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Scheduling From Here To Easter Saturday

With the Beeb’s recent announcement of Season 10 premiering on Easter Saturday, we feel confident in releasing the rest of the schedule up to that point for those of you who like to follow along…

Friday Night Who on 2/3 is “The Gunfighters” with William Hartnell.

TTV #317 is a Book Review of Lethbridge-Stewart: Mind Of Stone by Iain McLaughlan, and The Christmas Files shorts.

FNW 2/17 (Finally) is “The Power of the Daleks” Part 1-3, as the Patrick Troughton story comes to DVD in North America at last.

TTV #318 We’ll finish off Titan Comics 11th Doctor series 2 with #2.11 – #2.15, and tackle Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures: S2 #5 “Phantoms Of The Deep”.

Friday Night Who on 2/24 finishes “The Power of the Daleks” Part 4-6…

…and then an in-depth look into the story. We’ll talk about “The Power of the Daleks”(story, the animation, the color version), and the fan mounted film version in Traveling The Vortex #319

3/3 brings David Tennant to “New Earth” for Friday Night Who.

Our podcast epsisode #320 will review Titan Comics 10th Doctor series 2 issues #2.11 – #2.17, and Big Finish mainline story #82 “The Settling”.

FNW 3/10 is the masterful Tom Baker story “City Of Death”

TTV #321 is our Book Reviews of the novelization of City Of Death by Douglas Adams & James Goss

Friday Night Who on 3/17 brings back Peter Davidson and Team TARDIS in “Time Flight”

A pair of audios round things out for show #322, with Big Finish mainline stories #91 Circular Time and #93 Renaissance Of The Daleks.

Hartnell returns to Friday Night Who on 3/24 in “The Ark”

TTV #323 features our current listener’s poll, with a twist. We want all of YOU to vote on the WORST monsters to grace Doctor Who. The dregs, the deplorable, the ones despised by fandom. You know the ones. We’ll take the top ten vote getters, and then our job will be to rise to their defense and explain why they’re actually pretty great. If we can. Challenge Accepted!

Get your Funky Pertwee on with FNW on 3/31 as we watch the first three parts of “Invasion Of The Dinosaurs”

CORRECTION:

TTV #324 features the conclusion of Titan Comics 12th Doctor series 2 with issues #2.11 – #2.15, and Big Finish mainline story #89 No Man’s Land CHANGED TO: #79 Night Thoughts. 

FNW on 4/7 will finish off “Invasion Of The Dinosaurs” parts 4-6.

And in TTV #325 we’ll cover Titan Comics third Doctor mini series, and Big Finish mainline story #108 The Assassin In The Limelight.

Thanks again for your support!

REVISED! New Year, New Schedule-More Comedy, Less Tragedy

1/20/17 – There have been a few tweaks based on the Titan comics release schedule, and a change to the Power Of The Daleks show, which we are NOT treating as a Lost In Time Segment. Updated entries to the schedule are in RED.

It’s time for a whole new batch of what’s coming up in the Vortex…

Friday Night Who on 1/13 is the Sylvester McCoy vehicle “Dragonfire”.

TTV #313 will take a look at Titan Comics 12th Doctor comics, series 2, #2.1 – #2.5, as well as Big Finish mainline audio #74 “LIVE 34”.

FNW 1/20 is the final part of Colin Baker’s Trial Of A Time Lord, “The Ultimate Foe”.

More Titan Comics featuring the 12th Doctor, Series 2 #2.6-#2.10, and Big Finish 8th Doctor Adventures Season 2: #5 “Grand Theft Cosmos” for TTV #314.

FNW 1/27 brings us last seasons “The Zygon Invasion” and “The Zygon Inversion” with Peter Capaldi.

Setting up TTV #315 for an Adversary Archive on The Zygons! Well listen to Big Finish 8th Doctor Adventures Season 2: #6 The Zygon Who Fell To Earth, then step outside the world of Who proper with a look at the professionally produced fan film Zygon, When Being You Just Isn’t Enough *.

* NOTE – Zygon, When Being You Just Isn’t Enough deals with Mature content and situations, and may not be suitable for everyone.

Friday Night Who on 2/3 is “The Gunfighters” with William Hartnell.

TTV #316 is a Book Review of Lethbridge-Stewart: Mind Of Stone by Iain McLaughlan, and The Christmas Files shorts.

FNW 2/10 (Finally) is “The Power of the Daleks” Part 1-3, as the Patrick Troughton story comes to DVD in North America at last.

TTV #317 We’ll finish off Titan Comics 11th Doctor series 2 with #2.11 – #2.15, and tackle Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures: S2 #5 “Phantoms Of The Deep”.

Friday Night Who on 2/17 finishes “The Power of the Daleks” Part 4-6…

…and then an in-depth look into the story. We’ll talk about “The Power of the Daleks”(story, the animation, the color version), and the fan mounted film version in Traveling The Vortex #318

2/24 brings David Tennant to “New Earth” for Friday Night Who.

Our podcast epsisode #318 will review Titan Comics 10th Doctor series 2 issues #2.11 – #2.17, and Big Finish mainline story #82 “The Settling”.

FNW 3/3 is the masterful Tom Baker story “City Of Death”

TTV #319 is our Book Reviews of the novelization of City Of Death by Douglas Adams & James Goss

Friday Night Who on 3/10 brings back Peter Davidson and Team TARDIS in “Time Flight”

A pair of audios round things out for show #320, with Big Finish mainline story #91 Circular Time and #93 Renaissance Of The Daleks.

After that? Season 10 starts soon. (And keep in mind that it may start sooner than this schedule allows for, so things are always subject to change…) Thanks again for your support!

The Curse Of Scheduling The Power Of The Daleks

So once again we have been foiled by an uncertain time frame. In our desire to get Power Of The Daleks on the schedule (and Friday Night Who) as close to air date as possible, we have been stymied by BBC America and BBC Worldwide’s decision to release the six part serial WEEKLY. Which threw a major monkey-wrench into our plans. So, with much apology, I present a REVISED schedule for those of you that like following along…

Friday Night Who TONIGHT 11/25 will star David Tennant in The Doctor’s Daughter

TTV #306 will have our reviews of Big Finish The 4th Doctor Adventures S2: #4 The Justice Of Jalxar, AND the first two episodes of The Power Of The Daleks.

FNW 12/2 is Web Of Fear Parts 1-3

For Traveling The Vortex #307 we’ll discuss Power Of The Daleks episode #3, and bring you some Book Reviews with the Candy Jar shorts The Creatures in the Cave by Rick Cross, The Last Duty by Christopher Bryant, Eve of the Fomorians by Robert Mammome, and The Lost Skin: Episode 1 by Andy Frankham-Allen

FNW 12/9 is Web Of Fear Parts 4-6

TTV #308 covers Power Of The Daleks #4, and a Book Review, Lethbridge-Stewart: Times Squared by Rick Cross

Tom Baker returns to FNW on 12/16 for Revenge Of The Cybermen

Which allows us to take a look at both the 4th Doctor Mini-Series, AND Supremacy Of The Cybermen Mini-Series from Titan Comics, as well as Power Of The Daleks episode #5 in TTV #309.

Our holiday edition of FNW 12/23 is last year’s The Husbands Of River Song

and coming fresh of the airing, TTV #310 will have our thoughts on Power Of The Daleks #6, and the 2016 Christmas special The Return Of Doctor Mysterio

FNW 12/30 is Jon Pertwee in The Time Monster Parts 1-3

TTV #311 will be A Very Vortex Christmas Special. Not sure what we’re looking at yet, but Glenn is digging up some goodies!

Leading off the shiny new year is a bit of left over business from last, as we finish The Time Monster Part 4-6 for Friday Night Who on 1/6

 

Beyond that I’ll keep things a little closer to the vest to make sure they pan out as anticipated. But be ready for more comics, big finish and Zygons as we run up to Season 10…

 

Update! The Return Of Schedule Mysterio!

Hey gang, as we discussed on the podcast this week, there has been a slight shift in the programming, since Power of the Daleks wont actually release in time for Friday Night Who, this week we’ve shuffled some things around. The updated (and expanded! NOW THROUGH 2017) schedule follows, for those of you who like to follow things.

Okay, since Power isn’t going to be ready yet, we stepped up the Tom Baker episode Meglos for Friday Night Who on 11/18

Episode #305 of Traveling The Vortex is our discussion of Meglos

THEN we finally get Power on for FNW. It’s a six parter, so we’re breaking it in two. The Power of the Daleks Part 1-3 11/25

In TTV #306 we’ll take a look at the Titan Comics 4th Doctor Mini-Series, and Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures S2: #4 The Justice Of Jalxar

FNW 12/2 finishes up the animated The Power of the Daleks Part 4-6

Get Lost in Time for episode #307 as we break down The Power of the Daleks with the Novel and Animated recon

FNW 12/9 gives us a double helping of Patrick Troughton as we go back to Web Of Fear Part 1-3

BOOK REVIEWS! TTV #308 will be a grab bag of Candy Jar shorts, ranging from Havoc files 1 up to the most current release. The Creatures in the Cave by Rick Cross, The Last Duty by Christopher Bryant, Eve of the Fomorians by Robert Mammome, and The Lost Skin: Episode 1 by Andy Frankham-Allen. We’ll also take a look at the last couple of Goodreads book club books.

FNW 12/16 finishes off Web Of Fear with Parts 4-6

TTV #309 is another Candy Jar Book Review, this time we’re looking at Lethbridge-Stewart: Times Squared by Rick Cross

Christmas Time is here again! What better way to gear up than with Capaldi’s last Christmas offering, The Husbands Of River Song for Friday Night Who on 12/23.

Post Christmas cuddles happen in TTV #310 with our review of The Return Of Doctor Mysterio!

New Years hits us with some more Pertwee action, as we hit up The Time Monster Parts 1-3

TTV #311 sees us go back to Titan Comics for 12th Doctor #2.1 – #2.5, and Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures: S2 #5 Phantoms Of The Deep

2017

FNW 1/6 finishes The Time Monster Part 4-6

Just in time for TTV #312, a Book Review on Candy Jar’s Lethbridge-Stewart: The Blood Of Atlantis by Simon A Forward and accompanying short.

Sylv returns to Friday Night Who on 1/13 in Dragonfire

and another comic/audio paring in Traveling The Vortex #313 with Titan Comics 12th Doctor #2.6 – #2.10 and Big Finish #74 LIVE 34

Obviously, take these with a grain of salt since they can (and have) changed at a moments notice, but we’ll try and keep you informed. Thanks as always for continuing to hang out with us week after week, we’ll see you in the vortex!

Color Version! And Where To Watch Power Of The Daleks

DoctorWho.tv have a breakdown reporting on all the ways and wheres to watch who. Specifically, the newly animated Power Of The Daleks. You can find the full details here, but for those of us in the US, the breakdown looks like this:

MONDAY, NOV 14, 2016 – Select theaters nationwide, one night only. Visit www.fathomevents.com for more info.

SATURDAY, NOV 19, 2016 – Airing weekly on BBC America.

End of November – BBC America will make the COLOR version available exclusively on their digital platforms.

TUESDAY, JAN 24, 2017 – DVD releases as a Barnes & Noble exclusive, including the COLOR version.

The UK is also getting a special edition Bluray.

Now as a purist, I want black and white Doctor Who episodes to be black and white. BUT I also think this is a golden opportunity to do something cool and unique. Since these episodes are being recreated via animation, I have no issues with a color version being made available as well as the black and white. Personally, I think this episode looks gorgeous, and cant wait to see it in full!

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Side Trip 24 – Star Trek 201

ttv_logo_newWe’re off again this week as we prepare for Time Eddy II, the Doctor Who Convention this coming weekend in Wichita, Kansas. But we have a special mid-week treat for you.

If you remember way back when, Shaun brought you Star Trek 101, a primer guide for the original series. That begat Star Trek 102, his look at the original series movies. Many years later he revisits the idea with the often delayed and now finally available Star Trek 201, looking at Season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Enjoy!

 

Post Party Schedule Hangover

Time Eddy II weekend is upon us! So here’s an update on things to come.

What better way to celebrate the fifth Doctor Peter Davison’s appearance at Time Eddy than to watch “The Five Doctors” for our Friday Night Who selection that weekend on 10-14?

Well, actually, there is a better way to celebrate his appearance at Time Eddy II.  With a Stuffed-to-the-gills celebration of our 300 episode recounting our con adventures and MANY surprises.

Friday Night Who on 10/21 is “The Caretaker” with Peter Capaldi

TTV #301 is a Companion Archive, with a twist. We’ll be discussing Coal Hill School! Talking the Class premiere, and reviewing the comic The Monsters Of Coal Hill, and the short story Nothing at the End of the Lane.

Did you know this October marks the 50th Anniversary of the Cybermen? Well it does. So our Halloween offering this year for FNW on 10/28 is their first appearance, “The Tenth Planet” with first Doctor William Hartnell

TTV #302 – Silver & Gold: The Cybermen Turn 50. Look for plenty of squee from Keith AND Adversary Archive: The Cybermen IV! We’ll take a look at Big Finish mainline stories #86 “The Reaping” and #87 “The Gathering”.

FNW 11/4 – “Inferno” Parts 1-4 finishes off a year of Liz Shaw for us. (Did you notice all our third doctor FNW selections this year featured Liz? Neither did we. But once we did notice, we had to include her swan song.)

And since we’e on the subject of Liz Shaw, how about a Companion Archive? We’ll talk about her career and review Big Finish Companion Chronicle Season 1 #3, “The Blue Tooth”.

We’ll finish off “Inferno” with Parts 5-7 on 11/11 for FNW.

Which should set us up nicely for episode #304 where we’ll take a look at the Candy Jar short stories featured in The Havoc Files 2.

FINALLY! AFTER MONTHS OF SPECULATION, IT IS OUT, AVAILABLE AND WILL BE WATCHED! FNW 11/18 is the newly animated “The Power of the Daleks” Part 1-3!

A brief interlude to the fourth Doctor’s era in TTV #305 we’ll review the just concluded Titan Comics 4th Doctor Mini-Series, and Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures season 2 #4 “The Justice Of Jalxar”.

FNW 11/25 will finish “The Power of the Daleks” with Parts 4-6.

TTV #306 will have our thoughts on this Lost in Time adventure “The Power of the Daleks” with looks at both the animated recon and the Novel. (Though not really Lost any more, but we’ll talk more about that on the cast!)

Friday Night Who on 12/2 is Tom Baker in “Meglos”.

And we’ll discuss the story “Meglos” in TTV #307.

Beyond that? One Word…

 

CHRISTMAS!

OFFICIAL: POWER OF THE DALEKS TO BE ANIMATED

While speculation has run rampant for weeks now, BBC Worldwide has just announced the official word on the project. All six parts of the Patrick Troughton story “The Power Of The Daleks” will be animated and released for the episode’s 50th Anniversary.

It’s a move that surprises no one after a clip surfaced (and was immediately removed by BBC) on line, but delights everyone. Power of the Daleks is reported to be one of the more iconic, and powerful stories in the show’s history. It’s Troughton’s first episode, and features the first regeneration, (here called renewal) by William Hartnell into Troughton. While that clip is technically the very end of the preceding story, The Tenth Planet, this episode deals with the ramifications. The story features the second Doctor, Polly and Ben fighting Daleks on the planet Vulcan. It aired only once, and unfortunately was junked as part of the BBCs then standard practice.

The animation is being produced by the same team that did a highly successful animation for a missing episode of Dad’s Army “A Stripe For Frazer”, which was first released on BBC Store in February this year. The producer and director is Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.

Charles Norton says: “The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such a an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”

Previous animations commissioned by the BBC were usually only two segments to complete a serial that was missing individual pieces, such as “The Reign Of Terror”, “The Tenth Planet”, “The Underwater Menace”, “The Moonrise”, “The Ice Warriors” and “The Invasion”.

“The Power Of The Daleks” will initially be exclusively released on BBC Store, with episode one available on the 50th anniversary of it’s original air date, Saturday, November 5th at 5:50pm.  The others will be released on consecutive days thereafter. Readers can register their interest in the download at the BBC Store. The story will become available online more widely on the 14th of November, and will also be released on DVD in the United Kingdom on the 21st of November.

No other regions have been announced at present.

In addition to the story’s release, there will be a special screening of the first three episodes at the BFI in London, which will include a Q&A with Anneke Wills, Charles Norton and Frazer Hines. Further information will be available from the BFI website from Monday September 19th.

Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says: “Charles and his team are remarkably talented and passionate about Doctor Who and we are thrilled that fans will soon be able to enjoy this rather sinister but wonderful, classic story.”

There is no other information on what this announcement means for other missing episodes.

Update:

In the U.S. BBC America announced “The Power of the Daleks” will air Sunday, Nov. 12th and will be available online to stream the next day.

Time Eddy II Convention DISCOUNT CODE

Our friends at Time Eddy II want OUR friends to show up for a fantastic weekend of Doctor Who goodness, so they’ve made it easy! Just head over to their website TimeEddy and order your 3 day tickets, then when you get to the cart enter the coupon code VORTEX for a $20 dollar discount! Tickets for the show for all three days are already a LOW price of $69 bucks, but we want to see you so bad, we got them to knock off even more! 3 DAYS of Doctor Who, All for just $49! But hurry, this deal is only valid through Sept. 1st!

Candy Jar Books Lethbridge-Stewart DISCOUNT CODE

So we’ve been touting the good stuff in the Lethbridge-Stewart series from Candy Jar Books for almost a year now, (my how time flies!) and wanted to make sure all our regular listeners and Who fans knew about the following offer…

OUT NOW! BRAND-NEW 30% DISCOUNT CODE ON LETHBRIDGE-STEWART BOOKS!

Summer is nearly over but don’t worry, Candy Jar Books have the perfect cure for you all: a generous 30% off ALL books in the Lethbridge-Stewart series!

It’s easy to do, simply quote this discount code: EPICLS30 before you order and voila- your favourite books at bargain prices!

This offer is only available until the end of the month and is not applicable to book bundles, only individual books. Take a look below at some of the treats that could be yours!

 

   

The “Wait, we’ve been doing this for HOW LONG?” Schedule

It was with a mixture of shocked surprise and gratitude that when compiling the next pieces of the schedule we realized we were coming up on the big 300th episode here at Traveling The Vortex. As always, we remain hopefully humble and slightly bemused that people are still listening, and seem to like what we’re doing, so again, we thank you! Keeping in that spirit, we wanted to do something a little special for the “epiversary” (even if it meant bending the rules just a little bit). So lets dive into the upcoming madness…

Our weekly Doctor Who watch party Friday Night Who continues on 8/19 with the David Tennant episode “Gridlock”. A reminder everyone is welcome to join in on Twitter, look for the #FridayNightWho hashtags, we push play at midnight.

Episode #295 of the podcast is both An Adversary Archive on The Macra, AND a Lost In Time discussion of The Macra Terror, which sadly no longer exists. We’ll be revieiwng the telesnap recon and the novelization of this Patrick Troughton story.

FNW 8/26 is “Heaven Sent” staring Peter Capaldi.

Which should set us up nicely for our final Beyond The Doctor discussion of the year, We’ll talk Peter Capalid and his performance In The Loop for TTV #296.

A change in what was scheduled before, as FNW on 9/2 is now “The Silurians” (Or Doctor Who and the Silurians, if we must.) This is a long one, so we’ll split it up and do the first four parts this week.

No show this week, but we don’t want to leave you high and dry, so instead we’ll bring you some fun courtesy of Candy Jar Books and Lethbridge-Stewart: The Showstoppers author Jonathan Cooper.

FNW 9/9 finishes off “The Silurians” with parts 5-7.

TTV #297 is a Book Review, we’ll give our thoughts on Candy Jar Book’s Lethbridge-Stewart: The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel and the next short story The Playing Dead by Adrian Sherlock.

Top Gon headline guest Spencer Wilding stars alongside Matt Smith in “The God Complex” for Friday Night Who on 9/16.

And we’ll bring you all the fun from Topeka’s own Top Con this week.

FNW 9/23 is “The Keys Of Marinus” featuring first Doctor William Hartnell. Again, a long one, so parts 1-3 this week.

TTV #298 will have our look at Titan Comics 10th Doctor issues from “season 2”, #2.1 – #2.5, and Big Finish #67 “Dreamtime”.

We’ll finish off “The Keys Of Marinus” with parts 4-6 for FNW on 9/30.

TTV #299 continues season 2 of Titan Comics 10th Doctor comics with issues #2.6 – #2.10 and Big Finish main range story #100 which happens to be called, “100”.

Christopher Eccelson returns to the proceedings for Friday Night Who on 10/7 with “The Long Game”.

A special, TOP SECRET Side Trip #24 fills in the gap for us this week… What could it be?

What on earth could we do for the Friday Night Who (on 10/14) for our 300th Epiversary? Why, Peter Davison’s “The Five Doctors” of course!

And then, the main event itself, Traveling The Vortex #300, which will have all the news fit to print (and some thats not) from Time Eddy II in Wichita. Special Guests! Interviews! Surprises! Flying Monkeys! You DONT want to miss this one!!!

And beyond that? Winter is coming. Which means Christmas is coming. Which means our wilderness year is almost over, and Doctor Who is returning to our screens! Thanks to one and all, stay tuned!

Pride And Prejudice And Scheduling


Updates and changes galore for your newest home edition of Traveling The Vortex, and a few surprises as well!

Friday Night Who on 7/8 is “Spearhead From Space”.

TTV #289 is All 8th Doctor, as we cover Big Finish 8th Doctor Adventures Season 2: #3 “Brave New Town” and #4 “The Skull Of Sobek”, along with the delayed Titan Comics 8th Doctor mini series #1-5.

The 12th Doctor story Robot Of Sherwood and the Titan Comics we originally had scheduled to review have been postponed for a bit, instead for Friday Night Who on 7/15 is the non-cannonical, alternate universe, cringe at the spelling but still fun “Dr. Who And The Daleks” starring Peter Cushing. This one may be hard to find for some people, so head over to our Amazon link NOW and get yours ordered. It’s available in a two pack which is great, you’ll see why in a minute…

TTV #290 will have our thoughts on “Dr. Who And The Daleks”.

7/22 happens to be the exact 50th Anniversary of the second non-cannonical, alternate universe, cringe at the spelling but still fun “Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.” with Peter Cushing, so what better way to celebrate than to watch the film for this week’s Friday Night Who? Aren’t you glad you headed over to our Amazon link when you did to get that two pack we talked about a minute ago?

You didn’t?

Well, better go take care of that now.  Go on, the link is right there. We’ll wait for you.

Okay, you’re back? Great! On we go…

TTV #291 will of course have our reviews of “Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.”

FNW 7/29 is “The Greatest Show In The Galaxy”.

and it’s another book review for Traveling The Vortex episode #292. We’ll be taking a look at Candy Jar Books short story The Band Of Evil by Roger J Simonds & Shaun Russell and Lethbridge-Stewart: The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper.

FNW 8/5 is “Mindwarp”.

TTV #293 has some more Titan Comics reviews, these with the 11th Doctor (#2.6 – #2.10) and Big Finish #84 “The Nowhere Place”

Cybermen and dueling Matt Smiths are on the docket for Friday Night Who on 8/12 in the Neil Gaimon penned, “Nightmare In Silver”.

TTV #294 is our look into the acting prowess of the 11th Doctor, It’s Beyond The Doctor: Matt Smith edition. The film is still up for debate, but I’m pushing for Pride & Prejudice & Zombies… We’ll let you know as soon as that one is finalized.

FNW 8/19 is another new series episode with David Tennant in “Gridlock”…

…which sets up an Adversary Archive for The Macra in TTV #295. But we’ll be pulling double duty with this episode, also looking at the Lost In Time story “The Macra Terror”. Sadly NONE of the episodes of this 2nd Doctor tale still exist, so we’ll be reviewing it via the Target Novelization and the Audio Recon from the folks at Loose Cannons.

Beyond that? Top Con and Time Eddy loom on the horizon, along with a certain epiversary. Stay tuned, true believers!