DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 087 – All of Our Dinosaurs Are Missing

This week, we take a look at Earthshock (the Season 19, Fifth Doctor story from 1982) and we lift the lid on the long-concealed scandal of overenthusiastic sentry-extras in Doctor Who.

Along the way, we take a good look at coarse acrostics, David Banks’s career as a soap star and Beryl Reid’s lookalike.  And, if any of you think that a school bully breaking one of his toys in Hayden’s book was the most heartbreaking thing you’ve ever heard about, then our swerve down the side road of the Planet of the Apes TV Series from 1974 and how it inspired a young Mark’s imagination may well leave you in tears.

 

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(00:15:09) Links to Allan’s “A Day in the Life” short story in the “Read Now, Write Now” anthology can be found here on his blog.

(00:16:24) Out of the Silent Planet is a science fiction novel by the British author C. S. Lewis, published in 1938. Two sequels, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength were published in 1943 and 1945, completing the so-called Cosmic Trilogy or The Space Trilogy.

(00:19:39) A scan of what may well be the final installment of Wotcher! by The Watcher from DWM #518 can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:21:19) A scan of this Private Eye article can be found on Doc’s personal blog here.

(00:26:52) Our suggestion of what the DWM Reminder Room might look like can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:40:17) L!VE TV was a British television station that was operated by Mirror Group Newspapers on cable television from 12 June 1995 until 5 November 1999. It was later revived for Sky from 2003. In 2006, the new L!VE TV’s name was changed to Babeworld to reflect the channel’s gradual change of focus towards “adult material”.

(00:40:35) L!VE TV’s content included “Canary Wharf”, a soap opera, which used the station’s offices in the Docklands as a set and starred none other than the Cyberleader himself David Banks. David’s climactic scene starts 03:10 into this clip.

(00:44:10) “Planet of the Apes” is an American science fiction television series that aired on CBS in 1974. The series stars Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton, Mark Lenard and Booth Colman. It is based on the 1968 Planet of the Apes film and its sequels, which were inspired by the novel Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle. The series starred Roddy McDowall as Galen, a young chimpanzee that is sent by Zaius with Urko to ensure the safety of two humans that have survived a crash landing on Earth. McDowall previously played Cornelius and Caesar throughout the various film versions. Mark’s Galen doll, now sadly lost to a tragically heroic death by a laser defence system, can be seen here.

(01:01:00) The “cold open” song from Craig Ferguson’s show can be found here.

(01:11:48) Hylda Baker (4 February 1905 – 1 May 1986) was an English comedian, actress and music hall performer. Born and brought up in Farnworth, Lancashire, she is perhaps most well known for her role as Nellie Pledge in the ITV sitcom Nearest and Dearest (1968–73) and for her role in the 1960 film Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

(01:12:08) British comedians Arthur Mullard and Hylda Baker released a version of the “You’re the One That I Want” in 1978 which reached Number 22 in the UK charts.

(01:12:49) “Not On Your Nellie” is a British sitcom that ran from 1974 until 1975. It starred veteran actress Hylda Baker as Nellie Pickersgill, a Bolton woman who moves to London to help run her ailing father’s Chelsea pub. Seventeen episodes of the series were produced by London Weekend Television for the ITV network.

(01:14:56) Our suggestions of what the cyber sentries are gossiping about can be found on our Tumblr page here. The scene of the overenthusiastic Tommy from “The Pandorica Opens” can be found on our Tumblr page here.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 086 – Wobbles on Cobbles

The Five Faces of Delusion discuss “Remembrance of the Daleks” (the season 25 Seventh Doctor story from 1988).

Along the way, Hayden’s book “Child Out of Time” is finally published and Mark considers having Ace’s T-shirt design tattooed on his forearm.

 

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(00:01:42) “Child Out of Time” is our own Hayden’s long-awaited book telling the story of how, having been born in the year Doctor Who was cancelled, he still managed to grow up loving Doctor Who during its Wilderness Years. Copies are hoped to be in the shops by Christmas. Until then, paperbacks can be purchased on Amazon (here) as can Kindle editions (here). Hayden’s own website (here) and his Facebook author page (here) give more details.

(00:03:20) “The Six Ages of Podcasting” – Hayden is here referring to episode 5 of the Diddly Dum Podcast back in February 2014 (actually titled “The Six Ages of Fan”) in the days when Hayden was a mere listener to the podcast and hadn’t yet morphed into a mover and a shaker. In the episode, we discussed how the life of the fan changes as we grow older. The episode was also noted for the gorgeous art which The Rev (@skaromedia  https://skaromedia.deviantart.com/) drew and painted to accompany it which can be found on our Tumblr page (here).

(00:03:32) “Child Out of Time” was an article which Hayden wrote for the DWAS magazine Celestial Toyroom around 2010 and a copy can be found on Hayden’s old blog (here).

(00:09:21) Clayton Hickman’s designs for Redbubble (as plugged by our own Mark) can be found here. One of the T-shirts of Clayton’s designs can be seen modelled here by our own Mark.

(00:19:30) Nathan Barley is a Channel 4 television sitcom written by Charlie Brooker and Chris Morris. The series of six weekly episodes began broadcasting on 11 February 2005. Described by his creator as a “meaningless strutting cadaver-in-waiting”, the character originated on Brooker’s TVGoHome – a website parodying television listings – as the focus of a fly-on-the-wall documentary.

(00:44:42) “Play for Today” is a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC1 from 1970 to 1984. During the run, more than three hundred programmes, featuring original television plays, and adaptations of stage plays and novels, were transmitted.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 085 – Whingeance on Varos

The Five Faces of Delusion examine the Sixth Doctor story “Vengeance on Varos”. Along the way, we look forward to Hayden’s book being published next week and  we look back to the BBC’s repertory company of the 1970s.

 

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(00:01:19) “Child Out Of Time” is Hayden’s memoir of growing up and discovering Doctor Who in the Wilderness Years and will be published on 16 October 2017. Hayden’s blog can be found here  –  His Facebook page can be found here  –  His Twitter account can be found here  –  And you can now get the paperback here and the Kindle edition here.

(00:08:14) The 2018 “Who at Hoylake” convention will be held at Hoylake Social Club at postcode CH47 2BR. Guests announced so far include Toby Hadoke, Michael Troughton and Philip Hinchcliffe.

(00:10:45) The Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s “Cosmic Masque” issue IV is now available. This is a 76 page magazine about being a fan – full of fiction, reviews, interviews and articles. As with all DWAS e-magazines, it is free for everyone to download. Cosmic Masque issues I, II and III are also available.

(00:18:25) “The Old, The New and The Deadly”, an episode of “The Persuaders” starring Patrick Troughton can be found here.

(00:19:50) Lady Constance de Coverlet was a ridiculous female character played by Tim Brooke-Taylor in “I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again”, a BBC radio comedy programme in the 1960s.

(00:22:36) “The Shipping Forecast” is a BBC Radio broadcast of weather reports and forecasts for the seas around the coasts of the British Isles. It is produced by the Met Office and broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The waters around the British Isles are divided into 31 sea areas, also known as weather areas. The unique and distinctive sound of these broadcasts has led to their attracting an audience much wider than that directly interested in maritime weather conditions. An example of the genre can be found here.

(01:05:38) “The Young Ones” – University Challenge sketch.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 084 – The Seeds of Diddly Doom

This week we look at The Seeds of Doom. Along the way, Hayden completes his Doctor Who annual collection, Mark and Allan celebrate their first anniversary on the podcast, we recall the hot summer of 1976 and Mark tells how he once met John Challis.

 

MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC084 – The Seeds of Diddly Doom

 

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(00:02:15) Photos of the covers of the 1969 and 1970 Doctor Who annuals which complete Hayden’s annuals collection can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:10:50) West Kirby Rotary Club has got a very special comedy night lined up at Hoylake Social Club on Monday 16th October. Stand-up comedy will be provided by headliners Michael Legge (BBC6 Music, The Dave Gorman Show, The Alternative Comedy Experience) and Robin Ince. Robin has appeared in The Office and consulted on the writing of Skins, but is probably best know as co-host, with Professor Brian Cox, of Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage.

(00:12:21) “Who at the Playhouse” is a one day event celebrating Doctor Who and his robot companion K9. Meet the stars of Doctor Who in a non-stop day of stage interviews, celebrity autograph panels and photograph sessions on what will be the 40th anniversary of K9’s first appearance on Saturday 1st October 1977.

(00:21:28) Peter Capaldi’s script for Listen raises £5,000 at auction for a Syrian Refugees in the UK charity.

(00:34:59) The ladybird plague of 1976.

(00:35:32) Doc only survived the sweltering summer of 1976 thanks to frozen Jubblies and standpipes in the streets.

(00:37:02) Mark obtained John Challis’s autograph at The Theatre Royal, Margate in 2015.

(01:04:28) “Jackanory” was a long-running BBC children’s television series that was designed to stimulate an interest in reading. The show was transmitted from 1965 to 1996.

“Orange Man” is a British television advertisement for the soft drink Tango Orange and became the “You Know When You’ve Been Tango’d” campaign in the 1990s and 2000s. The advertisement features an orange man slapping a Tango drinker across the cheeks, a wacky metaphor for tasting Tango, and was intended as a reaction against the norm of “cause and effect” television advertising at the time was largely focused on scenarios where peoples lives were improved by the product being advertised. Orange Man caused controversy after reports of injuries when children began copying the events of the advertisement in school playgrounds, and was subsequently banned, with two other versions of Orange Man replacing it, both showing different scenarios aside from slapping.

(01:24:05) “Recessional” is a poem by Rudyard Kipling. It was composed for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, in 1897.

(01:24:05) The Dorothy L Sayers novel referred to here is “The Five Red Herrings”.

(01:          ) This audio clip of Sylvia Coleridge is from the “Blakes 7” S02E11 “Gambit”.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 083 – Mirrowing the Future

This week we look at the First Doctor’s antepenultimate story “The War Machines” from 1966. But first we pause to remember Victor Pemberton and Brucie.

Along the way, we discuss the apostasy among cattle and the cultural impact of “Carry On Up the Khyber” and Mark visits Kit Pedler’s grave.

 

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(00:09:26) “The Adventures of Black Beauty” is a British adventure family television series produced by London Weekend Television and shown by ITV in the United Kingdom between 1972 and 1974.

(00:10:31) “Carry On Up the Khyber” is a British comedy and the sixteenth in the series of Carry On films to be made, released in 1968. The film is, in part, a spoof of Kiplingesque movies and television series about life in the British Raj.

(00:12:37) A clip from the “Carry On Up the Khyber” dinner scene can be found here.

(13:42:00) Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE (22 February 1928 – 18 August 2017) was a British presenter, actor, comedian, singer, dancer, and screenwriter whose career spanned more than 75 years.

(00:16:03) Bruce Forsyth’s appearance at the 1974 FA Cup Final can be found here.

(00:21:09) The dialects/Dalek clip from “The Generation Game” can be found here.

(00:21:27) Our discussion of the BBC’s Saturday night scheduling took place during episode 58 of our podcast during a visit from friend of the show, Mark (for it is he) Cockram.

(00:27:19) The French Maid clip from “The Generation Game” can be found on our Youtube channel here.

(00:31:11) Mark took a photo of Kit Pedler’s grave which can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:33:23) The “Who Is It?” page from Mark’s 1975 Valiant annual can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:46:50) A very noisy version of the 1966 clip from “Blue Peter” featuring the War Machines can be found on Youtube here. A cleaner version can be found as an extra on “The War Machines” DVD release.

(00:57:24) The Bette Davis interview from 1958 can be found here. The moment where her daughter reveals her career ambitions is located at 00:06:25 into the clip.

(01:02:55) Johnny Hawksworth (2 February 1924 – 13 February 2009) was a British musician and composer.

(01:03:29) “Man About the House” is a British sitcom that was broadcast for six series on ITV from 1973 to 1976. The series was considered daring at the time due to its subject matter of a man sharing a flat with two single women. It was made by Thames Television. The Johnny Hawsworth penned theme tune can be found here.

(01:03:29) “Roobarb” is a British animated children’s television programme, originally shown on BBC1 just before the evening news. Each cartoon, written by Grange Calveley and animated by Bob Godfrey, was about five minutes long. Thirty episodes were made, and the show was first shown on 21 October 1974. The theme is that of the friendly rivalry between Roobarb the green dog and Custard the pink cat from next door. The Johnny Hawsworth penned theme tune can be found here.

(01:03:29) Thames Television was a franchise holder for a region of the British ITV television network serving London and surrounding area on weekdays from 1968 until the night of 31 December 1992. Johnny Hawsworth’s famous ident and jingle can be found here.

(01:08:55) Tony Benn opens the Post Office Tower in 1966.

(01:16:52) Anneke Wills appeared in “Dressed to Kill”, and episode of “The Avengers” from 1963.

(01:18:06) “Moriarty – The Hound of the D’Urbervilles” by Kim Newman.

(01:23:51) Hayden’s new website home for his writing can be found here and his new Facebook page to accompany it can be found here.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 082 – We’re JAMmin

Doc, Hayden and Mark pay tribute to Hayden’s late partner in bibliokleptomania, Deborah Watling. We take shelter in The Whoseum’s nuclear bunker as Ian Levine hears about the BBC’s plans to animate Shada, look at Peter Davison’s departure from Twitter.

Then we turn to serious game show action with Diddly Dum plays Just a Minute, chaired by Sir Terrance Dicks.

 

MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC082 – We’re JAMmin

 

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SHOWNOTES

(00:00:58) A photo of a youthful Hayden and his sister meeting Deborah Watling can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:12:10) A photo of Aussie songstrel Kylie cosplaying the Fifth Doctor can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:12:10) A photo of British actor Peter Davison cosplaying Aussie songstrel Kylie cosplaying can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:13:49) Hayden’s new website home for his writing can be found here and his new Facebook page to accompany it can be found here.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 081 – The Changes, My Dear

The Five Faces of Delusion try to get discussion of Jodie Whittaker’s casting out of the way as quickly as possible so that they can get on to the really important stuff – Doc and Mark have been watching “The Changes”.

 

MP3 Direct Download Link: DDPC081 – The Changes My Dear

 

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The opening and closing music for this week’s podcast is the opening and closing themes for “The Changes”.

(00:02:19) Our own Allan was interviewed on Sky News about the casting of a female Doctor and the full video can be found on our Youtube channel here.

(00:58:29) “The Changes” is a British children’s science fiction television serial filmed in 1973 and first broadcast in 1975 by the BBC. It is based on the trilogy written by Peter Dickinson. A review of it can be found here.

(01:11:22) Stewart Lee appears on “Charlie Brooker’s Screen Wipe” comparing modern teenage drama to that of the 1970s.

(01:12:46) “Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle” (BBC) on the subject of books.

(01:13:47) “Charlie Brooker Screenwipes” – Charlie Brooker reviews Doctor Who Series 2.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 080 – I Really Love Your Cyber-Feet

This week all four of The Five Faces of Delusion return to the microphones to review “World Enough and Time” and “The Doctor Falls”, the last 2 episodes of Doctor Who Series 10.

Along the way, with the passing of the series finale, we finally lift the reporting embargo on Allan and Erica’s visit to the Cardiff set pre-series and we learn what they really did see; Mark returns home from a convention to find that he’s missed a Janet Fielding visit to home town; Hayden splits his primary school stage; we examine the Mary Poppins themes in the series finale; and we end up looking at themes of addiction in the Master.

 

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SHOWNOTES

(00:02:40) Mark visits Sci-Fi By The Sea 2017.

(00:12:15) Hayden hosts our sister podcast, Podcasters Royale.

(00:17:55) Allan and Erica meet the Doctor and Nardole on the TARDIS set in Cardiff.

(01:05:25) I Really Love Your Cyber-Feet.

(01:15:41) The David Niven quotes are of course taken from “A Matter of Life and Death” – the finest film ever made.

(01:32:56) Professor Yana vs. Professor Yaffle.

(01:53:10) A Mary Poppins themed series finale.

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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”.

 

Direct MP3 Download Link = DDPC079 – Yes He Can

 

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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”.

 

MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC078 – Platonism Saves the Day

 

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Coming ASAP.

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