PODCAST 024 – Doc in Heaven

For this double review of “Dark Water” and “Death in Heaven”, the Diddly Dumbers pay tribute to the theory developed by The Him (Al’s éminence grise) that Steven Moffat’s source material for Doctor Who is stolen entirely from Danger Mouse episodes. So they leap once again into the Molecular Nanoscaler and shrink themselves small enough to enter the secret agent’s pillar box base.

Nestled safely among the uncollected post, the Diddly Dumbers start with Doc’s mammoth rambling review of his recent trip to the British Film Institute to see the premiere of “Future Shock – The Story of 2000AD”. Eventually, the Three Who Drool remember that this is primarily a Doctor Who related podcast and turn to the Series 8 finale double-bill.

Along the way, The Rev reveals how Steven Moffat is cooking pasta with guess who’s spice rack, Doc gets so deeply mired in an elaborate “Friends” analogy that he forgets why he started it, Al hams it up with hamartia, we cover how “The Happiness Patrol” never came near 2000AD’s “Invasion” in attacking Margaret Thatcher, why it’s illegal to produce horror comics in the UK, Australia’s joint-second top contributions to world culture, how watching Steven Moffat’s finale was like those scouts on a roller-coaster in “J**’** F** I*”, and we discover why the campest character in sci-fi history could well have been Admiral Ackbar.

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Humber Comic-Con

Through the generosity of friend of the show Kevin Jordan, on 28 October 2014, Doc stayed late at work (a genuine first!) in order to spend the evening at the nearby British Film Institute where, as part of their “Sci-fi Days of Fear and Wonder” season, they were showing the premiere of “Future Shock – The Story of 2000AD”. This was a 105mins docu-film telling (believe it or not) the story of British comic 2000AD. The evening was rounded off with a Q&A session including Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill. Photos of the audience at the event can be found on the producer’s blog. You won’t be able to spot Doc because he left his box at home that night.

Here you can find a page of 2000AD artwork specially drawn as a dig at working conditions on the comic which was banned from publication by the soulless minions of orthodoxy.

One morning in early 1977, Doc’s weekly comic dropped through the letter-box of his family home. It may have been “Whizzer & Chips” or “The Beezer” or “Cor!” (Doc forgets) but it was to change this mild-mannered 10-year old into the giant of podcasting that you see today. For the centrespread consisted of a four-page advert for the brand new comic 2000AD (on pale pink paper). Thanks to Gary at “Tainted Archive” for preserving a copy online. Was Doc attracted by the promise of anarchic anti-hero adventure or by the free Space Spinner frisbee? We will never know.

The Heavy Metal Kids as a visual literacy aid.

“Robot Wars” is often accepted as the story which propelled Judge Dredd to No 1 strip in 2000AD.

Here is the offending picture wherein the bridge looked far too much like a penis for the tastes of the 2000AD censors.

The docu-film provides more evidence to support Al’s assertion that Hardware (1990) – Richard Stanley’s once-rare cult classic - ripped off the design of Walter’s Robo-Tale – “SHOK!” from the Judge Dredd Annual 1981 as discussed in Diddly Dum Podcast #021.

Early 2000AD strip “Invasion” contained a scene which was supposed to suggest the shooting of Margaret Thatcher. Eat your heart out, “The Happiness Patrol”.

“Strip” comic from The Rev’s youth.

Outlaw infant “Baby-Face Finlayson” is a fictional character in a comic strip in the UK comic “The Beano”.

Leo Baxendale (born 27 October 1930 is a British cartoonist and the creator of The Bash Street Kids.

Fortean Times is a British monthly magazine devoted to the anomalous phenomena popularised by Charles Fort.

It’s forbidden to produce horror comics in the UK.

“Thrill-Power Overload: Thirty Years of 2000AD” by David Bishop

“Judge Dredd – the Mega-History” by Colin M Jarman

Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons contributed to Doctor Who Weekly/Monthly with such stories as “The Song of the Space Whale” and “Star Beast” and “Iron Legion“.

Rob Irwin’s “Who Wars Podcast” is the podcast for those among us who just can’t decide between Star Wars and Doctor Who. Episodes #09, #10 and #12 of Rob’s podcast include a three-part interview with EricJ, also known as Eric J or Eric Johnson, who is a comic book artist and the co-creator of “Rex Mundi”, an American comic book series featuring a quest for the Holy Grail told as a murder mystery set in the year 1933, in an alternate history Europe where magic is real.

The Starburst Bookworm Podcast Season 2 Episode 25 interviews The Art Heroes, Lee Robinson and Dan Clifford.

Joint second (behind Holly Valance) in the list of Australia’s greatest contributions to world culture is Rob and Mark’s splendid 42 to Doomsday Podcast.

Louis the Stammerer

Laurence Stephen “L.S.” Lowry (1 November 1887 – 23 February 1976) was an English artist born in Lancashire.

Jim Steinman

In long-gone TV show “Jim’ll Fix It” which we now have to pretend, like Gary Glitter’s songs, never existed, a 1980 TV memory indelibly etched on UK memories is the group of boy scouts who wanted to eat their lunch on a roller-coaster.

“Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday” was a stage play which ran at the Adelphi Theatre in London in 1974.

The more gullible among you may have fallen for the   that Missy’s true identity is The Master. The Diddly Dumbers, however, remain convinced that their original theory of her being Mrs McClusky from Grange Hill still holds water.

“Mind Reader – An Evening of Wonders” is the name of Derren Brown’s third live stage show which had its first run of 42 dates in 2007. The introduction to the show was a video including gorillas playing table tennis to demonstrate change blindness. Brown then appeared and indicated that a some point during the show “a man in a gorilla suit will come onto stage and steal a banana”. The challenge for the audience was to notice the banana being stolen. The banana was then successfully removed while the audience attention was directed elsewhere. Later in the show, when the gorilla came on stage more obviously, it was revealed that it was Derren in the costume.

“Doctor Who: Thirty Years in the TARDIS” is a one-off, 50-minute television documentary, broadcast to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the science-fiction series Doctor Who. It was originally transmitted on Monday 29 November 1993. This was followed by a release on VHS, titled “More Than… Thirty Years in the TARDIS”.

Admiral Ackbar totally camps it up in “Return of the Jedi”.

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PODCAST 023 – Nightline

For this double review of “Flatline” and “In the Forest of the Night”, the Diddly Dumbers have repaired to a sylvan glade. But the peaceful location belies a lurking menace. Which of us hasn’t shivered at the idea of growling in the bushes?

Each new podcast seems to reveal another shocking example of shameless thievery on Steven Moffat’s part. You know that “how can I have been so blind?” feeling when the penny drops and something is laid bare which has been staring you in the face for years? That’s how our podcasters felt this week when The Him (Al’s eminence grise) pointed out what now seems so obvious – that the idea behind every Series 8 episode of Doctor Who can be traced back to an original episode of “Danger Mouse”. The Three Who Drool discuss this outrage.

Along the way, we cover the role of the Three Day Week in The Rev’s conception, Doc having to wait over 40-odd years for his scariest ever experience in Doctor Who, ten foots and snickleways, The Rev finding that the day can be as scary as the night, has normally lovely Sigourney Weaver ever been a more of a total bitch than her character in “Working Girl”, comics as a form of literacy, Al finding Judge Dredd standing next to him at the urinal, the best way not to be killed by tigers and “Peppa Pig” as a prequel to “Animal Farm”.

As an erotic climax, Al finally explains his theory of Doctor Who as Greek tragedy.

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We mourn the passing of the sublimely lovely Linda Bellingham. From “The Sweeney” to “All Creatures Great and Small” and reaching her apogee as the Inquisitor throughout the run of “Trial of a Time Lord” before going on to show Peggy Mitchell how to be a proper gangsteress in “The Bill”. In her later career, she became stereotyped as a strong and versatile actress but it’s her work in the field of Oxo which is how we like to remember her.

The Rev pays tribute to the divine Lynda on his own blog.

Big Finish “Tom Baker at 80″ CD

The BBC’s Genome project gives all Radio Times listings. Find out what was being broadcast on your birthday.

“Diana” is an American sitcom that aired on NBC during the 1973-1974 television season that was created by Leonard Stern and starred Diana Rigg in her first American television series.

Leonard Sachs, as compere of “The Good Old Days” was surely the inspiration for Henry Gordon Jago.

The power cuts of the 1970s were his parents’ inspiration for The Rev himself.

Captain Mainwaring plays the bagpipes 27 mins into the “If The Cap Fits” episode of Dad’s Army.

Al has written a column in print issue #406 of Starburst magazine.

Thomas Love Peacock

Lotte Lenya played Colonel Rosa Klebb who got frisky with Daniela Bianchi in “From Russia With Love”

The birth of the BBC

Charles David George “Charlie” Stross (born 18 October 1964) is a British writer of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

A Spirograph is a geometric drawing toy that produces mathematical roulette curves. It was developed by British engineer Denys Fisher and first sold in 1965.

The form of pantograph which Doc was struggling to name was, of course, the Sketch-a-Graph.

Rising Damp is a British sitcom produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV and originally broadcast from 1974 through 1978. Starring inter alia Leonard Rossiter and Frances de la Tour.

The 2d-to-3D effects in “Flatline” remind The Rev of the stained-glass knight in the “Young Sherlock Holmes” film (1985).

Not to be outdone by a Yorkshireman in the cultural hinterland stakes, the TARDIS in Clara’s handbag reminds Lancastrian Doc of the carpet bag scene in “Mary Poppins”.

“Saving Mr. Banks” is a 2013 American-Australian-British historical drama film centered on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios film “Mary Poppins”.

Doc’s slightly obscure demand that Cagney and Lacey get that washroom redecorated comes from 4 mins 50 seconds into this Victoria Wood performance.

Brian Sibley is a British writer and broadcaster who wrote the 26 episode radio adaptation of “Lord of the Rings” first broadcast on BBC Radio Four in 1981 and which starred Ian Holm as Frodo, later to play Bilbo in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy.

“The Land of Narnia” by Brian Sibley

Christopher Fairbank who played annoying foreman Fenton in “Flatline” is perhaps known best (certainly to The Rev) for his role as Moxey in “Auf Wiedersehen Pet”.

“Nocturnal Activities” by John Williams from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”.

Aussie Rob@WhoWars, who delights in the Diddly Dumbers having three distinct accents, has his own Doctor Who/Star Wars crossover podcast which is a must.

A view from the cab of a Diesel train travelling the full length of the line from Withernsea to Hull, filmed by Stan Kerman in 1957.

Disused stations – Hedon Station.

Ten Foots and Snickleways

Ramsey Campbell’s “Demons by Daylight”

A113 (sometimes A-113 or A1-13) is an inside joke, an Easter egg in animated films created by alumni of California Institute of the Arts.

Alan-Moore-the-wonderful-wizard-of…Northampton. “Heaven” is the last track on Alan Moore & Tim Perkins “Angel Passage” CD.

“Swamp Thing” issue #32

“Swamp Thing” issue #53 – “The Garden of Earthly Delights”

“Pog” and “Abandoned House”: Alan’s Moor’s “Swamp Thing” issues #32 and #33.

Rev’s short film looking at the development of Gothic as a design style from it’s early beginings as an architectural style to it’s use as a fashion style. Ideal for Art & Design Education. And that voiceover sounds strangely familiar.

“Theatre of Blood” is a 1973 horror film starring Vincent Price as vengeful actor Edward Lionheart (and Diana Rigg as his daughter Edwina). Among other Shakeapearian deaths, Lionheart punishes theatre critic, Robert Morley, by cooking his pet poodles a la Titus Andronicus. Vincent Price also used to ask people to pass the mustard.

“The Abominable Dr Phibes” is a 1971 British horror film starring Vincent Price who is inspired in his murderous spree by the Ten Plagues of Egypt from the Old Testament. It was followed by “Dr Phibes Rises Again”.

Dave Gibbons is appointed the UK’s first comics laureate.

Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw) is an exciting new literacy charity formed by a group of passionate and highly experienced trustees from the fields of education and comics. The mission of CLAw is to dramatically improve the literacy levels of UK children through the medium of comics and graphic novels. CLAw will also aim to raise the profile, image and respectability of comics and graphic novels as both a valid art form and as works of literature.

Neil Cameron’s blog entry on comics and literacy.

Judge Minty – a not for profit fan film.

The Phoenix Comic contains Adam Murphy’s “Corpse Talk: Digging up history one hero at a time”.

“Here Come the Double Deckers” was a 17-part British children’s TV series from 1970-71 revolving around the adventures of seven children whose den was an old red double-decker London bus in an unused junk yard. Scooper, the leader of the group, was played by a young Peter Firth who would go on to play Harry Pearce in the BBC One show “Spooks“.


The Diddly Dum Podcast would like at this point to declare an interest. We hold no interests in Ted Baker. However, since Friend of the Show Tariq has suggested that Doc’s visit to the HQ might have been explained by his being on acid at the time, we would like to provide evidence that their front door is indeed in the middle of a giant lobster, visitors to their Reception are indeed greeted by a barking animatronic Golden Retriever, and their lifts are indeed just like Roald Dahl’s Great Glass Elevator in having fun buttons all over their walls.

The Rev’s favourite bit of silence ever is the 8 seconds between the end of the 20th Century Fox fanfare and the start of the Star Wars fanfare.

“Danger Mouse” is a British children’s animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television. It features the eponymous Danger Mouse, an English mouse who works as a secret agent. It is also clearly the inspiration for Series 8 of Doctor Who. Take a look at episode 5 of “Day of the Suds” where Nelson’s Column has been toppled. In “Time Slip”, Danger Mouse goes back in time to meet Robin Hood. Are you listening, Mr Gatiss? And do we need to say any more about “Danger Mouse on the Orient Express“?

“Doctor Who and the Song of Goats” – Al’s Greek tragedy theory from his own blog.

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PODCAST 022 – Express Delivery

For this double review of “Kill the Moon” and “Mummy on the Orient Express”, the Diddly Dumbers have bought Third Class tickets and donned dinner jacket T-shirts to sneak into the First Class dining car. Will they manage to complete the whole podcast before anyone checks their tickets?

10708495_10205096282791598_5430766889711835568_oAlong the way: The Three Who Drool are christened “the 1970s sitcom of Doctor Who podcasting” by a rival podcast. We reminisce about our past encounters with Sylvester McCoy. We discover that famous people are sometimes more lovely than you think. A slow printer replaces the water-cooler as the office gathering place. We reveal the original source from which Peter Harness shamelessly stole the “dragon living in a moon” plot. Al unfolds his insane theory about Perkins’ secret identity. We discover the film against which The Rev measures all other films. We touch briefly on working class situations in British porn. We decide which soap Doctor Who ought to resemble, and Doc away explains his body (10% human, 90% cardboard) by revealing his true comic book identity. Even Strontium Dog and his sidekicks Wulf and the Gronk get a mention.

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The Rev really revels in Hornby train sets. It’s choo choo choo all the way to Hull.

Newest and cruelest (sob) friends of Diddly Dum are the denizens of the “Binro Was Right Podcast”. Their eponymous hero is, of course, Binro the Heretic, a character from Key to Time season story “The Ribos Operation” who was persecuted for his beliefs. Their caricature of the Diddly Dumbers as the 1970s sitcom of Doctor Who podcasting, painting Doc and Al as a “Terry and June” couple and The Rev presumably as the child they never had, is uncomfortably near the mark.

Matt Smith demonstrates why we should avoid using cloud technology. He’s not joking, he’s deadly cirrus.

Among the DVD extras for “The Second Coming” is an outtake where Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston surprises a co-star by appearing at a bathroom door clad in nothing but a sock over his manhood.

“Exploration Earth”, an audio story featuring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen.

The Amazing Criswell

During the 2007 Hull Comedy Festival, our very own Rev (and his pal Sean) wins a BBC competition and had some of their little Spacehopper fims shown late at night on BBC2 as part of “The British Summer of Film”.

Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning

The late actor Geoffrey Hughes played Twiggy in “The Royle Family” but far more famously also played workshy binman, Eddie Yeats, in Coronation Street – sidekick to Stan and Hilda Ogden. And if you fast forward to 2 mins 15 secs into this Youtube clip, you’ll find the famous Stan and Hilda kiss which The Rev refers to.

“Expresso” – Norman Wisdom’s last film.

“Melancholia” is a 2011 Danish art film written and directed by Lars von Trier.

The Diddly Dum Podcast rocks the foundations of Doctor Who writing this week by revealing that the space creature so improbably hatching from The Moon was based on The Soup Dragon from Oliver Postgate masterpiece “The Clangers”.

Peter Harness hails from Hornsea, home of the famous Hornsea Pottery and inspiration for The Rev’s photography book on Hornsea.

“Is Anybody There?” is a 2008 British drama film starring Michael Caine.

“Come Live With Me” song from Richard III (1995).

Doc stamps his authority on his chums as the Daddy Bear of the podcast by finally remembering some kids TV which predates Al and The Rev. Casey Jones (with Casey Junior) was, of course, the famous driver of The Cannonball Express.

“Horror Express” is a 1972 Spanish/British horror film directed by Eugenio Martín and starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

The Mary Rose raised from The Solent in 1982.

“Bergerac” was a British television show set in Jersey starring John Nettles as the title character Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac and of course Louise (Leela) Jameson.

The Desert Island Who Podcast.

“Time Travel for the Discerning Rock Fan” – The Rev uses his own blog to rhapsodise about Queen.

Al muses at length about “Kill the Moon” and “Three-Fold Musing” and “Mummy on the Orient Express” on his own blog.

Doc hasn’t put much on his own blog for a few weeks but he’s damned if he isn’t going to get a look-in too if The Rev and Al are going to plug theirs.

“Strontium Dog” is a long-running 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.

“Ro-Busters” 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. Ro-Busters is a commercial rescue organisation run by Howard Quartz, known as “Mr. 10 Per Cent” because 90% of him is robotic. Thus he has been compared to our own Doc Whom because 90% of him is cardboard.

The BBC’s official Doctor Who website gallery sends The Rev into ecstasies of design delight.

“Three Fold Musing” – more ravings from the padded cell that is Al’s blog.

Doctor Who – “Death Comes to Time”.

Trebor Mummies and their Tales from the Tomb.

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PODCAST 021 – Taking the Heist

This double review of “Time Heist” and “The Caretaker” opens with the Diddly Dumbers being pursued through the vaults of the Karabraxos Bank by fiendish monsters from their childhood nightmares. At the last minute, our heroes manage to escape by Transmat and land in the empty staff room of Coal Hill School.

heist 800Along the way, the Three Who Drool discuss the late Dr Evelyn Smythe and identify why the design of the Skovox Blitzer reminded them of Christmas morning 1980. They debate why different vocal stresses are given to street and road names and explore Steven Moffat’s push to reboot the new Doctor as the Peter Cushing incarnation.

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The Rev depicts the last minute escape of the Diddly Dumbers from the bank vaults as the podcast begins. For those of you unfamiliar with UK TV banking commercials from the 1980s, the yellow Griffin was used to advertise Midland Bank (now swallowed up by HSBC) and the pig was used to advertise Nat West Bank.

Dr Evelyn Smythe is a fictional character played by Maggie Stables in a series of audio plays produced by Big Finish Productions based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. A professor of history from the 20th century with a fondness for chocolate, she is a companion of the Sixth Doctor.

The Rev goes to see Al Murray, The Pub Landlord.

Brian Blessed – “Man Alive! What’s wrong with big tomatoes?”

Man Alive!

Katy Manning with Peter Capaldi in the TARDIS

Zam Wessell was a shapeshifting bounty hunter in “Attack of the Clones”.

Peter Capaldi as the Magician Doctor

The Doctor’s Leaning Tower of Pisa joke was as good as any of the “Police Squad” epilogues.

The origin of Finkle Street

“The Lodger” comic strip by Gareth Roberts – (Doctor Who Magazine #368)

Hardware (1990) – Richard Stanley’s once-rare cult classic.

Walter’s Robo-Tale – “SHOK!” from the Judge Dredd Annual 1981

Gladstone Primary School, Cardiff

Cathays Library, Cardiff

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff

Peter Capaldi appears on The Graham Norton Show (26 Sept 2014)

Alvin Stardust – “you must be out of your tiny minds” – Green Cross Code TV ad.

Little Kiran – Kiran Shah was the actor who played whatever was under the bedspread in “Listen”.

Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall, Part Two

“Poetics” by Aristotle

Coal Hill School’s motto – “A Spirit of Adventure”

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PODCAST 020 – Oi, Robot

For their double review of “Robot of Sherwood” and “Listen”, the Diddly Dumbers travel to Sherwood Forest itself to record the podcast.

Along the way, the Three Who Drool discuss the best incarnations of Robin Hood down the years on the big and small screen, a new form of chocolate scampi with mysterious centres and hanky panky with Arthur Lowe. They analyse the evidence linking Terrance Dicks to Star Wars’ Admiral Ackbar and debate the sexual propriety of the TARDIS console now incorporating moist, squelchy slits.

Just below the embedded media player, you’ll find that we’ve finally included the facility to download the MP3 directly from the blog. This has been added to all previous podcasts too.

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No Complications: Robot of Sherwood (time shift) – on Al’s blog.

No Complications: Listen (time shift) – on Al’s blog.

Iain Martin’s blog

The supernatural attack on the podcasters which sent Doc running back to The Cloven Hoof forms the closing minutes of Diddly Dum Podcast 010 (Date With the Devil) from about 1 hr 50 mins onwards.

Angus Lennie

Pip and Jane Baker


The Unforgettable Yootha Joyce

Robin of Sherwood

Clannad’s Robin of Sherwood theme music

The Scarifyers by Bafflegab Productions

Some of The Rev’s historical illustrations from his film about Conisbrough Castle.

Monty Python’s Knights Who Say Ni

Richard Carpenter – Interviews in Sherwood

Rocket Robin Hood was a Canadian animated TV series.

Battenberg cake

“The Phony King of England” was a song from the Disney animated Robin Hood (1973)

Tom Baker hosts “Disney Time” in 1975

Robin Hood (John Cleese) in Time Bandits

“Today there is no news”, BBC 18 April 1930

Celebrations chocolate box

Cadbury’s Criss Cross TV advert

Arthur Lowe advertises Hanky Panky

Pyramint TV advert

The Rev’s memories of Monster Munch

Television is bad for your eyes

Big Finish “Tom Baker at 80″ CD

Donald Sinden

Don Estelle played the character of Lofty in shockingly unpolitically correct BBC TV sitcom “It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum” from the 1970s. He also had a hit singing “Whispering Grass”.

Robert Goodman chats to Toby Hadoke and Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins present Jimmy’s End.

The Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch

“The Tall Guy” by Richard Curtis

We discovered Missy’s secret identity by a rather circuitous route. There are vague similarities in Series 8′s portrayal of Coal Hill School to current BBC school-based series “Waterloo Road” and that staple of British childhood TV for 30 years “Grange Hill”. Mrs McClusky was the headmistress of Grange Hill for years. The show’s opening credits inspired some of the artwork accompanying this podcast. Super-scary Grange Hill teacher, Mr Bronson, played by Michael Sheard (Doctor Who passim).  First Mclusky,  Then Came Bronson (if only in Al’s fevered mind).

Kevin the annoying teenager

Whoniverse timeline website

Steve Moore discusses Abslom Daak

Living legend Kiran Shah

Oedipus Rex condensed

Man Alive

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PODCAST 019 – Deep into the Dalek

With Deep Breath and Into the Dalek, the Three Who Drool finally get around to reviewing new TV episodes of Doctor Who. We initially travel to Mancini’s Family Restaurant for the first story, armed with umbrellas against the missing roof and a tube of Pringles in the absence of even a children’s menu. Later, inspired partly by the Doctor and Clara diving into the Dalek but mostly by The Numskulls comic strip, Al and The Rev shrink themselves down to fit inside Doc’s bonded polycardboard box.

In the course of our discussion, we blow wide open Steven Moffat’s secret plan to use the first Doctor of the new regeneration cycle to reboot the series back to the era of the First Doctor. But not the First Doctor you may be thinking of.

We also look at the significance of the female thorax in Sontaran lore. The Rev tells us about a friend of his who once had a date with a gibbon. Al explores a possible narrative link between the Meddling Monk and the Mondasian Cybermen. Doc advocates punches in retaliation for slaps.


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Tom Jones – “It’s Not Unusual”.

Peter Capaldi on “The One Show” – Part One and Part Two.

South Korean painting of Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman.

42 to Doomsday podcast reviews the Australian leg of the world tour.

Crossing the International Date Line.


The Paternoster Gang as the UNIT family – an idea we heard on The Pharos Project podcast.

“Coupling” by Steven Moffat

Doc’s bonded polycardboard box

The Numskulls is a comic strip that started in The Beezer, before jumping to The Beano and finally landing in The (digital) Dandy where it’s still going strong today.

Steven Moffat explains why he’ll never bring back The Rani.

Waterloo Road

Peter Capaldi’s butter advert

Dramaturgy is a sociological perspective starting from symbolic interactionism and commonly used in microsociological accounts of social interaction in everyday life. At least, that’s what Al thinks. And here’s one on the Reality-Tunnel: How Beliefs And Expectations Create What You Experience In Life. Doc needed a lie-down after reading them.

Doc blogs on Murray Gold’s “Unexpectedly Cold Bath Choir”.

“This is evil refined as engineering” brings to mind the Castrol GTX adverts. Those of us approaching middle age never listened to the 2nd Movement of Mahler’s 7th Symphony in the same way again.

How pink and blue became gender-specific.


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PODCAST 018 – Sir Lee at Rawlings End

We welcome Lee Rawlings of the Blue Box Podcast to The Whoseum this week.

Lee presents the following items for exhibition and discussion: his Nan’s tape recorder, a Big Finish CD, The Pescatons audio cassette, Graham Norton and a pair of Marigolds.

En passant, we discover that the Mork & Mindy theme tune is identical to the Juliet Bravo theme tune in all respects other than their mood. We discuss the proposed merger between the Xerox and Wurlitzer corporations. We call for a Bagpuss revival on Big Finish. We reveal our secret ambitions to be lighthouse keepers.

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Robin Williams

Was the Mork and Mindy theme tune (from 44 secs onwards) copied from the Juliet Bravo theme tune?

The Primate Directive – Star Trek/Planet of the Apes comic crossover

Lee’s grandmother’s tape recorder

The design triumph that was Metal Mickey

Buck Rogers

Take Hart

The Simpsons – Planet of the Apes Musical

Melvyn Bragg presents “Whose Doctor Who?”

Sesame Street Numeric Con

Sesame Street 1-12

Big Finish

Big Finish – “Phantasmagoria”

Big Finish – “Counter Measures”

Big Finish – “Terrahawks”

Bagpuss & Professor Yaffle

Butterbeans and Breadcrumbs

Big Finish – “The Horror of Glam Rock”

Big Finish – “The Chimes of Midnight”

Big Finish – “Light at the End”

Big Finish – “Spare Parts”

Doctor Who and The Pescatons

2000AD – The ABC Warriors

Genesis of the Daleks soundtrack LP

Books which J R Southall has blackmailed us all into contributing to

Lizard Lighthouse

The Goodies as lighthouse keepers

The Blue Box Podcast

Graham Norton ruins “Time of Angels”



Raleigh Chopper

Cygnus Alpha Fanzine

The Twelve Doctors at Christmas

The Phonic Screwdriver

Man Alive

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PODCAST 017 – Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings

Our the latest podcast we invite another guest to present a selection of exhibits for permanent display in The Whoseum and to talk to us about why they touch his Doctor Who fan’s heart.

Our guest this time is Simon Brett – one of The Five Faces of Delusion running The Blue Box Podcast, illustrator for much of the Doctor Who content in Starburst Magazine, husband, father and all-round good egg.

Simon (for it is he) presents exhibits which spark talk amongst other things of General Ironicus’ purple light, the use of disposable lighters in the marketing of Doctor Who Weekly, setting up your own Doctor Who convention from scratch and leads to an impassioned defence of the BBC licence fee. Along the way, The Rev launches his one-man campaign for Hull to host the Olympics, Doc takes the media to task for tacitly insulting every city in the UK except Glasgow and Al finally discovers the limits of Doc’s interest in comic strip art.


Direct Download Link: DDPC017 – Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings

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Friend of the Show, Simon Brett, visits The Whoseum. Some of Simon’s illustration work can be found here.

Our guest, Simon, isn’t of course the Simon from “Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings”. That was just a hilarious conceit. Laugh? We nearly did. However, his artwork for Starburst Magazine is so good that it really does come true and no-one can object to being associated with a series voiced by Bernard Cribbins himself.

Cygnus Alpha fanzine

Scott Burditt voiced on Bandrill Productions “Pieces of Eight” Parts One and Two

FANNUAL: The Peter Cushing Dr Who Annual

Phonicon 2013

John Cage sues Mike Batt

The Rev blogs about Guardian of the Galaxy (where Doc can’t stop him)

“The Iron Legion” as it appeared in the first ever edition of Doctor Who Weekly.

Carmine Infantino

John Ridgway

Adrian Salmon

“The Dalek Chronicles” was a Doctorless comic strip from the TV21 comic.

“Sapphire & Steel” comic strip in Look-in comic

Radio Times: Doctor Who 20th Anniversary Special

Radio Times Christmas covers

Pink Dalek Candi


Doc blogs on paying for autographs

Al blogs on his pilgrimage to meet Tom Baker

Rusty Goffe, the sole surviving original Oompa Loompa.

Hull and the Venn Diagram

Pave Bar, Princes Avenue, Hull

The British Broadcasting Corporation

Mitch Benn – “I’m Proud of the BBC”. Here’s the Visual Clues version and Mitch talks about it here.

Great British Railway Journeys

Hull invents the LCD screen

The Nicola Bryant/Peri image gallery

Personalities of Hull

The Doctor Who Fanzine Preservation Project

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The Three Who Drool welcome Andrew Cartmel, Doctor Who’s script editor throughout the Seventh Doctor’s era, to the Diddly Dum Whoseum.

Happy to be getting even one exhibit presented to the Whoseum by a bona fide Doctor Who mover and shaker, the Diddly Dumbers’ collective jaw hit the exquisite mosaics of the exhibition hall’s floor when the progenitor of The Cartmel Masterplan brought along six (!) and explained how each one spoke to him of a memory of Doctor Who

Which era’s theme music arrangement is his favourite? Who are his favourite artists? Which classic Doctor Who story was he asked to watch when he took over as script editor so that he’d know what the show was capable of at its height? Which spec(ulative) script led to a classic classic? Which classic costume does he remember most fondly? And which of his colleagues from the 1980s joins Joanna Lumley as only the second human being presented to the Whoseum? Along the way, we chat about Andrew’s books, Script Doctor and Through Time, and even get something of an exclusive peek into Andrew’s coming projects.

So come and listen to Andrew Cartmel as you’ve never heard him before. The Diddly Dumbers also chat about Monty Python’s swan song, the new Series 8 trailer and the reaction of New Yorkers to The Rev’s genre T-shirts when he visited The Big Apple last week.


Direct Download Link: DDPC016 – Andrew Cartmel


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Andrew Cartmel

“Script Doctor” by Andrew Cartmel

“Through Time” by Andrew Cartmel (an update is on the cards).

Andrew Cartmel scripts Doctor Who Adventures comic

Andrew Cartmel writing recently in Doctor Who Magazine (here) and (here) and (here).

Monty Python Live

Al blogs about seeing Monty Python Live

Alternative Series 8 Trailer as seen through the 4th Doctor.

Doc appears on The Blue Box Podcast Ep. 111

The Judas Moment  – Al and The Rev appear on The Blue Box Podcast Ep. 103

Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire created the original arrangement of the Doctor Who theme music.

Sculptress of Sound

Edge of Tomorrow

“Time to Go” – Delia Derbyshire’s homage to the time pips of the Greenwich Time Signal.

Mark Ayres (here) and (here)

Delia Derbyshire’s school book (here) and (here) and (here) in the John Rylands Library (here) and (here).

Frank Bellamy was a British comics artist. Among other things, he produced artwork for Radio Times covers and Radio Times Doctor Who comic strips. He produced artwork for the TV21 Comic, including Thunderbirds (1966-6) and Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons (1968). He also drew the Garth comic strip for the Daily Mail from 1971 to 1976. Here also is some of his original art for the Sea Devils.

Andrew Skilleter is an artist who painted a number of original Doctor Who novelisation covers.

Although we’ve been unable to find a copy of David Roach’s interview with Alan Moore from the Hellfire fanzine, it does look as if parts of it can be found in this book. Frank Bellamy and David Roach also feature here in True Brit.

 “The Winged Avenger” – an episode from The Avengers (1967)

“The Dalek Chronicles” was a Doctorless comic strip from the TV21 comic. Not only was this comic strip the first to solve the problem of the Daleks flying, more importantly it was also the source for the coolest ever Dalek Emperor. Stand aside “Evil of the Daleks”. Take a back seat “Parting of the Ways”. Fine as your Emperor Daleks were, they weren’t a path on the acme of coolness which was The Golden Emperor from “The Dalek Chronicles”. Clearly the inspiration for the Emperor in “Remembrance of the Daleks”.

Look and Learn was a British weekly educational magazine for children containing the long running science fiction comic strip, “The Trigan Empire”, drawn much in the style of Frank Bellamy. This primer in cool empire building taught British children that no imperialist dream of bringing Roman armour and homoerotically tight flying suits to a world can be beyond a race which has mastered the concept of building foundations for its walls.

The Rev’s Diddly Dum artwork a la “Radio Times cover” for Podcast #011.

The Rev’s Diddly Dum artwork a la “2000AD cover” for Podcast #007.

The Book Palace

Nemesis the Warlock was a comic strip which appeared in 2000AD. You will ooooh and you will aaah and you will salivate.

Alan Moore interview and Alan Moore fansite

V for Vendetta


“Rivers of London” by Ben Aaronovitch

Judge Dredd banned in Britain for the Jolly Green Giant and the Burger Wars. Even Tharg the Mighty was forced to apologise.

Brian Bolland and Powerman

Louise Jameson as Miss Marple

The Rev blogs about his New York adventure.


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DDPC0015 - USAWhilst two thirds of the Diddly Dum Podcasteers find themselves back in a saloon, one of them… doesn’t quite.

Talk turns to [spoiler] after an initial [spoiler] with a [spoiler].  There’s a lot more time spent on [spoiler] than usual.  Doc’s [spoiler] in [spoiler] with several [spoiler] and a [spoiler], while Al tries to link [spoiler] to [spoiler] and The Rev’s brought a [spoiler] and a [spoiler], which soon sends the [spoiler] wild.  Napkin on and tuck in, gentle listener.  There’ll be [spoiler] on the sawdust before this ‘un’s done…

Direct Download Link: DDPC015 – USA

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Open All HoursGrand Reopening

The Mighty Slayer

Little Plum

Hollywood Bowl Comedy Lecture

Man Alive

Anton LaVey and Chums

The Cheese Shop

The Three Bears

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari

Deep Purple

Jackie Lane’s HIGNFY Appearance

Andrew Skilleter

The Rev’s First CD

Carol Cleveland Talking and Not Talking

Johnny Cash’s Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt

Johnny Ringo at the High Chaparral

Spacehopper Clockwork Orange

Rex Tucker

One of These Days Pink Floyd’ll Perform the Doctor Who Theme


Jacob’s Ladder


Jon Pertwee Proves He Am The Doctor

Kate Bush Writes Kinda


The Nth Doctor

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