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.
Kyle Jones, Host
Kyle Jones has been a long time listener to both Doctor Who: Podshock and visitor to the Gallifreyan Embassy website. After listening to the show since 2007, Kyle first called into the show during the review of the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special (Doctor Who: Podshock 232). He spent much of 2012-2013 starting his own blog, HRtoWHO, and connecting with other human resource professionals across the globe via social media. Kyle returned to the live shows as a guest for all but one episode of Series 8 in 2014.
Ian Bisset, Host
Ian Bisset was born and raised in Lower Hutt, New Zealand and until 1988 was a Doctor Who watcher rater than a fan, it took the acting prowess of Colin Baker to start the young man off in his journey to becoming a Doctor Who fan!
By 1991, Ian was established in the Wellington Chapter of the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club and attended his first Doctor Who convention (it was one day with no guests an it was held in a school hall). By 1992, Ian was instrumental in organizing DoctorCon 2,
Yet another guest-less convention, but one that got the attention of the New Zealand media due to a typo.
Barnaby Edwards, Writer
Barnaby is a British ex-pat, living in New York City. He runs the Doctor Who New York (DWNY) fan group, which you can find on the web at dwny.org. The group, which numbers in the hundreds now, holds monthly Pub Meets at Peculier Pub in Greenwich Village (usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month - but it does vary - check here for dates and times of upcoming events), and monthly video meets - either at member's homes, or for special occasions at Professor Thom's, near Union Square! DWNY also has a small scale podcast, which does Doctor Who themed versions of classic British game shows - most notably "Just a DWNY Minute". You can download it here.
Music by Geoff Smith
Geoff Smith is an independent artist based out of Nashville TN. He has been a listener and friend of Doctor Who: Podshock since the very beginning.
His massively catchy power pop styles are reminiscent of the Beatles, Ben Folds and Squeeze.
Musician, songwriter, producer, writer, actor, entrepreneur, new media personality and owner of the iPhone ringtone company, Ringtonefeeder.com
Released his latest album, Ones and 0s, also as a dynamic subscription with a year of bonus tracks.
Correspondent Tara Wheeler
Tara Wheeler grew up with friends who were Trekkies. She knew there was something else out there waiting for her, but it wasn't until she was fourteen that she found it. Her first episode was 'The Five Doctors' so she likes to think that 'all of them' is her Doctor. She started knitting Doctor Who scarves the same year she discovered Doctor Who and thinks she's knitted somewhere around forty or so. She's met the actors who have played Two through Eight, plus most of their companions, writers, producers and staff.
Joshua Lou Friedman, West Coast Correspondent
Joshua Lou Friedman has worked in films and television since 1991. His television credits range from children’s animation (“Inspector Gadget”, “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures”, “Sonic the Hedgehog”), to award-winning favorites such as “Heroes”, “CSI: New York”, “Monk”, “Everybody Hates Chris”, “Worst Week” and “Alias”. His feature film credits include “Transformers”, “9”, “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny”, “Cougar Club”, “Wizard of Gore”, “Big Bad Wolf”, “Midnight Meat Train” and the forthcoming “Bitch Slap”.
Billy Davis, Special Correspondent
Billy Davis is the newest addition to the Doctor Who: Podshock support team joining in 2008. His title: Special Correspondant. He can be heard occasionally on the podcast reporting from the various Doctor Who conventions and events he attends around the US. Billy is a native New Yorker and a long time science fiction fan who become a Doctor Who fan in 2005 with the new series.
Mike Doran, Canadian Correspondent
Mike Doran first saw Doctor Who on TV Ontario in the late 1970s and has been a fan of Doctor Who since childhood. He attended his first local group meeting at a young age and has been involved with Canadian Doctor Who fandom for more than twenty-five years. This involvement has included running local groups, editing fanzines and organizing events of all sizes. A former organizer with The Doctor Who Information Network (North America's largest and oldest Doctor Who fan club Mike still works on Who Party (North America's oldest Doctor Who convention) and other Doctor Who related events in the Toronto area.