Radio Free Skaro #155 – Holmesian Triple Act

August 23, 2009
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In an episode of threes, the Three Who Rule discuss the first of three filler Doctor Who clip shows (“Doctor Who: Greatest Moments”), Series Three of the Sarah Jane Adventures, upcoming DVD releases featuring Doctor No. 3, Jon Pertwee, and last but not least, the third and final installment of the Miniscope segment featuring Robert Holmes. Next week’s Miniscope topic was also determined via the Randomizer…but you’ll have to listen to the show to find out who it is! (Hint: it’s not Pennant Roberts.)

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Show Notes:

Radio Free Skaro…shop!
Bridging The Rift with…Kate Orman!
Doctor Who…New York!
Gallifrey 21…register!
Doctor Who: Greatest Moments…The Doctor!
Doctor Who Greatest Moments…ratings!
DWM reveals The End of Time…details!
Doctor Who…Dreamland!
Sarah Jane Adventures…titles and synopses!
BBC on…Blinkbox!
Dalek War box set…details!
Releases box set…coming in 2010?
Coming Soon to DVD…The Dominators!
Coming Soon to DVD…Kamelion Box Set!
BBC Kids in Canada airing…Peter Davison!
Miniscope Links (Robert Holmes, Part Two):
The…Sunmakers!
The Ribos…Operation!
The Power of…Kroll!
The Caves of…Androzani!
The Two…Doctors!
The Trial of a Time Lord…Parts 1-4!
The Trial of a Time Lord…Part 13!
BBC…Shownar!

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Gary Russell experiences HAVOC

August 20, 2009

Last night at the monthly Doctor Who New York (DWNY) meetup, special guest Gary Russell — former Doctor Who Magazine editor, author, actor and current script editor — was presented with a swish Radio Free Skaro “Action by HAVOC” mug. Thanks go to Barnaby Edwards (no, not THAT one) from DWNY for this honour.

Gary Russell sports his new Radio Free Skaro "Action by HAVOC" mug for the DWNY crowd.

Gary Russell and Barnaby Edwards


Gary Russell sports his new Radio Free Skaro “Action by HAVOC” mug for the DWNY crowd. Second photo courtesy Andre Tessier.


Radio Free Skaro #152 – Fax the Betamax

August 3, 2009
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The Three Who Rule come off last week’s plethora of news with but a handful of offerings this time around. Turning lemons into lemonade they parry and thrust their way through another hearty podcast for your aural pleasure. From the return of Spoilor to thoughts on the return of Tom Baker to the role of The Doctor, grab your foil and join the fray.

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Show Notes:

Radio Free Skaro…shop!
Radio Free Skaro spinoff…Bridging The Rift!
Steven guest hosts on…Tennantcast!
David Tennant’s finale…75 minutes long!
Casting Announcement in…The Radio Times!
Murray Gold…staying for 2010?
Tom Baker…wants to return!
The Hornet’s Nest…audio clip!
Torchwood Series 4…filming in February?
John Barrowman…on Desperate Housewives!
Sarah Jane Adventures S3…episode titles!
Future DVD releases…mentioned!
Extras for Dalek War…passed! (Disc 1)
Extras for Dalek War…passed! (Disc 2)
Yet another Colin Baker…action figure!
BBC…Shownar!


Radio Free Skaro presents Bridging The Rift

July 30, 2009

A couple weeks ago, Radio Free Skaro released a special Wednesday Cutaway episode of our podcast, focusing on the controversy surrounding Torchwood: Children of Earth and the perceived homophobia centred around the series. Hosted by Katrina, Nat and Erik, the episode proved to be extremely popular. Buoyed by this success, Katrina and Nat have decided to forge ahead and start their own weekly podcast.

And so, without further ado, we at Radio Free Skaro are proud to announce our very first spin-off podcast, Bridging The Rift!

From the Bridging The Rift website:

The Doctor Who Universe fandom is wide, diverse and vibrant, but it’s split into enclaves; be it ‘old fandom’ or new, LiveJournal or forums, Torchwood or Doctor Who, and the many different types of creative pursuits.

Bridging The Rift is a podcast that hopes to bring the Doctor Who Universe fandom together. We’ll be highlighting and discussing hot topics and debates; trying to see all sides of the argument and hopefully coming to some conclusions. We’ll also be exploring the fandom’s creative pursuits, helping you to find the best Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures fan art, music, fiction, animation, films, reconstructions, comics, costumes and crafts.

Our two main co-hosts are not only fans of all three Doctor Who Universe shows, but also the fandom’s creativity. We’re also aiming to bring in guest hosts to bring new perspectives to our discussions and cover all sides of the story and all the corners of the fandom. So join us weekly, with new episodes usually released on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Subscribe on iTunes, add our feed or download directly from the site.

Here’s a link to Episode One – Torchwood: What Happens Next?


Radio Free Skaro #151 – Killing Time Before The Waters of Mars

July 26, 2009
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In what has to be the most overwhelming of all weeks for Doctor Who in all recorded history, the RFS crew slogged mightily through tales of Comic Con, rumours confirmed, others dashed, and in the midst of our recording the release of a new trailer for “The Waters of Mars.” And that was BEFORE we got around commentating on “Planet of the Dead”, making this if not the longest Radio Free Skaro ever than certainly the densest, and not just because of PotD’s plodding, pedestrian poltroonery.

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Show Notes:

Radio Free Skaro…shop!
Doctor Who Panel at…San Diego Comic-Con! (Digital Spy)
Doctor Who Panel at…San Diego Comic-Con! (The Guardian)
Doctor Who Panel at…San Diego Comic-Con! (io9)
Torchwood Panel at…San Diego Comic-Con! (Digital Spy)
The Waters of Mars…trailer! (UK only)
He’s…back!
The End of Time…trailer! Description!
Lizo Says…No End of Time trailer…yet!
Filming begins on Series…5? 1? 31?
Amy…Pond!
Matt Smith…costume!
New Doctor’s Costume…praised!
New TARDIS…retro!
Russell T Davies…interview!
Doctor Who, Guinness World record…holder!
John Leeson…returns!
Sarah Jane S3…casting!
Sarah Jane S3…news!
Torchwood: Children of Earth…final viewing figures!
Torchwood Series…4?
Ianto Jones…is dead. Get over it.
New Character Options…Fourth Doctor toys!
New Character Options…Dalek toys!
New Character Options…Third Doctor toys!
Some More New Character Options…Third Doctor toys!
The King’s Demons/Planet of Fire…coming to DVD!
Dalek War DVD box set…coming to DVD! (1)
Dalek War DVD box set…coming to DVD! (2)
Dalek War DVD box set…coming to DVD! (3)
The War Games and Black Guardian trilogy…coming to Region 1 DVD!
Blue Peter…DVD extra!
Gallifrey One 21…guests!
Planet of the…Dead!
Planet of the Dead…on SPACE!
Planet of the Dead…on BBC America!
BBC…Shownar!
The Scottish Falsetto…sock puppets?


Tennant, Barrowman, and RTD at SDCC

July 26, 2009

For those who wish they were at San Diego Comic-Con right now but aren’t, here’s David Tennant, John Barrowman, and Russell T Davies introducing the screenings of both Torchwood: Children of Earth, Day Five and Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead.:

(Thanks to Tim Drury for initially Tweeting this link.)


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