Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

New to Verity! podcast? Welcome!

As you may have guessed from our tag line we are six women, from five time zones, in four countries, on three hemispheres, who are too happy to be talking about one thing: Doctor Who!

We have opinions — yes, about Doctor Who, but that’s a gateway to talk about many other issues including feminism, racism, history, social politics, and plenty of 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.)

As an introduction to Verity!* we’ve selected three 2017 releases you might want to sample. We hope you enjoy!

  • Extra! – In Defence Of … The Gavel Edition – 2017 was tough for many reasons, and we combated that by upping our (already high) level of silly fun. This was our first game of 2017, but it most certainly was not our last. We hope you enjoy this bit of lightness as much as we did!
  • Extra! – There’s Nothing “Only” About Being a Doctor + Our Gap Months – We don’t usually cover news on Verity!, but sometimes news is so big, we simply must take notice. The announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the next Doctor? You bet your buttons that’s something we needed to chat about. (And no, it wasn’t the outright squee-fest you might expect. This one was emotional and a bit raw at times.) We also discussed about how we’d spend the months and Months and MONTHS until she graces our screens.
  • Episode 154 – Twice upon a Time of the Doctors – When Doctor Who is actively airing, we review each episode. The most recent example of this is the Hugo Award-nominated Christmas special from last year.

Our format is simple. Every other week we discuss a topic that fits our yearly theme. Last year we talked about “Loves and Lasts” (things we love and things that have ended). 2018 year is our Year of Women. We’re doing mini-arcs about women-led tropes in Doctor Who. We’re also matching classic Who stories with new series episodes. 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, interview each other, review books/DVDs/audios, or (most often in 2017) PLAY GAMES.

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 fanfiction or baking or Hammer Horror films or punk bands or hockey or videogames. 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.

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

*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.)

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This mini-arc may have curved all the way off the rails, but we don’t care. Ace is the embodiment of this very idea, and “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” gives us plenty to talk about. Including, of course, a significant tangent about the history of clowns in popular media. Because why not?

What do you think about Ace’s companion-collecting habits? And do you think she and Mags would have made a good TARDIS team? Let us know in the comments!

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Also covered:

Bonus links:
slash goggles
Torchwood “Out of Time”

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Mini-arc #3, companions collecting women companions, starts with the realization that new-Who doesn’t have many great examples of this. Join Deb, Liz, and Lynne as they discuss why that might be and how it works (or doesn’t) in the case of “Mummy on the Orient Express”. Poor Erika, who is absent, takes some serious guff.

What do you think about companions’ companions in the modern era? Are they sparse because of lack of screen time? Is it simply a different type of storytelling? Or something else? Let us know in the comments!

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Bonus link:
Verity!‘s previous “Mummy” ep

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It’s Lynne’s turn in the “hot seat”! Join Deb, Erika, and Liz as we take turns asking Lynne about Doctor Who, frocks, and life in general!

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Bonus links:
The Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale
Tessa Dare
Courtney Milan
Beverly Jenkins
Alyssa Cole
Truly, Madly Viking by Sandra Hill
Jennifer Cruise
Lynne’s Goodreads page
The Chosen Baby

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It’s time for another “Perfect Match”! Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we discuss my choice of paired classic and new-Who episodes: “Four to Doomsday” and “The Beast Below”.

Do you think these two make a good pair? Let us know in the comments!

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“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

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Hello to all fans of Verity! games! We’ve got another one for you. Liz has wrested control of the podcast from Deb once again, and it’s every bit as delightful as you’d expect! Join Deb, Erika, and Lynne as we try to answer Liz’s nefarious questions about the “history” of Doctor Who, or its fandom, anyway.

Would you have beaten our winner? Let us know in the comments!

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Bonus link:
Lynne gets a medal

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We’re wrapping up the second mini-arc of our Year of Women! Join Deb, Erika, Lizbeth, and Tansy as we talk about the lady-villains of Doctor Who.

What women actors do we still need to have in Doctor Who? What are your favorite villainous archetypes? And should there be more cloaks? (Yes. Yes there should.) Let us know in the comments!

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Also covered:

  • Liz is relieved that the pre-Gally-ticket-buying nerves are over and she has her ticket to Gallifrey One 2019!
  • Tansy loves Big Finish’s Torchwood Series 5!
  • Erika cannot wait for Gallifrey One, even though it’s almost a year away!
  • Deb just got ATA Girl and discovered she bought a Big Finish Humble Bundle a while back and now has so much great audio to dive into!

Bonus link:
Lost in Space on Netflix

Download or listen now (runtime 1:14:08)