We took a break from the news last week to revel in Gallifrey One events of the past and to look forward to better times in the future, so this week we catch up with all the news we missed, including several Big Finish announcements, new books, and Jodie Whittaker reading a bedtime story online to the children of Watford (but ONLY the children of Watford). But let’s get to the heart of this thing, as Hunter S. Thompson once said, with our Doctor Who Series 12(ish) Commentary for “Revolution of the Daleks”, with Verity!’s own Deb Stanish!
In any other year, this would be our last transmission from the LAX Marriott and Gallifrey One, tired but happy after another year with our favorite convention and our favorite people. However in this time of COVID 19 such things are not possible (temporarily!) so we’ve done the next best thing and have Gally impresario Shaun Lyon here to discuss conventions past and future, how to deal with a global pandemic, and more! We also present the last of our Tales of Gallifrey One archive interview series with chats with Freema Agyeman (2013), Garrick Hagon (2015), Howard Burden (2017), and Jamie Childs & Wayne Yip (2019)!
The Saturday at any Gallifrey One has traditionally been our busiest, gathering as many interviews as we could to flesh out our weekend release schedule. On this episode of Radio Free Skaro, we flash back to a particularly notable Saturday at the 2012 edition of Gallifrey One, where we interviewed William Russell, Waris Hussein, and Philip Segal, all in the course of an afternoon. We were so young and hungry back in those days!
Usually at this time of the week, at this time of the year, we would be kicking off Gallifrey One with a live show featuring a number of guests attending the convention that year. So this year, as part of our Tales of Gallifrey One series, we present a “greatest hits” selection from our various live shows of years past. Here is Peter Davison (2016), Philip Hinchcliffe (2013), Terrance Dicks (2014), Pete McTighe, Vinay Patel, and Joy Wilkinson (2020), Julian Glover (2016), Patricia Quinn (2016), and Chip Sudderth’s Two-Minute Time Lord presentation from 2015. Enjoy!
Thus begins Tales of Gallifrey One, our look back at some of our favourite interviews from past editions of Gallifrey One! This episode features a chat with acclaimed Doctor Who director Graeme Harper from 2010, an interview with Doctor Who producer and production manager Tracie Simpson from 2011, and a conversation with legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop musician and sound effects genius Dick Mills, recorded in 2013.
As we are all aware, Gallifrey One is not happening in 2021 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we here at Radio Free Skaro will be spending this upcoming weekend (where we all should have been at the LAX Marriott) instead looking back at some of our favourite interviews and live show moments under the banner Tales of Gallifrey One.
Starting Thursday, we’ll present a selection of our favourite interviews recorded at Gallifrey One over the years, including such guests as Graeme Harper, Tracie Simpson, Dick Mills, William Russell, Waris Hussein, Philip Segal, Freema Agyeman, Garrick Hagon, Howard Burden, Jamie Childs and Wayne Yip.
Since 2012, we’ve been honoured to kick off Gallifrey One on the main stage on the Friday of the convention, so this Friday, we’ll be presenting a “greatest hits” selection from our various live shows, featuring guests Peter Davison, Philip Hinchcliffe, Terrance Dicks, Pete McTighe, Vinay Patel, Joy Wilkinson, Julian Glover, Patricia Quinn, and Chip Sudderth’s Two-Minute Time Lord segment celebrating the tenth anniversary of the return of Doctor Who.
And on Sunday, the driving force of Gallifrey One, Shaun Lyon, will be joining us for our regular episode of the podcast to reminisce about Gallifrey Ones gone by, and to look forward to the future and hopefully all returning to safely gather again in 2022.
So join us for some laughs, listen to the sounds of crowded lobbies and convention floors in the background of our past interviews, and let’s all remember great times while we work towards making new memories in the months to come.
This week on the podcast, it’s another edition of our Doctor Who trivia game show Trivia, Mr. Fibuli, with special guests Benji Clifford and Nick Briggs of the Benji and Nick Show! Also, we’ve got news about more Big Finish releases, John Bishop begins shooting his scenes for Series 13 of Doctor Who, and also the full and complete (and 100% accurate) history of British television. Also, keep watching the skies this week for some Gallifrey One-related content as we look forward to what would have been the greatest weekend of the year…
Trivia Mr Fibuli:
It’s been a very quiet week for Doctor Who news, but that won’t stop us from waffling on about KSPS Doctor Who broadcast schedules of yesteryear, Babylon 5 HD-ish upgrades, and other such ephemera! Mere distraction though for the third and final part of our Miniscope on Doctor Who director Rachel Talalay, where we look at “World Enough and Time”, “The Doctor Falls”, and “Twice Upon a Time”!
It’s an auspicious week in world history as a titan ascends to his rightful place…that’s right, Tom Baker is 87 years old and we are better for it. There’s also official news of a Doctor Who Season 24 Bluray as part of The Collection series with VAM aplenty, a Missy comic from Titan Comics, Big Finish’s “Return of the Cybermen” and and and…the second part of our Rachel Talalay Miniscope featuring her work on “Heaven Sent” and “Hell Bent”!