Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

Posts tagged ‘firsts’

126 – The Return of Doctor Mysterio (Yeah!)

verityepisode126Our last first of the year is the first episode of 2016 (finally!), “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, Liz, and Lynne for an almost-full set of Verities discussing this comic book pastiche and whether it succeeded wildly or failed mildly.

Did you love this Christmas special? Did you think it was just okay? Did you see it in the theatre? Let us know all these things (and anything else you have on your mind about this year of firsts) in the comments!

^E

Also covered:

Bonus links:
Lynne’s blog post about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Graham Kibble White’s additional blog post on Verity!
Inverse‘s article about comic book Easter eggs in the Xmas ep

Download or listen now (runtime 1:26:00) 

Advertisements

122 – Doing the Robot

verityepisode122Another excellent first for you this week! Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we discuss the 4th Doctor’s first episode. It’s also a first in a few other ways–including in our hearts for some.

How do you feel about “Robot”? Do you love the big lug, the wackypants new Doctor who defeats him, and Sarah Jane’s go-get-’em attitude? Or do you think it’s so blatant a King Kong ripoff it distracts you from the story. Let us know in the comments!

^E

Also covered:

Download or listen now (runtime 1:14:29)

118 – Washing Clothes in Adriclandia

verityepisode118It’s another old-school first! This time, it’s the first episode directed by Fiona Cumming (though not her first association with Doctor Who), as well as the first Fifth Doctor episode. There’s A Lot of fun to be had. And yes, sometimes there’s a quote so good you just have to give up on shoehorning the DW ep title into the podcast ep title.

What do you think about “Castrovalva”? Do you love the script and direction and acting and everything else all the time? Or did you get bored with the tromping through the forest? Let us know in the comments!

^E

Also covered:

Bonus links:
Verity! won a Parsec Award! (As did Uncanny Magazine Podcast and The Incomparable)
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks
The astronaut mansplainer
Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who
Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round – interview with Fiona Cumming

Download or listen now (runtime 1:05:51) 

116 – Spearheading a New Era

VerityEpisode116

Once again we dip into Classic Who with an episode steeped in firsts. Join Deb, Erika, Kat and Tansy as they revisit “Spearhead From Space” and talk about the first Third Doctor story, the first Liz Shaw story, the first Doctor Who in color and more! Listen as Deb and Tansy squee, Erika (shockingly) discovers that she actually likes a Pertwee story and Kat being amused at the mayhem.

How does “Spearhead from Space” fare in your Classic Who rankings? Do you feel this is a good jumping off point for Classic Who or do you think this story is an outlier. Can you identify Mr. Seely’s accent and WHAT is up with those tan lines?

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

^D

Also covered:

Download or listen now (runtime 1:22:00) 

114 – Aztec Savvy

VerityEpisode114It’s a sangria-fueled classic-Who-episode of Verity! Join Deb, Erika, and Katrina as we cover a pure historical, “The Aztecs”. As usual, we don’t all fall in line with received fan wisdom, but for a change, the majority of us do.

Are you a fan of “The Aztecs”? Or are you bored by the lack of sci-fi elements? Let us know in the comments!

^E

Also covered:

Bonus links:
Lazy Doctor Who covers “The Aztecs”
Doctor Who: The Writers’ Room

Download or listen now (runtime 1:12:29) 

113 – Law & Order: Marinus

VerityEpisode113

Our trip through classic season one is back to moving pictures! Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we cover Terry Nation’s eclectic 6-parter, “The Keys of Marinus”. There’s a lot to love and some to not-love. Listen and see who thinks which parts are which!

How do you feel about this story? Do you love its fairy-tale nature and the multiple adventures? Or do you think it drags? If the latter, which parts drag? We’re super-curious to know, so please tell us in the comments!

^E

Also covered:

Bonus links:
Lazy Doctor Who covers “The Keys of Marinus”
Blake’s 7
Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers (shout-out to Cassandra Fredrickson, who wrote about “The Keys of Marinus”)

Download or listen now (runtime 1:17:56) 

112 – Paddy Russell (Fang) Rocks!

VerityEpisode112It’s a rare Verity! two-hander! Join Erika and Lynne as we chat about Doctor Who‘s first female director Paddy Russell, specifically, her final story “Horror of Fang Rock”. Turns out there are a number of reasons this story works as a “first”, so we’re still well within our annual theme. Totally. Really.

What do you think of “Fang Rock” and Paddy’s direction? Do you find it as atmospheric and moody and delightful as we do? Or do you think it’s a lot of talking in small rooms? Let us know in the comments!

^E

Also covered:

Download or listen now (runtime 1:09:56)