Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

VerityExtraRedNoseIf you’re reading this the day it drops, the US is having its very first Red Nose Day tomorrow! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Liz as we explain just what that means and why it relates to Doctor Who. (If you live in the UK, that part may be a bit obvious.) We chat (and disagree–of course) about each of the Red Nose Day sketches that are (sometimes only just barely) related to the Doctor and his universe:

2007 – Catherine Tate & David Tennant

2009 – SJA: From Raxacoricofallapatorius With Love

2011 – Space, Part One and Time, Part Two

2013 – Call the Midwife/One Born Every Minute/Doctor Who Comic Relief Sketch

If you’ve watched and enjoyed any of these, please consider donating to Comic Relief, either in the US or the UK.


Bonus links:
The Catherine Tate Show
Ronnie Corbett
The Frost Report
The Two Ronnies
Call the Midwife
One Born Every Minute

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VerityEpisode74Yes, we assure you this really is episode 74. Pay no attention to the wildly inaccurate introduction claiming we’ve gotten further than we have. This is what happens when Deb leaves us alone. Join Erika, Liz, and Tansy as we try to cope without our moderating maven. And what are we discussing? We stick to our 2015 theme of companions, but we take it in a different direction this week. We’re talking about the companions of a different Time Lord. Yep, from Delgado to Gomez, we’re covering the Master’s (Missy’s) companions! Why does the Master always seem to have lackeys assisting him? We discover the Master’s reasons for picking up strays aren’t always that different from the Doctor’s, though his methods of acquiring these “helpers” is usually quite different.

What do you think of the Master’s companions? Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus link:
The Memory Cheats

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VerityExtraTriviaTime for another silly bit of fun for the Verities! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Liz as we delve into Doctor Who: Who-ology, a book of Doctor Who miscellany by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright. Deb puts us through our paces with a bunch of DW questions that are tricksy as can be.

Play along or laugh at our incompetence–it’s up to you! Let us know what you think in the comments. But remember–we didn’t write the questions/answers!


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VerityEpisode73We thought this provided some nice symmetry with our episode about companion arrivals. Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we talk about how companions leave the TARDIS. Many are forced out, some choose to leave, a few even die. We have some definite favorites and some just-as-definite least favorites. Also, Deb objectifies hair and Lynne wants to spray King Yrcanos with a spray bottle. It’s lots of good fun!

What’s your favorite/least-favorite way to see a companion take their leave of the Doctor? Which stories do you love, and which don’t hold water? Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
Chicks Unravel Time (in which you can find Tansy’s essay about Peri)
Peri and the Piscon Paradox

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VerityExtraSophieAldredFor this week’s Extra! we had the opportunity to talk to the delightful Sophie Aldred, and we couldn’t make you wait for that–especially because her Kickstarter for Strangeness in Space still has a few days to go. Do check it out if you’re a fan of sci-fi, comedy, and/or audio goodness! She chats to Deb about that fantastic project, her time as Ace (both on screen and in Big Finish), and what it’s like attending conventions and interacting with fans. It’s a wonderful conversation, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we have!


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VerityExtraVerityBookNo, that title doesn’t mean we’re fighting amongst ourselves (though it’s true we’re not in total agreement about this week’s topic). Join Deb, Erika, Liz, Lynne, and Tansy as we talk about Richard Marson’s new biography of Verity Lambert, Drama and Delight: The Life of Verity Lambert. Verity did an awful lot more than just launching Doctor Who. Her successes ranged from television to cooking to friendship. We chat about it all and discuss whether we thought the book succeeds as a biography.

Will you be running out to nab this book? Let us know in the comments!


Related links:
Drama and Delight The Life of Verity Lambert (paperback version–click the link in the text above for hardback)
The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner
Verity! Extra! – Matt Smith, Adieu and JN-T Ado
Catalogue raisonné
Adam Adamant Lives!

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VerityEpisodeEp72…Or as Deb so aptly put it on the Verity! spreadsheet: “Hey you! What are you doing in my TARDIS?” Join Erika, Deb, Liz, and Lynne as we talk about how the companions end up with the Doctor in the first place. There are lots of different ways and reasons folks end up aboard the TARDIS. Some do it on purpose, some are complete accidents. Some seem to have fallen out of favor in the new series, and we wish they’d make a comeback!

What kinds of companion arrivals are your favorite? Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
Erika’s essay about Nyssa
Everyone’s Just So So Special by Rob Shearman
David Tennant says Rose was the Doctor’s girlfriend
Watsonian vs Doylist

Huge thanks to all our April Fools’ Day participants:

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