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.

Episode 347 – The History Book of Rassilon

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 also look at some news-of-the-week.


Link mentioned in this week’s show:

Free short story offer from Candy Jar Books – The Cruel Oil

Episode 346 – The Wilderness Ban

In this week’s show, we ban Shaun’s overuse of the word, “wilderness”. You’re welcome.

Also, we finish off our reviews of the Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures Season 2 with episodes #6 “The Dalek Contract”, and #7 “The Final Phase”.

Plus, no news this week, BUT… we do have feedback!


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.

Episode 345 – No Real Bad Guy

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.

And, of course, your feedback. 


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:



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.###

Episode 344 – I Left My Heart on Raxacoricofallapatorius

In this week’s show we continue Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor Adventures with Season 3, number 1 Orbis.

Then we do some catching up on Titan Comics Ninth Doctor Season 1 with issues 1 through 5.

Find out what we thought of both.

And some convention news to cover this week from Time Eddy III coming up in Wichita, Kansas.

And of course, your feedback.

Link mentioned in the episode:

The Federation TV YouTube channel

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!

Episode 343 – So, It’s Like Jurassic Park

Quick turnaround with a shorter episode this week. We tackle two Big Finish Eighth Doctor Adventures from season 2. This time it’s #7 Sisters of the Flame, and #8 Vengeance of Morbius. Listen in to hear what we thought of the two-part conclusion to the season.

Plus we look at the news out this week in the world of Doctor Who.

And, of course, your feedback.


Episode 342 – Colonoscopy In Space

In this week’s podcast, we’re joined by author and Candy Jar Books editor, Andy Frankham-Allen. We pick his brain a little this week and discuss the recent Lethbridge-Stewart novel, Night of the Intelligence and other topics in the range.

Then we torture… err… keep him around to discuss this week’s review of the Third Doctor and Jo Grant story, Colony in space.

He also, joins us as we weigh in on the news of the week.

And of course, your feedback.



Episode 341 – Putting it All Together

In this week’s episode, we rejoin Lethbridge-Stewart in the Candy Jar Books series named for him, this time with a review of Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen. We explore what becomes some closure to a story arc that started nearly two years ago in the series.

Also, we’ll look at the short story – The Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters. Find out what we thought about this tale that is also part of the bigger picture in the Lethbridge-Stewart series on books.

Plus, one news item this week.


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…


Episode 340 – Slouching Towards the Vortex

In this week’s show we review more materials from Candy Jar Books.

First we look at the latest short story selection in The HAVOC Files 3, including a tale by our very own resident author, Shaun

Plus, we squeeze in the novella, Life of Evans by John Peel, that was released by Candy Jar Books earlier this year. It also features the short story, Time and Again by Robert Mammone.

Plus some news-of-the week.

And, of course your feedback.


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.


Episode 339 – Change My Dear…

We take the opportunity to discuss the historic announcement of the next Doctor on this week’s episode of the podcast. Here are our thoughts on the news that Jodie Whittaker will take over the role at Christmas.

Also, we do have a few things to review. First we look at Big Finish Main Range story 89, No Man’s Land, featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex.

Then, we delve into the first five issues in the Eleventh Doctor’s year three comics from our friends over at Titan Comics.

And, of course, your feedback.