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Episode 10 – Exterminate!

This week’s episode is so “bowtie”. We have feedback from Traveling the Vortex’s (self-proclaimed) Number One Fan. Do you agree?

Also, reaction to two recent casting announcements for Torchwood: Miracle Day, here’s a hint to one, “Who you gonna call?”

And in this week’s Adversary Archive, we’re talking about three stories involving the Doctor’s number one enemy… The Daleks. A review of The Daleks, The Daleks Invasion of Earth, and Dalek.

Plus, a report from Draculasaurus, who visited this year’s Doctor Who convention – Gallifrey One’s Catch 22: Islands of Mystery.

Links mentioned in this week’s show:
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Download Episode 10 – Exterminate.mp3

Episode 9 – Number Nine

This week we focus on the ninth Doctor stories, The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead, Aliens of London, and World War Three.

Also a look back on the life of Nicholas Courtney, or as Doctor Who fans best know him Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. We recall our fondest memories of The Brig.

And finally we lay out the stories we will review in next week’s podcast for those who might be watching along with us.

Download: Episode 9 – Number Nine.mp3

For Those Following Along…

For those who may be watching Doctor Who along with us (Keith in particular) I don’t know if we mentioned what is next on the reviewing agenda.

As you know, last week we reviewed the Ninth Doctor’s first episode, Rose. So, next week we will cover The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead, the two-parter, Aliens of London and World War Three, and wrap up with Dalek.

This will set up our next Adversary Archives episode where we will go back and review a select numbert of Daleks episodes from the classic series.

That list will be decided on this week, and we’ll let you know that list in a later post.

"Five Rounds Rapid"… Remembering Nick Courtney

Friends and fans have been expressing their grief over the recent passing of Nicholas Courtney. One memory of Nick that caught my eye today, was that of a dear friend and colleague of The Brig, Tom Baker who played the fourth Doctor. Here is an exert from his website.

From Tom Baker: The Official Website:

Of all the characters in Doctor Who there is no doubt that he was the most loved by the fans for his wonderful portrayal of the rather pompous Brigadier. “Five rounds rapid” was the line we all loved, always addressed to Sergeant Benton. Nick’s close friends simply adored him. There was a certain innocence in his personality that was utterly endearing. He was very easy to tease, and I did my share, which made him shake his head in disbelief when he realised he had been had.

To read more from Tom, click here.

UPDATED: The Guardian has posted it’s Nicholas Courtney obituary. You can read it here.

A Legend Passes

We are saddened by today’s news that Nicholas Courtney, best known to Doctor Who fans as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, has died, at the age of 81.

Courtney first appeared in the series as Space Security Agent Bret Vyon in The Daleks’ Master Plan. But we will always remember him as UNIT Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, a role that he would remain in until the Seventh Doctor’s era and even appeared more recently in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Courtney was a staple in the Doctor Who universe. From the first time I saw him on screen, he commanded an audience with me, and quickly became one of my favorite characters in the series.

I had always hoped that Courtney would return to the proper series after it was restarted in 2005, but I am very grateful that Lethbridge-Stewart did become a part of the new era by appearing in SJA.

Tonight, I will reflect on his life, by remembering him the best way I can… watching episodes of the strict, mostly by-the-book, but often lovable, military commander who will forever live-on, on screen.

Our thoughts go to Nick’s family and friends.

Rest assured he will never be forgotten by his fans.

William Nicholas Stone Courtney (December 16th, 1929 – February 22nd, 2011)

Episode 8 – John Smith and the Plastic Auton Band

In our second Adversary Archives (first under the brand new title) we take a look back at the Autons. We explore the two Third Doctor episodes, Spearhead From Space and Terror of the Autons. Then a look at the Ninth Doctor story, Rose. And the announcement of our featured villain in our next Adversary Archive.

Making Headlines!

Gallifrey One’s Catch 22: Islands of Mystery the Doctor Who convention going on right now in L.A. is getting some love from the media.

NBC Los Angeles posted on it’s website, a story about this weekend’s event. Evidence that Doctor Who is experiencing an surge in popularity among those in the U.S.

From NBC Los Angeles:

It’s a long way from Los Angeles to London, which may have some California-based Gallifreyans in a bit of a funk this mid-February. After all, the brand-new, much-ballyhooed Doctor Who Experience is debuting, way far from here, across the Atlantic. And, for some, pressing a TARDIS into service might be the only way to check it out.

But, take heart, time-and-space travelers: Gallifrey 2011 is taking over the dimension known as the Los Angeles Airport Marriott from Friday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 20. (Full name of the convention, we’ll note: Gallifrey One’s Catch 22 Islands of Mystery; it is the 22nd annual “Doctor Who” con in North America.)

From its name you might guess that it is a Doctor Who convention, and you’d be correct. It isn’t just any Who Con, though; it is billed as the “North American Doctor Who Celebration!”

For more of the story, click here.

For more on Gallifrey One’s Catch 22: Islands of Mystery, click here.

Episode 7 – It’s Finally Here!

After rescuing the data from near catastrophe, This week’s episode is finally live.

In this week’s episode, a little gratitude for the kind feedback we’ve gotten recently.

And, the day North American Doctor Who fans have been waiting for since 1996. We finally get our DVDs for a review of Doctor Who – The Movie.

Be sure to check it out!

A Call To Those Attending Gallifrey 22

As Many Doctor Who fans know, Gallifrey 22 kicks off next week, February 18th to the 20th, in Los Angeles, CA.

We, sadly, are unable to attend this year, and will be living vicariously through those who will be there.

So, we are asking those who may be attending this years event, to send us your feedback about this years convention.

We are also looking for someone, or more than one attendees, who would like to act as correspondents for the Traveling the Vortex podcast.

We would like to feature your reports in the coming weeks on the show. Just something short and sweet about what’s going on or happening there.

If you are interested please drop us a line at

Newman on Torchwood?

I’m about a day behind, but several internet sites reported yesterday that Wayne Knight (of Seinfeld, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Jurassic Park fame) has joined the cast of Torchwood: Miracle Day.

From Den of Geek

We can confirm that Knight is definitely on board the new series, as has been hinted by a couple of Twitter feeds relating to the show. As Doctor Who News reported, the BBC Torchwood account sent out a Tweet saying, “We’ve got Alexa Havins here with us today with a special guest, here’s a clue ‘Uh uh uh didn’t say the magic word.'”

An interesting casting choice. While Knight’s résumé spans a variety of genre of T.V. and films, he is most known for his roll on NBC’s Seinfeld as Jerry’s quasi-adversary, Newman.

Knight first gained notoriety as Dennis, in Stephen Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, as the man who sets off the films chaotic events.

I guess we’ll find out more about Knight’s character on Torchwood in the coming months.

Doctor Who – The Movie

The day has finally come. The one I have been waiting for since the movie aired way back in May of 1996.

North American fans can now get a (legal or region 1) copy of Doctor Who: The Movie on DVD. I for one am excited to revisit this classic story and finally have access to all of the extras included on the discs.

The story has always held a special place in my heart. It was the first time I had hope that Doctor Who would make its way back to television after the wilderness years began in 1989.

I believe it also paved the way and in fact some of the inspiration for the new series that would ultimately rescue the show from the darkness in 2005.

In less than an hour I will be watching the film in all of it’s Who goodness… blemishes, continuity problems, and all.

And don’t forget we will be reviewing the story on the next episode of Traveling the Vortex, so be sure to check it out.

Episode 6 – And the Award Goes To…

Episode six is now posted!

In this weeks episode we talk about Doctor Who’s triumphant win at the SFX Awards last week.

Also, Traveling the Vortex poet laureate, Shaun reads his masterpiece, Ode to a Myrka.

And of course we finish series five discussions with a review of Vincent and the Doctor, The Lodger, The Pandorica Opens, and The Big Bang.

Check the feeds!

P.S. Watch your ears. Shaun and Glenn both have colds and we were not able to employ the use of a cough button.

Countdown To Doctor Who – The Movie – Special Edition

The digitally remastered Doctor Who – The Movie will be release for the first time in North America on Tuesday, February, 8th.

The long awaited release first aired on Fox on May 14, 1996.

Synopsis from

The Doctor is returning home to Gallifrey with the remains of his arch-nemesis, the Master. Forced off course, the TARDIS arrives in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve 1999, where the Doctor is critically wounded in a gangland gun battle. At the local hospital, Dr. Grace Holloway fights – and fails – to save his life. Later, in the morgue, the Doctor wakes up a new man. But he is not the only one – the Master has also found himself a new body. As the clock counts down to the start of the new millennium, can the Doctor stop his oldest enemy from destroying all life on Earth?

Shaun and I (as well as many other U.S. and Canadian fans) have been eagerly awaiting for 2entertain to make the film available to North American audiences since it’s release in the UK in August of 2001 (The Special Edition was released in October of last year).

It’s release here was tied up in legal wranglings with Universal who owned partial rights to the production.

Now the time has come, and I for one cannot wait to finally get my hands on a (legal) copy of the discs. I have already pre-ordered it on

We will be doing a review of the DVD in two weeks on Traveling the Vortex, so be sure to listen.

Ironing Things Out

Okay, I think we have everything running smoothly now with the feed. If you notice any problem, please be sure to let us know. Sorry, again from anyone who got multiple feeds of the smae episodes this week. We thank you for your patience during these technical issues.

Podcast Feed Hiccup

Due to a few technical issues last night, Episode 4 had to be deleted from the feed. It has been uploaded again, but might re-feed to your chosen podcast aggregator. We apologize for the problem. Also, we are trying to resolve the issue of our logo not showing up in iTunes for those who subscribe there. Thank you for your patience on that matter as well.

UPDATE – More technical issues with the episode. The file that is feeding seems to be corrupt. We are working to fix the issue at this time. Please bear with us.