Tag Archive: David Tennant

“This Fall” Schedule Finally Revealed

Now that the powers that be over at BBC and BBC America have gotten off their collective tookus and announced season seven of Doctor Who, we can reveal our plans for scheduling as well. (Mild spoilers ahead if you’ve been avoiding episode titles…)

As previously stated, TONIGHT’s Friday Night Who (8/24) features Sylvester McCoy in “The Greatest Show In The Galaxy”. Hope you can join us, we push play at midnight.

Our next show (#87) we’ll record once Keith returns from holiday (and there is a STRONG possibility that we’ll be posting it late depending on when he and Sarah return, but we’ll discuss “The Greatest Show In The Galaxy”, the wedding. Oh, and we’ll talk about the episode too.

Next Friday 8/31 Jon Pertwee returns to the Friday Night Who schedule in “Day Of The Daleks”.


TTV #88 is our sixth Dalek Archive, and we’ll talk “Day Of The Daleks” and the new “Asylum Of The Daleks”

On 9/7 another Pertwee hits Friday Night Who with “Invasion Of The Dinosaurs”.

Traveling The Vortex #89 will be our reviews of “Invasion Of The Dinosaurs” and episode two of the new series, “Dinosaurs On A Spaceship”. (Picking up on our theme yet?)

FNW on 9/14 is William Hartnell in “The Gunfighters”.

TTV #90 takes on a distinct western theme, as we’ll talk local sci-fi convention Con-X, and our thoughts on “The Gunfighters”, and episode 3 of season 7, “A Town Called Mercy”.

Friday Night Who (9/21) jumps back to the seventh Doctor era with Sylvester McCoy in “Battlefield”.

And episode #91 covers what are supposed to be UNIT stories with “Battlefield” and “The Power Of Three”.

FNW 9/28 welcomes back David Tennant in the first Weeping Angel story, “Blink”

And on Traveling The Vortex #93 we’ll bid the Ponds Farewell and discuss “The Angels Take Manhattan”

With the end of the new series (at least until Christmas) our Friday Night Who on 10/5 has Peter Davison pay a visit with “The Visitation”

TTV #93 is all about the Doctor’s “get out of jail free card”, the sonic screwdriver. We’ll talk “The Visitation” and more.

On the horizon?  That’s for me to know and you all to find out!


Episode 59 – Fun & Spectacle

In this week’s episode we take a look back at the Russell T. Davies era and the triumphant return of Doctor Who to the television airwaves. His highest and lowest moments, the good and the bad of RTD’s time as show runner.

Also, a look at the week’s news stories, and of course your feedback. Oh, and be sure to pay extra special attention to a very momentous announcement about one of our hosts.


Links mentioned in the show:

Naka-Kon 2012
Cowboy Bebop
@blumespew – Twitter handle for Steve Blum
SFX Awards 2012
Gallifrey One’s Network 23
Doctor Who: Adventures in Time, Space, & Music

Oh, and we didn’t really mention her on this weeks show, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t give any credit Julie Gardner’s help in bringing Doctor Who back to T.V. and it’s success throughout the RTD era. Be sure to check out this tribute to Russell and Julie sung by none other than David Tennant, John Barrowman And Catherine Tate.
“The Ballad of Russell and Julie”

Episode 57 – The End Of Spoilers

We have reached a milestone in out more than a year worth of reviews here on Traveling the Vortex, Keith has finally seen all of the new series to date.

In this week’s show we tackle the epic two-parter The End of Time. Find out our impressions of the last outing of David Tennant. We take a different approach and present our views right along side yours as we read out your thoughts on the story.

Also, our reaction to this week’s news items in the Whoniverse.


Links mentioned in the show:
Planet Comicon
Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock

Happy New Vortex Schedule

Hope 2012 is starting off great for everyone, we’ve got (we hope) some fun things planned for this year, starting with our show tonight, (#53) in which we’ll cover the first three Paul McGann audio adventures from Big Finish, #16 Storm Warning, #17 The Sword Of Orion, and #18 The Stones Of Venice.

There’s been a change in the program line up for Friday Night Who on 1/6, instead of our previously listed “The Seeds Of Death” we’ll be jumping ahead to “The Curse Of Peladon” with 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee

Traveling The Vortex episode #54 has our discussion of the animated story “Dreamland” and the first of the specials, “The Next Doctor”.

Friday Night Who for 1/13 follows with the Pertwee adventure, “The Monster Of Peladon”

We continue working through the specials with TTV #55, covering “Planet Of The Dead” and “The Waters Of Mars”

Then Friday Night Who on 1/20 will be the delayed Patrick Troughton episode “The Seeds Of Death”

Our 56th episode will be an Adversary Archive featuring the fearsome Ice Warriors, as we go back and recap the last three weeks with “Curse Of Peladon”, “Monster Of Peladon” and “Seeds Of Death”

To round out January, join us on 1/27 for Friday Night Who featuring the last David Tennant story, “The End Of Time Part 1 and 2”

And then we’ll spend a whole episode talking about that epic story, (and the fact that Keith will have now seen ALL of new Who).

As always, thank you for listening!

Happy Birthday, Jamie & Rose!

Please join us today in wishing a very happy 67th birthday to Frazer Hines, who played Jamie McCrimmon against Patrick Trouton’s 2nd Doctor.  

And a happy 29th Birthday to Billie Piper, who was of course, Rose Tyler opposite both Christopher Eccleston’s 9th and David Tennant’s 10th Doctors.

Vortex Program Guide

 Over half way done with the epic Key To Time season, as four segments have been found, and four episodes down in Series Six.  Only two of each left to go!

FNW 8/26 – The Ribos Operation (4 Baker)

 TTV #35 – The Ribos Operation, Let’s Kill Hitler

FNW 9/2 – The Pirate Planet (4 Baker)

TTV #36 – The Pirate Planet, Night Terrors

FNW 9/9 – The Stones Of Blood (4 Baker)

TTV #37 – The Stones Of Blood, The Girl Who Waited

 FNW 9/16 – The Androids Of Tara (4 Baker)

TTV #38 – The Androids Of Tara, The God Complex

Friday Night Who 9/23 – The Power Of Kroll

TTV #39 – The Power Of Kroll, Closing Time (S6x12)

FNW 9/30 – The Armageddon Factor

* TTV #40 – The Armageddon Factor, The Wedding Of River Song (S6x13) 

* Note, this episode will be late getting to you, as Glenn is on Holiday (again) and we decided NOT to press ahead with recording without him.

Having watched the last episode of Doctor Who to date, we’ll jump back and do the first for our post Key To Time Friday Night Who…

FNW 10/7 – “An Unearthly Child” starring William Hartnell

TTV #41 – An Unearthly Child, Edge Of Destruction, Marco Polo

Then, the fun stuff.  Friday Night Who presents three weeks of terror!  Horror!  Thrills!  Gothic tales from behind the sofa!

FNW 10/14 – The Brain Of Morbius

TTV #42 – Season Five / Six Recap

FNW 10/21 –The Seeds Of Doom

TTV #43 – Torchwood Season 2

FNW 10/28 – The Horror Of Fang Rock

TTV #44 – Halloween Special – The Brain Of Morbius, The Seeds Of Doom, The Horror Of Fang Rock

And coming in November, the return of David Tennant!

Animated Doctor Who Would Be Bow Tie

Recently on twitter and in a Doctor Who forum I am not naming I have seen it been mentioned that people would really think a Doctor Who Animated was bowtie.

I couldn’t agree more and would LOVE to see an animated Doctor Who series but only if it was done right.

There has already been hundreds of fan made animated videos already which are great to watch, you just need to check out youtube for these and even BBC had The Infinite Quest which was an animated Doctor Who episode which aired alongside the 2007 series of Doctor Who as part of the children’s television series Totally Doctor Who, this actually had the real voices of the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) and Martha (Freema Agyeman) but is not considered canon or part of that series.

Two years later in 2009 on the Doctor Who website and on the BBC interactive red button BBC aired another Doctor Who animation in the shape of a six part serial called Dreamland.

EVEN if we go all the way back to over two decades ago in 1980 an animation company called Nelvana was sanctioned to put together Concept art for a Doctor Who animated series that they could show but it was never produced.

There are different styles and types of animation that they could inevitably use for this and BBC would need to choose a style that didn’t alienate the adult fans as I know nearly EVERY adult now watches at least one cartoon with the likes Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy which are of course adult aimed BUT I also watch cartoon now which are from Marvel and DC like Marvels Spiderman, Iron Man series and the brilliant Planet Hulk movie or all the excellent DC animation movies which there are about 10+ titles in the last 3 years including the newest out very soon Batman Year one which looks out of this world.

Everything I have said so far leads me to one conclusion and that is there is absolutely 100% a place for a Doctor Who Animated series and they way to go with this is to have manga/anime inspired art which DC and Marvel have clearly been doing while keeping the same type writers as the series.

The proof for me is a video that has been going around for a little while its a Doctor Who anime animation which I am sure most of you have probably seen which is so well made and I have yet to speak to someone who has seen it and didn’t like it.

I know a lot for people would worry and panic that if that came out then to cast save BBC might drop the main show which I can totally understand the fear about but I am talking about having these as animated movies along the line of Marvels ‘Planet Hulk’ or the DC movie that is coming ‘Batman – Year One’.

This for me would be just epic, every two or three years a full length Doctor Who animated movie written by guys like Neil Gaiman or even get special guests like some of my favourite comic book writers Mark Miller, Grant Morrison or Alan Moore, the potential is endless and I think its something the should move along with.

Imagine being able to bring back to life some of the old Doctors?

Or SEE your favourite audio books as animation?

Anyways, thanks for reading.

Doctor Who Variety Hour

Artwork By Andy Lambert

Here on Traveling the Vortex we tend to discuss the variety that Doctor Who brings on the show. From actor’s different takes on the Doctor to the tone of various stories.

With Doctor Who returning this Saturday the great folks over at io9 wrote up an interesting article about how there are almost as many different shows within Doctor Who as there are regenerations. They even include video examples.

io9.com: 10 Totally Different TV Shows that Doctor Who Has Been Over the Years

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. <>

Episode 31 – Passing the Time On Planes

In this week’s episode we wrap up our review of Series 3 featuring the Tenth Doctor and Martha, with Infinite Quest, Utopia, The Sound of Drums, and Last of the Time Lords.

Also, some speculation on our part on the possibility of another multi-doctor story in 2013, Glenn recounts his proud moments about his daughters first real roller coaster ride, and of course your feedback. By the way, we’d like to apologize for the length of this episode, however, we have one fan who is going to be especially thankful for it. Have a safe trip, Alex!

Links mentioned in the show:

Zambezi Zinger (on Wikipedia)

Battleship – The Movie

Episode 30 – Oh, the Whomanity!

Big news this week, we have a return date for Series 6.5! In this week’s episode well discuss that and the new trailer that was released this weekend at San Diego Comic Con.

Also, our Adversary Archive: The Master, featuring reviews of The Claws of Axos, The Deadly Assassin, Survival, and Scream of the Shalka. And of course, your feed back!

Oh, and Glenn’s ONE problem with the Back to the Future trilogy? Listen to find out.

Links mentioned in the show:

Lost Comic Con Scene
Baskin Robbins

Image by Mark Lee

Episode 29 – We Are Family

What could possibly come between a match made in heaven? The parents. Dinner. And a nightclub called… oh wait… that’s not right.

Here we go. In this week’s episode, we review three more Tenth Doctor stories, starting with 42. Then we tackle the exciting Paul Cornell two-part story Human Nature and Family of Blood.

Also, Doctor Who Facebook news and of course, your feedback.


Links mentioned in this episode:

Doctor Who videos on Facebook

Doctor Who – The Journal of Impossible Things with The Master’s Ring at Amazon.com

Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (webcast)

Doctor Who: The Feast of the Stone (short story)

Episode 28 – Poor Fuel Economy Hybrids

This week’s episode is a review of the Tenth Doctor stories, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, and The Lazarus Experiment.

Also, Torchwood: Miracle Day impressions from Keith, a Gallifrey 23 update, and Doctor Who cast at San Diego Comic Con.

And, of course, your feedback.

Links mentioned in the show:

Doug H. – Berkeley Square’s entry in to the 2011 Wild West Film Fest

cj’s notebook – Pictures of her new niece

Gallifrey 2012 | Gallifrey One’s Network 23

As always, enjoy!

Episode 26 – The Vortex Code

Sorry for the delay, the delivery guy showed up late with the files necessary to put together a show. I bet some of you were shouting at your iTunes feed “Them Vortex Boys didn’t really get this thing fixed!” Better late than never though, I always say. And I say it a lot because I am always late.

Anywho! This weeks episode we review more Tenth Doctor episodes, starting with the Christmas special, The Runaway Bride. Then on to the beginning of Martha Jones tenure as the companion with Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare Code, and Gridlock.

And Glenn tries to explain the ribbon culture at Galley but here is a link to a site that explains it much better: Ribbons at Gallifrey One Conventions