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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…

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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.

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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.

Torchwood Returns!

…but probably not the way you were expecting.

Titan Comics have revealed they are bringing sexy back!

Captain Jack Harkness returns to Cardiff (and the lives of Gwen and Rhys Cooper) in an ongoing comic series set within the recent Big Finish audio play continuity.  It’s being billed as the continuation of the Torchwood saga, as Jack goes on the hunt for alien technology and fights against a shadow organization.

Global threats, big conspiracies, it sounds like classic Torchwood.

And perhaps the best piece of news: The comic is being written by none other than John Barrowman and his sister, Carol E. Barrowman. Antonio Fuso and Pasquale Qualano provide artwork.

Revisions to the SH…edule…

As with real life, sometimes the vortex requires us to make an adjustment to the podcast schedule. Either because Shaun goofed when he set it up, or we thought of something that might work better… So, we’re re-posting the schedule with amendments, additions, and substitutions (mostly minor) in BOLD….

FNW 4/15 concludes “The Armageddon Factor” with Parts 4-6.

And more 4th Doctor and Romana in TTV #277. We’ll listen to and review Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures Season 2: #2 “The Sands of Life”, and #3 “War Against The Laan”.

FNW 4/22 – “End Of The World.”

In TTV #278 we go Beyond The Doctor with Christopher Eccelston in Elizabeth.

Finish out April with Friday Night Who on 4/29 with Jon Pertwee in “Ambassadors Of Death” Part 1-4.

  • Keith pointed out that Ambassadors is (and apparently always has been a seven part story, NOT six, despite what Shaun thinks.) So 4 parts this week and 3 the next instead of 3 and 3 as we would do with a six part story…

Traveling The Vortex #279 promises to be fun, as we’ll review the Lethbridge-Stewart Shorts: “In His Kiss” by Sue Hampton, “The Enfolded Time” by Andy-Frankham Allen, “The Black Eggs Of Khufu” by Tom Dexter and tackle that always fun subject… U.N.I.T. Dating!

FNW 5/6 finishes off “Ambassadors Of Death” Part 4-7.

As we now have the title, Episode #280 of TTV will be our review of the April Selection of the TTV Book Club, The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner.

And, as promised, more LOST episodes. Join us for Friday Night Who on 5/13 for William Hartnell in “Galaxy 4” (whats left of it, anyway.) But there are recons! (And if you remember the “hint” we gave out on the show, one of those recons is on “The Aztecs” Special Edition). Time to buy your copy! The Amazon link is just over there >>>>

TTV #281 – Lost In Time: Galaxy 4 Reconstruction

Friday Night Who on 5/20 is the “Asylum Of The Daleks” (because as Keith pointed out, Planet Comicon this year will feature not one, but TWO companions from this episode since both “Oswin” and Rory will be at the con!)

And our big big weekend comes a little later this year, TTV #282 is all the fun at Kansas City’s Planet Comicion, and The Great Traveling The Vortex Quiz Show!

And if Amazon’s date is to be believed, it finally releases this week! So Friday Night Who on 5/27 is the Patrick Troughton story “The Underwater Menace.”

Which means we’ll be reviewing “The Underwater Menace” in episode #283.

After that? Con season will be fully upon us here in the midwest, so we’ll be busy busy busy. But not too busy for more fun. As always, thanks for joining us on these crazy mis adventures, we’ll see you in the Vortex!
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A Schedule By Any Other Name

This schedule update is a big one, so lets get to it!

This week’s Friday Night Who on 3/25 is “Terror Of The Vervoids” with Colin Baker.

TTV #274 will have our reviews of Big Finish main series #68 “Catch-1782”, and a Titan Comics 12th Doctor update with issues #11-15.

The 12th Doctor headlines FNW on 4/1 in “Time Heist”.

TTV #275 sees us take a look at the March TTV Book Club selection Deep Time by Trevor Baxendale.

4/8 Friday Night Who is “The Armageddon Factor” Parts 1-3 with Tom Baker…

…so we can get some Mary Tamm on the cast in TTV #276! Leading off with Titan Comics 11th Doctor (season 2) 2.1 – 2.5 and then Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures Season 2: #1 “The Auntie Matter.”

FNW 4/15 concludes “The Armageddon Factor” with Parts 4-6.

And more 4th Doctor and Romana in TTV #277. We’ll listen to and review Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures Season 2: #2 “The Sands of Life”, and #3 “War Against The Laan”.

FNW 4/22 – “End Of The World.”

In TTV #278 we go Beyond The Doctor with Christopher Eccelston in Elizabeth.

Finish out April with Friday Night Who on 4/29 with Jon Pertwee in “Ambassadors Of Death” Part 1-3.

Traveling The Vortex #279 promises to be fun, as we’ll review the Lethbridge-Stewart Shorts: In His Kiss by Sue Hampton, The Enfolded Time by Andy-Frankham Allen and tackle that always fun subject… U.N.I.T. Dating!

FNW 5/6 finishes off “Ambassadors Of Death” Part 4-6.

We don’t have a title yet, but episode #280 of TTV will be our review of the April Selection of the TTV Book Club.

And, as promised, more LOST episodes. Join us for Friday Night Who on 5/13 for William Hartnell in “Galaxy 4” (whats left of it, anyway.) But there are recons! (And if you remember the “hint” we gave out on the show, one of those recons is on “The Aztecs” Special Edition). Time to buy your copy! The Amazon link is just over there >>>>

TTV #281 – Lost In Time: Galaxy 4 Reconstruction

  • Friday Night Who on 5/20 is the “Rings Of Akhaten”
  • Subject To Change!

And our big big weekend comes a little later this year, TTV #282 is all the fun at Kansas City’s Planet Comicion, and The Great Traveling The Vortex Quiz Show!

And if Amazon’s date is to be believed, it finally releases this week! So Friday Night Who on 5/27  is the Patrick Troughton story “The Underwater Menace.”

Which means we’ll be reviewing “The Underwater Menace” in episode #283.

After that? Con season will be fully upon us here in the midwest, so we’ll be busy busy busy. But not too busy for more fun. As always, thanks for joining us on these crazy mis adventures, we’ll see you in the Vortex!


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Happy St. Scheduling Day!

You all know the patron saint of scheduling, right? Well she just came down from the calendar tower and bestowed the next few weeks upon us mere mortals. And because we like you. I mean, we really, really like you, we’re sharing with you…

Friday Night Who on 2/19 is a return to NuWho with “The Girl Who Died”

Traveling The Vortex episode #269 will have our experiences at the local Empower Comic Con, and our first TTV Book Club Review of the year with Doctor Who: The Legends of Ashildr (Doctor Who E-Books) by Justin Richards, James Goss, David Llewellyn, and Jenny Colgan.

FNW 2/26 is “The Girl In The Fireplace”.

TTV #270 is our review of the Lethbridge-Stewart short The Dogs Of War, our “Spoiler filled” Book Review: Lethbridge-Stewart: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters, and a catch up of Titan Comics catch-up: 10th Doctor #11-15.

We’ll be watching the fifth Doctor Peter Davidson story “Frontios” on 3/4 for Friday Night Who.

and TTV #271 will have our review and discussion of “Frontios”.

FNW 3/11 is “The Hand Of Fear”.

Which should set us up nicely in TTV #272 for the TTV Book Club Review The Drosten’s Curse by A.L. Kennedy.

Friday Night Who on 3/18 once again, is “Day Of The Doctor”.

Which set us up nicely for TTV #273, our Beyond The Doctor: John Hurt. We’ll be watching 1984.

FNW 3/25 is “Terror Of The Vervoids”.

TTV #274 is Big Finish #68 Catch-1782, and more Titan Comics 12th Doctor #11-15.

Beyond that? More Beyond the Doctors, more book reviews, more Big Finish, and more being awesome. What more could you want?

Schedule updates… already

Already a schedule update, but only so we can cram MORE fun.

This week’s Friday Night Who (1/8) concludes “The Chase” with parts 4-6.

And then we’ve expanded TTV #263 into a full blown Adversary Archive: The Mechanoids! We’ll review “The Chase”, (Goodbye, Ian and Barbara) cover some early Who comics with the stories The World That Waits (Comic – The Dalek World Annual), The Eye Of War & Impass (Comic – The Dalek Chronicles), and the short story Birth Of A Legend by Justin Richards (Doctor Who Files: The Cult Of Skaro).

The rest of the schedule is as is…