Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who


Deadly divas, anyone? This week our villainous discussion centers on the ladies. For a change, we have a jumping off point–and it’s VAM! (That’s “value-added material”, as in DVD extras.) Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we discuss one of the extras on the Shada DVD set. (Spoiler: We’re much more excited about this one than the last one we talked about.) What does it mean to be a diva? Do all the female baddies on the show (and included the extra) qualify? Our discussion ranges beyond “Those Deadly Divas”, so if you haven’t seen it, don’t fear, there’s plenty here for you too. Add our “happy-Who-things”, plus a special announcement, and you’ve got yourself a rollicking episode of Verity!

Oh, and shout-out to the iTunes review that inspired this week’s title.


Also covered:
Lynne has a wee little Capaldi fig with an arched eyebrow and an “Other Doctor“!
Erika guested (with Kat) on TARDIS Tavern!
Tansy spotted Osgood from “The Day of the Doctor” on Watson and Oliver!
Deb squees over Doctor Puppet’s special release for Peter Capaldi’s birthday!

Bonus links:
Our discussion of “Being a Girl”
Our review of Queers Dig Time Lords
Labels Against Women – #ShineStrong Pantene

Download or listen now (runtime 1:11:50) 

New to Verity! podcast? Welcome!

Yes, we know the exclamation point can be confusing, but it’s part of who we are. It indicates the passion and personality of our podcast as well as our namesake, Verity Lambert. (Want to learn more about Verity Lambert? Check out the “Our Inspiration” button at the top right.)

As you may have guessed from our tag line we are six women, from across the globe, with opinions – mostly about Doctor Who, but that’s a gateway to talk about other issues such as feminism, racism, history, social politics, and general geekery. We hail from the United States, Canada, The United Kingdom, and Australia. We’re writers, editors, podcasters, bloggers, and fans who really really like Doctor Who. We don’t think it’s perfect, but that’s okay, neither are we. (Want to learn more about who we are? Check out the “Behind the Voices” links on the right.)

Our format is simple. Every other week we discuss a topic that fits our yearly theme. Last year we counted down to the 50th anniversary by examining episodes we felt represented each Doctor’s era. This year we’re talking about the villains, baddies, and miscreants who vex the Doctor. We open every episode on a note of joy: we each mention something that’s caught our attention in the world of Doctor Who. (And what a grab bag of goodness that can be!)

On alternate weeks we post a Verity! Extra – a mini episode where we discuss topics from the silly to the sublime. It’s occasionally serious, but for the most part, this is where we have fun, talk about fannish things, laugh, interview women involved in the world of Doctor Who, or review books/DVDs/audios.

We are passionate about this thing we love, and it shows. We rarely agree, and we defend our positions with vigor…and then we spend another hour online after we’ve finished recording, chatting about Rupert Graves or Blake’s 7 or June Hudson’s fabulous costume designs. Our goal is this: Imagine your very best “conversation at the bar” with your very best friends at the very best convention you’ve ever attended. Now make it a podcast. That’s Verity! We’d love to have you join us.

If you’re interested in giving Verity! a whirl, we’ve each selected a release for you to sample. We hope you find something that catches your attention!

  • Deb recommends Episode 3 – A Perfect 10? - “This was early days for us and this ep sort of shocked listeners. We disagreed – vehemently! In a world of congenial podcast hosts, this was a bit unexpected. I think this episode really displays the passion we bring to our debates. (The gatekeeping conversation is also pretty amazing, and made this a close second choice as a sample episode for Lynne!)” If you like spirited discussion, this episode is for you.
  • Erika recommends Episode 16 – 7b, to Rhyme with Squee - “By this time I really think we were hitting our stride. This ep covers an entire (half-)season of Doctor Who, so listeners don’t need to have seen every episode to feel like they’re in on the fun. Also, there’s a lot of  intelligent, enthusiastic discussion about Clara, both as a character and a ‘mystery’.” If you’re a fan of season-overviews (and Clara), this ep’s for you.
  • Katrina recommends Episode 32 – Doctor Stew Is Required - “It features all of us, we all disagree (which makes for interesting listening), and I love the title and its origin.” If you like when people cordially disagree, and are able to discuss something they love while recognizing its flaws, this one is for you.
  • Liz recommends Extra! – Gallifrey One-derful - “It’s very chilled and relaxed, and we’re all obviously exhausted, but it brings back such lovely memories! Makes me all nostalgic for Gally.” If you’ve ever wondered what the big deal about Gallifrey One was all about, this is the episode for you.
  • Lynne recommends Episode 29 – A Day in the Lives - “We were (almost) all together, we were enthusiastic, and we had a great time!” This ep is an enthusiastic crowd-pleaser. If you want joy, this one’s for you.
  • Tansy recommends Extra! – Fangirls Just Wanna Have Fun - “It was a really meaty conversation about fandom, being fannish while female, and has its own (borrowed) theme song from the Doubleclicks.” If you are a fan–of anything–this is for you.

Thanks for visiting us here at Verity! We hope you’ll decide to stay.

VerityExtraTARDISRooms-300We’ve had silly Extras before, but perhaps none that went quite this (delightfully) far off the rails. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Liz as we talk about our favorite rooms in the TARDIS–both the ones that exist, and the ones we wish did! Come for the TARDIS talk, stay for the space monkeys.


Bonus link:
A guinea pig in battle armor

Download or listen now (runtime 34:02) 

Hey, Kat here.

As some of you know I’m a member of the Alberta Browncoats which is a not-for-profit society who regularly raises money for charities through screenings, fundraisers and shindigs. All these events are relatively local but we all know fandom doesn’t stop locally.

A certain Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) wisely imparted upon us a suggestion that we branch out in our fundraising activities to share our donated goodies with the rest of the world. Unlike the residents of the Torchwood Hub, we listened to him.

This year we launched the first of what we hope will become a tradition:

An annual online charity auction. Bids from all over the world are accepted.

Items will change as the month progresses. Items so far include Firefly, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Castle, comics and MORE! Go and register, bid and then bid some more!

The proceeds of this auction will be split between Edmonton’s Youth Empowerment and Support Services (a shelter & support program for homeless teens), Kids Need to Read (a US-based children’s literacy charity), Equality Now (an international women’s advocacy organization), and the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 USD to split between these wonderful organizations.

Doctor Who items already posted include (much more coming very soon):


VerityEpisode39-300This week we cover what are some of the trickiest of the villains the Doctor has faced (one who even wears his face)! Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne as we try to stay on topic talking about shapeshifters. What is it about them that’s scary? Do they hold the same appeal for all of us? Is a talking cactus a more or less believable shapeshifter than a mostly-non-functioning robot?


Also covered:
Liz discovers what might be the most useless Dalek tat ever!
Erika tells Macworld magazine how to create your own podcast!
Lynne must have K-9 slippers!
Deb is (saddened, but also) gladdened by the warmth of the Doctor Who fan community after the passing of Kate O’Mara, Derek Martinus, and Glyn Jones.

Bonus links:
Kamelion touches the TARDIS inappropriately
Frobisher the shapeshifting penguin

Download or listen now (runtime 1:02:12) 

VerityExtraKateOmara-300This week’s Extra is somewhat melancholy. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, Liz, and Lynne as we remember the Rani and pay tribute to the contribution of the late Kate O’Mara. Cold, sharp, stylish, snarky, and oh-so-delightful, the Rani is one of the Verities’ most beloved Gallifreyan villains. Why do we love her? What made her special? Can/should the Rani return in another guise?


Download or listen now (runtime 28:33) 

Somehow I’ve been tricked into making a list that ties into this week’s Verity! How did this happen? Being awake at two in the morning, when bravado and confidence that, dammit, of course I know what Cyberman story’s better than what convinced me it was a good idea.

Well then, here it is; a list of Cyberman stories in order of Cyberman Greatitude.

In fact, it’s two lists; one for the classic series and one for the new series. Why? Because, dear reader, if I plonked them all into one list you might get the distinct impression that I was smidgen unimpressed by the new series Cybermen. Which is true, but I’m cunningly disguising that fact by splitting up these rankings.

Now, if you’re a sharp one, you’ll have spotted the one flaw in this otherwise brilliant plan: I’ve just told you what I’ve done. That is true, I have. Now let us move on… Read the rest of this entry »


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