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.
Lee Shackleford, Host
Lee Shackleford is a writer for stage, screen, and radio with more than 150 produced scripts to his credit. His best-known works are in the deathless realm on Sherlock Holmes: he wrote and starred in the off-Broadway hit HOLMES & WATSON, then was the writer responsible for getting Data back into a deerstalker hat on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, and most recently created the webseries pilot HERLOCK.
But for all the time Lee has devoted to Sherlock Holmes, science fiction is his first love. Thanks to the proliferations of fanzines in the 1970s, Lee was a widely-published writer and illustrator of STAR TREK fan fiction. (He still dresses up like TREK characters from time to time.) His first professional sales as a screenwriter were all science-fiction movies. All of these are, alas, as yet unproduced -- but Lee's modern adaptation of Karel Čapek's groundbreaking play R.U.R. (ROSSUM'S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS) was produced off-Broadway in 2013, and has become the most widely-produced version of the Čapek play.
Louis enjoys the creature comforts of the TARDIS at Gallifrey 20 (February 2009). (TARDIS courtesy Tara Wheeler)
Doctor Who: Podshock Regular Hosts:
Doctor Who: Podshock co-host James Naughton emerges from the TARDIS at Gallifrey 20. (TARDIS courtesy Tara Wheeler)
Doctor Who: Podshock co-host Ken Deep senses trouble from the TARDIS at Gallifrey 20. (TARDIS courtesy Tara Wheeler)
James Naughton has been a sci-fi fan for as long as he can remember. Growing up in the UK, he spent most of his early years cowering behind the sofa to the Daleks.
Always interested in technology, in early 2005 he started his own podcast, about everything and anything. This lead to involvement in various other shows, such as Rough, Ready and Raw and Doctor Who: Podshock. These days though, he prefers to invest his time podcasting solely about science fiction.
Louis Trapani founded the Gallifreyan Embassy (GE) in June of 1985 to serve the growing fandom centered around Doctor Who and other British science fiction during the mid-80s in the US. Originally a local organization with local meetings, today it is international, serving the global community.
In 1989, Louis graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York where he majored in the media arts department.