Author Archive: Shaun

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!

 

Schedule Regeneration…

Here’s a few updates to the schedule…

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

 

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 in episode #285 of Traveling The Vortex.

FNW 6/18 is “The Moonbase”.

Episode #286 is very lunar themed, covering the TV Comic Moon Landing, and our Book Review of the Candy Jar short story The Lock-In by Sarah Groenewegn, and Lethbridge-Stewart: Moon Blink by Sadie Miller.

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

Which brings us an Adversary Archive TTV #287. We’ll give our thoughts on the episode “Masque Of Mandragora”, and “Mark of Mandragora” comic.

“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.

Schedule Here! Get your RED HOT Schedule Here!

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.

 

Traveling Quiz Show To Debut At Planet Comicion 2016

As long time guests to Kansas City’s Planet Comicion, Traveling The Vortex is pleased and to announce something new for this year’s convention. We have been working on a trivia extravaganza that we humbly call “The Great Traveling The Vortex Quiz Show”. It’s one part Qi, one part The Price Is Right, and one part The Gong Show. It’ll be high on energy, fun and audience participation. And if that doesn’t build it up way too much, I’m not sure what else to say. Here’s a super sneak peak:

If you wanna join the fun and have a chance to compete on the show, you better be at Planet Comicion, May 20-22.