DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 079 – Yes He Can

“Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,

Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,

Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,

Let PC McGarry wear black cotton gloves.”

The Whoseum is in deepest mourning this week for the loss of that titan of our childhood, Brian Cant. Nevertheless, Series 10 continue apace and reviews of “Empress of Mars” and “The Eaters of Light” are called for.

Along the way, Allan relates the history of Half Man Half Biscuit, Doc reveals the shocking truth behind his academic record, Mark recalls a curious meeting in a Kentish pub, and we reveal the truth about “Zulu”.

 

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(00:03:28) Brian Cant.

(00:06:21) The Windy Miller gif can be found here.

(00:07:25) Half Man Half Biscuit.

(00:23:15) “Bioshock” is a first-person shooter video game. The spacesuit Mark compares can be found on our Tumblr page here.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 078 – Platonism Saves the Day

Three of the Five Faces of Delusion review “The Pyramid at the End of the World” and “The Lie of the Land”.

 

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 077 – Differently Cyanotic

We repair to the Restricted Section of the Whoseum library to review “Oxygen” and “Extremis”. Along the way, we remember Sir Roger Moore and find his Jon Pertwee connection, we remember Alec Wheal and we lurch from political dogma to The Simulation Hypothesis via whatever occurs to us at the time.

 

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 076 – Topping Up The Soul

This podcast is is two parts. First comes our look back at last weekend’s Doctor Who Appreciation Society convention, “Capitol 2” – the first convention for Doc and Mark. Listeners are advised to arm themselves with ear defenders to protect themselves from the avalanche of u-turns as Doc takes back everything he’s said previously about conventions and autographs. Gasp as Allan reveals behind-the-scenes secrets. Go aaaaah as Doc and Mark fall head over heels in love with several people. Wince in sympathy as you hear why Hayden had to pull out at the last minute.

Then we take a look at “Thin Ice” and “Knock Knock”, the next two new episodes in Series 10 of Doctor Who.

 

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(00:25:42) The results of “Challenge Daphne” – Daphne Ashbrook’s attempt on the world record for the mos individual selfies – can be found at the Doctor Who Appreciation Society Facebook page.

(00:29:45) Mark has finally laid to rest all debate over the “Revenge of the Cybermen” double-page spread in the second “Doctor Who Monster Book” by getting David Banks to sign the page “Not canonical”. See our Tumblr page here.

(00:30:40) Mark meets Uncle Terrance Dicks.

(00:35:00) After opposing the idea of a female Doctor for so long, Doc gives way upon meeting the divine Daphne Ashbrook. See our Youtube channel here.

(00:43:56) The fabulous Katy Manning arrives to be interviewed by Allan.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 075 – The Reverse Gaiman

The Diddly Dumbers review the first two episodes of the new series 10 of Doctor Who – “The Pilot” and “Smile”.

Along the way, Mark explains how he gets vertigo in museums, Hayden relates how his grandparents used to scare the living bejesus out of his uncle in the 1960s with a PVC Dalek suit, Allan discurses on moral responsibility in a determinative universe, and Doc is hospitalised after another attempt to scale the North Face of his voice impersonation of Zor, leader of all Pescatons.

 

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SHOWNOTES

(00:14:05) “The Greatest Adventure Yet From Captain Kremmen” LP (1980).

(00:15:05) Kenny Everett’s notorious appearance at the 1983 Conservative Party Conference.

(00:19:22) Following the success of the inaugural event, the Doctor Who Appreciation Society is proud to announce ‘The Capitol II’ – a full scale, two day event that will take place at the Arora Hotel Gatwick over the weekend of the 6th & 7th May, 2017.

(01:03:08) The Infinite Monkey Cage radio show and podcast.

(01;46:15) Andrew Vardy video.

(01:50:28) The Alan Gribble Trophy raises money for cancer research in memory of Hayden’s Dad. Please make a donation if you can.

(01:50:53) Podcasters Royale is our sister podcast run by Hayden as a tribute to everything 007.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 074 – Deviation from Sanity

In the final week before Season 10 of Doctor Who begins, we take a look the various cult books which have been arriving at The Whoseum for our delectation. This leads to much wistful sighing over memories over comics from the 1970s, especially 2000AD. We also look at some promising hints about Pearl Mackie’s companion character.

Then the Diddly Dum Whoseum hosts its first ever game of Just a Minute.

Please make a donation if you can at Hayden’s “Just Giving” page for the football match in aid of Cancer Research in memory of his Dad.

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SHOWNOTES

(00:03:55) The roots of jamminess run deep in Hayden’s family. Here’s his Dad on the inside cover of the Pink Floyd Wall album.

(00:06:31) Richard Franklin appears in a McDonalds commercial.

(00:08:01) The Great Curator scene from “Day of the Doctor” done by Jon Culshaw and Jake Dudman.

(00:11:29) “Scarred for Life: Volume One – The 1970s”.

(00:14:56) “Serial Killer, Part 1: Read Em and Weep” – Pat Mills.

(00:16:00) Ro-busters.

(00:16:20) “Thrill Power Overload”.

(00:16:50) “The Day the Law Died”.

(00:28:17) “Doctor Who and the Fescan Threat”.

(00:29:30) “The Unofficial Doctor Who Limerick Book”.

(00:41:01) Pearl Mackie’s interview.

(00:53:09) Podcasters Royale is our sister podcast run by Hayden as a tribute to everything 007.

(01:11:35) The Alan Gribble Trophy raises money for cancer research in memory of Hayden’s Dad. Please make a donation if you can.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 073 – A Farewell to Childhood

Listen in to the second half of our Pat Troughton tribute as we celebrate “The Enemy of the World” and “The War Games”. But first, Allan returns from his mysterious absence last time to regale us with tales of visiting the Doctor Who set during filming in Cardiff.

Along the way, we compare the prospects of a world controlled by Tony Hancock’s idiot flatmate or a galaxy controlled by the Rentaghost landlord, and we consider Pat Troughton’s swan song as a theme for the loss our childhood.

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SHOWNOTES

(00:35:27) The Usborne Spy’s Guidebook.

(00:36:22) The Know-How Book of Spycraft.

(00:40:38) Bill Kerr was a South African-born entertainer, who had a successful career in Britain and Australia as an actor, comedian and vaudevillian. He developed a career as a performer in comedy, especially gaining notice in the radio version of Hancock’s Half Hour.

(00:42:28) “The Test Pilot” sketch from “Hancock’s Half-Hour”.

(00:00:00) “Rentaghost” was a British children’s television comedy show, 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 rented out the spirits for various tasks.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 072 – A Mild Shampoo for the Mind

For the second podcast running, the Five Faces of Delusion are only four this week as Allan has gone missing, summoned away at the last minute from his Northern fastness by a mysterious invitation to Cardiff from the movers and shakers of Doctor Who. Our faithless listeners can rest assured that, come next time, we’ll be pumping Allan thoroughly in the debriefing room (audio only alas). In his absence this week, we start a double-podcast tribute to Patrick Troughton, covering “The Highlanders” and “Tomb of the Cybermen”.

Along the way, Hayden’s Jam Pantry (hitherto thought impregnable) gets raided; we examine the curious role played by the Spurs Supporters Club at the Battle of Culloden (with a rare find of a piece of music more ear-shredding than bagpipes); Hayden auditions for TV game shows; Toberman gets a good mind-rinse with Cyber-shampoo and we drool over the long awaited Issue 3 of Vworp Vworp magazine.

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(00:04:53) Following the success of the inaugural event, the
Doctor Who Appreciation Society presents ‘The Capitol II’ – a full scale, two day event that will take place at the Arora Hotel Gatwick over the weekend of the 6th & 7th May, 2017.

(00:19:35) Vworp Vworp magazine issue 3 has now been published in all its gorgeousness.

(00:50:35) Hayden’s notoriously ungelled interview with BBC News upon the departure of Matt Smith can be found on our Youtube channel here.

(00:52:50) Doc’s personal blog “Doctor Whom” can be found here. And his journey from “An Unearthly Child”onwards can be found here.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 071 – Dead Links

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This week, the Diddly Dum Podcast is brought to you by the letter A. Two things are missing this week – Hayden and all Doc’s notes for his Whoseum segment. As a result, only Mark and Allan have exhibits to present – a wheelbarrow full of charred fragments of blue wood (which looks surprisingly like the debris of a TARDIS) and a broken link.

Along the way, Allan performs his first ever live stand-up gig, we investigate the unexpected origins of the presidential salute, we follow what happened to the Dalek ship prop after Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 AD (1966), and we examine the link between Shakespeare’s punk phase and Vincent Price’s horror films.

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SHOWNOTES

(00:05:24) Allan’s first ever comedy stand-up routine courtesy of The Comic Trust.

(00:17:50) “Doc’s Comedy Hour” can be found at episode 53 of the Diddly Dum Podcast.

(00:20:33) Mike Yarwood is an English actor, comedian and impressionist. He was one of Britain’s top-rated entertainers, regularly appearing on television from the 1960s to the 1980s.

(00:55:30) The TARDIS Builders Forum.

(00:57:15) “The Body Stealers” (1969).

(01:00:04) The TARDIS Video Cabinet.

(01:05:00) The shop window scene from the “Sleeper” episode of “The New Avengers.

(01:09:10) Daphne Ashbrook’s dead link.

(01:23:10) “Screen Test” is a children’s game show that aired on BBC1 from 18 November 1970 to 20 December 1984. It is first hosted by Michael Rodd from 1970 to 1979, then hosted by Brian Trueman from 1979 to 1983 and finally hosted by Mark Curry in 1984.

(01:26:28) Allan writes reviews of horror movies for theslaughteredbird.com.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 070 – Surfeit of Beef

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This week, The Five Faces of Delusion take a look at two stories from Jon Pertwee’s final season. With “Invasion of the Dinosaurs” we show how, if you look beyond the ropey models and the heavy “Eastenders” influences, this story is essentially Malcolm Hulke doing to the Communist Party of Great Britain what Robert Holmes did to the Inland Revenue with “The Sun Makers”. With “Planet of the Spiders” we draw a direct line from this story to the twin literary masterpieces “Flowers for Algernon” and “Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH”.

Along the way, we look at how Rick James was knocked off the top spot he’d occupied since “The Mutants”. We question whether one’s attitude to the Third Doctor’s authoritarianism changes with the onset of fatherhood. We explain how The Whomobile was the Wonderbra of its day. And we poke our noses into Richard Franklin’s political career.

Mark’s daughter, Polly, was so inspired by “Invasion of the Dinosaurs” that she wants to watch another UNIT story next. Send us your recommendations for the best UNIT story for Mark to watch with her.

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SHOWNOTES

(00:08:30) The Chewits Monster.

(00:33:19) “The Avengers – The House That Jack Built” (S04E23)can be found here. The scene where Steed finds that Emma has sorted out the trouble for herself occurs about 49 mins into the episode.

(00:57:20) Jon Pertwee drives The Whomobile into the Blue Peter studio to meet Peter Purves on 7 January 1974.

(00:57:20) Jon Pertwee drives The Whomobile into the Blue Peter studio to meet Peter Purves on 7 January 1974.

(00:57:50) Jon Pertwee drives The Whomobile around Chingford on 26 July 1975.

(00:58:37) It’s been suggested that The Whomobile owed more than a little to the design of the X.P.A.C. 400 Air Car, built in the early 1960s by George Barris (King of the Kustomisers).

(00:59:34) Daryl Joyce’s painting of The Whomobile chasing Lupton in the gyrocopyter.

(01:00:33) The Daypol tooling master-model of The Whomobile was intended for production in 1991 but was never produced.

(01:01:03) The Corgi tooling master model of The Whomobile.

(01:06:05) The jewel thief from Episode 1 of “Invasion of the Dinosaurs” is played by Gordon Reid who’s better known to Doc’s generation as the voice of Angel Two from Radio 4 sci-fi series “Earthsearch”.

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