippers!
- Doctor Who…Cards Against Gallifrey!
- Doctor Who…Retro Gaming!

On January-5-2014 5 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #400 – Click here to listen!

rfs400From its origins on a humble Skype connection in 2006 to the quasi-shabby status it endures today, Radio Free Skaro has tried to entertain, inform and educate its listeners about the wonderful world of Doctor Who. And in this, its 400th episode, it may have finally succeeded. Joining us for a retrospective roundtable on the Matt Smith era were Chris and Laura Mead of the Oodcast, Luke Harrison of TMDWP, Kyle Anderson of the Doctor Who: The Writer’s Room (and Nerdist fame) and Chip, the Two Minute Time Lord. What did these luminaries, and to a much lesser extent, Steven, Warren, and Chris think of Matt Smith’s run as the Doctor? You’ll just have to listen to find out. You’ll also have to endure some blather about stats beforehand. Vegetables before you get your dessert!
Show Notes:

- The Time of the Doctor…Appreciated!
- The Time of the Doctor…Final Viewing Figures!
- The Time of the Doctor…Sets Another BBC America Record!
- Gareth Roberts…Writing for Series 8!
- Tom Baker’s New Year’s…Message!
- The Best of The Doctor…On Region 4 DVD!
- Gallifrey One…Guest Update!
- Babelcolour’s…50th Anniversary Tribute Video!

Guests:
- Luke…from TMDWP!
- Kyle…from DWTWR!
- Chip…from 2MTL!
- Chris and Laura Sigma…from The Oodcast!

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 October-27-2013 1 Comment

Radio Free Skaro #390 – Click here to listen!

rfs390It was one of the more exciting weeks in Doctor Who recently with global cinema screenings of “The Day of The Doctor” being announced around the world, and Big Finish’s 50th anniversary story “The Light At The End” being given an early release, one month before the actual anniversary itself. The resulting chaos showed that no internet site knows the wrath of an impatient group of Doctor Who fans, but at the end of the day, thousands of fans will be watching the 50th Anniversary story in 3D together in cinemas (the Three Who Rule included!) on November 23 and 25. Once the furore of this died down on the podcast, the Skaro boys turn back the clock to delve into the first half of the John Nathan-Turner era in the Miniscope, with the wonderful Rob Shearman!
Show Notes:

- Doctor Who…on the big screen!
- Doctor Who…at your local cinema!
- Doctor Who screening giveaway…from Space!
- The Day of The Doctor…cleared by the BBFC!
- Big Finish…The Light at The End!
- The Eleventh Doctor…at the BFI!
- The Science of Doctor Who…November 14 on BBC Two!
- Doctor Who on The Culture Show…November 22 on BBC Two!
- Time Trips…digital books!
- Deborah Watling…returns to Gallifrey One!
- Tom Baker…official Facebook page!
- The Caves of Androzani soundtrack…on limited edition LP!
- AudioGo UK…suspends business operations!

Miniscope

- John Nathan-Turner

Guest

- Robert Shearman

Check-in on GetGlue!

On May-12-2013 4 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #366 – Click here to listen!

rfs366Neil Gaiman’s sophomore effort is one of the most divisive in the history of new Doctor Who, with some fans adoring his take on the Cybermen and others viewing precocious children and speedy metal men with disdain. But what did the Three Who Rule think? What are Chris’s views on the Proper Use of the Pimp Hand? Was Steven his usual cheery self, and did Warren find time to admonish his fellow nerds for overexcitement? Mix in stats, leaked Series 7 DVDs, fake Target book covers, and more, and you’ve got yourself a veritable jambalaya of Doctor Who conversation for slightly less than an hour!
Show Notes:

- Nightmare…In Silver!
- Nightmare In Silver…BBC Overnights!
- The Crimson Horror…BBC Overnights!
- The Crimson Horror…Appreciated!
- Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS…Final BBC Ratings!
- The Name of the Doctor…Prequel!
- The Name of the Doctor…Second Teaser!
- The Name of the Doctor…BBC America Teaser!
- Series 7 Part Two…Blu-Ray Released Early!
- New Series…Target Mockups!
- Tip…Of The Tongue!
- BFI Fourth Doctor Screening…Q&A Panel Video!
- The New TARDIS Console…Close Up!
- BAFTAs…Celebrate Doctor Who!
- Westercon…66!

Check-in on GetGlue!

On December-2-2012 0 Comments

Radio Free Skaro #339 – Click here to listen!

The Three Who Rule were reunited (and it felt so good) with Steven’s return from Chicago TARDIS…bearing the gift of an interview with Nick Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery, and Paul Spragg, whose sterling work in the dramatic audio arts can be appreciated by all and sundry at www.bigfinish.com. News was sparse this week as we enter the calm before the Christmas Special storm, but numerous puzzling references to Ke$ha, a quite sweary Warren and 15 minutes of nonsensical pre-game banter padded out the proceedings nicely.
Show Notes:

- Chicago…TARDIS!
- The Snowmen…synopsis!
- Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special…confirmed!
- Character Options…Series 3 Micro-Figures!
- Christopher Hamilton Bidmead…Making it Boring!
- Subscribers Get More At…BigFinish.com!

Check-in on GetGlue!

On October-17-2012 1 Comment
As far as Doctor Who DVD releases go here in North America, 2013 kicks off with Shada, the unfinished Season 17 story written by Douglas Adams, and later adapted into “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”. Street date for Shada is January 8.

Shada will have remastered video and audio, and will, as previously mentioned on Radio Free Skaro, be paired with More Than 30 Years In the TARDIS, a 1994 documentary about our favourite show. Some other cool extras will be the BBCi-released Flash animated version of the story and featurettes such as Taken Out Of Time, Being A Girl – Women In Doctor Who, a memorial of Nicholas Courtney and The Lambert Tapes – Part 1, all about the show’s first producer, Verity Lambert, and more.

Shada is a three-disc release with an SRP of $39.98; click the artwork for a larger version. Check TVShowsOnDVD.com for more details!

On July-10-2012 4 Comments

In this exciting episode of Video Free Skaro, Warren talks to Joanna Gaskell, creator, writer and star of Standard Action, a web series shot in Vancouver but set in a Dungeons and Dragons world of high adventure and hilarity. We also welcome another special guest to Tom Baker Tonight, and Tom is once again in fine form. All this and the latest Who news!

If you like the shirt Warren is wearing, head to http://www.damask.ca for all your Whovian sartorial needs!

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