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Ep 168 – Companions’ Companions

Time to wrap up our companions’ companions mini-arc. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lynne as we talk about the phenomenon of a companion collecting their own companion throughout the ages of Doctor Who.

What other examples are you find of? Let us know in the comments!

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Also covered:

Bonus links:
Beginner’s Puck
Big Finish’s 10th Doctor and Donna box set

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Ep 167 – The Invasion of the Companion’s Companion

This time we feel like we’re fully on track when it comes to companions picking up companions. Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Tansy as we chat about the amazing Isobel Watkins and her relationship with Zoe (and the rest of the TARDIS crew) in “The Invasion”.

What do you think of Isobel? Is she subversive in her femininity? Is Zoe actually her companion? Or is she flighty and not as great as we think? Let us know in the comments!

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Also covered:

Bonus links:
Hammer House of Podcast
The Company of Friends – Mary’s
Story (Mary Shelley in Big Finish)
The Audio Guide to Babylon 5
Lazy Doctor Who
“Dimensions in Time”
Storm Warning (Big Finish)
Head Over Feels
“Fangirl Isn’t a Dirty Word” (Deb’s essay in Apex Magazine)
Doctor Who: The Writers’ Room Episode 54 (with Deb, talking about “The Invasion”)
“There’s Nothing ‘Only’ About Being a Journalist” (Tansy’s essay about Sarah Jane Smith)

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Extra! – 13’s Companions

Have you heard the news? The BBC announced Jodie Whittaker’s co-stars for series 11 of Doctor Who! Of course, we have reactions. Join Deb, Liz, and Lynne to find out what they think!

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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Episode 127 – Goodbye Martha Jones

verityepisode127We start our year of love and lasts with the last (regular) appearance with one of the most underrated new Who companions, Martha! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lynne as we talk about Martha as a companion and how much we all love (or learn to love) how she said goodbye to the Doctor. We also spend a good deal of time talking about why.

How do you feel about Martha and her send-off? Let us know in the comments!

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108 – 1 New Companion & 2 Classic Stories

VerityEpisode108We are all over the map this week! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Liz as we discuss all sorts of interesting Doctor Who goodness.

First, we dump our “happy thing” segment and break our no-news rule because the announcement of a new companion is a Big Deal! We’re excited about having a new face in the TARDIS, but the level of excitement varies wildly between Verities.

Next, we continue our run through classic season 1 with “The Edge of Destruction”. It’s a fascinating set piece that delves into the characters of our first TARDIS team in a spooky and often disturbing way. Chillingly delightful!

Finally, we touch on our first missing story, “Marco Polo”. There are oodles of ways to consume this one, and we all did it differently. We compare various methods and talk about the story itself. Opinions vary on this one even more than they do on the new companion.

Oh, and in addition to all that, we’re doing another Verity! GIVEAWAY! If you need some cool fan merch, Redbubble is the place for you, and we’re giving away a $25 gift certificate. To enter, just head over to the Giveaway Post and leave a comment before Friday, May 6th! (NOTE: If you’re one of our amazing, intelligent, attractive Patreon supporters, you’re entered automatically!)

As for the comments section here, let us know what you think of Bill, “The Edge of Destruction”, “Marco Polo”, your favorite Doctor Who comedy podcasts, and whatever else we touched on. We’re all ears!

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Bonus links:
“Real” video by Years and Years (ft Pearl Mackie)
“asBill Evenson”
The Audio Guide to Babylon 5
Lazy Doctor Who covers “The Edge of Destruction” and “Marco Polo”

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Extra! – The First (Companion) Shall Be Last

VerityExtraCaroleAnnFordWe bring our year of companions to a close by returning to the very first one, Susan. (Though apparently that distinction is up for debate, as is anything and everything in Doctor Who!) Join Deb, Erika, and Liz as we talk about Susan’s tenure on the show and her place in the pantheon of companions. Does she reverberate throughout the history of the show? Or is she an outlier? It’s a fun discussion!

Then Deb interviews Carole Ann Ford herself at LI Who. Listen in as they chat about Susan from the perspective of the woman who brought her to life!

What do you think of Susan? And how do you think she fits into the history of the show? Let us know in the comments!

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Related links:
Lazy Doctor Who reviews “The Sensorites”
An Earthly Child from Big Finish
Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who
“Dimensions in Time”

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Ep 86 – The First of Peladon

VerityEpisode86We close out our companion miniseries in fine style with Liz’s pick, “The Curse of Peladon”. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Liz as we discuss Jo’s merits as a companion. They are many–especially in this story. There’s a lot of Jo love, dissension among the ranks as to which Peladon story is better, and even some soul-searching. It’s quite an episode!

What do you think about Jo? Is she as awesome as the Verities think? Or do you still see her as a useless screamer? Let us know in the comments!

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Also covered:

Bonus links:
Enlightenment, formerly edited by Graeme Burk
Erika’s post on “The Curse of Peladon”
TARDIS Tavern episode 61: A Pertwee Extravaganza!
Unjustly Maligned 10 – “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” with Erika Ensign
Radio Free Skaro’s commentary on “The Monster of Peladon” (part1) (part 2)

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