In this week’s episode of the podcast, we prepare for our Time Eddy III panel featuring the lovely Katy Manning by listening to, not one, but two Iris Wildthyme adventures from Big Finish. First, it’s the beginning to the Excelis story arc.Excelis Dawns, also featuring the Fifth Doctor. Then we head to the Main Range title, The Wormery, with Iris joining the Sixth Doctor for an adventure. Hear our reviews of both of these audios.
Busy Busy Busy this week as we run up to Time Eddy III. If you are new the proceedings, thanks for joining us, here’s a breakdown of what’s on tap for the podcast if you want to follow along:
Our weekly Doctor Who watch along Friday Night Who selection on 10/20 is “An Unearthly Child” (but of course a reminder that due to con commitments we may not actually be present for it. If not, just push play at 10:30 without us!
TTV #353 – The Trilogy Concludes, as we bring you all the news fit to print, talk, and rave about Time Eddy III.
FNW 10/27 our Halloween offering this year features Tom Baker vs the Great Vampires in “State of Decay”
TTV #354 – It’s been too long since we last checked in on the LethbridgeVerse, so it’s past time for some book reviews! We’ll offer up thoughts on The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho, Lethbridge-Stewart: Daughters of Earth by Sarah Groenewegen, and The Cruel Oil by Harry Draper.
Colin Baker falls into a “Twin Dilemma” on 11/3 Friday Night Who.
Continuing where we left off on Excelis, TTV #355 will have our thoughts on Big Finish’s “Excelis Rising” and “Excelis Decays”.
FNW 11/10 is the first three parts of the third Doctor story “The Sea Devils”.
And we’ll finish off the saga of Excelis and give our thoughts on the over all arc in TTV #356 with Bernice Summerfield in “The Plague Herds Of Excelis”.
FNW 11/17 finishes off “The Sea Devils” with Parts 4-6.
Back to the books in TTV #357 with a look at Lethbridge-Stewart: The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Burford-Jones, and 48 Crash by Mark Carton
Matt Smith comes back to FNW on 11/24 in “The Rings Of Akhaten”.
A mixed bag this week for TTV #358 as we review Big Finish #94 “Id/Urgent Calls”, and pending the outcome of this year’s Lost Dimension crossover event, Titan Comics 11th Doctor Season 3 issues #6-10. Very subject to change here.
FNW on 12/1 is the always near the top of the list rated “Caves Of Androzani” with Peter Davison.
TTV #359 has us look at Big Finish #99 “Son Of The Dragon”, and Titan Comics 12th Doctor Season 3 issues #1-5.
A brand new one this week for Friday Night Who on 12/8! “The Creature From The Pit” with Tom Baker.
and we’ll offer up our thoughts on that story in TTV #360.
Pertwee returns to FNW on 12/15 in “The Curse Of Peladon”
We’ll review the LS verse novella Day of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen in TTV #361.
Hope you picked up your bluray or DVD copies of Series 10, as we’ll do a recap of the finale “World Enough and Time / The Doctor Falls” for Friday Night Who on 12/22…
…and then it will be time to say goodbye to Peter Capaldi in TTV #362 as we discuss his swan song and the arrival of Jodi Whitaker in the Christmas special “Twice Upon A Time”
Wouldn’t be Christmas without a proper Christmas Who, so even though it’s a week late, our last Friday Night Who of the year (12/29) will be “The Runaway Bride” with David Tennant.
TTV #363 will bring on The Havoc Files 4 collection of short stories from Candy Jar Books and the LS verse.
Britbox has finally released its reconstructed version of the Second Doctor story, The Wheel In Space featuring Jamie and introducing Zoe. So, we take this opportunity to discuss the story and talk about our impressions of the reconstruction as well.
Also, some news of the week, including Christmas Special news, Big Finish news and more.
This is the one we’ve been threaten… er… promising for years. Here is the one where we ask for your continuing support financially. This is our special pledge drive edition of the podcast. Please consider giving if you can.
Also, a special sneak peek, of the upcoming Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off novel, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Avatars of the Intelligence, courtesy of our friends at Candy Jar Books. We tell you what you can expect from the novel written by Sue Hampton.
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.
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.
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.
In this week’s episode we tackle Gallifrey 101 with a review of the new book, Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time Lords by Steve Tribe, covering the ancient, legendary civilization and it’s more notable historical figures.
Plus, we discuss TopCon Geek Expo 2017, and what we thought of this year’s offering.
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.
In this week’s show we explore two offerings from the Big Finish Companion Chronicles range. First it’s Season 3: #1 “Here There Be Monsters” featuring Susan and performed by Carol Ann Ford. Next is Season 3: #7 “The Transit of Venus”, this time featuring Ian performed by William Russell. Hear what we have to say about these two First Doctor era adventures.
Plus, new of the week including more Big Finish and Candy Jar Books announcements.
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:
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.