Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro

Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro


Radio Free Skaro is possibly the most popular, most prolific and charmingly irreverent (but never irrelevant) Doctor Who podcast around. All previous episodes are available on the iTunes feed, as well as the Radio Free Skaro homepage - Enjoy!


Radio Free Skaro #583 - The Meddling Monks  

We’re at the midway point of Series 10 (sniff) so what better time for Steven Moffat to check in on the show he runs by penning another episode himself in the form of “Extremis”, a mind-bending escapade that took viewers from England to the Vatican and all points in between. Or did it…? Once again, the inestimable Kyle Anderson steps in as a replacement for one of the Three (in place of Warren this time) to join Chris and Steven on this review. What did they think? What of the Monks? And the occupant of the Vault? In this podcast we are revealed…


Episode 6 – “Extremis”
Moffat and Mulkern talk “Extremis”
“Extremis” BBC One overnight viewing figures
“Oxygen” overnight viewing figures
Oxygen Appreciation Index
Jamie Mathieson talks Gus and Oxygen
“Knock Knock” final BBC One viewing figures
“The Lie of the Land” synopsis
Michelle Gomez leaving Who along with Moffat & Capaldi
…or is she?
Michelle Gomez reddit AMA
Big Finish releasing second Tenth Doctor audio series
BBC shutting down TV episode downloading service
Radiophonic Workshop’s “Burials in Several Earths” released
Who poetry book written by James Goss and Illustrated by Russell T Davies due in September
Doctor Who Time Vortex 360 web-based game released
Eric Pringle reportedly died

Radio Free Skaro #582 – Every Breath You Take  

It’s that most wondrous time of the year again, Base Under Siege-mas, in the form of Jamie Mathieson’s anti-corporate not-zombie saga “Oxygen”! What did the Three Who Rule think? Listen and find out, before their oxygen credits are depleted and they’re sucked into the cold, meaningless vacuum!


Episode 5 – “Oxygen”
“Thin Ice” final ratings
Knock Knock AI rating – 83
“The Pyramid at The End of the World” synopsis
Geoffrey Bayldon (1923-2017)

Radio Free Skaro #581 – Is There A Doctor In The House?  

It’s time for Steven, Warren and noted Nerdist Kyle Anderson to assess the timbre of “Knock Knock,” the Mike Bartlett penned ode to lumber-based horror and insectile consumption. Did the Two Who Rule and Kyle consider this story a mighty oak or a mere sapling in the forest of Series 10? Plus news of a new series of Torchwood via Big Finish starring (Lumber)Jack Harkness and the rest of the gang plus new recruits, and a thrilling dive into the prehistory of computer games. No trees were harmed in the production of this podcast.


Doctor Who S10E04 “Knock Knock”
“Knock Knock” overnights – 4.32m, 24.9% share
Doctor Who: The Fan Show with David Suchet and Mike Bartlett
Stay at the house used for exteriors for “Knock Knock”
Kyle Anderson’s “Knock Knock” review on Nerdist
Smile final BBC One viewing figures 5.98M, 23rd for the week
“Thin Ice” AI: 84
S10E06 “Extremis” synopsis
“Knock Knock” character was meant to be related to Harry Sullivan
UK DVD/BD S10 releases: Part 1, May 29; Part 2, July 17, will include binaural version of “Knock Knock”
New Big Finish companion for Fourth Doctor
New Torchwood full cast audio series from Big Finish, takes pace after Miracle Day
Doctor Who Skype Bot
Doctor Who Nerd Block figures, first is Tennant from End of Time
New K-9 design revealed

Radio Free Skaro #580 - Fish Food Frolics  

It’s 1814, and Regency London is cold, racist, and beset by a big fish under the the Thames…but the Doctor and Bill are on the case! As are Steven, Warren and Nerdist’s own Kyle Anderson (for the second week running) with their take on Sarah Dollard’s sophomore Doctor Who effort “Thin Ice,” as well as a detailed examination of stats, new Mr. Men books, free Comic Book Day, and rampant dismissal of frenzied speculation on the occupant of The Vault!


Doctor Who S10E03 “Thin Ice”
“Thin Ice” overnight viewing figures
“Smile” AI – 83
“The Pilot” final viewing figures: 6.68m, 10th for the week
Den of Geek interviews Ep 1 and 2 director Lawrence Gough
S10E05 “Oxygen” synopsis
Class ratings on BBC America
Class DVD/BR details
Mark Gatiss “wasn’t approached” to be new showrunner
Steven Moffat to appear at the Hay Festival (May 25-June 4)
Michelle Gomez narrates “Dr. Twelfth”
New Doctor Who/Mr. Men books coming for Two, Seven, Eight, and Nine
Four Doctors crossover in Titan Comics starting in September
Peter Capaldi at Calgary Expo

Radio Free Skaro #579 – The Crooked Smile  

A rare occurence on this week’s Radio Free Skaro in that two thirds of the regular Three Who Rule are absent. So we present to you Two other Rulers! Erika from Verity! and Kyle from Doctor Who: The Writer’s Room join Steven (Chris and Warren are off somewhere making tea) to review the second episode of this most recent series of Doctor Who. Will they be smiling or in their appreciation of it? Or will they merely be gritting their teeth and pretending as to not get murdered by cute robots? Isn’t that everyday anyway?


Doctor Who S10E02 “Smile”
“Smile” – overnight viewing figures
Memorial University prof inspires robots on new episode of Doctor Who
“The Pilot” AI – 83
“Knock Knock” synopsis
Knock Knock to get a binaural audio edition on iPlayer for headphone users
David Bradley back as the First Doctor in the Christmas special?
David Bradley is cagey about the Christmas Special
Class North American DVD/BR release July 11
Oxford English Dictionary adding some DW words: Sonic Screwdriver, TARDIS, Dalek, Cyberman
Radiophonic Workshop concert and Q&A at the Science Museum June 16, £25
BBC Studios in Wales gets new head of drama

Radio Free Skaro #578 – A Star in Her Eye  

The time has finally arrived, with new Doctor Who gracing our screens and Bill, a new companion, capturing our hearts. Puddles, Movellans and so much more danced across our eyeballs this past Saturday in “The Pilot”, and the Three Who Rule have thoughts and bon mots to share about the return of Who and the stories still to come! But like all Moffat-era Who, there are twists and turns still to come, like the fact that Capaldi says he’s filmed the regeneration before the Christmas episode was lensed. Mystery and intrigue!


The Pilot!
The Pilot BBC One overnights!
Steven Moffat’s Series 10 episode guide!
Capaldi says he’s filmed his character’s death scene!
Thin Ice synopsis!
Big Finish’s The Helm of Awe!
The Pescatons and Doctor Who Sound Effects vinyl re-release!

Radio Free Skaro #577 – Second Chances  

It’s a week before new Doctor Who, which means a veritable tsunami of news, previews and madness, including the surprise reveal that John Simm will come back as the Master and possibly cause a shipping paradox the likes of which hasn’t been seen since SuperWhoLock! In other surprises, Britbox announced they’re streaming most of Classic Who, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” was nominated for a Hugo, and we have a new segment called Second Chances looking at that very story with Titan Comic Tenth Doctor scribe Nick Abadzis!



Series 10 wrapped filming!
Series 10, second trailer!
John Simm returns as The Master!
The Pilot airs at 7:20pm on BBC One!
Smile synopsis!
Series 10 first 10 titles & writers & directors!
Series 10 press pack interviews!
Introducing Bill Potts!
Series 10 teaser image!
Christmas Special begins filming in July!
Pearl Mackie only around for one year?
Prime in New Zealand begins Series 10 on April 17!
BritBox brings Classic Who back to streaming!
Doctor Who Comics Day is September 2!
Doctor Mysterio gets a Hugo nomination!
Tim Piggot-Smith died.
Gallifrey One 2018 tickets went on sale!


Nick Abadzis
The Return of Doctor Mysterio!

Radio Free Skaro #576 – The Fisher King  

We’re in the final stretch run of The Year (and a bit) of No Doctor Who, as Series 10 is less than two weeks away! There’s spoiler-free talk of synopses, the character of Bill Potts is revealed to be gay (hooray!), and there are various promotional things happening in and around the premiere of “The Pilot” on April 15. And we take our last look inside the Miniscope for this year with a detailed analysis of the works of writer David Fisher, author of four stories from the later Tom Baker era!


– Synopsis for The Pilot!
– Season 10 Plot Setup!
– Bill will be gay!
– Capaldi and Mackie at the BFI & RT TV Festival
– Mr Men at the Doctor Who Experience
– Myths & Legends book!
– RiffTrax covers The Five Doctors!
– The Almost Doctors!
– Sydney Newman’s Centenary!


– David Fisher
– The Stones of Blood
– The Androids of Tara
– The Creature from the Pit
– The Leisure Hive

Radio Free Skaro #575 – Beyond the Valley of the Thals  

With new Who slowly ambling towards our eyeballs, the news pace has picked up somewhat, with publicity stills, tantalizing details concerning Ice Warriors, and the release of the 1999 charity special “The Curse of Fatal Death” on Youtube (otherwise known as ‘streaming VHS’)! But this is a mere tease, the frothiest of fripperies, the lightest of garnishes (and so forth, please get on with it) to the reappearance of one Kyle Anderson, Nerdist scribbler and all-around fine fellow, as we complete our commentary of….The Daleks!


– Ice Warrior episode teasers!
– Series 10 publicity stills!
– The Pilot gets a New Zealand cinema screening!
– Australian Doctor Who panel show debuts after The Pilot!
– Chibnall will write the new Doctor’s first words!
– Red Nose Day Doctor Who charity auction!
– Red Nose Day Doctor Who charity lottery!
– The Curse of Fatal Death re-released by the BBC!


– The Daleks! The Mutants! The Dead Planet!
– Kyle Anderson!

Radio Free Skaro #574 – Valley of the Thals  

It’s time for a visit to The Dead Planet to see some Mutants in “The Daleks” with the Three Who Rule and Doctor Who: The Writers Room podcaster, Nerdist scribe and gentleman bounder Kyle Anderson as a special guest! Thrill to Steven’s knowledge of televisual minutiae, twirl to Kyle’s searing insights, sashay to Chris’s detailed analysis and recoil at the sight of Warren’s brain melting at the (in his sole opinion) grinding tedium of the early Hartnell era! Plus news like the first official Series 10 trailer, but who needs that when you’ve got survivors escaping an ordeal and an ambush, thus expediting a rescue!


– Series 10 Episode 1 will be called The Pilot!
– Series 10 will have a 3-parter in the middle!
– Official BBC Series 10 trailer released!
– Missy’s reaction to the trailer!
– Australian cinema details for the Series 10 Premiere!
– Paul Cornell’s Chalk
– New Radiophonic Workshop album!
– “Directed by Douglas Camfield” by Michael Seely!


– The Daleks! The Mutants! The Dead Planet!
– Kyle Anderson!

Radio Free Skaro #573 – Stevie Nicks  

No sooner did we joke about Mondasian Cybermen in Series 10 than they magically appear in a publicity shot with one Peter Capaldi! While we’d like to claim prophetic wisdom in this matter, we had no inside knowledge and this was likely a “going out in style” wish from one Mr. Capaldi, and we are all the better for it. P-Cap will also be gracing the small, inconsequential town of Calgary, AB for Calgary Expo at the end of April, to the delight of bouffant enthusiasts across the Canadian prairies! And in other good news, we have two interviews to round out our Gallifrey coverage, one with the voice of the Daleks, Cybermen (plus many others) and Big Finish man about town Nicholas Briggs, and the other with writer, director, actor and Dalek operator Nicholas Pegg! Do we have the right? Of course we do!


– Peter Capaldi at Calgary Expo!
– Series 10 trailer “A Time for Heroes”
– Mondasian Cybermen and Rachel Talalay are back in Series 10!
– Class episode 1 as part of the Series 10 Premiere cinema experience!
– Big Finish Humble Bundle!
– Spare Parts on vinyl!


– Nicholas Pegg!
– Nicholas Briggs!
– Gallifrey One!

Radio Free Skaro #572 – Comic Sans  

As the weeks tick slowly down to new Doctor Who, we have a short teaser to discuss, with sparks and Capaldi hair and Nardole and Bill! Gallifrey One 2018 tickets go on sale soon, so get your purchasing fingers limbered! The Series 10 premiere will hit theatres in April, and we salute John Hurt’s last turn as the War Doctor in the Big Finish production “Casualties of War”! Finally, we have two interviews from Gallifrey One for you, with novelist, comic book scribe and Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell, as well as Titan Comics brand manager Chris Thompson!


– Gallifrey One 2018 tickets go on sale April 8
– Series 10 teaser
– First five Series 10 episode titles revealed?
– US cinemas will get the Series 10 premiere April 17 & 19
– Trailer for Big Finish “Casualties of War”, John Hurt’s last performance as the War Doctor 
– Disney Time Tom Baker links from 1975
– Missing Who event May 27, ft. Deborah Watling, Peter Purves, Sue Malden, Philip Morris, Graham Strong
– Gallifrey One: 28 Days Later


– Chris Thompson
– Paul Cornell

Radio Free Skaro #571 – Silver Nitrate  

Post-Gally blues…or post-Gally buzz? The Three Who Rule were in high spirits this week, energized by a most wonderful gathering of the tribe in Los Angeles. This episode presents two interviews from Gallifrey One, first with TV consultant for the BFI, Dick Fiddy, and second with Red Dwarf and Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden! Tally ho!


– Class final BBC One viewing figures
– Series 10 Parts 1 & 2 DVD and Blu-Ray
– Pertwee Years interview collection
– Gallifrey One: 28 Days Later


– Dick Fiddy
– Howard Burden

Radio Free Skaro #570 – Happiness Will Prevail  

In our second of two episodes this weekend from Gallifrey One, the Three Who Rule run down all the fascinating sights and sounds they’ve seen this weekend at Gallifrey One, give the inside scoop on what happened to a couple of missing guests from their live show on Friday, and speculate some more about Peter Capaldi’s departure and Chris Chibnall’s arrival! Also, an interview with musician Dominic Glynn, and a missing episodes update from the Restoration Team’s Steve Roberts!


– Chris Chibnall almost convinced Peter Capaldi to stay
– Gallifrey One: 28 Days Later

Radio Free Skaro #569 – Radio Free Skaro: Victorian Gothic Folly  

Hooray for Gallifrey! The Three Who Rule are back for their ninth(!) trip to Gallifrey One, the real happiest place on Earth, and for the sixth(!!) year running, it has been their honour to help launch the convention in style with their very own live show. This year, Paul McGann, Philip Hinchcliffe, Roger Murray-Leach, Rachael Stott, and Nick Abadzis were the guests, and a grand time was had by all. Listen in and enjoy!


– Paul McGann
– Philip Hinchcliffe
– Roger Murray-Leach
– Nick Abadzis
– Rachael Stott

– Gallifrey One: 28 Days Later

Radio Free Skaro #568 – The Shining World of the Seven Systems  

Our favorite weekend of the year is here in less than a week, the Whovian celebration known as Gallifrey One! We’ll be there doing our live show at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the main hall with our live show, “Radio Free Skaro: Victorian Gothic Folly,” but in the meantime get comfortable as we break down what we’re looking forward to seeing and doing at the LAX Marriott, and stay tuned next week for shows from the con!


– Missy promo for Series 10
– Doctor Who Magazine #509 confirms Series 10 writers and directors
– Class Ep 5 and 6 final ratings on BBC One
– BFI hosting a panel discussion for Series 10 on April 9
– Delia Derbyshire 80th birthday electronic music heritage project 
– “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” DVD extras
– “The Power of the Daleks” DVD extras
– Gallifrey One: 28 Days Later

Radio Free Skaro #567 - The Clock Strikes Twelve  

Capaldexit! Yes, the Three Who Rule were sideswiped (as was everyone else) by Peter Capaldi’s surprise announcement that he was leaving the role of The Doctor, and after admonishing the UK press for baseless speculation, the RFS crew engaged in frankly hypocritical predictions of their own. That plus stats, Series Ten news and a 70 minute(!) Miniscope about writer/director Terence Dudley round out this episode! Enjoy!


– Peter Capaldi leaving after Series 10.
– Peter Capaldi’s tenure.
– Ben Whishaw is the bookie’s favourite for the next Doctor!
– Series 10 starts April 15 on BBC One!
– Series 11 may start Autumn 2018!
– Series 10 starts April 15 on BBC America!
– Class premieres April 15 on BBC America!
– Series 10 writer list!
– Mark Gatiss brings back the Ice Warriors!
– Gareth David-Lloyd announced for Gally!
– Naoko Mori announed for Gally!
– Gallifrey One Schedule!
– Class eps 7 & 8 BBC One viewing figures!
– Class eps 3 & 4 BBC One final viewing figures!
– Big Finish wins BBC Drama award!
– Doctor Puppet War Doctor puppet!


– Terence Dudley!
– Meglos!
– Four to Doomsday!
– Black Orchid!
– The King’s Demons!
– K-9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend!
– K-9 and Company fan titles!

Radio Free Skaro #566 – Never Cruel Or Cowardly  

It is with a heavy heart that we mark the passing of acting legend John Hurt, beloved by Whovians for his portrayal of the War Doctor in “The Day of the Doctor” but with a career spanning the best of film, TV, and the stage. In happier news, we can now announce the guests for our Gallifrey One live show (contained within) and some other notable Gally news, updates and miscellany! We also announce the winner of our Whographica giveaway contest! Plus stats (bleh) and a commentary for the 1978 story “The Ribos Operation”! To me, Sholakh!


– John Hurt died.
– Radio Free Skaro… Live From Gallifrey One 2017!
– Gallifrey One guest update and reception info!
– Who’s Queer Now? featuring Russell T Davies!
– Class BBC One ratings!


– The Ribos Operation!

Radio Free Skaro #565 – Warning: Graphic Content  

Dollies, Nardole and a reliably batty, 83 years young Tom Baker are the mere froth on the fancy latte of Whographica, an exquisite collection of infographics featuring incredibly nerdy deep dives into the corners and recesses of Doctor Who trivia. We interviewed authors Simon Guerrier, Steve O’Brien and Ben Morris, to find out what went into this expansive and frankly obsessive labour of love. Adjust your rectangular framed glasses, straighten your turtleneck, and enjoy! And listen in to see how you can win a copy of Whographica (courtesy BBC Books) of your very own!


– Gallifrey One guest update!
– Gallifrey One miscellaneous update!
– Matt Lucas sticks around for longer!
– Class viewing figures for episodes 3 & 4!
– Class episodes 1 and 2 appreciated!
– Upcoming 5.5″ action figures!
– Playmobil pop culture figures!
– Happy birthday Tom Baker!
– Rodney Bennett died.


– Whographica!
– Simon Guerrier
– Steve O’Brien
– Ben Morris


– Win a copy of Whographica!

Radio Free Skaro #564 – At Long Last, Wendy Padbury  

For seemingly every single Doctor Who convention that one or all of the Three Who Rule have ever attended, Wendy Padbury has been there. Standing next to them in lines, walking past them in the hallway, but never, ever a guest on Radio Free Skaro. Until today! Ms. Padbury joins a panel of fine thespians (and Doctor Who companions) Anneke Wills, Deborah Watling, Louise Jameson, and Lisa Greenwood (and all interviewed by our very own Steven) recorded at Chicago TARDIS from this past November!


– Class Ep 1 and 2 overnight viewing figures on BBC One
– Toby Hadoke’s 2016 In Memoriam video

Chicago TARDIS Interview:

– Anneke Wills
– Deborah Watling
– Wendy Padbury
– Louise Jameson
– Lisa Greenwood

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