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Traveling the Vortex

Traveling the Vortex
Description:
A podcast dedicated to the show Doctor Who with a perspective from two Midwest United States fans, and one person being introduced to the Doctor for the first time.

Homepage: http://travelingthevortex.com/

RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/travelvortex?format=xml

Traveling the Vortex Statistics
Episodes:
383
Average Episode Duration:
1:31:33
Longest Episode Duration:
3:39:04
Total Duration of all Episodes:
24 days, 8 hours, 22 minutes and 25 seconds
Earliest Episode:
6 January 2011 (8:03am GMT)
Latest Episode:
16 May 2017 (2:20pm GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
6 days, 1 hour, 31 minutes and 13 seconds

Traveling the Vortex Episodes

  • Episode 286 - Full Moon Rising

    21 June 2016 (6:20am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes and 13 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we revisit Candy Jar Books’ Lethbridge-Stewart line and review the latest release, Moon Blink by Sadie Miller. We give our impression on the newest book in the series.

    Also, we continue our lunar themed show with a look back at Doctor Who in the 1960’s TV Comic series and discuss the First Doctor, John and Gillian adventure, The Moon Landing.

    Plus, some news including an announcement regarding Doctor Who Series 10, another announcement about a returning companion in the Big Finish audios, and some exciting and historic news for the show as it may soon be up for a popular American television award.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 285 - The Crazy Misadventures of the McLeod Family

    14 June 2016 (6:07am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 52 minutes and 1 second

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    ttv_logo_newHere we are at our 11th “Beyond the Doctor” episode, this time reviewing 10th Doctor actor, David Tennant in the wonderful BBC Films comedy, What We Did on Our Holiday. We step away from Doctor Who to talk a little bit about Tennant’s performance as Doug McLeod, and his dysfunctional family.

    Also, we’ll talk a bit about an announcement by Peter Capaldi that is making waves, talking about the return of a certain companion actress. If you haven’t heard what he’s saying, you’ll have to listen to find out.

    And Spoiler warning for those who haven’t seen X-Men; Apocalypse, we discuss some of the finer points of the plot.

    Plus, a prize announcement for our raffle drawing winner, Mich.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 284 - Unrecord!

    7 June 2016 (5:35am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes and 57 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newWe get a little silly this show, but promise lots of fun and a spontaneous contest for everyone, so be sure to listen for that. But, the task at hand is a review of the Seventh Doctor and Mel Big Finish story Unregenerate! We give our impressions of this tale.

    Also, some news of the week, and we have our first Patreon raffle drawing winner! Yay!

    That and feedback as well.

    Enjoy!

    Links mentioned in the show:

    Glenn’s blog – Trapped in the Vortex



  • Episode 283 - Nothing In the World Can Stop Us Now

    31 May 2016 (5:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 18 minutes and 19 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s podcast, we travel back to the Second Doctor era to explore the depths of ocean and the Lost City of Atlantis. We examine the recently released Doctor Who story, The Underwater Menace, with the Doctor and companions Jamie, Ben and Polly. We’ll give our impressions of the DVD treatment as well as it’s reconstruction of the missing first and fourth episodes along with the newly discovered second episode and the, at one time, only surviving episode 3. Wow, was that as confusing as it seemed? Oh, well.

    Also, some news of the week, including Doctor Who Magazine’s 500th issue and details coming out in the publication.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!

    Links mentioned in the show:

    Doctor Who Magazine



  • Episode 282 - A CONversation

    26 May 2016 (5:37am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 8 minutes and 16 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show, we’ve returned from our weekend excursion to Kansas City for this year’s Planet Comicon. We spend most of this episode talking about our time at the convention and the things that we did throughout the weekend, including our premiere of The Great Traveling the Vortex Quiz Show and our panel, Traveling the Vortex: Classic Doctor Who with Jeremy Bulloch (which you can hear in its entirety here).

    Also, we’ll talk about some exciting news from Titan Comics, and discuss some other upcoming conventions.

     

    Enjoy!



  • Side Trip 20 - Jeremy Bulloch at Planet Comicon 2016

    24 May 2016 (4:51am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 49 minutes and 41 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newWith the this week’s episode delayed a few days, we wanted to share a bit of the fun we had at Planet Comicon in Kansas City over the weekend. One of the many pleasures we had was the chance to host a panel called Traveling the Vortex: Classic Doctor Who with Jeremy Bulloch. We had the chance to meet and talk with the actor who starred in two Doctor Who stories. Jeremy Bulloch played Tor, the Xeron rebel leader in The Space Museum and Hal the Archer in The Time Warrior. Here is the audio that we recorded at that panel.

    Enjoy!

    Planet Comicon



  • Episode 281 - ... and the Ugly

    17 May 2016 (5:27am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 13 minutes and 59 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s podcast we travel back to the William Hartnell era and examine the Season 3 story, Galaxy 4. We take a three step approach this time, looking at the Target novelization, the remastered and released reconstruction surrounding the recently recovered third episode, and a reconstruction made using the available images and audio by Loose Cannon Productions.

    We also look at some news of the week, including new app for IOS users from Big Finish, and the announcement of the 12th Doctor’s new sonic screwdriver being released as a toy.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 280 - The Good and the Bad

    10 May 2016 (5:42am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 50 minutes and 10 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we go off the rails a bit to talk about Captain America: Civil War. But never fear, we bring it back around to our favorite topic with a review of Doctor Who: The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner. We’ll share what we felt about the first Tenth Doctor story in the New Adventures series of novels and our April book for the Traveling the Vortex Doctor Who Bookclub on Goodreads.

    Plus a look at some news including license renewals, convention guest announcements and more from Candy Jar Books’ Lethbridge-Stewart range.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 279 - UNIT Dating Controversy - Solved?

    3 May 2016 (6:09am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 2 hours, 3 minutes and 47 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we tackle a subject that has sometimes caused great divides in Doctor Who fandom. A controversy so big, that some have chosen to sideline the debate altogether, just to avoid it. However, some cleaver writing has, perhaps solved the issue for good. We discuss the issue with a special guest, and continuity fix-it-man, Andy Frankham-Allen. He’s an author and the deputy editor of the Lethbridge-Stewart series at Candy Jar Books.

    We’ll also review three short stories from Candy Jar, Lethbridge-Stewart: In His Kiss by Sue Hampton, Lethbridge-Stewart: The Black Eggs of Khufu by Tom Dexter, and Lethbridge-Stewart The Enfolded Time by Andy Frankham-Allen

    Plus we address the news of the week.

    And, of course, feedback.

    Enjoy!

    Links mentioned in the show:

    Candy Jar Books

    Lethbridge-Stewart Series



  • Episode 278 - English History 101

    26 April 2016 (2:29pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 14 minutes and 9 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newWe take a side step away from Doctor Who again this week for another ‘Beyond the Doctor’. This time we examine Ninth Doctor actor, Christopher Eccleston in the role of the Duke of Norfolk in the 1998 film, Elizabeth, also starring Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush. We give our impressions of the film as well as rate Eccleston’s performance.

    Plus, we talk about the new companion announcement that dropped over the weekend. Also, some convention news from here at home.

    And, feedback returns this week.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 277 - Don't Steal Chairs

    19 April 2016 (5:21am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes and 34 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we review the next two stories in Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor Adventures with The Sands of Life and War Against the Laan. We give our impressions of these two stories, and their all-star cast.

    Plus, some news out of Big Finish, convention updates, and a public service announcement that out lawyers are forcing us to put into the show.

    Enjoy!

    Links mentioned in the show:

    Doctor Who Short Trips – Zoe Returns

    Gallifrey One 2017, 28 Years Later



  • Episode 276 - In Mother Russia...

    12 April 2016 (5:50am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes and 15 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newThis week’s episode of the podcast focuses on the first story in the second season of Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor Adventures with The Auntie Matter. We provide our impressions of the story featuring the Fourth Doctor as portrayed by Tom Baker and the return of Mary Tamm in the role of Romana.

    Also, we take a look at the first five issues of Year Two of Titan’s Eleventh Doctor Comic series, featuring a familiar comics companion from long ago, Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer, and a not-so-familiar returning companion, known so far as the Squire.

    Plus, some recent news.

    Enjoy!

    Links mentioned in the show: Gallifrey One: 28 Years Later



  • Episode 275 - The Glamorous Episode

    5 April 2016 (4:31am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 0 minutes and 6 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIt’s book review time for this week’s show. We tackle the Goodreads.com Traveling the Vortex Book Club selection for March, Deep Time by Trevor Baxendale. We share our impressions on the 12th Doctor and Clara story which completes the Glamour Chronicles story arc in the New Adventure series.

    Also, a little bit of news on the awards circuit with a nomination for a certain Time Lor…. err.. Lady.

    And… wait… this is getting redundant… no feedback again this week? We’ll a Goodreads submitted review will have to do, then.

    Enjoy!

    If you’re not already a member of the Traveling the Vortex Book Club on Goodreads, you can join by clicking here.



  • Episode 274 - The Eyebrows Never Lie

    29 March 2016 (5:44am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 18 minutes and 23 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newThis week’s episode is a tad longer than usual as we take a look at two offerings.

    First, the Sixth Doctor and Mel try to escape a time paradox in the Big Finish audio adventure, Catch-1782.

    Then, the adventures of the 12th Doctor and Clara continue with outings in the Titan Comics 12th Doctor issues #11-15.

    Also, some Planet Comicon guest announcements and other news of the week.

    Plus, our Doctor Who: Legacy, Tip-of-the-Week returns with game update announcements from Tiny Rebel Games.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 273 - I Only See Four Lights

    22 March 2016 (5:06am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 16 minutes and 8 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newBig Brother is watching you!

    In this week’s show we step away briefly from the Doctor Who Universe to delve into another in our Beyond the Doctor series. This time starring War Doctor actor John Hurt in the adaptation of the George Orwell classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four. We review the post-apocalyptic film as well as give our impressions on Hurt in the roll of Winston Smith. Also, we get a bit sidetracked late in the recording, but we promise it circles back around to Doctor Who in the end, so bear with us.

    Plus.. wait… no news this week? Surely we can find something. No? Okay, moving along, then.

    And of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 272 - Resorting to Adams

    15 March 2016 (7:33am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 13 minutes and 58 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we take a look at February’s selection on the Traveling the Vortex Book Club on Goodreads. This time it’s The Drosten’s Curse by A.L.Kennedy. We give our reviews of the Fourth Doctor story.

    Plus, a convention announcement about a special Doctor Who guest coming to our area as well as some news out of Big Finish that is interesting to say the least.

    Also, speculation and rumors about some more, non-news as well.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 271 - Exercising Our Gravitational Skills

    8 March 2016 (6:55am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 57 minutes and 52 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s podcast we travel with the Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Turlough for the Season 21 story, Frontios. We give our reviews of the story with a fairly fresh perspective since only one of us had previously seen this one and it was so long ago.

    Plus some big news coming from Candy Jar Books with the announcement of a new collection for the Lethbridge-Stewart line.

    Also, we share some big Big Finish news just announced.

    And. of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!

     



  • Episode 270 - Cry Havoc!

    1 March 2016 (6:31am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 21 minutes and 29 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s episode of the podcast, we play a bit of catch-up with the Titan Comics 10th Doctor series with our reviews of issues #11-15. That will conclude season one and set us up to continue with season two already under way.

    Next, we look at the last of Candy Jar Books’ Lethbridge-Stewart short stories with The Dogs Of War by Andy Frankham-Allen, leading into our "spoiler filled" book review: Lethbridge-Stewart: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters.

    Plus, sad news this week as we talk about another Doctor Who actor’s passing. But we’ll look at some lighter news as well.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!

    Links mentioned in this week’s show:
    Chrissy talks wedding details on Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #82



  • Episode 269 - Character of a Legend

    23 February 2016 (6:54am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 24 minutes and 39 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we begin our reviews, coordinating with the Traveling the Vortex Book Club, over on the Goodreads website (found here). To start off the year, we review the book, Doctor Who: Legends of Ashildr, the anthology piece featuring the title character portrayed by Maisie Williams in the TV series. We reveal out impressions of the four stories included, as well as share some listener reviews from the Goodreads discussion thread for the book.

    Also, we chat about the recent news in the world of Doctor Who, including some Legacy news!

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 268 - Reconstruction of the Fables

    16 February 2016 (7:56am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 8 minutes and 37 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we dip our collective toes in the waters of what is often called a reconstructed or ‘recon’ story in Doctor Who. We examine the First Doctor story, The Crusade, featuring Ian, Barbara and Vicki. We give our impressions on the television story, including the two missing episodes, lovingly reconstructed with the use of telesnaps and scrolling text by the group, Loose Canon. And, we couple that with a review of the novelization, Doctor Who and the Crusaders, written by David Whitaker, who also wrote the TV story.

    Plus, some announcements and a look at the news-of-the-week.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 267 - Anything but Consistent

    9 February 2016 (6:58am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes and 26 seconds

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    TTV LOGO NEWIn this week’s show we step away again briefly for another Beyond the Doctor segment, this time to review a film starring Eighth Doctor actor, Paul McGann. We chose the very popular British film from 1987, Withnail & I. We give our impressions on McGann’s performance, as well as that of alternative Ninth Doctor (or Shalka Doctor), Richard E. Grant. It’s a two-for-one this time it would appear.

    Also, a breakdown and our reaction to the news of the week.

    And of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 267 - Anything but Consistent

    9 February 2016 (6:58am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes and 26 seconds

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    TTV LOGO NEWIn this week’s show we step away again briefly for another Beyond the Doctor segment, this time to review a film starring Eighth Doctor actor, Paul McGann. We chose the very popular British film from 1987, Withnail & I. We give our impressions on McGann’s performance, as well as that of alternative Ninth Doctor (or Shalka Doctor), Richard E. Grant. It’s a two-for-one this time it would appear.

    Also, a breakdown and our reaction to the news of the week.

    And of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 266 - Brought to You By...

    2 February 2016 (7:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes and 39 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this episode of the podcast, we begin our reviews of Series 2 of Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor Adventures, starring Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith. We start off with the first two entries in the series, Dead London and Max Warp. We share our opinions of the episodes, and give our impressions of the stories and performances.

    Also, some news to talk about this week, including the recent loss of Doctor Who in the U.S. on the streaming services Netflix and Hulu. We discuss what it could mean for the series and it’s ability to attract new viewers to the show.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 265 - The Beasts Within

    26 January 2016 (7:34am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes and 59 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s podcast we revisit the novel Lethbridge-Stewart: Beast of Fang Rock by Andy Frankham-Allen, for a spoiler filled review of the book. We give our no holds barred review of the story in the continuing line of books.

    Before that, however, we review another story in Candy Jar Books’ range of Lethbridge-Stewart stories, this time the short story entitled, The Cult of the Grinning Man by Tom Dexter which precedes Beast of Fang Rock in the chronology.

    And, finally we are joined this week by friend-of-the-show, Andy Frankham-Allen. Andy shares some insight into the the line, as well as how he came to write and help steer the ship for the series.

    Plus, we discuss the news that Steven Moffat is leaving Doctor Who, and that we will only see one story this year before the series is moved to the Spring of 2017.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 264 - Searching for Sylvester

    19 January 2016 (6:28am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 54 minutes and 10 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s podcast we return to our “Beyond the Doctor” installments and pick up where we left off last year with Seventh Doctor actor, Sylvester McCoy. This time we look at the 1979 horror film, Dracula, also starring Frank Langella in the title role as well as Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence and Kate Nelligan. We give our impression of the film as a whole, as well as the performance (what little there was) of McCoy.

    Also, news of the week, some sad, but some happy.

    And of course, your… oops, no. Mailbox issues may be to blame for the lack of feedback this week. Well, that’s what we’re telling ourselves this time.

    Enjoy!



  • Side Trip 19 - After, After Christmas Special

    14 January 2016 (6:08am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 17 minutes and 11 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newSurprise! We found one more Christmas gift as we took down the tree in the Traveling the Vortex studio, and the name on the tag is you! You know that inevitable gift that got shoved to the very back and slipped behind the tree skirt, only to be found waaaaaay after the holidays.

    We’ll our oversight in your benefit, because you get an extra treat in your feed this week.

    We decided to review a special short story released especially for Christmas by our friends over at Candy jar Books. This is another tale set in the Lethbridge Stewart line called The Fright Before Christmas, written by Tom Dexter. We give our impressions of the story filled with alien spheres, Santa Claus and Buckingham Palace.

    It can still be downloaded for free on Candy Jar Books’ website.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 263 - Batteries Not Included

    12 January 2016 (7:41am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 31 minutes and 34 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we say goodbye to Ian and Barbara as they leave the TARDIS crew, but we welcome the Doctor’s next traveling companion Steven. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First we review Ian and Barbara’s final adventure as they flee with the Doctor and Vicki from the Daleks, landing at several locations in the Terry Nation penned story, The Chase.

    We also take this opportunity to deliver another Adversary Archive edition of the podcast, this time featuring the Mechanoids. We explore The World That Waits which was printed in the Dalek Annual, ‘The Dalek World’, printed in 1965. Then we look two comic stories printed in the pages of ‘TV Century 21’ with Eve of War and Impasse. Then we round out the archive with a newer story from the pages of ‘Doctor Who Files 11: The Cult of Skaro’ with a story called Birth of a Legend.

    Plus, we look at a few news items of the week.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 262 - The Name Needs Some Work

    5 January 2016 (6:33am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 7 minutes and 20 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newWe return for our first podcast of 2016 with a review of the Ninth Doctor mini-series by the good folks over at Titan Comics. We give our impressions on the five issue story arc by writer Cavan Scott and artist Blair Shedd.

    Then Davros returns in Big Finish audio play number 65 in the monthly range with the Sixth Doctor and Mel story, The Juggernauts. We’ll share our review of that story as well.

    Plus we tackle more news-of-the-week.

    And, of course… oh…none again this week? Never mind.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 261 - The Flowchart of River Song

    29 December 2015 (6:26am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes and 0 seconds

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    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!



  • Side Trip 18 - Don't Open Until Xmas

    24 December 2015 (6:26am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 17 minutes and 31 seconds

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    TTV LOGO wreathAnd here it is, our 2015 Christmas Special!

    In this extra Side Trip edition of Traveling the Vortex, give you a little holiday treat, by reviewing a holiday treat from our friends over at Titan Comics. They have released this year a Christmas special of their own with a comic starring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara and featuring a classic villain. We give our impressions on this Yule Tide offering while giving you the special gift of an added bonus episode for you.

    Here’s wishing all of our listeners a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 260 - From Here to Inferno

    22 December 2015 (6:18am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 27 minutes and 51 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s episode we revisit the world of Col. Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. this time with a review of three short stories in Candy Jar Books‘ Lethbridge-Stewart line of novels. These are special stories that take place concurrent or in between the established events of the books, The Forgotten Son and The Schizoid Earth.

    First, we review Ambush (found in the collection, The Top Secret Files. Then we look at the short story, Legacies which explores an “else world” version of events we already know. And finally we give our impressions of One Cold Step.

    Then, our long awaited SPOILER FILLED review of The Schizoid Earth. we revisit the novel, and give a more fleshed out opinion of the book by author David McIntee.

    But, before all of that, we do get into some SPOILER FREE discussion about the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.

    Plus, a little Doctor Who: Legacy news from the folks over at Tiny Rebel Games, including some Christmas goodies we can expect over the course of the week.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 259 - Game Time!

    14 December 2015 (4:06pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 9 minutes and 31 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newWith Series 9 over until Christmas, we decided it’s time to engage in another Fun and Games episode of the podcast.

    First, as we play it on the show, we review the Doctor Who edition of that classic question and answer game, Trivial Pursuit.

    Then, Shaun will talk about the newest in a line of LEGO video games for consoles, with a review of LEGO Dimensions, and specifically a focus on the Doctor Who portions of the game.

    And, for good measure, we decided to throw in one more. We take a look at a game that was found in Doctor Who Annual 1968 called Travels of the TARDIS.

    Plus, the usual, including some news of the week.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 258 - The Dropped Plot of Rassilon

    8 December 2015 (5:01pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 48 minutes and 57 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newAnd it is here! The Series 9 finale has aired and it was a doozy. We give our impressions on the the season wrap with our review of Hell Bent and all of it’s Gallifrey goodness.

    Also, we take a look at some of the news items of the week, including some insights to next season from Steven Moffet, himself.

    And of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 257 - Seconds in Eternity

    1 December 2015 (6:06am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 17 minutes and 57 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s podcast we look at Series 9’s penultimate episode as we near the end of the season, with Heaven Sent. Sit back and hear us gush over what is arguably the best story of the season and perhaps of all time. We discuss what we enjoyed about the episode as well as some presumptions about the season finale.

    Plus, no news this week, but we do spend a little bit of time talking about Doctor Who: Legacy.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 256 - Nevermore

    23 November 2015 (3:31pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 8 minutes and 43 seconds

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    ITTV LOGO NEWn this episode we review the swan song for a particular character of the show. We say goodbye, but question whether this is truly the end for a certain character. We give our impressions on the exit and look at Face the Raven on the whole and discuss the the story and its implications for the future of the series.

    But first, we review the fourth novel in the on-going Lethbridge-Stewart series published by Candy Jar Books. This time it’s the Nick Walters penned Mutually Assured Domination. We give our impressions on the book which features a return of the Quarks and their ever menacing masters, the Dominators.

    Also, a bit of convention new this week.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 255 - Enter the Sandmen

    17 November 2015 (5:46am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 0 minutes and 34 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show, a short one mind you, we look at the latest Series 9 episode of Doctor Who. This week we will be covering our reviews of Sleep No More. Find out what we thought of the story.

    Also, we share our feelings on some recent news of a possible sequel to the Mark Gatiss penned story. Along with new comic news, an injury sustained by Twelfth Doctor actor, Peter Capaldi and news that Doctor Who will be returning to cinemas by the end of the year.

    And, of course… oh wait… no feedback this week? Oh, well, on with the show!

    Enjoy!

     

     

     



  • Episode 254 - You Must Have a Plan

    10 November 2015 (5:38am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes and 56 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we review the next episode in Series 9 with the second part of the two-part Zygon story, The Zygon Inversion. We’ll give our impressions on what some may consider the best story of the season so far. Oops, did I say too much already?

    And of course some news rapidly squashing some unnerving rumors that were spread in the tabloids this week concerning Series 10. We give our reactions to both sides of the issue.

    Plus, the return of our Doctor Who: Legacy Tip of the Week, with a new one (or perhaps just another subtle reminder) from Shaun on making sure you log in from day to day.

    And it’s our Lethbridge-Stewart: Beast of Fang Rock book give-away thanks to our good friends over at Candy Jar Books. Congratulations to our winners!

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 253 - The Halloween Invasion

    2 November 2015 (4:33pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 55 minutes and 57 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we step aside for a brief moment to talk a little bit about our Halloween festivities this week.

    Then we get down to business and discuss the Halloween broadcast of Series 9 with The Zygon Invasion. We give our impression of this first story in a two-part story arc with lots of surprises and some seriously tense moments.

    Also, some good news for the future of the series as well as some exciting announcement out of some of our local and area conventions.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 252 - Pun-Free Zone

    26 October 2015 (3:04pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes and 33 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we discuss the future, Back to the Future and this week’s celebration of Back to the Future Day.

    But, it is a podcast about Doctor Who, and there is plenty in store for our musings this episode.

    First, we’ll give a spoiler free of the next book in Candy Jar Book’s Lethbridge-Stewart series, ‘Lethbridge-Stewart: Beast of Fang Rock’, written by Andy Frankham-Allen. We offer our insights with a sneak peek at the novel that will be released later this week.

    Plus, we’ll look at the latest installment in Doctor Who Series 9 with a review of The Woman Who Lived.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!

    Candy Jar Books

    Theta Sigma’s Doctor Who Podcast



  • Episode 251 - The Universe is Full of Testosterone

    19 October 2015 (11:50pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 4 minutes and 32 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s podcast we review the latest episode in Doctor Who Series 9 with The Girl Who Died. We give our impression on what could be one of the pivotal stories in the Twelfth Doctor’s era thus far. Also, we evaluate the performance of guest star Maisie Williams in her first appearance as Ashildr.

    Also, some great news on the recent improvement in the health of another Doctor Who actor.

    Plus some information on a website sharing the worldwide broadcast dates for Doctor Who over the past 52 years (thank you Robert).

    In addition, thanks to Dan for a return of the Doctor Who Legacy Tip of the Week.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!

    Links mentioned in the show:

    BroaDWcast



  • Episode 250 - Morning Breath

    13 October 2015 (6:24am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 56 minutes and 12 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIt’s another “epiversary” edition of Traveling the Vortex! In this, our 250th episode, we only have one topic for discussion, the latest release in Series 9, Before the Flood. We give our opinions and impressions on the second of this two-part story arc.

    Also, we talk about the upcoming release of special audio commentaries for two Classic Doctor Who stories, The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear. Plus, LEGO has given us a glimpse of it’s first set in its Doctor Who line. We’ll chime in on that as well.

    And of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!

    Links mentioned in the podcast:

    Fathom Films



  • Side Trip 17 - Time Eddy Special

    7 October 2015 (1:05pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 51 minutes and 32 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newThe three of us had a chance to go down to Wichita, Kansas over the past weekend to take in the Doctor Who convention, Time Eddy. We had a grand time chatting with fellow fans and hearing some terrific stories from all the quests.

    In this special Side Trip, we recount our adventures at Time Eddy as well as sit down with some of the stars and notable people connected with the series, both directly and indirectly through other projects.

     

    Included is our discussion of the con and three interviews including actor Peter Purves who played First Doctor companion, Steven Taylor, script editor and writer, Victor Pemberton, and Mad Norwegian Press publisher, editor and writer, Lars Pearson.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 249 - More Clever Through Osmosis

    6 October 2015 (4:33am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes and 39 seconds

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    TTV LOGO FB 2In this week’s episode we examine the latest installment in what is shaping up to be a stellar Series 9 as we review Under the Lake. We give our impression of the first part of what will be a 2 part story line.

    Also, we look at some of the news of the week and give our reactions, including some big news out of Big Finish involving the War Doctor, the Eighth Doctor and The Time War. Exciting stuff is on the horizon from the company that beings us some great Doctor Who audio plays.

    Plus, some news about a spin-off series from Doctor Who.

    And of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!

     



  • Episode 248 - Grab Your Pointy Sticks

    28 September 2015 (5:34pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 50 minutes and 1 second

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    ttv_logo_newLots on our plate this this week, with three reviews.

    First, we review the newly released novel, Lethbridge-Stewart: The Schizoid Earth, written by David A McIntee and released by Candy Jar Books. We deliver a non-spoiler review of this story, the second in the Lethbridge-Stewart line of books.

    Next, Titan Comics has released the highly anticipate finale to The Four Doctors comic event. We’ll give our opinions on the last issue in this story arch.

    And, finally the equally eagerly awaited second part to a two-part adventure for the Doctor, Clara and Missy, The Witch’s Familiar. Find out what we thought of this epic start to Series 9.

    Plus, we’ll have some reaction to the news of the week.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 247 - The Confessional Podcast

    22 September 2015 (5:31am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 47 minutes and 22 seconds

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    TTV LOGO FB 2It’s finally arrived. No, we’re not referring to this week’s show, which I’m sure you have been eagerly awaiting. Series 9 premiered this weekend, and we finally get a chance to review the first in a two-part story, The Magician’s Apprentice. We give our impressions of the first episode out of the gate for 2015.

    Also, we are fresh back from this year’s TOPCON, and will discuss our involvement and the convention on the whole.

    Plus, some news of the week, including our reactions to the announcement that Jenna Coleman will soon be leaving Doctor Who.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!

    Doctor Who Game Maker



  • Side Trip 16 - LIVE from TOPCON!

    21 September 2015 (6:09am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 53 minutes and 45 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newA special side episode ahead of this week’s regularly scheduled podcast. We were privileged to be guests once again this year at the 2nd annual TOPCON – “Topeka’s Original Comic and Game Expo” that happened this weekend at the Ramada Inn Downtown in Topeka, KS. On Saturday we hosted our first LIVE broadcast that streamed online through our website. If you were unable to attend our panel or listen in live on the internet, well, here is your chance to hear the live recording.

    We were joined by Eric Collins (know as Dalek Dad), the creator of Red Dalek, who too, was a guest at this year’s convention. He shares with us the concept and construction of what has become a popular convention visitor and guest.

    Enjoy!

    Find Red Dalek on his Facebook page!



  • Episode 246 - Prequels and Finales

    14 September 2015 (4:30pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 7 minutes and 28 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newNo disasters to delay us this week. In this podcast we discuss the recently released prequel to Doctor Who Series 9. Things kick off in a reather mysterious way with the Doctor returning to Karn and visiting with a familiar face, Ohila.

    Then, we discuss the two-part season finale of the first year of the Doctor Who – Eight Doctor audios from big finish. We discuss the revelations and machination therein.

    Plus there’s new Torchwood news to study and discuss with another announcement from Big Finish.

    And, of course… oh, wait, no feedback this week.

    Well, enjoy anyway!



  • Episode 245 - All Praise the Great One

    10 September 2015 (5:33am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 48 minutes and 26 seconds

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    TTV LOGO NEWWhew! After some tense moments this week, we are finally able to bring you this week’s show. Following a few computer crashes, recovery of files, recording of some new ones, and a bit of editing wizardry, another podcast is in the books. This week, we surmount the curse and bring you our review of the Third Doctor’s final story, Planet of the Spiders. We share our opinions of the end of an era for the show. And be sure to stick around after the credits for a special piece by Dr. Phil of the Adventures in Time Space and Music podcast as he explores some of the music of Planet of the Spiders.

    Also, we give our impressions of the recently released trailer for the first story in Series 9, The Magician’s Apprentice. We also chat about the announcement that River Song will return in time for Christmas, and more in the ongoing saga of the release of the Second Doctor story, The Underwater Menace to DVD.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!

    Links mentioned in the show:

    12 Byzantine Rulers podcast (not “Emperors” as Dr. Phil mistakenly says in his feedback)
    The Doctor’s Greed – Doctor Who – Planet of the Spiders
    #StarWarsWithFriends Schedule
    Traveling the Vortex Book Club on Goodreads.com



  • Episode 244 - Rewriting History

    1 September 2015 (5:38am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 28 minutes and 23 seconds

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    TTV LOGO NEWIn this week’s show we visit, once again, some Big Finish audio plays, this time featuring the Fifth Doctor. First we examine the First Doctor and Turlough in the story, Singularity. Then we review the next Fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem audio, The Council of Nicaea.

    Also, we take a look at issue #3 in the Titan Comics Four Doctors Event. We give our impressions on the story thus far.

    Plus, news of the week which includes an update and announcement out of the upcoming Doctor Who convention taking place in Wichita, Kansas next month, Time Eddy.

    And of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!

    Links mentioned in the show:

    Doctor Who Miniatures Game

    Big Bang Generation (12th Doctor novel featuring Bernice Summerfield)

    Doctor Who Riffs (RiffTraxx)



  • Episode 243 - The Sandwich of Monte Cristo

    24 August 2015 (5:54pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 48 minutes and 16 seconds

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    TTV LOGO NEWIn this week’s show, Shaun describes to Keith and Glenn a favorite culinary delight.

    But, the important things are the materials for review. First we look at the second issue in Titan Comics‘ Fourth Doctor Event. We give out impression on the Paul Cornell written story with art by Neil Edwards.

    Also, we review another pair of Big Finish Doctor Who Main Range titles, beginning with the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn in Medicinal Purposes, followed by Pier Pressure, both written by Robert Ross.

    Plus, we’ll get through some news-of-the-week, AND discuss the newly released update to Doctor Who: Legacy, 3.0 from Tiny Rebel Games.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



 
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