DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 151 – Delayed Gratification

We look back on “An Adventure in Space and Time”, the 50th anniversary dramatisation of the creation of Doctor Who. This is brand new for Mark as, despite 8 years, he hadn’t seen this before we decided to review it.

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(00:03:15) The photo of Tom Baker bidding farewell to his road-working colleagues after he was cast as Doctor Who can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:08:42) The “Spitting Image” inspired music video accompanying “Land of Confusion” by Genesis can be found here.

(01:03:30) The photo of David Bradley, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith cosplaying as “The Three Doctors” can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

(00:46:50) “The Pitch of Fear” was a comedy sketch parodying the pitch meeting for the initial run of Doctor Who. It was the first of three sketches produced for BBC2’s “Doctor Who Night” in 1999, alongside “The Web of Caves” and “The Kidnappers”.

(00:59:45) Diddly Dum’s full interview with Anneke Wills at Capitol³ starts 21 mins into our podcast episode 095 “Rogues, Vagabonds & Actors” which can be found here.

(01:03:30) The photo of David Bradley, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith cosplaying as “The Three Doctors” can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

(01:04:41) The “Life of Brian” reference at this point is explained on our Tumblr page here.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 150 – Day of the Doctor

To mark the podcast’s 150th episode, the Four Faces of Delusion gather on 20th July to look at the 50th anniversary story “The Day of the Doctor”. And they meet themselves travelling back in time from 29th July to bring news of a big announcement.

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(00:02:12) The 1976 British Isles heat wave led to the second hottest summer average temperature in the UK since records began. At the same time, the country suffered a severe drought. This drought is referred to by our Australian cousins as “wasn’t it mild that day?”.

(00:02:18) Standpipes were a common sight on the streets of the UK during the heatwave and drought of 1976 to replace discontinued domestic water supplies.

(00:02:29) The famous ladybird plague of 1976.

(00:22:36) Jubblies were a frozen drink.

(00:04:46) Margaret Thatcher’s famous use of the “Royal We” in 1989 can be seen here.

(00:30:52) Martin Belam’s article “Exterminate! Exterminate! Why it’s time for Doctor Who to die” in The Guardian of 20 July 2021 can be found here.

(00:32:36) The Target Storybook” was a collection of short stories released on 24 October 2019.

(00:46:27) Si Hart’s review of Hayden’s book “Child Out of Time: Growing Up With Doctor Who in the Wilderness Years” can be found on the WeAreCult website here.

(00:48:00) Jeremy Bulloch who played Hal the Archer in “The Time Warrior” and Boba Fett in “Star Wars” is here in “Summer Holiday”.

(00:51:05) Millie McKenzie (for it is she) can be found at @cowbearcreates on Twitter and at @cowbearcreations on Instagram. Examples of her work can be bought at redbubble.com. The specific photos Mark refers to can be found here.

(00:56:48) In a strong field, two of Hayden’s jammiest ever 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.

(01:39:30) The famous loping walk of Brackett the butler from “Chigley” can be seen at the start of this video clip. The Sweeney additions are not relevant.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 149 – Ello Jon Gotta New Motor?

Our former co-host, Matt Charlton, joins us again for our long-awaited retrospective of the Third Doctor’s era, in which we reveal the results or our poll of your Top Five Fave Jon Pertwee stories.

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SHOWNOTES

(00:02:18) Tiffany Pollard mistakenly thinks David Gest is dead on UK Celebrity Big Broher 2016

(00:32:12) The Capitol V convention has been re-re-arranged for Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2022.

(01:19:24) Paul Cornell’s review of “Terror of the Autons” from DWB 112, April 1993 can be seen here.

(01:20:05) The Paul Cornell story Matt mentions here in which the Third Doctor is shown playing cards in a gentlemen’s club would seem to be this one in Titan Comics’s “The Third Doctor #1”.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 148 – Uroundels

Mark from the “42 to Doomsday” podcast joins us and chooses the Fifth Doctor story “Frontios” to discuss. He also brings along David Banks’s “Cybermen” book to present to The Whoseum. Along the way, we look at the ethics of getting your todger out at work.

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(00:01:35) Our guest on this episode is Mark from the notorious 42 to Doomsday podcast.

(00:01:59) The “friends, romans, countrymen” line here is of course a tribute to the death speech of Julius Caesar as performed in the film “Carry on Cleo” by Kenneth Williams.

(00:02:21) Issi Noho was the eponymous main character in a series of books and children’s TV programmes programmes created, written and narrated by author Keith Chatfield. 52 episodes of the television programme were produced for Thames Television between 1974 and 1978. Issi Noho is a panda with magic powers. His magic results from completing the vacant square in a series of magic number squares that he inherited from his Chinese ancestors. In a magic square the numbers must come to the same total in whichever direction they are added up, horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Issi’s poor arithmetic causes frequent mathematical errors, with unexpected and humorous consequences. Issi’s name comes from the middle letters of THIS SIDE UP, USE NO HOOKS. These were the words on the packing case in which he was discovered by the children, Sally and Andrew. Issi had camouflaged his packing case with branches and leaves and the children could only see the middle letters ISSI NOHO, which they took to be his name.

(00:10:10) In 1991, the BBC and Grundy released a video game for Commodore based on the TV soap opera “Neighbours”.

(00:12:50) As an idea for a possible working title for the Diddly Dum Podcast, “Clockwork Rocket Ship” was inspired by a line from the song “Womble of the Universe”. This was a single by British novelty pop group the Wombles and appears on their 1974 album “Keep on Wombling”, a partial concept album with the first side following singer Orinoco through a series of dreams. The styles included pop, rock and classical and the The album spent six weeks in the UK album charts, peaking at number 17. #The Wombles featured musicians dressed as the characters from the children’s TV show “The Wombles” (voiced of course by Doctor Who legend Bernard Cribbins). Songwriter and record producer Mike Batt wrote and also performed many commercially successful singles and albums as the Wombles with other collaborators. In 2011, the band played at The Glastonbury Festival.

(00:14:36) This musical snatch is of course from “Mickey”, the 1981 song recorded by American singer and choreographer Toni Basil on her debut album “Word of Mouth”. Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn as “Kitty”, it was first recorded by UK music group Racey. Toni Basil changed the name from Kitty to Mickey to make the song about a man. Reissued in January 1982, “Mickey” quickly became a substantial UK hit, reaching number 2. It was issued in Australia by April, where over the summer it rose to number 1.

(00:25:55) Kklak: The Doctor Who Art of Chris Achilléos” collects the entirety of Achilléos’ Doctor Who artwork in chronological order, along with commentary from Achilléos himself (as well as some fans) – presenting the definitive guide to his seminal work. The book also includes a small contribution from twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and a foreword from Achilléos’ long-time friend and collaborator, the late Terrance Dicks. Featuring every one of Achilléos’ Doctor Who designs, as well as never before seen material giving insight into his creative process, Kklak: the Doctor Who Art of Chris Achilléos is released 2020 by Candy Jar Books.

(00:41:42) Hard work by the Diddly Dum Restoration Team on cleaning up the soundtrack of “Frontios” has revealed the original purpose of the TARDIS roundels and the relevant video clip can be found here.

(00:47:45) The Mighty Bhoosh character Charlie appears in Series One, Episode Six “Charlie”. The protagonist of Vince Noir’s books, Charlie is made of used bubblegum, has a mustache, and wears a bowler hat. At one point in time, Charlie had Inuits living inside of him. They later died, for which Charlie feels great guilt. He is real, despite Howard Moon’s scornful disbelief when told Charlie’s life story, and arrives at the zoo to take revenge on Dixon Bainbridge and Hamilton Cork for their attempt to steal his life’s story.

(01:09:15) Doctor Who: Cybermen” is a combination fiction/non-fiction book that explores the history of the Cybermen in Doctor Who (using a style that mixes non-fiction documentary with in-universe history). The book’s author, David Banks, portrayed the Cyber-leader in several television episodes, as well as the Doctor during one performance of “The UItimate Adventure”.

(01:14:00) The “Dalek book” which Mark is referring to at this point is “The Official Doctor Who and the Daleks Book“, a reference book/guide about the Daleks written by John Peel and Terru Nation. A guide to each Dalek episode up through “Revelation of the Daleks” comprised most of the book, effectively telling the story of the Daleks in the real world. Also featured was “The History of the Daleks”, a retelling of Dalek history from an in-universe perspective. Other features include information on other Dalek media and merchandise, and story outlines for early or unproduced stories.

(01:01:16) The ArcHive Tapes“, later released as “The ArcHive Tapes: Cybermen – The Hypothesised History Of The Cyber Race“, were an audio adaptation of the in-universe biographical elements of the David Banks book “Doctor Who; Cybermen”. The tapes recount Banks’ interpretation of the history of the Cybermen. The series comprises a set of four audiocassettes. The series was narrated and produced by David Banks.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 147 – The Shelfless Society

During Hayden’s paternity leave, former Diddly Dum host, Matt Charlton, has rallied to the colours for this episode and has chosen the Third Doctor story “Colony in Space” for us to review. Along the way, we reminisce about his era of the podcast (eps 028-059) when his side of episodes were often recorded from the top deck of a 192 bus, and his discovery that he’s distantly related to some stars of Doctor Who.

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SHOWNOTES

(00:40:45) 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). Cutaway Comics is inspired by the so-called ‘backup’ strips of Doctor Who Weekly, which delved deeper into the characters and cultures of the Doctor Who universe away from the Doctor.

(00:54:35) John Leeson’s signed photo for us as “The War Bungle” can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(01:44:52) Frank Bellamy’s specially commission artwork for the Radio Times to accompany the launch of “Colony in Space” can be found here.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 146 – Quo Tardis

As our own Hayden begins his paternity leave, Aussie podcaster David Kitchen teleports in (transmats surely) for a look at First Doctor stories “The Rescue” and “The Romans”.

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(00:02:16) Our guest on this podcast is long-time friend of the show and fellow podcaster David Kitchen from The Doctor Who Show Podcast, The Goodies Pirate Podcast and Space Fall: A Blake’s 7 Podcast.

(00:10:05) James Follett (1939 – 2021) was an English author and screenwriter. Among many things, he wrote “Earthsearch”, a science fiction radio series first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981. The eyeball Earth artwork accompanying this podcast is a tribute to the cover art of the “Earthseach” novelisation. The clip which we play here is from “Earthsearch 1” episode 5: “The Pools of Time”.

(00:55:20) Doc’s personal blog can be found at https://docwhom.wordpress.com/. Doc’s voyage through the First Doctor’s era, looking at how the Doctor changes how he addresses Ian can be found by clicking in the menu on the “Name Dropping” category.

(01:10:05) “Quo Vadis” is a 1951 American epic historical drama film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in Technicolor. It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Sam The film stars Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, and Peter Ustinov. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards (though it won none), and it was such a huge box office success that it was credited with single-handedly rescuing MGM from the brink of bankruptcy.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 145 – Elevenses

We present the final results of our poll to find the Top 5 Fave stories of the Eleventh Doctor’s (Matt Smith’s) era. Along the way, our fearless exposé of financial doping identifies “the Manchester City of Doctor Who stories”.

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SHOWNOTES

(00:02:16) Our own Hayden’s appearance on the “Lunch Hour Geek Out” podcast can be found here. Hayden discusses his guilty pleasures- the awful pieces of entertainment from across the decades that he loves so much? Includes discussions of peak Roger Moore, Bat Nipples, Saucy Hair Metal Lyrics, Phil Collins, Star Wars, Michael Bay, Top Gear and barrel-scraping reality TV.

(01:49:46) This audio clip is taken from Tom Baker’s 2010 “In Confidence” interview with Laurie Taylor.

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The Wind in the Willows – read by Kenneth Williams

A slight diversion from our usual subject matter here. As exciting as it can be to upgrade our libraries to the latest format, there’s always the danger of things getting left behind. How many of us still have an audio cassette player or VHS player these days? For many years, one of the favourite memories of Doc’s childhood has been languishing on two audio cassettes at the back of a drawer, unplayable. For fans of the late Kenneth Williams, his vocal gymnastics have always been a treat and they were rarely displayed to such good effect as in his reading of “The Wind in the Willows”, released in 1979.

Copies available online always seem to be quite bad recordings full of background noise but here is one of the clearest versions I’ve heard, split into the four roughly half-hour sides of each audio cassette. It’s well worth a listen for yourself and certainly for children who were always mesmerised by Kenneth Williams’s book readings on shows like Jackanory. There’s the very occasional very brief wobble in the sound for a coupe of seconds but nothing to detract from the performance.

Side One
Side Two
Side Three
Side Four

DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 144 – Almost Swedish For Nail

The Diddly Dummers celebrate the podcast’s seventh birthday with a review of the New Year’s Day special “Revolution of the Daleks” and a look at our Christmas presents.

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(00:02:30) A photo of the ceiling tiles in Doc’s boyhood bedroom can be found on our Tumblr page here. Fans od “Blakes 7” will understand why it looked to him like one of their space-scapes.

(00:05:34) A photo of Hayden’s completed multi-Doctor jigsaw can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:06:49) For those not old enough to remember the nicotine/annual reference, an explanation can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:07:36) Photos of Doc’s Eaglemoss figures can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:09:20) Photos of Mark’s B&M figures can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:13:05) Photos of Hayden’s B&M figures can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:13:38) The Goodies Pirate Podcast can be found here.

(01:02:20) If you haven’t already sent us your Top 5 Fave Eleventh Doctor stories for our Matt Smith retrospective, you can still do so. The easiest way is probably to reply to this tweet. Please remember that two-parters like “Time of Angels”/”Flesh and Stone” count as a single story for voting purposes and that we are treating the 50th anniversary special, “Day of the Doctor” as a Matt Smith story.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 143 – The Claus of Axos

The Three Who Drool assemble in The Whoseum for their annual Christmas gameshow podcast (which is Pertwee-themed this year), playing “Carnival of Monsters”, “The Feast of Stevens”, “Play Your Gel Guards Right” and “Who Said What”. Along the way, they present their most Christmassy Pertwee stories, open their Secret Santa gifts and stock up on mince pies in preparation for that seasonal pillar of the Diddly Dum Podcast, the “Gold Run” quiz looking back on our last 12 months of podcasting. Our “Gold Run” game screen can be seen above if you’d like to follow along.

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SHOWNOTES

(00:04:05) You can hear Hayden’s appearance on the “Vision on Sound” show on the radio station Fab Radio International. Podcasts of the shows can be found at Visiononsound.blogspot.com.

(00:11:15) Bet Lynch was a prominent character in UK soap “Coronation Street”, being variously the barmaid and landlady of The Rovers Return pub. The scene where she leaves her keys on the bar can seen about 23:30 into this clip.

(00:13:05) Pics of our Secret Santa gifts can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:48:00) The “Top Trump” cards used in our “Play Your Gel Guards Right game can be seen on our Tumble page here.

(01:05:42) 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.

(01:18:30) Gruntleigh the Ogron (friend of the show) can be found at his Twitter account here.

(01:20:14) All the references to Advent Crowns and Blue Peter and the Chalk Farm Salvation Army Band are inspired of course by the traditional “Blue Peter” show nearest to Christmas of which examples can be seen here.

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