There are no shortage of short story reviews in this week’s episode. First we tackle the collection of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart stories in the recently released HAVOC Files 4. We examine the stories in the set NOT released as individual titles throughout the year.
Then, we move to two stories released in recent weeks. First it’s “What’s Past is Prologue” by David McIntee.
And then we review “The Note” by Andy Frankham Allen.
It’s finally here! The Doctor Who Christmas special for this year has come and gone, and we have a review of this season’s outing, Twice Upon a Time featuring the First Doctor teaming up with the Twelfth Doctor. And listen to what we thought of the first appearance of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.
But not before we indulge in another charming little story from our friends over at Candy Jar Books with a Christmas special of their own, the short story, “The Case Of The Missing Fairy” by Steven Walton.
Plus, some convention announcements make news this week.
Merry Christmas! With what has now become a Yuletide tradition for us here at Traveling the Vortex, we present this year’s Christmas special.
And, because we like to rank things (not) we decided it would be fun to take a look back at some of the Doctor Who Christmas specials and choose our top five favorites. Also, we look at the one story we think is the absolute worst. And we decide which story we feel best represents Christmas.
In this special Side Trip edition, Keith and Shaun review a book they read way back in January. “The Legends of River Song” was the Goodreads Traveling the Vortex Book Club selection for that month. It was our intention to review it sooner, but we kept pushing it off. So, Glenn thought it would be fun to see what Keith and Shaun could remember, and this is the result.
As you know, back in October we traveled to Wichita, KS to attend Time Eddy III. We were honored to be able to conduct a few panels, including one with the beautiful Katy Manning and charming and lovely Matthew Waterhouse. This is the audio we recorded at that panel.
It starts with Matthew, as Katy had been feeling under the weather for much of the weekend and on top of that she agreed to add a panel to make up for the absence of another guest. She joins the panel about halfway through.
Thanks again to the organizers of Time Eddy three years of enjoyment.
We hope you are enjoying your week leading up to Christmas. Busy schedules have delayed this week’s episode, but alas it is finally here..
In this installment, we examine the latest novella set in Candy Jar Books’ Extended UNITverse. Here is our review of The Flaming Soldier by Christopher Bryant. Find out what we think of the story.
Also, entertainment news and another small announcement from our friends at Candy Jar Books.
Plus, a review from longtime listener and correspondent, Chrissy who looks at a comic from the December 2017 issue #518 of Doctor Who Magazine. It features the Doctor and Bill in a story called “Matildus.”
And, we give a short spoiler-free review the the latest Star Wars film, The Last Jedi.
Last month we had the opportunity to join in on a panel at Kansas City Comic Con with the hosts of A Gal & A Gay podcast. Mitch & Kat (or as they are also known, Mick and Kitty) invited us to record a live podcast. We discussed everything from podcasting to Doctor Who and even talked a little bit about Star Wars along the way.
A big thank you to A Gal & A Gay podcast for hosting the panel and to Kansas City Comic Con for having us be part of their convention.
Last month, long-time listener, friend-of-the-show and now correspondent Kirk Chritton and his family went to Chicago TARDIS over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. And Kirk was kind enough to file this report for us, and our listeners about their experiences at the convention.
Our apologies to Kirk for the delay in getting this out on the feed. But, hopefully this will be just the first of several surprises and specials leading up to Christmas.
This week on the podcast we look at Big Finish #99 Son Of The Dragon, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem. Also, we catch up with Titan Comics 12th Doctor Year Three issues #1-4.
A light news week, but we give our reactions to what’s new.
And, of course, your feedback,
As mentioned in this episode, Shaun took part in a Four Points Film Project a few weeks back and our film “Course Correction” has been chosen from 129 short films submitted worldwide to be one of 16 finalists for an online Audience Choice Award. These are films that were made inside of 77 hours from a set of provided criteria.
Wanna help us WIN that Audience Choice Award? 1) VOTE for us: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fourpointsfilmproject It takes less than 15 seconds, no registration required. Once you click, choose “Berkeley Square – Course Correction” and click SUBMIT. That’s it! The link to watch all 16 films is https://vimeo.com/channels/4pfp2017 If you do not want to spend TWO HOURS watching the other films, then just vote for “Berkeley Square – Course Correction” 2) Then, spread the word and ask all your friends to vote for our film! Voting ends December 10th at 8pm Pacific Time.
This week a mixed bag as we review Big Finish #94 ID and Urgent Calls, both featuring the Sixth Doctor. Then it’s on to Titan Comics 11th Doctor Year 3 with issues 6 through 9 and 11. Hear our thoughts on the audio play and the continuing comics series.
Also, we look at some news including a special bit about Tom Baker returning in costume as the Fourth Doctor.