Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

This Extra! fits in with our hindsight-is-2020 theme! Join Deb, Katrina, Liz, and Lynne as they talk about their own personal Doctor Who history.

What are your personal Doctor Who remembrances? Drop us a tweet or let us know in the comments!


Extra-special thanks to this week’s editor, Steven Schapansky of Castria!
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Comments on: "Extra! – Remembrance of the Verities" (9)

  1. Rebecca Rondomanski said:

    I loved this one!

    I was exposed to Doctor Who in the 1970s. One of my older brothers was very into it and so it was on PBS sometimes. I didn’t really think about it much. I remember having the SciFy station and seeing part of “The Snowmen” and “Father’s Day” but not really getting into it enough to look for more.

    I stayed with my brother when I was going through my divorce and he said to me “just watch Rose. I think you might like it.” Holy smoke I was in!! This was in 2013 I think-and just loved so much. I did take a break from watching in the middle of Peter Capaldi’s run not from disinterest but I had started dating my partner and wasn’t home much to catch it.

    This year (ugh) I decided to watch all of it-in order and I signed up for Britbox for my birthday in March. Now I won’t say that took notes and watched with my full attention but I did sit through every single one and it was so helpful to understand some of the reasoning behind the Doctor’s and the companions choices.

    My older brother? He has decided he is going to do it too. He watched them as they aired – at least through the 1970s and 1980s.

    I have not seen the movie!! Neither has my brother so we are going to try to figure out how to make that happen. Probably separately because of the pandemic.

    The amount of trivia I have picked up is just silly. Like I said I don’t take notes or anything but if you watch it enough it starts to really stick with you.

    Love you Verities!!!

  2. In the early 2000’s we got a loyalty card for a video rental store on the other side of town and my choice for the family to watch was always something from the sci-fi section. My first Doctor Who was either The Five Doctors or the TV movie.

    I then went to my local library and discovered that they had a lot of the 8th Doctor Adventures which I read out of order (and didn’t read The 8 Doctors until years later because they didn’t have a copy). For years Sam Jones was MY companion. On a side note: you’ve read a couple of New Adventures books for the podcast but you’ve never done a 8th Doctor book? I’m happy to recommend one.

    I’ve seen most of classic Who because in the few years prior to the release of new Who then Australian ABC played all of classis Who in order; though I have very little memory of most of it.

    I attempted a Grand Rewatch earlier this year (accompanied by Lazy Doctor Who) but only made it as far as episode 2 of The Aztecs

  3. James Cox said:

    Mine is the classic Australian child of the 1970’s story. As the youngest in my family Doctor Who was already in the air when I was born, so I have no real memory of my first story – but it was very likely from Jon Pertwee’s final season, purely as that was the first time that the titles had the grey time tunnel effect. When I saw earlier Pertwee for the first time the wild multicoloured title effects confused me.

    But from then on, right through the 1970s and 1980s, we had the joy of having DW on 4-5 nights a week for much of the year, and usually at 6.30 PM. A constant cycling through of stories from Spearhead from Space on, steadily added to as each new series was shown. As a young Australian fan you could not help but be immersed in those stories. Marvellous.

    • KazzaD said:

      Mine is a similar story as a classic era Australian child, although I’m a little older than you.

      According to my parents we got a TV when I was a toddler in the late 60’s and I have a vague childhood memories of what I now know is Invasion. This might explain why I’ve been a Brigadier fan all my fannish life.

      The first story I consciously remember seeing was Terror of the Autons, which was very scary for a 7 year old. But Jo was so cool and the Doctor was like a brainy bachelor uncle dressed like a classical soloist singer, so they kept me safe from the monsters. (Mum used to take my sister and I to light opera performances and quite a few I-want-to-be-a-famous tenors were dressed in half capes and frills in the 70s and 80s).

      I’ve kept with DW through the years. The classic stories remain for me like a slow cooked, multi-course meal with various surprises hidden under the potatoes and a few culinary disasters. The reboot of DW has been interesting but definitely more in the fast food category – quite, bright, immediate and not as nourishing as the classic era for me.

  4. Carl Stevenage said:

    You probably have the rest of 2020 podcasts planned, but if you have a free slot RFS did a Praxeus commentary with a fantastic lady who has seen nearly all of Doctor Who on original BBC Broadcast since Unearthly Child. She seemed to like Old and New equally so would fit the theme well

  5. Carl Stevenage said:

    Another suggestion, stemming from my Doctor Who genesis. After a failed start with Wheel in space (banished after nightmares of cybermen), have watched since The Wargames which I really enjoyed and still do despite the sad ending. I moved from the UK to Australia at the end of the 70s. Verity podcast is uniquely resourced to discuss the difference in Doctor Who experience between the UK, Australia, Canada & USA

  6. I left my rather lengthy tale in the comments on “Sega Genesis of the Daleks” as it was my (re)introduction to Doctor Who, this time via public television in the late 70’s. My poor parents. They thought they had escaped Doctor Who when we moved back to the States. Mwuh-ha-haaa!

    I agree with Carl as Verity opens up the discussion of the different global experiences of Doctor Who fandom through the eras. It’s all a bit wobbly-wobbly, time-wimey.

  7. I started watching Dr. Who just out of undergrad, when I bought my first TV. Harlan Ellison had just shocked a sci fi convention crowd by declaring “Star Trek is sh*t. You should be watching Dr. Who,” and Wisconsin Public Television was running the Tom Baker years, so I probably first saw “Robot.” They cycled through Baker a couple of times, then when back to Pertwee–who I liked rather less–and eventually forward to Peter Davison. I stopped watching for a while during Colin Baker–don’t think I’ve ever seen Trial of a Timelord–but fell in love all over again with Sylvester McCoy and Ace.

    When my wife and I got married, we both brought a mixed bag of Dr. Who bootleg videos to the union, and we’ve been delightedly watching new Who since the beginning.

    Never did a grand rewatch, probably never will, but certainly have enjoyed the ride over the years.

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