Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro

Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro

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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 - www.radiofreeskaro.com. Enjoy!

Episodes

Radio Free Skaro #599 – Ashes to Ashes  

Space-time has become distorted and silly once again with the appearance of a tall stranger, AKA Chris, in Vancouver with Warren! Not only that, but Twitter man about town Tom Dickinson is here for our Second Chances segment to take a gander at “Smile,” where hill give his thoughts on robots, emoji and nanite-human colonization policies. Plus news of the Doctor Who Experience and Class waving goodbye, Jodie Whittaker waving hello (via a Rolling Stone interview) and upcoming Gallifrey One guests of some renown!

Links:

Gallifrey One guest announcement – Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas,
David Bradley!

The Doctor Who Experience closed
Doctor Who Experience goodbye video
Class officially cancelled
Jodie Whittaker Rolling Stone interview
Capaldi had auditioned for DS9
Rachel Talalay auctioning off memorabilia for charity
The Book of Whoniversal records due September 28
RTD & James Goss interview podcast due September 28
Doctor Who and the Krikketmen due January 18, 2018
Steven’s c.1994 fan film Doctor Who titles
Steven: Fun With Feedback 1
Steven: Fun With Feedback 2

Second Chances:

Tom Dickinson
Smile

Radio Free Skaro #598 – Lady Stardust  

As we slog through the Dark Times before the Doctor Who Xmas special “Twice Upon a Time”, the news is a bit thin on the ground, though we have new Gallifrey One guests (including a bevy of them connected to “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy”), upcoming Big Finish, and…the start of our new series of looks back at Series 10: Second Chances! Heather Berberet from Doctor Who On The Couch joins us to take a look at the debut of Bill Potts and the introduction of a mysterious vault in...”The Pilot!”

Links:

Gallifrey One guest announcement
Series 10 DVD/BD due November 7 on North America
Captain John returns to Torchwood
September Big Finish releases

Second Chances:

Heather Berberet
The Pilot

Radio Free Skaro #597 – Look What You Made Us Do  

It’s a veritable gumbo of info this week, with on outgoing showrunner praising an incoming Doctor, Big Finish and Black Archive books news, tales of Peter Capaldi and lifetime achievement awards for Russell T Davies…and a brand new Fluid Links! Your questions, our answers, and practically nothing is resolved! Will this episode thus extend into infinity? Listen….and fiiiiind oooooouutttt!!

Links: 

Jodie Whittaker’s intro has been recorded
Jared Garfield is Ben Jackson
Listen script charity auction
RTD gets lifetime achievement award
In Conversation with RTD, James Goss and Christel Dee
Alex Kingston announced for Edmonton Expo
The Daleks soundtrack due September 15
Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round with Graeme Harper, part 1
Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round with Graeme Harper, part 2
Big Finish Tales from New Earth
YANA and Sharaz Jek figurines
Upcoming Black Archive book release schedule
Tales of Terror teaser short story

Radio Free Skaro #596 - The Lionhearted  

Warren has returned from Worldcon, and has tales of Finland, Stockholm and international nerdery to share with Steven, Chris and all you good people before we move to the main event, an interview with author and superfan Steven Hill about Red White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America. Years in the making, this weighty tome is a comprehensive look at Doctor Who on North American screens, and leaves no televisual stone unturned. Tune in, why don’t you?

Links:

Worldcon 75
Matt Smith sings the Doctor Who theme to Jodie Whittaker
Anniversary of erasing Doctor Who tapes
Survival soundtrack, September 15
The Happiness Patrol remixes, September 18
Dominic Glynn on Start The Music!
Victor Pemberton died

Interview:

Red, White and Who with Steven Hill

Radio Free Skaro #595 – The Origins of Mr. Who  

With Warren away at Worldcon this week (where while Doctor Who did not win a Hugo for “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”, Steven did for his work on Uncanny Magazine!), it’s left to Steven and Chris to talk about the first interviews with Jodie Whittaker since her unveiling as the new Doctor, and other sundry items that tend to fill a news list in the middle of August. But the main feature this week is an interview with friend and author Graeme Burk about his upcoming book “Sydney Newman: Head of Drama”!

Links:

Jodie Whittaker on Radio 6
Jodie Whittaker video about becoming The Doctor
Doctor Who loses the Hugo
Toronto Doctor Who event adds Richard Willis
Mr Men Jack and Rose preview
The Missy Chronicles, due in February
Earl Cameron turns 100

Interview:

Head of Drama, with Graeme Burk

Radio Free Skaro #594 – Is That Finger Loaded?  

It’s the dog days of August, and with no new Doctor Who on the horizon for several months, what better way to spend a couple hours of that time with the Three Who Rule as they watch and commentate on “The Android Invasion”, the 1975…er…classic from the Tom Baker era. And while Warren is away in Scandanavia in advance of Worldcon in Helsink next weekend, Chris and Steven update you all with news of a radio appearance by Jodie Whittaker, a bevy of Big Finish news, and several pieces of merchandise you won’t be able to live without! Now let’s all have a ginger beer!

Links:

Jodie Whittaker on Radio 6
Christmas was almost cancelled
Series 10 deleted scenes
Animated Shada from BBC Worldwide
Blink, 10 years on
Upcoming Big Finish releases
Tenth Doctor and Web of Fear audios
Doctor Who Audio Annual
Doctor Who Mr Men figurines
2018 Doctor Who calendar
Yeti figurine
Christel Dee interview part 4

Commentary:

The Android Invasion

Radio Free Skaro #593 - School Ties and Martian Lies  

The Quiet Times have returned, with the Series 10 finale and San Diego Comic-Con receding in the distance and a long wait to December 25 ahead of us. But that doesn’t stop the dogged determination of the Three Who Rule, who won’t let a little thing like a lack of new material stop them from chattering on about one Mr. Who! And as a bonus we have an interview with Class and Doctor Who director Wayne Yip and a roll of the randomizer to determine which classic commentary will happen next week! Dare you listen? You dare indeed!

Links:

 

Unproduced Series 4 Script from Mark Gatiss
Nicholas Hoult was meant to be in Who
Peter Davison left twitter
Christel Dee interview part 2
Twice Upon A Time North American home video release
Series 10 Part 2 North American home video artwork

Interview:

Wayne Yip

Radio Free Skaro #592 – I Was Fond Of Her Too, Jamie  

Comic-Con! Yes, SDCC has come and gone once again, and with it we now have a trailer for “Twice Upon a Time,” the swan-song for one P-Cap and the glorious retconning of one D-Brad as the First Doctor, along with words and thoughts from gentleman scribe Kyle Anderson, who gives us an almost-live look from the ground as he left the BBC panel, as well as filling us in the Classic Who panel he moderated featuring Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sophie Aldred! Plus a simply staggering pile of news about dollies, the continued stir over a female Doctor, and so..much..swag. And sadly, we also have to report the passing of both Deborah Watling and Trevor Baxter, who will be sorely missed.

Links:

Twice Upon A Time trailer
Comic-Con Doctor Who Panel
SDCC IMDB interview with Capaldi, Moffat and Kevin Smith
SDCC Empire interview with Capaldi, Moffat and Gatiss
SDCC Entertainment Weekly interview with Capaldi, Moffat, Mackie, Gomez and Gatiss
SDCC Classic Doctor Who panel, moderated by Kyle Anderson
SDCC SyFy interview with Davison, Aldred and C Baker
Wheel in Space telesnap recon preview
Deborah Watling died
Trevor Baxter died
Big Finish tribute to Trevor Baxter
13th Doctor Announcement Stats
The BBC Responds to Whittaker Casting Complaints
Capaldi’s Salary Revealed
Whittaker to get parity salary
Tom Spilsbury’s interview Hartnell challenge
The Simpsons jokes about a female Doctor
Series 10 DVD/BD Box Set release date?
Character Options renews license, 13th Doctor stuff available Autumn 2018
Penguin Random House extends book license
Doctor Who RPG Humble Bundle
Christel Dee Interview (Part 1)
Big Finish to do Doctor’s Daughter audio
River Song features in Titan’s The Lost Dimension

Radio Free Skaro #591 – The Future is Female  

The Whoniverse was on the edge of its seat today, for the announcement of…the second instalment of Fluid Links! But of course we actually mean the historic announcement of the Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to take on the the role and the flag-bearer for Chris Chibnall’s new era of Doctor Who, due late next year. What do the Three Who Rule think of the announcement? Listen and find out! And also Fluid Links, we may have mentioned those earlier.

Links:

Jodie Whittaker IS THE DOCTOR!
Jodie Whittaker on Wikipedia
First Jodie Whittaker interview
Chibnall said he always wanted the next Doctor to be a woman
The Doctor Falls final BBC One viewing figures
Retro TV adds more Classic Who
North American Series 10 Part 2 home video release
Brian Minchin joins Hartswood Films
Tom Spilsbury steps down as Doctor Who Magazine editor
Doctor Who marketing job opening

Radio Free Skaro #590 – Blue Man Group  

Series 10 may be over, but your questions have just begun! Fluid Links returns (and re-returns next week) for us to answer, dodge and blatantly lie our way through your thoughtful enquiries about the ast series of Doctor Who…and the Xmas special still to come!

Links: 

World Enough and Time final BBC One viewing figures
The Doctor Falls BBC America ratings
The Doctor Falls Appreciation Index
San Diego Comic-Con Doctor Who panel details
SDCC Classic Doctor Who Panel, hosted by Kyle Anderson!
Toronto Doctor Who hosts Eric Saward
Red, White and Who preorder begins August 21

Radio Free Skaro #589 – Without Hope, Without Witness, Without Reward  

Lo, the (almost) end has come, and the Three Who Rule have thoughts, feels and comments about “The Doctor Falls,” the penultimate episode for both director Rachel Talalay and showrunner/writer Steven Moffat. What did the three scoundrels think of this stew of Masters and Mondasians? More to the point, what’s going on with the First Doctor and the upcoming Xmas special? So many questions! Next week, the return of Fluid Links, but only pertaining to Series 10, so no questions about Nimons and Axons!

Links:

The Doctor Falls review
Christmas Special press release
Christmas Special promo pic
Doctor Who Fan Show interviews Moffat & Talalay
Moffat homage to RTD as mentioned in the Fan Show
Matt Lucas says goodbye
Michelle Gomez says goodbye
The Doctor Falls BBC One overnight viewing figures
The Eaters of Light final BBC One viewing figures
World Enough and Time Appreciation Index
The Thirteenth Doctor’s actor should be known soon
Gallifrey One guest announcement
Peter Capaldi and Doctor Who at San Diego Comic-Con
LI Who guests
Voord and Tetrap figurines
Planet 14 Information

Radio Free Skaro #588 - Doctor Who and The Genesis of the Cybermen  

Live from Gloucestershire, it’s Radio Free Skaro! With Steven visiting the United Kingdom, it seemed only right to watch and review this week’s Doctor Who (the show, not the character) in the nation where it was created. And so noted Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell and esteemed podcaster Dave Probert join Steven in talking about “World Enough and Time”, a dazzling writing effort from Steven Moffat, directed with chilling precision by Rachel Talalay, and acted to perfection by the main cast. Listen in to talk about the episode, about how the promotion of the series may have muted its impact, and a live stats report to the delight of all!

Links:

Doctor Who S10E11 “World Enough and Time”
“World Enough and Time” overnight viewing figures
“Empress of Mars” final viewing vigures
“The Eaters of Light” AI
Bath Festival “Creating Doctor Who” panel on October 2
Big Finish Cybermen sale
Dr. Tenth Christmas book coming October 17
Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Sue Vertue creating new “Dracula” adaptation

Radio Free Skaro #587 - Death By Scotland  

Gloom, doom, and light-eating tentacle dogs are the topic du jour for the Three Who Rule, as they viewed the Rona Munro penned, Charles Palmer helmed “The Eaters of Light” and formed cogent, well reasoned analyses of the third to last episode of Series 10, and didn’t at all speculate wildly about Mondasian Cybermen, bearded former Masters, Missy’s weird turn towards mercy and more. And speaking of Masters, Big Finish just announced that Derek Jacobi will return to his “Utopia” role as the Doctor’s best enemy with a new series of “War Master” audios, which recent BF convert Warren is feverishly anticipating! Plus Moffatt and Chibnall interviews, side glances at Funk Pops, and…yes, stats. Now go eat a fried Mars Bar and stand around on a dark Scottish moor contemplating the futility of existence! Go on!

Links:

The Eaters of Light Review
The Eaters of Light BBC One overnight viewing figures
World Enough and Time promo image
The Lie of the Land final BBC One viewing figures
The Empress of Mars Appreciation Index
The Doctor Falls synopsis
Doctor Who Countdown Concert
Chibnall: The Man Who Reinvented The Cliffhanger
Doctor Who Experience to close September 9
Big Finish War Master stories coming in December
Simon Guerrier interviewed Steven Moffat
Troughton Years interview collection
Dalek documentary crowdfunding effort
SDCC exclusive Clara Funko Pop

Radio Free Skaro #586 – Jackdaw Meanderings  

A spot of tea, a biscuit, some empire-building and hostile action against upright crocodiles are the order of the day as the Three Who Rule look at “Empress of Mars,” Mark Gatiss’ latest (and last?) foray into the world of Doctor Who and Wayne Yip’s second directorial run for Series 10. Plus more news of Gatiss and Who, comics, Big Finish, stats (feh) and a Canadian wins breakfast with seven Doctors! By the moons we honour thee!

Links:

Empress of Mars review
Empress of Mars BBC One overnight viewing figures
Empress of Mars was almost about Brexit
Details of the proposed Sleep No More sequel/prequel
Pyramid final BBC One viewing figures
Lie of the Land Appreciation Index
World Enough and Time synopsis
Capaldi’s regeneration to be different?
RTD says he knows who the next Doctor will be
Alan Cumming twice turned down the role of The Doctor
Moffat reflects on Blink, 10 years later
Gatiss also leaving with Moffat & Capaldi?
Rakhee Thakrar new 8th Doctor Big Finish companion
First Titan “Lost Dimension” covers
A Canadian won the contest to have breakfast with 7 Doctors
Peter Sallis died

Radio Free Skaro #585 – Fake News Central  

It’s the end of the Monk Trilogy with the Toby Whithouse scripted and Wayne Yip directed “The Lie of the Land”…but what were the Hot Takes™ of the Three Who Rule (reunited, and it feels so good) on the curtain-draped corpses with the lightning and the brainwashing and the what not? What of Bill and Nardole and their quest to find the Doctor? And most importantly…what of Peter Capaldi’s new coat!? Plus we have news of stats, steelbooks and the Resurrection of Ruprecht! Listen..and pay no mind to that monk hovering over your shoulder!

Links:

“The Lie of the Land” review
“The Lie of the Land” BBC One overnights
“Extremis” BBC One final viewing figures
“The Pyramid at the End of the World” Appreciation Index
“The Eaters of Light” synopsis
Doctor Who Magazine talks Episodes 8-11
Patrick Ness won’t write any more Class
Ice Warrior prop head found and restored
Series 2 BluRay steelbook
Fantom Audio alternate “The Green Death” commentary
Master Car

Radio Free Skaro #584 – Pyramid Power  

We’ve reached the middle portion of the Trilogy of the Monks with “The Pyramid at the End of the World”, and who better to lend a hand ruminating on tractor beams, world peace, pandemics and panic than Wife in Space impresario Neil Perryman? Neil joins the Two Who Rule (in the form of Warren and Steven) to hash out what in the actual hell is going on with these mysterious robed fellows, before getting to the most important news of the week…Doctor Who branded skin care products. Stats, speculation, and the great nation of China single-handedly resurrecting Classic Who (in our minds) and more!

Links:

Episode 7 – “The Pyramid at The End of the World”
Episode 7 edited due to Manchester bombing
“The Pyramid at The End of the World” overnight ratings
“Oxygen” final viewing figures
“Extremis” AI: 82
“The Empress of Mars” synopsis
Rachel Talalay directing Christmas Special
Doctor Who renewed for five more series?
First guest announcement for Gallifrey One 2018
Downtime Region 1 DVD release
Titan Comics summer event
New Doctor Who licensees

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…

Links:

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!

Links:

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.

Links:

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!

Links:

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

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