DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 131 – Gallifrey Falls – Capitol Stands

We’ve done podcasts about past and future conventions. We’ve done podcasts about organising conventions. We’ve done podcasts about attending conventions. The only topic remaining was postponing conventions during global pandemics. Oh, that old chestnut, we hear you cry. Tony Jordan returns to The Whoseum to relate the palaver of having to postpone “Terrance Dicks: A Celebration” and “Capitol 5” during lockdown.


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(00:02:55) Friend of Diddly Dum, Mark Cockram (The Human Palindrome) invited our own Mark as a guest on Episode 49 of his “Nerdology UK” podcast recently. The two Mark’s talked about martial arts films in general and “Enter the Dragon” in particular.

(00:40:00) “Inside No. 9” is a British black comedy anthology television programme that first aired in 2014. It is written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton and produced by the BBC. Each 30-minute episode is a self-contained story with new characters and a new setting, and all star at least one (usually both) of Pemberton and Shearsmith. Aside from the writers, each episode has a new cast, allowing Inside No. 9 to attract a number of well-known actors.

(00:41:40) The Doctor Who Appreciation videos which Tony mentions can be found on the DWAS Online Youtube page here.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 130 – Ninth Doctor Retrospective

Welcome to our long-promised retrospective look at the Ninth Doctor’s era, otherwise  known as Series One of New Doctor Who from 2005. Hear the results of our faithless listeners’ votes for their Top Five stories.


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(00:07:05) “Timeless” is an American science fiction television series following a team that attempts to stop a mysterious organization from changing the course of history through time travel. 

(00:07:14) “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire”, later called simply “The Trigan Empire”, is a science fiction comic series written mainly by Mike Butterworth and drawn by Don Lawrence, among others. It told the story of an alien culture in a manner that contained an educational blend of science and details of Earth-like ancient civilizations.

Volume One of the new omnibus publication of “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” can be found here.

The picture of the Diddly Dum podcasters’ ancestors in the style of The Trigan Empire can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:11:39) Frank Bellamy’s “Day of the Daleks” artwork for the Radio Times can be found on our Tumblr page here.

Frank Bellamy also drew artwork for an episode of “The Avengers” – “The Winged Avenger”.

(00:12:51) This clip is from Diddly Dum Podcast #16 where Andrew Cartmel was our guest. The podcast can be found here.

(00:30:28) “Child Out of Time” is Hayden’s memoir of growing up in the Doctor Who Wilderness Years.

(01:03:56) Our “Universe Song” mix is of course made up in part from Monty Python’s Universe Song from “The Meaning of Life”, and in part from the Courts furniture store TV commercial from the 1990s.

(01:05:56) This audio clip is from the DVD commentary on “Rose” by Russell T Davies, Phil Collinson and Julie Gardner.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 129 – I Fought The Lore

We review the climactic two episodes of Series 12 of Doctor Who – “Ascension of the Cybermen” and “The Timeless Children”. Along the way, we visit Chris Chibnall’s tattoo parlour and we speculate as to where so many of the Matrix scenes could have been located with a bit of imagination.


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(00:01:30) The opening music this week is, of course, the opening guitar from “I Fought the Law” by The Clash.

(00:34:16) “Dead Space” is a science fiction survival horror video game, developed by EA Redwood Shores (subsequently known as Visceral Games). The game was released in October 2008. The game has a strong science fiction atmosphere and is set in a spacecraft. It puts the player in control of an engineer named Isaac Clarke who fights Necromorphs, monstrous reanimated human corpses, aboard an interstellar mining ship, the USG Ishimura. You can judge for yourself whether Mark’s memory is working when he compares the back of Isaac to that of The Lone Cyberman on our Tumblr page here.

(00:37:58) From 00:09:45 into this video of “Chains”, the final episode of “Blackadder 2”, Evil Prince Ludwig reveals his disguises.

(01:40:52) We are, of couse, imagining the Matrix events appearing to take place in the Restaurant Candide from the BBC 1970s drama series “Secret Army”.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 128 – Terrance Dicks: A Celebration

Security is tight as Tony Jordan, eminence grise (and never was an eminence griser) of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, visits the Whoseum to look forward to the Terrance Dicks celebration on 15th March 2020, organised jointly by the DWAS and The Whoovers. Tony also presents to the Whoseum his mint condition first edition of “The Making of Doctor Who” by Terrance Dicks & Malcolm Hulke.


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(00:01:30) The Doctor Who Appreciation Society and The Whoovers, in partnership with the Dicks Family, are delighted to present “Terrance Dicks – A Celebration”. This one day event will take place on Sunday 15th March 2020 at The Cinema Museum, Dugard Way, Lambeth SE11 4TH, times TBC. Autographs will be available to purchase on the day; to minimise costs these will be cash only.

(00:07:30) The Whoovers was created in 1999 by a group of Doctor Who fans. They meet the first Friday of every month at 19:30 at the QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby. DE1 3AS.They regularly have invited special guests from the classic and current series. They also organise the annual Whooverville convention.

(00:13:24) On “Private Passions” on BBC Radio 3, impressionist Jan Ravens talks to Michael Berkeley about her passion for both speaking and singing voices.

(00:13:38) Doc can be heard guesting on “The Doctor Who Show” podcast in February 2020 here.

(00:30:45) The Doctor Who Appreciation Society will host “The Capitol Five”, a full scale, two day event which will take place at the Crowne Plaza, London Gatwick over the weekend of the 25th & 26th April 2020. As with all DWAS events, The Capitol Five will offer a mix of guests panels, on screen presentations, autographs, photo studio, merchandise and much more.

(00:39:38) “The Making of Doctor Who” was a non-fiction work by Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke published by Piccolo Books. The first edition was principally written by Hulke in 1972. It was later followed by a second edition, rewritten by Dicks in 1976 from Target Books. It stands as the first professionally published non-fiction book about the series.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 127 – Wet Willies

We review “Can You Hear Me?” and “The Haunting of Villa Diodati”. Along the way, gasp in disbelief as Mark recalls having an original Ovaltiney in the back of his cab and recoil in horror as Hayden ripostes with the news that his great-grandma knew the model in the Nimble Bread commercial.



MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC127 – Wet Willies



(00:05:12) Ovaltineys or League of Ovaltineys was a children’s club developed in the 1930s to promote the sale of Ovaltine brand drink in the UK. The Ovaltineys song can be heard here.

(00:07:34) “The Lurking” is a horror novella by our own Hayden Gribble which has just been published. Rob is a hopeless loser in the game of life. With work, his relationship with his long suffering girlfriend Claire, with everything in general. Tonight he will change for the better, make a fresh start by taking it to the next step and propose to her. But fate has other intentions.After an accident that leaves him stranded, Rob takes shelter in an abandoned aircraft hangar and soon discovers that he is not alone. There is something lurking in the darkness, taunting him, haunting his every movement. Soon trapped in a living nightmare, Rob must learn the terrible truth of his tormentor and escape its clutches before it is too late…

(00:11:25) Brenda from Bristol reacts to the news of a General Election in April 2017.

(00:13:25) 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.

(00:38:50) This “What’s up with you today?” line is from “Major Star”, the third episode of “Blackadder Goes Forth”.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 126 – Mark Has the Conch

This week, we review “Fugitive of the Judoon” and “Praxeus”. Along the way, we pay tribute to the late Nicholas Parsons with a selection from Doc’s “Golden Age” of Just a Minute.


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(00:02:44) Nicholas Parsons CBE (10 October 1923 – 28 January 2020) was an English actor and radio and television presenter. He was the long-running presenter of the comedy radio show Just a Minute and hosted the game show Sale of the Century during the 1970s and early 1980s.

(00:04:23) “Just a Minute” is a BBC Radio 4 radio comedy and television panel game, chaired, with a few exceptions, by Nicholas Parsons from 1967 until 2019. The object of the game is for panellists to talk for sixty seconds on a given subject, “without hesitation, repetition or deviation”.

(00:06:38) Our own Hayden has just published another of his books, “Tales from Another Me,” documenting from 2007 until 2010 his thoughts, dreams, nightmares and desires through a collection of poems. This selection illustrates how the world looked through the eyes of a teenager – lost in the noisy digital age – trying to find his way in an exciting yet confusing world against a backdrop of friendships, romance, work life, sex, drugs, alcohol, the rise of Facebook and the stranglehold that the economic recession had on a the youth of the time.

All proceeds will be going to the MindUK mental health charity.

You can get hold of Hayden’s book here: Amazon

You can get hold of Hayden’s book here: Book Despository

You can get hold of Hayden’s book here: Barnes and Noble

You can get hold of Hayden’s book here: Waterstones

(00:16:48) “From Hell” is a graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell, originally published in serial form from 1989 to 1998. The full collection was published in 1999 by Top Shelf Productions. Set during the Whitechapel murders of the late Victorian era, the novel speculates upon the identity and motives of Jack the Ripper. The novel depicts several true events surrounding the murders, although portions have been fictionalised, particularly the identity of the killer and the precise nature and circumstances of the murders.

(00:39:20) The Doctor Who Monthly comic strip Mark is referring to here is  “The Stockbridge Horror” which appeared in issues #70 to #75. The particular frame Mark is referring to where an image of the TARDIS is dug up can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:55:12) “Game On” was a British sitcom which ran for three series and aired on BBC2 from 1995 to 1998. The central characters are three childhood friends from Herne Bay in Kent; laddish agoraphobe Matthew Malone (Ben Chaplin in the first series and Neil Stuke in the second and third), man-eater Amanda “Mandy” Wilkins (Samantha Janus), and wimpish Martin Henson (Matthew Cottle). When in their twenties, the trio move into and share a flat in Battersea, south-west London, which Matthew bought with his inheritance, and the series follows their lives as flatmates.

(01:09:20) The reference to Arthur Dent throwing the Nutrimatic Cup comes of course from “The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (Fit the Tenth).

(01:32:34) “Last Tango in Halifax”is a British comedy-drama series that began broadcasting on BBC One in 2012. Screenwriter Sally Wainwright loosely adapted the story of her mother’s second marriage.The series stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as Alan and Celia. The series has been praised for its depiction of the older generation, strong acting, and believable dialogue. “Last Tango in Halifax” accrued four nominations for the 2013 British Academy Television Awards and won the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series.

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Our guest this week is Brendan from the Flight Through Entirety podcast who joins us to mull over “Orphan55” and “Nicola Tesla’s Night of Terror” before proceeding into The Whoseum’s exhibition hall to present us with his copy of the “Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors” video game from the 1990s.


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(00:00:00) Our guest on this podcast is Brendan Jones from the “Flight Through Entirety” podcast.

(00:23:55) “The Cursed Earth” is the second extended storyline of the British science fictional comics character Judge Dredd. It appeared in 2000 AD, and it was written mostly by Pat Mills. In 2100, Mega-City Two, on the West coast of North America, becomes infected with a virus that makes its victims into a violent mob. Scientists in Mega-City One on the East coast have been able to make an antidote, but it is impossible to safely land at the airports in Mega-City Two. The only option is to send a land expedition of Judges in a tank across the Cursed Earth, a radioactive wasteland that covers most of the former US. “The Cursed Earth” caused a lawsuit involving the publishers of 2000 AD, McDonald’s, Burger King, and the Jolly Green Giant. Four episodes in the series, written by John Wagner and Jack Adrian, featured trade marked characters used without permission. One storyline depicted wars between rival gangs, headed by the Burger King and Ronald McDonald – including scenes of Ronald executing a gang member who spilled a milkshake. The owners of these characters objected to the use of their trademarks and sued. Publishers IPC settled out of court, publishing a half-page retraction and agreeing never to reprint the offending episodes. In 2014 the law was changed to implement a European directive on copyright law allowing the use of copyright-protected characters for parody. As a result, Rebellion Developments announced in 2015 that it would re-publish the suppressed episodes for the first time in a book to be published in July 2016.

(01:33:50) “Red Dead Redemption 2” is a 2018 action-adventure game developed and published by Rockstar Games. The game is the third entry in the Red Dead series and is a prequel to the 2010 game Red Dead Redemption. The story is set in 1899 in a fictionalized representation of the Western, Midwestern and Southern United States and follows outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang. Arthur must deal with the decline of the Wild West whilst attempting to survive against government forces, rival gangs, and other adversaries. The story also follows fellow gang member John Marston, the protagonist of Red Dead Redemption.

(01:39:47) “Mens Sana in Thingummy Doodah” is an episode of “Victoria Wood” which was a series of six one-off situation comedies written by and starring Victoria Wood in 1989. While the 1992 and 1993 VHS releases of the series were titled Victoria Wood, the 2007 DVD release was called “Victoria Wood Presents”.

(01:41:50) “Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors” is a PC video game released in 1997 by BBC Multimedia. All of Anthony Ainley’s recorded scenes as the Master from this game were included on the DVD release of “Survival” but without the background music played in them. The game can be found here on myabandonware.com.

(01:53:20) Mark remembered on reflection that “Dalek Attack” is actually not the name of the game he’s referring to here.

(01:53:36) These audio files from the “Deus Ex Machina” game can be found and explained on our blog here.

(01:59:04) “Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror” is a game for the Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro and Commodore 64. It was first released by Micro Power on the BBC Micro in 1985, and on the Amstrad CPC & C64 in 1986.

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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.


MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC122 – Kickboxing on the Rec


(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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