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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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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