Episode 369 – Yes, You’ve Downloaded the Right Episode

If you’re confused about this week’s topics in the episode, we apologize. Due to a scheduling blip, we mistakenly told you that we were reviewing two different stories on the last show. However, we really meant to say we are reviewing Big Finish #95 Exotron & Urban Myths featuring the Fifth Doctor and Peri. Find out what we thought of these two stories in what Shaun is calling the “Virus Strand” arc.

Also, convention news this week as well as some interesting news about another Doctor Who DVD release.

As always, enjoy!

Whoops! Scheduling

WHOOPS! STOP THE PRESSES! SHAUN SCREWED UP.

MAKE A NOTE IN THE LOG.

Yes, friends and constant listeners, I’m human, much to my chagrin, and that means I occasionally goof up. And I goofed up the schedule. We were to listen and review Big Finish #102 for this week’s cast, but it turns out that’s the FOURTH part of a four-part arc, and we had only listened to part one thus far. And so it’s time for a…

SCHEDULE CORRECTION!

TTV #369 will instead the next story in the Virus Strand arc, Big Finish #95 “Exotron” / “Urban Myths” 

One more 8th Doctor/comics match up in TTV #370 with Big Finish Eighth Doctor Adventures Season 3: #4 “Wirrn Dawn” and Titan Comics 12th Doctor Year 3 #5-7 

A bit of fun for TTV #371. We’ll talk about everybody’s favorite Brigadier via the “Liberty Hall” short film interview (this can be found as a bonus feature on “Mawdryn Undead”) and Candy Jar Books The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book by Marc Jones. 

MAR

We’ll talk about last year’s huge Titan Comics crossover event “Lost Dimension” with all eight issues in TTV #372.

TTV #373 has a look at Big Finish #97 The Wishing Beast/The Vanity Box 

Glenn is gone this week, so Keith and I are cooking up something special for TTV #374.

Lost In Time with The Highlanders (Novelization & Recon) moves to TTV #375. 

APR

TTV #376 –  NOW we’ll get to Big Finish #102 The Mind’s Eye/Mission of the Viyrans, and discuss “The Virus Strand” Arc as a whole.

Book Review: Lethbridge-Stewart: A Very Private Haunting by Sharon Bidwell for TTV #377 (if I have my dates right)

Back to Big Finish for TTV #378 with #96 Valhalla, and the Titan Comics miniseries Ghost Stories #1-4 

TTV #379 promises to be fun, so start formulating your feedback now! Whobots – The Artificial Life Forms of Doctor Who. Here are the ground rules for this discussion: We are NOT talking Cyborgs, so Daleks and Cybermen are out. We are NOT discussing lifelike humanoid robots (those are androids) so the Androids of Tara and any doppelgangers of our cast are out. No, we want to discuss the clunky, the box with legs, the giant rumba robots that tend to inhabit the Whoniverse. Think Chumblies, or War Machines, or Vox Robots, or K1, or K9 etc… Should be lively… unlike the subjects of discussion.

That’s us playing a bit of catch up. On the horizon? We may finally get to the worst kept secret in the Vortex and land on Traken…

As always, thanks for your indulgence, and for listening!

 

 

 

 

Episode 368 – Mars Attacks

In this week’s show we bring you another book review, the Candy Jar Books Lethbridge-Stewart series spinoff novella, Travers And Wells by Robert Mamone. We discuss our thoughts on the book.

Also, some news out of Candy Jar Books as well as a new video release from Reeltime Pictures.

Enjoy!

 

 

Episode 367 – A “Moffatspective”

A month has passed since the official end of tenure, and we thought we’d take a look back at the “Grand Moff” Steven era. We take a retrospective look at Steven Moffat’s time as showrunner on Doctor Who with a look back at Seasons 5-10.

Also, big news from Big Finish with the announcement of more Tenth Doctor stories and a reunion of sorts by the original Torchwood crew.

Enjoy!

 

 

Episode 366 – The Big Red LTD Button

In this week’s episode of the podcast we have two different offerings. First we review Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor Adventures Season 3: #3 “The Beast of Orlok”.

Then we dive back into the comics with Titan Comics 10th Doctor Year 3 #6-8 & 10.

Plus some new of the week including an East Coast convention with an impressive guest line-up.

Enjoy!

 

Episode 365 – Going Green

Two topics of review for this week’s show. First we start with Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor Adventures Season 3, number 2 “Hothouse” featuring the Eighth Doctor and Lucy Miller.

Then we finish off the first year of Titan Comics’ Ninth Doctor ongoing comic with issues #11-15. 

Plus, some news of the week.

Enjoy!

 

Episode 364 – Better Receivers and Manners

In this week’s episode we review our last Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith televised story, Planet of Evil. Hear what each of us thought about this story.

And some more news from Big Finish and Candy Jar Books.

Enjoy!

 

 

Transitional Scheduling

A quick look at this in “transitional schedule” for those of you that like to follow along with our homework.

If and when Glenn ever gets over being sick, we’ll get together and discuss our thoughts on the Tom Baker story “Planet Of Evil” in TTV #364. (This is also the last televised Sarah Jane Smith story we have yet to review.)  

TTV #365 is Big Finish Eighth Doctor Adventures Season 3: #2 “Hothouse” and Titan Comics 9th Doctor #11-15. 

More of the same in TTV #366 with Big Finish Eighth Doctor Adventures Season 3: #3 “The Beast of Orlok” and Titan Comics 10th Doctor Year 3 #6-8 & 10 (Notice a slight jump here, we are going to do the Lost Dimension as a separate event.)

Hard to believe it was all the way back in episode 42 that we looked back at seasons 5 and 6 with a Moffat retrospective. Well, a month has passed since the official end of the era, and we thought we’d take another crack at it. TTV #367 Grand Moff Steven – A look back at Seasons 5-10.

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Really excited to get to TTV #368 and our book review of Candy Jar Books Lethbridge-Stewart: Travers And Wells by Robert Mamone. 

TTV #369 takes a look at Big Finish #102 “The Mind’s Eye” / “Mission of the Viyrans” 

One more 8th Doctor/comics match up in TTV #370 with Big Finish Eighth Doctor Adventures Season 3: #4 “Wirrn Dawn” and Titan Comics 12th Doctor Year 3 #5-7 

A bit of fun for TTV #371. We’ll talk about everybody’s favorite Brigadier via the “Liberty Hall” short film interview (this can be found as a bonus feature on “Mawdryn Undead”) and Candy Jar Books The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book by Marc Jones. 

MAR

We’ll talk about last year’s huge Titan Comics crossover event “Lost Dimension” with all eight issues in TTV #372.

TTV #373 has a look at Big Finish #106 The Dark Husband 

Get Lost In Time with The Highlanders (Novelization & Recon) in TTV #374. 

And a bit more Big Finish to round out the month in TTV #375 with mainline range #97 “The Wishing Beast” “The Vanity Box”.

That’s us playing a bit of catch up. On the horizon? We may finally get to the worst kept secret in the Vortex and land on Traken… 

Episode 363 – Shorts, Shorts and More Shorts

There are no shortage of short story reviews in this week’s episode. First we tackle the collection of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart stories in the recently released HAVOC Files 4. We examine the stories in the set NOT released as individual titles throughout the year.

Then, we move to two stories released in recent weeks. First it’s “What’s Past is Prologue” by David McIntee.

And then we review “The Note” by Andy Frankham Allen.

Enjoy!

Episode 362 – The Three Doctors at Christmas

It’s finally here! The Doctor Who Christmas special for this year has come and gone, and we have a review of this season’s outing, Twice Upon a Time featuring the First Doctor teaming up with the Twelfth Doctor. And listen to what we thought of the first appearance of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.

But not before we indulge in another charming little story from our friends over at Candy Jar Books with a Christmas special of their own, the short story, “The Case Of The Missing Fairy” by Steven Walton.

Plus, some convention announcements make news this week.

And.of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Side Trip 31 – Christmas Special: Now With Rankings

Merry Christmas! With what has now become a Yuletide tradition for us here at Traveling the Vortex, we present this year’s Christmas special.

And, because we like to rank things (not) we decided it would be fun to take a look back at some of the Doctor Who Christmas specials and choose our top five favorites. Also, we look at the one story we think is the absolute worst. And we decide which story we feel best represents Christmas.

Enjoy!

Side Trip 30 – Book Review – The Legends of River Song

In this special Side Trip edition, Keith and Shaun review a book they read way back in January. “The Legends of River Song” was the Goodreads Traveling the Vortex Book Club selection for that month. It was our intention to review it sooner, but we kept pushing it off. So, Glenn thought it would be fun to see what Keith and Shaun could remember, and this is the result.

Enjoy!

 

 

Side Trip 29 – Tales from the TARDIS with Katy Manning & Matthew Waterhouse

As you know, back in October we traveled to Wichita, KS to attend Time Eddy III. We were honored to be able to conduct a few panels, including one with the beautiful Katy Manning and charming and lovely Matthew Waterhouse. This is the audio we recorded at that panel.

It starts with Matthew, as Katy had been feeling under the weather for much of the weekend and on top of that she agreed to add a panel to make up for the absence of another guest. She joins the panel about halfway through.

Thanks again to the organizers of Time Eddy three years of enjoyment.

Episode 361 – Not What It Seems

We hope you are enjoying your week leading up to Christmas. Busy schedules have delayed this week’s episode, but alas it is finally here..

In this installment, we examine the latest novella set in Candy Jar Books’ Extended UNITverse. Here is our review of The Flaming Soldier by Christopher Bryant. Find out what we think of the story.

Also, entertainment news and another small announcement from our friends at Candy Jar Books.

Plus, a review from longtime listener and correspondent, Chrissy who looks at a comic from the December 2017 issue #518 of Doctor Who Magazine. It features the Doctor and Bill in a story called “Matildus.”

And, we give a short spoiler-free review the the latest Star Wars film, The Last Jedi.

Enjoy!