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I’ve Got The Power of the Doctor

NEW. DOCTOR. WHO. FINALLY. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy as we flail over our feels after this intensely feel-fueled BBC Centenary special, which just happens to be the final episode of an amazing Doctor that we’re all going to miss.

How did you feel about “The Power of the Doctor”? Did you need Pepto Bismol? Or were you annoyed/confused by all the fan service? 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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Episode 221 – Remember The Timeless Children

And with that, series 12 comes to an end! Join Erika, Katrina, and Tansy as we talk about how our canon has regenerated once again. We dig into many possibilities and also try to help Kat figure out exactly how she feels about this story and why. Trail mix, anyone?

What did you think of “The Timeless Children”? Drop us a tweet or let us know in the comments!


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Episode 220 – Ascension of the Cybermen Don’t Leave

It’s hard to talk about the first part of a two-parter when it doesn’t really wrap up anything! Join Deb, Katrina, and Lynne as they discuss Brendan and the Doctor and her relationship with her companions and their feelings about her and a proper-scary Cyberman and the Master and ALL OF IT.

What did you think of “Ascension of the Cybermen”? Drop us a tweet or let us know in the comments!


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Episode 219 – The Haunting of Villa Diodati Time

A Verity! first — a live-in-person recording at Gallifrey One about an episode of Doctor Who! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Liz as we discuss the episode we watched in a room full of fellow Doctor Who fans. Gally is always a wonderful, but thoroughly exhausting experience, so please forgive the mistaken episode number in the intro. We swear we didn’t slip 72 episodes into the future.

What did you think of “The Haunting of Villa Diodati”? Drop us a tweet or let us know in the comments!


Our Happy things all happened here at Gallifrey One, so be on the lookout for tickets for next year’s convention. They’re going on sale in just a couple weeks!

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Episode 143 – Cool World Enough and Time

It’s a rare on-location Verity! with an even-rarer special guest! Join Erika, Liz, and returning guest, Caroline Symcox as we discuss part one of the season finale story. It was some intense Doctor Who, and we have some intense reactions to it. We also have some wacky theorizing.

Warning: Wacky theorizing may cause disappointment when the show doesn’t do what the wacky theory said it might. Or, at least, it will if you’re Liz.

How did this part-one-of-two strike you? What are your theories? Tell us in the comments!


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Verity! Episode 60 – Death in Heaven Is a Place on Earth

VerityEpisode60And with that, it’s over–for another six weeks, anyway. Series 8 has come to a close, and its final episode has rather a lot to chew over. Join Deb, Erika, and Katrina as we delve into some of those elements: Missy/The Master, Clara as the Doctor, the evolution of lying, the self-realization of the Doctor… There are so many elements, however, that some of them will be left for next week, when we have many Verities to talk about the whole shebang–it’s our Series 8 wrap-up!

What did you think of the series finale? Was it a perfect culmination of a fantastic series? A fitting culmination for a lousy series? Or something in between? Let us know in the comments!


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Bonus links:
Reality Bomb
The Memory Cheats

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Liz’s Two Cents – The Rankings of the Cybermen

Somehow I’ve been tricked into making a list that ties into this week’s Verity! How did this happen? Being awake at two in the morning, when bravado and confidence that, dammit, of course I know what Cyberman story’s better than what convinced me it was a good idea.

Well then, here it is; a list of Cyberman stories in order of Cyberman Greatitude.

In fact, it’s two lists; one for the classic series and one for the new series. Why? Because, dear reader, if I plonked them all into one list you might get the distinct impression that I was smidgen unimpressed by the new series Cybermen. Which is true, but I’m cunningly disguising that fact by splitting up these rankings.

Now, if you’re a sharp one, you’ll have spotted the one flaw in this otherwise brilliant plan: I’ve just told you what I’ve done. That is true, I have. Now let us move on… (more…)

Verity! Episode 38 – Cybermental

VerityEpisode38-300You had to know we’d get here sooner or later. How could one of the most iconic villain races in Doctor Who not rate their own episode? Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne as we talk about the troublesome tin men. From their humble origins to their totally-different new-series origins, we touch on all the bits that make the Cyber race so fascinating to us. We may not all be “TeamCybermen” like Deb is, but they definitely have a place in each of our hearts. We even (surprise, surprise) mention Big Finish a few times, and Lynne’s husband Michael makes an accidental surprise appearance talking about a subject that’s very important to…well…some of us.


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Bonus links:
Erika’s blog about “Nerdsplaining” and Gallifrey One
Spare Parts
Simon Guerrier’s Doctor Who Magazine interview with Neil Gaiman about Nightmare in Silver
The Silver Turk

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Verity! Episode 14 – Nightmare in Quicksilver


Neil Gaiman has returned to Doctor Who! Was it a triumph, a colossal failure, or something in between? Join Deb, Erika, Kat, and Tansy as we discuss Mr. Gaiman’s sophomore Who effort. Were the Cyberman scarier or overpowered? Was the addition of children a bad idea or a wasted opportunity? Are cybermites cute? Or really cute? We tackle these questions and more.


Also covered:
More than 30 Years in the TARDIS! and Queers Dig Time Lords!
South Park Doctor Who fanfic: Unlocking South Park!
Meglos! and Underworld!
Philadelphia Comic Con!

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