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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(00:03:30) 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

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.


MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC123 – Sign of the Jive


(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

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

For Hallowe’en, we and our listeners present our scariest moments from Doctor Who and from childhood in general.


MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC121 – You’re Never Alone With A Swan


(00:07:00) The revival of Hayden by electrodes is of course a tribute to the scene in Carry on Screaming (1966) where Fenella Fielding revives Kenneth Williams.

(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

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.


MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC120 – Hands Up Who Remembers Cinema Balconies


(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

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.


MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC119 – Uncle and Nephews


(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

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.


MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC118 – The Amazing World of Tom Baker


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The Dandelion & Burdock promotion accompanying this podcast is of course a tribute to the Doctor Who promotion campaign with Ty-Phoo Tea in 1976 where “space-age shaped” octagonal cards could be collected with boxes of tea bags, each one showing a character or monster from the show. These cards could be affixed to a wallchart which you could send off for, and the icing on top of the cake was the accompanying “Amazing World of Doctor Who” book. A PDF of this book and of 12 Doctor Who trading cards released by Typhoo as part of the same promotion can be found on the DVD release of “The Face of Evil”. You can get a closer look at the seven cards for this latest podcast on our Tumblr page here.

(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

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.


MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC117 – May The Sauce Be With You


(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

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.

MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC116 – Of Mice and Spacemen


(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

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?”.


MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC115 – Liftshaft of the Daleks


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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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