DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 039 – Three Angry Men

There is a grumpiness in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to podcasting.

It had to happen one day. By sheer coincidence, life and work had been rough on all three members of the Four Faces of Delusion this week, brewing a cocktail which brought together Doc, Hayden and Matt in equally grumpy moods to record this podcast.

We start with Matt’s report on his recent visit to the “Day of the Doctors 2” event where he actually got offered a jelly baby by the great man himself, witnessed Sylvester McCoy getting his mojo back, heard a story which forever trumps Matthew Waterhouse’s anecdote of finding out that he’d been written out, and Matt splashes the cash in the dealers’ room. Then Doc tells of the parcel of goodies he received which left him thoroughly mystified for a good five minutes and Hayden whores himself out on eBay to part-fund a trip to the USA.

We look at the rumours of an incomplete season in 2016 and reveal the identity of the actress destined to play the Thirteenth Doctor.

In the second half of the show, we give full rein to our grumpiness by building on last time’s “Guilty Treasures” – but this time it’s Guilty Hates. Luckily, the grumpiness of each podcaster’s choice provokes passionate defences by the other two. You haven’t heard this much passion on Diddly Dum since the week Doc did his 20 minute rant about fan forums.

Along the way, we preview the future Big Finish collections – “The Duggan Chronicles” and “The Neeva Chronicles”.

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“Day of the Doctors 2” was a fan event hosted by Tenth Planet Events at the Copthorne Hotel, Windsor on 8 August 2015.

Hayden sells some of his autographs on eBay.

“Changing the Face of Doctor Who” collection by Colin Brockhurst.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 038 – Guilty Treasures

The Four Faces of Delusion admit to their guilty pleasures when it comes to Doctor Who.

Along the way, Matt drops names left right and centre to the great frustration of Doc and Hayden, we discuss the fallout of Colin Baker’s recent DWM interview and imagine the emotional consequences if ever a poll were held for favourite Diddly Dumber, we debate the use of “Show and Tell” as a tool for the education of Britain’s youth, Doc examines how puberty affects one’s view of his own guilty pleasure, Matt argues that the Peladon stories are in fact Star Trek Voyager episodes and Hayden looks back on the anagramatised Anthony Ainley.

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SHOWNOTES

Fabe Café, Manchester will be hosting “An Audience with Philip Hinchcliffe – Hinchcliffe’s BBC” on 4th October 2015.

“Invasion: Earth” is a BBC science fiction TV series. It was made in collaboration with the Sci Fi Channel, and released in 1998 as six fifty minute episodes.

Sylvester McCoy’s recent announcement that he didn’t favour a female Doctor sparked much discussion on Kasterborous.com.

Doctor Who Series 9 trailer breakdown.

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DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 037 – Podcasters Assemble

This week we let Hayden loose again with the Diddly Dum microphone. This time he’s chatting to fellow Doctor Who podcasters. Rob (Brave Heart) Irwin of the Who Wars Podcast tells of trying to please both Doctor Who and Star Wars fans. Steven (No Less) Schapansky of Radio Free Skaro recalls the day he was cured of stage fright. Toby (For it is he) Hadoke of the Who’s Round podcast reveals his underhand use of Coronation Street to manipulate Russell T Davies into undertaking his mammoth and still not finished) interview. J R (Sorry you were out) Southall of the Blue Box Podcast asserts that our own Doc Whom struck lucky twice. Doc himself was fortunately not within reach of a microphone to dispute this claim. Along the way, we find out what constitutes a cool photo with Tom Baker, Hayden relates his meeting with Peter Capaldi and reveals which director sent him scurrying behind the sofa in fear when he was interviewed by hockey fans, and residents of EX postcodes discover why Doctor Who was responsible for their post being delivered late.

MP3 Direct Download Link = DDPC037 – Podcasters Assemble

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Rob Irwin is the major domo not only of the Who Wars podcast but of the growing Who Wars network of podcasts.

Steven Schapansky is one of the Three Who Rule, the purveyors of Radio Free Skaro.

Toby Hadoke is the knight errant of the Who’s Round podcast (hosted on the Big Finish podcast). His valiant quest to mark Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary by interviewing enough people to obtain an anecdote for every story has been entertaining fandom for well over a year.

When it come to eminences grises of podcasts, they don’t come much greyer than J R Southall of the Blue Box Podcast. J R is also the brains behind the Watching Books publishing arm.

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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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SHOWNOTES

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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SHOWNOTES

“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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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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