Announcing…Skaro Shop!

July 15, 2009

In honour of our impending 150th episode of Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro (as well as the looming third anniversary of this humble podcast), we are celebrating the occasion on two fronts :

1) The ever so slight redesign of the Radio Free Skaro logo and website, and (most excitedly),
2) The launch of our official Radio Free Skaro Merchandise page, Skaro Shop (!

Covering the announcements in reverse order, Skaro Shop has a wide variety of RFS-related merchandise including t-shirts, mugs, hats, buttons, and stickers featuring our new Radio Free Skaro logo, as well as shirts and such featuring various catchphrases that we’ve trotted out during those moments of awkward silence over the years. Want a “MADOC!” shirt? You can now get one! Eager to strike fear in your friends by wearing a shirt featuring the (fictitious) beast PEDANTOR!? Well, it can now be yours! Be the first person on your street to own an official Radio Free Skaro ringer-T and be the envy of all your friends!

The link to our shop can be found on the right-hand side of this website. There are Canadian, US, and UK versions of the store. Sizes and colours vary for the many shirts and such that we offer, and our affiliate Zazzle accepts PayPal and all major credit cards. Thanks, as always, for your support, and we think you will all find something to your liking at our new store.

Lastly, with the unveiling of the updated logo, this website has undergone a necessary tweak as well. All extraneous content can be found along the right-hand side of the page, including links to our aforementioned online store, our Twitter feed and Benjamin Elliott’s excellent “This Week in Doctor Who”. Also, don’t forget to download the latest version of the Radio Free Skaro wallpapers, available for your desktop and/or mobile phone! There’s nothing necessarily new, content-wise, but we think it’s a sleeker, cleaner-looking site that we hope you will enjoy!

Thanks for visiting our site and listening to our podcasts. We hope you enjoy the next 150 episodes as much as you’ve (hopefully) enjoyed the first 150.

Radio Free Skaro #149 – Torchwood: Children of Worth

July 12, 2009

In a stunning, nay flabbergasting turn of events, the Torchwood: Children of Earth miniseries turned out to be not only a fantastic five days of entertainment but possibly one of the best things on television thus far this year. A special 4 person quorum of the RFS council was called to deal with this turn of events, with special Torchwood representative Katrina joining the fun. But that’s not all! The Three Who Rule Plus One also threw in a “Bad Wolf” commentary…but of course such good fortune meant the beast Cracklor also paid a visit. Still, an epic-length RFS for an epic entry in the Doctor Who canon.

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Show Notes:

- Torchwood! Torchwood!…Torchwood!
The Waters of Mars…clip! (UK)
The Waters of Mars…clip! (everywhere else)
Lizo says…Doctor Who on CiN?
RTD says…no movie!

Radio Free Skaro #148 – Boom Town Rats

July 5, 2009

Things took a turn for both the obscene and obsequious and Pedantor proved he could crawl even lower into the gutter he calls home and Warren was bested by Cracklor, a skypeovore that feasts on distorted, craptacular VOIP. Oh, and somewhere in this menagerie of madness the sometimes forgotten but certainly notable “Boom Town” was commented on by the Three Who Rule.

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Show Notes:

- Black Guardian trilogy DVD…details!
Andrew Cartmel writing for…Torchwood?
Doctor Who…movie?

Radio Free Skaro #146 – Better Aim Than Graham

June 21, 2009

It’s not often that the Three Who Rule spend more than a minute dismissing Torchwood out of hand, much less being interested in a new series of everyone’s tolerated younger, ganglier cousin to Doctor Who. But that strange event is precisely what happened (explained away with string theory and many a complicated equation, most likely), along with some pre Comic Con banter and oh yes, a commentary on The Empty Child.

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Show Notes:

- Neil’s Mountain Climb…accomplished!
Torchwood airing…July 6!
Torchwood trailer…in Australia!
Tennant, RTD, Gardner…at Comic-Con!
The Empty…Child!

Breaking News: Impressive Torchwood Trailer Airs

June 19, 2009

Those of you who listen to Radio Free Skaro know that the general consensus of the hosts in regards to their thoughts on Torchwood veer from indifference to disappointment to pleasantly surprised to, even, anticipointment. With few highlights (“Small Worlds”, “Something Borrowed”) in the Torchwood canon, compared to many lowlights (take a bow, “Day One”, “Cyberwoman”, “Meat” , “From Out of the Rain”…), our enthusiasm is somewhat tempered by the upcoming “Torchwood: Children of Earth”, airing in the UK from July 6-10 on BBC One, and in the US (BBC America) and Canada (SPACE) later in the month (hopefully).

But then along comes this dark, bleak, moody little trailer that aired on the Australian channel UKTV earlier this week :

Good stuff! Sure, it’s only a trailer, but it does make us use a term that hasn’t been heard in these parts for a long time regarding Torchwood : modest anticipation.

You have our attention, Torchwood. Please don’t screw this up…

Radio Free Skaro #145: The Lament of Steven

June 14, 2009

Steven, one mighty pillar of the tripod that is the Three Who Rule, doesn’t often succumb to the base emotions. Indeed, compared to the gutter-dwelling antics of Pedantor and the frankly borderline illegal conduct of Warren, Steven’s unflappable facade is nigh-invulnerable. But when the fate of Pete Tyler in “Father’s Day” comes into play, all propriety goes out the window. Tune in and hear his descent into madness…if you dare.

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Show Notes:

- Neil’s Mountain Climb…updates!
Who Party Toronto…June 13!
British Fantasy Award…nominations!
Target novelizations…on Radio 4!

Thank You, Radio Free Skaro Listeners

June 10, 2009

As you read this, our friend Neil Perryman is either on a plane to Africa, in Africa preparing for his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, or at the very top of the mountain itself, admiring the view and his accomplishment whilst breathing deeply into a respirator.

We only met Neil for the first time in February at Gallifrey 20 in Los Angeles, but we here at Radio Free Skaro immediately hit if off with him, along with the rest of the Tachyon TV entourage. When we heard that Neil was joining an expedition to climb Kilimanjaro for charity, we knew that we had to do our best to help, so we implored you, our dear listeners, to come forward and give what you could towards this noble cause.

And you all came through in spades. Neil’s target of raising £3,000 was shattered by almost £1,000 thanks to numerous generous donations. Well over £400 (a very conservative estimate indeed) was donated by Radio Free Skaro listeners, or, at least by people who were kind enough to mentions us when they donated.

Thank you, everyone, not only for all your kind donations to UNICEF, but for listening to us prattle on week after week about Neil’s worthy trek. Most of you have never even met any of us, or Neil, yet you still freely gave what money you could. We really appreciate what you have contributed to the cause, and we know that Neil is very humbled and pleased, as well.

Thanks again, and please note that donations can still be given to Neil’s cause until January 2010 by visiting the Just Giving website.


The Three Who Rule (Warren, Steven, and Chris)

Radio Free Skaro #144 – Square Peggs

June 7, 2009

Katrina was back in the fold again this week (replacing Warren, who’s busy blogging in Banff this week), with the main focus of the Three Who Rule being to provide comments on Series 1 episode “The Long Game”. The trio never once went more than ten minutes without discussing the episode at hand – a new record? Along the way, various bits of news were covered, including the explosion of fandom (aka the closing of Doctor Who Forum at Outpost Gallifrey), the shrapnel of which, it was determined, landed well short of affecting your intrepid hosts.

direct download: rfs144.mp3

Show Notes:

- Neil’s Mountain Climb…donate!
Charity auction…final results!
Who Party Toronto…June 13!
Outpost Gallifrey…no more!
Matt Smith’s face…in the titles?
Lawry Lewin…cast!
Sinead Keenan…cast!
25 women who shook…Sci-Fi!
Torchwood S3 US…airdates!
Doctor Who…on SPACE!
Torchwood on the…radio!
Sarah Jane Adventures on…audio!
The Long…Game!

Who Party in Toronto – June 13, 2009

June 3, 2009

Those of you in the Toronto area should circle Saturday, June 13 on your calendar, and those of you who aren’t in Toronto will want to be on that date, as well. On that day, Who Party 14 will be taking place, a one day Doctor Who convention taking place at the Best Western Primrose Hotel in downtown Toronto. Featuring such notable guests as Rob Shearman, Toby Hadoke, Colin Teague, and Lance Parkin, this is shaping up to be one of the biggest conventions that our fair country of Canada has seen in some time. Who Party is being put on by the Doctor Who Information Network, the longest running Doctor Who fan club in North America.

UPDATE! (June 5) James Strong, director of several Doctor Who episodes including The Satan Pit, The Impossible Planet, and Planet of the Dead, has been added to the bill!

Full details of the convention are available at, and you can get instant Twitter updates from the convention by following whopartytoronto. Also, check out the official DWIN website and the DWIN blog for more news about Doctor Who in Canada.

Also, for a teaser as to what to expect from Messrs Hadoke and Shearman, you can check out what these fine fellows had to say to us when we interviewed them at Gallifrey ’09 :

Radio Free Skaro #123 – Shearman After Dark (Interview with Rob Shearman with Jason Haigh-Ellery)

direct download: rfs123.mp3

Radio Free Skaro interviews Toby Hadoke

direct download: RFShadokeinterview.mp3

Radio Free Skaro #124 – Two Scoops of Hooray (Interview with Toby Hadoke and Phil Ford)

direct download: rfs124.mp3

Radio Free Skaro #143 – Never Trust a Man With a Soul Patch

May 31, 2009

More news than you can shake a stick at and a highlight of the Eccleston era (Rob Shearman’s “Dalek”) being commented upon, the Three Who Rule blather on for an hour and a half about the happenings in the Who world for the past week (including a discussion on new companion Karen Gillan), and touch on the introduction of a Classic Series icon to NuWho. All this and the latest on Ian Levine and Lizo Mzimba at your fingertips on Radio Free Skaro!

direct download: rfs143.mp3

Show Notes:

- Neil’s Mountain Climb…donate!
Rula Lenska…appeal!
Neil’s Doctor Who…charity auction!
Karen Gillan…new companion!
David Tennant…on SJA!
New Doctor Who…animated series!
David Tennant’s Hamlet…on TV!
S4E18 title…four words long!
New Torchwood trailer…for the UK!
New Torchwood trailer…for the USA!
Classic DVD…release dates!
The Keys of Marinus…DVD details!
The Keys of Marinus…more DVD details!
Planet of the Dead on SPACE…July 25!
Doctor Who returns to…BBC America!
Lizo says…Doctor Who movie?
Lizo says…Judoon in SJA!
Torchwood S3…soundtrack!
Torchwood…audio drama!


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