Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

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

Download or listen now (runtime 1:21:00) 


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!


VerityEpisode83Our companion miniseries continues! This week Deb picked the story, so join her, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we chat about Rose in “The Unquiet Dead”. It may not be the first story you think of when you think of Rose, but Deb explains why it’s a great pick to demonstrate some of her Roseiest characteristics.

What do you think of “The Unquiet Dead” as a Rose story? Does it display her companionness completely? Or would you pick a different story for her? Let us know in the comments!

And please do check out our blog post where you can find out how to increase your impact to the Uncanny Magazine Year Two Kickstarter!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
Verity! Patreon page
Do Some EXTRA Good by Joining the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps!
Uncanny Magazine Year Two Kickstarter

Download or listen now (runtime 1:22:08) 

VerityEpisode82This week it’s Kat’s turn to pick a companioney story. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lynne as we talk about Sarah Jane Smith in “School Reunion”. Is this representative of Sarah? Does that even matter? And how does this work as in introduction story for one of classic Who’s most beloved companions? What are some other stories (and media) that show off Sarah Jane as a companion and highlight her relationship with the Doctor? We cover all that and more.

What do you think of “School Reunion” as a Sarah Jane Smith story? Do you think she’s been waiting for the Doctor and pining away? Or do you think she’s been out there kicking booty all along? Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
K9 and Company
K9 and Company theme song
Sarah Jane Smith audios
Outside In 2: 125 Unique Perspectives on 125 Modern Doctor Who Stories by 125 Writers
“The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith”

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VerityEpisode81This is the first ep in a Verity! miniseries in which we each select a story that displays a compelling Doctor-companion relationship. Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Tansy as we cover Erika’s pick, “The Power of Three”. The Ponds’ penultimate story is rife with companion-based themes–to the detriment of what little plot there is.

How do you feel about the interactions between the Doctor, Amy, and Rory in “The Power of Three”? Does it give you enough to chew on so that you can ignore the weak story? (Or do you disagree and think the story is amazing?) Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
Chicks Unravel Time
Deleted Scene ‘P.S.’: What Happened To Amy & Rory?

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Verity Patreon w frame


It’s commentary time again! Who’s excited? We are, that’s who! We are also exceedingly grateful to all our Patreon sponsors who’ve made this possible. We’ve already hit our informal goal of 120 patrons! Thanks so much! So that means we’ll be doing one commentary for sure.

As always, we want your input! We’ve each picked a new Who episode we think would be fun to talk over. Please vote for the one you think would be the most fun to listen to. We’ll keep this poll open for at least two weeks, and we’ll announce the winner here in the comments, on Twitter, and on the show!


And we’re mighty close to our goal for a second commentary (125 patrons), so we’re going to think positive and post the poll for that right now. If/when we hit that, we’ll leave this poll open two more weeks to give everyone ample time to vote. ETA: We’ve hit our secondary goal so this commentary WILL happen! Vote wisely!


So make your selections, and feel free to lobby for your choices in the comments. I have a feeling the Verities won’t hold back!


VerityEpisode80That’s right, we’re talking about the TARDIS again! We discussed her villainous tendencies with Lynne and Tansy last year. Now, join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Liz as we fold the TARDIS into our Year of Companions. We discuss the evolution of the TARDIS on-screen and how the Doctor’s treatment of her varies by actor and era.

What’s your favorite Doctor-TARDIS pairing? Do you have a favorite (least favorite?) moment between the Doctor and his “wife”? How do you feel about the blatant personification of the TARDIS in the new series? Let us know in the comments!

And be sure to head over to our commentary-picking post to help us determine what wonderful Doctor Who goodness we’ll jabber all over! We’ve already hit our first informal Patreon goal of 120 supporters. We’ll do a second commentary at 125!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
50th anniversary documentaries from BBC America: The Doctors Revisited
Knight Rider
Lazy Doctor Who
Companion Piece

Download or listen now (runtime 1:15:35) 


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