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Friday Night Who 9/22

Friday Night Who – Battlefield

 

We travel backward to the Seventh Doctor story “Battlefield” for Friday Night Who this week. Grab your DVD or boot up your Britbox subscriptions and join us this Friday night at 10:30pm Central. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@travelvortex) and look for the #FridayNightWho & #Battlefield hashtags to join the conversation.

UPDATED: Scheduling Revisions (or Fixing What Shaun Hath Wrought)

Friday Night Who for 9/15 features the Fifth Doctor and his companions, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric with all four parts of Four To Doomsday.

For TTV Episode #348, we review Big Finish Doctor Who Main Range entry #221 The Star Men and we start Titan Comics’ 10th Doctor Year 3 with issues #1-5

On 9/22, Friday Night Who will feature the Second Doctor story, The Krotons.

And then for TTV Episode #349 it’s a ‘Lost In Time’ feature as we look at Britbox’s reconstruction of the story, The Wheel In Space. We’ll also review the novelization of this story written by Terrance Dicks for Target Books. (This is subject to a timely release of the story by Britbox, of course)

For Friday Night Who on 9/22 we are watching Battlefield featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace.

Then for TTV #349 we review Big Finish Main Range story #92 Nocturne with Seven, Ace and Hex, plus a look at Titan Comics 9th Doctor issues #6-10.

The for Friday Night Who in 9/29 we head back to Series 9 for the Peter Capaldi two-part story, Under The Lake / Before The Flood.

Then, it’s the episode we’ve been warning you about for years! Open up the pocketbook and loosen those purse strings, it’s an “epiversary” special for TTV #350 with our PLEDGE DRIVE! In this show we will also be giving you a SPOILER FREE sneak preview of Candy Jar Books’ Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Avatars of the Intelligence.

For Friday Night Who on 10/6 we are watching Battlefield featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace.

Then for TTV #351 we review Big Finish Main Range story #92 Nocturne with Seven, Ace and Hex, plus a look at Titan Comics 9th Doctor issues #6-10.

On 10/6, Friday Night Who will feature the Second Doctor story, The Krotons.

And then for TTV Episode #351 it’s a ‘Lost In Time’ feature as we look at Britbox’s reconstruction of the story, The Wheel In Space. We’ll also review the novelization of this story written by Terrance Dicks for Target Books. (This is subject to a timely release of the story by Britbox, of course)

Friday Night Who for 10/13 sees us viewing the Fifth Doctor story, Frontios

TTV #352 is a ‘Companion Archive’ featuring Iris Wildthyme. We’ll review two Big Finish stories featuring the character with Excelis Dawns and Big Finish Main Range story #51 The Wormery

On 10/20 we go all the way back to the beginning for Friday Night Who with the story, An Unearthly Child.

And fresh off of this year’s Time Eddy 3, TTV #353 will feature our time at the Wichita Doctor Who convention.

Beyond that, who knows? But, there is always Christmas to look forward to.

Friday Night Who 9/15

Friday Night Who – Four to Doomsday

 

We travel back to the Peter Davison era this week. Grab your DVD or boot up your Britbox subscriptions and join us for “Four to Doomsday” featuring the Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric this Friday night at 10:30pm Central. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@travelvortex) and look for the #FridayNightWho & #FourToDoomsday hashtags to join the conversation.

Friday Night Who 9/1

Friday Night Who – The Talons of Weng-Chiang

 

We travel back to the Tom Baker era this week. Grab your DVD or boot up your Britbox subscriptions and join us for the first three parts of “The Talons of Weng-Chiang” this Friday night at 10:30pm Central. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@travelvortex) and look for the #FridayNightWho & #TalonsOfWengChiang hashtags to join the conversation.

Candy Jar Announces “The Lucy Wilson Mysteries”

If you’ll remember we reviewed a story on the podcast a few weeks back in Candy Jar Books Lethbridge-Stewart: The HAVOC Files 3 called Lucy Wilson by author Sue Hampton. The story introduces us to Lethbridge-Stewart’s granddaughter Lucy and tells us bout their heartfelt relationship together, despite the estranged one between her father and grandfather. Well, Candy Jar is bringing us more adventures of Lucy Wilson along with her friend Hobo, as they embark on adventures of their own.

Lucy Wilson doesn’t want to move from London to sleepy south Wales. But when she arrives at her new seaside home, it doesn’t appear to be as boring as she expected.


Ogmore-by-Sea seems to be under the control of a mysterious and powerful force. But why is Lucy its target? And why, when students at her new school start to disappear, does no one seem to care?


With the help of her new friend Hobo, Lucy Wilson must assume the mantle of her grandfather, the legendary Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and defeat an invisible enemy before it’s too late.

Here  are more details on the book from Candy Jar Books:

LETHBRIDGE-STEWART:

THE LEGEND CONTINUES

Award-winning independent publisher Candy Jar Books is publishing a new series of novels, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries. A spin-off from Candy Jar’s Lethbridge-Stewart range, Lucy Wilson will likewise feature fully licensed characters and concepts from the BBC’s beloved Doctor Who.

 

Eleven-year-old Lucy Wilson doesn’t want to move from London to sleepy Ogmore-by-Sea in south Wales. But when she arrives in her new seaside home, it isn’t as boring as she expected. The village is under the control of a mysterious alien force, and it falls to Lucy and her new friend, Hobo, to stop it.

 

Lucy is a new character in the Doctor Who universe, but she has illustrious heritage. She is the granddaughter of the iconic Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, one of Doctor Who’s longest running characters. The Brigadier, as he is known to fans, was played by the late Nicholas Courtney, whose death in 2011 prompted the show to pay tribute to him in the series finale, The Wedding of River Song.

So far Candy Jar Books Lethbridge-Stewart series has continued on from the BBC’s Web of Fear, taking place in the 1970s period known as Doctor Who’s “classic era”.

But three years into the series, Shaun Russell, head of publishing, thought the time was right to broaden the Brig’s horizons. He says: “The great thing about Doctor Who is that it appeals to adults and children alike. There’s something for everybody to explore, from The Sarah Jane Adventures for the very young, to Torchwood for those a bit older. Lethbridge-Stewart’s last appearance in any Doctor Who media was, in fact, in The Sarah Jane Adventures. I’m sure that sent a lot of kids back to the classic series to see what all the fuss about. And once you’re a fan of that, you’re generally a fan for life.

 

“The Brig is such a fundamental part of classic Doctor Who, but after Nicholas Courtney’s death, he’s naturally become less a part of the ongoing programme. We thought that, with the Lucy Wilson series, we could ensure his legacy continues into the modern day – at the same time hopefully sending young fans back to the classics! This is why we have decided to pit Lucy up against the iconic Great Intelligence.”

 

Not only is the Great Intelligence making a guest appearance, but so does the Brigadier and a couple of other characters well known to fans of the Lethbridge-Stewart range of books, and The Web of Fear.

 

Not that Lucy needs much help. A modern girl with strong values and opinions, she’s dauntless, loyal and whip smart – qualities long embodied by the Doctor himself. Jodie Whittaker’s recent casting as the first ever female Doctor has spotlighted the positive example the character provides young viewers. It is a tradition Candy Jar wanted to continue with its own contributions to the Who universe.

Sue Hampton, author of two previous Lethbridge-Stewart stories, says: “I’m sure that the new Doctor will defeat her enemies with smarts and ingenuity – and with the help of her friends. It’s great for kids to have someone like this as their role model. They’re the values of the show. And while she’s very much her own girl, we see Lucy as embodying similar traits. We hope young readers will find her just as inspiring.”

 

The book has been endorsed by Eggheads presenter and Radio 2 DJ Jeremy Vine. He says: “A great read – brilliant characters and a plot that keeps surprising you. Sue Hampton writes in three dimensions! Avatars of the Intelligence draws you in from the very first page.”

The cover art is by Steve Beckett, a freelance writer and illustrator who has contributed artwork for the UK’s longest running children’s weekly comic The Beano, including The Bash Street Kids, General Jumbo and Bully Beef and Chips.  He says: “I am very excited to have contributed to the expanding Lethbridge-Stewart universe. Shaun contacted me because he was familiar with my work for The Beano. He wanted something that could appeal to the young and adults alike. Hopefully I have achieved this. I have certainly grown quite fond of the characters and I look forward to hopefully drawing them again very soon.”

Avatars of the Intelligence by Sue Hampton is available for pre-order exclusively for fans until the end of September, with dispatch shortly thereafter. The commercial release of the book will be early next year.

We are excited to say that we will be reviewing the first book in this series before it comes out next year and are thrilled to learn what is in store for our heroine and her friends.

Look for that coming on a podcast soon.###

Scheduling Support From Viewers Like You

The adventures in scheduling topics and conversations with Friday Night Who episodes and conventions continues… In this episode…

Friday Night Who on 8/25 is the William Hartnell story “Planet of Giants”. 

TTV #344 features our look at a pair of Big Finish Companion Chronicles from Season 3: #1 “Here There Be Monsters” (Susan) and #7 “The Transit of Venus” (Ian). 

Everybody’s favorite (except ours), “The Talons of Weng-Chiang” hits Friday Night Who on 9/1. (Well, the first three parts anyway.) 

Since we’ll have Tom on the brain, TTV #345 finishes off the Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures Season 2 with episodes #6 “The Dalek Contract”, and #7 “The Final Phase”.

We’ll finish the final three parts of “Talons of Weng-Chiang” on 9/8. 

TTV #346 has our insights into this year’s Topeka based Top Con.

FNW 9/15 is “Four To Doomsday” 

More big finish is on tap for TTV #347 with a big jump ahead to #221 “The Star Men”, as well as Titan Comics 10th Doctor Season 3 issues #1-5. 

FNW 9/22 has Patrick Troughton’s second Doctor in “The Krotons”

Lost In Time returns! TTV #348 will take a comprehensive look at “The Wheel In Space” (Assuming the Britbox Recon is released by now) 

FNW 9/29 – Battlefield (7 McCoy) 

TTV #349 sees us review Big Finish #92 Nocturne, and Titan Comics 9th Doctor ongoing issues #6-10.  

PCap makes a return visit to Friday Night Who on 10/6 with “Under The Lake” and “Before The Flood”. 

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FNW 10/13 – Frontios (5 Davidson) 

Here’s a feature that hasn’t been seen in a while, making a return to TTV #351. A Companion Archive on one Iris Wildthyme. We’ll take a look at two Big Finish tales, Excelis Dawns and mainline story #51 The Wormery. 

and we go back to the beginning for Friday Night Who on 10/20 with “An Unearthly Child”. 

TTV #352 is our very full discussion of what is sure to be a very full weekend at Time Eddy III. (Have you bought YOUR ticket yet?)

Beyond that? Christmas baby! Christmas!

Friday Night Who 7/28

It’s another “Funky Pertwee” episode tonight, or at least, half of one. Grab your DVD or boot up your Britbox subscriptions and join us for the first three parts of “Colony In Space” tonight at the *new* time of 10:30pm Central. Be sure to follow us on twitter (@travelvortex) and look for the #FridayNightWho #ColonyInSpace hashtags to join the conversation…

 

Deborah Watling Has Passed

With heavy heart we must report that Doctor Who actress Deborah Watling has passed away after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease just six weeks ago.

She was 69.

Best known for playing 2nd Doctor companion Victoria Waterfield, (and daughter of Jack Watling, who played Professor Edward Travers) many of Deborah’s episodes are still missing, with her only complete serials being Tomb of the Cybermen and Enemy of the World. Most parts of The Ice Warriors and The Web of Fear exist as well.

Deborah was a delight to talk to, as we had the pleasure of doing at Time Eddy in Wichita two years ago. She often found herself the butt of many jokes frequently administered by co-star Frazer Hines, but you could tell it was all in good fun, and their panel was one of the more spirited and fun ones we’ve ever had the privilege to moderate.

Mel and I enjoyed a small, quiet moment with her poolside at Gally several years back. She came out of the hotel, looked up at the sun and closed her eyes for a moment to just bask. Then she looked at us, smiled brilliantly and commented the only downside to conventions was while you got to spend all day with lovely fans, you did it all indoors.

She was a class act, and we will miss her.

 

Friday Night Who 6/30

Join us June 30 at our new time, 10:30 CDT for our weekly Doctor Who watch-along, Friday Night Who! We’re journeying to the end of the First Doctor’s era this week with William Hartnell’s last outing, in “The Tenth Planet”. As always, you can join the conversation on Twitter. Just follow @travelvortex and look for the #FridayNightWho #TheTenthPlanet hashtags.

Not sure what time that is in your part of the world? Enter your timezone in the widget below to show you.

The Schedule Falls – UPDATED

Updates Updates Updates!

As we discussed on the podcast this week there is a tweak to the schedule, (we have added a week to our Candy Jar book reviews to better get caught up and cover the awesomeness there in.) Changes marked in red. The rest of the schedule stays the same, just backs up a week…

First, the big super huge announcement you may have missed… Based on YOUR feedback, (no, not you. You. No, you! You in the back. YES YOU! YOUR FEEDBACK!) Our weekly Doctor Who watch along Friday Night Who has been moved to a new time, permanently! (Well, as permanent as anything is in this crazy mixed up world of ours.)

Join us now each week, starting at 10:30pm Central.

This means you ALL better be breaking out that BritBox subscription or booting up your DVDs to join us!!!

Next up is the schedule:

Friday Night Who on 6/23 is Colin Baker in “Attack Of The Cybermen”

Our show this week for Traveling The Vortex #336 is the penultimate series 10 episode “World Enough And Time”

FNW 6/30 is the first appearance of Mondasian Cybermen in “The Tenth Planet” with William Hartnell.

and TTV #337 is the series finale, “The Doctor Falls”

Peter Davidson hits Friday Night Who on 7/7 in “Awakening”

TTV #338 will have our review of the first (and possibly only season) of the spin-off series Class.

FNW 7/14 is a Nu Who episode with Matt Smith, “The Beast Below”

We’ll take a look at some Eleventh Doctor comics in TTV #339. Titan Comics 11th Doctor Season 3 #1-5 to be exact, along with Big Finish mainline #89 “No Man’s Land”

We’ve added a week here: FNW 7/21 is the Tom Baker serial “The Sun Makers”

We’re breaking up our Candy Jar book reviews, into two weeks! Traveling The Vortex #340 takes a look at Havoc Files 3 (featuring a story by a certain member of this podcast, who will NOT be allowed to tell you how great it is), and the novela Life of Evans by John Peel.

FNW 7/28 is the debut of the Jon Pertwee story “Colony In Space” Parts 1-3

More Candy Jar goodness with the short story Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters, and the novel Lethbridge-Stewart: Night Of The Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen (which features a prologue by a certain member of this podcast, who will NOT be allowed to tell you how great it is.)

We’ll finish up “Colony In Space” Parts 4-6 for Friday Night Who on 8/4

TTV #341 will feature our review of “Colony In Space”

A classic FNW for 8/11 featuring Tom Baker, “The Brain Of Morbius”

8th Doctor Big Finish action in TTV #342 with our thoughts on the Big Finish 8th Doctor Adventures Season 2: #7 “Sisters of the Flame”, and #8 “Vengeance of Morbius”

More NU WHO on FNW 8/18 with Christopher Eccelston in the two part “Aliens In London / World War III”

and TTV #343 has Big Finish 8th Doctor Adventures Season 3: #1 “Orbis” and Titan Comics 9th Doctor Season 1 #1-5

Beyond that in the dog days of summer? I can strongly hint that our Lost In Time feature is coming back, and we might just be revisiting the idea of Beyond The Doctor.

Maybe.

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Friday Night Who Moves To New Time

 

We asked, you answered, we listened.

Our weekly Doctor Who watch along Friday Night Who will make the permanent move to 10:30pm on Friday Nights instead of midnight. (Times are still Central). We hope this change will allow more of you to join in with us!

The change is effective immediately, with this week’s offering, #AttackOfTheCybermen

Fire up those BritBox subscriptions or dust off your DVDs, We push play at 10:30, and look for the #FridayNightWho hashtags on twitter!

Podcast Delayed

Slight delay in the proceedings this week as Shaun and Glenn took last night to recover from the drive back from their weekend at British Fest. We are working on the audio from our panels to share with you all, and plan to record the new episode tonight, which means there’s still time to get your feedback in on The Lie Of The Land! 

Friday Night Who 5/26

 

Join us for Friday Night Who, a different episode of Doctor Who every Friday Night at midnight, Central time! Tonight’s selection is the Tom Baker masterpiece, Pyramids Of Mars! Synchronize your watches and DVD copies (or boot up that BritBox subscription) we push play at midnight. Be sure to follow @travelvortex on twitter for all the action and look for those #FridayNightWho #PyramidsOfMars hashtags!