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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.

 

Jodie Whittaker announced as the 13th Doctor

Actress Jodie Whittaker takes over as the 13th Doctor at Christmas

Actress Jodie Whittaker takes over as the 13th Doctor at Christmas. – Image BBC

The BBC revealed in a trailer following Wimbledon men’s singles final, that actress Jodie Whittaker will step into the shoes of the Doctor as the character’s next incarnation.

The Broadchurch star follows Peter Capaldi, who took the role in 2013 and leaves in this year’s Christmas special.

She joins another Broadchurch alum. Doctor Who’s new showrunner is Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall.

Whittaker told BBC News:

“It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

As well as TV work, Whittaker has appeared on the big screen, in One Day, Attack the Block and St Trinian’s.

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!

Goodbye Capaldi Scheduling

It’s been difficult putting this schedule together, as I’m not entirely sure I’m ready to say goodbye to P-Cap (and the BBC continues to fiddle with episode titles depending on what site you visit). At any rate, for those of you that like to follow along at home, or want to take advantage of your new BritBox subscription and join us for our weekly Doctor Who watch/tweet along Friday Night Who, here’s the line up:

TONIGHT, (4/14) Friday Night Who offering is Tom Baker in “Destiny Of The Daleks”. This is notable for also being the first (and so far only) appearance of the Movellans, who are supposed to reappear in this weekend’s season opener.

TTV #326 We’ll take a look at “The Pilot” (10×1) and give you our thoughts. NuWho is back, baby!

Because we like paring things up when the show comes back, FNW on 4/21 features Matt Smith in “The Girl Who Waited”, because handbots are really close to those emoji bots, right?

TTV #327 Details of the emoji bots in our look at “Smile” (10×2)

Celebrating both Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) and John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) at this years Planet Comicon in KC, our offering this week (FNW 4/28) is “The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances” with Christopher Eccelston.

Side Trip 27 will bring you all the ins and outs of our local big con, Planet Comicon 2017.

And TTV #328 (our proper show for the week) will have our thoughts on “Thin Ice” (10×3)

Okay, this is totally cheesy and NOT the way to schedule, but FNW 5/5 is “End Of Time / End Of Time Part 2” with David Tennant…

…because this week’s NuWho episode is called “Knock, Knock” (10×4). GET IT?!? Yeah, probably no more tie in than that for TTV #329.

5/12 is surprisingly, one we’ve never officially done for Friday Night Who before, Jon Pertwee’s “Terror Of The Autons”

TTV #330 will have our thoughts on “Oxygen” (10×5)

FNW 5/19 is the last appearance of Missy from Peter Capaldi’s last series, “The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witches Familiar”

…because we have it on pretty good authority she returns this season. Will it be in “Extremis” (10×6), discussed in TTV #331?

FNW 5/26 is the Tom Baker classic “Pyramids Of Mars”

TTV #332 has our thoughts on “The Pyramid At The End Of The World” (10×7).

Join us and Frazer Hines at Britishfest in Omaha this weekend. We’ll be watching “The Seeds Of Death” Part 1-3 with Patrick Troughton

Side Trip 28 has all the fun to be had from Britishfest 2017

TTV #333 – The Lie Of The Land (OR) The Truth (10×8)

FNW 6/9 will finish off “The Seeds Of Death” with Parts 4-6

as the Ice Warriors reappear in TTV #334 as we discuss “The Empress Of Mars” (OR) “The Martian Queen” (10×9)

Mura Rono is back this season, having previously written this week’s FNW 6/16 “Survival” starring Sylvester McCoy.

and is the only author to write for both classic and NuWho with TTV #335’s discussion topic, “Eaters Of Light” (10×10)

The complete televised history of the Mondasian Cybermen unfolds the next two weeks, as FNW on 6/23 is “Attack Of The Cybermen” featuring Colin Baker.

TTV #336 has the new Mondasian Cybermen in “World Enough And Time” (OR) “The Converted” (10×11)

and finally, FNW 6/30 brings us “The Tenth Planet” the last episode of William Hartnell.

Will TTV #337 have us discussing the last episode of Peter Capaldi? “The Doctor Falls” (OR) “Steel Skinned” (10×12) will tell.

Beyond that?

Depression.

Deep. Dark. Depression.

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!

Peter Capaldi Announces Departure & Easter Saturday Revealed

The 12th Doctor himself announced today that he would be leaving our beloved show during the 2017 Christmas Special. So it sounds a like another Christmas special sees a Doctor regenerating.

But we do get to look forward to Series 10 returning on Easter Saturday! (Literally! April 15th the show returns!)

Here’s the article from the BBC.

Peter Capaldi first stepped into the TARDIS in 2013, and will leave the iconic role in the 2017 Christmas Special after three incredible series of the BBC’s global hit sci-fi drama.

He made the announcement on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show tonight; speaking about the upcoming series this Spring he exclusively revealed the next series of the world’s longest running sci-fi show will be his last.

Peter Capaldi said:

“One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”

Capaldi was unveiled to the nation as the Twelfth Doctor during a special live television event on BBC One. Peter’s Time Lord has been much loved and critically acclaimed, with Series 9 featuring some of the best reviewed performances and episodes of recent series. In particular, his anti-war speech in The Zygon Inversion, and his solo appearance in the one-hander, Heaven Sent, have been widely acclaimed as among the finest performances by anyone in the role of the Doctor. Under his reign the show has expanded globally, he took the series on a World Tour and has drawn record ratings in BBC America, Canada, and Latin America. The highly anticipated 10th series returns to screens on Easter Saturday after a year’s break.

Peter Capaldi’s final series also marks writer and executive producer Steven Moffat’s last so promises to be unmissable event television.

Steven Moffat, writer and executive producer said:

“For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peter’s amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!”

Peter will be joined in Series 10 by new companion Pearl Mackie (Bill), and Matt Lucas (Nardole) with guest appearances to come from David Suchet and Michelle Gomez. He has starred alongside Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald, Alex Kingston as River Song, Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, as well as Keeley Hawes, Tom Riley, Frank Skinner, Maisie Williams, Joivan Wade and many more. Peter’s Doctor has fought Daleks and Davros, Cybermen, Zygons, new monsters like the Veil and old foes the Time Lords.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said:

“Peter Capaldi will always be a very special Doctor to me; his adventures through time and space started just as I arrived on BBC One. He has been a tremendous Doctor who has brought his own unique wisdom and charisma to the role. But, it’s not over yet – I know the next series is going to be spectacular. He’s a fine actor who I hope we work with again when he leaves the TARDIS”.

Brian Minchin, Executive Producer, said:

“Peter Capaldi is an extraordinary Doctor and has taken the show to amazing places. Although I’m sad he has decided to move on in 2018 I’m delighted that we have one final series with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. I know what they’re planning and it’s going to be incredible.”

Capaldi will return in the next series for 12 episodes in April, followed by the Christmas Special when the regeneration will take place.

He replaced Matt Smith as the Twelfth Doctor. He first appeared in Doctor Who in 2008, playing Caecilius in the episode, “The Fires of Pompeii”.

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!

Friday Night Who for 12/23

Celebrate Christmas a little early this year by joining us for “The Husbands of River Song” for Friday Night Who!

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Join @TravelVortex, @VortexShaun, @VortexGlenn & @VortexKeith as we press play at Midnight CST on Friday!

And as always keep an eye out for the hashtags #FridayNightWho & #TheHusbandsofRiverSong

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…