New Doctor Who DVDs for North America in November

July 22, 2009

Steve Manfred (of the excellent Doctor Who DVD FAQ site) is reporting that both The War Games and the Black Guardian Trilogy (composed of Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, and Enlightenment) will be coming to the North American (Region 1) DVD market on Tuesday, November 3. No prices have been announced, nor covers unveiled, for either set, but expect each DVD set to be within the $30-$40 range, price wise, and expect both covers to be of questionable artistic taste. (UPDATE – the covers have now been released, and they actually don’t look that bad.)

The War Games is a 3-disc set that was released in the UK (Region 2) on July 6 to great acclaim. The Black Guardian Trilogy is a 4-disc set which not only includes the three stories from Season 20 that make up the trilogy, but a new, widescreen edit of Enlightenment with enhanced visual effects. This set will be released in the UK in August.

Click below to see the details of each set (courtesy of the Doctor Who Restoration Team), as well as the Doctor Who DVD FAQ. :

- The War Games (Restoration Team entry)
The Black Guardian Trilogy (Restoration Team entry)
Latest North American DVD news (Doctor Who DVD FAQ)
TV Shows on DVD article

Party like it’s 1963

July 20, 2009

Among the other announcements today, it has also been revealed the TARDIS will be getting a rather retro feel. As has previously been discussed on Radio Free Skaro, the press have leaked rumours that the TARDIS would have a white, retro feel inside but little or nothing had previously been mentioned about the exterior. Set reports from today’s filming quite clearly show changes to the exterior of our beloved blue box, such as the return of the St. John’s Ambulance logo that adorned the door in William Hartnell’s era.

Gillan and Smith on set with the retro-feel TARDIS.
Gillan and Smith on set with the retro-feel TARDIS.

Pond (insert joke here)

July 20, 2009

In addition to wee l’il Matty’s costume being revealed today, we’ve also learned Karen Gillan’s character’s name shall be Amy… POND?! As discussed on Radio Free Skaro #150 yesterday, The Mirror seems to have accurately reported the Amy part but frankly the Pond is a bit out of left field to most people so far. Let the jokes like “pond scum” begin!

Read more at the BBC Doctor Who website.

Professor Doctor

July 20, 2009

The BBC has this morning revealed the costume for Matt Smith’s Doctor, a rather professorial affair complete with tweed, a bow tie… and boots. Needless to say, the most important characteristic of Smith’s – or any – Doctor, the hair, shall seemingly be left alone to maintain the sentience we’ve all come to expect from our cute widdwe 12-year old Time Lord.

Karen Gillan and Matt Smith prepare to do some filming on the new series of Doctor Who.

Read more at the BBC News website or at the BBC Doctor Who website.

Radio Free Skaro #150 – Sasquatchicentennial

July 19, 2009
An exciting landmark in RFS history, as the Three Who Rule celebrate their Sasquatchicentennial, otherwise known as the 150th episode of their half-crazed (yet still consistently jaunty) blatherings. And what better way to mark the occasion than “The Parting of the Ways,” Eccleston’s final episode as the good Doctor and one of the many highlights of the 2005 return of the series. News, digressions and a visit from one of the Internet’s most pervasive memes round out this most 150-th of episodes. Play him off, keyboard cat!

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Show Notes:

- Radio Free Skaro…shop!
Karen Gillan as…Amy?
Series 5 filming…imminent!
Matt and Karen…first picture!
Tom Baker…returns!
The Twin Dilemma DVD…details!
Myths and Legends…DVD?
Sarah Jane Series 2…DVD!
Benjamin Cook talks…Doctor Who!
Gallifrey 21…dates change! And new guests!
The Parting of the…Ways!

Radio Free Skaro – Wednesday Cutaway

July 15, 2009

In a noteworthy Wednesday cutaway, Radio Free Skaro enlisted the help of some of our LGBT listeners to hold a discussion on the recent uproar about Torchwood: Children of Earth (about which there will be spoilers!) and the perceived homophobia many in the fandom community say it presented. Many thanks go to our own Katrina who leads the panel with listeners Erik and Nat in delivering an hour of informed discussion about this fandom reaction.

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Show Notes:

- James Moran’s Post from July 10, 2009!
Was Torchwood: Children of Earth Homophobic? by Nat


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