On the Occasion of Radio Free Skaro’s Tenth Anniversary

Today marks the official 10th Anniversary of the Doctor Who Podcast Radio Free Skaro. The “Three Who Rule” released an anniversary special yesterday, which was a delight to listen to.

I can’t imagine a time when Steven, Warren & Chris weren’t a part of my Doctor Who life, even if they didn’t know it. When the series returned in 2005, I felt isolated in my fandom, downloading the episodes and watching alone. Gradually I found places to share in my Doctor Who fandom. At first I connected with other fans on LiveJournal and Television Without Pity.

Then I discovered podcasts. There were a few in the early days that I listened to, but I didn’t find a Doctor Who home until I heard Radio Free Skaro. These Canadian guys were a charming blend of enthusiastic optimism and curmudgeonly criticism who exhibited a love and respect for this show that I could relate to. The guys brought Doctor Who and being a fan to life in a way that I hadn’t experienced before. They loved the Classic Series, but embraced New Who with open arms and let it stand on its own merits. I let them do the heavy lifting of gathering my news and the dreaded stats. I speculated with them on upcoming episodes, casting and writer/director annoucements. I started listening to my now dear friend Chip Sudderth’s Two Minute Time Lord as well.

The guys kept mentioning this thing called “Gallifrey One.” I was wary of fan conventions. It was a line I swore I would never cross — I would never go to a convention. But dammit, they sold me on it and so in February 2013 I took a leap of faith and went to Los Angeles. My life hasn’t been the same since, and in many ways I owe Radio Free Skaro for a lot of it.

I met Steven and his wife Erika Ensign (of the also monumental Verity Podcast) moments after their wedding in that Los Angeles Marriott lobby soon after my arrival at Gally. Steven was one of the first people I met, and we hit it off talking hockey, as one does when you meet a Canadian (sorry Warren).

He introduced me to Chris and later Warren, as I recall, and these guys welcomed me into the Gally family with open arms. I made so many connections at that convention and am so blessed to call the RFS guys my friends. They mean so much to me on so many levels and I’m unbelievably grateful to have them in my life.

Without RFS, I wouldn’t have some of my closest friends that I cherish. I wouldn’t have been able to move to New York last year without supportive friends, most of which I made at Gally via the RFS network of awesome people they seem to attract. I wouldn’t have the podcasts I have been lucky to guest on, nor Hockey Feels, the podcast Steven suggested we start last year, which brings me tremendous joy. I was so honored when they asked me to do an episode commentary this past year. Hope I did them proud on the recording.

So while it seems like not nearly enough to say, I’ll say it anyway. THANK YOU Radio Free Skaro. Thank you for your Ten Years of Doctor Who insight, fun and friendship. But also thank you for the undeniable impact you’ve had on my life.

Your Friend,

Rachel

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