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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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Verity! Episode 46 – Communication Breakdown

VerityEpisode46-210This 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 45 – Mechanical Meanies

VerityEpisode45-210It’s another villaintastic episode of Verity! This time we’re talking about machines–computers, robots, and androids who want to do very bad things. Join Deb, Erika, and Liz as we use “The Robots of Death” as a jumping-off point for our discussion. It’s a great place to start, as it deals not only with robots themselves, but their integration into society. From there we jump to their integration into stories, and after that, we’re all over the map: WOTAN! BOSS! Tara! Smilers! And much much more!

There’s also a wee bit of irony at work in this ep. A technical issue prevented the excision of some coughing. (Deb had a cold.) This would be merely unfortunate, but it’s catapulted into the realm of irony when Erika boasts of her cough-muting prowess…and then can’t mute the coughs. Such hubris. Never tempt fate in front of the podcast gods. Lesson learned.

(That same technical issue accounts for the somewhat iffy sound quality in this ep. We thank you for your patience, and will try to have things back to normal next week!)


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Bonus links:
The Incomparable #193 – Murderous Roomba

The Resurrection Casket

Radio Free Skaro #423

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Verity! Extra! – Verities Take Over

VerityExtraTakeOver-210WARNING: While this episode of Verity! has no swearing, we do refer to some rather grown-up concepts, so if you usually listen with your children, you might want to take a swing through this Extra before you bring the kiddies on board–either that or fast-forward through Lynne’s answer to this question.

For this Extra!, we turn to yet another silly what-if-type question. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, Liz, and Lynne as we plan how we’d each take over the world/galaxy/universe. Which Doctor Who villains would we recruit as henchmen? What kind of evil master-plans would we employ? Would any of us stand a chance of successful conquest?

How would you go about taking over? Let us know in the comments!


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Verity! Episode 44 – The Next Big Thing

VerityEpisode44-210On this week’s episode, we begin by talking villains, but quickly discover that our topic goes far beyond them. Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne as we discuss how Doctor Who has never quite recaptured the lightning-in-a-bottle that was Dalekmania. Or did it? How did merchandising factor in to subsequent villains (and non-villain characters)? What show elements do we wish had taken off more than they did?

Listen and see! Then tell us what you think in the comments!


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Bonus link:
Cousin Oliver

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Verity! Episode 43 – Stats That Are Fails and Werewolf Tales

VerityEpisode43-210This week we get sidetracked (by an infographic, of all things) before we even get started! Once we get that out of our systems, we roll on through our usual happy-Who-things into a well-loved topic. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy as we talk about the use of mythology in Doctor Who. Tansy waxes poetic about Greek and Arthurian myths, Kat has strong feeling about werewolves, Erika is happy about many things, and Deb manages to not get (too) mad at the internet!

Congratulations to Koa, who won our giveaway of Paul Cornell‘s new novel, The Severed Streets!


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Bonus links:
“Is Doctor Who Sexist” infographic
Liz’s Storified Twitter response (Warning: “colorful” language!)
Skaromantic Comedy (from RFS‘s Warren Frey)
The Odyssey read-along
Doctor Who’s Mythical Monsters

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