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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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Ep 85 – Snack Orchid (The Adric Story)

VerityEpisode85This week it’s Lynne’s turn to pick a companion-tastic story, and bafflingly, she chose Nyssa in “Black Orchid”. Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne as we discuss all the companions in “Black Orchid”. Lynne does have some strong reasons why Nyssa shines here. Deb thinks it’s a stronger Tegan story. And Erika discovers it’s her new favorite Adric story. It may be a short story, but with the crowded TARDIS of the fifth Doctor era, there are lots of companions to go around!

What do you think of this story? Would you have picked a different Nyssa story? Or can you think of other reasons this is a goor one for her? And do you find Adric boring? Charming? Annoying? Let us know in the comments!

And remember, you have about a week left to contribute to the Uncanny Magazine Year Two Kickstarter and make an extra difference thanks to an amazing Verity! listener!

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Bonus links:
Total Party Kill
“Doctor in Distress”

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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
Supernatural
Lazy Doctor Who
Companion Piece

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