DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 069 – Three Candles

cake-05Come and have a piece of cake as we celebrate the third birthday of the Diddly Dum Podcast. Originally intending to review “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”, we get slightly sidetracked by listing what Doctor Who goodies we got for Christmas. Then Hayden regales us with a tale of his Christmas visit to The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge where he discovered playable games consoles and games from his youth.

Eventually, we leave the subject of the 90s Doctor Who pinball game and the Activision Ghostbusters game from the 80s and turn to chatting about the latest Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Along the way, we discover Peter Cushing’s unusual hobby, we keep finding William Russell in the seasonal TV fare, and we look back to a very early podcast where we covered an early computer game featuring the voices of Jon Pertwee and Ian Dury.

 

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(00:08:30) Hayden visited The UK Computing Centre in Cambridge over Christmas. Some of his photos can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:11:00) A photo of a ghetto blaster to beat Ace’s can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:14:00) Footage of playing the Doctor Who pinball game machine from the 1990s can be found here. Also, while filming “More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS”, Sylvester McCoy played the game in unincluded footage which can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:19:48) In Diddly Dum Podcast #07, we looked at the “Deus Ex Machina” video game from Automata.

(00:29:34) Activision released a Ghostbusters video game in 1984, screen footage of which can be found here.

(00:31:28) “Accrington Stanley, Who Are They?” is a slogan that was used in an advert for milk by the Milk Marketing Board in the 1980s in the UK.

(00:33:11) Doc was given a copy of “The Doctor Who Whoniverse” for Christmas.

(00:38:27) Hayden’s sister podcast at “Podcasters Royale” continues to go great guns.

(00:41:57) William Russell appears with George Baker in a screen test for Ben-Hur in the 1950s.

(00:44:20) “Astronomer’s Call” is a spoken word section on “Before the Dawn” – the second live album by Kate Bush, released on 25 November 2016 by Bush’s label Fish People.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 068 – Play Your Kaleds Right

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As Hayden delivers the Christmas presents and drinks to the Whoseum, an accident throws our podcasters through Space-Time onto Satellite 5 which is still broadcasting old gameshows to Earth. They must negotiate their way through numerous gameshow studios in order to find their way home in time for the traditional Christmas Blockbusters Gold Run.

Is Brucie a Skarosian agent under the control of his Dalek dolly dealers? Can the boys find the route out of The Crystal Maze? Will they win through to the Head-to-Head round of a Blankety Blank hosted by Terrance Dicks? Will they return to 2016 in time for the gala release of the Diddly Dum charity single? Listen in to find out.

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SHOWNOTES

(00:00:00) Hayden as been moonlighting as a long distance lorry driver this Christmas.

(00:09:18) Woolworths Christmas TV ad from 1981.

(00:29:20) “Play Your Cards Right” was broadcast on ITV from 1980 to 1987, hosted by Bruce Forsyth.

(00:49:20) The equivalent of the Woolworths Christmas TV ad for Hayden’s generation was the Toys R Us ad.

(00:51:25) “The Crystal Maze” was shown on Channel 4 in the UK between 1990 and 1995, hosted first by Richard O’Brien and later by Ed Tudor-Pole.

(00:55:00) “Blankety Blank” ran from 1979 to 1990 on BBC One, hosted first by Terry Wogan from 1979 until 1983 followed by Les Dawson from 1984 until 1990.

(01:04:00) The “Gold Run” was the final round of “Blockbusters”which ran on ITV from 1983 to 1993, hosted by Bob Holness.

DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 067 – Schmooze, Blues and Doctor Twos

bfi-4This week, the opening “what have we been doing since last time” section takes longer than the main theme section. That’s what happens when all four members of The Six Faces of Delusion discover a social life.

Before we tackle the first four episodes of “Class”, Allan attends the unveiling of Jon Pertwee’s blue plaque and meets a shedload of celebrities. Mark visits Dungeness Power Station (a.k.a. The Nuton Power Complex from “Claws of Axos”) before coming face to face with dinosaurs which never existed. Doc and Hayden attend the premier of the animated “Power of the Daleks” at the British Film Institute and hide from a roomful of uber-fans while the celebrities hide in the green room.

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SHOWNOTES

(00:04:22) Polarity Day – On 23rd Oct 2016, the Doctor Who Appreciation Society unveiled a blue plaque celebrating Jon Pertwee at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

(00:20:06) The Infinite Monkey Cage (Space Tourism) – Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Brian Blessed.

(00:22:40) Our own Mark giving Chris Achilleos a run for his money at Wingham Wildlife Park.

(00:24:49) The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, also known as Dinosaur Court, are a series of sculptures of extinct animals (including dinosaurs) and mammals in Crystal Palace Park. Commissioned in 1852 to accompany the Crystal Palace after its move from the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park and unveiled in 1854, they were the first dinosaur sculptures in the world, pre-dating the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by six years. This was the scene of a photoshoot with Carole Ann Ford in the Radio Times 10th Anniversary Special.

(01:06:50) Miles Northcott’s troupe present “Doctor Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” podcast. The podcast blog can be found here. Their Facebook page can be found here. Their Twitter account can be found here.

(01:40:35) The Two Ronnies as Moira and Ken.

(01:51:00) Mark Lawson’s interview with Russell T Davies can be found here.

(02:01:20) The Changes – is a British children’s science fiction television serial filmed in 1973 and first broadcast in 1975 by the BBC. It was directed by John Prowse and is based on the trilogy written by Peter Dickinson. It was Doc’s “Skins”.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 066 – Ian Marter

harry-2Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the sad early death of that stalwart of Doctor Who’s golden age, Ian Marter. It would also have been Ian’s 72nd birthday.

In tribute to Ian, we dedicate the whole of this podcast to celebrating his work in acting, writing and switching on Illuminations in seedy Lancastrian seaside resorts.

Along the way, we look at the philosophical chasm between £4.99 and £5.00, we translate the Duke of Forgill’s family motto, we compare “Dr Who Meets Scratchman” to “The Boy Who Kicked Pigs” and we look at the sequence of great historical inventors: Heron, Trevithick, Watt, Baker.

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SHOWNOTES

(00:43:22) This quote comes from the Frasier episode “Dinner For Eight” and can be found at 01:00:15 here.

(01:17:33) This Abbott and Costello sketch is called “Who’s On First”. It was performed several times but the video of this version can be found here.

(01:37:19) The video of Tom Baker talking about Ian Marter at Time Quest 2009 can be found here.

(01:41:02) The video of this chorus of Auld Lang Syne can be found here.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 065 – Rainy Days

airshipThis week, we take to the Diddly Dum blimp and choose not our favourite Doctor Who stories but those best suited for a rainy day or for when we’re tucked up with a cold and a glass of Lemsip.

Along the way, Mark tells us of his visit to Aldbourne (the location of The Daemons), Hayden bumps into some notable names while watching Christopher Eccleston, and Doc relates an embarrassing visit to the Blackpool Doctor Who Exhibition in the 1970s.

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(00:00:00) We open with a special tribute to Jean Alexander who died this week and her most famous role of Hilda Ogden in “Coronation Street”.

(00:12:34) There are photos on our Tumblr page of Mark’s visit to Aldbourne, its  specially themed litter bins, the podcast’s first visit there in 2014 and a gargoyle shoplifting.

(00:22:36) Our sister podcast, Podcasters Royale, has moved to a new location.

(01:42:20) Have you ever seen Philip Madoc and John Peel in the same room together?

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 064 – Fury From The Deep Pan

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This week, The Four Faces of Delusion become Six as we welcome two new hosts to the Diddly Dum Podcast – friends of the show (now merely “of the show”) Mark John and Allan Lear. By way of introducing them and their backgrounds, we look at how each of us got involved in Doctor Who fandom.

Along the way, Allan covers holograms on the Liverpool waterfront, Mark tells how he once nearly ruined a theatre performance by Jan Chappell (Cally from Blake’s 7), Hayden recalls his seminal “Gallifrey Galaxy Globetrotters” work for Celestial Toyroom and Doc asks why, if monkeys are so smart, they’ve never produced anything like Northern Soul.

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PODCASTERS ROYALE 04 – LICENCE TO KILL

logoThis time, Hayden is joined by film director Simon Dymond and collector John Galantini as they delve into shark infested waters, play conkers with gas tankers and comment on a mild case of pink eye for a youthful Benicio Del Toro. Oh, and in the middle of that, they also dive into “Licence to Kill”, Timothy Dalton’s second outing as 007, which redefined the word “gritty” for the children of the late 1980s. Bond does Miami Vice? Or a prelude to the realism of the Daniel Craig er

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 063 – Missing Episodes

bfi-nerdsWe’re joined this week by Mark John to talk about the whole subject of the Missing Episodes, triggered by the mysterious animated clip from “Power of the Daleks”.

Along the way, Hayden gives tips on haggling for annuals, we discover Pamela Nash’s real name, Mark relates how he trained himself to hold his pen like Mavic Chen and the scales finally fall from Doc’s eyes about the true nature of The Restoration Team.

In preparation for any discussion which might touch on the Troughton era, the Whoseum bar has been well stocked with Bloody Victorias – cherry brandy, tomato juice and sticks of celery.

 

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SHOWNOTES

(00:13:00) Thunderbirds/Lady Penelope Investigates animated audio adventures.

(01:15:42) The Ugsome Thing from The Tales of Shellover.

(02:13:45) Competition to win the Doctor Who Annual 1984.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 062 – Escritoires and Commodes

oompa6Our guest at The Whoseum this week is Allan Lear, one of the eminences grises of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. Allan brings along a stolen library hardback copy of The Deadly Assassin, a newspaper clipping of Mrs Lear with a Dalek and a collection of haemovore nail clippings.

Along the way, we encounter “the worst first draft of a Lewis Carroll novel ever”, we debate the ideal size of bathroom towelling (from face flannel to bathsheet) to be clutching when opening a hotel door to unexpectedly find Dominic Glynn on the threshold, we discuss the colour of the Second Doctor’s eyes, we hail the histrionic apotheosis of Nicholas Parsons and we eviscerate the Ontological Argument.

 

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SHOWNOTES

Our guest this week is Allan Lear, one of the eminences grises of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. His Facebook page can be found here.

(00:06:06) Who at the Hilbre.

(00:48:15) Hayden obtaining Debbie Watling’s absolution at Clacton-on-Sea 1999.

(01:15:39) Allan’s wife Erica appears on the front page of Wirral News East in 2014 with a Dalek.

(01:33:06) For anyone mystified by his views on the Sylvester McCoy era, Allan feels he may have expressed it better in this extract he wrote for Celestial Toyroom.

(02:11:35) The Bertrand Russell in a taxi anecdote is related by Kenneth Williams and is an extract from “An Audience With Kenneth Williams”.

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PODCASTERS ROYALE 03 – ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE

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This episode, Hayden is joined by podcasters Steven Schapansky and J R Southall as they discuss arguably one of the most divisive entries in the 007 f*****ise – 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. Hear the guys on George Lazenby, Kojak on skis, the many faces of Campbell, the blondest man in the film and JR telling off Hayden for using a modern term for the word ‘womaniser.’ They are even abruptly pod-bombed by a Bond girl…

(Music used: Sondre Lerche – Like Lazenby. John Barry – We Have All the Time in the World and theme from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)

 

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