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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(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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(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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(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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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 142 – Seventh’s Heaven?

We reveal the results of the poll to find our listeners’ top five stories from the era of the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy. The Diddly Dummers felt that any occasion related to announcing votes merited an imposing location so we got an intern to hire a conference suite at the swankiest hotel in Mummerset.

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(00:06:53) The private cine film footage taken by Carole Ann Ford during the rehearsals for “The Dalek Invasion of Earth” can be found here.

(00:14:21) The James Bond comic strip ran in the Daily Express newspaper from 1958 to 1993. Photos of the Hayden’s books of these collected strips can be seen on our Tumblr page here.

(00:22:14) Photos of some of Hayden’s Doctor Who figurines can be seen on our Tumblr page here and here and here.

(00:48:32) “The Worm That Turned” was a story within “The Two Ronnies” TV show in which Diana Dors guest-starred as the Commander of the State Police in this spoof piece of dystopian fiction set in 2012 in which women rule England. Male and female gender roles are completely reversed, even down to men having women’s names and vice versa. Men are housekeepers and wear women’s clothes, and law and order is managed by female guards in boots and hot pants. Big Ben is renamed Big Brenda, the Tower of London is renamed Barbara Castle and the Union Jack becomes the Union Jill. The watching of chauvinistic films is prohibited, so upset duo Janet and Betty prepare to escape to Wales.

(01:16:15) Andrew Cartmel’s book “Script Doctor” can be bought here.

(01:20:00) The Paul Scoones blog we refer to can be found here.

(02:00:30) Since we recorded this podcast, we’ve remembered what the “42 to Doomsday” boys’ reference to “Search Out Science” was. “Search Out Space was a special edition of “Search Out Science”, a children’s education programme in which Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred appeared as the Seventh Doctor and Ace. John Leeson provided the voice of K9 for the first time since The Five Doctors. It was broadcast nearly a year after Survival, which marked the end of the original Doctor Who series.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 141 – Cob-a-Coaling

The Three Who Drool travel to a local lighthouse to take a look at the Fourth Doctor story “The Horror of Fang Rock”. Along the way, we revisit Hayden’s childhood reading habits, Doc regales us with tales of cob-a-coaling, Hayden casts John Noakes and Roger Moore in Doctor Who, and Mark reveals which 1970s TV show was “a little like The One Show but even less interesting”.

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(00:02:18) You can hear Hayden’s appearance on the “Vision on Sound” show at 7pm on Sunday 1st November 2020 on the radio station Fab Radio International. Podcasts of the shows can also be found at Visiononsound.blogspot.com.

(00:04:08) Our Top Scary Moments can be found in our podcasts #121 and #122 which can be found here and here.

(00:06:04) Cob-a-Coaling.

(00:09:06) The Hovis Music, occasionally known as Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” was famously used in a UK bread commercial on TV.

(00:10:37) Hayden’s reading record books can be seen on our Tumbr page here and here and here.

(00:18:50) The original radio series of “The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy” was adapted for full-cast two vinyl albums, with incidental radiophonic music provided by Paddy Kingsland. These have now been re-released on vinyl and CD. The original cover art can be seen here and here. The book which Doc has been reading is “Don’t Panic” by Neil Gaiman.

(00:23:40) Kevin (for it is he) Davies was interviewed by Hayden on our podcast #40 which can be found here.

(00:23:54) The panel of Christopher Hitchens, Salman Rushdie and Mos Def can be seen here.

(00:32:10) “Pebble Mill at One” was a British television magazine programme that was broadcast live on weekdays at one o’clock on BBC1, from 2 October 1972 to 23 May 1986, and again from 20 October 1991 to 25 May 1996. It was transmitted from the Pebble Mill studios of BBC Birmingham, and uniquely was hosted from the centre’s main foyer area, rather than a conventional television studio.

(01:00:14) “Leela in a baggy jumper” – this audio clip is by former co-host The Rev and can be found at around 01:03:55 into our podcast #001. This podcast would normally be found here but, in early 2020, with a shock, we finally reached our blog storage limit. To give us time to mull over the practicalities and costs of upgrading or seeking another host, we started deleting our early podcasts from this blog in order to make space for new ones. However, they’re saved forever or our own hard drives so, if you’re yearning to listen to these early podcasts, email us at diddlydumpodcast@yahoo.co.uk and we’ll be happy to send them to you in some other way.

(01:09:12) The “Max Headroom” clip can be found here together with a mix of news reports.

(01:22:41) “There’s somebody at the door” was a catchphrase from “The Pink Windmill Show” from the mid-1980s.

(01:24:20) One version of the ” Cob a Coaling” song can be found here.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 140 – Returning the Finger

The Four Faces of Delusion this week take a look at the recently released animation of the missing Second Doctor story “Fury From the Deep”.

 

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(00:04:06) The scene from “The Young Ones” being referred to by Hayden can be seen here.

(00:15:04) “Return to the Stones” is a brand new sequel to the cult 1970s television series “Children of the Stones”, published here for the first time.

(00:17:47) “Citizen of the Galaxy” is a science fiction novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction (September, October, November, December 1957) and published in hardcover in 1957 as one of the Heinlein juveniles by Scribner’s.

(00:19:00) “Sirens of Titan” is a comic science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., first published in 1959. His second novel, it involves issues of free will, omniscience, and the overall purpose of human history. Much of the story revolves around a Martian invasion of Earth.

(00:33:32) Mary Mungo & Midge, a British animated children’s television series, produced by the BBC in 1969.

(00:36:00) Milchmann is a character played by Victor Maddern in the film “Carry on Spying” (1964) and hogs the limelight during the opening credits as can be seen here.

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