Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

Doctor Who is back, baby! Join Deb, Erika, and Tansy as we dive headlong into the first chapter of “Flux”! Hoo doggy there is a LOT.  

How do you feel about this first episode of six? Is it too much at once? Is it a delicious drink from the firehose? Drop us a tweet or let us know in the comments!


Erika on Who & Company
Deb on Who & Company
The Incomparable Doctor Who Flashcast
Extra-special thanks to this week’s editor, Steven Schapansky of Castria!
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Comments on: "The Halloween Apocalypse Now" (7)

  1. Thanks for another lovely podcast! It’s so great to hear the Verities talking about NEW New Who again!

    I think this series is off to a great start and I suspect it’s going to be my fave Chibnall season yet – I agree that this form of long-form storytelling definitely seems to play to his strengths, and I hope he can maintain this sort of broad, epic chaoticness throughout all six episodes.

    I wonder if this will lay out a new template for Who going forward, or if it will stand out as another anomaly like The Daleks’ Master Plan…

    We shall see! 😀

  2. Another great podcast. Like most Verity! episodes, I find myself nodding in agreement. Loved Halloween Apocalypse — it was fun, something that I’ve felt was lacking in the Chibnall era. The pre-credits sequence was bonkers in the right way and it feels like this could be an epic season.

    Karvanista. A fun character played seriously and not for laughs.
    Dan. I wasn’t expecting much from this character but, wow, I like this guy. Within the first five minutes, we know who he is. He’s not just Average White Guy.
    13 & Yaz: Dear Big Finish: you have some work to do.

    Vinder. We know nothing about this person or why should we care.
    A lot of threads. Not confident that Chibbers can tie them all together but we’ll see. Withholding judgement.

    First all-female TARDIS crew (after Clara & Ashldir)
    Swarm & Azure possible Time Lords?
    Doctor Who returns to its educational roots (Joseph Williamson & the tunnel)!

    A welcomed fun, fresh start. 9/10

  3. I’m a bit undecided about the Halloween Apocalypse.
    Taking inspiration from Brian’s post…

    All the guest actors and characters, except perhaps The Two Doctors style Sontaran.
    I hope Vinder stays around as Jacob Anderson is doing a great job with the role in possibly the best performance in the episode.
    Dan is laid back and just copes with most things, except accepting help, and is very believable.

    All the yelling and running in episode 1 of 6 parts gives nowhere to go with the drama. Vinder’s scenes and Dan’s early scenes stand out for the lack of constant yelling and building to the need to react.
    The Doctor beating the TARDIS console with a hammer is so bad. It’s the women can’t fix mechanical things trope, and if you believe the TARDIS is sentient, then it’s also physical abuse.
    The whole Dad-joke ‘man’s best friend’ excuse for Dog-people. And apparently very bad Dog-people because they supposedly ‘always save humanity’ and yet they been missing for the last 10,000 years, or even last season. This is more about Chibnall writing too many broad statements that don’t match the history of his own stories. It would make much more sense if Karvanista and his people were answering a call for help.

    A good change 6/10 but with the Timeless Child aspects 2/10

    • Plenty of dude-Docs have banged on the TARDIS console (and that was when it was about a thousand years younger!), so I personally didn’t chalk it up to anything gendered. And as for the species bond with humans, I thought we talked about that on the podcast, but I might be remembering an IRL conversation! LOL Until the show tells us it was set up a long time ago (pretty sure it didn’t) , any annoyance on that front is annoyance at one’s own headcanon. (I had that thought too, then realized I didn’t know when the bond kicked into effect.)

  4. Eric P Gjovaag said:

    For whoever was talking about paying extra to watch this season of “Doctor Who” without ads (aw it Deb?), this is an option! BBC America shows stream on AMC+, and that includes both current “Doctor Who” and also some of the recent animated reconstructions. Check them out at

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