About 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. Since August 2006, hosts Warren Frey (in Vancouver, BC) and Steven Schapansky (in Edmonton, AB) have provided listeners with their brand of amusing Doctor Who praise and punishment. A year later, Chris Burgess (also in Edmonton, AB) was added to the team, and The Three Who Rule were born.

Recommended by Doctor Who Magazine and voted most popular Doctor Who podcast by members of Gallifrey Base, Radio Free Skaro provides an entertaining and diverting listen for the diehard or casual Doctor Who fan. New episodes usually appear on Sundays, following a loose magazine format of the three hosts discussing the news and events of the past week in the Doctor Who universe. Extra features include fan commentaries for classic series and new series episodes of Doctor Who, interviews of some of the brightest Doctor Who luminaries and our popular Miniscope that profiles a writer, director or composer. Radio Free Skaro is also the official podcast of Gallifrey One, the world’s largest and longest-running fan-run Doctor Who convention.

20 Comments on “About Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro

  1. Hello,

    I just love your podcast. You really add a lot to my Doctor Who experience.

    I’m not sure how many Dr Who fan-produced podcasts you all listen to, but one of the best is moving from darkerprojects.com over to brokensea.com.

    Mark Kalita, who sounds eerily like Peter Davison, plays an incredible Doctor. If you haven’t heard it, it’s worth a listen.

    The old stories are at:
    http://www.darkerprojects.com/doctorwho.html

    The new ones will be at:
    http://brokensea.com/drwho/

    And, if that promo is any indication of what’s to come, I for one, will totally enjoy the ride.

    Keep on podcasting!

    Steven

    Easthampton, MA usa

  2. Hey Guys,

    British ex-pat here based in Michigan.
    I enjoy your podcasts and was wondering if you had seen this yet?

    Got a feeling that might give you something to talk about. lol

    Keep up th good work!

    Si

  3. Hi

    Just a quick email to tell you how much I’m enjoying Radio Free Skaro which I discovered a few days ago. Very funny stuff with some great chemistry and some very interesting debates. Ming-Mong-Tastic! Keep them coming!

    If you get some time please check out our own efforts (magazine shows and commentaries) at Tachyon TV:

    http://www.tachyon-tv.co.uk

    Cheers

    Neil

  4. Your show makes me smile on so many levels!

    I only discovered you after “Turn Left”, but have gone back as far as my little podgrabber will take me.

    I listen to your commentaries while I drive my open-topped Jeep past the Denver Zoo on my way to my cruddy little office job. (WhoRay!)

    Incidentally, in which Confidential does Phil use that term? I don’t have the patience or the stomach to go back and watch them all again just so I can laugh.

    I have my doubts about your randomizer, too. Morbius, then Black Orchid, then Weng-Chiang?! Very unlikely! Of course, if it had thrown the Krotons in after Morbius I would have said you had a Madoc Agenda, I suppose.

    Anyway, boys, keep up the excellent work! I just happened to be in San Diego when ComicCon happened, but registration was already closed by the time I knew. Bad geek! *smack*

    One last thing: A-D-R-I-C is not pronounced “AY-dric”, just as I have to keep telling my partner that they are not “DAR-leks”.

    Oh yeah, and his badge for mathematical excellence was NOT used for picking up girls. Ask Connecticut. 😉

  5. Just want to say that I love your podcasts and look forward to them every Sunday (Monday)…is there a schedule? Anyway, I live in St. Louis, Missouri USA and stumbled upon your podcasts. Great stuff. Kind of like Sienfeld….show about nothing!…well Doctor Who… but it entertainingly fills up and hour or so each week. Keep it up!! Thanks!!

  6. Gents… I just added your podcast from iTunes. The Rise of The Rubbishor was my first one and it is hilarious. Great job!

    Gonz’

  7. Hi Guys,

    Just to let you know you have new listener for the US, aka North Carolina. I totally enjoy the banter b/t all three so keep that up as a laugh while my fellow co-workers stare at me when I Iisten to you. I have become a little addicted and started downloading a chuck of your podcasts.

  8. I’ve just dicoveredc your lovely little podcastic rambles and have enjoyed them thoroughly. It’s nice to see that you have a sense of humor about Who. The commentaries are a hoot.

    Keep up the excellent work.

  9. Hi Steven, Warren, and Chris,

    Just wanted to tell you guys that I’ve been listening to the podcast for a while and I actually have listened to all 147 which took about a month of listening to the show every second I could. I found out about the podcast when I bought an ipod a couple of months ago and looking up doctor who podcasts randomly. So, I’m going through other podcasts related to doctor who but I enjoy you guys the best because of the humor and the hilarious bits about the show. I’m from South Carolina, US and have always been a fan of the classic series. My dad actually went to Wales in the early 70’s and found out about the show and I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was a kid watching Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, and Peter Davidson on VHS. I know a lot about the show even though I was born 2 years before the classic series ended. From the old series I like Tom Baker and Patrick Troughton, even though I watched Patrick Troughton on youtube because I don’t have any of DVD’s of his stories. The new series is alright in my opinion and probably the best doctor of the new series would be Christopher Eccleston agreeing with Chris. David Tennant is alright but there’s just been something about him that I never really liked when I first saw him. I do miss certain aspects of the classic series that you guys discuss in your podcasts but the special effects and cgi have come a long way from the classic series. But in ways I like the cheesy effects of classic Doctor Who because that’s what made the show cool in a way. Also the emotions and companion back story is very strange to watch from the new series when all you’ve seen are the classic series where there aren’t many instances of emotion or companion back story.

    Keep up the interesting podcasts.

  10. Hi RFS,

    Got to say that your podcast is the best one I’ve heard out here on the interwebs! Much better than the rest, I must buy a pedantor mug from your shop, maybe a RFS T-Shirt too, expect an order soon – and keep up the good work!!

    Mr. Rant

  11. Hi All!

    I just listened to podcast #166 and found it quite interesting. I’m particularly looking forward to this weekend’s edition about the Waters of Mars. Your podcast is interesting and and the sound engineering is very good! I love the fact that you feature the classic Who as well. I grew up on it back in the 80’s. As much as I enjoy the new series, I still love the old ones too! You have yet another loyal listener. 🙂

  12. When I was young girl in the 80s I discovered Doctor Who and immediately was a fan of Tom Baker and Doctor Who. While at that tender age I didn’t understand all of what I was watching, this show and the Twilight Zone were the two shows I snuck out of bed to watch!

    Now in my 30s, I’m catching up on the last 5 years of Doctor Who and I’m a fan once again thanks to Netflix… not the Sci-Fi Channel (what idiot planned those airing times?)

    I’ve only come across your podcast (and others) over these last few weeks since I’ve had my iPod and its fantastic to hear your and others opinions of the show. Many of which validates episodes I did and did not like and gave me much to consider about the writing, directing, music and canon.

    Thank you so much do doing such a great job, and while I only have Cablevision and no BBC America *sigh* I love forward to your podcasts of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor.

  13. Just wanted to tell you guys that I’ve been listening to the podcast for a while and I actually have listened to all 147 which took about a month of listening to the show every second I could. I found out about the podcast when I bought an ipod a couple of months ago and looking up doctor who podcasts randomly. So, I’m going through other podcasts related to doctor who but I enjoy you guys the best because of the humor and the hilarious bits about the show. I’m from South Carolina, US and have always been a fan of the classic series. My dad actually went to Wales in the early 70’s and found out about the show and I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was a kid watching Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, and Peter Davidson on VHS. I know a lot about the show even though I was born 2 years before the classic series ended. From the old series I like Tom Baker and Patrick Troughton, even though I watched Patrick Troughton on youtube because I don’t have any of DVD’s of his stories. The new series is alright in my opinion and probably the best doctor of the new series would be Christopher Eccleston agreeing with Chris. David Tennant is alright but there’s just been something about him that I never really liked when I first saw him. I do miss certain aspects of the classic series that you guys discuss in your podcasts but the special effects and cgi have come a long way from the classic series. But in ways I like the cheesy effects of classic Doctor Who because that’s what made the show cool in a way. Also the emotions and companion back story is very strange to watch from the new series when all you’ve seen are the classic series where there aren’t many instances of emotion or companion back story.
    +1

  14. Just wanted to tell you guys that I’ve been listening to the podcast for a while and I actually have listened to all 147 which took about a month of listening to the show every second I could. I found out about the podcast when I bought an ipod a couple of months ago and looking up doctor who podcasts randomly. So, I’m going through other podcasts related to doctor who but I enjoy you guys the best because of the humor and the hilarious bits about the show. I’m from South Carolina, US and have always been a fan of the classic series. My dad actually went to Wales in the early 70’s and found out about the show and I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was a kid watching Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, and Peter Davidson on VHS. I know a lot about the show even though I was born 2 years before the classic series ended. From the old series I like Tom Baker and Patrick Troughton, even though I watched Patrick Troughton on youtube because I don’t have any of DVD’s of his stories. The new series is alright in my opinion and probably the best doctor of the new series would be Christopher Eccleston agreeing with Chris. David Tennant is alright but there’s just been something about him that I never really liked when I first saw him. I do miss certain aspects of the classic series that you guys discuss in your podcasts but the special effects and cgi have come a long way from the classic series. But in ways I like the cheesy effects of classic Doctor Who because that’s what made the show cool in a way. Also the emotions and companion back story is very strange to watch from the new series when all you’ve seen are the classic series where there aren’t many instances of emotion or companion back story.+1
    +1

  15. Hi Guys, Stuart from Liverpool England here. Love your podcasts and your enthusiam for things British especially Doctor Who. I was born pre Unearthly Child and became a fan with Season 7 (Inferno my favourite all time story) and Troughton my fave Doctor with Tennant a good second.. Been listening since start of 2010 and Matt Smith era. Have now gone back to 2006 and listened to your first 22 editions. Steven and Warren seem very happy with the early RTD stuff and far more manic pre the arrival of our pendantic friend Chris. Will be interesting to see how your views on RTD and Tennant develop as i listen to the outstanding 178 episodes whilst keeping up with the current releases. Love your commentaries – want to hear Warren squirm to more McCoy. And maybe Twin Dilemma – the worst crime to hit Dr Who ever. Keep up the good work guys and maybe one day I’ll get to Gallifrey (2013 maybe)and say hello. Cheers Stuart

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  18. I cannot believe i have made almost all of these last ten years every week (or saved up) with you three Canadians.
    I’m even older than you guys and am impressed with the longevity of the production and the quality. Keep it up and hope to meet you in person some day( Yes I am that old school.)

  19. Hello,
     
    We’re excited to share that the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards are now accepting submissions! Submissions are open to Canadian digital publishers and content creators whose work appeared in them during 2019. This year, we have 23 different awards categories, which can be found here. This includes the Best Podcast category, which honours the podcast series that best serves its intended audience. The originality of the theme and the quality of production will be judged, as well as creative use of the podcast or audio medium. Submissions must consist of three episodes.

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