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TTV-Logo-1400-150x150In this week’s show, we return to our reviews of Big Finish Production’s Eighth Doctor Adventures. First up, as we near the end of season one, we review Phobos. Then Lucy and the Doctor are taken for a loop, in No More Lies. We’ll give our impressions on these two stories.

Also, we look at some exiting news from Big Finish with the announcement of New Series characters in their own audio adventures.

Plus, some finality for the fate of the classic story, The Underwater Menace on DVD (for now).

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

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It was announced today on Big Finish Productions podcast that some of our favorite characters from the New Series will be starring in new titles in the company’s audios set in the Doctor Who Universe. The details were announced on it’s podcast and on it’s website www.bigfinish.com.

Characters announced for the new titles include Alex Kingston as River Song, Ian McNeice returning as Winston Churchill, as well as some new series monster coming up against some of our favorite Classic Doctors.

 

Here are a few of the details:

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Big Finish is proud to announce a new range of boxsets, featuring heroes and monsters from the New Series of Doctor Who.

Leading this new wave of adventures is Alex Kingston as River Song, the beloved Time Lord archaeologist who first appeared in 2008’s Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead.

River will be stepping into the era of the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) for Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2, alongside Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) and Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan). But how can River help her husband if, in this incarnation, she must never actually meet him?

“The idea of River meeting previous Doctors was actually proposed by Steven Moffat,” says producer David Richardson, “and it’s just irresistible, isn’t it? Alex embraced the idea of returning to the role, and so she will be starring in no less than two box sets next year. And yes, we are still pinching ourselves!”

River will then return later in 2016 in Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song, an epic four-hour adventure that takes River across space and time, seeking out the secret rulers of the universe. Paul McGann will reprise the role of the Eighth Doctor in the final instalment.

There are more surprises in line. Be sure to read the rest of the article, found here.

You can also download Big Finish’s most recent podcast to hear Producer David Richardson and director Ken Bentley talk about the big announcement.

Thanks Dr. Phil for the heads-up on this incredible news.

A change of schedule for Friday Night Who this week…to go better with Lethbridge-Stewart: The Forgotten Son we’re watching The Web of Fear!

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Join @TravelVortex@VortexShaun@VortexKeith & @VortexGlenn  as we press play on parts 1-3 at Midnight CDT!

And as always keep an eye out for the hashtags #FridayNightWho & #TheWebofFear

You’ve heard us mention our upcoming Con-Season quite a bit on the show, and while none of these shows will be as grand as Planet Comicon, we thought we’d let you all in on our upcoming appearances…1432662010181

July

Our friend Moose is putting on Second Britishfest in Omaha, Nebraska / Council Bluffs, Iowa on July 10-12 and Keith and Shaun will be there representing Traveling The Vortex on Saturday & Sunday. Not only can you come see us, but friend of the show Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium Moldavar), a full blown 4th Doctor Tardis console, Patrick Troughton look-a-like and 2nd Doctor impersonator Bill Breuer, The Timey Wimey Puppet Show, a whole heap of Daleks, and of course, all things British.  More details available at his website: www.britishfest.com

August

kccc_sticker-page-001.jpgKansas City Comic Con is August 7-9 at Bartle Hall and features the 6th Doctor, Colin Baker among other distinguished guests. Mel and Shaun are for sure are going down on Sunday, but there is no official Vortex presence at this con this year. So if you see us, give a shout! http://www.kansascity-comiccon.com

Also in Kansas City on Aug 21-23 is Crypticon, featuring our [cough] favorite Master Eric Roberts [cough] from Doctor Who: The Movie. Again, no official presence here since this is primarily a horror con, but Mel and Shaun are going up (for Lance Heinrickson!) http://www.crypticonkansascity.com

 

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Our home grown convention Top Con is here in Topeka, Kansas on September 18-20, and Traveling The Vortex will be present and fully staffed all three days! http://www.topcon.us

October

Time_Eddy_with_stars_3_1Time Eddy is shaping up to be the biggest Doctor Who con in the midwest. It lands in Wichita October 2-4 for it’s first year with a killer line up of guests including actors Colin Baker (6th Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Ellis George (Courtney), Peter Purves (Steven), Deborah Watling (Victoria), Daphne Ashbrook (Grace), and not one but two script editors, Victor Pemberton and Andrew Cartmel. In addition toPatrick Troughton look-a-like and 2nd Doctor impersonator Bill Breuer, we’ll be there all three days as guests and panelists. http://www.kansasdoctorwho.com

 

Other

Again in Topeka, we are still negotiating our appearance at the Slash And Bash Sci-Fi and Horror Film Festival September 25 & 26, Wizard World Tulsa is in Oklahoma October 23-25, and there’s an outside chance Mel and Shaun will sneak down for a day in an unofficial capacity one of those days, And of course, Chicago Tardis lines up November 27-29, which is once again a goal for the boys, but not set in stone yet. We’ll keep you posted as these cons approach.

Hope to see you at one of these events!

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Episode 234 – Who Dads

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TTV-Logo-1400-150x150In this week’s show, in conjunction with this past Father’s Day weekend, we celebrate the fathers and father-figures of Doctor Who. We’ll give our feelings and impressions on the characters who have filled those role in the ongoing series on television, audio and the various media.

Also, a bit of sad new about on actor who has had a brief stint as a Doctor.

Plus a late convention guest addition for Britishfest in the Omaha, NE area.

More news-of-the-week and of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Like sands through the hourglass… No, not going there.

First up, a change in our programing. Originally we were going to do “The Aztecs” for Friday Night Who on 6/26, but that has changed to “The Web Of Fear” (Parts 1-3). More details forthcoming…

TTV #235 is our reviews of two more Paul McGann Big Finish 8th Doctor Adventures, #5 “Phobos” and #6 “No More Lies”.

FNW on 7/3 is the second half of “The Web Of Fear” (Parts 4-6).

And now the reason for the change. To help integrate and interact a bit with our Traveling The Vortex Book Club over on Goodreads, we’re actually going to use episode #236 to review the book selection from the month of June!  Lethbridge Stewart: The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen.

FNW 7/10 is Matt Smith in “A Good Man Goes To War”.

TTV #237 will be all about our misadventures in Omaha for this year’s British Fest 2015 (featuring friend of the show Simon Fisher-Becker!

Finally, a plan that has been in the works from almost the inception of this podcast! Friday Night Who on 7/17 is “Ghost Light” (Our apologies in advance, as we know this one is NOT readily available to most folk since the DVD is out of print.)

Or show this week (TTV #238) has reviews of Big Finish mainline stories #59 “The Roof Of The World”, and #69 “Three’s A Crowd” featuring the 5th Doctor Peter Davison.

FNW 7/24 is “The Curse Of Fenric” (and much easier to get ahold of via Netflix, although this one too is out of print on DVD.)

Traveling The Vortex #239 has our review of “The Curse Of Fenric”, and Big Finish #67 “Dreamtime”.

We’ll finish out July on 7/31 with “Survival” for Friday Night Who.

And then the culmination! TTV #240 is a Companion Archive – Dorothy Gale McShane and The Ace Trilogy: “Ghost Light”, “The Curse Of Fenric”, “Survival”.

Ol’ Sixie graces FNW on 8/7 in “Attack Of The Cybermen”.

And graces our podcast #241, wherein we’ll discuss Kansas City ComicCon (KCCC) featuring… you guessed it, Colin Baker!

Jump back to New Who for Friday Night Who on 8/14 with “Partners In Crime”.

And then a special TTV #242 to celebrate Titan Doctor Who Comics Day!

Beyond that? Well, the word on the street is that a certain Time Lord will be gracing our television screens again in some all new adventures for season 9… Easter Saturday can’t come soon enough!

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June

It’s Father’s day weekend, so it’s only fitting we watch “Father’s Day” for Friday Night Who tonight!

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Join @TravelVortex@VortexShaun@VortexKeith & @VortexGlenn  as we press play at Midnight CDT!

And as always keep an eye out for the hashtags #FridayNightWho & #FathersDay

TTV-Logo-1400-150x150In this week’s episode we tackle two more Big Finish Production audios from the Doctor Who Main Range. First we join the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe with a surprise visit from another Doctor in #45 Project Lazarus. Then we rejoin Evelyn and Six in the follow-up story, #57 Arrangements For War.

Also, MAJOR SPOILER WARNING! We give our impressions on the newly released Jurassic World, new to theaters this week, so be warned.

Plus some more convention updates, and the news-of-the-week.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

The Two Doctors

 

 

We pick up where we left off last week with part 3 of “The Two Doctors” for Friday Night Who!

Join @TravelVortex, @VortexShaun, @VortexKeith & @VortexGlenn as we press play at Midnight CDT!

And as always keep an eye out for the hashtags #FridayNightWho & #TheTwoDoctors

 

 

 

 

TTV-Logo-1400-150x150In this week’s show we step away from the Doctor Who Universe for one last time, at least until next year. Our final ‘Beyond the Doctor’ features Sixth Doctor actor, Colin Baker in Star Trek Continues episode 4, White Iris. We’ll give our impressions on Colin’s performance as well as give a little insight into the Star Trek Continues series and some other Star Trek fan projects.

Also, the usual stuff, like news-of-the week, and convention updates.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!