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Lost Doctor Who Tapes Found in Kansas Salt Mine

A Wichita newspaper is reporting that a large cache of Doctor Who stories, once thought lost in the BBC archive purge of the late 60’s and early 70’s, have been found in a vault in the Morton Salt mines in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Parts of the excavated mine are currently used by a company named Underground Vaults and Storage has been storing films for major studios for years. Just a year ago seven minutes of lost footage from Stanly Kubrick’s 1969 film 2001: A Space Odyssey was found in the vault.

It’s believed the lost Doctor Who stories are video taped copies of the program sent to the PBS station KPTS in the 1970’s to be shown to American audiences.

Some of the stories recovered include: from the first Doctor’s era – Marco Polo, The Daleks’ Master Plan, The Tenth Planet, and from the second Doctor’s era The Highlanders and The Wheel in Space, among several others.

Doctor Who fans worldwide should be rejoicing over this wonderful find.

Oh, by the way, Happy April Fools Day.

Episode 13 – The Doctor Lends a Hand

In this weeks episode we’ll discuss the announced release date for Torchwood: Miracle Day.

Also, a review of the prequel trailer to The Impossible Astronaut.

And finally a review of the Tenth Doctor’s first few episodes.

Note: We are having some issues with the server that hosts the podcast for the feed. If you are not able to download this week’s episode you can listen in the player below or download it from here.

Episode 13 – The Doctor Lends a Hand.mp3

Red Nose Day Special

In honor of Red Nose Day in the UK the BBC has put Doctor Who: Curse of Fatal Death on their website. Red Nose Day is March 18th and helps to raise money for those in need in the UK and Africa. To participate or contribute to the cause, you can go here: Red Nose Day

Episode 11 – Are You Our Mummy?

This week we explore four more Ninth Doctor stories, The Long Game, Father’s Day, The Empty Child, and The Doctor Dances.

Also, more feedback, the gauntlet is thrown down by another listener who says, HE”S our number 1 fan.

Plus, our reaction to the best news of the year, the launch date for Series 6, not for the UK, but actually for the U.S.

Hope you enjoy!

Show note links:
DoctorWho:ReincarnatedPublications –

cj’s notebook –

Entertainment Weekly –

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A Date With The Doctor

Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on the U.S. release date for Doctor Who Series Six.

The news has been verified by BBC America and the launch is set for Saturday, April 23 at 9 p.m ET (8 p.m. CT).

From EW:

Doctor Who fans, your wait is almost over. EW has learned the premiere date of the new season of the international cult hit, plus some plot details and we have a first look at the show’s marketing art.

BBC America will launch Doctor Who on Saturday, April 23 at 9 p.m ET. That’s Part One of a two-part opener penned by showrunner Steven Moffat (who also did the BBC’s Sherlock reboot — rent it if you’re a Holmes & Watson fan and haven’t seen it yet). This season also includes guest star Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica). Alex Kingston (ER, Flash Forward) is returning for this round too.

Read more here!

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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Draculasaurus –

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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.