Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

VerityEpisode69This week we focus on one companion–the winner of our Verity! companions poll! Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne, as we talk about Ace! Our personal feelings about Ace as a companion are mixed, but we all agree (mostly) on her importance as a companion. It’s pretty easy to draw a line between Ace and Rose, and we do just that! We also chat a lot about Ace: as compared to other women on screen at the time, as a character to identify with (or not), and as a tuxedo-wearer.

What are your feelings about Ace? Do you love her attitude? Or does she put you off as a viewer? Or something in between? Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
The Web of Queer podcast
Two Girls, a Guy and a TARDIS podcast
Paul Booth (who was recently interviewed on Radio Free Skaro)
Human Nature (the novel by Paul Cornell)
The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast on Damaged Goods

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Once again, we bring you a Gallifrey One-based Verity! that we recorded while in the same room! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Liz as we giggle over convention fun and revel in the rare experience of recording face-to-face. This year’s Gally saw many of the Verities on stage (interviewing!), on panels (being erudite and awesome!), and wandering the lobby and halls of the LAX Marriott (having a lovely time!).

In addition, Deb has a great interview with director Rachel Talalay, who was a bit of a rockstar at this year’s convention.


Bonus thank-you link:
Roam Mobility (who made it possible for Erika and Kat to stay in touch while conventioning!)

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VerityEpisode68Time to talk transitions! Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy, as we discuss the companions who were there when the Doctor regenerated. How does a carryover companion help (or not help) the audience’s reaction to a new Doctor? Which companions handled it well? Which freaked out? All this and plenty more this week!

If you’re a day-of downloader, four of us (Deb, Erika, Kat, and Liz) are on their way to (or have already arrived in) Los Angeles for the Gallifrey One convention. If you’re attending, please find us and say hi! We have ribbons AND WRISTBANDS!


Also covered:

  • Tansy hosted a Doctor Who-themed birthday party, complete with TARDIS cake!
  • Erika
    • squees over the release of Seasons of War and the money they’re raising for charity!
    • couldn’t be more humbly honored that folks have nominated Verity! for a Hugo Award this year!
  • Lynne has only ONE MORE Doctor Who story to consume (The Space Pirates!!), and she’ll have seen/heard ALL the televised eps!
  • Deb

Bonus links:
Missing episode audios
The Spectre of Lanyon Moor
The Five Companions

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Gallifrey One is almost upon us! Deb, Erika, Kat and Liz will be there interviewing, panelling and catching up with friends old and new (also known as “LobbyCon”). As always, we’d love for you to say hello and let us know what you think of the show. (<—unintentional rhyme!) and maybe grab a ribbon or one of our awesome Verity! wristbands.

Verity! Spotting at Gallifrey One:


12 p.m. Program D: Truly Impossible Girl with Deb Stanish

4:30 p.m. Program C: Torchwood: Still Waiting with Katrina Griffiths

6:30 p.m. Program D: Rivers and Captains with Erika Ensign

8:30 p.m. Program E: Why Doctor Who Matters with Katrina Griffiths

9:30 p.m. Program E: Changing Faces of Doctor Who with Liz Myles


10 a.m. Program B: Gary Russell interviewed by Erika Ensign

10:45 a.m. Program B: Frazier Hines interviewed by Erika Ensign

12:30 p.m. Program A: Writing Doctor Who moderated by Deb Stanish

2 p.m. Program B: Ellis George interviewed by Deb Stanish

2:30 p.m. Program B: Adjoa Andoh interviewed by Deb Stanish

5:30 p.m. Program B: Janet Fielding interviewed by Deb Stanish

6:15 p.m. Program B: Sophie Aldred  interviewed by Deb Stanish


1 p.m. Program C: Twelfth Nights with Erika Ensign

2:30 p.m. Program B: Danny Hargreaves interviewed by Katrina Griffiths

3:15 p.m. Program B: Nick Robatto interviewed by Katrina Griffiths

4 p.m. Program C: Missing Companions with Liz Myles


Can’t wait to see everyone there!


VerityExtraFanworksWe’re taking a quick break from our year of companions to provide you with a discussion (and explanation of) fanworks. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, Liz, and guests Anna Livingston (of A Teaspoon And An Open Mind), and Janita Burgess (of the Organization for Transformative Works), as we discuss what fanworks are, what they mean, how they’ve evolved, where to find them, and much more!

Have you created some fanworks and want to share? Please do so in the comments! Have some favorites you’d like to point us to, be sure to let us know! And we welcome your thoughts on fanworks in general.


Related links:

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VerityEpisode67Ok, it’s finally time to talk about “proper” companions (whatever that means). Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Liz as we talk about the companions that started (and re-started) it all. We’re focusing on Susan, Grace, and Rose–the ladies who ushered in each “era” of Doctor Who. We find more parallels than you might expect (certainly more than some of us expected!).

What do you think of these “first” companions? Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

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VerityExtraIDO3That’s right! We’re back with another edition of In Defence Of! (And yes, now that I live in Canada, I’ve started spelling it with a “c”. Sometimes.) Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we try (oh golly do we try) to defend the topics and concepts our dear sweet CRUEL listeners have suggested. “Dimensions in Time”? The eyebrow agenda? The Dalek episodes with the pig people? And even more! This wasn’t easy, but it sure as heck was fun!


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