Tag Archive: Paul McGann

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!

Episode 64 – Will You Still Need Me?

In this week’s podcast we take a look at three more Eight Doctor Big Finish Audios starring Paul McGann and India Fisher. First up is Minuet In Hell, featuring the return of Nicholas Courtney once again in the role of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Then, the old time radio stylings of Invaders From Mars. Finally a glimpse into companion Charley Pollard’s past with a review of The Chimes of Midnight.

Plus a look at the week’s news in the Doctor Who Universe, and of course, your feedback.


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…



Gally Update 9 – Drezzing For The Occasion

Okay, one more tonight. Couldn’t leave the listeners hanging. Mel and Shaun check in one more time tonight with an update from Gallifrey One’s Network 23 in California.

I’m sure tonight they will be exhausted, sleeping deeply, and dreaming of the fond memories they have had at this year’s convention. But, we will have more from them when they return on Monday to Kansas.

But here you are, another fine update.


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.


Gally Update 3 – Tickled Blue

Two updates on the same day? Unheard of! Yes, that’s right, Shaun has recorded another update from Gallifrey One’s Network 23, going on right now in Los Angeles, California. And joining him in this one, is his companion and girlfriend, Mel.

Shaun and Mel recount more of their “official” Day 1 at the premier Doctor Who convention in North America.

And this time, we get to hear a special message from one of the convention guests.

Also, more on the Eighth Doctor’s console which is on display, an a meeting with Eight himself, Mr. Paul McGann.

Shaun is going to be talking about this for weeks I’m sure.


Forget Withnail, It’s McGann And I

For an 8th Doctor fan like myself, this years Gally celebration was an especially poignant one.  I was thrilled at the prospect of seeing him, and a little star struck by the mere prospect of it.

But today takes the cake.  Today I walked into the fan room, and had my breath taken away by the sight of the fully restored TARDIS console from Doctor Who: The Movie.  McGann’s console.  Behind ropes to shield it from the overzealous, (myself included) I watched as the operator explained the process of restoring it, of replacing halogen bulbs with leds, (apparently after five minutes of being lit, the halogens began producing smoke and burning smells from within…) the christmas tree light indicators that allowed the blinking, the sound chip chock full of clips from not only the Movie, but nearly all of Who, (the door lever makes the door noise, a random switch makes the view screen noise, and the dematerialization circuit causes the groan. Or sometimes, stalls out and the time rotor flickers and dies! And all of this is set to a remote control, and the console responds to an aimed sonic screwdriver blast too!) The polished wood gleamed from the flashbulbs of dozens of cameras going off around me, the console the subject of some very exclusive paparazzi.

The room emptied a bit and men came in, carrying suitcases and plastic sacks, announcing they had found “it”.  Intrigued, I leaned in, only to be bustled aside by a man carrying a mannequin body.  “It” turned out to be McGann’s original costume worn for the movie.  Out of the bag came the shirt, the trousers, the belt, the vest, the waistcoat… And suddenly, there, standing NEXT to the console was the 8th Doctor.  Or at least his clothes.  But they say clothes make the man.

We followed this up immediately with a photo shoot with the 8th Doctor himself.  For a mere $25 bucks, I was hustled into a room, strode up to Paul McGann, shook his hand confidently and said, “I’m a big fan of your work, thank you sir, so much for coming to America to this convention.”  He seemed genuinely touched, and was warm and friendly for the 30 seconds we spent together taking that photo.  Mel melted at his touch and the sound of his voice, but managed to stay upright for the picture.  For a moment, I was afraid we’d have a Beatles moment and she’d have to be carried from the room after fainting!  And of course my confident exterior fell apart later.  I held it together just long enough to leave the room, and won’t bore you with the details of the fanboy squealing that escaped me just after.

But I’m pretty sure they heard me back in Kansas.

We ended with the McGann panel, or interview, conducted by Barnaby Edwards and Nicholas Briggs of Big Finish fame.  And the question was asked how did he feel about fan reaction.  McGann paused, and said he’s spent a lot of time frustrated, because he felt (and sometimes still feels) that the 8th Doctor is “tolerated”.  That he’s not “canonical”.  But then Barnaby said “you are to Russell T. Davies, and you are to Stephen Moffatt.”  Let me tell you, the room erupted.  And for someone who has always been a fan of the 8th Doctor, and Paul McGann, and gets frustrated by folks who DON’T feel he’s cannon, well… a more glowing argument can not be made.

Lastly, someone asked about the “new” outfit that he sported at a con long ago.  McGann laughed and said it was partially selfish, because he was tired of all the photos circulating, since the only ones are the promo pics from the Movie.  So he consulted a friend and costumer and put the leather jacket together.  And he’s itching to wear it again.  But BBC is apparently “weird” about it, and can’t (or won’t comment on it.)

We can only hope thats because they want to unveil him wearing it in the 50th anniversary special…

Vortex Event Horizons: The Doctor and Donna and Daleks, Oh My!

Coming up on the Vortex horizon…

Three weeks of Daleks coming up on Friday Night Who! This week’s post Thanksgiving slot (11/25 will be the 5th Doctor entry,”Resurrection Of The Daleks” (especially apt since this week also marks Chicago Tardis, staring none other than Peter Davison.  The following week 12/2 is 6th Doctor Colin Baker’s outing “Revelation Of The Daleks”.  And that means the masterpiece “Remembrance Of The Daleks” starring 7th Doctor Sylvester McCoy is on 12/9.

On the show front, next week’s episode #48 has us hitting the highlights of Chicago Tardis (still time to let us know if you are going and would like to act as a correspondent!) and reviews of fourth season episodes “The Doctor’s Daughter” and “The Unicorn And The Wasp”.  Number 49 contains our reviews of “Midnight” and “Turn Left”, along with a recap of two we’ve already done, the River Song introductory stories “Silence In The Library” and “Forrest Of The Dead”.  We figured it was important for Donna’s character development for Keith to revisit these in order, not to mention we can hunt for all the hidden nuggets Moffat was sure to have planted early for River.  And the BIG 5-0 episode is an Adversary Archive on the Daleks (and a certain megalomaniac) as we go back and cover the Friday Night Who’s of the last three weeks.

After that, we set up our exit strategy for season four and the end of the year.  Expect some holiday cheer, Paul McGann and our first BIG FINISH reviews!

Friday Night Who (Chicago Tardis) 11/25 – Resurrection of the Daleks

Traveling The Vortex #48 (Chicago Tardis) – The Doctor’s Daughter, The Unicorn And The Wasp

FNW 12/2 – Revelation Of The Daleks

TTV #49 – Midnight, Silence In The Library, Forrest Of The Dead, Turn Left

FNW 12/9 – Remembrance Of The Daleks

TTV #50 (Anniversary Episode!) – Adversary Archive: Davros – Resurrection Of The Daleks, Revelation Of The Daleks, Remembrance Of The Daleks

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. <>