|With 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!|
- The Day of the Doctor…preview clip!
|It 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!|
- Doctor Who…on the big screen!
|Neil 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!|
- Nightmare…In Silver!
|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.|
|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!
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!
On this episode of Video Free Skaro, we profile “Mind My Brains, Darling!” a webseries made in the style of “Are You Being Served?” and other British comedies of the Seventies, but with zombies. We also debut “Tom Baker Tonight,” an exciting foray into late night variety programming by a tiny, maniacal Tom Baker action figure. All this and the latest news, reviews, and superfluous pictures of Jenna Louise Coleman!
|Derek Martinus directed six Doctor Who stories over the course of his career, the last one being 1970′s Spearhead From Space. Much of his output from the 1960s, sadly, no longer exists in the BBC archives, so when it came time to discuss Martinus in the Miniscope this week, the Three Who Rule were presented with a problem: how do you talk about the visual aspect of Doctor Who episodes that exist today in audio form only? Well, no fear, as Luke from TMDWP is here, casting his expert eye upon some pretty impressive work done by Martinus, a director who first realized the Cybermen, the Ice Warriors, and the Autons, to say nothing of the very first regeneration seen in the series. A more thorough investigation of one of Doctor Who’s lesser known directors you will not hear!|
- The Five…Doctors!
On this episode of Video Free Skaro, we cover the latest news in the world of Doctor Who, share some of our exclusive interview with Louise Jameson, also known as the savage Leela, and review Doctor Who: Worlds in Time, the MMORPG set in the Whoniverse.
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|Hot off the announcement of two new DVD releases for April, we’ll be getting three more classic Doctor Who DVD releases in North America on May 8.
An underrated gem, in our opinion, 1979′s Nightmare of Eden was one of the more tumultuous productions in Doctor Who’s long history, an aspect of which will no doubt be covered in the extensive extras that were cleared by the BBFC just last week.
Two Sylvester McCoy stories that will form The Ace Box in the UK will be released separately here. The 1987 story Dragonfire, featuring Sophie Aldred’s debut as Ace, and The Happiness Patrol from 1988, featuring one of the more memorable Who villains, The Kandyman, will also hit the shelves.
For more details, including a complete listing of the special features, check out the post at TV Shows On DVD. Click on the artwork for larger versions. Edit: Full special features for The Happiness Patrol are now available.
Each of these single-disc releases will likely have a MSRP of $24.98.