Episode 282 – A CONversation

ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show, we’ve returned from our weekend excursion to Kansas City for this year’s Planet Comicon. We spend most of this episode talking about our time at the convention and the things that we did throughout the weekend, including our premiere of The Great Traveling the Vortex Quiz Show and our panel, Traveling the Vortex: Classic Doctor Who with Jeremy Bulloch (which you can hear in its entirety here).

Also, we’ll talk about some exciting news from Titan Comics, and discuss some other upcoming conventions.



Friday Night Who for 5/27

We Americans have been waiting months for this week’s Friday Night Who. Now that “The Underwater Menace” has been released today that’s what we’re watching this week!

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

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

Side Trip 20 – Jeremy Bulloch at Planet Comicon 2016

ttv_logo_newWith the this week’s episode delayed a few days, we wanted to share a bit of the fun we had at Planet Comicon in Kansas City over the weekend. One of the many pleasures we had was the chance to host a panel called Traveling the Vortex: Classic Doctor Who with Jeremy Bulloch. We had the chance to meet and talk with the actor who starred in two Doctor Who stories. Jeremy Bulloch played Tor, the Xeron rebel leader in The Space Museum and Hal the Archer in The Time Warrior. Here is the audio that we recorded at that panel.


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Recovery Time

Delayed_in_the_VortexOur trip to Planet Comicon in Kansas City has left us exhausted and in need of some recovery. So, we will not be recording until Tuesday night. that means this week’s podcast episode will be a tad late. Please forgive us as we rest an recuperate from the weekend.

Meanwhile, we are working on a little treat for you that should hit the feeds soon. And fro some highlights from the weekend, be sure to check out the video below.



Friday Night Who for 5/20

It’s that time of year again, Planet Comicon is this weekend! And to celebrate for Friday Night Who this week we watch a story that features two of the guests…Asylum of the Daleks!


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

(although with the Con the next morning, no promise any of us will join in)

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



Second Lethbridge-Stewart Book Comes to Audio

The second book of Candy Jar Book’s popular Lethbridge-Steward series is coming to audiobook format.

From Candy Jar:


In conjunction with Fantom Films, Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce that the second in the new series of audiobooks of Lethbridge-Stewart has now been released.


The Schizoid Earth is written by David A McIntee and read by Terry Molloy.

Lethbridge-Stewart was supposed to be in the mountains of the east, but things didn’t quite go according to plan. On the eve of war, something appeared in the sky; a presence that blotted out the moon. Now it has returned, and no battle plan can survive first contact with this enemy.


Why do the ghosts of fallen soldiers still fight long-forgotten battles against living men? What is the secret of the rural English town of Deepdene? Lethbridge-Stewart has good reason to doubt his own sanity, but is he suffering illness or injury, or is something more sinister going on?


Plagued by nightmares of being trapped in a past that never happened, Lethbridge-Stewart must unravel the mystery of a man ten years out of his time; a man who cannot possibly still exist.

The seven disc unabridged audio CD is available priced £18.99 and also on Download priced £13.99. The next two titles will be released in July 2016. You can subscribe direct from Fantom for only £60 for all four releases – saving over £15!

The next two titles, Beast of Fang Rockand Mutually Assured Domination, will be released during July 2016.

You can order the audiobook directly from www.fantomfilms.co.uk, and the paperback directly from www.candyjarbooks.co.uk for the reduced price of £7.99.


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New Third Doctor Comic Announced

Titan Comics announced today a 5 issue 3rd Doctor comic run written by Paul Cornell, to be released August 31st.

Here’s what they said in the release:

May 18, 2016 – BBC Worldwide North America and Titan Comics are excited to announce the return of the Third Doctor this August, in comics! This brand-new five-part comic series, written by fan-favorite Doctor Who scribe Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Action Comics, The Severed Streets), stars the Third Doctor, as played by Jon Pertwee, alongside companions Jo Grant (Katy Manning) and the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) in classic Doctor Who action.

Hitting stores and digital platforms on August 31st, Doctor Who: The Third Doctor expands Titan Comics’ hugely popular and critically acclaimed Doctor Who comics, which already include adventures from the Fourth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors.

Fresh off last year’s epic smash-hit, Four Doctors, Paul Cornell teams up with artist Christopher Jones (Young Justice, Marvel’s Avengers) to bring unexpected twists and turns to the lives of the Third Doctor and his companions in an all-new story, “The Heralds Of Destruction.”

Actor Jon Pertwee starred as the Third Doctor in 128 episodes from 1970 to 1974. Pertwee’s portrayal of the Doctor was a suave, dapper, and technologically oriented man of action, who spent his time stranded on Earth, working with the international military group UNIT.

When something enormous and extraterrestrial crashes into Bedfordshire, the Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilize immediately to investigate – and find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader! But the shocking face that awaits their return to base may tip their whole world off its axis.

The debut issue comes with five variant covers to collect: three art covers by artists Josh Burns, Simon Myers, and Paul McCaffrey, a photo cover, and a blank sketch cover.

Retailers can order issue #1 of Doctor Who: The Third Doctor from the June edition of Diamond PREVIEWS. This all-new storyline in the world of an old classic will delight longtime fans and freshly converted Whovians alike. Fans can find their nearest comic store at ComicShopLocator.com.

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Dan’s Feedback Photos

As Dan wrote to us in his feedback in Episode 281, he and his daughter went to a Doctor Who themed night at a local restaurant. Here are those pictures he referenced.

Episode 281 – … and the Ugly

ttv_logo_newIn this week’s podcast we travel back to the William Hartnell era and examine the Season 3 story, Galaxy 4. We take a three step approach this time, looking at the Target novelization, the remastered and released reconstruction surrounding the recently recovered third episode, and a reconstruction made using the available images and audio by Loose Cannon Productions.

We also look at some news of the week, including  new app for IOS users from Big Finish, and the announcement of the 12th Doctor’s new sonic screwdriver being released as a toy.

And, of course, your feedback.



Comics Preview 11th Doctor Year 2 Issue 9

Titan Comics releases next issue of the 11th Doctor’s second season on Wednesday, May 18th. Here’s a preview.

The attacks on the TARDIS reach fever pitch. The Doctor’s only hope for survival is to track down the mysterious ‘Cabal’ who have been haunting his steps. Were they active in the Time War? Do they still exist? Meanwhile, Alice is forced to make a decision that could wipe her from the timeline forever!

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For those of you that like to follow along, we present the newest bit of scheduling….

Our weekly dose of Doctor Who with tweet along continues every Friday Night at midnight. This week’s Friday Night Who selection for 5/20 is the Matt Smith episode “Asylum Of The Daleks”.

TTV #282 will be all our experiences from Planet Comicion and possibly excerpts from The Great Traveling The Vortex Quiz Show!

As a special Side Trip, we’ll present the audio in full from our panel at Planet Comicion, “Classic Doctor Who with Jeremy Bulloch”. Jeremy of course played Tor in The Space Museum, and Hal the Archer in The Time Warrior.

FINALLY released in North America, Friday Nigh Who on 5/27 is “The Underwater Menace”

We’ll review that story on TTV #283.

FNW 6/4 is “Time And The Rani”

and TTV #284 has Shaun’s adventures in Omaha at British Fest the Trilogy, and more Seventh Doctor and Mel action in Big Finish #70 Unregenerate!

Powerful and creepy, our offering for the Friday Night Who tweet-a-long on 6/11 is “Midnight”.

Which sets us up nicely to go Beyond The Doctor: David Tennant – What We Did On Our Holiday. We’ll also talk local cons Smallville and Crypticon in episode #285 of Traveling The Vortex.

FNW 6/18 is “The Moonbase”.

Episode #286 is very lunar themed, covering both the TV Comic Moon Landing, and our Book Review of Lethbridge-Stewart: Moon Blink by Sadie Miller.

Another new to us story on 6/24 for FNW, “Masque Of Mandragora”.

Which we’ll review in TTV #287.

“The King’s Demons” starring fifth Doctor Peter Davision kicks of July (7/1) for Friday Night Who.

In TTV #288 we’ll take a look at Titan Comics 8th Doctor Mini series (#1-5), and Big Finish #81 The Kingmaker

FNW 7/8 is Spearhead From Space (Hard to believe we’ve not done an official FNW with that one yet, right?)

But since we’ve already reviewed Spearhead, TTV #289 will instead be devoted to the eighth Doctor Paul McGann and his Big Finish 8th Doctor Adventures Season 2: #3 Brave New Town, #4 The Skull Of Sobek.

Current Doctor Peter Capaldi graces our screens for Friday Night Who on 7/15 in “Robot Of Sherwood”.

And TTV #290 has Titan Comics 12th Doctor #2.1 – #2.5, and Big Finish #84 The Nowhere Place.

Coming up beyond that?   That would be telling.


Episode 280 – The Good and the Bad

ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we go off the rails a bit to talk about Captain America: Civil War. But never fear, we bring it back around to our favorite topic with a review of Doctor Who: The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner. We’ll share what we felt about the first Tenth Doctor story in the New Adventures series of novels and our April book for the Traveling the Vortex Doctor Who Bookclub on Goodreads.

Plus a look at some news including license renewals, convention guest announcements and more from Candy Jar Books’ Lethbridge-Stewart range.

And, of course, your feedback.