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Extra! – Bring Back These Baddies

Time for more wishing! Join Deb, Kat, and Tansy as they talk about some classic villains and monsters that haven’t yet appeared in modern Who, but should!

Which baddies would you bring back? 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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Extra! – Seven Villain Army

What better way to come down after Gallifrey One than plot how to take over planets/galaxies/universes/etc.? Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lizbeth as we strategize and scheme about which seven villainous/monstrous armies from Doctor Who would we each want to lead.

What about you? Let us know what armies you’d use to take over the world(s) in the comments!


The Incomparable‘s Doctor Who monster draft (ft. Liz and Erika)
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Ep 163 – Villainous Women

We’re wrapping up the second mini-arc of our Year of Women! Join Deb, Erika, Lizbeth, and Tansy as we talk about the lady-villains of Doctor Who.

What women actors do we still need to have in Doctor Who? What are your favorite villainous archetypes? And should there be more cloaks? (Yes. Yes there should.) Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

  • Liz is relieved that the pre-Gally-ticket-buying nerves are over and she has her ticket to Gallifrey One 2019!
  • Tansy loves Big Finish’s Torchwood Series 5!
  • Erika cannot wait for Gallifrey One, even though it’s almost a year away!
  • Deb just got ATA Girl and discovered she bought a Big Finish Humble Bundle a while back and now has so much great audio to dive into!

Bonus link:
Lost in Space on Netflix

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Ep 161 – Stones of Justice

Our villains mini-arc continues with a duplicitous dame. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy as we dig into Viven Fay (aka Cessair of Diplos, aka the Cailleach, aka many other names). With many many many tangents to celebrate the greatness of Beatrix Lehmann as Professor Amelia Rumford.

Are you a fan of these two? Let us know in the comments!


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Ep 160 – The Villainess of Venice

It’s time for another year-of-women mini-arc, y’all! Join Deb, Erika, and Lynne as we begin to focus on villains. Our first foray into the territory of lady baddies starts in Venice in 1580: Rosanna Calvierri in “The Vampires of Venice”.

What do you think of this story, this villain, her motives, her species, her biology, and (most importantly) her collar? Let us know in the comments!


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Bonus links:
Verity! ep 40 (our year-of-villains ep about women)
Joanna Russ’ We Who Are About To

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Our First Repeat! – Episode 46 – Communication Breakdown

verityepisoderepeat46Because of the emotional ups and (mostly downs) of the last week in the world, the Verities did not have it in them to do a podcast–about love or anything else. Instead, we’re releasing our first re-run. Join Deb and Erika as we give a short intro explaining why we’ve chosen to re-release this particular episode. At this time in history, we feel it’s really important.

The conversation Deb talks about in the intro starts at 49:12, so feel free to skip to that if you only want to hear the truly relevant bit. We hope you enjoy!

As always, comments are welcome–especially messages of hope, perseverance, and love.


As published July 16, 2014

This week we do lots of talking about villains who don’t. Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we discuss what makes silent villains so creepy and effective. We also discover just how many Moffat-baddies are non-talkers (or mostly non-talkers). And do stick around for a particularly interesting tangent about gender roles and power dynamics in communication. This Verity! ep gets positively analytical! Almost scholarly! Almost.

And of course, let us know who your favorite quiet killers are–or weigh in on the deeper debate about communication in general. Or both!


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Verity! Episode 64 – Dark, Dangerous Doctor

VerityEpisode64This week sees the last entry in our year of villains. Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne as we chat about one of the most interesting villains of them all. Who could it be? Why, it’s the Doctor himself! There are more than a few times our beloved “hero” does things that are far less-than-heroic. We talk about a number of examples, why they are (or aren’t) really villainous, and even slide into a conversation about the nature of evil! Deep stuff. Sorta.

What do you think about the Doctor as a villain? Let us know in the comments.


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Verity! Episode 63 – Tetchy Antagonistic Rascally Devious Intractable Spaceship

VerityEpisode63The year is almost over, but there’s still time to finish out our year of villains in style! Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we talk about the times when the TARDIS has crossed over to the dark side–or seemed to. Or at least acted a little tetchy. Okay, so we realize “villain” is a bit of a strong word, but there were certainly times the TARDIS was antagonistic. And we cover a lot of examples! Here’s a list of (I think) all the stories we talk about in this ep:

What other examples can you think of? Let us know in the comments. And let us know what you think of the TARDIS as a “baddie”!


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Bonus link:
Zoe’s spangly pantsuit (scroll down to number 11)

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Verity! Episode 48 – Designing Monsters

VerityEpisode48-210Welcome to an aesthetically-oriented episode of Verity! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lynne as we take a look at monsters/aliens/villains from a design perspective. Which baddies look great? Which don’t? Does a fleshed-out back story that dovetails with the design help or hinder? And of course, we save time for our most (and least!) favorites! It’s a fascinating discussion that almost breaks Deb at one point–not every DW design choice was a wise one. Sometimes a cape in and of itself *is* the superhero.

What do you think of monster design? Do you have favorites or ones you think work well? Poorly? Let us know in the comments!


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Bonus links:
Doctor Who Monsters and Aliens (w/pictures!)
Watsonian vs Doylist perspectives on fiction
A bear walking upright

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Verity! Episode 47 – Political Science Fiction

VerityEpisode47-210This week we are sadly Deb-free, but we forge ahead without our fearless leader. Join Erika, Liz, and Tansy as we discuss the role of politics in Doctor Who. How big a role does politics play in Who? Turns out, a bigger role than some (or at least one) of us expected. How do we feel about the Doctor getting involved? That seems to depend largely on context.

What do you think about the role of politics in Doctor Who throughout the ages? And what are your thoughts on the Doctor’s role in politics? Let us know in the comments!


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