Tag Archive: First Doctor

Episode 131 – And the Winner Is…

ttv 1400 anniIn this week’s show we travel back to the First Doctor era for the story The Ark. Then forward to the future again to encounter the Sixth Doctor and Peri during their adventure in the Big Finish production of …ish.

Also, a look at the news of the week, including surprise announcement for Chicago TARDIS.

And of course, your feedback!


WWFF Winning short film “Voice Over” – Trailer.

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Scheduling is such a TRIAL… (GET IT?)

Giving all of you who follow along at home a jump on the next block of scheduling…

For Friday Night Who on 6/14 is the first four parts of the infamous “Inferno” with Jon Pertwee, (which releases in a special edition on the 11th…)

TTV #129 will include our reviews of IDW Prisoners Of Time 5, Doctor Who Revisited 5, and Big Finish Destiny Of The Doctor 5: Smoke And Mirrors.

We’ll finish Inferno for Friday Night Who on 6/21 with parts 5-7.

TTV #130 will feature our reviews of “Inferno” and our  50th Anniversary Discussion of The 5th Doctor Era.

William Hartnell returns to FNW 6/28 in “The Ark”.

“The Ark” and Big Finish #35 “…ish” are the subjects of TTV #131.

To celebrate the Sixth Doctor, our Friday Night Who in July is all Colin Baker all the time.  On 7/5 we start the massive and epic “Trial Of A Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet”.

TTV #132 is IDW Prisoners Of Time 6 and “The Mysterious Planet”.

FNW 7/12 continues Trial Of A Time Lord with “Mindwarp”.

Episode #133 will have our reviews of Big Finish Destiny Of The Doctor 6 and “Mindwarp”.

FNW 7/19 is “Trial Of A Time Lord: Terror Of The Vervoids”.

TTV #134 is Doctor Who Revisited 6 and “Terror Of The Vervoids”.

Friday Night Who 7/26 concludes the month with “Trial Of A Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe”.

A big show for #135 as we discuss “The Ultimate Foe”, Trial Of A Time Lord as an overall arc, and give our thoughts on the 50th Anniversary Discussion of The 6th Doctor Era.

We return to more recent waters at the beginning of August for Friday Night Who on 8/2 with “The Doctor’s Wife”.

And we return to the divergent universe in episode #136 with Paul McGann’s eighth Doctor in the divergent universe with the Big Finish stories #63 “Caerdroia” and #64 “The Next Life”.

August is our celebration of the seventh Doctor, with some fun things on that horizon.  See you in the vortex!

Friday Night Who 4/26/13

teodTonight fort Friday Night Who join us on twitter for the live tweet-a-long with William Hartnell’s first Doctor in “The Edge Of Destruction”, part of The Beginning box set.

As Abed on Community would say, it’s a bottle show, which we thought would be fun considering this Saturday new Who offers up “Journey To The Centre Of The Tardis”.

Follow @VortexKeith, @vortexshaun, @vortexglenn and @travelvortex for all the shenanigans, and look for the #FridayNightWho and #EdgeOfDestruction hashtags.  We push play at midnight CST!

In space no one can hear you schedule

Sorry for the delay in getting the update out to you, faithful listener, but between New Series Who, 50th Anniversary plans, AND Planet Comicon our new scheduling robot the WHO-9000 has been thrown for quite the loop.  I think we’ve got him reprogramed now, so here’s some upcoming goodies.  (Remember, to make things easy on you with so much going on, the majority of Friday Night Who that is coming up are episodes we’ve already reviewed/watched.)

Our show recording tonight is #120, and we kick off our celebration of the third Doctor era by covering the IDW comic “Prisoners Of Time 3”, as well as have our reviews of BOTH “The Rings Of Akhaten”, and “The Cold War”.

Friday Night Who on 4/19 celebrates third Doctor Jon Pertwee in “The Time Warrior”.

Traveling The Vortex episode #121 finds us discussing the third Doctor Who Revisited special, Big Finish’s “Destiny Of The Doctor: Vengeance Of The Stones”, and new episode “Hide”.

On 4/26 we journey back to the first Doctor William Hartnell and the first TARDIS bound episode, “The Edge Of Destruction” for FNW.

We can’t wait for this week, as TTV #122 includes our  50th Anniversary Discussion of the  3rd Doctor Era, and our reviews of  “Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS”.

A special treat for @WhovianMich’s birthday on Friday Night Who of 5/3, we’ll be watching her favorite fifth Doctor Peter Davison episode “Enlightenment”.

May starts our celebration of the fourth Doctor, starting with IDW’s Prisoners Of Time 4, and our thoughts on new series’ “The Crimson Horror”.

Some new material hits Friday Night Who on 5/10, with Tom Baker in “Revenge Of The Cybermen”

And then TTV #124 is our Cyberman Archive III with “Revenge Of The Cybermen” and Neil Gaimen’s “Nightmare in Silver” (formerly “The Last Cyberman”).

That should bring us right up to the finale of season 7, and as always, Grand Moff Steven is being tight lipped about it so we’ll wait to schedule that when we know just a bit more than we do now.  Check out our facebook page for the third Doctor poll, and vote on what YOU think is the most iconic episode of his era (that we’ve reviewed).

Now, WHO-9000, can you open the pod bay doors please?

Episode 114 – Duncan MacGregor’s Traveling Bagpipe Band

NEW_TTV_LOGO_200In this week’s episode we continue our 50th Anniversary plans, first with a review of the First Doctor story “The Reign Of Terror”.

Then, our First Doctor retrospective. Looking back at the stories we’ve reviewed so far, we give our impressions on the era, and each choose one story that really sums up the First Doctor as a whole.

Also, some discussion about bagpipes.

Plus, a look at the week’s news, and our impressions on what could be the most over blown summation of an interview ever.

And, of course, your feedback.


The Uncanny Valley

Doctor Who Fiction: Departure Time

dr1Doctor Who: Departure Time

Featuring The First Doctor

By Shaun Collins

The fog was thick, a proper London fog that made the city feel so rife with possibilities.  The stranger stood in the doorway of an abandoned building, watching a police constable walking through the thick soup with his torch waving to and fro.  The constable stopped to check a gate on a junkyard, a tall, imposing doorway painted with I.M. Foreman in white letters on its dark surface.  The gate didn’t budge, and the policeman moved off into the night.

The stranger turned his attention away from the policeman and toward Foreman’s junkyard.  It was a rather unassuming place, run down, the paint on its dark privacy fence cracked and peeling.  Piles of junk occasionally towered over the fence, with only the top most bits and bobs recognizable.  Here a bicycle wheel, there a clock face.

But in the stranger’s experience, it was the unassuming places that were the most interesting, and held the most secrets.

He hesitated a moment longer in the shadows, scanning up and down Totter’s Lane.  He swore he’d heard something a moment ago.  Maybe he was just paranoid.  But no, you didn’t get to his station (or his advanced age) without learning a thing or two about your senses, and his were telling him to hold back.

The lane was shrouded in fog, swirling along the sidewalk and gutters.  He heard her before he saw her—or rather, he heard her radio.  The girl was young, maybe sixteen, walking along Totter’s Lane with a transistor radio for company.  It was quietly playing some awful racket—The Common Men, if his memory served correctly, though for the life of him he couldn’t remember the lead singer’s name—they’d be about right for this time period.  Probably just been ousted of their spot on the chart by The Beatles.  But the girl didn’t seem to mind their company, humming along with them absentmindedly as she walked.

She didn’t seem to be in a hurry to get anywhere, which in and of itself was strange, as Totter’s Lane was not exactly the best or safest of neighborhoods.  There weren’t any residences nearby either, so just what was she doing out here?  She stopped suddenly, her vacant, dreamy expression dropped and she became acutely aware. She turned, looking all around her, and then her eyes fell on the stranger.  Her gaze actually seemed to bore straight through him, and he fought the impulse to move further back into the shadows.  The sudden movement might throw off the perception filter he wore, and he was suddenly convinced that something was very much afoot on Totter’s Lane, and this young girl was a part of it.  He’d thought her a normal teenager, out for a walk, but now, starring at him—or at least, starring at the spot he happened to be standing in—she seemed… unearthly.

The dark haired girl stood a moment longer, then blinked and seemed to fade back to a normal teenager.  She looked down at the transistor radio—now hawking equipment from Magpie Electric—as if she’d forgotten she had it.  She switched it off, and stepped lightly up on the curb in front of the junkyard.

The stranger admired her movements.  Not at all an awkward teenager, but light and lithe on her feet like a cat.  He started admiring her form when she ducked inside the gate and was gone.

He blinked his eyes, purposefully, and hard.  The gate was locked.  He’d checked it earlier tonight before setting up his surveillance, and the constable had checked it just a moment ago.  But the girl had managed to nip in and do it quickly.

He started to move from his position in the shadow, when a couple walked into view just down the street.  The man was tall, dark haired and wore a dark trench coat over his suit.  The woman was slightly shorter, with her hair teased up into the big style popular nowadays.  They seemed intently interested in the junkyard, and appeared to be keeping the girl under surveillance, nervously looking behind them to see if they had been noticed.

The stranger frowned.  They could be spies, he supposed.  The Russians had been making noises lately if the intercepted communication chatter from MI6 was to be believed, but if they were spies, they were two of the worst he’d ever seen.  They looked like school teachers of all things.  Quickly and nearly noiselessly, they ducked into the lot.

The girl must have left the gate unlocked.

The stranger was about to seize the moment of opportunity and move after them, when a small pressure pushed into the small of his back.  It felt very much like the barrel of a gun.  “Are you always in the habit of spying on young girls?” A voice asked from behind him.

The stranger froze.  There was absolutely no way he could be seen by a normal person.  The alcove alone should have disguised him well enough, add in the shadows and the fog not to mention the perception filter and he was practically invisible.

He raised his hands and turned slowly, to find a old man dressed in a black suit and traveling cloak complete with hat doffed on his head full of white hair.  This was the man who not only saw him, but snuck up behind him?  The stranger admonished himself.  He must have been deeper in contemplation than he thought.  He was relieved to see the old man carried a cane, which he didn’t seem to need, because at the moment this was what had been pressed into the stranger’s back, and not a gun.

“I’m not spying on anyone.”  The stranger replied, offering up his best smile.  Rule one: always lie.

“Oh, I beg your pardon, but that’s certainly what it looked like to me.  What are you doing here, hmm?”

“Just locking up.”

“Locking up? This shop has been abandoned. No one’s been here for months.”

“I’m the owner.  Been thinking about doing some renovations and trying to rent the space out to a business.”  The stranger said quickly.  The old man was sharp, maybe a little too sharp.  The stranger eyed him closely.  There was something familiar about the old man, despite his certainly that he’d never met the man before.

They starred off for a moment longer, and suddenly the old man broke into an embarrassed smile.  He lowered the cane. “Dear oh dear, my my my” he said, wiping his brow with a handkerchief he produced from some pocket or another.  “How embarrassing.  Do accept my apology young man, I had no idea. Simply no idea.”

The stranger put his hands down.  “No problem.”

“I’m afraid I may be a bit over protective of my granddaughter.”  The old man said, still apologizing.

The stranger had a perplexed look for a second. “Oh, the young girl in question.”

“Yes, she’s quite precious to me.”

“Well no harm done.  Good to know that there are concerned citizens in the neighborhood keeping an eye on things.  Makes me feel that much better about getting a business in here.”

“You’re sure there’s no hard feelings then, my boy?”

The stranger gave him his best and brightest smile.  “None at all.”

“Well, goodnight.”


The old man loitered for a moment longer, then strode off across the street.  The stranger went the other way, slowly strolling through the fog until he got to his designated second viewpoint.  He ducked around the corner and watched the old man, who stopped suddenly in the middle of the street and looked back, trying to spot where the stranger went.  Satisfied he was gone, the old man turned and began walking to the junkyard at a much quicker pace.  He shuffled slightly when he walked but moved.  He was muttering to himself, “hmm” and “now, now, now” seeming to be two of his favorites.

The stranger watched closely. Once again, he questioned the directive that had brought him here to investigate.  There was something strange going on on Totter’s Lane, but he’d seen no evidence of extraterrestrial activity.  Certainly no technology they could use.  And yet, his own intuition insisted something was up.

The old man ducked into the junkyard, the same junkyard the girl and the couple had gone.  Were they squatting there?  Or was there maybe a small flat just inside the fence.  It would be impossible to tell without a closer look.

He moved back onto the street, and walked back down the block.  As he neared the junkyard, he heard raised voices coming from the other side of the towering gate with I.M. Foreman written on it.



Who had spoken he couldn’t determine, but they seemed agitated.  He paused again.  Was this just a quarrel that he had no business in?  Would he be jeopardizing his mission by intervening?

The momentary hesitation would haunt him for years to come.  From the other side of the fence game a strange, groaning and wheezing, as if a great beast had come to life in the junkyard and was struggling to breath.  To anyone but a select few, the noise would have been foreign and completely unknown.  The stranger was one of the select few who recognized it for what it was, the sound of the TARDIS dematerializing.

He ran forward, all concerns forgotten.  “Doctor?!?” he shouted at the top of his lungs.

He burst through the door just in time to see the Police Box fade from view, disappearing into the vortex.

Captain Jack Harkness walked over to the spot where the TARDIS had stood.  He knelt and ran his fingers over the cobblestones.  Eventually, he moved to the rickety wooden staircase that was attached to the outside of the neighboring building and sat, rubbing his face in his hands.  Torchwood had it right, there was an alien presence here.  And he’d scoffed, with his knowledge of the future, but come like the obedient lap dog just to be on the safe side.  And he’d missed him.  The Doctor.

The old man was the Doctor.  Not his Doctor, but certainly one of him.  He wondered which.

Ah well.  Captain Jack rose and dusted his hands off, heading back for the entrance.  He’d been stranded on Earth for a long time, but he’d catch up with the Doctor again someday. <>

Friday Night Who 3/1



For tonight’s Friday Night Who, continue in the first Doctor William Hartnell’s era and the just released to DVD “The Reign Of Terror”.  We will conclude this six part episode, starting with episode 4.

As always, find and follow @vortexglenn, @VortexKeith, @vortexshaun and @travelvortex on twitter for the live commentary, and look for the #FridayNightWho and #TheReignOfTerror hashtags. We push play at midnight, CST.

Friday Night Who 2/22/13

Doctor-Who-Reign-Of-Terror-DVDFor tonight’s Friday Night Who, we travel back to first Doctor William Hartnell and the just released to DVD “The Reign Of Terror”.  As this is a six part episode, we will only do the first three tonight, and conclude the story next week.

As always, find and follow @vortexglenn, @VortexKeith, @vortexshaun and @travelvortex on twitter for the live commentary, and look for the #FridayNightWho and #TheReignOfTerror hashtags. We push play at midnight, CST.

Classic Episode To Be Released on DVD

The epic struggle with the Cybermen begin in the Tenth Planet, but episode 4 has been missing since the mid-70’s.

But now doctorwho.tv is announcing the story is coming to DVD, not because episode 4 was found, but because they are animating it!

2c7h40je0az1000Episode 4 of this story is important for two reasons. Not only is it the first story with the Cybermen, but it’s the LAST story with William Hartnell as the Doctor.

Dan Hall said: “It’s a real thrill to be bringing such an iconic Doctor Who episode back to life. Without the events established in The Tenth Planet episode 4, there would be no Doctor Who as we know it!”

The release date is currently scheduled for late 2013.

Episode 110 – Scarydreamtime

NEW_TTV_LOGO_200Now that many of us here at Traveling the Vortex are on the mend, we are able to bring you this week’s show. A little different this time, with a fan approach. This week we hear from some of the founding members of the Kansas City Time Lord Society for a discussion of the grass roots fan group and some of the up coming Planet Comicon in April. Then we welcome Doctor Who fan and cosplayer, Quiana who shares with us her passion for costuming as her favorite characters.

Also, as promised, a review of the first issue in the IDW series, Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time. And a look at the recently aired Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited from BBC America.

And of course, some news and your feedback!


P.S. Thanks for all the get well wishes throughout the week!

Kansas City Time Lord Society on Facebook

Quiana’s Blog

Episode 99 – Luftballoons

In this week’s episode, we break out the Raid and prepare for our review of the First Doctor story, The Web Planet. Following that, a look at Big Finish audio #5 – The Fearmonger.

Also, a look at the news of the week, including a Gallifrey One announcement, award contention, and The ebook Doctor Who: The Angels Kiss, has a voice for the audio version.

And, our take on the recently released Christmas special prequel and trailer.

And of ourse, your feedback.


Links mentioned on this week’s show:

Vote for Doctor Who in the People’s Choice Awards

Doctor Who: ‘The First Question’ – The Extended Cut – 50th Anniversary Trailer (HD)

Episode 95 – Oz the Great and Terrible

In this week’s episode, we venture back to the First Doctor’s era and join he, Ian and Barbara as they meet their newest companion, Vicki. Listen as we review the two stories The Rescue and The Romans and give our impressions on what is arguably a nexus point in the character of the Doctor.

Also, a look at the stories making news this week, including a release announcement for the story, Shada, finally coming to DVD.

And of course, your feedback.


Links mentioned on the show:


Project Motor Mouth
Doctor Who cast sings A Christmas Carol
The Doctor Who Cast Sing the Confidential Song
TARDIS trio sing Bohemian Rhapsody
John Barrowman Sings the Doctor Who Theme
If Doctor Who was a Disney Movie
and Shaun’s War Of The Worlds school trailer