Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

VerityEpisode88It’s an Erika-less Verity!, but there’s more than enough excitement to make up for it. Join Deb, Liz, and Lynne as they dig deep into everything Clara, Davros, Missy, Doctor, Daleks, and more! There are crack theories, lots of squee, and many astute observations about the second installment of series 9.

What did you think about this one? Did Steven Moffat close things off nicely? Or…not? Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
Liz’s thoughts on “The Magician’s Apprentice”
Erika on the TeeVee podcast about “The Witch’s Familiar”
Our Verity! Tumblr

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VerityEpisode87IT’S HERE! YOU GUYS! IT’S HERE! FINALLY! NEW DOCTOR WHO!!! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lynne as we flail and squee over guitars and shades, Clara and Missy, Davros and Daleks, and pretty much everything in between. We delve into examination, speculation, admiration, and the littlest bit of criticism. We’re thrilled to be back at it with a new series!

What did you think of “The Magician’s Apprentice”? Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
Radio Free Skaro
“Genesis of the Daleks”

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VerityExtraPrologueThis week we throw out our regularly scheduled topic (or rather, shelve it back into the spreadsheet) and talk about BBC Doctor Who prologues! That’s right, the BBC surprised us with some series 9 Capaldi goodness, and we just couldn’t hold back. In addition, we cover some of the other internet-only prologue action the BBC has tossed our way over the years. (Note: If you’re looking for speculation and a frame-by-frame breakdown, you have come to the wrong podcast, my friend.)

Oh yeah, and Erika is over the moon because it’s not called a “prequel”!

How do you feel about it? Let us know in the comments!


Referred-to links:
Chicks Unravel Time
Head Over Feels
Den of Geek

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VerityEpisode86We close out our companion miniseries in fine style with Liz’s pick, “The Curse of Peladon”. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Liz as we discuss Jo’s merits as a companion. They are many–especially in this story. There’s a lot of Jo love, dissension among the ranks as to which Peladon story is better, and even some soul-searching. It’s quite an episode!

What do you think about Jo? Is she as awesome as the Verities think? Or do you still see her as a useless screamer? Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
Enlightenment, formerly edited by Graeme Burk
Erika’s post on “The Curse of Peladon”
TARDIS Tavern episode 61: A Pertwee Extravaganza!
Unjustly Maligned 10 – “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” with Erika Ensign
Radio Free Skaro’s commentary on “The Monster of Peladon” (part1) (part 2)

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VerityEpisode85This week it’s Lynne’s turn to pick a companion-tastic story, and bafflingly, she chose Nyssa in “Black Orchid”. Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne as we discuss all the companions in “Black Orchid”. Lynne does have some strong reasons why Nyssa shines here. Deb thinks it’s a stronger Tegan story. And Erika discovers it’s her new favorite Adric story. It may be a short story, but with the crowded TARDIS of the fifth Doctor era, there are lots of companions to go around!

What do you think of this story? Would you have picked a different Nyssa story? Or can you think of other reasons this is a goor one for her? And do you find Adric boring? Charming? Annoying? Let us know in the comments!

And remember, you have about a week left to contribute to the Uncanny Magazine Year Two Kickstarter and make an extra difference thanks to an amazing Verity! listener!


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Bonus links:
Total Party Kill
“Doctor in Distress”

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VerityEpisode84This week it’s Tansy’s turn to pick a companion-tastic story. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy as we discuss Vicki and Steven in “The Time Meddler”, their relationship to each other, and their relationships to the Doctor. This is really the first episode of a new type of companion/Doctor team. Not only that, but it’s a really interesting episode for the Doctor, and we veer into that territory more than a little.

What do you think of this story? Are Vicki and Steven a great team? Do you like how the Doctor interacts with them (and gets to go off on his own as they explore without him)? Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
Zombies Run!
Edmonton 5k
Nerd Fitness
October Girl

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Want to join the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps? With a name like that, who wouldn’t? The Space Unicorn Ranger Corps is what Uncanny Magazine calls their supporters. And right now, you can do a little extra good when you help out.

The Uncanny Magazine Year Two Kickstarter is in full swing! Lynne and her husband Michael are setting out to fund a second year of amazing SFF fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and art. In addition, this year’s Kickstarter includes money in the budget to actually pay the editors for the first time. That’s right, Lynne and Michael did all that hard work on Uncanny Year One without paying themselves. Their modest Year Two editorial fee will go towards expenses including care for their daughter, Caitlin, who has Aicardi syndrome–a rare congenital disorder with significant medical problems and developmental delays.


Verity! listener Bliss has offered to match $12 for the first 24 fellow Verity! listeners who contribute (at least) that much to the Kickstarter. She’s touched by how much Lynne and Michael do for the SFF/geek/fandom community and wants to say thank you. Especially since everything they do comes on top of taking care of Caitlin. If you’re a regular listener you know Caitlin is a fellow Doctor Who fan and has special healthcare needs. So anything we do to help Lynne and Michael helps our fellow fangirl!

In Bliss’ words, “I’m sure that caring for Caitlin is something any decent parent would put everything into, but to take care of the rest of us – nameless faceless fans out there, well, that is truly amazing.” We here at Verity! couldn’t agree more. We also can’t thank Bliss enough for this incredibly generous proposal.


After you’ve pledged to the Kickstarter, forward your confirmation email to We’ll keep track and let Bliss know how many people have taken her up on her incredibly generous offer! She’ll increase her own Uncanny pledge by $12 for each of the first 24 Verity! fans to chip in starting today!

Remember, you have to pledge at least $12 to qualify. That puts you in the GIVE IT A GO reward category, which gets you an eBook copy (MOBI, PDF, EPUB) of Uncanny issues 7 and 8, with your name listed in issue 7, PLUS a copy of Year One’s issues 2 & 5! However…


You can always pledge more to get some other fabulous rewards! If you pledge at the $50 level, you’ll have access to A Very Special Verity! Multifandom Podcast Mashup episode featuring special guest appearances by members of the Radio Free Skaro and Down and Safe podcasts! (At $150, you can even tell us all what to talk about! *gasp*) For $100, you can join a live Skype/Google Hangout with Lynne and Erika, with spouses Michael and Steven, to pick our brains about podcasting! (And there are LOTS more great rewards including art and jewelry and books and meals and the list goes on…)


If you’ve already pledged to the Kickstarter, thank you! We’re thrilled you’ve contributed! But we want to motivate even more folks to join the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, so this offer is open to the following:

  • New backers starting today (pledging at least $12)
  • Current backers who increase their original pledge by at least $12

If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments. And keep spreading the word about Uncanny!



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