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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:
402
Average Episode Duration:
1:30:31
Longest Episode Duration:
3:39:04
Total Duration of all Episodes:
25 days, 6 hours, 30 minutes and 0 seconds
Earliest Episode:
21 September 2017 (1:12am GMT)
Latest Episode:
18 September 2017 (3:26pm GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
6 days, 2 hours, 6 minutes and 28 seconds

Traveling the Vortex Episodes

  • Episode 300 - Time Eddy II & CCC

    19 October 2016 (6:01am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 2 hours, 48 minutes and 44 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newWell, we’ve made it to episode 300. And there was no better time to make this milestone as this past weekend where we celebrated at Time Eddy II, the Wichita Doctor Who convention right here in our home state of Kansas. We came back exhausted from the event, but with some memories that we will cherish forever.

    And, we have with us some material that you will only hear, right here on the program.

    It’s a long episode this week, the longest we’ve produced in some time, But, we hope it will be worth it as we talk about our weekend adventure at a convention that should be heralded as a premiere event for years to come.

    Enjoy!



  • Side Trip 24 - Star Trek 201

    12 October 2016 (4:35am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 36 minutes and 2 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newWe’re off again this week as we prepare for Time Eddy II, the Doctor Who Convention this coming weekend in Wichita, Kansas. But we have a special mid-week treat for you.

    If you remember way back when, Shaun brought you Star Trek 101, a primer guide for the original series. That begat Star Trek 102, his look at the original series movies. Many years later he revisits the idea with the often delayed and now finally available Star Trek 201, looking at Season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    Enjoy!

     



  • Episode 299 - Rock Me Amadeus

    4 October 2016 (6:09am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 18 minutes and 58 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we’ve come to number 100 in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who range with the aptly named anthology collection, 100. It’s four for the price of one in short segments, including 100 BC by Jacqueline Rayner, My Own Private Wolfgang by Robert Shearman, Bedtime Story by Joseph Lidster and The 100 Days of the Doctor by Paul Cornell. We’ll take each one at a time an give our impressions of each tale.

    Then it’s our continuing review of Titan Comic’s 10th Doctor Year Two as we look at issues #6 through #10 in the ongoing monthly series.

    Also, a look at some news from the week.

    Enjoy!



  • Spencer Wilding Panel From TopCon Geek Expo

    28 September 2016 (3:30pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    We were privileged to host character actor Spencer Wilding’s Doctor Who panel at TopCon Geek Expo earlier this month, and he and the con were gracious enough to allow us to film it. We present here some excerpts for those that were unable to join us.



  • Episode 298 - Medicine Man

    27 September 2016 (5:48am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 21 minutes and 2 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s podcast, we travel back in time to an earlier Big Finish effort with a review of the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex story number 67, Dreamtime. We give our impressions of this audio play.

    Also, we play catch-up by joining the Doctor and Gabby for the first five issues of Titan Comics’ 2016’s Tenth Doctor line.

    Plus, we take a look at some of the news-of-the-week, including our reactions to an exchange between Captain Jack and his creator, The Moff.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Side Trip 23 - TopCon: An Interview with Spencer Wilding

    20 September 2016 (6:01am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 42 minutes and 36 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newWe’re off again this week, this time for con stuff, this time spending the weekend at Topeka’s TopCon Geek Expo. We had a wonderful time at the convention and thought we’d relay some of our journey over the 3 days of the con. Plus, we had a chance to sit down, not once, but twice with Spencer Wilding who acted in three Doctor Who stories during the Matt Smith era of the show. Included in this Side Trip is one of those interviews where he shared with us some stories of his time on the show.

    Plus, some added news from Candy Jar Books announcing the start to the next series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 297 - Plants vs. Zombies

    14 September 2016 (6:45am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 19 minutes and 36 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we return with another couple of reviews from Candy Jar’s Lethbridge-Stewart series. First we look at The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel. We follow that with a look at a recent short story, The Playing Dead penned by author Adrian Sherlock. We break down the good and the bad with both of these stories.

    Also, with a week off, we catch up on some news, including the BBC’s announcement about an animated Power of the Daleks featuring the first appearance of Patrick Troughton’s Doctor.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Side Trip 22 - An Interview with Jonathan Cooper

    6 September 2016 (6:22am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 39 minutes and 18 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newWe are off this week, but never fear, we still have a special treat for your podcast feed. We recently had a chance to speak with Jonathan Cooper, the author of the Lethbridge-Stewart novel, The Showstoppers. You can hear about how Jonathan developed the idea for the story and brought its many character to life.

    Our special thanks to Andy Frankham-Allen and Candy Jar Books for helping us come together with Jonathan to discuss the novel.

    You can still order The Showstoppers as well as other books in the Lethbridge-Stewart line of books at Candy Jar’s website, here.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 296 - Difficult, Difficult, Lemon Difficult

    30 August 2016 (6:05am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 59 minutes and 3 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this show we feature our final ‘Beyond the Doctor’ for the year, closing the series with Twelfth Doctor actor Peter Capaldi in the film, In the Loop. We give our reviews of the farcical dark comedy and our impressions of Capaldi’s performance as Malcolm Tucker, perhaps his most famous role before stepping into the TARDIS.

    Also, not much as far as news this week, but lots of your feedback to read out.

    So, enjoy!



  • Episode 295 - Hey Macra-ana!

    24 August 2016 (6:54am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 41 minutes and 2 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newRah, rah, rah! We check in this week with a long one, but a good one. This time we look at another Doctor Who story that has been lost in time, with our attention on The Macra Terror. We examine both the Loose Canon reconstruction of the Patrick Troughton, Second Doctor Story and the novelization written by screenwriter, Ian Stuart Black.

    Also, rumor news involving a leaked animation clip that appeared online and then disappeared shortly after, some convention announcements, and a new limited edition book from our friends over at Candy Jar Books.

    And, of course your feedback.

    Enjoy!

    Order The Havoc Files 2 here!



  • Episode 294 - Franklin, Are There More Scones?

    16 August 2016 (6:57am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 55 minutes and 47 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newWe take another break from Doctor Who this week to look at our 11th installment of our ongoing Beyond the Doctor series. This time it’s Matt Smith’s turn with a look at the film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. We give our views on the film and the performance by the 11th Doctor actor.

    Also, some Time Eddy II appearance shake-ups with the announcement of some drop outs and a very big drop in.

    Enjoy!

     

     



  • Episode 293 - It Tolls for Thee

    9 August 2016 (6:23am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 1 minute and 18 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s episode of the podcast we have two topics to look at.

    First is a review of the Big Finish Productions audio drama, #84 The Nowhere Place featuring the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe, We give out impressions of the audio from Big Finish’s Doctor Who Main Range.

    Then we revisit Titan Comics’ Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor series from 2016 with a look at issues #2.6 - #2.10.

    Plus, a little bit of news for another release of Doctor Who: The Movie.

    And your… whoops, no feedback this week?

    Well, enjoy!



  • Episode 292 - Nuzzink in ze Vorld

    2 August 2016 (5:57am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes and 45 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this episode of the podcast we give a hearty review to the latest book in the Lethbridge-Stewart line of novels in Candy Jar Books’ series. This time we review Lethbridge-Stewart: The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper. We offer a spoiler-filled review of the novel starring Colonel Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Anne Travers, Harold Chorley, and newcomer Samson Ware.

    But first, we look at the latest short story from the range with The Band of Evil written by Shaun Russell and Roger J Simmonds.

    Plus, some news-of-the-week with a sad announcement about a cancellation.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Side Trip 21 - Bat Soup!

    28 July 2016 (4:57pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 31 minutes and 43 seconds

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    BvS_ttv_logo_newOn this week’s podcast, Episode 291, we discussed some things we did this week. One of those things discussed was that Shaun had finally got around to viewing, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, or as Shaun calls it “Bat-Supe”, nay Bat Soup. It ended up being a really long discussion of the film and the unfolding DC/Warner Bros. franchise, so we decided to release it as a Side Trip.

    We hope you enjoy the discussion.

    And we will return next week with more Doctor Who discussions in Episode 292, so be sure to watch for that.



  • Episode 291 - Abject Dalek Destruction

    26 July 2016 (6:50am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes and 41 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newWe move sideway once again this week into another universe where our familiar Doctor is not present, but replaced with an old time traveling scientist called Dr. Who. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, we look at Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. We give our impressions of the second outing of Peter Cushing as the lovable old doctor as he encounters some new friends and an old enemy.

    Also, Glenn does a mini-review of the Traveling the Vortex Book Club book for June, Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack, featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara as they first encounter The Glamour.

    Plus, some “we told you so” news-of-the-week.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!

    Links mentioned in the show:

    Simon Clark: “Night of the Triffids: on BBC Radio 4

    Goodreads Traveling the Vortex Book Club



  • Episode 290 - A Kitschy Sixties Romp

    19 July 2016 (5:51am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes and 21 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we jump into a parallel universe where the good Doctor is an Earthbound scientist, tinkering with his time machine in his back yard with the non-canonical "Dr. Who And The Daleks". We finally get around to seeing this alternative version of Terry Nation’s Daleks story.

    Also, no news this week, but we have plenty of stuff to talk about with Shaun refreshed from a journey to the great state of Colorado.

    And, of course, there’s feedback!

    Enjoy!

     



  • Episode 289 - Misadventures at Church

    12 July 2016 (6:38am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 16 minutes and 8 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show its an Eighth Doctor extravaganza with two audio reviews and a comics miniseries.

    First, we explore the midway point of season two of Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor Adventures with the stories, Brave New Town and The Skull Of Sobek. We give our impressions on these two audio stories featuring the Eighth Doctor and Lucy.

    Next up, our delayed review of Titan Comics’ Eighth Doctor Miniseries, issues #1-5. Hear our review of the stories individually as well as the story arc put forth in the series.

    Plus, news-that’s-not-news.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!



  • Episode 288 - The Ending Stays the Same

    5 July 2016 (6:59am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 17 minutes and 37 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s episode of the podcast we travel back in time with the Fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem as they visit Richard III in the Big Finish audio story, The Kingmaker. We give our review and perhaps a fractured look at history with this story.

    Also, some news of the week including some con announcements, and a Doctor Who world record attempt.

    And of course your feedback.

    Enjoy!

    Links mentioned in the show:

    Time Eddy II

    Gallifrey One: 28 Years Later



  • Episode 287 - The Show of Mandragora

    28 June 2016 (6:01am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 18 minutes and 42 seconds

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    ttv_logo_newIn this week’s episode, we feature a small Adversary Archive, this time with a focus on two stories featuring the Mandragora Helix. First, it’s the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith adventure, The Masque of Mandragora. Then a collection of comics once published in Doctor Who magazine which culminate with a sequel to Masque with The Mark of Mandragora featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace. We’ll give our impressions on these stories.

    Plus, little news for Doctor Who but we do talk a little about set photos and that filming has begun.

    And, of course, your feedback.

    Enjoy!

    vlcsnap-2016-06-28-00h57m47s151Be sure to check out our sister podcast, The Five(ish) Fangirls. As we mentioned in the show, we sat in with them to mark a couple of special occasions this week for Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #96: More Tangents In The Vortex.



  • 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!



 
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