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We’re All Stories In The End. Just Make It A Good One.

Over the years on Doctor Who: Podshock we often in our news segments had the unfortunate duty of relaying to our listeners the passing of people connected to Doctor Who. It's unavoidable being the long history of the series, now well over a half a century old and going. What is not common is having to announce the passing of one us. A fellow fan. A listener. A contributor. Today is one of those times.

It is with much sadness that I inform our listeners of a passing of a regular guest host on our show, Taras Hnatyshyn. Earlier this week we lost Taras after a long illness. Before becoming a regular guest host and a moderator here on our site, Taras was a long time listener and contributor to our show. His enthusiasm and excitement for all things Doctor Who was unparalleled and often contagious

Taras knew his stuff. He had an encyclopedia knowledge of Doctor Who. He could tell you which episode a character was last seen in and when they first appeared and probably how episodes they were showed up in between. He was a great resource any time we had the delight and privilege of having him record with us.

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Three Decades Celebrating Doctor Who

1985 was a very different time. The year marks the birth of the Gallifreyan Embassy, but let’s take a TARDIS ride back to see what else was going on at the time.

One of the original "banners" for the clubOne of the original "banners" for the club

Speaking of time, it was the year that we discovered the wreak of the RMS Titanic after it was lost in way back in 1912.

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Peter Capaldi Being Interviewed by Craig Ferguson in 2009 [VIDEO]

It's interesting seeing this interview now of Peter Capaldi on Craig Ferguson's late night chat show years before (from 2009) he was cast as The Doctor. Pay very close attention what Peter is wearing, a definite precursor to his Doctor's costume. Doctor Who doesn't come up in conversation (Peter was there promoting his then new movie, In the Loop, but Craig does bring up their past history together including 'dropping acid' and being part of a punk rock band (The Dreamboys). It's also the first time Peter is speaking to an American audience.

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New Doctor Who Series Launch Confirmed for August and Teaser Promo Video

The BBC has released a new short teaser promotional video for the new upcoming 2014 series of Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor. It also confirms the month of August as the start of the new series. It's only 3 months away now.

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Doctor Who: Podshock Featured in Podcastrovalva

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The “Troughton Is My Doctor” (Doctor Who News and Opinion) blog is featuring Doctor Who: Podshock in their Podcastrovalva series which to my understanding will focus on Doctor Who podcasts. This is the first entry in that series and it features Doctor Who: Podshock. Below is a segment from the article. For the full piece, visit the linked entry on their site below.

Podcastrovalva 1- Podshock | Doctor Who News and Opinion: "I started listening to Doctor Who podcasts during the storm-related hiatus of Podshock. However, since it has been back, it has been one I make sure to always listen to within a day or two of its release."

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Happy New Year, Happy New Who!

This is a quick note to wish all of our listeners of Doctor Who: Podshock a very happy and healthy new year. The past year has been a very trying time recovering from a devastating storm that was Superstorm Sandy. It is delightful that when we came back after a long hiatus, our listeners were still here, still downloading the show and welcoming us back.

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Enhanced Podcast Features and Tandem With The Random

How do you listen to audio podcasts? Are you taking advantage of the features of the enhanced podcast format? In other words, accessing the chapters, embedded images and links? The reason I am asking is because all signs point to the fact that Apple is phasing this format out. Their latest Podcast app doesn't seem to support it. Oh, it will play fine, and it will still sound better than the plain mp3 version, but the aforementioned features are absent. Also their latest version of GarageBand has removed the tools to create those features for enhanced podcasts.

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Now THIS Is How You Do An Anniversary Special - Doctor Who: The Five(ish) Doctors [VIDEO]

The Five(ish) Doctors

If you only watched ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ and ‘The Day of the Doctor’ anniversary special as part of your 50th anniversary of Doctor Who celebrations, then you're missing out. ‘The Five(ish) Doctors’ is thirty minutes of fun and delight spearheaded by Peter Davison which chronicles some of the past actors who played the Doctor in their efforts in being included in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special. It’s a real treat for long time fans, that also offers up some delights for new fans. The video is embedded below.

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Sonic Screwdriver? There's an App for That!

Now in the iOS App Store is the Doctor Who: Sonic Screwdriver (Official) (for iOS 5 or later). Is if it wasn’t already overused on the television series, now it’s available on our iPhone. It includes four 3D models of sonic screwdrivers and thankfully not just limited the last seven years. It gives you a choice of two kinds of backgrounds for your sonic screwdriver. One is “transparent” (thanks to the rear camera) which emulates holding the actual sonic screwdriver as it will pick up whatever background you are pointing your iOS device towards (pretty nifty, huh?). Of course it has various sonic screwdriver sounds (it wouldn’t be “sonic” otherwise). You can even shake the 11th Doctor’s model to extend it. Plus it’s a flashlight app as well (for those with a camera flash and who haven’t updated to iOS 7 which now has it built-in the OS, may find this feature handy). 

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Doctor Who: 'The Web of Fear' and 'The Enemy of the World' Now on iTunes!

Recovered 'missing episodes' from Africa for the Doctor Who stories, 'The Web of Fear' and 'The Enemy of the World' both starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor thought to have been lost forever have been remastered and are now on iTunes!

Episode 3 of the 1968 story 'The Web of Fear' has been reconstructed using stills and audio, the other episodes of this 6 episode adventure have been remastered. 

It's great to finally have "new" old Doctor Who to watch. Each story is $9.99 (USD) or $1.99 (USD) per episode. Links to both are below:

Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World

Doctor Who: The Web of Fear


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