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After pining, complaining, and begging for the Doctor Who Series 13 trailer, it has finally arrived and the Three Who Rule will pass judgment on it along with an epic-length episode featuring a visit from Emily Cook from Doctor Who Magazine and an interview with Gavin Collinson and Richard Wilkinson from Maze Theory about the new Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality video game. Plus Big Finish as always, Sony buying Bad Wolf, Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill shooting their final bits for the show, and a code giveaway for the aforementioned The Edge of Reality! Pew Pew (mostly puzzles) Pew! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon The Timelash Doctor Who: Flux trailer The aliens of Flux Series 13 guest stars Chibnall writing all Flux episodes, one with Maxine Alderton The Chibnall era wraps production Azhur Saleem directed three episodes of Flux Sony buying Bad Wolf? Doctor Who on Pluto TV Europe Doctor Who Magazine 570 Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality released Michael Ferguson died Toby Hadoke's Who's Round with Michael Ferguson Big Finish Charlotte Pollard – The Further Adventuress due January 2022 Big Finish Dalek Universe 3 released Peter Capaldi's first music album due November 19 Jess Jurkovic does City of Death Interviews: Emily Cook Doctor Who Magazine Richard Wilkinson Gavin Collinson Maze Theory
Our long international nightmare is over, sort of, as we finally have an airdate for the premiere of Doctor Who: Flux of Halloween night (in the UK) though a new trailer remains elusive. What is omnipresent is our (mostly Steven's) utter rage at the BBC's marketing “efforts” for the new series as all social media was deleted and then reinstated for…reasons? Besides invective and suspicion we also have musings on the past via the Timelash, Season 17 gets The Collection Blu-ray treatment, and the second and concluding part of our Classic Series Commentary for "The Edge of Destruction"! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon The Timelash Doctor Who: Flux premieres October 31 Doctor Who: Flux teaser Doctor Who: Flux teaser pics Sontarans over Liverpool RTD fighting for the BBC's future Season 17 Blu-Ray announced Season 17 Blu-Ray trailer Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality gameplay Big Finish The Eighth Doctor Stranded 3 due December Big Finish The Worlds of Blake's 7 features the return of Colin Baker “I'll Explain Later” episode guide available Commentary: The Brink of Disaster
It's been a week since the surprise announcement that Russell T Davies is returning to our favourite televisual drama, and yet there is nothing in the way of Series 13 teasing to satiate our base desires for more Who. Nothing, that is, except the Three Who Rule discussing a whole slew of action dollies, nostalgic remembrances via The Timelash, slagging off Canadian TV as is tradition, and a riveting commentary on Part the First of 1964's bottle episode(s) psychodrama "The Edge of Destruction"! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon The Timelash Jodie Whittaker to appear on The Graham Norton Show October 15 Jodie Whittaker on The Lineup Podcast with Shaun Keaveny New Doctor Who science exhibition to tour the UK starting May 2022 Big Finish The Year of Martha Jones details An Unearthly Child First Doctor and TARDIS set Earthshock action figure set The Five Doctors action figure set Evil of the Daleks action figure set Planet of the Daleks action figure set TARDIS pin collection, with First, Fifth, Tenth, and Thirteenth Doctor TARDISes Seventh Doctor pink TARDIS pin Ninth Doctor TARDIS pin Big Chief Studios definitive collection featuring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors BBV Nick & Caroline Uncut DVD due June 2022 Blake's 7 Annual 1982 now available Commentary: The Edge of Destruction
This was supposed to be a slow news week but a phoenix in the form of one Russell T Davies smashed such expectations with news he is returning to re-helm Doctor Who's 60th anniversary and beyond in a new Golden Age of Telestreaming Audiovisuals. What does it all mean? Join the Three Who Rule as they madly cogitate over the implications of the announcement and muddle through their own complicated feelings on this most weighty of developments. Plus the usual Timelashing, Big Finish updates, video game-ry, and more! But mostly, let's be honest, all-consuming RTD banter. Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! The Timelash (This Week in Doctor Who History) Russell T Davies returns as Doctor Who show runner from 2023 The Long Game book about the return of Doctor Who due November Extended Doctor Who universe? Bad Wolf Productions Doctor Who Mystery clues John Bishop wraps filming US approves travel for fully-vaccinated people from more countries Fan Expo Canada going ahead as planned Big Finish Ninth Doctor Lost Warriors set Big Finish Missy and the Monk available Big Finish Doctor Who The War Doctor Begins – Warbringer due December Andrew Skilleter Exterminart! book due November Edge of Reality due on consoles in October John Challis died Morris Perry died
Chris is away this week but we keep it in the Canadian family with our third chair as we welcome Sarah Murphy for her first proper appearance on the show! This week, topics include the final Doctor Who ARG clue reveal (by mistake?), vaccines will be mandatory for Gallifrey One attendees in 2022, Galaxy 4 is getting the animation treatment, and Emily Cook drops by to talk about the latest issue of Doctor Who magazine! Oh, and a healthy dose of Canadiana for your three hosts. Links: Final Doctor Who ARG video reveal Vaccinations will be mandatory for attendees at Gallifrey One 2022 Edmonton Expo 2021 postponed to 2022 Animated “Galaxy 4” coming to UK DVD and Blu-ray November 15 Doctor Who Magazine 569 The Timelash (This Week in Doctor Who History) Big Finish announces second Ninth Doctor series, due in 2022 and 2023 Big Finish Fourth Doctor Adventures 11 – Solo due March 2022 Ruth Madeley joins Big Finish Sixth Doctor Adventures in May 2022 Big Finish The Twelfth Doctor Chronicles: Timejacked!, coming November 2021 Big Finish Eleventh Doctor Chronicles, Volume 2, out now Torchwood: Curios now available from Big Finish Profile on Rich Tipple about colourizing B&W Doctor Who Fundraising for Across Time and Space, by Tony Cross Guests: Emily Cook Sarah Murphy
As we careen into the autumn (and while other franchises like Star Wars and The Matrix announce their plans and trailers for the future), Jodie Whittaker is talking about Life after Who, Christopher Eccleston is out of Calgary Expo, Big Finish unleashes another tsunami of content, and we take an epic dive in another busy week in Doctor who history in The Timelash! Bask in the banterful badinage, won't you? Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! The Timelash Evil of the Daleks BFI screening today Jodie Whittaker talks post-Who Eccleston withdraws from Calgary Expo, still slated for Dallas next weekend Big Finish Jenny – Still Running due November Big Finish Torchwood – The Grey Mare due December Big Finish The Lost Resort and Other Stories now available Doctor Who Chronicles Issue 3: 1983 due September 30 Doctor Who Atlas now available Tony Selby died Vera Fusek died
This week on the show, put your Sherlock (and definitely not #superwholock) hats on because there are new clues in the decreasingly cryptic Doctor Who ARG for you to peruse, and a possible leak about what the next Classic Collection Blu-ray release will be? Also, news from Whooverville 12, Big Finish excitement by way of Torchwood, The Eleven, and Dark Season and the fourth and final commentary by the Three Who Rule about the Three Who Rule in…State of Decay! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! The Timelash New #FindTheDoctor clue Whooverville 12 Season 17 – the next WhoRay release? Evil of the Daleks due November 16 in North America Doctor Who story chronological list Big Finish Dark Shadows by Russell T Davies due November Big Finish Torchwood Soho: Ashenden due October Big Finish Doctor Who: The Eleven now available BBC Audiobooks due this fall Commentary: State of Decay, Part Four
As we wait for both a new series of Doctor Who (and, indeed, a new showrunner and new Doctor), let us instead keep you occupied with talk of conventions during the Time of COVID, a deep dive into the Timelash looking back at many season premieres, and Part Three of our “State of De Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! The Timelash Chicago TARDIS will require COVID vaccinations Extract from the Terrance Dicks Target volumes Big Finish Lost Stories: Mind of the Hodiac due March 2022 Big Finish Torchwood Empire of Shadows available Big Finish Torchwood The Red List, featuring Ace, due November Commentary: The State of Decay, Part Three
This week we've got more mystery clues for you to peruse, Big Finish art and releases to amuse and a clikbait article about possible future showrunners that will at best bemuse. There's also talk of current showrunner Chris Chibnall's message in the latest Doctor Who Magazine, the impaled Cyberman figure you never knew you needed from Hero Collector, and Part Two of our Classic Series Commentary for “State of Decay”! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! The Timelash BBC America Series 13 Press Release Doctor Who /mystery clues so far Doctor Who Loot Crate Screenrant Show Runner list Doctor Who Magazine 568 Big Finish Lost Warriors, next for the Ninth Doctor Big Finish Third Doctor Adventures volume 8, due October Big Finish The Year of Martha Jones welcomes Marina Sirtis Big Finish The Early Adventures After the Daleks available Big Finish The Early Adventures The Secrets of Det-Sen available Big Finish The God of Phantoms by Philip Hinchcliffe available Titan Comics brings around the Eighth and Eleventh Doctors Who & Me by Barry Letts expanded edition due this month Vworp Vworp issue 4 due September Upcoming Hero Collector figurines including an impaled Cyberman Commentary: The State of Decay, Part Two
It was on this very day in history, August 15, in 2006, that this one humble podcast was cast forth into the world, back when the universe was less than half its present size. And now, in celebration of our 15th anniversary, we feature news of directors for Series 13 of Doctor Who, and a special edition of Fluid Links! Thank you all for listening over the past decade and a half, no matter when you jumped on for the journey! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! The Timelash Series 13 director news Doctor Who Mystery site clue Radio Times poll names Michael Sheen the fan favourite to replace Whittaker Two Fourth Doctor “missing” stories to be mounted by Big Finish Big Finish Ninth Doctor “Respond to all Calls” released Around the World with Big Finish Richard Bignell playing with Smugglers home video footage Cutaway Comics Eldrad Must Live Andrew Skilleter 2022 calendar, featuring VHS covers Free RPG module from Cubicle 7 The Lonely Assassins now on consoles Taproot Edmonton names RFS podcast of the week
In the wake of Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall's mutual decision to leave the good ship Doctor Who we have precisely the sort of pointless speculation, cogitation and puffery you'd expect from three fans with nothing but wisps of info to grasp to, along with some serious digression into the current nature of television, why CBS is still a tedious money machine, action dolly and Big Finish news, and more! All this and part the first of our commentary for the original Three Who Rule in “State of Decay”! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! The Timelash Upcoming action figure sets: The Sensorites, The Keys of Marinus, Power of the Daleks, Day of the Daleks Al Dewar video on the new action figures Doctor Who Magazine Special 58 – Directors Capaldi may not want to do a multi-Doctor story Suicide Squad Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavilion video Big Finish War Master: Self-Defence Big Finish Twelfth Doctor Chronicles Ralph Watson died Commentary: State of Decay, Part One
It's a monumental week of news as Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker and current showrunner Chris Chibnall announced they will be leaving the show in 2022 after the next (truncated) series and a triplet of specials. What does this portend? Well, endless fannish debate, worry, and fevered hand-wringing to which we will contribute our small portion starting now. Heading back to the present we have a “Mystery” ARG website baffling fans via cryptic conundrums, a tsunami of Big Finish conundrums, convention news, and an interview with Jess Jurkovic, who transcribes and performs Dudley Simpson scores via piano! Plinkity plonk! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! The Timelash Whittaker, Chibnall to leave Doctor Who in 2022 Babylon 5 creator offers to run Doctor Who Doctor Who “mystery” site Evil of the Daleks BFI screening Sep 12 Big Chief 1/6 scale Day of the Daleks collection Eccleston at Fan Expo Canada in October Ottawa Comic-Con postpones due to COVID concerns Big Finish Dalek Universe 3 due in December River Song: New Recruit sees River meeting the Third Doctor Big Finish Torchwood: The Great Sontaran War due October Big Finish Torchwood Soho: Ashenden due October “Based on the Popular BBC Televsion Serial” fourth edition available for a donation Interview: Jess Jurkovic
It's San Diego Comic-Con at Home time again, which means all of two panels concerning Doctor Who, one about the quite delightful Missy Comic from write Jody Houser and artist Roberta Ingranata and the other featuring Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, John Bishop and Chris Chibnall! The panel revealed about as much as you'd guess, as did a teaser trailer. In fact the only real information was new cast member Jacob Anderson recently of the Game of Thrones parish is in Series 13. We also discuss the Guardian clickbait article currently making the rounds, dollies, Big Finish, games and, to Warren's dread, a history of viewing figures! Listen if you dare! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Doctor Who SDCC@Home panel Jacob Anderson joins Series 13 as Vinder Series 13 Team TARDIS group shot Titan Comics SDCC@Home panel Doctor Who Magazine 567 Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston at Fan Expo Dallas Why it's time for Doctor Who to die Second Doctor and TARDIS Abominable Snowmen set announced Figurine Collection 13th Doctor TARDIS console Big Finish The Year of Martha Jones Orcini comic available to order separately, comes with bonus materials Louis Moorhouse interviews Tom Baker The Edge of Reality game hits PC and consoles in September New licensing deals for Doctor Who announced Adam Martyn's #doctorwhoratings YouTube series Missing episode of Morcambe and Wise found Guest: Emily Cook
In about a week we'll either learn absolutely nothing or possibly slightly more than that as Doctor Who holds a panel at SDCC@Home featuring Jodie Whittaker, Chris Chibnall, Mandip Gill, new companion John Bishop and a “special guest” (possibly the ghost of Richard Hurndall?) and RFS will be there, at home, in a slightly delayed fashion to cover it. But here in the present there's audiobooks, a new version of the Doctor Who Role Playing Game, and more catching our attention, along with the final part of our Barry Letts directorial Miniscope, covering “Carnival of Monsters”, “Planet of the Spiders”, and “The Android Invasion”! What are you waiting for, Lett's CSGo! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! The Timelash SDCC@Home Doctor Who panel July 25, 10am SDCC@Home Titan Comics panel July 23, 1pm Neve McIntosh at Chicago TARDIS Billie Piper at MegaCon Orlando Time Fracture has flooding issues, cancellations Brian Hodgson's memoir Big Finish Dalek Universe 2 released Time and the Rani audio CD Timelash audio CD Face of Evil audio CD Reign of Terror audio CD Android Invasion audio CD Keys of Marinus audio CD Nightmare of Eden audio CD Sarah Jane Adventures added to UK BritBox Upcoming Abominable Snowmen action dollie set? TARDIS console lava lamp Cubicle7 Doctor Who RPG second edition coming soon Pip Madelay's YouTube channel Miniscope: Barry Letts Carnival of Monsters Planet of the Spiders The Android Invasion
It's the return of the Miniscope! Barry Letts has both written and directed for Doctor Who (on top of his tenure as producer from 1970-74) but he finally has his day in our segment analyzing the work of behind-the-scenes notables here for his directing on “The Enemy of the World” and “Terror of the Autons”. We also talk about the upcoming Comic-Con at Home Doctor Who panel on July 25, a bevy of Big Finish releases, and look back at some notable, non-broadcast related dates in history in The Timelash! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! The Timelash Doctor Who Comic-Con at Home panel happening July 25 BBC Studios earnings down 17% due to COVID shutdowns John Barrowman a guest at Calgary Expo 2021 Big Finish's The Diary of River Song: New Recruit in October 2021 Missy and the Monk coming from Big Finish in September 2021 Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins – Warbringer coming to Big Finish December 2021 Big Finish dedicates an upcoming Early Adventures release to Jackie Lane Missy #4 from Titan Comics out July 14 Doctor Who TVM Producer Philip Segal's model building Toby Hadoke begins a guest stint on Coronation Street
It's another exciting week in Doctor Who-age as the latest non-event in the “who is the next Doctor Who” saga reaches its inevitable limp conclusion, but to bring balance to the Force, “The Evil of the Daleks” is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in animated form! Plus Big Finish is bringing back not only the Doctor's daughter, Jenny, for a second series, but also Sir Derek Jacobi for some audio chinwaggin' about his legendary career, and of course we delve into Doctor Who history once again as we enter the…Timelash! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! The Timelash Olly Alexander's agent dispels rumours The Evil of the Daleks gets animated The Evil of the Daleks teaser trailer Big Finish Jenny Series Two due November Derek Jacobi in conversation with Big Finish Ashes to Ashes joins BritBox Peter Capaldi to release music album
You asked for news and banter? Well, here's your news and banter! Our first “banterful” episode in a long while, Erika Ensign of Verity! joins Steven and Warren for a look at the week that was in Doctor Who news, the years that were in Doctor Who history in The Timelash, plus we debut a new monthly segment looking into the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine with DWM editorial assistant and writer, Emily Cook! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! The Timelash Jackie Lane (1941-2021) Doctor Who Magazine 566 with Emily Cook Jo Martin announced as guest for Galllifrey One in 2022 Christopher Eccleston coming to Calgary Expo in September Peter Capaldi, Jessica Raine star in new Steven Moffat series “The Devil's Hour” Doctor Who: Age of Chaos graphic novel due July 1, written by Colin Baker Design For Doctor Who book from Piers D. Britton coming July 1 to US/UK/AUS/IND Simon Guerrier review of Design For Doctor Who Louis' campaign to bring DW to blind children
It's the end, but the moment has been prepared for, as we wrap up our Torchwood Revisited commentary series with “End of Days” from Torchwood Series 1. But the news and banter that you know and love comes first with guest Heather Berberet subbing for Warren while he communes with nature to talk about rumours of Jodie Whittaker leaving Doctor Who in 2022, the return of conventions in the coming months, and what went on in this week in Doctor Who history in The Timelash! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Happy 39th birthday Jodie Whittaker Jodie Whittaker to leave in 2022? Radio Times followup to the Whittaker rumour Christopher Eccleston to attend Orlando MegaCon in August Web of Fear Blu-Ray/DVD with animated episode 3 due in August Web of Fear animated preview clip The Myth Makers on vinyl due in August Doctor Who Chronicles: 1975 released Alex Kingston joins Time Fracture Missy comic #3 out now Big Finish Ninth Doctor Adventures 2 due in August Big Finish War Master: Killing Time due in August Big Finish Torchwood Curios featuring the return of Bilis Manger due September Toby Hadoke's Damaris Hayman obituary Commentary: End of Days Guest: Heather Berberet
Various parts of the world seem to be opening up, emerging from our long pandemic slumber, and the World of Who is no different, with Long Island Who and Chicago TARDIS selling passes to their November conventions, the BFI holding Doctor Who screening events, and BBC America canvassing questions from the Who-polloi to ask the cast of Series 13, currently nearing the end of production. Also, we have possibly the best episode of Torchwood Series One as we join the timey-wimey, Cardiffy-Wardiffy adventures of “Captain Jack Harkness” in our Torchwood Revisited commentaries! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! BBC America seeking fan questions for Series 13 cast LI Who Time-Flight passes went on sale Chicago TARDIS single day passes on sale June 14 Season 24 Blu-Ray delayed a week in the UK to June 28 Class back on the iPlayer Missy meets the Meddling Monk in Big Finish, due September 2021 More Doctor Who characters added to Funko Pop! Blitz Doctor Who Annual 2022 due September 2021 Titan cancels Captain Jack comic which tied into Series 13 Commentary: Captain Jack Harkness
On this episode of Radio Free Skaro, not only do we have our new regular feature of looking back at the week in Doctor Who history in The Timelash, we also have news of Doctor Who: Time Fracture, which is hosting actual human beings in adventures in space and time even as we speak! Plus Big Finish is bringing Doctors Five and Ten together to fight Cybermen, Rachel Talalay explains the secrets behind Mondasian Capaldi carries, and we start to wind down our Torchwood Revisited commentaries with episode 11, “Combat”! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Big Finish Out of Time 2 released Big Finish Peladon set with David Troughton due 2022 Rachel Talalay talks the Cyberman carrying Capaldi (also bonus video) Rachel Talalay charity auction Time Fracture: Meet the cast and crew Radio Times podcast visits Time Fracture Doctor Who Hero Collector advent calendar due September Doctor Who News Page celebrates 25 years Damaris Hayman died Godfrey James died Commentary: Combat
It’s another exciting week of Doctor Who missives, including Big Finish comings and goings, Time Fracture hints and how-do-you-dos, and of course our new weekly feature about looking back at this week in Doctor Who history in The Timelash! All mere introduction for our Torchwood Revi chronolicious episode “Out of Time”! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Doctor Who Magazine 565 Legends of Camelot by Jac Rayner The Wonderful Doctor of Oz by Jac Rayner Season 24 Blu-Ray delayed in North America Season 10 & 18 UK Blu-Rays getting re-released Time Fracture to feature screen-used props Big Finish 2022 Doctor Who audios Season 6B implications of the 2022 Big Finish releases Big Finish supercut of the 275 monthly releases Rittenhouse Archives secures rights to Doctor Who trading cards Jo Martin videos on Time Fracture’s Instagram (1, 2, 3) Roy Scammell died Commentary: Out of Time
We’re almost at 800 episodes (or so) so why not formally introduce a new segment on this week’s episode of Radio Free Skaro? Join us in The Timelash, where we look back this week in Doctor Who history to find our what successes and/or failures were changing the lives of Doctor Who fans of yesteryear. If you enjoy more news and banter with your jazz odyssey known as Radio Free Skaro, then we hope you enjoy our new direction! And we also have our ninth instalment of Torchwood Revisited with everyone’s favourite episode “Random Shoes”! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! BBC Copyright enforcement kerfuffle Season 24 Blu-Ray trailer Doctor Who Chronicles Issue 2: 1975 Big Finish Paul Spragg Short Trips Competition Big Finish UNIT Nemesis BBV Jon Pertwee Uncut Interview Alex Kingston does a reading from The Ruby’s Curse First chapter of The Ruby’s Curse available for free Commentary: Random Shoes
Normality may be crawling back into our disease-ridden lives as Whooverville 12 (in Derby) and Long Island Who (in the form of Time-Flight 2021) announce in-person events in September and November, and if you wanted every Doctor to appear in an interactive theatrical piece named Time Fracture, now you can! But if you’ve been pining for Captan Jack Harkness in the same, no such luck. Meanwhile Christopher Eccleston has returned for real in Ravagers and as if that wasn’t enough, we continue our Torchwood Revisited commentaries with “They Keep Killing Suzie”! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! LI Who 2021 going ahead in-person Whooverville 12 going ahead in-person All the Doctors will be in Time Fracture John Barrowman removed from Time Fracture Big Finish removes Torchwood Absent Friends from release schedule Big Finish Ninth Doctor Adventures Ravagers out now Big Finish Ninth Doctor Adventures Respond to all Calls due August 2021 Big Finish Third Doctor Adventures Volume 8 due October 2021 K-9 Audio Annual due November 2021 Rachel Talalay made a behind the scenes video about Heaven Sent Yee Jee Tso re-released his photo book as an ebook Commentary: They Keep Killing Suzie
With Warren fighting bears in the wilderness of British Columbia this weekend, our friend Heather Berberet joins us for the news this week, and what great news to discuss in the first guest announcement for Gallifrey One in 2022! We also have follow-up to the Noel Clarke controversy, VR goggles, missing episodes, audio releases – and that’s all before the main event, our Torchwood Revisited commentary for “Greeks Bearing Gifts”! And happy 25th anniversary this week to the Doctor Who TV Movie! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! First Gallifrey One guest block Noel Clarke allegations extend to his time on Doctor Who Galaxy Four tipped to be the next animated release Harry Van Gorkum interview about almost being the Eighth Doctor Children in Need will offer more Doctor Who bears in 2021 Upcoming BBC Audio releases Big Finish Six Versus Eleven due September Brit SciFi Online event hosted by The National Space Centre Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes Obverse Books Black Archive sale Commentary: Greeks Bearing Gifts
This week, the major Doctor Who-related news is the very thorough article in The Guardian about the allegations of sexual assault and abuse against former Doctor Who actor Noel Clarke as described by a group of 20 brave women. We also have news of Doctor Who Magazine, Big Finish, and the increasingly intriguing, immersive theatre experience Doctor Who: Time Fracture, along with our continuing Torchwood Revisited commentary series featuring the rural mayhem that is “Countrycide!” Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Noel Clarke Guardian article Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 57 Doctor Who Magazine 564 Big Finish received Guinness World Record for their monthly range Jason & Nick from Big Finish on the Radio Times podcast Big Finish Fifth Doctor Adventures – Forty due 2022 Big Finish Dalek Universe 2 due July 2021 Big Finish Watchers by Matthew Waterhouse due January 2022 Big Finish The Lone Centurion Volume 2 due July 2022 Time Fracture to feature David Bradley and John Barrowman David Bradley Time Fracture interview John Barrowman Time Fracture interview Cubicle7 will continue producing the Doctor Who RPG Frank Cox died Commentary: Countrycide
Are you burning to ask Christopher Eccleston a question about his return to Doctor Who via Big Finish? Well too bad, it already happened, but you can watch said Q& A on the Official Doctor Who YouTube Channel! Also we have news of New York Comic-Con returning in physical form(?) and of Peter Capaldi reading 1984, Kickstarters and other such frippery, and our latest commentary for the Torchwood Series One episode “Small Worlds!” And get vaccinated! By this time next week, all of the Three Who Rule will be halfway there! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Christopher Eccleston Big Finish Q&A New York Comic Con plans physical event for 2021 JNT interview coming from BBV in May BFI screening of Dragonfire June 12 Big Finish Torchwood Empire of Shadows bring back Zachary Cross Flane Beyond the Doctor: London, 1965 Sample of Peter Capaldi reading 1984 Paradise Towers: Paradise Found kickstarter Sisters with Transistors movie Time Fracture full cast announced Commentary: Small Worlds
There comes a time in the life of every podcast when they must do something they do not wish to do, but that they know they have to do and that time is now for Radio Free Skaro with the Torchwood Revisisted commentary for “Cyberwoman”, a baffling hodge-podge of robotics and puerile nonsense. Or are we overreacting? But before we subject you to this televisual atrocity, there’s Big Finish news, Hugo Awards finalist updates, and more! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Steve’s Doctor Who theme remix John Bishop clip from The Graham Norton Show The Ice Warriors vinyl release Doctor Who Moho animation test 2021 Hugo Awards finalists Big Finish The Fifth Doctor Adventures: The Lost Resort and Other Stories due September The Prisoner action figure kickstarter Helen McCrory died Felix Silla died Commentary: Cyberwoman
As the global pandemic abates (everywhere but Canada, currently in the throes of The Swarm 3.0) Doctor Who news is…somewhat sedate. But we do have news of a Canadian release date for the Season 24 Blu-ray, Dalek auctions, a Devil’s End comic book Kickstarter, and copious praise for the student-produced Mission to the Unknown from 2019! And as if that wasn’t enough to overload your sensorium, our Torchwood Revisited commentaries continue with “Ghost Machine”! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Season 24 Blu-Ray due August 3 in Canada Dalek Terror Record Store Day release Devil’s End comic book kickstarter Screen-used Dalek prop up for auction Mission to the Unknown remake wins a fictitious award Commentary: Ghost Machine
The publicity blitz for the Christopher Eccleston tsunami of Big Finish work kicks into high gear this week and we’re here to give you all the Eccelstonian Updates along with talk of a Doctor Who atlas, a history of the VIrgin Publishing novels and a new unofficial Sarah Jane anthology! But we all know why you’re here, to hear our take on the exciting and not at all puerile Torchwood adventure “Day One”, where everything changes! Again! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Doctor Who Magazine 563 Big Finish Ninth Doctor Adventures, Volumes 3 & 4 Gizmodo interview of Christopher Eccleston Nerdist interview of Christopher Eccleston Big Finish unites the Fourth Doctor and Alan Turing The Who Adventures book by David J Howe Doctor Who Atlas due in September Sarah Jane Smith: Roving Reporter book Commentary: Day One
It’s a tsunami of audio drama as Big Finish throws many a soundscape at us, including some Tom Baker adventuring written by friend of the show Liz Myles (due out in 2022)! Plus a Ninth Doctor audio trailer for you Ecclestonians! Also Terrance Dicks is declared essential reading via the medium of books, UK Doctor Who: The Collection Blu-rays adopt standard packaging (whoo!). But we’re just avoiding the inevitable here, the start of our Torchwood Revisited commentaries, starting with Series One, Episode One: “Everything Changes”! It is the 21st century, after all. Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! San Diego Comic-Con Plans The Essential Terrance Dicks titles released UK Blu-Ray Classic Who reissues Fantom Season 8 Blu-Ray preview with Chris Chapman Upcoming Classic Who animated releases? Big Finish Ninth Doctor Adventures trailer Big Finish The God of Phantoms due August 2021 Big Finish Fourth Doctor Series 11 and 12 getting extra stories Big Finish Torchwood Madam I’m Commentary: Everything Changes
Spring has sprung (or, for those in the Antipodes, fall has fallen), and there is a renewed sense of optimism in the world in general, and the Doctor Who world specifically. Why? Because Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill bring the Thasmin energy to a new Red Nose Day cameo, The Lonely Assassins is thrilling mobile game players the world over, and the Doc Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! 2020 The Movie: Comic Relief featuring Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill Fury from the Deep DVD released in North America The Lonely Assassins release trailer The Lonely Assassins orchestral theme recording Big Finish The Doomsday Contract released, Hitchhiker’s Guide trailer also released Peter Howell book “Radiophonic Times” due April 2021 Peter Howell’s new website Interview: Mark Ayres Season 8 Blu-Ray Season 24 Blu-Ray
Ever wonder if assassins feel job-related ennui? Now’s your chance to find out as we shine a spotlight on The Lonely Assassins, a new mobile Doctor Who game from Maze Theory where you help crusading scientist Petronella Osgood battle various baddies through your phone-related device. Game writer Gavin Collinson joins us for an interview about said mobile pew-pew-ing, and stay tuned on Twitter this week for a chance to win a prize pack for The Lonely Assassins! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Doctor Who & Casualty on Comic Relief Series 8 Steelbook Joy Wilkinson interview about novelizing The Witchfinders Mark Gatiss interview about novelizing The Crimson Horror Paul Vanezis and Peter Crocker talking about missing episodes in private hands Big Finish The War Doctor Begins due June Big Finish has Dodo join The First Doctor Adventures Volume 5, played by Lauren Cornelius Big Finish Torchwood, The Five People You Kill In Middlesbrough due June Big Finish box set sales for out of print CDs Doctor Who won the Radio Times best SF/Fantasy Award David Bailie died
It’s a grab bag of broadcast and streaming and televisual chicanery this week as the Three Who Rule ruminate about the imminent debut of BBC First, a new channel in Canada from BBC Studios, the return of BBC Three in the UK, the Shame of CTV Sci-Fi and more, before handing over these musings to much smarter people, namely former Doctor Who magazine editor Tom Spilsbury and chair and associate professor of film and media arts professor at Southern Methodist University Derek Kompare as they examine where media is going and how Doctor Who plays into this chaotic new world. Please stand by! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! John Bishop initially turned down Doctor Who BBC First coming to Canada BBC Three returns to broadcast TV Season 8 Blu-Ray trailer Doctor Who Magazine 562 released The Target Book gets a paperback release Big Finish Ninth Doctor Adventures: Ravagers due May 2021 Big Finish Mind of the Hodiac by Russell T Davies due 2022 Big Finish Time Lord Victorious: Echoes of Extinction due April 2021 Discussion Panel: Tom Spilsbury Derek Kompare
Gallifrey One is back, and it’s about time! Yes, dates have been confirmed and the NFL has been defeated as Gallifrey One returns to the LAX Marriott on February 18-20, 2022, its traditional President’s Day weekend. Something to look forward to as the snow melts and the COVID vaccines flow. In the meantime, it’s the return of one of our favourite segments, where you, the listener, pick the topics! Yes, it’s Fluid You asked, we meandered! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Gallifrey One 2022 gets confirmed dates Final tweetalong will be Utopia, The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords Big Finish Day 2021 will be virtual, 2022 planned to be in Derby Big Finish Third Doctor Adventures Volume 7 due May 2021 Big Finish Lone Centurion Volume 1 due April 2021 Peter Capaldi donated a script for charity
We took a break from the news last week to revel in Gallifrey One events of the past and to look forward to better times in the future, so this week we catch up with all the news we missed, including several Big Finish releases, new books, But let’s get to the heart of this thing, as Hunter S. Thompson once said, with our commentary for “Revolution of the Daleks” with Verity’s own Deb Stanish! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Jodie Whittaker reads a bedtime story for kids in Watford Fury from the Deep on BBC America New Doctor Who Build-A-Bear Lockdown Who “The Genuine Article” followup to Love & Monsters A Town Called Mercy tweetalong Deepfake tech used for missing Doctor Who episodes Hero Collector Revolution of the Daleks figurines Warriors of the Deep and Sontar-Ha! WhoTalk commentaries Southside Broadcasting Graeme Harper podcasts Big Finish The Doomsday Contract from a script by John Lloyd Big Finish Doctor Who: The Early Adventures Big Finish Torchwood Lease of Life Big Finish Lady Christina Adventures Series 2 Look at the Size of That Thing book by Bill Evenson and Stacey Smith? The Ruby’s Curse, by Alex Kingston The Ruby’s Curse audiobook, read by Alex Kingston Doctor Who and Science by Marcus K Harmes and Lindy A Orthia Dalek Combat Training Manual by Mike Tucker, Gavin Rymill and Richard Atkinson Paradoxes and Possibilities kickstarter Commentary: Revolution of the Daleks Deb Stanish
In any other year, this would be our last transmission from the LAX Marriott and Gallifrey One, tired but happy after another year with our favorite convention and our favorite people. However in this time of COVID 19 such things are not possible (temporarily!) so we’ve done the next best thing and have Gally impresario Shaun Lyon here to discuss conventions past and future, how to deal with a global pandemic, and more! We also present the last of our Tales of Gallifrey One archive interview series with chats with Freema Agyeman (2013), Garrick Hagon (2015), Howard Burden (2017), and Jamie Childs & Wayne Yip (2019)! Guest: Shaun Lyon Gallifrey One
The Saturday at any Gallifrey One has traditionally been our busiest, gathering as many interviews as we could to flesh out our weekend release schedule. On this episode of Radio Free Skaro, we flash back to a particularly notable Saturday at the 2012 edition of Gallifrey One, where we interviewed William Russell, Waris Hussein, and Philip Segal, all in the course of an afternoon. We were so young and hungry back in those days!
Usually at this time of the week, at this time of the year, we would be kicking off Gallifrey One with a live show featuring a number of guests attending the convention that year. So this year, as part of our Tales of Gallifrey One series, we present a "greatest hits" selection from our various live shows of years past. Here is Peter Davison (2016), Philip Hinchcliffe (2013), Terrance Dicks (2014), Pete McTighe, Vinay Patel, and Joy Wilkinson (2020), Julian Glover (2016), Patricia Quinn (2016), and Chip Sudderth's Two-Minute Time Lord presentation from 2015. Enjoy!
Thus begins Tales of Gallifrey One, our look back at some of our favourite interviews from past editions of Gallifrey One! This episode features a chat with acclaimed Doctor Who director Graeme Harper from 2010, an interview with Doctor Who producer and production manager Tracie Simpson from 2011, and a conversation with legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop musician and sound effects genius Dick Mills, recorded in 2013.
This week on the podcast, it’s another edition of our Doctor Who trivia game show Trivia, Mr. Fibuli, with special guests Benji Clifford and Nick Briggs of the Benji and Nick Show! Also, we’ve got news about more Big Finish releases, John Bishop begins shooting his scenes for Series 13 of Doctor Who, and also the full and complete (and 100% accurate) history of British television. Also, keep watching the skies this week for some Gallifrey One-related content as we look forward to what would have been the greatest weekend of the year… Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Boom Town tweetalong Dinosaurs on a Spaceship tweetalong Love and Monsters tweetalong Doctor Who Magazine 561 The Lonely Assassins launches March 19 Big Finish Gallifrey: Time War 4 due this month Big Finish UNIT Nemesis Volume 1 due November 2021 Big Finish The Lone Centurion Volume 1 due April 2021 Big Finish Torchwood: Gooseberry due April 2021 Directed by Douglas Camfield revised edition Fury from the Deep DVD US release date March 16, 2021 Grant Imahara Memorial Study Lounge fundraiser Trivia Mr Fibuli: Nicholas Briggs Benji Clifford The Benji and Nick Show
It’s been a very quiet week for Doctor Who news, but that won’t stop us from waffling on about KSPS Doctor Who broadcast schedules of yesteryear, Babylon 5 upgrades and other such ephemera! Mere distraction though for part three of our Rachel Talalay Miniscope, where we look at World Enough and Time, the Doctor Falls and Twice Upon a Time! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Season 24 Blu-Ray available for preorder in Canada Big Finish Dalek Universe 1 due April 2021 Big Finish Dalek Universe 2 due July 2021 Big Finish Dalek Universe 3 due October 2021 Toby Hadoke’s obituary of Philip Martin in The Guardian Miniscope: Rachel Talalay World Enough and Time The Doctor Falls Twice Upon a Time
For the next three weeks, we are presenting some archive content in the leadup to our three-part Miniscope on the works of director Rachel Talalay. Rachel has been a friend to us here at RFS, appearing no fewer than six times, and we thought it was worth re-releasing our interviews and commentaries with her over the years as a lead-in to our conversations about her work on Doctor Who. Here is our final interview with Rachel Talalay (so far) on the podcast. This one was released across two episodes of Radio Free Skaro, 608 and 609, in the runup to the 2017 Christmas special “Twice Upon a Time”, where Warren visits the home of Rachel Talalay again to talk about that, as well as the two-part finale to Series 10. Join us on January 31 for the third and final part of our Miniscope on director Rachel Talalay, where we look at “World Enough and Time”, “The Doctor Falls”, and “Twice Upon a Time".
It’s an auspicious week in world history as a titan ascends to his rightful place…that’s right, Tom Baker is 87 years old and we are better for it. There’s also official news of a Doctor Who Season 24 Bluray as part of The Collection series with VAM aplenty, a Missy comic from Titan Comics, Big Finish’s “Return of the Cybermen” and and and…the second part of our Rachel Talalay miniscope featuring her work on Heaven Sent and Hell Bent! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Tom Baker turned 87 School Reunion tweetalong Season 24 Blu-Ray set announced Season 24 Blu-Ray set trailer Season 24 Blu-Ray set clean artwork Season 8 Blu-Ray set due June 1 in Canada Doctor Who Chronicles 1965 Missy comic series begins in April Andrew Cartmel’s Script Doctor reprint Big Finish Return of the Cybermen trailer Big Finish to produce 1985 Russell T Davies spec script Big Finish Sixth Doctor Adventures: The Eleven due September 2021 Miniscope: Rachel Talalay Heaven Sent Hell Bent Heaven Sent previsualizations
For the next three weeks, we are presenting some archive content in the leadup to our three-part Miniscope on the works of director Rachel Talalay. Rachel has been a friend to us here at RFS, appearing no fewer than six times, and we thought it was worth re-releasing our interviews and commentaries with her over the years as a lead-in to our conversations about her work on Doctor Who. Back in the spring of 2016, Rachel Talalay joined us to participate in director’s commentaries for both “Heaven Sent” and “Hell Bent” on Radio Free Skaro episodes 533 and 534. Here now is the commentary for “Hell Bent”. And join us on January 24 for Part Two of our Miniscope on director Rachel Talalay when we look at “Heaven Sent” and “Hell Bent”.
For the next three weeks, we are presenting some archive content in the leadup to our three-part Miniscope on the works of director Rachel Talalay. Rachel has been a friend to us here at RFS, appearing no fewer than six times, and we thought it was worth re-releasing our interviews and commentaries with her over the years as a lead-in to our conversations about her work on Doctor Who. Back in the spring of 2016, Rachel Talalay joined us to participate in director’s commentaries for both “Heaven Sent” and “Hell Bent” on Radio Free Skaro episodes 533 and 534. Here now is the commentary for “Heaven Sent”. Stay tuned later in the week for the re-release of our commentary for “Hell Bent”.
For the next three weeks, we are presenting some archive content in the leadup to our three-part Miniscope on the works of director Rachel Talalay. Rachel has been a friend to us here at RFS, appearing no fewer than six times, and we thought it was worth re-releasing our interviews and commentaries with her over the years as a lead-in to our conversations about her work on Doctor Who. From episode #507 of Radio Free Skaro (released December 2015), Warren visits the home of Rachel Talalay in Vancouver for an extended discussion about the making of “Heaven Sent” and “Hell Bent”. Stay tuned later in the week for the re-release of our commentary for “Heaven Sent”, recorded with Rachel Talalay in 2016.
We’ve got news about Gallifrey One, tat, stats, loads of Terrance Dicks book-related nonsense and the usual news niblets, but more importantly, we’re starting our epic three-part miniscope journey on the work of director Rachel Talalay with “Dark Water” and “Death in Heaven”! Join the Three Who Rule as they effusively praise one of the best directors in the history of the programme! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Gallifrey One update Revolution of the Daleks BBC One Live+7 viewing figures Hero Collector Revolution of the Daleks pins Hero Collector Classic Doctors Pin Set #2 Delayed Target releases due March 11 The Essential Terrance Dicks Volume 1 The Essential Terrance Dicks Volume 2 Peter Craze died Miniscope: Rachel Talalay Dark Water Death in Heaven
For the next three weeks, we are presenting some archive content in the leadup to our three-part Miniscope on the works of director Rachel Talalay. Rachel has been a friend to us here at RFS, appearing no fewer than six times, and we thought it was worth re-releasing our interviews and commentaries with her over the years as a lead-in to our conversations about her work on Doctor Who. This instalment features our first two interviews with Rachel. The first is Warren’s interview with her, which we originally released on Radio Free Skaro #445 in the runup to the Series 8 finale in 2014, as well as our second chat with Rachel from Radio Free Skaro #463, recorded in a very busy lobby at the LAX Marriott at Gallifrey One in February 2015. Thanks for listening to these, and we hope you enjoy the first part of our Miniscope on director Rachel Talalay, covering “Dark Water” and “Death in Heaven”, on the next episode of Radio Free Skaro.
As we return to a Dearth of new Doctor Who here in the early days of 2021, we are forced to comfort ourselves with the cold logic of “Revolution of the Daleks” stats, as well as Big Finish’s exciting reveal of Christopher Eccleston’s audio debut! Throw in some dribs and drabs of audioboks and other ephemera but enough stalling, it’s time to tear off the bandage and suffer with us for the second half of our Classic Series Commentary of “The Creature from the Pit”! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Gallifrey One hotel update BBC airing kid’s lessons during lockdown Revolution of the Daleks BBC One overnight viewing figures Fury from the Deep DVD due March 16 in Canada Doctor Who Magazine 560 released Hand of Fear audio CD released Savages audio CD due in February Beyond the Doctor: The Kairos Ring due in February Second Monsters Collection on Audible Big Finish Fourth Doctor Series 10 Volume 2 due in February Big Finish Ninth Doctor Adventures: Ravages details announced Big Finish Out of Time features David Tennant and Peter Davison Commentary: The Creature from the Pit, episodes 3-4
The moment has arrived! The moment being John Barrowman, Chris Noth, a bunch of Security Drone-leks and the Return of (and breaking of) the Fam as Jodie Whittaker graces our screens once more as the Doctor in “Revolution of the Daleks”! What did the Three Who Rule think of the only new Doctor Who we’ll see for months and months? How did we react to Graham and Ryan leaving the TARDIS? And more to the point, who the hell is John Bishop? Tune in and find out! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Revolution of the Daleks review John Bishop joins Doctor Who John Bishop teaser Revolution of the Daleks on Blu-Ray in Canada March 2 Revolution of the Daleks soundtrack on streaming music services Series 13 will air when it’s done Lee Binding Profile (free link) (paywall Telegraph link) Big Chief Studios K-9 Mark II Big Finish Torchwood Absent Friends featuring David Tennant Philip Martin died Mark Eden died Toby Hadoke’s 2020 Doctor Who In Memoriam video Toby Hadoke’s Absent Friends – 7th Dimension
The countdown has begun for both an end to Our Year of Complete Garbage 2020 and “Revolution of the Daleks”, airing New Year’s Day and which apparently contains a new scene filmed in the aforementioned Year Of Badness. The New Year’s special will also be available from the BBC in 4K HDR, and if audio is your thing, gentleman voiceslinger Nicholas Briggs has some tips on voicing the Daleks! But let’s be honest here, you’re clamouring for our thoughts in our Classic Series Commentary on the Fourth Doctor story “The Creature From The Pit”! Don’t bore us, let’s get to Chloris! Links: Support Radio Free Skaro on Patreon! Revolution of the Daleks had footage added in 2020 Revolution of the Daleks Defence Drones teaser Revolution of the Daleks in 4K HDR on the BBC iPlayer 4K HDR information Nicholas Briggs talks about voicing the Daleks A Christmas Carol first draft released as part of the tweetalong Abigail’s Song fan choir video The Lonely Assassins teaser TARDIS bedroom door Blake’s 7 Annual 1982 fan effort Commentary: The Creature from the Pit, episodes 1-2