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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Remember back when we promised to do a couple commentaries as a thank you to our FABULOUS PATREON PATRONS? Well, trust us, we did. And better late than never? Here’s the first one! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lizbeth as we discuss “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”: the dinosaurs, the spaceship, Amy-as-Doctor, pretty-people-bias, “comedy” robots, and so much Rupert Graves. Also, a serious anti-cookie agenda.

Are you a fan of this story? Or does it annoy you like it does at least one of the Verities? Let us know in the comments!

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It’s hot-seat time again! And this time it’s Tansy’s turn to get grilled. Join Deb, Erika, and Lynne as we ask Tansy all kinds of questions–some about Doctor Who, many not!

Do you have thoughts about Tansy’s answers? Let us know in the comments!

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Time to wrap up our companions’ companions mini-arc. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lynne as we talk about the phenomenon of a companion collecting their own companion throughout the ages of Doctor Who.

What other examples are you find of? Let us know in the comments!

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Also covered:

Bonus links:
Beginner’s Puck
Big Finish’s 10th Doctor and Donna box set

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This time we feel like we’re fully on track when it comes to companions picking up companions. Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Tansy as we chat about the amazing Isobel Watkins and her relationship with Zoe (and the rest of the TARDIS crew) in “The Invasion”.

What do you think of Isobel? Is she subversive in her femininity? Is Zoe actually her companion? Or is she flighty and not as great as we think? Let us know in the comments!

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Also covered:

Bonus links:
Hammer House of Podcast
The Company of Friends – Mary’s
Story (Mary Shelley in Big Finish)
The Audio Guide to Babylon 5
Lazy Doctor Who
“Dimensions in Time”
Storm Warning (Big Finish)
Head Over Feels
“Fangirl Isn’t a Dirty Word” (Deb’s essay in Apex Magazine)
Doctor Who: The Writers’ Room Episode 54 (with Deb, talking about “The Invasion”)
“There’s Nothing ‘Only’ About Being a Journalist” (Tansy’s essay about Sarah Jane Smith)

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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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Also covered:

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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