This double review of “Time Heist” and “The Caretaker” opens with the Diddly Dumbers being pursued through the vaults of the Karabraxos Bank by fiendish monsters from their childhood nightmares. At the last minute, our heroes manage to escape by Transmat and land in the empty staff room of Coal Hill School.

heist 800Along the way, the Three Who Drool discuss the late Dr Evelyn Smythe and identify why the design of the Skovox Blitzer reminded them of Christmas morning 1980. They debate why different vocal stresses are given to street and road names and explore Steven Moffat’s push to reboot the new Doctor as the Peter Cushing incarnation.

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The Rev depicts the last minute escape of the Diddly Dumbers from the bank vaults as the podcast begins. For those of you unfamiliar with UK TV banking commercials from the 1980s, the yellow Griffin was used to advertise Midland Bank (now swallowed up by HSBC) and the pig was used to advertise Nat West Bank.

Dr Evelyn Smythe is a fictional character played by Maggie Stables in a series of audio plays produced by Big Finish Productions based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. A professor of history from the 20th century with a fondness for chocolate, she is a companion of the Sixth Doctor.

The Rev goes to see Al Murray, The Pub Landlord.

Brian Blessed – “Man Alive! What’s wrong with big tomatoes?”

Man Alive!

Katy Manning with Peter Capaldi in the TARDIS

Zam Wessell was a shapeshifting bounty hunter in “Attack of the Clones”.

Peter Capaldi as the Magician Doctor

The Doctor’s Leaning Tower of Pisa joke was as good as any of the “Police Squad” epilogues.

The origin of Finkle Street

“The Lodger” comic strip by Gareth Roberts – (Doctor Who Magazine #368)

Hardware (1990) – Richard Stanley’s once-rare cult classic.

Walter’s Robo-Tale – “SHOK!” from the Judge Dredd Annual 1981

Gladstone Primary School, Cardiff

Cathays Library, Cardiff

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff

Peter Capaldi appears on The Graham Norton Show (26 Sept 2014)

Alvin Stardust – “you must be out of your tiny minds” – Green Cross Code TV ad.

Little Kiran – Kiran Shah was the actor who played whatever was under the bedspread in “Listen”.

Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall, Part Two

“Poetics” by Aristotle

Coal Hill School’s motto – “A Spirit of Adventure”

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