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Diddly Dum Podcast

Diddly Dum Podcast
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Far more than just another Doctor Who podcast.

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Diddly Dum Podcast Statistics
Episodes:
248
Average Episode Duration:
00:00
Longest Episode Duration:
00:00
Total Duration of all Episodes:
0 minutes and 0 seconds
Earliest Episode:
24 November 2020 (7:05pm GMT)
Latest Episode:
30 October 2020 (9:42am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
9 days, 23 hours, 57 minutes and 42 seconds

Diddly Dum Podcast Episodes

  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 141 – Cob-a-Coaling

    30 October 2020 (9:42am GMT)
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    The Three Who Drool travel to a local lighthouse to take a look at the Fourth Doctor story “The Horror of Fang Rock”. Along the way, we revisit Hayden’s childhood reading habits, Doc regales us with tales of cob-a-coaling, Hayden casts John Noakes and Roger Moore in Doctor Who, and Mark reveals which 1970s TV show was “a little like The One Show but even less interesting”.

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    SHOWNOTES

    (00:02:18) You can hear Hayden’s appearance on the “Vision on Sound” show at 7pm on Sunday 1st November 2020 on the radio station Fab Radio International. Podcasts of the shows can also be found at Visiononsound.blogspot.com.

    (00:04:08) Our Top Scary Moments can be found in our podcasts #121 and #122 which can be found here and here.

    (00:06:04) Cob-a-Coaling.

    (00:09:06) The Hovis Music, occasionally known as Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” was famously used in a UK bread commercial on TV.

    (00:10:37) Hayden’s reading record books can be seen on our Tumbr page here and here and here.

    (00:18:50) The original radio series of “The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy” was adapted for full-cast two vinyl albums, with incidental radiophonic music provided by Paddy Kingsland. These have now been re-released on vinyl and CD. The original cover art can be seen here and here. The book which Doc has been reading is “Don’t Panic” by Neil Gaiman.

    (00:23:40) Kevin (for it is he) Davies was interviewed by Hayden on our podcast #40 which can be found here.

    (00:23:54) The panel of Christopher Hitchens, Salman Rushdie and Mos Def can be seen here.

    (00:32:10) “Pebble Mill at One” was a British television magazine programme that was broadcast live on weekdays at one o’clock on BBC1, from 2 October 1972 to 23 May 1986, and again from 20 October 1991 to 25 May 1996. It was transmitted from the Pebble Mill studios of BBC Birmingham, and uniquely was hosted from the centre’s main foyer area, rather than a conventional television studio.

    (01:00:14) “Leela in a baggy jumper” – this audio clip is by former co-host The Rev and can be found at around 01:03:55 into our podcast #001. This podcast would normally be found here but, in early 2020, with a shock, we finally reached our blog storage limit. To give us time to mull over the practicalities and costs of upgrading or seeking another host, we started deleting our early podcasts from this blog in order to make space for new ones. However, they’re saved forever or our own hard drives so, if you’re yearning to listen to these early podcasts, email us at diddlydumpodcast@yahoo.co.uk and we’ll be happy to send them to you in some other way.

    (01:09:12) The “Max Headroom” clip can be found here together with a mix of news reports.

    (01:22:41) “There’s somebody at the door” was a catchphrase from “The Pink Windmill Show” from the mid-1980s.

    (01:24:20) One version of the ” Cob a Coaling” song can be found here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 140 – Returning the Finger

    1 October 2020 (3:44pm GMT)
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    The Four Faces of Delusion this week take a look at the recently released animation of the missing Second Doctor story “Fury From the Deep”.

     

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    SHOWNOTES

    (00:00:00) This week’s intro was inspired by the opening to Mary Mungo & Midge, a British animated children’s television series, produced by the BBC in 1969.

    (00:04:06) The scene from “The Young Ones” being referred to by Hayden can be seen here.

    (00:15:04) “Return to the Stones” is a brand new sequel to the cult 1970s television series “Children of the Stones”, published here for the first time.

    (00:17:47) “Citizen of the Galaxy” is a science fiction novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction (September, October, November, December 1957) and published in hardcover in 1957 as one of the Heinlein juveniles by Scribner’s.

    (00:19:00) “Sirens of Titan” is a comic science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., first published in 1959. His second novel, it involves issues of free will, omniscience, and the overall purpose of human history. Much of the story revolves around a Martian invasion of Earth.

    (00:33:32) Mary Mungo & Midge, a British animated children’s television series, produced by the BBC in 1969.

    (00:36:00) Milchmann is a character played by Victor Maddern in the film “Carry on Spying” (1964) and hogs the limelight during the opening credits as can be seen here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 139 – Are We There Yet?

    4 September 2020 (9:35am GMT)
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    The Diddly Dumbers take a look at the Series 3 Tenth Doctor story “Gridlock”.

     

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    SHOWNOTES

    (00:01:19) “Blackpool Remembered” is a FREE digital publication, collated and edited by John Collier. It celebrates the original Doctor Who Exhibition on Blackpool’s Golden Mile, which ran from 1974 to 1985. It is downloadable at this link. It even provides layout maps so that you can tell exactly where a young Doc wet himself in 1976 as a Morbius prop screamed in his ear. The map can be seen on our Tumble page here, and X marks the exact spot.

    (00:02:37) Pip Madeley’s scam news report on classic Doctor Who returning to BBC2 can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:10:45) This audio clip comes from about 30 mins into Diddly Dum Podcast #67 which can be found here.

    (00:11:27) A split-screen video clip comparing the 2017 UK BD cut of “Power of the Daleks” to the 2020 UK BD cut can be found here.

    (00:13:36) Vworp Vworp re-issues of Volumes 1&2 and 3 can be ordered here.

    (00:17:21) Mark’s tweet of Caitlyn going to pieces at the climax of “Doomsday” can be found here.

    (00:46:08) Ratz was a cartoon character on continuity for Children’s BBC in the early 1990s and a clip of him can be seen here.

    (00:51:54) Swifty Frisko was a newsreader character from “The Ballad of Halo Jones” in 2000AD comic. A picture of her can be seen on our Tumble page here.

    (00:52:10) Max Nornal was a character in “Judge Dredd” in 2000AD comic. A picture of him can be seen on our Tumble page here.

    (00:52:30) “Terror Tube” was a story in 2000AD prog 167. A picture of it can be seen on our Tumble page here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 138 – Fifth Doctor Retrospective

    11 August 2020 (8:11am GMT)
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    The Four Faces of Delusion present their long-delayed Fifth Doctor retrospective in which they take a look at the results of listeners’ votes for the Top 5 Fave stories.

     

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    SHOWNOTES

    (00:00:00) We open this podcast with a promo for our own Hayden’s spooky new horror novel “The Lurking”. Available at all surviving bookshops and online vendors such as these via these direct links: Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Booktopia and Waterstones.

    (00:05:25) Cutaway Comics is a new British imprint of comics and graphic novels drawn from the darker recesses of a dangerous, unpredictable cutaway universe. From the creators of the acclaimed Vworp Vworp! Magazine, they star some of the most enigmatic characters to have graced our screens.

    Beginning with a four-issue limited series written by Eric Saward (Doctor Who) and featuring the mercenary Lytton (as portrayed by Gangster’s Maurice Colbourne), Cutaway Comics is also bringing you art from the UK’s hottest artists including Barry Renshaw (Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog).

    There’s also a Kickstarter up and running to help fund the launch which can be found here.

    Cutaway Comics is inspired by the so-called ‘backup’ stripes of Doctor Who Weekly, which delved deeper into the characters and cultures of the Doctor Who universe away from the Doctor. Stay tuned for some exciting and unprecedented explorations of the worlds of Doctor Who and beyond.

    (00:08:12) Earl Cameron CBE (8 August 1917 – 3 July 2020) was a Bermudian actor who lived and worked in the United Kingdom. Along with Cy Grant, he was one of the first black actors to break the “colour bar” in the United Kingdom.

    (00:09:24) In 1981, BBC Radio 4 produced a dramatisation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” in 26 half-hour installments. This was full of members of the Doctor Who Repertory Company. Ian Holm played the part of Frodo; Sam was played by a young Bill Nighy; Legolas was played by David Collings (Tyrum, Poole, Mawdryn); Treebeard was played by Stephen Thorne (Omega, Azal and Eldrad); Nazgul was played by Michael Spice (Morbius); Radagast was played by Donald Gee (Eckersley).

    (00:12:50) “Marvels” is a four-issue limited series comic book written by Kurt Busiek, painted by Alex Ross and edited by Marcus McLaurin. It was published by Marvel Comics in 1994. Set in the 1939 to 1974 time period, the series examines the Marvel Universe, the collective setting of most of Marvel’s superhero series, from the perspective of an Everyman character, news photographer Phil Sheldon. The street-level series portrayed ordinary life in a world full of costumed superhumans, with each issue featuring events well known to readers of Marvel comics, as well as a variety of minute details and a retelling of the most famous events in the Marvel universe.

    (00:26:18) “The Shoreditch Incident” was an event in which Imperial and Renegade Dalek factions battled in Shoreditch in November 1963. “The Shoreditch Incident” was also the title of a book on the incident written by ex-UNIT officer Hamlet Macbeth. (PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird, Return of the Living Dad). Second Lieutenant Gary Jonathan Finch died in the incident but it was hushed up by the military. This inspired his son, Clive Finch, to begin his research on the Doctor. (PROSE: Rose).

    (00:32:05) The music bed playing behind Smashie Hayden’s countdowns is, of course, “Yellow Pearl” by Phil Lynott which was used as “Top of the Pops” theme music.

    (00:33:00) “Child Out of Time: Growing Up With Doctor Who in The Wilderness Years” is our own Hayden’s memoir of a childhood which began in the year in which Doctor Who was cancelled.

    (00:48:50) This “Dalek Attack” commercial can be seen here.

    (01:07:25) “A Critical History of Doctor Who on Television” by John Kenneth Muir.

    (01:11:14) John Carson (Ambril in “Snakedance”) also played Hans Van Reijn in “A Hymn to Freedom”, S01E12 of BBC serial “Secret Army”, a clip of which can be seen on our Youtube account.

    (01:40:00) We’d like to draw your attention to “Regenerations”, a charitable anthology to which Simon has contributed and which has now been confirmed as coming out on 3rd August and can be pre-ordered now at this link. 

    “Something has gone very wrong with time! The Time Lord formerly known as the Doctor has been fighting the Time War for as long as he can recall. His previous lives — all those triumphs and tragedies — have been boxed up and filed away, too painful to revisit. That is until something — or someone — begins tugging at the thread of the Doctor’s past. As familiar stories twist and shift, threatening the stability of the universe itself, the reluctant Warrior finds himself with only one option. He has to save the Doctor.”

    “Published by Chinbeard Books, “Regenerations” has been written to raise money for “Invest in ME”. It is a non-profit, unofficial, charity anthology – with no copyright infringement intended. Nobody involved is taking a fee for their time or talent. 

    Chinbeard has already sold out the limited print run but ebooks can still be bought.

    P.S. A lovely promo vid can be seen at this separate link.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 137 – Comics & Strips (part 2)

    28 July 2020 (5:01pm GMT)
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    Here’s part two of our Comics and Strips special in which we continue looking at Doctor Who comic strips and other comics of our youth and later.

     

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    SHOWNOTES

    (00:00:00) Our guest on this podcast is Simon Brett, formerly of the Blue Box Podcast and currently of the Strangers in Space Podcast. Simon can be found on Twitter here and on Facebook here and his writing and artwork can be found on his blog here.

    (00:00:02) The theme of our introductory scene is, of course taken from “Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings”, a British children’s animated series about the adventures of a young boy named Simon, who has a magic blackboard. Things that Simon draws on the chalkboard become real in the Land of Chalk Drawings, which Simon can enter by climbing over a fence near his home with a ladder. The stories often revolve around the unintended effects that Simon’s drawings have on the Land of Chalk Drawings, such as when an upset Simon draws a picture of his angry self, which goes on a rampage. The series was narrated by Bernard Cribbins. The episode in question is episode 1 “Simon Meets Henry”.

    (00:02:35) Proof that Hayden did visit the “Quadrophenia” alleyway in Brighton can  be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:05:50) “The Infinity Gauntlet” is an American comic book storyline published by Marvel Comics, consisting of an eponymous, six-issue limited series written by Jim Starlin and pencilled by George Pérez and Ron Lim, that was published from July to December 1991, and a number of tie-in books into which the storyline crossed over. Samples of frames and artwork can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:06:50) “Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars”, commonly known as “Secret Wars”, is a twelve-issue American comic book crossover limited series published from May 1984 to April 1985 by Marvel Comics. The series was written by Jim Shooter with art by Mike Zeck and Bob Layton. Samples of frames and artwork can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:06:50) “The Amazing Spider-Man” is an American comic book series published by Marvel Comics, featuring Spider-Man as its main protagonist. Being in the mainstream continuity of the franchise, it began publication in 1963 as a monthly periodical and was published continuously, with a brief interruption in 1995, until its relaunch with a new numbering order in 1999. Samples of frames and artwork can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:06:50) “The Galactus Trilogy” is a 1966 three-issue comic book story arc that appeared in “Fantastic Four” #48-50. Written, plotted and drawn by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee for Marvel Comics, it introduced the characters Galactus and the Silver Surfer. Samples of frames and artwork can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:06:50) “Deadpool” is a comic book anti-hero in the Marvel Comics Universe. Since 1993 he has starred in several ongoing series, as well as a number of limited series and one-shots. 

    (00:06:50) “Deadpool: The Dead Presidents” is from the Third Series (2013) #1-6 of “Deadpool”. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:06:50) “Deadpool: The Good The Bad and The Ugly” is from the Third Series (2013) #13-19 of “Deadpool”. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:07:10) “Daredevil: The Man Without Fear” is a 1993 five-issue comic book miniseries starring Daredevil, written by Frank Miller, illustrated by John Romita Jr. and published by Marvel Comics. The series explores the origins of the hero Daredevil. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:07:15) “Daredevil: Born Again” is a 1986 comic book story arc that appeared in the Marvel Comics series “Daredevil”. Written by Frank Miller, and drawn by David Mazzucchelli, the storyline first appeared in Daredevil #227–231. It was later reprinted in graphic novel format along with the previous issue #226, and a follow-up story arc from Daredevil #232–233, which resolves some loose ends from the original story arc. Because of this, this follow-up story arc has become generally considered part of “Born Again”. The story details Daredevil’s descent into insanity and destitution at the Kingpin’s hands, as well as a subsequent struggle to build a new life for himself. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:12:17) “X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga” is an extended X-Men storyline in the fictional Marvel Comics Universe, focusing on Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force. It was written by Chris Claremont with art by John Byrne. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:12:17) “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a storyline in the Marvel Comics comic book “The Uncanny X-Men” issues #141–142, published in 1981. It deals with a dystopian future in which mutants are incarcerated in internment camps. An adult Kate Pryde transfers her mind into her younger self, the present-day Kitty Pryde, who brings the X-Men to prevent a fatal moment in history that triggers anti-mutant hysteria. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:13:00) Marvel Unlimited – Unlock the Marvel Universe. Start your 7-day free trial and get access to over 27,000 digital comics, then only $9.99/month. Cancel Anytime.

    (00:14:05) The “Teen Titans” are a fictional superhero team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, often in an eponymous monthly series. As the group’s name suggests, the members are teenage superheroes, many of whom have acted as sidekicks to DC’s premier superheroes in the Justice League. The original team later becomes known as the Titans when the members age out of their teenage years, while the Teen Titans name is continued by subsequent generations of young heroes. First appearing in 1964 in The Brave and the Bold #54, the team was formed by Kid Flash (Wally West), Robin (Dick Grayson), and Aqualad (Garth) before adopting the name Teen Titans in issue 60 with the addition of Wonder Girl (Donna Troy) to their ranks. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:15:40) “Marvel Team-Up” is an American comic book series published by Marvel Comics. The series featured two or more Marvel characters in one story. The series was originally published from March 1972 through February 1985, and featured Spider-Man as the lead “team-up” character in all but ten of its 150 issues, and in six of its seven Annuals. Edition #59 features a team-up between Spider-Man, Yellow Jacket and The Wasp vs Equinox. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:16:05) “Super-Villain Team-Up” is the name of two American comic book series published by Marvel Comics. Both series featured supervillains as the protagonists. The first series started in 1975 with two giant-size issues before launching as a regular series, and was mostly bi-monthly during its existence. It initially teamed up Doctor Doom and the Sub-Mariner, who had lost his own series. Edition #5 features a team-up between Doctor Doom and The Sub-mariner vs the Fantastic Four. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:18:00) “Batman: Year One” is an American comic book story arc published by DC Comics which recounts the superhero Batman’s first year as a crime-fighter. It was written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzucchelli, colored by Richmond Lewis, and lettered by Todd Klein. Batman: Year One originally appeared in issues #404–407 of the comic book title Batman in 1987. As well as recounting Batman’s beginnings and early years in his crime-fighting career, the story simultaneously examines the life of recently transferred Gotham police detective James Gordon – eventually building towards their first encounter and their eventual alliance against Gotham’s criminal underworld. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:18:00) “Batman: The Cult” is a four-issue comic book mini-series. It was published by DC Comics in their prestige format books and released in 1988. It was written by Jim Starlin, illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, colored by Bill Wray and edited by Denny O’Neil. The story follows the machinations of Deacon Blackfire and his band of homeless followers who have kidnapped Batman before the events of this story. Following a lengthy period of captivity Batman slowly succumbs to brainwashing. Batman is eventually freed from the cult but takes a long time to recover from his treatment at their hands. The story also delves into other territory. Gotham City politicians are assassinated by Blackfire’s party of followers. An attempt on Commissioner Gordon’s life is tried by Blackfire’s group, leaving the commissioner in a hospital. Beyond Gotham authorities to protect the city, the national guard is called in, then the military and martial law is declared on Gotham. The series also features the second Robin, Jason Todd. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:18:00) “Batman: The Long Halloween” is a 13-issue American comic book limited series written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale. It was originally published by DC Comics in 1996 and 1997. Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting, “The Long Halloween” tells the story of a mysterious killer named Holiday, who murders people on holidays, one each month. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:18:12) “Batman: Death in the Family” is a four-issue, 1988 Batman comic book storyline published by DC Comics. The story was written by Jim Starlin and illustrated by Jim Aparo, while Mike Mignola designed each cover. The story follows Jason Todd/Robin’s quest to be reunited with his birth mother after being relieved of his duties by Batman. During his journey, however, the Joker kidnaps and tortures him, eventually killing him. The storyline is notable for its 900 number voting system, in which fans were allowed to call two separate numbers and chose whether Jason would survive the Joker’s torture or die because of it. Over 10,000 votes were cast, with a narrow majority in favor of killing the character. Frames and artwork and the phone poll advert related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:21:20) Jonathan Hickman (born September 3, 1972) is an American comic book writer and artist. He is known for creating the Image Comics series The Nightly News, The Manhattan Projects and East of West, as well as working on Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, FF, and S.H.I.E.L.D. titles. In 2012, Hickman ended his run on the Fantastic Four titles to write The Avengers and The New Avengers, as part the “Marvel NOW!” relaunch. In 2013, Hickman wrote a six-part miniseries, Infinity, plus Avengers tie-ins for Marvel Comics. In 2015, he wrote the crossover event Secret Wars.

    (00:21:47) “Crisis on Infinite Earths” is an American comic book published by DC Comics. The series, written by Marv Wolfman and pencilled by George Pérez, was first serialized as a 12-issue limited series from April 1985 to March 1986. As the main piece of a crossover event, some plot elements were featured in tie-in issues of other publications. Since its initial publication, the series has been reprinted in various formats and editions. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:43:05) John Ridgway is a British comics artist who began his career initially as a hobby, drawing D.C.Thompson’s Commando War Stories alongside professional work as a design engineer. In 1984 Ridgway became a full-time professional, broadening his employment to include 2000 AD, Guttenberghus, Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

    (00:43:05) Frobisher is a fictional character who appeared in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip in the 1980s. He was a companion of the Sixth and Seventh Doctors. Frobisher is a Whifferdill, one of a shape-changing extraterrestrial race. What is assumed to be his natural form, as seen in his first comic strip appearance, is humanoid, pale yellow in colour, three to four feet in height, with a round, featureless head, and wearing spectacles. However, he preferred to spend his free time in the form of a penguin.

    (00:45:20) “Once Upon a Time-Lord” was a Sixth Doctor comic strip published in Doctor Who Magazine (issues 98-99, 1985). It is notable for having several pages written out in story form with accompanying comic panels. With its end, it concluded both the Voyager and Astrolabus themes that had started in this incarnation’s second strip, “Voyager”. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:44:34) “Rupert Bear” is a children’s comic strip character created by British artist Mary Tourtel and first appearing in the Daily Express newspaper on 8 November 1920. Unlike most modern comic strips, Rupert Bear has always been produced in the original form of strip with illustrations accompanying text, called “text comics”, as opposed to text being incorporated into the art in speech bubbles etc. Bestall developed the classic Rupert story format: the story is told in picture form (generally two panels each day in the newspaper and four panels to a page in the annuals), in simple page-headers, in simple two-line-per-image verse and then as running prose at the foot.

    (00:47:18) “Voyager” was a Sixth Doctor comic published in Doctor Who Magazine (issues 90-94, 1984). It introduced the character of Astrolabus and began the Voyager arc. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:51:40) “The World Shapers” was the final regular Doctor Who Magazine (issues 127-129, 1978) comic strip to feature the Sixth Doctor. It featured the death of Jamie McCrimmon, a fate which, as of 2020, has not been contradicted in any medium. It has also attracted attention because it was written by legendary comic scribe Grant Morrison. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:57:46) “Buster” was a British comic which began publication in 1960, originally published by IPC Magazines Ltd under the companies comic division Fleetway, then by Egmont UK Ltd under the same imprint until its closure in 2000. Despite missing issues due to industrial action during its run, the comic published 1,902 issues in total. The comic carried a mixture of humour and adventure strips, featuring the title character Buster and a host of other characters. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:57:46) “Whizzer and Chips” was a British comics magazine that ran from 18 October 1969 to 27 October 1990, when it merged with the comic “Buster”. The format of “Whizzer and Chips” presented the comic as being divided into two separate parts – a novel idea at the time. One part was called Whizzer and the other was called Chips, with Chips existing as a separate pull-out section in the middle. The slogan “Two comics in one, double the fun!” was used. In the offices of publisher Fleetway, Whizzer and Chips was always regarded as one comic. (00:58:20) “The Jocks & The Geordies” was a British comic strip which appeared in the magazine The Dandy and was drawn by Jimmy Hughes. It has run from 1975 to present. The strip was about two groups of five schoolboys living in the village of Crosspatch, crossing the border of Scotland and England. As a result, they were in constant battles with one another, with each in turn getting their comeuppance for pranks which were often quite violent. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (00:58:45) “Faceache” was a comic strip originally appearing in the British comic Jet, first appearing in issue 1, dated 1 May 1971. The strip was retained when Jet merged with Buster later that year. Drawn by Ken Reid, Ricky Rubberneck was a boy with a “bendable bonce” (head), his skin like stretch rubber. At will, he could scrunge his face into anything. The strip was retained when Jet merged with Buster later that year, the first merged issue dated 2 October 1971. The word scrunch had been slowly overtaken by scrunge. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (00:59:15) “Cheeky Weekly” was a British comic book magazine published every Monday by IPC Magazines Ltd. It ran for 117 issues from 1977 to February 1980. It merged with stable-mate Whoopee!, initially as a 16-page pull-out section. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (00:59:26) “Spike” was a British comics anthology that ran from 22 January 1983 to 28 April 1984. Published by D. C. Thomson, it was a traditional ‘action comic for boys’, with many of its strips revolving around football, athletics, school, war, sci-fi, espionage and mystery. After just 67 issues it merged with Champ comic in May 1984. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:00:35) And in issue 49 (24.12.1983) of “Spike”, our own Mark appeared as E.T. (01:03:50) This Denys Fisher commercial can be seen here. (01:05:27) Two of Hayden’s jammiest moments were his accidental double appearance in “The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot”, the 2013 comedy spoof made for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary. Photos can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:07:00) “Endgame” was the first Eighth Doctor strip in Doctor Who Magazine (issues 244-247, 196). It reintroduced the character of Maxwell Edison, absent since the Fifth Doctor’s DWM run, and linked him to the Eighth Doctor’s new companion, Izzy Sinclair. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:07:16) “Ground Zero” was a comic story featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace. Notable for featuring a fate for the character Ace not supported by any other sources, it was one of the most controversial Doctor Who Magazine strips (issues 238-2424, 1996). Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:08:22) “A Cold Day in Hell” was a Seventh Doctor comic published in Doctor Who Magazine (issues 130-133, 1978-88). It was the Seventh Doctor’s first appearance in the strip and Frobisher’s final regular appearance. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:08:35) “Planet of the Dead” was a Seventh Doctor comic strip published in Doctor Who Magazine (issues 141-142, 1988). Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:11:28) “Nemesis of the Daleks” was a Seventh Doctor comic strip published in Doctor Who Magazine (issues 152-155, 1989). Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:11:28) “Emperor of the Daleks” was a multi-Doctor comic strip in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine (issues 197-202. 1993). Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:12:25) “The Glorious Dead” was a Doctor Who Magazine comic story (issues 287-296, 2000) featuring the Eighth Doctor, Izzy Sinclair and Kroton. Published throughout 2000, it was an epic 10 parts long and featured the return to the comic strip of the Master who’d appeared in the previous year’s story The Fallen. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:12:40) Hayden’s Dapol cyberman can be seen on our Tumblr page here. (01:24:50) Our own Mark and his then band “Midwich”.

    (01:25:45) “The Time of My Life” was a Doctor Who Magazine comic strip (issue 399, 2008) that featured the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble. It was Donna’s final appearance in the DWM strip, taking place after the events of the Series 4 finale. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:26:25) “Wormwood” was the main comic story of 1998 in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine (issues 266-271, 1998). Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:28:36) “Cor!!” a British comic, was launched in June 1970 by IPC. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:28:49) “Gus Gorilla” was the cover star of the short lived humour comic Cor!! as well as the host of its editorial page. He later transferred over to Buster after the cancellation of Cor!!, and hosted a regular feature called ‘Gus’s Gags’. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:28:52) “Ivor Lott & Tony Broke” was a British strip which originally appeared in the comic book Cor!! on 6 June 1970, before moving to Buster when the two comics merged in June 1974. The comic strip was in syndication until the final issue of “Buster” on 3 January 2000. The comic was originally drawn by Reg Parlett and later continued by artists like Jim Crocker and Sid Burgon. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:29:36) John Freeman is a writer, editor and creative consultant and publisher of the comics and other media news site downthetubes.net, begun in 1999, its focus initially devoted to British Comics creators, publishers and titles such as 2000AD and The Beano. Our interview with John at Capitol 4 can be found here on our podcast #115 and starts at around 00:24:31. (01:30:40) “Shiver and Shake” was a British comic magazine published every Monday by IPC Magazines Ltd. It ran from (issue dates) 10 March 1973 to 5 October 1974, when it merged with Whoopee! Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:31:15) “Nutty” was a British comic magazine that ran for 292 issues from 16 February 1980 to 14 September 1985, when it merged with The Dandy. Published by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. (01:31:48) “Whoopee” was a British comic book magazine that ran from (issues dates) 9 March 1974 to 30 March 1985, when it merged with Whizzer and Chips. It was published by IPC Magazines Ltd and ran for 572 issues. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:32:12) “Grimly Feendish” (alias The Rottenest Crook in the World) is a British comic book character who originated in Leo Baxendale’s comic Eagle-Eye, Junior Spy in 1964, published in the magazine Wham!. He is Eagle-Eye’s nemesis and functions as a creepy but amusing comic book villain. The character became so popular that between 1966 and 1969 and 1973 he had his own spin-off comic, Grimley Feendish in Wham! and later Smash!. He was created by Leo Baxendale. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. “Grimly Fiendish” is also a single by the Damned, released in 1985 and based on the same comic character. (01:32:54) “Sweeney Toddler” was a British comic strip by Leo Baxendale, which originally appeared in the British magazines Shiver and Shake, Whoopee!, Whizzer and Chips and finally Buster between 1973 and 2000. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:32:54) “Tough Nutt & Softy Centre” ran in IPC’s Shiver and Shake title from 1973-74. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:33:27) “Mustapha Million” was a Britishgag-a-day comic strip, created by Reg Parlett. It appeared in Cheeky Weekly in its first issue on 22 October 1977. The magazine would later merge with Whoopee! and on its turn with Whizzer and Chips, while the comic ran in those magazines as well. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:33:10) “Sid’s Snake” (also titled Sid and his Snake) was a comic strip in Whizzer and Chips. It was originally drawn by Mike Lacey and later by Jimmy Hansen. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:34:12) “The Bumpkin Billionaires” was a British comic strip which ran from 1974 until 2000. It was drawn by Mike Lacey throughout except for the last years in Whizzer and Chips by Jim Hanson. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:34:12) “Wear Em Out Wilf” first appeared in Whizzer & Chips #1 in 1969. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:34:30) The original pull-out 2000AD advert can be seen on our Tumble page here. (01:35:50) The unremovable stickers which came free with Prog 2 of 2000AD can be seen on our Tumblr page here. (01:36:30) On Diddly Dum Podcast 24 (“Doc in Heaven”), Doc went on (and on) at length about 2000AD. That podcast can be found here. (01:36:45) “Starlord”was a short-lived weekly British science fiction comic book magazine published by IPC in 1978 as a sister title to 2000 AD, which had been launched the previous year in anticipation of a science fiction boom surrounding Star Wars. Starlord was planned as a fortnightly title for older readers, with longer stories and higher production values than 2000 AD and the rest of the IPC boys’ comics stable, but this proved too ambitious. Episodes were shortened, the number of colour pages was reduced, although the better quality paper and printing were retained, and Starlord was published weekly at a higher cover price than 2000 AD. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:37:01) “Tornado” was a short-lived weekly British comic magazine published for 22 issues by IPC Magazines between March 1979 and August 1979. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:37:15) “Robusters” is a British comic story that formed part of the original line-up of Starlord. Similar in premise to that of the Thunderbirds television series, it was created by writer Pat Mills and was drawn by Carlos Pino and Ian Kennedy initially, before Starlord’s merger with 2000 AD. After the merger, Dave Gibbons, Kevin O’Neill and Mike McMahon were regular artists on the series, along with occasional contributions from Mike Dorey.Along with Strontium Dog, Ro-Busters survived Starlord’s merger with 2000 AD, its sister comic at IPC Magazines Ltd. The series introduced the decommissioned war robot Hammerstein and the sewer robot Ro-Jaws, and gave rise to the popular ABC Warriors series. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:37:15) “Strontium Dog”is a long-running British comics series featuring in the British science fiction weekly 2000 AD, starring Johnny Alpha, a mutant bounty hunter with an array of imaginative gadgets and weapons. The series was created by writer John Wagner (under the pseudonym T. B. Grover) and artist Carlos Ezquerra for Starlord, a short-lived weekly science fiction comic, in 1978. When Starlord was cancelled, the series transferred to 2000 AD. In 1980, Wagner was joined by co-writer Alan Grant, although scripts were normally credited to Grant alone. Grant wrote the series solo from 1988 to 1990. After Ezquerra’s death in October 2018 the series was put in indefinite hiatus with no current plans for its continuation (other than some single-episode stories in special issues aimed at younger readers). Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:37:24) “Black Hawk” was a comic strip appearing on the British magazine Tornado, created by Gerry Finley-Day. It was one of three strips to transfer from Tornado to 2000 AD after the two merged. At the time of the Roman Empire a Nubian slave rises up against his captors and leads a rebellion. However his bravery is recognised by a Roman General and he is commissioned as a Roman Centurion. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:37:45) Big E – where 2000AD had Tharg and Starlord had er Starlord, Tornado’s superpowered’ editor was Big E who was portrayed in photo-strips by none other than Dave Gibbons.  (01:38:56) “The Robot Wars” was the first extended storyline of the comics character Judge Dredd, published in 1977 in 2000 AD (Progs 10-17). Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:39:19) “The Cursed Earth” is the second extended storyline of the British science fictional comics character Judge Dredd. It appeared in 2000 AD, and it was the first Judge Dredd storyline to exceed twenty episodes. Written mostly by Pat Mills, the story arc added many core elements to the backstory of the world of Mega-City One, Judge Dredd’s city. The storyline ran from 2000 AD #61 to 85 (May to October 1978). Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:39:19) “The Day the Law Died” (progs 89–108). It’s 2101. The insane Judge Cal, head of the Special Judicial Squad (SJS), arranges the assassination of Chief Judge Goodman and then assumes the man’s position himself. By brainwashing Judges and employing alien mercenaries, Cal rules Mega-City One like a new version of Caligula. Dredd rallies together a few other Judges and Judge-Tutors to lead a resistance movement. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:39:24) “Robohunter: Verdus”. Robo-Hunter is a recurring strip in the British Comic 2000 AD, initially written by John Wagner and illustrated by Ian Gibson. The series starred Sam Slade, a laconic, ageing, cigar-smoking bounty hunter of robots that have gone renegade. In the first storyline, “Verdus” (Progs 76-84, 100-112), Slade is dispatched to a distant colony planet to solve the mystery of its vanished colonists. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:41:00) Abslom Daak was a thuggish human criminal who embarked on a crazed vendetta against the Daleks after they took the life of his only love. Before their extinction, the Daleks came to view Daak as one of their most dangerous singular enemies. Many noted that Daak was able to cause even the Daleks to fear for their lives, and, as Daak himself noted, only the Doctor seemed to compete with his total kill-count. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:42:20) “Business as Usual” was a comic story published in Doctor Who Magazine (issues 40-43,1980). It was written by Alan Moore. Frames and artwork related to this can be found on our Tumblr page here. (01:47:52) The discussion of George Orwell’s essay “Boys Weeklies” about     boys comics can be found at 00:41:18 onto Diddly Dum Podcast 92 (“Who Unearthed To Baker?). That podcast can be found here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 136 – Comics & Strips (part 1)

    18 July 2020 (9:51am GMT)
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    Simon (for it is he) Brett returns to The Whoseum to engage the Diddly Dummers in idle chat about comic strips and comics – whether Doctor Who related or not. We end up spending so much time eulogising over our favourite strips that we have to do a part two next week. But before that, we celebrate a podcasting landmark.

     

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    (00:00:00) Our guest on this podcast is Simon Brett, formerly of the Blue Box Podcast and currently of the Strangers in Space Podcast. Simon can be found on Twitter here and on Facebook here and his writing and artwork can be found on his blog here.

    (00:01:50) Simon’s first visit to The Whoseum took place in 2014 and can still be heard on our Podcast 17 which you can find here.

    (00:04:41) The various artwork which Simon has done for Diddly Dum down the years can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:09:01) The “breadcrumbs and butterbeans” line is of course a reference to the famous Mouse Mill episode of Bagpuss.

    (00:17:17) Marvel’s Xcalibur comic “The Cross Time Caper” (comic strip frames can be found on our Tumbr page here).

    (00:22:20) “The Iron Legion” was a Fourth Doctor comic strip published in Doctor Who Weekly (issues 01 – 08) in 1979. See some of the strips on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:24:25) “The Star Beast” was a Fourth Doctor comic strip published in Doctor Who Weekly (issues 19 – 26) in 1980. See some of the strips on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:29:30) “25 Glorious Years” was a Doctor Who reference book published by W. H. Allen in 1998. Photos of the autographs and the Lee Sullivan drawing which Mark found on the flyleaf when he bought it from a second hand bookshop can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:33:09) “Junk-Yard Demon” was a Fourth Doctor comic strip released in Doctor Who Magazine (issues 58 – 59) in 1981. See some of the strips on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:39:08) “From Hell” was a graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell, originally published in serial form from 1989 to 1998. The full collection was published in 1999 by Top Shelf Productions. Set during the Whitechapel murders of the late Victorian era, the novel speculates upon the identity and motives of Jack the Ripper. The novel depicts several true events surrounding the murders, although portions have been fictionalised, particularly the identity of the killer and the precise nature and circumstances of the murders.

    (00:39:38) “Promethea” is a comic book series created by Alan Moore, J. H. Williams III and Mick Gray. It tells the story of Sophie Bangs, a college student from an alternate futuristic New York City in 1999, who embodies the powerful entity known as Promethea whose task it is to bring the Apocalypse.

    (00:53:15) The changing socio-economic faces of Fudge Higgins – Thatcher’s Child to Blair Clone – can be found on our Tumble page here.

    (00:54:215) “Tank Girl” is a British comic book created by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin. The eponymous character Tank Girl (Rebecca Buck – later revealed to have been born as Fonzie Rebecca Buckler) drives a tank, which is also her home. She undertakes a series of missions for a nebulous organization before making a serious mistake and being declared an outlaw for her sexual inclinations and her substance abuse. The comic centres on her misadventures with her boyfriend, Booga, a mutant kangaroo. The comic’s style is heavily influenced by punk visual art, and strips are frequently deeply disorganized, anarchic, absurdist, and psychedelic. The strip features various elements with origins in surrealist techniques, fanzines, collage, cut-up technique, stream of consciousness, and metafiction, with very little regard or interest for conventional plot or committed narrative. The strip was initially set in a futuristic Australia, although it drew heavily from contemporary British pop culture. A selection of frames can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:56:58) “Love and Rockets” (often abbreviated L&R) is a comic book series by the Hernandez brothers: Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario. It was one of the first comic books in the alternative comics movement of the 1980s. The Hernandez brothers produced stories in the series independently of each other. Gilbert and Jaime produced the majority of the material, and tended to focus on particular casts of characters and settings. Those of Gilbert usually focused on a cast of characters in the fictional Central American village of Palomar; the stories often featured magic realist elements. The Locas stories of Jaime centered on a social group in Los Angeles, particularly the Latin-American friends and sometime-lovers Maggie and Hopey. A selection of frames can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:57:22) Mark’s page of original John Hicklenton “Nemesis the Warlock” artwork can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:01:40) “The Tides of Time” was the first Fifth Doctor comic story published in Doctor Who Monthly issues 61 – 67 (1982). See some of the strips on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:05:05) “Stars Fell on Stockbridge” was a Fifth Doctor comic strip released in Doctor Who Magazine (issues 68 – 69) in 1982. See some of the strips on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:09:30) “The Stockbridge Horror” was a Fifth Doctor comic strip released in Doctor Who Magazine (issues 70 – 75) in 1982-83. See some of the strips on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:14:20) “Skywatch-7” was a comic story released in Doctor Who Magazine issue 58 and Winter Special in 1981. See some of the strips on our Tumblr page here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 135 – Run Like a Lakertyan

    27 June 2020 (8:28am GMT)
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    Join the Three Who Drool as we take a look at the Seventh Doctor story “Time and the Rani”. Along the way, Hayden and Mark smuggle the Morbius brain tank into Doc’s bedroom. 

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    (00:00:00) The whole basis behind the Morbius brain tank skit relates to a frequently related experience of Doc’s at the Blackpool Doctor Who Exhibition as a young boy and can be found described at greater length in our podcast #54 at 01:02:47.

    (00:03:05) The sketch of John Nathan-Turner which Mark drew inside Hayden’s birthday card can be seen on our Tumblr site here.

    (00:06:02) “The Coming of Galactus” art which is thought to have inspired the “The Doctors” TARGET cover art can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:09:57) Sean Arnold earned undying glory (as far as Doc’s corcerned) for his portrayal of Commander Telson in James Follett’s seminal radio sci-fi series “Earthsearch” which was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between January and March 1981.

    (00:10:34) “Jubilation T Cornpone” is of course a song from the musical “L’il Abner”.

    (00:12:16) “The Ascent of Man” is a 13-part British documentary television series produced by the BBC and Time-Life Films first broadcast in 1973; it was written and presented by British mathematician and historian of science Jacob Bronowski. The relevant audio clip is from the episode “Knowlege and Certainty and can be see here.

    (00:22:12) The Harry Enfield “Goodfellas” sketch can be seen here.

    (00:49:55) Andrew Cartmel guested on episode 16 of the Diddly Dum Podcast in 2014 which can be found here.

    (00:56:20) “Vision On” was a British children’s television programme, shown on BBC1 from 1964 to 1976 and designed specifically for children with hearing impairment. It starred among others Sylvester McCoy.

    (00:56:32) Bonnie Langford’s path to stardom may well have started 00:35:45 into this combination of clips from “The Russell Harty Show”.

    (01:11:08) The Walls Sky Ray commercial from 1967 can be found here.

    (01:32:05) “Triangle” is a BBC Television soap opera broadcast in the early 1980s, set aboard a North Sea ferry which sailed from Felixstowe to Gothenburg and Gothenburg to Amsterdam. The show ran for three series before being cancelled, but is still generally remembered as “some of the most mockable British television ever produced”. The scripts involved clichéd relationships and stilted dialogue, making the show the butt of several jokes—particularly on Terry Wogan’s morning Radio 2 programme—which caused some embarrassment to the BBC.

    (01:34:32) “Script Doctor: The Inside Story of Doctor Who 1986-89” is Andrew Cartmel’s memoir of this time based on his diaries written sometimes on set and sometimes not even in the diary itself but on the back of scripts. Illustrated with 32 pages of photographs, many of them not published before, this is a vivid account of life in the Doctor Who production office in the late eighties.

    (01:35:08) This audio clip occurs about 00:15:15 into episode 13 of the Diddly Dum Podcast in 2014 which can/could be found here.

    (01:41:59) Photos of the Tetrap gun and the Kang crossbow gun which Mark presented to The Whoseum can be seen on our Tumblr site here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 134 – The Butcher of Bispham

    29 May 2020 (8:16pm GMT)
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    This week, The Three Who Drool take a look at the 1977 story “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”.

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    (00:02:06) We knew that, having mentioned Hayden staged withdrawal from his lockdown beard, we couldn’t leave you without a photo which can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:02:40) The “Doctor Who’s Line, is it…Anyway?” podcast.

    (00:03:18) The “42 to Doomsday” podcast. 

    (00:55:00) “The Black and White Minstrel Show” was a hugely popular British light entertainment show that ran for twenty years on BBC prime-time television. Beginning in 1958, it was a weekly variety show which presented traditional American minstrel and country songs, as well as show tunes and music hall numbers, lavishly costumed. Later in its life, the show was accused of racism and ethnic stereotyping by black anti-racist groups in the UK, such as the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination, due to its use of blackface. Please secure your lower jaw before following this second weblink – not for the faint of heart.

    (01:16:40) Doc’s “Are you jestering me?” is of course a reference to the Halo Jones character from 2000AD. The relevant frames can be seen on our Tumblr page here and originate from Halo Jones Book 3 which can be seen in full here and were originally published in 2000AD (prog 460, 08 March 1986).

    (01:20:50) The Red Dwarf episode Hayden is referring to at this point is “Stoke Me a Clipper” (Season 7 Episode 2) which can be seen here. The scene in question occurs at 00:04:00 into the episode which can be seen here.

    (01:24:35) The Father Ted episode Hayden is referring to at this point is “Are You Right There, Father Ted” (Season 3 Episode 1) which can be seen here. The scene in question occurs at 00:07:30 into the episode which can be seen here. Please secure your lower jaw before following this weblink – not for the faint of heart.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 133 – Kung Fu and Codpieces

    5 May 2020 (8:47pm GMT)
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    We mark Hayden’s 100th episode of the Diddly Dum Podcast by looking at the Second Doctor story “The Web of Fear”. Along the way, our erstwhile co-host The Rev commits Hayden and Mark to portraiture, Nyssa and Tegan bang on the TARDIS bathroom door to hurry Adric up, Doc presents a document from the 1930s to The Whoseum and we step out in front of The Whoseum to join in our local Thursday night clap for the NHS.

     

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    (00:21:43) Our recent encounters with the history of The League of Ovaltineys has led to our obtaining original copies of their Official Rule Book which can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:26:36) Far back in the mists of time, in the great and glorious aftermath of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, days of the birth of the Diddly Dum Podcast, men were real men, women were real women and podcasters were real podcasters. And our erstwhile co-host, The Rev, dared to brave new artistic frontiers and to sketch his fellow hosts.  And thus was the Diddly Dum Podcast born. To mark Hayden’s 100th episode, we have commissioned sketches of Hayden and Mark by The Rev (a.k.a. Andy, a.k.a. @skaromedia) to set alongside the originals. These new sketches can be seen here and here on our Tumblr page alongside those of Al No, Doc and The Rev.

    (00:33:35) Hayden and one of his sisters met Deborah and Jack Watling at a convention in Clacton around 1999 as can be seen in this photo on our Tumblr page.

    (00:37:20) The crucial pages from Hayden’s Read and Record books can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:47:42) The reference to Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert Dibble and Grubb is of course the roll call of the Trumpton Fire Brigade.

    (00:49:18) The old lady urging people to come out of their houses bears a remarkable resemblance to Delia Smith at half-time on the Norwich City FC pitch.

    (00:50:20) This is about a quarter of the actual noise outside at the time of recording.

    (01:12:25) Professor Branestawm is a series of thirteen books written by the English author Norman Hunter. Written over a 50-year period, between 1933 and 1983, the children’s books feature as protagonist the eponymous inventor, Professor Theophilus Branestawm, who is depicted throughout the books as the archetypal absent-minded professor. 

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 132 – Horns and Heels

    24 April 2020 (2:14pm GMT)
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    The Diddly Dummers’ friendship is sorely tested as we take a good look at “The Horns of Nimon”.

     

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    (00:02:55) Aaron A Aardvark, alias Eric Plunket, is a character from the 2000AD strip “Judge Dredd: The Day the Law Died” (Prog 95, 13 Jan 1979). An unremarkable citizen of Mega-City One, he changed his name to Aaron A Aardvark in order to be the first person listed in the phone book. This rather odd ambition proved to be his undoing when the insane Chief Judge Cal began executing the citizenry in alphabetical order. The relevant page can be seen on our Tumblr page here. 

    (00:07:45) Tim Brooke-Taylor can be seen singing the words to “Girlfriend in a Coma” to the tune of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” here.

    (00:13:25) Our erstwhile Diddly Dum host, The Rev Capt Hullu Porro (a.k.a. Andy) is selling high quality copies of the artwork he painted to accompany our podcast #5 “The Six Ages of Fan”. Each print costs a minimum of £5 (inc. p&p) but you can donate as much as you like. All proceeds will be donated to The Trussell Trust to support their help for the poor and for food banks during the lockdown. You can find links on Andy’s Facebook page to either buy them on eBay or to cut out the middle man by donating direct to The Trussell Trust and dropping Andy a message to let him know your name and address. Andy can also be found on Twitter @skaromedia.

    (00:17:02) Andy (The Rev) can also be found showing his unique brand of music on the Facebook group “Captain Coronas Isolation Open Mic Group”.

    (00:17:49) #CONtacthasbeenmade will be showing a selection of filmed panels from the Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s first four “Capitol” conventions on their DWASONLINE Youtube channel and Facebook and Instagram sites. These are being run in support of NHS Charities Together and Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services and we hope that you’ll be able to donate something while watching the videos.

    (0025:20) The Doctor Who Appreciation Society Announces the Return of TARDIS Magazine. TARDIS was one of the earliest Doctor Who Fan magazines (fanzines) and was first published in 1975 by Andrew Johnson. In the summer of 1976 the newly formed ‘Doctor Who Appreciation Society’ took on the publication of the magazine. Over the next few years, TARDIS went from strength to strength. It started as hand duplicated title, soon acquiring ‘photo pages’ which were inserts produced by offset litho. Later on, TARDIS become professionally printed itself, and in 1979 it saw colour for the first time. TARDIS was always supplied as an addition to DWAS membership until it was absorbed into the Society’s newsletter ‘Celestial Toyroom’ in 1987. TARDIS subsequently ceased publication as CT itself moved away from its traditional newsletter format and became a magazine in its own right.

    Between April 1997 and December 1998, the Society resurrected TARDIS as a quarterly publication alongside Celestial Toyroom but then retired the title again, with a brief return as a one-off special in 2003 celebrating the show’s 40th anniversary.

    The world of Doctor Who fandom has changed beyond recognition since then, and nowadays there are very few printed fan magazines. Celestial Toyroom remains the staple of the DWAS’s own output giving air to wide range of views. Many writers have started with items in CT before moving on to more mainstream publications including ‘Doctor Who Magazine’. DWAS has recognised the changing landscape and CTs sister publication, Cosmic Masque is now published as a download at our website. ‘The Celestial Toyroom Annual’ is released principally as an eBook with a limited run print copy also available.

    Whereas fandom is a very ‘virtual experience’ these days, we remain convinced that there is a solid, sustainable demand for printed magazines, produced by fans for fans. As such, the Doctor Who Appreciation Society is very pleased to announce the return of ‘TARDIS’.

    Volume 16 of TARDIS will begin publication in the summer of 2020. Under the editorship of Robbie Dunlop, it will be an entirely commissioned features-based magazine, published three times per year as a vibrant A4 title. It will be available to all fans from DWAS’s company Space Rocket Ltd, with DWAS members given the opportunity to buy directly from the Society at a substantial discount. We will continue our tradition of supporting charities through our output with each edition raising funds for a worthy cause.

    The price and ordering information will be announced soon with the first issue of the new volume following shortly afterwards. In the meantime, Celestial Toyroom continues on its monthly publications schedule, giving members the opportunity to express their views on all aspects of Doctor Who. A new edition of Cosmic Masque, our fiction and reviews title, will also be released for download in the summer and a new ‘Celestial Toyroom Annual’ for 2021 is in the planning stages now.

    On the podcast, we will keep providing you with information about the relaunch by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society of their “TARDIS” magazine.

    Some front covers of past issues of “TARDIS” can be found on our Tumblr page here and here.

    (00:45:55) This audio clip is from the “Frasier” season 3 episode “Martin Does it His Way”.

    (00:47:20) Major Bloodnok’s stomach boing.

    (01:02:21) “How Many Nimons?” – We pinched this audio clip from the Youtube channel of KoloSigma1 but it deserves to be seen and heard in its entirety.

    (01:32:53) “Ronnie Barker in the line up” – Hayden is here referring to the famous sketch about class from “The Frost Report”.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 131 – Gallifrey Falls – Capitol Stands

    3 April 2020 (7:37pm GMT)
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    We’ve done podcasts about past and future conventions. We’ve done podcasts about organising conventions. We’ve done podcasts about attending conventions. The only topic remaining was postponing conventions during global pandemics. Oh, that old chestnut, we hear you cry. Tony Jordan returns to The Whoseum to relate the palaver of having to postpone “Terrance Dicks: A Celebration” and “Capitol 5” during lockdown.

     

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    (00:02:55) Friend of Diddly Dum, Mark Cockram (The Human Palindrome) invited our own Mark as a guest on Episode 49 of his “Nerdology UK” podcast recently. The two Mark’s talked about martial arts films in general and “Enter the Dragon” in particular.

    (00:40:00) “Inside No. 9” is a British black comedy anthology television programme that first aired in 2014. It is written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton and produced by the BBC. Each 30-minute episode is a self-contained story with new characters and a new setting, and all star at least one (usually both) of Pemberton and Shearsmith. Aside from the writers, each episode has a new cast, allowing Inside No. 9 to attract a number of well-known actors.

    (00:41:40) The Doctor Who Appreciation videos which Tony mentions can be found on the DWAS Online Youtube page here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 130 – Ninth Doctor Retrospective

    28 March 2020 (1:30pm GMT)
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    Welcome to our long-promised retrospective look at the Ninth Doctor’s era, otherwise  known as Series One of New Doctor Who from 2005. Hear the results of our faithless listeners’ votes for their Top Five stories.

     

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    (00:07:05) “Timeless” is an American science fiction television series following a team that attempts to stop a mysterious organization from changing the course of history through time travel. 

    (00:07:14) “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire”, later called simply “The Trigan Empire”, is a science fiction comic series written mainly by Mike Butterworth and drawn by Don Lawrence, among others. It told the story of an alien culture in a manner that contained an educational blend of science and details of Earth-like ancient civilizations.

    Volume One of the new omnibus publication of “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” can be found here.

    The picture of the Diddly Dum podcasters’ ancestors in the style of The Trigan Empire can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:11:39) Frank Bellamy’s “Day of the Daleks” artwork for the Radio Times can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    Frank Bellamy also drew artwork for an episode of “The Avengers” – “The Winged Avenger”.

    (00:12:51) This clip is from Diddly Dum Podcast #16 where Andrew Cartmel was our guest. The podcast can be found here.

    (00:30:28) “Child Out of Time” is Hayden’s memoir of growing up in the Doctor Who Wilderness Years.

    (01:03:56) Our “Universe Song” mix is of course made up in part from Monty Python’s Universe Song from “The Meaning of Life”, and in part from the Courts furniture store TV commercial from the 1990s.

    (01:05:56) This audio clip is from the DVD commentary on “Rose” by Russell T Davies, Phil Collinson and Julie Gardner.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 129 – I Fought The Lore

    14 March 2020 (12:42pm GMT)
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    We review the climactic two episodes of Series 12 of Doctor Who – “Ascension of the Cybermen” and “The Timeless Children”. Along the way, we visit Chris Chibnall’s tattoo parlour and we speculate as to where so many of the Matrix scenes could have been located with a bit of imagination.

     

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    (00:01:30) The opening music this week is, of course, the opening guitar from “I Fought the Law” by The Clash.

    (00:34:16) “Dead Space” is a science fiction survival horror video game, developed by EA Redwood Shores (subsequently known as Visceral Games). The game was released in October 2008. The game has a strong science fiction atmosphere and is set in a spacecraft. It puts the player in control of an engineer named Isaac Clarke who fights Necromorphs, monstrous reanimated human corpses, aboard an interstellar mining ship, the USG Ishimura. You can judge for yourself whether Mark’s memory is working when he compares the back of Isaac to that of The Lone Cyberman on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:37:58) From 00:09:45 into this video of “Chains”, the final episode of “Blackadder 2”, Evil Prince Ludwig reveals his disguises.

    (01:40:52) We are, of couse, imagining the Matrix events appearing to take place in the Restaurant Candide from the BBC 1970s drama series “Secret Army”.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 128 – Terrance Dicks: A Celebration

    4 March 2020 (7:01pm GMT)
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    Security is tight as Tony Jordan, eminence grise (and never was an eminence griser) of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, visits the Whoseum to look forward to the Terrance Dicks celebration on 15th March 2020, organised jointly by the DWAS and The Whoovers. Tony also presents to the Whoseum his mint condition first edition of “The Making of Doctor Who” by Terrance Dicks & Malcolm Hulke.

     

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    (00:01:30) The Doctor Who Appreciation Society and The Whoovers, in partnership with the Dicks Family, are delighted to present “Terrance Dicks – A Celebration”. This one day event will take place on Sunday 15th March 2020 at The Cinema Museum, Dugard Way, Lambeth SE11 4TH, times TBC. Autographs will be available to purchase on the day; to minimise costs these will be cash only.

    (00:07:30) The Whoovers was created in 1999 by a group of Doctor Who fans. They meet the first Friday of every month at 19:30 at the QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby. DE1 3AS.They regularly have invited special guests from the classic and current series. They also organise the annual Whooverville convention.

    (00:13:24) On “Private Passions” on BBC Radio 3, impressionist Jan Ravens talks to Michael Berkeley about her passion for both speaking and singing voices.

    (00:13:38) Doc can be heard guesting on “The Doctor Who Show” podcast in February 2020 here.

    (00:30:45) The Doctor Who Appreciation Society will host “The Capitol Five”, a full scale, two day event which will take place at the Crowne Plaza, London Gatwick over the weekend of the 25th & 26th April 2020. As with all DWAS events, The Capitol Five will offer a mix of guests panels, on screen presentations, autographs, photo studio, merchandise and much more.

    (00:39:38) “The Making of Doctor Who” was a non-fiction work by Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke published by Piccolo Books. The first edition was principally written by Hulke in 1972. It was later followed by a second edition, rewritten by Dicks in 1976 from Target Books. It stands as the first professionally published non-fiction book about the series.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 127 – Wet Willies

    25 February 2020 (1:12pm GMT)
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    We review “Can You Hear Me?” and “The Haunting of Villa Diodati”. Along the way, gasp in disbelief as Mark recalls having an original Ovaltiney in the back of his cab and recoil in horror as Hayden ripostes with the news that his great-grandma knew the model in the Nimble Bread commercial.

     

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    (00:02:00) Friend of the show, @MarkCockram, The Human Palindrome himself, maintains a rare island of sanity with the Exeter postcodes with his “NerdologyUK” podcast. The episode we mention here is “Bonus Episode: Doctor Who 2010 – 2019”.

    (00:03:55) The 1970s TV commercial for Nimble Bread can be seen here.

    (00:05:12) Ovaltineys or League of Ovaltineys was a children’s club developed in the 1930s to promote the sale of Ovaltine brand drink in the UK. The Ovaltineys song can be heard here.

    (00:07:34) “The Lurking” is a horror novella by our own Hayden Gribble which has just been published. Rob is a hopeless loser in the game of life. With work, his relationship with his long suffering girlfriend Claire, with everything in general. Tonight he will change for the better, make a fresh start by taking it to the next step and propose to her. But fate has other intentions.After an accident that leaves him stranded, Rob takes shelter in an abandoned aircraft hangar and soon discovers that he is not alone. There is something lurking in the darkness, taunting him, haunting his every movement. Soon trapped in a living nightmare, Rob must learn the terrible truth of his tormentor and escape its clutches before it is too late…

    (00:11:25) Brenda from Bristol reacts to the news of a General Election in April 2017.

    (00:13:25) Russell T Davies appears on “Desert Island Discs” to share the eight tracks, book and luxury he would want to take to if cast away to a desert island.

    (00:38:50) This “What’s up with you today?” line is from “Major Star”, the third episode of “Blackadder Goes Forth”.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 127 – Wet Willies

    25 February 2020 (1:12pm GMT)
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    We review “Can You Hear Me?” and “The Haunting of Villa Diodati”. Along the way, gasp in disbelief as Mark recalls having an original Ovaltiney in the back of his cab and recoil in horror as Hayden ripostes with the news that his great-grandma knew the model in the Nimble Bread commercial.

     

     

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    (00:02:00) Friend of the show, @MarkCockram, The Human Palindrome himself, maintains a rare island of sanity with the Exeter postcodes with his “NerdologyUK” podcast. The episode we mention here is “Bonus Episode: Doctor Who 2010 – 2019”.

    (00:03:55) The 1970s TV commercial for Nimble Bread can be seen here.

    (00:05:12) Ovaltineys or League of Ovaltineys was a children’s club developed in the 1930s to promote the sale of Ovaltine brand drink in the UK. The Ovaltineys song can be heard here.

    (00:07:34) “The Lurking” is a horror novella by our own Hayden Gribble which has just been published. Rob is a hopeless loser in the game of life. With work, his relationship with his long suffering girlfriend Claire, with everything in general. Tonight he will change for the better, make a fresh start by taking it to the next step and propose to her. But fate has other intentions.After an accident that leaves him stranded, Rob takes shelter in an abandoned aircraft hangar and soon discovers that he is not alone. There is something lurking in the darkness, taunting him, haunting his every movement. Soon trapped in a living nightmare, Rob must learn the terrible truth of his tormentor and escape its clutches before it is too late…

    (00:11:25) Brenda from Bristol reacts to the news of a General Election in April 2017.

    (00:13:25) Russell T Davies appears on “Desert Island Discs” to share the eight tracks, book and luxury he would want to take to if cast away to a desert island.

    (00:38:50) This “What’s up with you today?” line is from “Major Star”, the third episode of “Blackadder Goes Forth”.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 126 – Mark Has the Conch

    12 February 2020 (9:53pm GMT)
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    This week, we review “Fugitive of the Judoon” and “Praxeus”. Along the way, we pay tribute to the late Nicholas Parsons with a selection from Doc’s “Golden Age” of Just a Minute.

     

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    (00:02:05) The Flight Through Entirety podcast’s Brendan has his own Youtube channel where his “Walk to Work with Whittaker” videos can be found.

    (00:02:44) Nicholas Parsons CBE (10 October 1923 – 28 January 2020) was an English actor and radio and television presenter. He was the long-running presenter of the comedy radio show Just a Minute and hosted the game show Sale of the Century during the 1970s and early 1980s.

    (00:04:23) “Just a Minute” is a BBC Radio 4 radio comedy and television panel game, chaired, with a few exceptions, by Nicholas Parsons from 1967 until 2019. The object of the game is for panellists to talk for sixty seconds on a given subject, “without hesitation, repetition or deviation”.

    (00:06:38) Our own Hayden has just published another of his books, “Tales from Another Me,” documenting from 2007 until 2010 his thoughts, dreams, nightmares and desires through a collection of poems. This selection illustrates how the world looked through the eyes of a teenager – lost in the noisy digital age – trying to find his way in an exciting yet confusing world against a backdrop of friendships, romance, work life, sex, drugs, alcohol, the rise of Facebook and the stranglehold that the economic recession had on a the youth of the time.

    All proceeds will be going to the MindUK mental health charity.

    You can get hold of Hayden’s book here: Amazon

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    (00:16:48) “From Hell” is a graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell, originally published in serial form from 1989 to 1998. The full collection was published in 1999 by Top Shelf Productions. Set during the Whitechapel murders of the late Victorian era, the novel speculates upon the identity and motives of Jack the Ripper. The novel depicts several true events surrounding the murders, although portions have been fictionalised, particularly the identity of the killer and the precise nature and circumstances of the murders.

    (00:39:20) The Doctor Who Monthly comic strip Mark is referring to here is  “The Stockbridge Horror” which appeared in issues #70 to #75. The particular frame Mark is referring to where an image of the TARDIS is dug up can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:55:12) “Game On” was a British sitcom which ran for three series and aired on BBC2 from 1995 to 1998. The central characters are three childhood friends from Herne Bay in Kent; laddish agoraphobe Matthew Malone (Ben Chaplin in the first series and Neil Stuke in the second and third), man-eater Amanda “Mandy” Wilkins (Samantha Janus), and wimpish Martin Henson (Matthew Cottle). When in their twenties, the trio move into and share a flat in Battersea, south-west London, which Matthew bought with his inheritance, and the series follows their lives as flatmates.

    (01:09:20) The reference to Arthur Dent throwing the Nutrimatic Cup comes of course from “The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (Fit the Tenth).

    (01:32:34) “Last Tango in Halifax”is a British comedy-drama series that began broadcasting on BBC One in 2012. Screenwriter Sally Wainwright loosely adapted the story of her mother’s second marriage.The series stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as Alan and Celia. The series has been praised for its depiction of the older generation, strong acting, and believable dialogue. “Last Tango in Halifax” accrued four nominations for the 2013 British Academy Television Awards and won the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 125 – Tesla Girl

    2 February 2020 (12:42am GMT)
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    Our guest this week is Brendan from the Flight Through Entirety podcast who joins us to mull over “Orphan55” and “Nicola Tesla’s Night of Terror” before proceeding into The Whoseum’s exhibition hall to present us with his copy of the “Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors” video game from the 1990s.

     

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    (00:00:00) Our guest on this podcast is Brendan Jones from the “Flight Through Entirety” podcast.

    (00:23:55) “The Cursed Earth” is the second extended storyline of the British science fictional comics character Judge Dredd. It appeared in 2000 AD, and it was written mostly by Pat Mills. In 2100, Mega-City Two, on the West coast of North America, becomes infected with a virus that makes its victims into a violent mob. Scientists in Mega-City One on the East coast have been able to make an antidote, but it is impossible to safely land at the airports in Mega-City Two. The only option is to send a land expedition of Judges in a tank across the Cursed Earth, a radioactive wasteland that covers most of the former US. “The Cursed Earth” caused a lawsuit involving the publishers of 2000 AD, McDonald’s, Burger King, and the Jolly Green Giant. Four episodes in the series, written by John Wagner and Jack Adrian, featured trade marked characters used without permission. One storyline depicted wars between rival gangs, headed by the Burger King and Ronald McDonald – including scenes of Ronald executing a gang member who spilled a milkshake. The owners of these characters objected to the use of their trademarks and sued. Publishers IPC settled out of court, publishing a half-page retraction and agreeing never to reprint the offending episodes. In 2014 the law was changed to implement a European directive on copyright law allowing the use of copyright-protected characters for parody. As a result, Rebellion Developments announced in 2015 that it would re-publish the suppressed episodes for the first time in a book to be published in July 2016.

    (00:28:24) “Xtro” is a 1982 British science fiction horror film focusing on a father who was abducted by aliens and returns to his family three years later, where he goes in search of his son. Production of the film started and completed in February 1982.

    (00:32:55) “Walk to Work with Whittaker” is a Youtube production by this week’s guest, Brendan, where he gives his immediate reactions to the adventures of the Thirteenth Doctor while he walks to work.

    (00:47:00) Michael Winner Esure TV commercial.

    (01:02:19) “The Roses of Success” is of course from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.

    (01:33:50) “Red Dead Redemption 2” is a 2018 action-adventure game developed and published by Rockstar Games. The game is the third entry in the Red Dead series and is a prequel to the 2010 game Red Dead Redemption. The story is set in 1899 in a fictionalized representation of the Western, Midwestern and Southern United States and follows outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang. Arthur must deal with the decline of the Wild West whilst attempting to survive against government forces, rival gangs, and other adversaries. The story also follows fellow gang member John Marston, the protagonist of Red Dead Redemption.

    (01:39:47) “Mens Sana in Thingummy Doodah” is an episode of “Victoria Wood” which was a series of six one-off situation comedies written by and starring Victoria Wood in 1989. While the 1992 and 1993 VHS releases of the series were titled Victoria Wood, the 2007 DVD release was called “Victoria Wood Presents”.

    (01:41:50) “Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors” is a PC video game released in 1997 by BBC Multimedia. All of Anthony Ainley’s recorded scenes as the Master from this game were included on the DVD release of “Survival” but without the background music played in them. The game can be found here on myabandonware.com.

    (01:53:20) Mark remembered on reflection that “Dalek Attack” is actually not the name of the game he’s referring to here.

    (01:53:36) These audio files from the “Deus Ex Machina” game can be found and explained on our blog here.

    (01:59:04) “Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror” is a game for the Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro and Commodore 64. It was first released by Micro Power on the BBC Micro in 1985, and on the Amstrad CPC & C64 in 1986.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 124 – Ryanair

    13 January 2020 (6:32pm GMT)
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    As ever at this time of year, we wish you a Happy New Year and ourselves a Happy Birthday as we complete our sixth year of podcasting. This week we review “Spyfall” parts 1 & 2 and along the way we pay tribute to the late Neil Innes. And yes, we know it’s Bruce.

     

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    (00:02:35) A photo of Mark’s Top Trumps set can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:03:00) A photo of Mark’s Sontaran playset can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:03:30) A photo of Mark’s Hard Rock Gallifrey T-shirt can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:04:32) A photo of Doc’s “Domain of the Daleks” playset can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:18:19) A photo of Polly’s birthday presents from Neil Innes can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:19:50) “All You Need Is Cash” (also known as The Rutles) is a 1978 television film that traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a fictitious English rock group called the Rutles. As TV Guide described it, the group’s resemblance to the Beatles is “purely – and satirically – intentional”.

    (00:24:30) The episode of BBC Radio 4’s “Chain Reaction” featuring Neil Innes interviewing Graham Linehan can be listened to here. 

    (00:35:35) “The Likely Lads” is a British sitcom created and written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and produced by Dick Clement. Twenty episodes were broadcast by the BBC, in three series, between 16 December 1964 and 23 July 1966. This show was followed by a sequel series, in colour, entitled “Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?”, broadcast between 9 January 1973 and 24 December 1974. “No Hiding Place”, the episode where the lads spend all day hidig from a football score, can be found here.

    (01:38:08) We close this week with “Cheese and Onions” by Neil Innes and The Rutles.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 123 – Sign of the Jive

    19 December 2019 (10:26am GMT)
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    The game board above tells us that another year has turned around and we’ve reached our famous Christmas games podcast. We present the “Working Titles” game, the “Who Is That?” game adapted from “The Doctor Who Role Playing Game”, the “Who Said What?” game and, as ever, we climax with our annual Blockbusters Gold Run looking back over the last 12 months. Along the way we glance at the Series 12 trailer and guest star reveals.

     

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    (00:00:00) The reveal of Stephen Fry and Lenny Henry can be found here.

    (00:08:25) The Series 12 trailer can be found here.

    (00:11:21) This year’s Children in Need Doctor Who clip can be found here.

    (00:21:30) The night-time visit from J R Southall is of course a tribute to Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s “Pete & Dud” sketches.

    (00:25:50) The Doctor Who Technical Manual.

    (00:35:55) “The Doctor Who Role Playing Game” was published by FASA in 1985. The game allows players to assume similar roles to the Doctor and his companions or as agents of the Celestial Intervention Agency.

    (01@06:10) The “Just When I Thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In” scene from The Godfather can be found here.

    (01:12:55) The longest standing tradition of the Diddly Dum Podcast is our Christmas Blockbusters Gold Run – a quiz on the previous year’s podcast in the style of TV’s “Blockbusters”. The game board for this year’s Gold Run can be found at the top of this blog entry.

    (01:13:12) The hand jive was perhaps the most bizarre aspect of “Blockbusters” and was perhaps intended just to keep the audience occupied.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 122 – Kickboxing on the Rec

    22 November 2019 (11:47pm GMT)
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    Here’s the second half of our Scariest Moments in Doctor Who podcast. Hear us quickly discover an urgent need for a thesaurus as we run out of synonyms for “unsettling”. Along the way, Hayden rediscovers some old school books and his missed career in central casting, and we all go kick-boxing on the Rec.

     

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    (00:00:00) Our copy of the “Mission to the Unknown” disc begins with the theme music from “Chorlton and the Wheelies”, an animated children’s television series that ran from September 1976 until June 1979 on the British television channel ITV. It followed the adventures of Chorlton, a fictional happiness dragon, in Wheelie World. “Chorlton and the Wheelies” was created by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television and broadcast on the ITV network. These clips come from the episode “Chorlton says it with flowers”.

    (00:14:45) Hayden’s reference here is from “One Leg Too Few”, a comedy sketch written by Peter Cook and most famously performed by Cook and Dudley Moore.

    (00:19:00) Extract pages from Hayden’s old school books and reading record books can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:28:47) Russell T Davies appears on “Desert Island Discs” to share the eight tracks, book and luxury he would want to take to if cast away to a desert island.

    (00:55:05) Charlie Brooker’s “Screenwipe” on Doctor Who series 2.

    (00:57:36) Richard David James (born 18 August 1971), best known by the stage name Aphex Twin, is a British electronic musician. He is best known for his idiosyncratic work in styles such as techno and ambient music in the 1990s, and has also been associated with the electronic subgenre known as intelligent dance music.

    (01:01:56) Snugbury’s straw Dalek.

    (01:04:35) The Deborah Watling co-venture reference refers to an anecdote from Hayden’s youth which can be found at timeframe 01:36:40 on our podcast #54 “Conventionality Belongs to Yesterday”.

    (01:17:34) This TV commercial for the Battleship game can be found here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 121 – You’re Never Alone With a Swan

    31 October 2019 (11:56pm GMT)
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    For Hallowe’en, we and our listeners present our scariest moments from Doctor Who and from childhood in general.

     

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    (00:00:00) This podcast is opened and closed by “Rentaghost” is a British children’s television comedy show, originally broadcast by the BBC between 1976 and 1984. The show’s plot centred on the antics of a number of ghosts who worked for a firm called Rentaghost, which hired out the spirits for various tasks.

    (00:09:56) Mark’s piece of orginal Peter Firmin artwork can be seen here.

    (00:39:22) “Ghost Town” is a song by the British two-tone band the Specials, released on 12 June 1981. The song spent three weeks at number one and 10 weeks in total in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart. Addressing themes of urban decay, deindustrialisation, unemployment and violence in inner cities, the song is remembered for being a hit at the same time as riots were occurring in British cities. Internal tensions within the band were also coming to a head when the single was being recorded, resulting in the song being the last single recorded by the original seven members of the group before splitting up. However, the song was hailed by the contemporary UK music press as a major piece of popular social commentary, and all three of the major UK music magazines of the time awarded “Ghost Town” the accolade of “Single of the Year” for 1981. The skeleton cover art with gave Hayden the heeby jeebies can be found on our Tumble page here.

    (00:40:57) David Bailey shot a striking poster in 1984, commissioned in protest against the fur trade by anti-fur organisation Lynx in 1984 and was part of a campaign for Greenpeace. A TV commercial of the same theme with music by Vangelis was produced in the following year.

    (00:41:32) “Lonely Water” (widely known as “The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water”) is a 1973 British Public Information short film made for the Central Office of Information (COI). The film aimed to warn children of the dangers of careless or foolhardy behaviour in the vicinity of water, and was shown regularly on TV for several years during breaks in children’s programming. Lonely Water is widely recalled as one of the most memorable and chilling of PIFs. In a poll carried out by the BBC on the 60th anniversary of the COI in 2006, Lonely Water was chosen as the UK’s fourth-favourite PIF of all time and the highest ranked one-off production. Dozens of comments attested to the film’s power and lasting impact on 1970s children.

    (00:43:54) An example of the source of horror for Hayden on many an unsuspected VHS tape.

    (00:44:44) The 1990s truly were a scary time for Hayden, even the Tango adverts.

    (00:45:03) The Gotan Tango doll promotion which ensnared Mark.

    (00:46:40) 1959 Strand cigarettes advert.

    (00:56:50) As the original Cybermen return, fans around the world pray they’ve retained their unique “sing-song” voices. By @pipmadeley.

    (01:49:43) This refers to the “Dalek 63.887” Youtube channel here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 120 – Hands Up If You Remember Cinema Balconies

    1 October 2019 (2:29pm GMT)
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    We present our retrospective of William Hartnell’s First Doctor era, where we reveal the results of our Top 5 Stories poll among our listeners.

     

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    (00:07:30) This sketch is a clip from “Staying In”, episode 6 of the 1989 BBC TV series “Victoria Wood” and feauture Victoria Wood and Jim Broadbent.

    (00:13:17) This clip features Aron Eisenberg in the role of Nog and comes from “Heart iof Stone”, episode 14, season 3 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

    (00:41:41) The Weetabix TV advert during this intermission can be found here.

    (00:54:10) The Reverend Captain Hullo Porro (better known to his friends and admirers as The Rev – better known to his family as Andy) is one of the three founding hosts of the Diddly Dum Podcast and one of our active hosts from podcasts 01 to 27 (because once a Diddly Dum host, always a Diddly Dum host).  The magnificent artwork which accompanied our first 27 podcasts was the work of the Rev and can been seen at the start of our commemorative podcast 100 video here. His professional artwork can be seen here.

    (00:54:54) The specialist Viking horn afforded to Mark here for his “Rassilon’s Horn” moment comes of course from the 1958 film “The Vikings”. It can be heard as a central theme of the film’s music soundtrack and seen 2 mins 15 secs into this video clip.

    (01:03:25) My trawl through the whole Hartnell era in order to trace his character development through his different means of addressing Ian can be found on my own blog here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 119 – Uncle and Nephews

    11 September 2019 (8:23pm GMT)
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    An minor Earth tremor shook Doctor Who fandom as we lost a pillar of our childhood in Uncle Terrance Dicks. This week we pay tribute to the great man. Then we repair to the Whoseum’s Olympic-sized bathroom to each present an exhibit for display on the theme of Doctor Who toys.

     

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    (00:00:00) Listeners of taste and sophistication will recognise the honeyed RP tones of our continuity announcer as belonging to friend of the podcast, Miles Northcott. He of the walrus moustache and the Doctor Who’s Line is it Anyway? podcast.

    (00:41:35) The Trailer for the Season 26 Blu-ray box-set can be found here.

    (00:43:59) The Doctor Who Sky Ray ice lolly commercial can be found here.

    (00:51:33) A photo of Hayden’s Daypol cyberman can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:52:25) Kroton the Cyberman appeared in Doctor Who Magazine as a companion of the Eighth Doctor. Kroton still retains human feelings despite undergoing cyber-conversion. Kroton first appeared in the comic strip Throwback — The Soul of a Cyberman, published in Doctor Who Weekly #5-#7 (as it then was), written by Steve Moore and drawn by Steve Dillon.

    (01:00:50) Pics of Mark’s Doctor Who 25th Anniversary set by Dapol can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:03:35) Pics of Mark’s “Build Your Own Giant Robot” set can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:10:40) Pics of Doc’s 1976 Dalek bubble bath by Water Margin can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:12:20) The Water Margin is a Japanese television series based on Water Margin, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. Made in two seasons of 13 episodes each by Nippon Television it was shown in Japan in 1973 and 1974 as Suikoden.

    (01:13:16) Louise Jameson’s 1977 appearance on Multi Coloured Swap Shop can be seen here.

    (01:14:28) Pics of Hayden’s Noddy bubble bath can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:14:43) The Matey bubble bath TV commercial sung by Mark can be seen here.

    (01:15:35) Pics and details of Mark’s Judge Dredd soap can be seen on our Tumblr page here and details can be found here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 118 – The Amazing World of Tom Baker

    7 August 2019 (8:32pm GMT)
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    At last, we’ve finished counting the many votes which came in and in this podcast we announce the results of our poll for the Top Five Tom Baker stories.

     

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    (00:08:01) The Blue Box Quiz to which we refer here was the epic clash of civilizations as Canada, the Home Counties and the West Country met in episode 113 of the Blue Box Podcast (“Granddaddies versus Tenderfoots”).

    (00:36:44) “When the Boat Comes In” is a British television period drama produced by the BBC between 1976 and 1981. The series stars James Bolam as Jack Ford, a First World War veteran who returns to his poverty-stricken (fictional) town of Gallowshield in the North East of England. The series dramatises the political struggles of the 1920s and 1930s and explores the impact of national and international politics upon Ford and the people around him.

    (00:12:05) Our guilty hates podcast can be found at podcast 39 (“Three Angry Men”).

    (00:23:37) Rassilon’s Horn was a meme from the early days of the Diddly Dum Podcast when one of us would blow a horn without warning and require another to hold forth on a given subject for 60 seconds.

    (00:54:40) This Victoria Wood Coronation Street sketch can be viewed here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 117 – May The Sauce Be With You

    27 July 2019 (10:19am GMT)
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    Over two consecutive weekends in June, the Diddly Dumbers attended the “Planet of the Daleks” event at the BFI, the “Maximum Power” Blakes 7 event in Steventon  and the “An Afternoon at Devil’s End” event at Aldbourne. Tune in as we regale you with our adventures.

     

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    (00:10:38) “Podcasters Melt in Hot Weather” was a slogan aimed at improving studio conditions for podcasters and was promoted in this 2019 poster from the Diddly Dum Whoseum Safety Directorate.

    (00:11:38) Doc presenting the Golden Emperor Dalek’s casing to The Whoseum can be found 01:34:55 into our podcast number 26.

    (00:12:05) Andrew Cartmel being asked whether the Golden Emperor was the inspiration for Davros’s casing in “Remembrance of the Daleks” can be found 00:56:25 into our podcast number 16.

    (00:26:04) SPLINK was a slogan aimed at improving road safety for children and was promoted by Jon Pertwee in this 1976 public information film from the Central Office of Information.

    (00:40:26) Photos of our visit to Avebury can be found on our Tumble page here and here.

    (00:44:35) Johnny Who Entertainments produces not for profit fan films in the Dr Who and Blakes 7 Universe. A trailer for the “The Curse of Devil’s End” being filmed during our visit can be found here.

    (00:46:30) Mark’s selfie with John Levene, together with other photos can be found on our Tumblr page here and here.

    (00:52:16) “Maximum “power” was a celebration of Blakes 7 held in Steventon on Sunday 23rd June 2019. Photos of the event can be found on our Tumblr page here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here.

    (01:14:15) “An Afternoon at Devil’s End” was organised by @WhosAtThePlayhouse. Photos can be found on our Tumblr page here and here and here and here.

    (01:19:20) John Levene hosting the 2002 Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards.

    (01:37:45) “Doctor Who and the Daleks Omnibus”, edited by Daleks creator Terry Nation, was a British omnibus published in 1976, especially for Marks and Spencer. It featured a collection of articles and photographs related to the Daleks as they had appeared in Doctor Who, as well as abridged and illustrated reprints of the novelisations “Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks” and “Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks” by Terrance Dicks. Some of the book’s pages can be found on our Tumblr page here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 116 – Of Mice and Spacemen

    2 June 2019 (9:47am GMT)
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    It takes us a good half hour to get around to talking about Doctor Who this week. But it’s worth it as Hayden relates his experience of finally watching Blakes 7, Series A and then binge-watching I, Claudius. We also include our interviews from Capitol IV with The Sons of Skaro and Peter Purves. Along the way, we struggle to control the Whoseum computer’s fixation with paying tribute to the late Doris Day

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    (00:08:00) The DVD box-set of Series 1 (Series A) of Blakes 7 can be found here.

    (00:20:00) The DVD box-set of the BBC’s famous 1970s adaptation of I, Claudius can be found here.

    (00:41:30) The Nerdology UK podcast can be found here. Hayden guests on Episode 36 here. Photos of Hayden’s (Captain Scarlet themed) 5th birthday party and of his (Power Rangers illustrated) Humpty Dumpty story can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:44:32) Formed in 2016, Sons of Skaro are a Charity Find Raising group of Dalek builders, owners and enthusiasts. Six short videos of the Sons of Skaro Daleks in the hotel lifts at Capitol IV can be found on our Youtube channel here.

    (01:27:25) The Big Finish audio referenced by Peter as the prequel to The Rescue is “The Crash of the UK-201”. It stars Peter Purves and Maureen O’Brien and can be found here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 115 – Liftshaft of the Daleks

    12 May 2019 (7:30am GMT)
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    That drone you can hear filling the air is not the Diddly Dummers talking, it’s the sound of the Diddly Dum airship returning our heroic podcasters to The Whoseum where Hayden awaits, eager to pump them vigorously in the debriefing room for tales of the DWAS Capitol IV convention. This podcast episode includes our interviews at Capitol with former Doctor Who Magazine editor, John Freeman (just think of an even better looking Tom Spilsbury), and DWAS Capitol supremo and theatre buff, Tony Jordan (just think of an older Steven Berkoff). Along the way, we disclose the source of Hayden’s jamminess and we play a few rounds of “Who Said What?”.

     

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    (00:04:10) Many thanks to Una McCormack for her time and her help in browbeating Hayden into watching Blakes 7. Una can be found on Linkedin here. She can also be found on Twitter @unamccormack.

    (00:07:44) According to free newspaper The Metro and The Daily Star (not organs fames for their investigative journalism),Doctor Who is planning a Christmas special for this year after previously confirming that the show would not return until 2020. However, it may not be insignificant that the article linked here says that “Metro.co.uk have contacted Doctor Who representatives for comment” and then moves on without suggesting that Doctor Who has even replied.

    (00:11:41) Evidence of Hayden’s 10km practice run can be found on our Tumblr page here for any doubters.

    (00:24:31) John Freeman is a writer, editor and creative consultant and publisher of the comics and other media news site downthetubes.net. John worked as both a designer and editor or Doctor Who Magazine in its earlier years. John’s work on “Crucible” can also be found here. He can be found on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

    (00:58:22) Six short videos of the Sons of Skaro Daleks in the hotel lifts can be found on our Youtube channel here.

    (01:06:14) Doc’s Morbius monster figure has at least eleven points of articulation and a press pass.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 114 – Capitol IV Sunday

    29 April 2019 (3:06pm GMT)
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    A brief look back on what happened on Sunday at the Capitol IV convention plus an interview with artist Colin Howard.

     

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    Many thanks to Colin Howard for his time and enthusiasm. Colin’s work can be found on his website here and he can also be found on Twitter @ColinHowardArt.

     



  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 113 – Capitol IV Saturday

    28 April 2019 (12:14am GMT)
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    A look back on what happened on Saturday at the Capitol IV convention plus an interview with writer Una McCormack.

     

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 112 – Over There

    24 April 2019 (7:08pm GMT)
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    In a shortish podcast this week, we look forward to the Season 10 Blu-ray box-set, we look at how watching the box-sets already issued has caused us to re-evaluate those eras and we celebrate retro comics. We end the podcast by averting (or ignoring) a minor war before boarding the Diddly Dum airship to travel to the DWAS Capitol IV convention where we’ll be the official podcast this coming weekend.

     

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    (00:00:00) The Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s “Capitol IV” convention will be held at the Arora Hotel at Gatwick/Crawley over the weekend of 27/28 April 2019. Tickets can be bought on that website.

    (00:04:05) Rebellion Publishing produced the “Cor! & Buster Special” on 17th April, retailing at £4.99.

    (00:21:20) The Blu-ray box-set of the Third Doctor’s Season 10 debuts on Monday 8th July, the very day after Pertwee himself would have turned 100.

    (00:22:30) Katy Manning and Stewart Bevan have recorded a special return trip to The Nuthutch to promote the coming Blu-ray box-set of Season 10. The video can be found here.

    (00:28:40) “Who’s at the Playhouse” have announced “an Afternoon at Devil’s End” on Sunday 23rd June 2019 at 2pm, Aldbourne Memorial Hall, Aldbourne, Wiltshire – a filming and location tour and Doctor Who event with Katy Manning, Richard Franklin & John Levene, celebrating the 1971 story “The Daemons”. Tickets are just £20.00 each and limited to only 100 attendees – email mail@honaleemedia.co.uk for information on how to book your tickets via Paypal, with “An Afternoon At Devil’s End” in the subject line.

     

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 111 – Framespotting

    17 April 2019 (2:07pm GMT)
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    We take a look at the new animated release of the Second Doctor story “The Macra Terror” and review the other animated releases over the years. Along the way, Hayden tells how he once disappointed Christopher H Bidmead, Doc’s habit of unconsciously singing in lifts is revealed and Mark uncovers a clandestine star extra in the Macra animation.

     

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    (00:10:08) In his Salad (Nicoise) Days, Hayden took part in a project on Doctor Who Online to write prologues and epilogues to every story. His work on Castrovalva can be found here.

    (00:12:59) The alarmingly catchy “Christopher Bidmead’s Writing” was a song composed and sung by the late lamented “Tachyon TV” podcast. The song can be found about 42 seconds into their “The Album” podcast episode which can be found here.

    (00:31:25) As spotted by our own eagled-eyed Mark, if you take the face of Romana II from the “Shada” animation and add the hair of Polly from the “Power of the Daleks” animation, you get a random bystander in “The Macra Terror” animation.

    (00:40:30) “Mary Mungo & Midge” is a British animated children’s television series produced by the BBC in 1969 and, as such, formed a basic staple of the childhood of Doc’s, Mark’s and Allan’s childhoods. The entire canon can be found on Youtube here.

    (00:41:05) “The Bony King of Nowhere” was a song to be found in an episode of “Bagpuss”.

    (00:52:58) Hayden’s treasured photo of himself and his sister meeting Deborah and Jack Watling in 1999 can be found on our Tumblr page here. The full story is told about 01:36:00 into our Podcast #54 which can be found here.

    (00:54:02) Peter Purves, who played Steven Taylor opposite William Hartnell’s First Doctor, has revealed that he’s part of a project undertaken by The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to recreate the missing episode, Mission to the Unknown.

    (00:58:25) The 1980s Manga anime of the Third Doctor can be found on Youtube here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 110 – Dalek Day

    1 April 2019 (10:57am GMT)
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    The Five Faces of Delusion (temporarily reduced to Three) welcome Tony Jordan, one of the DWAS head honchos, back to The Whoseum to talk with us about The Capitol IV convention in April.

     

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    (00:00:00) The Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s “Capitol IV” convention will be held at the Arora International Hotel at Gatwick/Crawley over the weekend of 27/28 April 2019. Tickets can be bought on that website.

    (00:12:00) Our interview with Anneke Wills at Capitol³ can be found 20 mins into  our podcast #095 (“Rogues, Vagabonds & Actors”).

    (00:18:35) This “VETOED Elephant” poster of course appeared in the 1994 First Doctor story “Dalek Invasion of Earth” and is a secret sign among the human survivors.

    (00:26:00) This audio clip from our interview with Kevin Davies can be found 1 hr 30 mins into our podcast #040 (“Kevin Davies”).

    (00:33:10) The coin-operated Dalek ride was manufactured by Edwin Hall & Co between 1964 and 1967 and distributed by Edward Saville Amusements. A photo can be found on our Tumblr page here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 109 – Helen A, Milk Snatcher?

    21 March 2019 (2:02pm GMT)
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    As a sign that the High Council of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society have short memories, they have once again kindly invited the Diddly Dum Podcast to be the official podcast of their Capitol IV convention on 27/28 April this year.

    This week, we take a look at Seventh Doctor story “The Happiness Patrol” from 1988. Along the way, the late Graeme Curry is celebrated at Hayden’s workplace (of all places), Mark agonises over the temptations of a 7-disc vinyl set of Dalek Master Plan and we decide that our favourite flavour of Candyman execution is Splatter Orange.

     

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    (00:01:35) The photo of stacks of S18 box-sets which Hayden refers to can be found on the DWAS Instagram page here.

    (00:17:56) Martin Havell of the Bad Wilf podcast has started a new podcast: “One Foot on the Stool” where, in each episode, he’ll be joined by a different guest to discuss issues of mental health. Martin’s guest on Episode One is our own Hayden.

    (00:24:19)The Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s “Capitol IV” convention will be held at the Arora International Hotel at Gatwick/Crawley over the weekend of 27/28 April 2019.

    (00:26:10) The “Brass Eye” Heavy Electricity sketch can be found here.

    (00:22:00) The Daleks’ Master Plan Exclusive Edition Vinyl LP.

    (00:42:15) “Dead Head” is a four-part crime thriller scripted by Howard Brenton and directed by Rob Walker.

    (00:46:56) “Paranoia” is a dystopian science-fiction tabletop role-playing game originally designed and written by Greg Costikyan, Dan Gelber, and Eric Goldberg, and first published in 1984 by West End Games.

    (00:47:18) “Hard to be a God” is a 1964 science fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky set in the Noon Universe.

    (00:48:36) The “Metropolissy with lightning” cover art which Doc is remembering but wrongly attributing to “Paranoia” is actually this cover art for “Deus Ex Machina”, the video game by Automata from the 1980s discussed in our podcast 007 (at 00:12:00) and our podcast 069 at (00:19:48). That game contained voiceovers by Jon Pertwee himself, the audio files of which can be found on our blog here.

    (01:00:48) Here is the text of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2011 Easter sermon where he namechecks “The Happiness Patrol”.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 108 – Traction by HAVOC

    3 March 2019 (3:57pm GMT)
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    listen003This time, we apply the principles of Brexit negotiations to arrive at our top 5 Capaldi era stories…and end up with results that nobody wanted. The we look in detail at the number one story and each pick our favourite Capaldi moments. Along the way, Hayden bumps into Superman on a stag weekend and Mark gets mistaken for Bob Geldof by the guitarist from The Sweet.

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    (00:04:43) Andy Scott is a Welsh musician and songwriter best known for being the lead guitarist and a backing vocalist in the band Sweet.

    (00:08:07) Operation H.A.T.E. a fantasy adventure novella from the pen of Richard Franklin, better known as Captain Yates from Doctor Who.

    (00:28:46) Doc has appeared on Episode 7 of “Desert Island Picks”, a series running on the Strangers in Space podcast which is the successor to the Blue Box Podcast.

    (01:14:40) “Night of the Living Dead” is a 1968 American independent horror film written, directed, photographed and edited by George A. Romero, co-written by John Russo, and starring Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea. The story follows seven people who are trapped in a rural farmhouse in western Pennsylvania, which is besieged by a large and growing group of “living dead” monsters. “Night of the Living Dead” led to five subsequent films between 1978 and 2010, also directed by Romero, and inspired two remakes; the most well-known remake was released in 1990, directed by Tom Savini. The audio clip used here in our podcast is from the 1985 film and can be seen here.

    (01:34:43) The song we finish with is, of course, “Block Buster!”, the 1973 single by The Sweet which spent 5 weeks at the top of the UK singles charts and can be seen being performed on “Top of the Pops” here.



  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 107 - Please Use Other Footpath

    15 January 2019 (9:47am GMT)
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    This week marks the 5th birthday of the Diddly Dum Podcast and we look back at the New Year’s Day special, “Resolution”. Along the way, we play some games left over from Christmas and Mark reveals his moment of 2018.

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    (00:09:02) Photos of some of Mark’s Who-related Christmas presents for Polly can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:15:20) Mark’s moment of 2018 – footage of a hologramatic Liam Neeson punching out Jason Donovan can be found around the 10:45 mark in this video clip (albeit at the Leeds performance rather than the London one).

    (00:45:56) Tony Martin is a farmer from Norfolk, England, who shot a burglar dead in his home in August 1999.

    (00:57:46) “Urotsukodoji: Legend of the Overfiend” is a Japanese erotic horror manga series written and illustrated by Toshio Maeda.

    (01:10:44) Mark’s “paintroller” line refers to this.

    (01:16:54) In 2000AD’s “Judge Dredd”, Smokatoriums are buildings located across Mega-City One which allow citizens to freely smoke tobacco as much as they want (Due to it being a crime to smoke in public), these buildings require guests to wear hazmat suits so as not to choke on all the smoke excreted.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 106 - Writing by Kermittee

    18 December 2018 (6:45pm GMT)
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    The traditions of our Christmas episode have been slightly derailed by the timing of Series 11. But, having looked at “It Takes You Away” and “The Battle of Ranskoor Avenue”, we finally get stuck into some Christmas games, including of course our fifth Christmas Gold Run.

     

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    (01:00:10) “One Froggy Evening” is a 1955 American animated musical short film.

    (01:01:26) “Psychomania” (a.k.a. “The Death Wheelers”) is a 1973 British horror-cult film starring Nicky Henson, Beryl Reid, George Sanders (in his final film) and Robert Hardy.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 105 - Sonic Inhaler

    1 December 2018 (2:10pm GMT)
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    Hayden returns from his trip to Austria (and the obligatory Sound of Music tour) to join us for a review of Kerblam! and The Witchfinders.

     

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    (00:01:16) Photos from Hayden and Sophie’s trip to Austria and the Sound of Music tour can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:16:19) Hilda Ogden singing in the Coronation Street of bygone days.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 104 - Podcasters of the Stones

    19 November 2018 (9:03pm GMT)
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    This week, we look at “The Tsuranga Conundrum” and “Demons of the Punjab”. Along the way, Mark visits Devil’s End and Avebury, while he and Hayden talk about the “Bohemian Rhapsody” film to Doc’s mystification.

     

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    (00:12:46) Queen – Live at the Rainbow (1974).

    (00:14:35) You can find photos of Mark’s visit to Aldbourne on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:22:45) The Twilight Zone – “Nightmare at 20,000 feet”.

    (00:43:20) Digital Spy article – “Doctor Who series 11, episode 6 review: Demons of the Punjab proves how dramatically the show has changed” – Morgan Jeffery.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 103 - This Looks Like a Fine Chair

    7 November 2018 (12:01pm GMT)
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    This week, we are locked away in the Whoseum panic room, looking back at “Rosa” and “Arachnids in the UK”.

     

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    (00:01:25) This audio clip from “The Devil You Know”, ep 5 of series 2 of “Yes Minister”.

    (00:48:58) “Rosa”is reviewed in episode 128 of the “Discussing Who” podcast which can be found here.

    (00:52:17) This audio clip comes from the “Frasier” episode: “There’s Something About Dr Mary”.

    (01:00:04) This audio clip of Christopher Hitchens is from a panel in 1995 discussing the history of the previous 50 years which can be found here and which begins about 48 mins into the video.

    (01:37:08) This clip comes from “The Story of Common People” which can be found here.

    (01:49:35) The reference to daffodils here harks back to the 1959 film “Carry On Nurse” in which Wilfrid Hyde-White’s character has his temperature taken in an unusual manner.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 102 - The Woman Who

    20 October 2018 (6:40pm GMT)
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    We review “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” and “The Ghost Monument”.

     

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    (00:01:25) Radio Rassilon podcast.

    (00:00:00) Doctor Who Grumpcast podcast.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 101 - 42 to Whomsday

    6 October 2018 (8:01am GMT)
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    Sneaking through the “Aussie Podcasters” channel at Heathrow for their long-promised, long-delayed visit to the Whoseum this week are Rob and Mark from the “42 to Doomsday” podcast. Mark presents us with his back catalogue of “Doctor Who Bulletin” fanzines and Rob presents us with his copy of “The Doctor Who Technical Manual”.

    Along the way, we compare the relative merits of Adelaide, Sydney and Perth, while mulling over Australian house prices and the role played by pink shorts in Australian democracy.

     

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    (00:00:00) You’ll note that, in a fit of nostalgia promoted by the podcast 100 memoryfest, we’ve reverted to the original Diddly Dum Podcast theme music which opened our very first podcast. Put together by our own Al No and once described as “the Sisters of Mercy meets Delia Derbyshire”.

    (00:01:18) The short story being read out by Doc here is “Roses” from DWM214, written by this week’s guest, Rob. See the shownote below at 01:08:56.

    (00:01:57) Our guests this week are Rob and Mark of the “42 to Doomsday” podcast whose blog can be found here, and who can be found on Twitter here and on Facebook here.

    (00:25:10) The day pink shorts helped to fight for democracy in Adelaide.

    (00:41:45) Paul Cornell’s theory that the Third Doctor was an establishment figure appeared in “Doctor Who Bulletin” issue 112 in April 1993. A copy of the text of that article can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:57:12) “Doctor Who Bulletin” began life in the early 1980s as an amateur fanzine dedicated to Doctor Who.

    (01:01:56) John Nathan Turner chomping on a copy of “Doctor Who Bulletin”.

    (01:08:35) Embossing tape is a labeling medium usually of hard plastic. Embossing tape is used with embossing machines, often handheld. The company name and trademark “Dymo” is often associated with this sort of label.

    (01:08:45) All the references to Doctor Who Magazine issue 214 (July 1994) arise from “Roses”, a short story which Rob had published on page 34 as part of DWM’s “Brief Encounters” series. A scan of the page can be found on our Tumblr page here. At this week’s podcast opens, Doc can be found reading out the start of this story this week just before Rob and Mark ring the doorbell.

    (01:09:07) A scan of the “DWB Interview File” advertisement from DWM214 be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:16:46) “Travers & Wells”, written by Rob, was the third novel in the Lethbridge-Stewart line of hardcover novellas, released by Candy Jar Books in 2017.

    (01:19:04) A scan of the “Fanzine Trap” feature from DWM214 can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:24:57) “The Doctor Who Technical Manual” was a Doctor Who reference book published by in 1983 and written by Mark Harris. Scans of a few pages can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:29:52) “The Doctor Who Pattern Book was an activity book published by W.H. Allen in 1987 and written by Mark Harris. The pictures used on Rob and Mark’s blog can be found here.

    (01:31:08) “Doctor Who and the Daleks Omnibus”, edited by Daleks creator Terry Nation, was a British omnibus book published in 1976, especially for Marks and Spencer. It featured a collection of articles and photographs related to the Daleks as they had appeared in Doctor Who, as well as abridged and illustrated reprints of the novelisations of “Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks” and “Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks” by Terrance Dicks. The anatomy of a Dalek cutaway can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:34:04) “Build the TARDIS” was an activity book published by Target Books and W. H. Allen.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 100b - From Bagpuss to Algernon (part two)

    28 September 2018 (9:30pm GMT)
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    Here’s part two of our celebratory 100th podcast, looking back on clips from the past 99 episodes.

     

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 100a - From Bagpuss to Algernon (part one)

    28 September 2018 (6:40pm GMT)
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    At long last, here’s our 100th podcast. Quite a landmark for us so we’ve chosen to make it a nostalgic one, looking back over our last nearly five years. We’ve put together a montage of clips of our least worst bits and we’ve been very self-indulgent. Which makes it a rather long podcast, even for us. That’s why we’ve split it into 2 halves – Episode 100a and Episode 100b – which you can download separately rather than trying to cope with one whacking great audio file.

     

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  • Episode 100 imminent - Trailer #3

    28 September 2018 (8:54am GMT)
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    Our 100th podcast will be going online today. As a taster, here's our third trailer...

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  • Episode 100 imminent - Trailer #2

    27 September 2018 (12:21pm GMT)
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    Our 100th podcast will be going online within days. As a taster, here's our second trailer...

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  • Episode 100 Imminent - Trailer #1

    26 September 2018 (3:08pm GMT)
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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 099 - Hollyoaks at Top Shop

    13 August 2018 (5:48am GMT)
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    In the penultimate podcast before our 100th celebrations, Mark tells all about the Who at Hoylake convention where he stalked Matthew Waterhouse and was hailed by Richard Franklin as a campaigner against the ivory trade, Jurgen Klinsmann awakes from centuries of deep sleep (in the Tottenham attack) and, as we take a look at “The Ark in Space”, we hear how the life cycle of the wasp traumatised Mark as a boy.

     

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    (00:00:40) Lest anyone think that Mark’s desire for a “ninety-nine” was in some way obscene, a 99 Flake can refer to an ice cream cone with a Cadbury Flake inserted in it.

    (00:02:31) “The Peter Cushing” is a pub in Whitstable, Kent.

    (00:03:51) This music clip is from “Summer in the City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful from 1966.

    (00:04:52) “The Vault” is a book by Marcus Hearn.

    (00:06:05) The radio script for an episode of a proposed Doctor Who radio series, to be made in the late sixties, and starring Peter Cushing as the Doctor, was to be called “Journey into Time” and was written by Malcolm Hulke .The article Mark refers to can be found in Issue 3 of the production research magazine “Nothing at the End of the Lane” which is sold out now but can be bought and downloaded as a PDF for a mere PS2 at this link. The article Hayden refers to can be found here at the Doctor Who News site.

    (00:08:45) Peter Firmin was the designer who co-created with Oliver Postgate the children's TV shows Ivor the Engine, Bagpuss, The Clangers and others.

    (00:09:50) This clip is from “The Dragon”, episode 5 of “Ivor the Engine”.

    (00:11:50) “Players” is a BBC Books original novel written by Terrance Dicks and featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri.

    (00:18:26) The Stewart Lee joke is from his “Content Provider” show.

    (00:23:40) Mark attended the “Who at Hoylake” convention.

    (00:31:14) A photo of Mark in his VETOED t-shirt can be found on our Tumblr page here. A link to the BOSS t-shirt can be found here.

    (00:32:00) Photos of Mark’s mulitply-signed convention programme can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:34:17) Richard Franklin played corrupt businessman Denis Rigg in the TV soap “Emmerdale Farm” (now “Emmerdale”) from 1988 to 1989. His character was crushed to death by a cow as a horrified Joe Sugden (Frazer Hines) looked on, as discussed in Diddly Dum Podcast #70 (“Surfeit of Beef”). The death scene photo which we never asked Richard Franklin to sign in the end can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:38:40) The photo of Matthew Waterhouse using a Viewmaster can be found on our Tumblr page here.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 098 - The Return of The War Bungle

    14 July 2018 (6:52am GMT)
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    In this podcast, the Diddly Dumbers present some more exhibits to The Whoseum. Mark presents a gun prop which is a crossover between Doctor Who and The Tomorrow People, Hayden presents a book on the TARGET novelisations, Allan presents his wedding cake and Doc present the “I Claudius” DVD box-set. Along the way, Mark meets John Leeson (in a rare incarnation) by the seaside.

     

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    (00:01:26) In June, our own Mark attended his third consecutive “Sci-Fi By The Sea” convention. A few of his photos can be found on our Tumble page here and here.

    (00:05:41) Samantha Womack (nee Janus) starred in “Game On”, a British sitcom which ran for three series on BBC2 from 1995 to 1998.

    (00:07:59) John Leeson (born 1943) is of course a British actor who is known for playing the original Bungle in iconic children’s TV show “Rainbow” and for voicing K-9 in “Doctor Who”.

    (00:10:07) It was on Diddly Dum Podcast episode 42 (Apprentice 2 A Pilot) that our former co-host Matt Charlton revealed that, so patently horrific was the first incarnation of Bungle from “Rainbow” and so apt to become a repressed memory, that he and his friends referred to him as The War Bungle. The clip occurs about 1 hour 28 mins into the podcast which can be found here.

    (00:13:00) John Leeson’s signed photo for us as “The War Bungle” can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:16:55) Doctor Who Figurines – Eaglemoss Collections.

    (00:19:00) Photos of Hayden’s signed book in Waterstones can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:20:25) Hayden’s new book “Captain Random vs The Sandman” is now published and photos can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:25:39) Allan and Mark appear on Miles Northcott’s “Doctor Who’s Line is it Anyway?” podcast, episode 73 “The Vegetation” which can be found here.

    (00:43:45) “Hit and Run”, Episode 5 of Season 2 of “The Sweeney”, featuring Patrick Troughton can be viewed here. The “slag” scene occurs about 4 mins into the video.

    (00:44:32) The trailer for “The Scars of Dracula”, featuring Patrick Troughton, can be viewed here.

    (00:45:33) It was on Diddly Dum Podcast episode 71 (Dead Links) that Mark immortalised the use of the Dalekmania TARDIS prop in The Avengers episode “Target”. The section begins about 48 mins into the podcast which can be found here. The clip of the prop being blown up can be seen on our Youtube channel here.

    (00:47:15) “The Tomorrow People” is a British children’s science fiction television series produced by Thames Television for the ITV Network, the series first ran from 1973 to 1979. A remake appeared in 1992. All incarnations of the show concerned the emergence of the next stage of human evolution (Homo novis) known colloquially as Tomorrow People. Born to human parents, an apparently normal child might at some point between childhood and late adolescence experience a process called ‘breaking out’ and develop special paranormal abilities. These abilities include psionic powers such as telepathy, telekinesis, and teleportation. However, their psychological make-up prevents them from intentionally killing others. The opening title sequence can be seen here.

    (00:51:00) “A Man For Emily” is the third episode of season three of the original series of “The Tomorrow People”. Peter Davison in all his semi-naked glory can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:51:11) Photos of the gun prop being presented by Mark this week can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:56:09) “The TARGET Book” by David J Howe.

    (01:07:28) Photos of Allan and Erica’s wedding cake can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (01:12:00) “I, Claudius” is a 1976 BBC Television adaptation of Robert Graves’ I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Written by Jack Pulman, it starred Derek Jacobi as Claudius. The series covers the history of the early Roman Empire, told from the perspective of the elderly Emperor Claudius who narrates the series.

    ( ) “The Lion in Winter” is a 1968 historical period drama film based on the Broadway play by James Goldman. It was directed by Anthony Harvey, written by James Goldman, and produced by Joseph E. Levine, Jane C. Nusbaum and Martin Poll from Goldman’s adaptation of his own play, The Lion in Winter. The film stars Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, John Castle, Anthony Hopkins (in his film debut in a major role), Jane Merrow and, in early appearances, Timothy Dalton (in his film debut) and Nigel Terry. The film was a commercial success (the 12th highest-grossing film of 1968) and won three Academy Awards, including one for Hepburn as Best Actress (tied with Barbra Streisand). There was a television remake in 2003.

    (01:37:17) The closing music is Eleanor’s arrival at Chinon from “The Lion in Winter”.

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  • DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 097 - Where's Wally K Daly?

    28 May 2018 (5:24pm GMT)
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    Hayden finally returns to the fold from his radio sabbatical as we look back on the DWAS Capitol3 convention. Our chat ranges from convention guests being press ganged in France to 007 films with a Carry On cast via Peter Gabriel impersonators.

     

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    (00:08:42) The Seventeenth Kind is a science-fiction comedy film, an adaptation by director Andy Collier of a short story by Michael Marshall Smith that satririses The Shopping Channel. It stars Tony Curran, Sylvester McCoy, Brian Blessed, Lucy Pinder, Ralph Brown and Miriam Margolyes. It was released in 2014.

    (00:08:24) Lucy Katherine Pinder (born 20 December 1983) is an English model and actress. After outing herself as a Conservative supporter on Big Brother, she was given a slot on the BBC’s The Daily Politics.

    (00:08:42) Animal activist Brian Blessed had a heated disagreement with farmers while hosting a pig and poultry dinner in Warwickshire. The actor (81) was dressed as a Tudor king and had been asked what laws he would enact were he a ruling monarch. Blessed, who has campaigned against badger culling in the past, said he would ban the practice. Farmers then began airing their discontent at the former Flash Gordon actor, with one allegedly shouting and swearing at him, according to The Sun. Blessed reportedly responded with an expletive-laden tirade: "You're all c****, I hope you all die of TB." He then said it had been a bad idea for him to host a pig and poultry farmers' event and left.

    (00:26:16) Michael Parkinson’s interview with Meg Ryan.

    (00:32:40) “Who’s Next” by Derrick Sherwin.

    (00:39:56) Wirral Ways to Recovery is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults (including offenders), young adults, families, carers and affected others in Wirral. CGL leads the Wirral Ways to Recovery partnership. They provide a range of treatment, recovery and support services for those who have concerns about their drug or alcohol use. Their goal is to support service users to achieve and maintain their own vision of recovery. They believe that any individual can change the direction of their life and live life to its full potential.

    (00:40:20) At the time of going to press, this year’s Alan Gribble Trophy in memory of Hayden’s dad has raised PS695 of its PS1,000 target. You can still follow this link to show your support by making a donation.

    (00:43:55) The photo of the four Diddly Dummers around the TARDIS console can be found on our Tumblr page here.

    (00:47:35) The Capitol IV returns on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2019.

    (00:49:04) The closing sequence of Bagpuss.

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