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Friday Night Who 5/10

Revenge of the Cybermen


Join us tonight as we celebrate in anticipation to tomorrow’s episode “Nightmare In Silver” as we watch “Revenge of the Cybermen” for Friday Night Who!

We press play on the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane & Harry Sullivan adventure at Midnight CDT.

Follow @VortexKeith, @TravelVortex, @VortexShaun & @VortexGlenn for the live tweet along.

And as always keep an eye out for the hashtags #FridayNightWho & #RevengeoftheCybermen

Friday Night Who 4/19



For this week’s celebration of third Doctor Jon Pertwee, our Friday Night Who will be the 4 part story, “The Time Warrior”, which is also Sarah Jane’s first story.

To join in the fun, follow @vortexglenn, @vortexshaun, @VortexKeith and @travelvortex for the live tweet-a-long, look for the #FridayNightWho and #TheTimeWarrior hashtags, and push play at midnight, CDT.

Episode 89 – Jurassic Ark

Week two of NEW WHO and we return with our review of Dinosaurs On a Spaceship. But first a look at the Classic Doctor Who story featuring those prehistoric beasts, Invasion of the Dinosaurs.

Also a look at the new of the week, including a certain show runner who has gone dark on his Twitter account. Plus some awards nominations out this week.

And of course, your feedback.


Kansas Book Festival
This Is Why I’m Broke

Episode 71 – Your Horoscope for Today

On this week’s episode of Traveling the Vortex, we take a brief step out of the time vortex for a review of The Sarah Jane Smith Adventures, Series 2.

Also, it was superhero day for Keith and Shaun with a weekend trip to Omaha, Nebraska for Comic Book Day to meet “fake” Adam Baldwin (they swear he was real, but I’m still skeptical) then back to Topeka for a screening of The Avengers on the night of the “Super Moon”.

Also, a little spoiler action, as we talk Daleks in the new series. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!

And of course your (er, Holly’s) feedback. Enjoy!

Links mentioned in the show:
AnimeNebaskon Novemeber 2-4, 2012
Gareth Roberts on Twitter – @OldRoberts953
Clark Gregg on Twitter – @clarkgregg

Episode 33 – The Episode Of Rassilon

Here it is, and back on time this week. Recorded from our new studio digs (or in other word’s Shaun and Keith’s place) is this week’s show. This time, we review The Five Doctors.

Not much news going on this week, well of course with the exception of Keith moving in with Shaun, and now I only have a 2 minute commute as opposed to a 20 minute commute to record on Sunday. Can you tell how happy I am that Keith moved?

Also, your feedback!

* The Retraction Of Rassilon: Wanting to stem the flow of corrections early, we got into a bit of a quagmire over the name of Patrick Troughton’s son in this episode.  Turns out he has 2, David Troughton is an actor who, among other credits played King Peladon in “The Curse Of Peladon” and his younger brother Michael Troughton is currently at work on a biography of his late father due out in November.

No New Sarah Jane

The BBC website confirms that despite reports to the contrary, there will be no new episodes filmed of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

The full statement regarding the future of the series is below:

“Contrary to press reports today we can confirm that no new episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures will be filmed following the tragic death of actress Elisabeth Sladen in April, 2011. As a tribute to Elisabeth the six episodes that were recorded with her last year will be broadcast on CBBC at a date to be confirmed.”

Elisabeth Sladen first played the role of Sarah Jane in Doctor Who in 1973 and following her return to the show in 2006, played the eponymous lead in the award-winning CBBC series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, from 2007 onwards.

While I agree with the decision not to continue the show on without Elisabeth Sladen (and really, how could it even be considered?  The absence of Sarah Jane would be a hole to big to fill, and recasting is out of the question), I do think CBBC should look into filming a final episode, giving the show a finale and handling her death “in universe”.  Yes we had tributes and dedications, but Sarah Jane has become too much of a fixture with the Whoniverse, and to just drop the show and never reference her again?  Seems wrong.  While it would be undoubtedly tough to watch and film, her fans deserve at least that.

Episode 17 – Love and Astronauts

A double dose of Who this week. First a review of the classic First Doctor story, The Aztecs. Then the episode we have been waiting for months, The Impossible Astronaut.

Also, a look back on the life of Elisabeth Sladen, our Sarah Jane Smith.

And of course, your feedback.

Plus, please note, we are still in the process of moving our iTunes feed over to our new server. If you fail to get this week’s episode in iTunes, you can subscribe to the show by clicking the subscribe links on the right side of the page. Also, you can go to feeds.feedburner.com/travelvortex to update your subscription options. And you can download a copy of the show right here from this post.


Links mentioned in the show;

Cyberman Bob by Mark Lee.

Elisabeth Sladen, ‘Sarah Jane Smith’ Has Died at 63

We here at Traveling the Vortex are greatly saddened by the news that Elisabeth Sladen, our beloved Sarah Jane Smith has passed on.

Our hearts go out to her family, friends and the many fans she has blessed with her talents over the years.



It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC’s The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning. She was 63.

Lis first appeared as Sarah Jane in Doctor Who in 1973 alongside the Third Doctor Jon Pertwee and stayed for three and half seasons working alongside Jon and the Fourth Doctor Tom Baker. She returned to the role on numerous occasions over the years and, in 2007, was given her own spin-off series on CBBC – The Sarah Jane Adventures – where she would appear alongside new Doctors David Tennant and Matt Smith.

The Sarah Jane Adventures brought Lis a whole new generation of fans who grew up to love her alien-busting adventures. The series was hugely popular with fans young and old and won this year’s RTS Award for best children’s drama.

Controller of CBBC Damian Kavanagh said tonight: “I’m deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Lis’ untimely death. Lis brought joy, excitement and a sense of wonder to her many fans in her role as Sarah Jane Smith. She was adored by our young audience and I know all of them will miss her as much as I will.”

The creator of The Sarah Jane Adventures Russell T Davies said: “I absolutely loved Lis. She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful. The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith; the world was lucky to have Lis.”

Steven Moffat, Doctor Who’s Lead Writer and Executive Producer said: “’Never meet your heroes’ wise people say. They weren’t thinking of Lis Sladen.

“Sarah Jane Smith was everybody’s hero when I was younger, and as brave and funny and brilliant as people only ever are in stories. But many years later, when I met the real Sarah-Jane – Lis Sladen herself – she was exactly as any child ever have wanted her to be. Kind and gentle and clever; and a ferociously talented actress, of course, but in that perfectly English unassuming way.

“There are a blessed few who can carry a whole television show on their talent and charisma – but I can’t think of one other who’s done it quite so politely. I once showed my son Joshua an old episode of Doctor Who, in which Lis appeared. “But that’s Sarah Jane,” he said, confused “In old Doctor Who. From years ago. How come she always look exactly the same?” It’s not a comfort today, of course, but children will still be saying that fifty years from now.”

Keith Jones, Director, BBC Cymru Wales, said: “The Sarah Jane Adventures has been one of the most successful children’s programmes on television in recent years – and without Elisabeth Sladen it would not have happened. A brilliant presence on screen and on set, she brought the excitement and energy of the Doctor Who family of programmes, of which we are very proud at BBC Wales, to a whole new generation. She will be missed by all at BBC Wales who worked with her.”

Roger Carey, who represented Lis for many years, said. “She was not just a client, but a dear friend. She was so positive about life and her natural energy was intoxicating. She couldn’t believe her luck when her career was resurrected in her own series.”

Lis had been suffering from cancer. She leaves behind a husband, actor Brian Miller, and her daughter, Sadie.