Tag Archive: The War Games

The Schedule Awakens

Playing hunches abounds in our Friday Night Who choices to finish out this season, so without further ado, here’s what we have on tap for those of you that like to follow along at home…

Friday Night Who on 11/27 is the 5th Doctor Peter Davidson starring “Arc Of Infinity.”

Our show for episode #257 will have our thoughts and reviews of “Heaven Sent.”

FNW on 12/4 is David Tennant’s 10th Doctor in “End Of Time” and “End Of Time, Part 2”.

TTV #258 sees us finish out series 9 with “Hell Bent.”

Friday Night Who goes back to old school on 12/11 with the 2nd Doctor Patrick Troughton in “The War Games”,  Parts 1-5.

And just in time to finish up your christmas shopping, our third Fun & Games episode will take a look at Doctor Who Trivial Pursuit, and Lego Dimensions: The Dalek Extermination Of Earth in TTV #259.

FNW 12/18 finishes “The War Games” with Parts 6-10.

More book reviews in TTV #260, including the Lethbridge-Stewart short stories: Ambush, Legacies, and One Cold Step, and our “Spoiler filled” Book Review of Lethbridge-Stewart: The Schizoid Earth by David McIntee.

Returning to where it all started all those years ago, Friday Night Who on 12/25 is Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor in “A Christmas Carol.”

And our last episode of the year will have our thoughts on the (as of this writing) still unnamed 2015 Christmas Special in TTV #261.

Next year, we’ll start back up with our series of looking Beyond The Doctor, more Big Finish Audio adventures, more Comic and Book Reviews, and we’ll start looking into the lost episodes through reckons. And of course we still have many episodes left to review. Thanks again to all our loyal regulars for sticking with us, and thanks to all our non-regulars who stop in from time to time to check in with us. And if you’ve just discovered our cast, thank you as well!

Actor Bernard Horsfall Dies, Aged 82

Doctor_Who_and_James_Bond_actor_Bernard_Horsfall_dies_aged_82It’s always sad to report on a death, but this time seems especially hard for me for some reason.  Actor Bernard Horsfall has died at the age of 82.  He appeared in 14 episodes of Doctor Who spread over 4 story arcs, appearing with the second, third and fourth Doctors.  His first appearance came in the 1968 story “The Mind Robber”, where he played Lemuel Gulliver in the Land of Fiction.  He returned as the First Time Lord in “The War Games” and again opposite Jon Pertwee as Taron the Thal in “Planet Of The Daleks”.

His final role in Doctor Who is arguably his most famous, playing Chancellor Goth in the 1976 story “The Deadly Assassin”. His most famous scene involved a battle with the fourth Doctor inside the Matrix with the climax of one episode showing the Doctor being held underwater by Goth.

Film credits include ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE, GANDHI and BRAVEHEART.

He returned to the world of Doctor Who in 2003 in the Big Finish audio play, “Davros”.  The actor was due to attend the 2013 Gallifrey One convention next month, and I was very much looking forward to meeting him. He collapsed and died this morning.

Episode 69 – War Games and Other Tangents

The wait is over, this week’s episode is finally released! Thank you for your patience.

On this week’s show we continue to look at renegade Time Lords as we focus our review on the final Second Doctor story – The War Games. We’ll talk about the departure of Patrick Troughton’s Doctor, as well as a goodbye to his two faithful companions, Zoe and Jamie.

Also, in feedback we get a little off track to answer some very insightful questions from one of our devout listeners.

And a look at the news… albeit a very slow week in the Doctor Who universe.

Enjoy!

Links mentioned in this week’s show:
James Hance: Relentlessly Cheerful Art
Adventures with the Wife in Space

John Travolta – Time Traveler?

Nicolas Cage – Vampire?

Surely there’s a FACE/OFF joke to be made here somewhere?

And now, Matt Smith playing with his hair…

And Matt Smith playing with the Beatles?

Steven Moffat’s reaction on Twitter:

Homework From The Vortex…

Okay, as mentioned in this week’s show, here’s the update on your homework assignments if you’d like to follow along…

On 4/20 we’ll finish up the remaining 5 parts (6-10) of “The War Games” with second Doctor Patrick Troughton on Friday Night Who.  We push play at midnight if you’d like to join us…

We’ll spend episode #69 covering the epic “The War Games”.

Friday Night Who on 4/27 will see us jump forward to Peter Davison’s fifth Doctor era for “Arc Of Infinity”.

And show number #70 will cover “Arc Of Infinity” and Big Finish #47 “Omega”.

On 5/4 our Friday Night Who will feature sixth Doctor, Colin Baker in “The Mark Of The Rani”

Here’s a milestone to set your clocks for, TTV #71 will be our reviews of series 2 of The Sarah Jane Adventures.  This means you have 3 weeks to watch them!

FNW on 5/11 features seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy in “Time And The Rani”

Episode #72 will be an Adversary Archive on The Rani, including our reviews of “Mark Of The Rani” and “Time And The Rani”

On 5/18 we’ll start the Dalek War box set on Friday Night Who with “Frontier In Space” staring third Doctor Jon Pertwee.

And Traveling The Vortex episode #73 brings all of the previous week’s villains back for an encore discussion of Rogues And Renegades in our Adversary Archive.

FNW 5/25 will be the second part of the Dalek War box, “Planet Of The Daleks” also featuring Jon Pertwee

Daleks on Friday Night Who?  That can mean only one thing! Episode #74, Adversary Archive: The Daleks IV! Covering “Frontier In Space”, “Planet Of The Daleks”, and Big Finish #7 “The Genocide Machine (Dalek Empire 1)”

and on the horizon?  All things Shada…

Rascals, Rogues and Renegades: Vortex Homework

Good morning! (Or Good afternoon or Good evening depending on your particular time zone) here’s an update on some of the fun things we have planned coming up on the really big show.

(Thanks, Mr. Sullivan!)

Friday Night Who this week is the just released in North America “The Robots Of Death – Special Edition” staring Tom Baker.

Show #65 is a big one.  We’ll discuss new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, our experiences at KC Planet Comicon, and hopefully have some live reports from The Official Doctor Who Convention in Cardiff from roving Traveling The Vortex reporter Philip Malkin.

For the One Year Anniversary of Friday Night Who on 3/30 we return to Jon Pertwee’s era with “The Sea Devils” (which means Shaun will finally get a chance to see it.)

Our planned companion archive for Leela gets bumped to the following show, #66 as we’ll review “The Face Of Evil” and “The Robots Of Death”

Then in APRIL we see the start of the Renegades, as our 4/6 Friday Night Who is “The Time Meddler” with William Hartnell.

Traveling The Vortex #67 will review “The Time Meddler” AND Big Finish #1 “Sirens Of Time”.

4/13 for Friday Night Who will be the first part of “The War Games” with Patrick Troughton. We’re only doing Parts 1-5 this week!

More Big Finish on the way for episode #68, a companion archive for Evelyn Smythe.  Big Finish #6 “The Marion Conspiracy”, #9 “The Spectre Of Lanyon Moor”, and #22 “Bloodtide”.

On 4/20 we’ll finish up the remaining 5 parts of “The War Games” on Friday Night Who.

We’ll spend episode #69 covering the epic “The War Games”

Friday Night Who on 4/27 will see us jump forward to the Peter Davison era for “Arc Of Infinity”.

And show number #70 will cover “Arc Of Infinity” and Big Finish #47 “Omega”

That’ll take us all the way to May, so you’ve got your assignments outlined!

What’s that?  You wanna know what’s up in May?  Hmmm… More Renegades, Sarah Jane,  and the return of everyone’s favorite pepper pots…