DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 036 – The Human Palindrome

The Four Faces of Delusion become five as we complete our set of Blue Box Podcasters by welcoming Mark Cockram to the Diddly Dum Whoseum.

Mark has brought along a number of items which are redolent for him of a life with the Doctor. From Jon Pertwee’s “Who is the Doctor” single to the Graham Williams era via Loose Cannon reconstructions. As for the man who stopped Tom Baker on Oxford Street and told him about his childhood in a care home, Mark’s own tale of his primary school Tom Baker trauma knocks that into a cocked hat.

Along the way, we toast absent friends in the finest vintage of Dandelion & Burdock while extrapolating the succession of Doctors we might have had if the late Ron Moody had succeeded Patrick Troughton – William Hartnell, Pat Troughton, Ron Moody, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Christopher Lee in cricket whites. We discover that Hayden’s great-grandfather was the first person ever to sell Ford motor cars…(listen in to hear the end of that sentence). We also hear of Mark’s memories of seeing Matthew Waterhouse in a stage production of Treasure Island and the role of “Inherit the Wind” in the Cockram family acquiring their first VCR.

Only on Diddly Dum.

 

MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC036 – The Human Palindrome

 

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SHOWNOTES

Mark is the fourth member of the Blue Box Podcast to have visited the Diddly Dum Whoseum.

Stalwart of Classic Diddly Dum and son of the Humber, The Rev (a.k.a. Andy), has recently started his Top Geak Podcast where he has collected his top interviews which have appeared on the Who Wars Podcast. Our reverend colleague interviews luminaries from the worlds of comic art and writing (including Lee Sullivan, Cavan Scott, Simon Fraser and Racheal Smith) and of Doctor Who and sci-fi (including Dominic Glynn, Andrew Smith, Peter Harness and Mat Irvine). Top Geak can be found at its Facebook page, on iTunes and at its own blog.

Vincent Price appears on Christopher Lee’s “This is Your Life”.

Peter Cushing appears on Christopher Lee’s “This is Your Life”.

Stephen Fry’s QI anecdote about Peter Cushing phoning Christopher Lee.

Jon Pertwee singing the Wozel Gummidge song.

Screen Test with Michael Rodd.

Syd Dale – Marching There And Back (Screen Test Theme).

Mark’s Blue Box colleague, Lee, can also be heard on his “Sound & Vision” show on Phonic FM.

“Watching Books” was created in order to republish the three You and Who books which had previously been available from Miwk Publishing but which had fallen out of print during 2013, as well as to carry on the line with future You and Who books and related volumes. The books mentioned in this week’s podcast can be found here.

The Golden Dancer rocking horse scene can be found 48 mins into “Inherit the Wind” (1960).

 

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 035 – Stage Fright

Hayden and Matt’s recent visit to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular set them pondering as to whether Doctor Who works in a stage format. Therefore, in this week’s podcast, the Four Faces of Delusion look at the history of Doctor Who on stage – Curse of the Daleks, Seven Keys to Doomsday, The Ultimate Adventure, The Trial of Davros and Doctor Who Live: The Monsters are Coming.

Along the way we see C3PO and Princess Leia go toe to toe with Nick Briggs, Murray Gold “accidentally” bumps into Hayden and insists on a selfie with the noted podcaster, we learn of the Satanic message hidden within the Series 8 music when played backwards, Matt reveals his secret for getting Doctor Who Proms tickets, we explore the links between Peter Miles and Peter Gabriel and Doc explains the Rule of Seven in TV sci-fi. Arm yourself for future pub quizzes as we work out which was the first ever scene in which a Doctor kisses a companion – and it isn’t what you might think (Benton doesn’t count as a companion).

MP3 Direct Download link = DDPC035 – Stage Fright

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The bomb scare which nearly cancelled Hayden and Matt’s visit to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular.

Hayden’s photos of the Wembley performance of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular can be found on our Tumbler page.

Roger Delgado’s final appearance in “La Cloche Tibetaine”.

Steven Moffat says that the Doctor is besotted with his companions.

“The Curse of the Daleks” was a Dalek stage play, written by David Whitaker and Terry Nation, which appeared for one month at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London beginning 21 December 1965. It was later adapted as a Big Finish audio play.

The Dalek props from “Curse of the Daleks”.

The programme from “Curse of the Daleks”.

“(Doctor Who and the Daleks in the) Seven Keys to Doomsday” was a stage play which ran at the Adelphi Theatre in London for four weeks, beginning on 16 December 1974.  It was later adapted as a Big Finish audio play.

“Seven Keys to Doomsday” featured such characters as The Master of Karn and the Clawrantulas.

Trevor Martin as the Doctor in “Seven Keys to Doomsday”.

The “Time Space Visualiser” is rhe magazine of the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club.

The Weetabix commercial Dalek.

“Seven Keys to Doomsday” had a later run in 1984 at the Porirua Little Theatre in New Zealand.

“The Ultimate Adventure” was a 1989 stage play written by Terrance Dicks, staged at twenty theatres around Britain, commencing 23 March 1989. It was later adapted as a Big Finish audio play.

Thanks to Mark Humphries, video clips of the Jon Pertwee version and the Colin Baker version of “The Ultimate Adventure” are available on Youtube.

Cast photos from “The Ultimate Adventure”, featuring Jon Pertwee, David Banks and Colin Baker as the Doctor.

Here is the episode of “Return of the Jedi – the Expanded Radio Dramatisation” which knocks Big Finish into a cocked hat when it comes to observational dialogue (a.k.a. shoehorning stage directions into a script). The scene Hayden mentions in the podcast can be found from 1 min 15 secs onwards.

Cadbury’s “Smash” used to advertise their powdered mashed potato using robots whose voices became burned into the minds of generations of Brits.

“The Trial of Davros” is a theatrical production written by Kevin Taylor and Michael Wisher for Hyde Fundraisers, a group of science fiction fans who make and appear in replica costumes from TV series and films such as Doctor Who and Star Wars to raise funds for various charities. The play was performed twice, in 1993 and 2005.

Hyde Fundraisers

Behind the scenes location filming clips from “The Trial of Davros”.

Cast of “The Trial of Davros”.

Thameside Hippodrome.

“Doctor Who Live: The Monsters are Coming”. The official video promo is here.

Vworp at The Britons Protection.

“The Crash of the Elysium” is a one-hour theatrical work created originally for children by the British company Punchdrunk, centred on the unexplained disappearance of a Victorian steamer named the Elysium and its investigation by the Eleventh Doctor. It premiered at MediaCityUK in Salford from 1 to 17 July 2011 as part of the Manchester International Festival, with a central narrative idea from Steven Moffat and written by Tom MacRae.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 034 – From Diddly With Love

mi-stingray-3 Deep within the disused World War Two pedalo pens on Diddly Dum Island lurks a familar shape. A full-sized Lego replica of Stingray waiting to take our podcasting heroes on a global tour of Doctor Who’s underwater story locations. Gasp as you visit with us the ruins of ancient Atlantis. Thrill as we’re chased along the beach outside HMS Seaspite by angry Lego executives. Shudder as we enter a pitched battle with the Myrka. Blanch as we milk the Skarasen for lactic fluid for our tea. Along the way, we reveal the links between Seabase Four and TV game show 3-2-1, and we explain the importance of ankles in an underwater environment. Only on Diddly Dum.

Direct MP3 Download Link = DDPC034 – From Diddly With Love

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“Stingray” is a British children’s Supermarionation television series, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and produced by AP Films for ATV and ITC Entertainment between 1964 and 1965.

The return of the Zygons and Osgood.

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular.

The Doctor is not your role model, says Steven Moffat.

“3–2–1″ was a popular British game show that was made by Yorkshire Television for ITV. It ran for ten years, between 29 July 1978 and 24 December 1988, with former Butlins Redcoat Ted Rogers as the host.

Dusty Bin.

“Aqua Marina”.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 033 – Longleat Memories

Hayden flies the podcast solo this week as he speaks to four guests about their memories of attending Doctor Who’s 20th anniversary celebrations at Longleat in 1983.

Hear about camping overnight (in April!) to beat the queues. Learn how Jon Pertwee single-handedly thwarted Ian Levine’s auction. Gasp as you hear how Lis Sladen and Carole Ann Ford secretly ditched their dodgy autograph photos. And simply enjoy as the Marquess of Bath lets it all hang out.

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Direct MP3 Download link = DDPC033 – Longleat Memories

SHOWNOTES

Lots of memories of Longleat 1983 can be found on the splendid “O.L.G. Doctor Who Pages” here and here and here.

Hayden’s first guest is Lee Rawlings, he of the Blue Box Podcast and tormentor of JR Southall.

Lee mentions his “Doctor Who at Longleat” Facebook page which you can find here and to which he encourages anyone with memories/mementoes of Longleat to contribute.

Lee is one of the eminences grise(s)? behind the revival of the Cygnus Alpha fanzine. But the original incarnation (iteration?) of the fanzine was alive and well in 1983 and reporting on Longleat as can be seen from these pieces. They are also reproduced on the “Doctor Who at Longleat” Facebook page.

“Seasons of War” is the unofficial Doctor Who charity anthology.

Hayden’s second guest is Jamie Wells.

Hayden’s third guest is Phil Newman. Phil is currently set designing this production of “Saint/Jeanne” at Chelsea Theatre.

Here are two of Phil photos from the day he starred in “Dimensions in Time”, the 1993 Doctor Who/Eastenders crossover special which marked the show’s 30th anniversary. And here is Phil himself in costume sitting on a bin.

Here is surviving footage of the auction and here is captured the moment that Jon Pertwee thwarted Ian Levine’s auction plans.

“Breakfast Time” interview with Pat Troughton and Peter Davison.

Hayden’s fourth guest is Tony Jordan.

On 23 July 2014, Waris Hussein unveils the Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s plaque commemorating Verity Lambert at Riverside Studios.

Tom Baker’s panel at Longleat.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 032 – Ours Mounted Lasers on Robot Parrots

Gareth Kavanagh joins the Four Faces of Delusion to debate the Doctor Who issues of the day and to present K9 – the Doctor’s second best friend –  for permanent display in the marble halls of the Whoseum (along with his duelling partner).

Gareth’s researches have uncovered Steve Gallagher’s original scripts for “Warriors’ Gate” (greatly changed by Messs Bidmead and Joyce) and reveals K9’s originally planned, heartbreaking farewell words – you will sob your heats out. We also find the perfect replacement voice for K9 should John Leeson ever retire and the reason why Jo Grant was never given a K9 of her own.

Along the way, Hayden disappears mysteriously while researching the Shada shooting locations in Cambridge. While waiting for him to reappear, we chat about Gareth’s recent hosting of “An Evening with Terrance Dicks”, the similarities between Trau Morgus and Alan Sugar, the top ten business lessons from Caves of Androzani, the plot outline for the “Life on Mars” Christmas special that never happened and Doctor Who / Coronation Street crossovers. Finally Doc gets potty trained by Orac. Only on Diddly Dum.

Direct Link to download MP3 – DDPC032 – Ours Mounted Lasers on Robot Parrots

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SHOWNOTES

Our Whoseum guest this week is Gareth Kavanagh. Once the eminence grise of that mainstay of Doctor Who fandom in Manchester, the Lass O’Gowrie pub, Gareth’s Facebook page can be found here.

The glitch in the personality software of the Diddly Dum computer remains unfixed as it continues to impersonate famous computers of stage and screen.

“Messing About on the River” from The Wind in the Willows (1996).

Together with his colleagues, Gareth runs “Vworp Vworp!” – a fanzine that celebrates Doctor Who in comic strip form and Doctor Who Magazine.

In 1975 Weetabix ran its first Doctor Who promotion in the UK. The famously yellow packets of the breakfast cereal contained collectible stand-up card characters. The inside of the cereal packet was printed with a variety of background diorama scenes in which to place the cards. Betweeen March and May 1977, Weetabix ran another Doctor Who promotion. There were four full-sized boards to collect from the back of the cereal packets. Each pack also contained one of six sets of double-sided, stand-up game cards consisting of three character cards and one coded “Message from the Time Lords” card. Our very own Doc (for it is he) has also discussed these Weetabix promotions in his own blog.

In 2011, Volume 2 of Vworp Vworp! magazine came with a free Vworpabix game, an affectionate tribute to the originals comprising four game boards and four sets of double-sided stand-up game cards. These were updated to portray modern Doctor Who characters and were beautifully illustrated by Gareth’s chums Adrian Salmon, Graeme Neil Reid, Leighton Noyes and Simon Gurr.

Lalla Ward and K9 appearing on “Nationwide”.

“Nothing at the End of the Lane” is the magazine of Doctor Who Research and Restoration.

This week’s guest Gareth hosts “An Afternoon with Terrance Dicks” at the FAB Café in Manchetster, the film footage of which can be found here.

Kay Patrick appeared as Poppaea as Flower in the First Doctor stories “The Romans” and “The Savages” respectively. She has also worked as a director and an associate producer on Coronation Street.

Stephen (Steve) Gallagher is a British novelist, screenwriter and director famed for writing the Fourth Doctor story “Warriors’ Gate” and the Fifth Doctor story “Terminus”. But he earned an eternal place in Doc’s personal hall of fame by writing a trilogy of sci-fi serials in the late 1970s which Doc heard in his tender and impressionable years on Piccadilly Radio in the days when even independent British radio stations were obliged by their licences to produce a certain amount of decent drama.

Late 1970s jingles from Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio.

“Blake’s Junction 7″ in which we discover Orac’s fondess for Brown Ale.

The Lego Liberator teleport control room.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 031 – Bedtimes and Dodgems

Matt and Hayden scoff Doc’s grapes by his bedside in the Diddly Dum Whoseum infirmary and mark the 10th anniversary of New Who by comparing the introductory stories for each of the four modern Doctors.

Along the way, we enounter a reverse April Fool, Doc announces his own role in the proposed BBC theme park, Matt reveals the sad fate of the three Crinkly Bottom theme parks and Hayden goes on the “Shada” walk through the streets of Cambridge to find that his favourite pub is located next to “that fence”.

Direct MP3 Download link = DDPC031 – Bedtimes and Dodgems

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SHOWNOTES

Steven Moffat announces an extra 5 years for Doctor Who.

Ravers trash Crinkly Bottom theme park.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 030 – Room One-er-One

The Four Faces of Delusion become Five as the Diddly Dumbers are joined by JR Southall of the Blue Box Podcast. Our heroes have been summoned urgently to The Diddly Dum Whoseum by a false alarm so they take the opportunity to visit the dreaded Room 1-er-1 to debate which Doctor Who related things deserve to be consigned to oblivion.

Along the way, Matt regales us with tales of his visit to the “Day of the Doctors” convention, Michael Grade’s character flaws are laid bare by his milkman, we revisit the worst disasters from the history of Blue Peter and reveal the role played by The Governess (from TV quiz show The Chase) in the junking of Doctor Who archive tapes. Finally, Mr Southall’s outrageously controversial choice of item for Room 1-er-1 results in him following the road taken by Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – but less successfully.

Direct MP3 Download Link = DDPC030 – Room One-er-One

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SHOWNOTES

The narrator of our thrilling Thunderbirds-themed introduction is friend of the show, Rob Irwin of the Who Wars Podcast.

This week’s special guest is father of the show, JR Southall – the eminence grise of the Blue Box Podcast. In December 2013, it was JR who suggested to The Three Who Drool that they start their own podcast, and so Diddly Dum was born.

Armando Ianucci expresses interest in writing for the Twelfth Doctor.

David Banks played the Doctor in 1989 stage play “The Ultimate Adventure“.

Trevor Martin played the Doctor in 1974 stage play “Seven Keys to Doomsday”.

“Doctor Who – a New Dimension”, narrated by David Tennant, was broadcast shortly before the original broadcast of “Rose” on 26 March 2005.

“Why Don’t You?” was a BBC children’s television series broadcast between 20 August 1973 and 21 April 1995.

The baby elephant weeing and pooing on the Blue Peter studio floor is one of the core memories of a certain generation of British children. Look out for Peter Purves (First Doctor companion, Steven Taylor) presenting.

Simon Groom’s slip (or was it?) after a Blue Peter presentation on door knockers is helpfully ruined by the fool doing a voiceover here.

Mark Curry knocking the head off the Lego man on Blue Peter can be found 1 min 40 secs into this clip.

The junior branch of Doc’s fan club observes the recent solar eclipse.

Doc’s description of JR as “a nice man when you know him but you’ve got to know him first” is of course a reference to the Music Hall song, here performed by Charles Coburn.

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DIDDLY DUM 029 – The Fourth Face of Delusion

The Diddly Dumbers discuss their first Doctor Who VHS or DVD as the Three Who Drool regenerate into the Four Faces of Delusion (the fourth face is the listener’s own).

Along the way, we discover Hayden’s dirty little secret as a Doctor Who fan, Doc explains how Doctor Who did Star Wars six years before George Lucas did, Matt offers tantalising hints regarding his conversation with Rob Shearman about Rob’s most hated story, we examine the use of sexual imagery in spaceship design and discover the original inspiration for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in Doctor Who. Into the bargain, Doc’s remorseless logic even solves the legend of the ghost diver at Wookey Hole.

MP3 Download Link = DDPC029 – The Fourth Face of Delusion

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SHOWNOTES

The opening scene of the podcast in which Doc abseils down the front of the Whoseum clock tower has twin inspirations in British culture. Firstly, the famous opening of 1960s Watch With Mother classic series “Trumpton” which always began with clock figures striking the hour. This also inspires the end of the podcast in which our chums take a stroll in the park to listen to the band. The second inspiration is “Dads Army” episode “Time on My Hands” in which our heroes battle with the workings of the town hall clock.

Hayden appeared on the Blue Box Podcast (episode 145 – “Friends: Part One).

Doc appeared on the Who Wars Podcast (episode 25 – 8th Mar 2015).

The Whoseum computer’s choice of famous computer to annoyingly impersonate this time is Eddie, the Heart of Gold’s Shipboard Computer from Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Eddie was played by David Tate in the orginal BBC radio series.

“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” sung by William Shatner.

“The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” sung by Leonard Nimmoy.

Doc’s side-splitting joke about buying “The Twin Dilemma” VHS from the poison counter at Boots was of course inspired by the 1975 Morecambe and Wise sketch with Des O’Connor.

Jon Pertwee falls for a “Gotcha” prank on 1990’s TV show, “Noel’s House Party”.

Worzel Gummidge is a children’s television series, based on the books by Barbara Euphan Todd. Starting in 1979, the programme starred Jon Pertwee in the title role and ran for four series in the UK until 1981.

“Revenge of the Cybermen” is referred to in the comedy series “The League of Gentlemen” in a sketch performed by Mark Gatiss called “Stumphole Cavern”. 

30 years of BBC Video idents

The slow scary ident

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DIDDLY DUM 028 – One or Twenty-Eight

The Diddly Dum Podcast returns after a break with some bombshell news. Then The Whoseum is opened up again to welcome Hayden Gribble and Matt Charlton who  have found the coveted copperplate invitations to The Whoseum in their Wonka Bars. Listen in as they present for exhibition items which speak to their hearts of what Doctor Who means.

Is that silver sphere a garden ornament or a Yeti control unit? What did Hayden find in his great grandmother’s Radio Times to set him off on a lifetime of Doctor Who fandom? How can Matt’s Ninth Doctor action figure be simultaneously groovy and bolshy? And where did Hayden get that shooting script from?

Along the way, the conversation leaps from Thals in ripped jeans to Pinky and Perky via the prospect of Doctor Who taking its soap opera elements to unheard of heights. Doc even reveals his guiltiest of secrets when it comes to TV viewing pleasure.

MP3 Download Link = DDPC028 – 001 or 028

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SHOWNOTES

Doc has been racking his brain trying to think who the caretakers left behind in the Whoseum remind him of. They sounded suspiciously like a pair of characters, Crun and Bannister, from The Goon Show. And their conversation bears a remarkable resemblance to The Goon Show’s “The Case of Vanishing Room”.

When you’ve seen a group of TV newsreaders singing and dancing once, every future year that they repeat it becomes less and less amusing. So it’s unfortunate for the BBC newsreaders that Morecambe and Wise beat them to it in 1977.

Pinky and Perky were a pair of puppet pigs created by Czechs Jan and Vlasta Dalibor. The characters of pigs were chosen because the pig is seen as a symbol of good luck in the former Czechoslovakia. They spoke and sang in high-pitched voice (Pink and Perky, that is,  not Jan and Vlasta) and often sang cover versions of popular songs.

“The White Horses” was a 1965 television series co-produced by RTV Ljubljana (now RTV Slovenija) of Yugoslavia and German TV (Südwestfunk). Its haunting theme tune/song is guaranteed to send a wistful shiver down the spine of anyone of a certain age (viz. Doc).

“The Singing Ringing Tree” was a children’s film made by East German studio DEFA in 1957 and shown in the form of a television series by the BBC.

“The Flashing Blade” was a French television serial made in the late 1960s. It was first broadcast in the UK on BBC children’s television during the 1960s, with several re-runs throughout the 1970s. The story is based upon historical events during the War of the Mantuan Succession (1628–1631) between France and Spain. The theme song is guaranteed to stir calls to duty in the breast of anyone of a certain age (viz. Doc).

“Follyfoot” was a children’s television series co-produced by Yorkshire Television and TV Munich. It aired in the UK between 1971 and 1973. The series starred Desmond Llewelyn (the original Q from James Bond) but he never told any of the characters “now listen carefully”.

Doctor Who designer Barry Newberry has sadly died at the age of 88.

“Doctor Who – The Troughton Years” was a video containing rare episodes from Patrick Troughton’s time as the Doctor.

Dominic Treadwell-Collins (born 26 August 1977) is a British television producer, known for his work on the soap operas Family Affairs and EastEnders and, if Matt gets his way, Doctor Who.

Roy Castle, OBE (31 August 1932 – 2 September 1994) was an English dancer, singer, comedian, actor, television presenter and musician. He played Ian in the Doctor Who and the Daleks film (1965) but even more famously hosted BBC children’s show “Record Breakers”. Footage of the breaking of the world tap dancing record at BBC Television Centre never fails to get the feet tapping in those of a certain age (viz. Doc).

The Radio Times 1996 “Return of The Time Lord” pull-out.

Born in Hull, Geoffrey Dummer MBE (25 February 1909 – 9 September 2002) was a British electronics engineer and consultant who is credited as being the first person to conceptualise and build a prototype of the integrated circuit, commonly called the microchip, in the late-1940s and early 1950s.

Dafydd ap Llywelyn (c. March 1212 – 25 February 1246) was Prince of Gwynedd from 1240 to 1246. He was the first ruler to claim the title Prince of Wales.

Timewyrm: Genesys

“Urgent Calls” by Big Finish

“Doctor Who: Thirty Years in the TARDIS” is a one-off, 50-minute television documentary, broadcast to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the show and originally transmitted on 29 November 1993. This was followed by a release on VHS, titled “More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS”.

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DIDDLY DUM 027 – Andrew Smith

10923794_10205753471700910_6523637478693478418_oThe Three Who Drool enter the New Year by inviting Andrew Smith into The Diddly Dum Whoseum. Originally famous as the teenage writer of Fourth Doctor story “Full Circle”, Andrew is once more writing Doctor Who and Blakes Seven plays for Big Finish.

The exhibits presented by Andrew to The Whoseum are the Radio Times Doctor Who Tenth Anniversary Special and Toby Hadoke’s “Who’s Round” podcast series. They provoke lots of chat.

Along the way, conversation turns inter alia to Police Box keys, how Norman Wisdom has informed The Rev’s image of the Police, dinosaurs at Crystal Palace and the UK’s first crematorium.

Please take the time to read about a charity Andrew is interested in, The Lily Foundation, which gives support to children and families facing the challenges of Mitochondrial Disease, and support them if you can. www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk              @4lilyfoundation

MP3 Download link = DDPC027 – Andrew Smith

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The podcast ends with a tribute to our Whoseum guest in the form of a Blockbusters Gold Run. If you’d like to follow along with Al and The Rev as they attempt to go from Gold to Gold before the two of them lose interest, here’s a screenshot of the Gold Run screen.

ASQ

SHOWNOTES

Fresh from attending the vile debauch which was Toby Hadoke’s birthday bash, this week’s special guest at The Diddly Dum Whoseum is Andrew Smith, the man who in his late teens wrote the Fourth Doctor story “Full Circle” which introduced the companion Adric. Andrew then took up a career in the Police – the Diddly Dumbers like to imagine him as a cross between Jack Regan and Inspector Morse with a long scarf. In recent years and since his recent retirement from guarding us while we booze, new works which have come from Andrew’s pen include the Big Finish audio plays “The Invasion of E-Space” (Lalla Ward), “Domain of the Voord” (William Russell & Carole Ann Ford) and “The First Sontarans” (Sixth Doctor) and the to-be-released-this-January “Mistfall” (Fifth Doctor). Andrew has also written for Big Finish’s Blake’s Seven audio plays including “Retribution” (The Liberator Chronicles, Vol 10) and “Escape From Destiny” (The Liberator Chronicles, Vol 11). Also to be released this January is a BBC audiobook of “Full Circle” read by Matthew Waterhouse.

Please take the time to read about a charity Andrew is interested in, The Lily Foundation, which gives support to children and families facing the challenges of Mitochondrial Disease, and support them if you can. www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk              @4lilyfoundation

The first exhibit presented to The Whoseum by Andrew is The Radio Times Doctor Who Tenth Anniversary Special from 1973. Among the delights contained within this 68-page treasure were a new short story, “We are the Daleks!”, by Terry Nation, double-page spreads on each season, detailed plans for constructing a life-size Dalek and behind-the-scenes profiles. This 1973 Special famously inspired a 15 year old Peter Capaldi to write to Radio Times. Scans of many of the pages can be found here on the sfaction Tumbler page. A video clip of the pages can be found here on Youtube.

The Quarks were the robot servants of The Dominators in the Second Doctor story of that name.

Terry Nation was a Welsh television writer and novelist best known for creating the Daleks for Doctor Who. Nation was also the creator of two series, Survivors and Blake’s 7, in the 1970s.

The real Police Box on which the TARDIS is based has an interesting history. In 2002, The Metropolitan Police (London’s Police Force) unsuccessfully tried to sue the BBC for the trade mark rights to the design. The full case details can be found here. A map of the former locations of Police Boxes can be found here.

The Rev (and, to be fair, all decent and law abiding British citizens) gain our idea of how our Police Forces work entirely from films such as “Carry on Constable” (1960) and “The Belles of St Trinians” (1954) and “Norman on the Beat” (1962) and “Spare a Copper” (1942).

However, Doc’s formative experiences of the Police are derived from growing up in  a newsagent shop opposite his local police station and seeing policemen come into the shop to buy coloured crayons “to draw big maps so we can catch criminals”. A likely story, the infant Doc used to think cynically.

The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, also known as Dinosaur Court, are a series of sculptures of extinct animals (including dinosaurs) in Crystal Palace Park. Commissioned in 1852 to accompany the Crystal Palace after its move from the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, they were the first dinosaur sculptures in the world. They were used as a backdrop for Carole Ann Ford’s photoshoot for The Radio Times Doctor Who Tenth Anniversary Special.

The Steepletone Blue Police Telephone Box.

The Rev’s Russian Doll of TARDISes.

Opened in 1901, the Hedon Road crematorium and chapel are thought to be the oldest municipal buildings in the country.

The second exhibit presented to The Whoseum by Andrew is Toby Hadoke’s “Who’s Round” series of podcasts. This series follows Toby’s quest to mark Doctor Whos’s 50th anniversary year by interviewing someone who had worked on every Doctor Who story. Notable interviews include Andrew “for it is he” Smith (#02), Waris Hussein (#06), Russell T Davies (#50 & #54 & #59 & #99), Uncle Terrance Dicks (#55), Richard Martin (#80), Lynda Belingham (#71 & #85), a Rev-pleasing Chris Jury (#86), Frazer Hines (#91), Mark Gatiss (#98) and Steven Moffat (#100).

XS Malarkey is a not-for-profit comedy club, hosted every week by Toby Hadokeand eagerly maintained by a group of minions who do his bidding on a regular basis.

Al and the Him travelled to Edinburgh in August 2012 to celebrate Al’s birthday seeing the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre and Toby Hadoke’s “My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver.”

The Diddly Dum podcast thanks anyone we’ve pinched stuff from and respects the copyright of etc etc.

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