Radio Free Skaro #200 – The Mighty 200

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With Warren in the Galapagos Islands unleashing his fiendish experiments to make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a reality, Radio Free Skaro celebrates its 200th episode, keeping things low key and just having a couple old friends over for drinks. Neil Perryman and Simon Harries from Tachyon TV join in the fun with a look at not only the current episode of Doctor Who, Cold Blood, but the gang also gabs about Series 5 as it stands thus far. A bonus treat of some kind words provided by some of our listeners rounds out this milestone episode. Onward to the next 200!
Show Notes:

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Episode Nine…Cold Blood
Cold Blood…Ratings!
The Hungry Earth…Appreciation Index!
Amy’s Choice…Final Viewing Figures!
The Lodger…June 12!
The Lodger…Synopsis!
Vincent and the Doctor…Schedule Change!
Doctor Who Series 1-4…On SPACE!
Return of…The Welshies!
Seires 5…Action Figures!
Revenge of the Cybermen…DVD Details!
Silver Nemesis…DVD Details!
Time and the Rani…DVD Details!
September 2010…North America DVD Releases!
BBC One…Simulcast In HD!
BBC…Shownar!

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9 Comments on “Radio Free Skaro #200 – The Mighty 200

  1. First comment on #200!

    Yegawds, is that what I sound like? I’d better stay away from anything that requires me to speak outloud. . .

    congrats again guys!
    200+ podcast episodes, well done!

    Another great episode this week, though i think i approved of Cold Blood a bit more then you, that has never stopped me listening.

  2. congratulations on the 200 guys. RFS. best. podcast. ever.

  3. Congrats! Can’t wait to listen to this one tonight!

    Cheers!

  4. Having watched this episode on Sunday morning, I had something written and all set to go prior to listening to the podcast. However, in light of how this episode was more-or-less savaged by all but one of you guys (two of whom were guests) I can’t help but feel the need to respond to this.

    There is such a thing as story logic. There is also such a thing as reality and the realistic portrayal of human behavior. One of the biggest issues I’ve had with many different tv shows over the years (typically sci-fi) and in particular I had this issue with Russ Davies’ years on Dr. Who is they just sort of ignored story logic — as you folks gave mention to of Russ’ own admission of — and one of the factors of Steve’s turn here is that he’s gone back to the tried-and-true process of thinking things through.

    What was it then, exactly, that you people expected Ambrose to do, go all David Farragut and stoic on us? “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” What a load of rubbish. Of course she’s going to react the way she did. She’s a wife and a mother for goodness’ sake! She’s a human being who, just like I would or hopefully any of you would, desires to protect herself and those around her. And this isn’t a matter of “Well, her perspective is limited because she doesn’t know what the Doctor (and the audience) does about Silurian culture” either. The Doctor’s agenda here stems not from his knowledge but from his nature. Who knows what she would have done if she had his knowledge?

    And anyhow, that’s not the point. The reason that many of us — myself included — think highly of Steve’s, et al, work for this season is the fact that it’s not all Russ Davies’ “flash and glitz”. Frankly, I was relieved when I learned that Matt Smith wasn’t going to be “yet another” metrosexual Doctor. I agree with the point raised int he podcast about doing this in a mining village instead of somewhere else, and then isolating the area. As for having reporters and Guinness folk there, while I understand that such things would likely take place, who’s to say that reporters (even Sarah Jane herself, perhaps) wouldn’t have come into the town the very next day or somesuch? I got more of the sense that “that sort of thing” just hadn’t taken place yet.

    And as for the discussion and politics and all that going on earlier in Part 2, what are you people, ADHD or something? If they’d just “gotten on with it” then you people would be bitching that there was no setup for various actions that took place. I’m sorry, but you can’t have it both ways. The only regrettable thing here is that the Doctor Who format doesn’t really allow for even greater scale and time to develop things. The mind boggles how things could be, for instance, if Dr. Who was more like Babylon 5 in the sense that time was allocated to have a truly multi-layered universe going on (and I sure as heck am *not* talking about how Russ did it).

    In my opinion, this was an excellent story that didn’t feel rushed, one which seemed somewhat closer to good-and-proper science fiction, and which harkened back in all the good ways to much of Classic Dr. Who.

    Now, regarding this Eurovision thing you people going on about, and also how Dr. Who gets pushed around to all odd times for broadcast, I can’t help how the BBC runs their operations. One of the very few positive things I can say about the entertainment industry in my country is that at least their broadcast times and all that sort of thing are polished, professional and uniform.

  5. Congrats! I wondered if you’ve noticed that way back in #50 one of you said (probably Stephen) “Tweed has to come back again.” I just thought it was funny.

  6. I sort of agree with Mike’s comments regarding the negotiations. In the classic series, there might have been time to do something like a montage about negotiations — discussions, breakdowns, agreements — before the eventual agreements. Maybe if this had been a third parter, perhaps, but I don’t think there was enough of a story to carry it that far.

    I also want to echo Neil’s comments in the podcast about how the new era seems like proper Who. RTD’s era, for all the positives it has, felt imitative. I don’t mean to demean what he did because it led to what we have now. But there was always this niggling feeling that it was, at its heart, an imitation.

    Congratulations on the 200th episodes, Three. You are the best!

  7. Congratulations, guys! I’m with Chis on enjoying the Silurian 2-parter, even tho it was a bit slow and small in scale. I’d rather have than than an RTD frenetic ridululorama.

    (more commentaries, please.)

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