Tag Archive: River Song

Episode 318 – Army Registration

In this week’s episode we talk army registration…er… we mean baby registration. But really the stuff you care about is our reviews.

First, we finish off Titan Comics 11th Doctor series 2 with issues #2.11 – #2.15 featuring, of course, the Eleventh Doctor, Alice, The Squire, Abslom Daak and River Song.

Then we tackle Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures: S2 #5 Phantoms Of The Deep featuring the Fourth Doctor and Romana I.

Plus, some more news this week.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Friday Night Who for 12/23

Celebrate Christmas a little early this year by joining us for “The Husbands of River Song” for Friday Night Who!

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Join @TravelVortex, @VortexShaun, @VortexGlenn & @VortexKeith as we press play at Midnight CST on Friday!

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

Episode 261 – The Flowchart of River Song

ttv_logo_newIt’s our last podcast of 2015!  In this week’s show we review the newest Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Husbands of River Song. Listen as we give our impressions of another outing with Professor Song as she encounters a new incarnation of our favorite traveling spaceman. We share our opinions on how well Steven Moffat was able to do it once again with the reoccurring character.

Plus we go over the news of the week, including some recent convention guest announcements.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

BREAKING: River Song and Other New Who Characters coming to Big Finish

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It was announced today on Big Finish Productions podcast that some of our favorite characters from the New Series will be starring in new titles in the company’s audios set in the Doctor Who Universe. The details were announced on it’s podcast and on it’s website www.bigfinish.com.

Characters announced for the new titles include Alex Kingston as River Song, Ian McNeice returning as Winston Churchill, as well as some new series monster coming up against some of our favorite Classic Doctors.

 

Here are a few of the details:

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Big Finish is proud to announce a new range of boxsets, featuring heroes and monsters from the New Series of Doctor Who.

Leading this new wave of adventures is Alex Kingston as River Song, the beloved Time Lord archaeologist who first appeared in 2008’s Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead.

River will be stepping into the era of the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) for Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2, alongside Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) and Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan). But how can River help her husband if, in this incarnation, she must never actually meet him?

“The idea of River meeting previous Doctors was actually proposed by Steven Moffat,” says producer David Richardson, “and it’s just irresistible, isn’t it? Alex embraced the idea of returning to the role, and so she will be starring in no less than two box sets next year. And yes, we are still pinching ourselves!”

River will then return later in 2016 in Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song, an epic four-hour adventure that takes River across space and time, seeking out the secret rulers of the universe. Paul McGann will reprise the role of the Eighth Doctor in the final instalment.

There are more surprises in line. Be sure to read the rest of the article, found here.

You can also download Big Finish’s most recent podcast to hear Producer David Richardson and director Ken Bentley talk about the big announcement.

Thanks Dr. Phil for the heads-up on this incredible news.

Happy Birthday Douglas and John and Graeme and Alex!

douglasadamsToday marks FOUR Whovian births, the first, well, we’d be completely remis if we forgot to celebrate good old Douglas Adams birthday today.  Aside from Hitchhikers Guide, he was script editor on Doctor Who for a while, and wrote the episodes “The Pirate Planet” and “City Of Death” along with “Shada”.

 

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Also celebrating today is director extraordinaire, Graeme Harper, who among others is responsible for “The Waters Of Mars” AND “The Caves Of Androzani”.

 

 

JohnBarrowmanAnother birthday boy is the one and only Captain Jack Harkness, John Barrowman, who, we’d like to reiterate, is NOT in the 50th anniversary episode, but is in talks to be.

Big difference kids. 🙂

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And last but certainly not least, our birthday girl is Dr. River Song herself, Alex Kingston.

Quadruple Birthday Wishes!

Today marks a bevy of birthdays in the Whoniverse, two onscreen, and two off.

Let’s start with the off-screen birthdays.  First up, today marks what would have been the late great Douglas Adams’ 60th Birthday.  Adams, of course is best known for THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, but he also wrote the episodes “City Of Death”, “The Pirate Planet”, and the never fully produced “Shada”, as well as serving as a script editor for the show.

 

 

Also celebrating today is Greame Harper who has been associated with Doctor Who in various capacities since the Pertwee years, but Harper is best known for his directing duties.  He is responsible for “Army Of Ghosts / Doomsday”, “The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End” and “The Waters Of Mars” to name a few, as well as several episodes of the spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures, but he is renowned for helming “The Caves Of Adrozoni”.  Today Harper turns 67.

Our two on-screen birthday kids include John Barrowman, who plays everyone’s favorite rouge Captain Jack Harkness on both Doctor Who and Torchwood.  He celebrates birthday number 45 today.

And last but certainly not least is the Doctor’s wife herself, River Song.  Alex Kingston turns 49 today, though we don’t think she looks a day over 29.

Please join Traveling The Vortex in raising a glass to toast best wishes to all of them!

Doctor Who Video Game!

We’re all gamers here at Traveling the Vortex, and have often spoke of a LEGO Doctor Who game. Well it may not be LEGO but BBC Worldwide has teamed up with Supermassive Games to release a console based game called “Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock” exclusively for the Playstation 3, PC and Sony’s new handheld device, Vita.

It looks like it won’t be disk based, bu a downloadable title.  The game will also feature the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) and River Song (Alex Kingston). And according to the press release “Gamers must learn to master the complexities of time travel with exceptional time based game play, changes made in one time will impact another creating multiple possibilities and challenging players to solve puzzles across the centuries.”

Supermassive Games is no newbie to the Console either…they have created user packs for Little Big Planet 2, as well as Start the Party, and Start the Party 2. The game is set to be released early 2012. Below is the first teaser trailer for the game.

Supermassive Games website

BBC World Wide’s Press Release

Episode 49 – The Midnight Special

One day late due to some technical issues (Glenn’s editing computer decided to crash on him mid show) but here is finally is.

A little less heated this weeks as we discuss the very first appearance of River Song in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead. Then on to the companion lite story, Midnight, followed by a Doctor lite one, Turn Left.

Also a Chicago TARDIS report (x2) from Dr. Phil, and of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

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

Episode 42 – Life, the Universe, and Steven Moffat

Series Six is “in the can”, as they say, and now a chance to fondly look back over the Matt Smith/Steven Moffat era thus far.

In this episode we review the last two years and take an over all look at Series Five and Six as a whole, and the state of Doctor Who with Moffat at the helm.

Also, a Galley and Chicago Tardis update, news, and of course your feedback.

Enjoy!

Links mentioned in the show:

Chicago TARDIS 2011

Gallifrey 2012: Network 23

Spike Scream Awards

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Episode 40 – Who Knows What Evil Lurks

After a terrific 13 week run, Series Six finally wraps with The Wedding of River Song. We’ll let you know what we thought about this year’s season finale.

Plus, another finale as well for The Key To Time series with The Armageddon Factor.

Also, news about the end of Doctor Who Confidential, and of course your feedback.

Links from this show:

Save Doctor Who Confidential – The Petition

Save Doctor Who Confidential – The Twibbon

Flowing Along River Song’s Time Stream

In this week’s show, we discussed the Doctor and River’s timelines, and the possible inconsistencies between the two.

Keith and I mentioned that io9.com had a really cool post about a graphic that did a nice job showing the two time streams, and assumptions to it, that haven’t occurred yet in the Whoniverse.

Giving credit where credit is due, the graphic was actually made by AndorianBlues on Reddit. AndorianBlues writes, “This is my attempt to make sense of the timelines.”

Here is a link to the timeline graphic itself, and here is the link to the Reddit post, which has a thread discussing the timeline as well if you are interested.

Episode 18 – Moon River

Minds thoroughly blown this week, we attempt to review this week’s episode of Doctor Who – Day of the Moon. We’ll explore some wild theories about the time team (some may come true) and share our reaction to the incredible two-parter as a whole.

Also, our review of the Second Doctor story, The Dominators.

And of course news and your feedback.

Enjoy this week’s long winded discussion, it’s the longest one yet. So sorry.