Radio Free Skaro #799 – Specific Footwear

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We’re almost at 800 episodes (or so) so why not formally introduce a new segment on this week’s episode of Radio Free Skaro? Join us in The Timelash, where we look back this week in Doctor Who history to find our what successes and/or failures were changing the lives of Doctor Who fans of yesteryear. If you enjoy more news and banter with your jazz odyssey known as Radio Free Skaro, then we hope you enjoy our new direction! And we also have our ninth instalment of Torchwood Revisited with everyone’s favourite episode “Random Shoes”!

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Radio Free Skaro #798 – Smell The Glove

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Normality may be crawling back into our disease-ridden lives as Whooverville 12 (in Derby) and Long Island Who (in the form of Time-Flight 2021) announce in-person events in September and November, and if you wanted every Doctor to appear in an interactive theatrical piece named Time Fracture, now you can! But if you’ve been pining for Captan Jack Harkness in the same, no such luck. Meanwhile Christopher Eccleston has returned for real in Ravagers and as if that wasn’t enough, we continue our Torchwood Revisited commentaries with “They Keep Killing Suzie”!

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The Ninth’s Doctor era on audio begins with a three-episode epic

It’s the start of something fantastic – volume one of Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures, starring Christopher Eccleston, is released today from Big Finish.

This box set of brand-new full cast audio adventures heralds the start of the Ninth Doctor’s era on audio, and features a voyage of discovery alongside new faces Nova (Camilla Beeput) and Audrey (Jayne McKenna), running into adventure at every twist and turn. This epic tale spans three episodes, all written by Big Finish’s Creative Director, Nicholas Briggs.

Christopher Eccleston said: “I’ve really enjoyed playing the Doctor again. As I’ve always said, he was always a joy to play. Somebody with that amount of optimism, enthusiasm and brains and heart – two hearts! It’s not something you get to do often.” 

Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Ravagers is now available exclusively at the Big Finish website (www.bigfinish.com), from just £19.99. 

On the Sphere of Freedom, the Doctor is about to shut down an evil Immersive Games business empire. He’s assisted by a valiant galley chef called Nova. But his plan spectacularly fails…

Now, the Doctor must fight back to discover what could have caused everything to go so badly wrong. His journey takes him via Piccadilly Circus in 1959, Belgium 1815 and far flung future worlds where machine intelligences regard sentient life as mere biofuel.

Where does the mysterious old-timer Audrey fit in? Is the alien beverage Charganzi safe to drink? And is there really anything the Doctor can do to stop the entire universe from being devoured?

The cast is completed by Jamie Parker (1917, Valkyrie), Dan Starkey (The Paternoster Gang, Jago & Litefoot & Strax), Anjella Mackintosh (The Eleven, Timeslip), Ben Lee (Holmes & Watson), and Clare Corbett (Jenny – The Doctor’s Daughter).

Producer David Richardson said: “To think, sixteen years ago the Ninth Doctor reached out, grabbed Rose Tyler by the hand and told her to run off into new adventures. And now he’s back, grabbing us all by the hand and leading us off to whole new worlds, new friends and new foes. It’s Saturday teatime 2005 all over again… and it’s wonderful to have him back.”

Doctor Who fans worldwide can now pre-order all four volumes of The Ninth Doctor Adventures, which are available in three formats – collector’s edition CD, digital download or limited edition gatefold triple LP vinyl – exclusively from the Big Finish website at www.bigfinish.com.

Big Finish listeners can save by pre-ordering a bundle of the entire series for just £88 (as a collector’s edition box set) or £78 (as a download).

Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures triple LP vinyls are strictly limited to a pressing of 1,000 per volume, and can be pre-ordered at £35.99 each, or £132 for the bundle of all four albums, again exclusively at the Big Finish website.

Please note: the vinyl editions do not include any behind-the-scenes extras. However, listeners purchasing vinyl LP editions will receive a download of the story automatically and be given access to the CD edits as a bonus download. Episodes will be edited specifically for the vinyl format, presented as 2 episodes, one on each side, each with opening and closing music.  In addition, all pre-orders of the vinyls will also receive the behind the extras as a bonus download. 

Products are sold in £sterling on Big Finish’s website but will be converted to local currency upon checkout.

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs and limited edition vinyl LPs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.

Radio Free Skaro #797 – Silver Nemesis

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With Warren fighting bears in the wilderness of British Columbia this weekend, our friend Heather Berberet joins us for the news this week, and what great news to discuss in the first guest announcement for Gallifrey One in 2022! We also have follow-up to the Noel Clarke controversy, VR goggles, missing episodes, audio releases – and that’s all before the main event, our Torchwood Revisited commentary for “Greeks Bearing Gifts”! And happy 25th anniversary this week to the Doctor Who TV Movie!

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Radio Free Skaro #796 – Farm Crime

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This week, the major Doctor Who-related news is the very thorough article in The Guardian about the allegations of sexual assault and abuse against former Doctor Who actor Noel Clarke as described by a group of 20 brave women. We also have news of Doctor Who Magazine, Big Finish, and the increasingly intriguing, immersive theatre experience Doctor Who: Time Fracture, along with our continuing Torchwood Revisited commentary series featuring the rural mayhem that is “Countrycide!”

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Radio Free Skaro #795 – Deadbeat Dad Beat Dead

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Are you burning to ask Christopher Eccleston a question about his return to Doctor Who via Big Finish? Well too bad, it already happened, but you can watch said Q& A on the Official Doctor Who YouTube Channel! Also we have news of New York Comic-Con returning in physical form(?), and of Peter Capaldi reading 1984, Kickstarters and other such frippery, and our latest Torchwood Revisited commentary for the Series One episode “Small Worlds!” And get vaccinated! By this time next week, all of the Three Who Rule will be halfway there!

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Radio Free Skaro #794 – The Computer Wore High Heels

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There comes a time in the life of every podcast when they must do something they do not wish to do, but that they know they have to do and that time is now for Radio Free Skaro with the Torchwood Revisisted commentary for “Cyberwoman”, a baffling hodge-podge of robotics and puerile nonsense. Or are we overreacting? But before we subject you to this televisual atrocity, there’s Big Finish news, Hugo Awards finalist updates, and more!

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Radio Free Skaro #793 – March of the Swivelheads

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As the global pandemic abates (everywhere but Canada, currently in the throes of The Swarm 3.0) Doctor Who news is…somewhat sedate. But we do have news of a Canadian release date for the Season 24 Blu-ray, Dalek auctions, a Devil’s End comic book Kickstarter, and copious praise for the student-produced Mission to the Unknown from 2019! And as if that wasn’t enough to overload your sensorium, our Torchwood Revisited commentaries continue with “Ghost Machine”!

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Radio Free Skaro #792 – Sex Gas Woman

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The publicity blitz for the Christopher Eccleston tsunami of Big Finish work kicks into high gear this week and we’re here to give you all the Eccelstonian Updates along with talk of a Doctor Who atlas, a history of the Virgin Publishing novels and a new unofficial Sarah Jane anthology! But we all know why you’re here, to hear our Torchwood Revisited take on the exciting and not at all puerile Torchwood adventure “Day One”, where everything changes! Again!

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