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Posts tagged ‘Companions’

Ep 84 – The Time Meddler vs a New Time Team

VerityEpisode84This week it’s Tansy’s turn to pick a companion-tastic story. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy as we discuss Vicki and Steven in “The Time Meddler”, their relationship to each other, and their relationships to the Doctor. This is really the first episode of a new type of companion/Doctor team. Not only that, but it’s a really interesting episode for the Doctor, and we veer into that territory more than a little.

What do you think of this story? Are Vicki and Steven a great team? Do you like how the Doctor interacts with them (and gets to go off on his own as they explore without him)? Let us know in the comments!


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Bonus links:
Zombies Run!
Edmonton 5k
Nerd Fitness
October Girl

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Ep 83 – The Unquiet Headstrong Companion

VerityEpisode83Our companion miniseries continues! This week Deb picked the story, so join her, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we chat about Rose in “The Unquiet Dead”. It may not be the first story you think of when you think of Rose, but Deb explains why it’s a great pick to demonstrate some of her Roseiest characteristics.

What do you think of “The Unquiet Dead” as a Rose story? Does it display her companionness completely? Or would you pick a different story for her? Let us know in the comments!

And please do check out our blog post where you can find out how to increase your impact to the Uncanny Magazine Year Two Kickstarter!


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Bonus links:
Verity! Patreon page
Do Some EXTRA Good by Joining the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps!
Uncanny Magazine Year Two Kickstarter

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Ep 82 – A Cool Reunion

VerityEpisode82This week it’s Kat’s turn to pick a companioney story. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lynne as we talk about Sarah Jane Smith in “School Reunion”. Is this representative of Sarah? Does that even matter? And how does this work as in introduction story for one of classic Who’s most beloved companions? What are some other stories (and media) that show off Sarah Jane as a companion and highlight her relationship with the Doctor? We cover all that and more.

What do you think of “School Reunion” as a Sarah Jane Smith story? Do you think she’s been waiting for the Doctor and pining away? Or do you think she’s been out there kicking booty all along? Let us know in the comments!


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Bonus links:
K9 and Company
K9 and Company theme song
Sarah Jane Smith audios
Outside In 2: 125 Unique Perspectives on 125 Modern Doctor Who Stories by 125 Writers
“The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith”

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Ep 81 – A Powerful Three

VerityEpisode81This is the first ep in a Verity! miniseries in which we each select a story that displays a compelling Doctor-companion relationship. Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Tansy as we cover Erika’s pick, “The Power of Three”. The Ponds’ penultimate story is rife with companion-based themes–to the detriment of what little plot there is.

How do you feel about the interactions between the Doctor, Amy, and Rory in “The Power of Three”? Does it give you enough to chew on so that you can ignore the weak story? (Or do you disagree and think the story is amazing?) Let us know in the comments!


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Bonus links:
Chicks Unravel Time
Deleted Scene ‘P.S.’: What Happened To Amy & Rory?

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Ep 80 – Terrific Ally: Really Devoted Independent Spaceship

VerityEpisode80That’s right, we’re talking about the TARDIS again! We discussed her villainous tendencies with Lynne and Tansy last year. Now, join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Liz as we fold the TARDIS into our Year of Companions. We discuss the evolution of the TARDIS on-screen and how the Doctor’s treatment of her varies by actor and era.

What’s your favorite Doctor-TARDIS pairing? Do you have a favorite (least favorite?) moment between the Doctor and his “wife”? How do you feel about the blatant personification of the TARDIS in the new series? Let us know in the comments!

And be sure to head over to our commentary-picking post to help us determine what wonderful Doctor Who goodness we’ll jabber all over! We’ve already hit our first informal Patreon goal of 120 supporters. We’ll do a second commentary at 125!


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Bonus links:
50th anniversary documentaries from BBC America: The Doctors Revisited
Knight Rider
Lazy Doctor Who
Companion Piece

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Ep 79 – Companions Playing Doctor

VerityEpisode79This week we forget an exciting merch-related announcement at the top of the show, so be sure to listen until the very end! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy as we talk about companions who take on the role of the Doctor. Some do it more effectively than others. Some take to it right away, while most develop the ability after spending more time with the Doctor. And some companions who seem very un-Doctorey indeed have their moments too.

Which are your favorite Doctorish companions? Any moments that stand out to you? Let us know in the comments!


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Bonus links:
Dalek patterns on Ravelry
Bernice Summerfield
Our US Spreadshirt shop
Our UK Spreadshirt Shoppe

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Ep 78 – Teams in the TARDIS (Not TARDIS Teams)

VerityEpisode78This week we bring you episode 78–really! Pay no attention to Deb’s introduction. Erika isn’t the only one who makes mistakes! Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne as we talk about companion teams. First, we have to define that term and differentiate it from “TARDIS team”. Then we can get into the meat of the discussion–which companions work really really well together? Who can’t you think of without their counterpart?

Let us know your favorite companion teams in the comments!


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Bonus links:
Erika’s grumpy/happy thing: CONsole Room
Down and Safe Liz’s Blake’s 7 podcast
Peter Capaldi w/parachute

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Ep 77 – TARDIS Tots & the Doctor as Dad

VerityEpisode77This week we’re talking about the “kids” in the TARDIS. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lynne as we talk about the Doctor as a father figure and orphans in the TARDIS. So how does the Doctor do as a parental unit? Is he a trustworthy adult-type? Or as childish as the youngsters he takes in? Or does it vary by era? (Spoiler: it varies!) And as this is the year of the companion, we spend a good amount of time chatting about the young(ish) orphans themselves.

What do you think of the-Doctor-as-parent and the young’uns who travel with him? Let us know in the comments!


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Bonus links:
The Audio Guide to Babylon 5
The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who
Total Party Kill
Lazy Doctor Who
Watsonian vs Doylist
Guy In Your MFA

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Ep 76 – Soldiering On

VerityEpisode76This week’s topic is one we’ve touched on a bit, but we thought it deserved its own episode. Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we talk about companions who were also soldiers (or soldierey or soldier-adjacent). Naturally, there’s a lot of UNIT talk, but there are more soldier-companions than you might think.

What do you think of the military companions? And how do you feel about the Doctor’s ever-evolving reaction to soldiers? Let us know in the comments!


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Bonus links:
Our ep on the Master’s companions
Texts from the TARDIS
Verity’s Tumblr
Seasons of War charity anthology
Action by HAVOC tee-shirts: US shop, UK shop

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Ep 75 – The Bottom of the Barrel

VerityEpisode75They may not be the most unloved companions, but they’re the ones you, the listeners, didn’t want to hear us talk about. Join Deb, Erika, and Lynne as we discuss the companions in the bottom 1.5% of our listener poll. Why do we think these companions ended up here? Do they belong? Or do we think some of these characters should be rated higher?

Did you vote in the poll? If so, did you vote for these companions? If not, why not? If so, why? Let us know in the comments!


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Bonus links:
Doctor Who: The Writers’ Room
The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast
Companion Piece
Kamelion touches the TARDIS

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