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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Back in March, we were proud to participate in the Who Against Guns movement. We helped other Doctor Who podcasters raise over $20,000 to support gun control. In the course of that effort, several donors won rewards from the participating podcasts. Our winner, Dr. Thomas Rodebaugh, asked us to talk about one of his favorite DW stories, “Warriors’ Gate”. Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we dig into this incredibly juicy story.

Also covered:

Bonus link:
Tom’s book on “The Face of Evil” is coming from The Black Archives in January 2019

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Do you think you understand how this game works? YOU ARE WRONG. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy as we try to muddle our way through another one of Lizbeth’s quizzes, “Doctor Who or Not?” As you might expect, the rules keep changing, and the questions just get harder. So buckle up, listeners!

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It’s Kat’s turn in the hot seat! Join Deb, Erika, and Tansy as we grill Kat about music, podcast, movies, and even ice cream. Do you have questions for Kat? Let us know in the comments!

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Related link:
Start the Music

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It’s Lynne’s turn to select a classic and a modern Who story to be her perfect match, and she’s gone all Scots! Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne as we chew over haggis, kilts, shape-shifters, werewolves, and lots and lots of mythology. That’s right, we’re talking about “The Terror of the Zygons” and “Tooth and Claw”!

Did you spot any other parallels between these stories? Let us know in the comments!

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Also covered:

Bonus link:
@TheMasterDances

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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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