Join The Three Who Drool at The Diddly Dum Whoseum for a festive podcast as, watched by an elite squad of firefighters, they light the first candle on their Advent Crown. If you listen very carefully, in the distance behind the giant Whoseum blast doors, you may just make out the faint notes of the Salvation Army band approaching up the snowy slopes of cruel Caradhras (which is played in a cameo appearance by Waltons Mountain).
This week, the Diddly Dumbers present exhibits of their own for display in The Whoseum. Each one is an item redolent for them of a part of their lives with Doctor Who – the podcasting community, Douglas Adams and The Golden Emperor himself.
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The podcast ends with a tribute to mark both Diddly Dum’s first year and Doc finally fixing the glitch in the software on the Blockbusters Gold Run screen. If you’d like to follow along with Al and The Rev as they attempt to go from Gold to Gold before the three of them lose interest, here’s a screenshot of the Gold Run screen.
SHOWNOTES (and their time positions)
(00:05:45) Pocklington was the last place in England where a woman was burned for being a witch.
(00:05:25) Dylan Moran is an Irish comedian, writer, actor and filmmaker best known for his UK television sitcom Black Books.
(00:08:10) Fork Handles
(00:09:05) The Diddly Dum Advent Crown is, of course, inspired by the Blue Peter Advent Crown which those of us of a certain age remember as an inseparable part of the build-up to Christmas. Blue Peter‘s equivalent of the Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry – the Peter Purves, John Noakes and Valerie Singleton/Leslie Judd trio would build an advent crown every December from wire coat hangers, tinsel and candles.
(00:11:55) “Star Wars – The Force Awakens” as George Lucas would have made it – spoof trailer.
(00:12:25) Remember Me is a British supernatural TV drama starring Michael Palin.
(00:13:30) “Hammer Chillers” – audio drama to make you shiver.
(00:14:25) Doesn’t Legolas’ dad look magnificent astride…er….a big moose? Was this the moment that Peter Jackson jumped the shark?
(00:14:50) “The Germans” was the episode of Fawlty Towers where Basil is poleaxed by his moose head – surely the inspiration for the Elf King’s steed in the third of The Hobbit films.
(00:33:40) The Doctor Who Podcast Alliance hosts most Doctor Who related podcasts.
(00:35:55) Doc laid down his five laws for unsubscribing from a Doctor Who podcast in his own blog here.
(00:37:55) The Pharos Project Podcast – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:38:00) The Blue Box Podcast – their blog is here and their Facebook is here.
(00:38:10) Who Wars – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:38:10) 42 to Doomsday Podcast – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:38:15) The Bad Wilf Podcast – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:38:20) The Verity Podcast – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:38:20) Binro Was Right – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:38:25) The Tin Dog Podcast – their blog is here.
(00:38:30) Desert Island Who Podcast – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:39:40) Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:41:50) Raymond Patrick “Ray” Cusick (May 1928 – 21 February 2013) was a designer for the BBC. He is best known for designing the Daleks for Doctor Who.
(00:45:25) Radio Rassilon – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:46:20) Bigger on the Inside – their blog is here.
(00:46:45) Podshock – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:48:15) The new “Dad’s Army” filiming in Beverley.
(00:50:50) The Happiness Patrol – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:54:50) The Zeuspod Podcast – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:55:40) Radio Free Skaro – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(00:56:40) Big Finish Podcast – their blog is here and their Twitter is here.
(01:00:30) Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. He wrote the Doctor Who television stories The Pirate Planet and Shada. He co-wrote City of Death with producer Graham Williams under the pseudonym David Agnew. He was also Doctor Who script editor for Season 17. Douglas Adams had two brief appearances in the fourth series of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. At the beginning of episode 42, “The Light Entertainment War”, Adams is in a surgeon’s mask pulling on gloves (1 min 23 secs into this video clip). At the beginning of episode 44, “Mr. Neutron”, Adams is dressed in a pepper-pot outfit and loads a missile on to a cart driven by Terry Jones, who is calling for scrap metal (50 secs into this dubbed video clip). The two episodes were broadcast in November 1974. Adams and Chapman also attempted non-Python projects, including Out of the Trees. Here Douglas Adams pays tribute to Graham Chapman.
(01:07:55) “Don’t Panic: The Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion” is a book by Neil Gaiman about Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The book was originally published in January 1988 in the United States and United Kingdom.
(01:08:30) “Ghastly Beyond Belief” by Neil Gaiman and Kim Neman collects the most jaw-droppingly bad quotes from a half century of sf stories, books and films.
(01:09:09) “Duran Duran – The First Four Years” by Neil Gaiman.
(01:19:00) “Hyperland” is a 50-minute long documentary film about hypertext and surrounding technologies. It was written by Douglas Adams and produced and directed by Max Whitby for BBC Two in 1990. It stars Douglas Adams as a computer user and Tom Baker, with whom Adams had already worked on Doctor Who, as a personification of a software agent.
(01:22:30) Vic Reeves interviews detective / antique expert John Lovejoy.
(01:23:15) Toast of London is a British comedy series following Steven Toast (played by former The IT Crowd and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace actor Matt Berry), an eccentric middle-aged actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it. Two series have currently been broadcast, in 2013 and 2014.
Guy Martin (born 4 November 1981 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England) is a British motorcycle racer, lorry mechanic and occasional TV presenter.
(01:26:15) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a comedy science fiction series created by Douglas Adams. Originally a radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978, it later became was later adapted to other formats including a 1981 TV series, a 1984 computer game, and a feature film. Doc and The Rev also indulged in the vinyl LP versions of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Restaurant at the End of the Universe which had lovely cool music added.
(01:34:55) The Golden Emperor Dalek was the anti-hero of 1960 weekly magazine, TV Century 21 – Issue One of which can be found here. Every page of this strip (which has come to be known as The Dalek Chronicles) can be found on this Flickr page. This strip is also covered in one of the “Stripped for Action” DVD extras. The strip was briefly revived in Doctor Who Magazine (issues 249 – 254). The unpublished artwork for the final story can be found here and will form the basis for the completed story to be published, Gareth Kavanagh tentatively assures the world, in Vworp Vworp! Magazine #3 in 2015 – links to which are here being sprayed left and right and centre. The artwork will be by Lee Sullivan whose website can be found here.
(01:53:30) This December Titan Comics is teaming up with The WHO Shop to celebrate the store’s 30th Birthday with a special Doctor Who Comics Christmas triptych cover variant! These variants will only be available to purchase at The WHO Shop. This special image featuring the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors was created by artist Lee Sullivan (Doctor Who Magazine, Transformers, Thundercats, 2000AD) and runs across three Doctor Who comic issues this December: Tenth Doctor #5, Eleventh Doctor #5 and Twelfth Doctor #3. (Thanks to the Kasterborous website for the link and the text – their splendid podcast should have been included in our list above – but we couldn’t remember everyone).
(01:57:55) The Gold Run was the climactic experience of each round of Blockbusters.
Monty Python’s mysterious office in Beverley.
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