Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

verityepisoderepeat46Because of the emotional ups and (mostly downs) of the last week in the world, the Verities did not have it in them to do a podcast–about love or anything else. Instead, we’re releasing our first re-run. Join Deb and Erika as we give a short intro explaining why we’ve chosen to re-release this particular episode. At this time in history, we feel it’s really important.

The conversation Deb talks about in the intro starts at 49:12, so feel free to skip to that if you only want to hear the truly relevant bit. We hope you enjoy!

As always, comments are welcome–especially messages of hope, perseverance, and love.


As published July 16, 2014

This week we do lots of talking about villains who don’t. Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we discuss what makes silent villains so creepy and effective. We also discover just how many Moffat-baddies are non-talkers (or mostly non-talkers). And do stick around for a particularly interesting tangent about gender roles and power dynamics in communication. This Verity! ep gets positively analytical! Almost scholarly! Almost.

And of course, let us know who your favorite quiet killers are–or weigh in on the deeper debate about communication in general. Or both!


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Comments on: "Our First Repeat! – Episode 46 – Communication Breakdown" (6)

  1. Hang in there, Verities, we’ll get through this. I saw some of you marching on twitter this past weekend; I was marching too, Peter was marching with us, and Arthur Darvil, and probably others. Don’t they know we just want to feel free and safe to watch our Who in peace?

  2. You all deserve a break! I may have made these same comments back in 2014, but whatever!

    Lynn-the idea that what you don’t know can be scarier than what you do is actually the result of two cognitive processes that appear to be hardwired into our brains. The first is called the Drive for Completion. This is the process by which, in the absence of information, our brains just make stuff up. The second is called The Threat Bias and it means that we are far more sensitive to perceiving threat than we are to perceiving safety. Put these two together in the form of a silent monster and you get a brain creating the scariest monster it can come up with, making the monster, technically, “super-scary.”

    You all didn’t mention the Headless Monks, whom I find to be the creepiest of Moffat’s silent monsters. Onviously, a moving body with no head is, by definition, creepy. But, I also think it’s because, without a face, there are no communication cues at all. In fact, there is literally an empty space with no restrictions on the stuff our brains make-up.

    Anyway, a little psychobabble for you.

    On a more serious note, the American psychologist Dr. Carol Gillian originally identified (which has subsequently been studied A LOT) the phenomenon of young, adolescent girls “losing voice.” Girls that were vocal and participative in class begin to stop talking and retreat into themselves in the school setting as they enter middle and high school. A few years later, Dr. Mary Piper wrote an amazing book called Reviving Ophelia, telling the stories of the young women she had worked with in her private practice who had “lost voice.”

    I guess my point is that the silencing of female voices begins so young and can last for so long. That’s why seeing so many girls at the marches last weekend moved me, deeply. Alone, the marches aren’t enough to help the next generation of women believe their voice is worth speaking, but it sure didn’t hurt.

    One of the side benefits of listening to you all talk about Doctor Who every Wednesday morning as I drive my daughter to school is the opportunity for her to hear strong, smart, proud feminist voices in addition to her two moms.

    So, as always, thank you.

    • Deborah Stanish said:

      Thank you so much for this comment. It meant a lot to read it today.

  3. Scott said:

    You will probably have many more repeats over the next 8 years.

    Be open minded.

  4. Such a good discussion and well worth repeating. I do hope that you take the opportunity to do so again, both to give you a break and for our edification. Good ideas are definitely worth hearing more than once! I might go back and listen to that discussion yet again.

    It made me sad to hear Tansy’s happy thing though. I miss the Ood Cast!

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