Tag Archive: Big Finish

Episode 97 – Zagreus Sits Inside Your Head

In this week’s episode, after a delay of a few weeks, we finally share our review of the Big Finish audio title, Neverland. And following shortly on the heals of that drama comes the 50th story in the line and a tribute to 40 years of Doctor who with the story, Zagreus. Warning, its a long one!

Also, we will have a look at some special announcements coming out of Chicago TARDIS and Gallifrey One. And some interesting news that really no one besides Shaun cares about.

And of course, your feedback!

Enjoy!

Links mentioned in the show:

Chicago TARDIS
Gallifrey 2013 | The 24 Hours of Gallifrey One

Brenda and the Grammy

Episode 84 – Now Boarding Concorde, Golf Alpha Charlie

In this week’s show a double dose of Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor. First we review the Season 19 finale, Time-Flight with companions Nyssa and Tegan. Next, our thoughts on The Big Finish audio play, WInter for the Adept.

Also, a surprise casting announcement, a look at the Entertainment Weekly magazine Doctor Who article featuring Matt Smith on the cover, and more than you could possibly care about, about the new Series 7 trailer released this week.

And of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Scheduling Shada (and other things)

As we enter into July, a few updates on the vortex schedule for those who like to follow along at home…

Friday Night Who on 7/6 will be eleventh Doctor Matt Smith fighting the weeping angels in the two part “The Time Of Angels” & “Flesh And Stone”.

Since we’ve already reviewed those stories, Traveling The Vortex #80 will cover all things Shada: Shada The Book, Shada The VHS Reconstruction, Shada The Animated Story, Shada The Flash Animation, Shada The Big Finish, Shada The Flame Thrower! (The kids love this one)…

Two new DVDs release on the tenth of July. We’ll cover both of them:  On 7/13 Friday Night Who covers second Doctor Patrick Troughton in “The Krotons”.  Our show that week (#81) sees our reviews of “The Krotons” and Big Finish #4, “Land Of The Dead”.

And then the following week we’ll cover the second release for July. FNW on 7/20 is “Death To The Daleks” with third Doctor Jon Pertwee and Sarah Jane.

Episode #82 becomes another Dalek archive, with reviews of “Death To The Daleks” and two Big Finish audio adventures, #11 “The Apocalypse Element” and #15 “The Mutant Phase”.

We round out july with a return of some fourth Doctor to our plates, as Friday Night Who on 7/27 is “The Horns Of Nimon” with Tom Baker and Romana II.

TTV #83 is a Nimon archive, with our reviews of “The Horns Of Nimon” and Big Finish #30, “Seasons Of Fear” featuring eighth Doctor Paul McGann.

And in August? more Big Finish audios, more Book Reviews, and in celebration of Keith and Sarah’s wedding, a K9 Companion Archive!  As always, thanks for staying with us and we’ll see you in the vortex!

June Events In The Vortex (Revised 5/29)

* REVISED! In order to give the Vortex Boys just a bit more time to get though all the Shada goodies, we’ve flip flopped two weeks on the upcoming schedule.  City Of Death has been bumped back a week, and The Keys Of Marinus and Phantasmagoria move up one.

Once again it’s time to update you all on the joyous goodness coming your way. (Or the giggle inducing horror of it all, whichever you prefer!)

Tonight we’ll record episode #74, an Adversary Archive on The Daleks (again). Can’t help it they’ve just got so many episodes.  We’ll discuss the Jon Pertwee stories “Frontier In Space” and “Planet Of The Daleks” that make up the Dalek war box set, as well as Big Finish #7 “The Genocide Machine (Dalek Empire 1)” with Sylvester McCoy.

Next week’s Friday Night Who on 6/1 is the Matt Smith story “The Eleventh Hour”.

And then, the big massive spectacular 75th epiversary is our first set of BOOK REVIEWS!  Glenn will be sharing his thoughts on Crooked World featuring the eighth Doctor by Steve Lyons, Shaun reviews Only Human with the ninth Doctor by Gareth Roberts, and Keith talks about The Story Of Martha with the tenth Doctor by Dan Abnett.

June 8th’s Friday Night Who takes us back to William Hartnell’s First Doctor with “The Keys Of Marinus”.

On Traveling The Vortex episode #76 we’ll review “The Keys Of Marinus” and Big Finish #2 “Phantasmagoria”.

Friday Night Who on 6/15 is the Tom Baker classic “City Of Death” written by Douglas Adams!

For episode #77 is an explosion of Douglas Adams, as we cover “City Of Death” and ALL THINGS SHADA: Shada The Book, Shada The VHS Reconstruction, Shada The Animated Story, Shada The Flash Animation, Shada The Big Finish, Shada The Flame Thrower!

Colin Baker makes a return to Friday Night Who on June 22 with the story “Timelash”.

And then we’ll review “Timelash” and Big Finish #3 “Whispers Of Terror”.

FNW 6/29 is one of Shaun’s all time favorite stories, “The Android Invasion” with Tom Baker. 

TTV #79 covers “The Android Invasion” and the BBC Radio drama: “Torchwood: Lost Souls”.

And our first Friday Night Who of June ( 7/6) is the awesome series one two parter “The Doctor Dances / The Empty Child” with Christopher Eccleston.

Wait!  …what was that? Did you say TORCHWOOD was on the schedule again?  Can that mean?  Yep.  It’s time to subject Keith to the glory of “Torchwood: Children Of Earth” which we’ll cover in episode 80.

As always, an amazing thank you to all of our amazing listeners for joining us on these travels.  Thanks for putting up with us!

Rogues And Renegades Continues

Greetings from the protectors and defenders of the vortex, with another homework update for those of you following along at home…

Friday Night Who this week on 5/4 is “The Mark Of The Rani” featuring the sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, and Peri.

Show number 71 is a comprehensive review of The Sarah Jane Adventures, Series 2.

5/11 sees Sylvester McCoy’s seventh Doctor return to Friday Night Who in his first story, “Time And The Rani”.

Our show that week (#72) is an Adversary Archive on The Rani, as we cover “The Mark Of The Rani”, “Time And The Rani”, and… sigh… I suppose we’ll feel obligated to mention that “Dimensions In Time” thing… again.

FNW on 5/18 jumps back to the third Doctor Jon Pertwee with “Frontier In Space”, the first story from the “Dalek War” box as it’s billed in North America.

And finally, our true discussion of all these Rogue Time Lords gets underway with Traveling The Vortex #73 as we discuss the life and times of The Meddling Monk, The War Chief, Omega, The Rani, The Master, and the Doctor himself in our adversary archive on Rogues and Renegades.

The last Friday Night Who of May, (5/25) concludes the Dalek War box with Jon Pertwee in “Planet Of The Daleks”.

And of course, what would episode 74 be without a horde of homicidal robots running amok? Our fourth Adversary Archive on the Daleks will cover “Frontier In Space”, “Planet Of The Daleks”, and Big Finish #7 “The Genocide Machine”

And beyond May?  Well, if all goes well expect a discussion on all things Shada, the return of Tom Baker to the schedule, our first Doctor Who book reviews, and more…

Homework From The Vortex…

Okay, as mentioned in this week’s show, here’s the update on your homework assignments if you’d like to follow along…

On 4/20 we’ll finish up the remaining 5 parts (6-10) of “The War Games” with second Doctor Patrick Troughton on Friday Night Who.  We push play at midnight if you’d like to join us…

We’ll spend episode #69 covering the epic “The War Games”.

Friday Night Who on 4/27 will see us jump forward to Peter Davison’s fifth Doctor era for “Arc Of Infinity”.

And show number #70 will cover “Arc Of Infinity” and Big Finish #47 “Omega”.

On 5/4 our Friday Night Who will feature sixth Doctor, Colin Baker in “The Mark Of The Rani”

Here’s a milestone to set your clocks for, TTV #71 will be our reviews of series 2 of The Sarah Jane Adventures.  This means you have 3 weeks to watch them!

FNW on 5/11 features seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy in “Time And The Rani”

Episode #72 will be an Adversary Archive on The Rani, including our reviews of “Mark Of The Rani” and “Time And The Rani”

On 5/18 we’ll start the Dalek War box set on Friday Night Who with “Frontier In Space” staring third Doctor Jon Pertwee.

And Traveling The Vortex episode #73 brings all of the previous week’s villains back for an encore discussion of Rogues And Renegades in our Adversary Archive.

FNW 5/25 will be the second part of the Dalek War box, “Planet Of The Daleks” also featuring Jon Pertwee

Daleks on Friday Night Who?  That can mean only one thing! Episode #74, Adversary Archive: The Daleks IV! Covering “Frontier In Space”, “Planet Of The Daleks”, and Big Finish #7 “The Genocide Machine (Dalek Empire 1)”

and on the horizon?  All things Shada…

Episode 67 – Fish Fingers, Custard, and a Panda Bear in a Chair

In this week’s episode of Traveling the Vortex, we start our ongoing Adversary Archive on The Renegades. We start off this time with a look at The Meddling Monk in the First Doctor adventure, The Time Meddler.

Also, our review of the first outing for Big Finish in it’s Doctor Who main line adventures, The Sirens of Time.

Plus, the BIG news of the week was the leak of a MAJOR spoiler from the shooting set of the Seventh Series. Don’t worry, we won’t spoil anything for you, we talk about outlets being responsible when it comes to spoilers leading up to Fall.

Oh, and of course, your feedback!

Enjoy!

Links mentioned in the show:

One Kansas Author – Robert Collins’ blog
The Preachrs Podcast

Rascals, Rogues and Renegades: Vortex Homework

Good morning! (Or Good afternoon or Good evening depending on your particular time zone) here’s an update on some of the fun things we have planned coming up on the really big show.

(Thanks, Mr. Sullivan!)

Friday Night Who this week is the just released in North America “The Robots Of Death – Special Edition” staring Tom Baker.

Show #65 is a big one.  We’ll discuss new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, our experiences at KC Planet Comicon, and hopefully have some live reports from The Official Doctor Who Convention in Cardiff from roving Traveling The Vortex reporter Philip Malkin.

For the One Year Anniversary of Friday Night Who on 3/30 we return to Jon Pertwee’s era with “The Sea Devils” (which means Shaun will finally get a chance to see it.)

Our planned companion archive for Leela gets bumped to the following show, #66 as we’ll review “The Face Of Evil” and “The Robots Of Death”

Then in APRIL we see the start of the Renegades, as our 4/6 Friday Night Who is “The Time Meddler” with William Hartnell.

Traveling The Vortex #67 will review “The Time Meddler” AND Big Finish #1 “Sirens Of Time”.

4/13 for Friday Night Who will be the first part of “The War Games” with Patrick Troughton. We’re only doing Parts 1-5 this week!

More Big Finish on the way for episode #68, a companion archive for Evelyn Smythe.  Big Finish #6 “The Marion Conspiracy”, #9 “The Spectre Of Lanyon Moor”, and #22 “Bloodtide”.

On 4/20 we’ll finish up the remaining 5 parts of “The War Games” on Friday Night Who.

We’ll spend episode #69 covering the epic “The War Games”

Friday Night Who on 4/27 will see us jump forward to the Peter Davison era for “Arc Of Infinity”.

And show number #70 will cover “Arc Of Infinity” and Big Finish #47 “Omega”

That’ll take us all the way to May, so you’ve got your assignments outlined!

What’s that?  You wanna know what’s up in May?  Hmmm… More Renegades, Sarah Jane,  and the return of everyone’s favorite pepper pots…

Coming Soon To The Vortex…

Recovering from Gallifrey One (and I do mean recovering. I think someone gave me the funk, but I’m hopeful it’s just sinuses.) and I thought maybe I should update all of you on the schedule, cause there’s a few big things on the horizon, and I know how some of you like to do your homework for our shows…

We’ll record episode #60 tonight, a full report of my experiences at Gally.  Mel will join us in studio, and you can look for this on the feeds tomorrow.

This Friday, 2/24, we’ll complete the Black Guardian Trilogy on Friday Night Who with “Enlightenment”.

Traveling The Vortex episode #61 will be our complete recap of the Black Guardian Trilogy, as we talk about all three Peter Davison episodes, “Mawdryn Undead”, “Terminus” and “Enlightenment”.

Barring such a long winded Gally breakdown that we go two episodes (which I don’t see happening. lol) the following week 3/2 on Friday Night Who, we’ll watch Colin Baker in “Attack Of The Cybermen”

TTV #62 is a review of The Sarah Jane Adventures: Series 1.  This is only two weeks out, so you may want to start working your way through them now!

FNW on 3/9 is Sylvester McCoy’s Cyberman story, “Silver Nemesis”

News to keep Keith happy, TTV #63 will be our second Adversary Archive on the Cybermen, as we discuss “Attack Of The Cybermen” and “Silver Nemesis”.

Taking advantage of the new DVD releases this month, Friday Night Who on 3/16 is “The Face Of Evil” with Tom Baker. (This title releases earlier that week in North America, so we are right out of the gate here!)

Another homework heavy podcast here, as TTV #64 is our second Big Finish block with Paul McGann, covering the next three 8th Doctor stories – #19 Minuet In Hell, #28 Invaders From Mars, and #29 The Chimes Of Midnight

FNW on 3/23 is another new release for this month, “The Robots Of Death – Special Edition” again with Tom Baker.

Episode #65 is, believe it or not, only our second Companion Archive, this one on Leela, and covers the two new releases we’ll have just watched, “The Face Of Evil” and “The Robots Of Death”.

So that brings you up to speed.  As always, the schedule is subject to change.  And because I know some of you are dying to plan out even farther,  let me give you a hint…

 

Renegades…

Gally Update 6 – The Big Finish Conundrum

Shaun turns in, for us another update from Gallifrey One’s Network 23 from Los Angeles, California. He is joined once again by Mel, to recount more from Saturday, and their autograph hunt.

Also, a fun story about Mel on a mission to deliver wardrobe to Paul McGann and his son Jake.

My apologies to Shaun and Mel, and you the listener for posting this one so late. Shaun had it sent earlier today, but it has been a hectic Sunday.

Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Simon Pegg!

SHAUN OF THE DEAD and SPACED creator/writer/star Simon Pegg is no stranger to Doctor Who. Although primarily known as The Editor, from the 2005 episode “The Long Game” Pegg also narrated the first season of Doctor Who Confidential, voiced Don Cheney in the Big Finish Audio “Invaders From Mars” and was originally tapped to play Rose’s father, Pete Tyler.

We hope he can take a break from his current work as Scotty in Star Trek 2 to celebrate his 42 birthday properly.

Side Trip 2 – Dr. Phil’s Big Finish Companion

As promised in Episode 53, here is Dr. Phil’s Big Finish Audio Companion. It’s a guide to some of the best Doctor Who audio plays that Big Finish has produced in the last decade.

This is a piece that we had hoped to include in our first review of Big Audio episodes, but as Phil told us, the project “ballooned” as he began editing it and putting in the trailers to the referenced stories. We felt that it was too long to include in this week’s episode in it’s entirety, but agreed that it was too good to edit down. So, it debuts as our second Short Trip.

To hear Dr. Phil’s own podcast – Doctor Who: Adventures in Time, Space, and Music, be sure to visit his website at http://adventuresintimespaceandmusic.phillipwserna.com/.

And as always, enjoy!

Episode 53 – Beginning the New Year With a Big Finish

Here we are, a day later, but all of us feeling much better.

In this week’s episode, we start the New Year of right with a very Big Finish. We review the Eighth Doctor’s first three audios, Storm Warning, The Sword of Orion, and The Stones of Venice.

Also in this show, at this years Chicago TARDIS Dr. Phil Serna had the chance to sit down with writer Richard Dinnick, who has written for both Big Finish and BBC books. We’ll hear Richard talk about some his work.

And of course, this week’s news and your feedback. Enjoy!

Links mentioned in this show:

Mayan Calendar
http://www.richarddinnick.com/
Big Finish – Doctor Who
Doctor Who: Adventures in Time, Space, and Music

ADDENDUM: The “Big News” that Shaun couldn’t remember during the podcast was the wedding of tenth Doctor David Tennant to his fiancé Georgia Moffat, (“The Doctor’s Daughter”) who happens to be the daughter of fifth Doctor Peter Davison. (Any excuse to bring up that tangle of relationships again!)  Traveling The Vortex passes on our congratulations to the happy couple!

Loose Threads: Around The Vortex 9/26/11

* In addition to Peter Davison and Alex Kingston (the 5th Doctor and River Song respectively), Chicago Tardis is firming up their guest list for the upcoming November convention.  Big names from Big Finish include Jason Haigh-Ellery (producer), Nicholas Briggs (writer/director and voice of the Daleks/Cybermen), Lisa Bowerman, (Bernice Summerfield) and the new 7th Doctor companion Beth Chalmers.

Other writers/editors/publisher include Ben Aaronovitch (7th Doctor era stories), Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg (Howe’s Transendental Toybox), Graeme Burk and Robert Smith (Time Unincorporated and the forthcoming Who Is The Doctor), Benjamin Cook (A Writer’s Tale, Christa Dickson and Lars Pearson (Mad Norwegian Press) and Tony Lee (IDW Doctor Who comics).  Their website promises more to come…

http://www.chicagotardis.com/

One change to the program is Toby Hadoke (Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf) who will be unable to attend.

* Doctor Who Magazine recently announced the show will return for another 13 episode season seven in 2012, but as many of us suspected, it WILL be broken into two parts, and it WILL start in the fall of 2012.  So once the current season six wraps next week with “The Wedding Of River Song”, we’ll get a Christmas special, and then no new who for about 8 months.  I feel withdrawals kicking in already.

* And lastly, Matt Smith is chomping at the bit to get to the 50th anniversary special, and he’d love for it to be in 3D.  “I love making Doctor Who, and I get to be part of that 50th year which they’ll do something mental for,” he tells Bang Showbiz.  “You know it will be brilliant.  I’m interested in all the 3D stuff.  If it could be filmed for 3D TV that would be fun, especially with Doctor Who, but it’s very expensive.  I don’t know how they’d do it.”

I imagine something with void stuff.

Loose Threads: Around The Vortex

Welcome to “Loose Threads”, where like the 4th Doctor’s scarf, I hope to combine bits of factoidal information to present a fun if chaotic picture of the Whoniverse at any given moment.

50th Anniversary Plans, Big Finish Comes To Gally and The Waters Of Mars

* TV line talks with Stephen Moffat about the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who in 2013, and he promises emphatically, “it will be huge”.  Moffat wouldn’t be pinned down on weather the anniversary extravaganza would involve stand alone specials, an extra memorable season or other fun stuff.  “It won’t be just one thing…. We’ll be doing lots of stuff,” is all Moffat would concede.  “The plans are quite extensive and changing all the time.  Oh my God, we will hit that year very, very hard indeed.”  The BBC execs “are full committed” to his vision.  “There’s lot of decisions we’re making that are about making all that possible.  It’ll be amazing.”

With all the talk of a multi Doctor story featuring some or all of the combinations—Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccelston and David Tennant—reuniting, is it true?  And might other familiar faces from the past return as well?  “Possibly…. It’s so far in the future, it’s only a set of notions,” Moffat replies, adding that he’s still got this year’s Christmas special to focus on before he gets to locking in plans for the big 50.

* GallifreyOne just updated their guest list for next year.  The list now includes a quartet of Big Finish folk: Nicholas Briggs, executive producer for Big Finish Productions as well as the voice of the Daleks for the past six years; Barnaby Edwards the principal Dalek operator, director, actor, and writer for Big Finish; Beth Chalmers, new 7th Doctor companion Raine Creevey; and Lisa Greenwood, 6th Doctor companion Philippa “Flip” Jackson.  Also on the guest list are new series directors Toby Haynes and Richard Senior, between the two of them responsible for some of the more impresive Matt Smith episodes, including; “The Impossible Astronaut”, “Day Of The Moon”, “The Pandorica Opens”, “The Big Bang”, “Time”, “Space” and the upcoming “Let’s Kill Hitler”. 

And working on a full house for the 1996 TV Movie reunion (Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook and Yee Jee Tso are already signed to appear), Philip Segal, executive producer of the TV Movie and the man who championed to get Doctor Who back on the air.  It is the 15th anniversary of the Movie, is it possible that The Master himself, Eric Roberts could be making an appearance?  Stay tuned…

* And finally in a bit of science reality, NASA has announced the Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered evidence of flowing water on Mars.  Water on Mars is no news and has been reported on before of course, but flowing water on the surface is a big deal.  Just ask the Doctor, he could tell you.  For the full report, click here. <>