For this double review of “Flatline” and “In the Forest of the Night”, the Diddly Dumbers have repaired to a sylvan glade. But the peaceful location belies a lurking menace. Which of us hasn’t shivered at the idea of growling in the bushes?

Each new podcast seems to reveal another shocking example of shameless thievery on Steven Moffat’s part. You know that “how can I have been so blind?” feeling when the penny drops and something is laid bare which has been staring you in the face for years? That’s how our podcasters felt this week when The Him (Al’s eminence grise) pointed out what now seems so obvious – that the idea behind every Series 8 episode of Doctor Who can be traced back to an original episode of “Danger Mouse”. The Three Who Drool discuss this outrage.

Along the way, we cover the role of the Three Day Week in The Rev’s conception, Doc having to wait over 40-odd years for his scariest ever experience in Doctor Who, ten foots and snickleways, The Rev finding that the day can be as scary as the night, has normally lovely Sigourney Weaver ever been a more of a total bitch than her character in “Working Girl”, comics as a form of literacy, Al finding Judge Dredd standing next to him at the urinal, the best way not to be killed by tigers and “Peppa Pig” as a prequel to “Animal Farm”.

As an erotic climax, Al finally explains his theory of Doctor Who as Greek tragedy.

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We mourn the passing of the sublimely lovely Linda Bellingham. From “The Sweeney” to “All Creatures Great and Small” and reaching her apogee as the Inquisitor throughout the run of “Trial of a Time Lord” before going on to show Peggy Mitchell how to be a proper gangsteress in “The Bill”. In her later career, she became stereotyped as a strong and versatile actress but it’s her work in the field of Oxo which is how we like to remember her.

The Rev pays tribute to the divine Lynda on his own blog.

Big Finish “Tom Baker at 80″ CD

The BBC’s Genome project gives all Radio Times listings. Find out what was being broadcast on your birthday.

“Diana” is an American sitcom that aired on NBC during the 1973-1974 television season that was created by Leonard Stern and starred Diana Rigg in her first American television series.

Leonard Sachs, as compere of “The Good Old Days” was surely the inspiration for Henry Gordon Jago.

The power cuts of the 1970s were his parents’ inspiration for The Rev himself.

Captain Mainwaring plays the bagpipes 27 mins into the “If The Cap Fits” episode of Dad’s Army.

Al has written a column in print issue #406 of Starburst magazine.

Thomas Love Peacock

Lotte Lenya played Colonel Rosa Klebb who got frisky with Daniela Bianchi in “From Russia With Love”

The birth of the BBC

Charles David George “Charlie” Stross (born 18 October 1964) is a British writer of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

A Spirograph is a geometric drawing toy that produces mathematical roulette curves. It was developed by British engineer Denys Fisher and first sold in 1965.

The form of pantograph which Doc was struggling to name was, of course, the Sketch-a-Graph.

Rising Damp is a British sitcom produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV and originally broadcast from 1974 through 1978. Starring inter alia Leonard Rossiter and Frances de la Tour.

The 2d-to-3D effects in “Flatline” remind The Rev of the stained-glass knight in the “Young Sherlock Holmes” film (1985).

Not to be outdone by a Yorkshireman in the cultural hinterland stakes, the TARDIS in Clara’s handbag reminds Lancastrian Doc of the carpet bag scene in “Mary Poppins”.

“Saving Mr. Banks” is a 2013 American-Australian-British historical drama film centered on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios film “Mary Poppins”.

Doc’s slightly obscure demand that Cagney and Lacey get that washroom redecorated comes from 4 mins 50 seconds into this Victoria Wood performance.

Brian Sibley is a British writer and broadcaster who wrote the 26 episode radio adaptation of “Lord of the Rings” first broadcast on BBC Radio Four in 1981 and which starred Ian Holm as Frodo, later to play Bilbo in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy.

“The Land of Narnia” by Brian Sibley

Christopher Fairbank who played annoying foreman Fenton in “Flatline” is perhaps known best (certainly to The Rev) for his role as Moxey in “Auf Wiedersehen Pet”.

“Nocturnal Activities” by John Williams from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”.

Aussie Rob@WhoWars, who delights in the Diddly Dumbers having three distinct accents, has his own Doctor Who/Star Wars crossover podcast which is a must.

A view from the cab of a Diesel train travelling the full length of the line from Withernsea to Hull, filmed by Stan Kerman in 1957.

Disused stations – Hedon Station.

Ten Foots and Snickleways

Ramsey Campbell’s “Demons by Daylight”

A113 (sometimes A-113 or A1-13) is an inside joke, an Easter egg in animated films created by alumni of California Institute of the Arts.

Alan-Moore-the-wonderful-wizard-of…Northampton. “Heaven” is the last track on Alan Moore & Tim Perkins “Angel Passage” CD.

“Swamp Thing” issue #32

“Swamp Thing” issue #53 – “The Garden of Earthly Delights”

“Pog” and “Abandoned House”: Alan’s Moor’s “Swamp Thing” issues #32 and #33.

Rev’s short film looking at the development of Gothic as a design style from it’s early beginings as an architectural style to it’s use as a fashion style. Ideal for Art & Design Education. And that voiceover sounds strangely familiar.

“Theatre of Blood” is a 1973 horror film starring Vincent Price as vengeful actor Edward Lionheart (and Diana Rigg as his daughter Edwina). Among other Shakeapearian deaths, Lionheart punishes theatre critic, Robert Morley, by cooking his pet poodles a la Titus Andronicus. Vincent Price also used to ask people to pass the mustard.

“The Abominable Dr Phibes” is a 1971 British horror film starring Vincent Price who is inspired in his murderous spree by the Ten Plagues of Egypt from the Old Testament. It was followed by “Dr Phibes Rises Again”.

Dave Gibbons is appointed the UK’s first comics laureate.

Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw) is an exciting new literacy charity formed by a group of passionate and highly experienced trustees from the fields of education and comics. The mission of CLAw is to dramatically improve the literacy levels of UK children through the medium of comics and graphic novels. CLAw will also aim to raise the profile, image and respectability of comics and graphic novels as both a valid art form and as works of literature.

Neil Cameron’s blog entry on comics and literacy.

Judge Minty – a not for profit fan film.

The Phoenix Comic contains Adam Murphy’s “Corpse Talk: Digging up history one hero at a time”.

“Here Come the Double Deckers” was a 17-part British children’s TV series from 1970-71 revolving around the adventures of seven children whose den was an old red double-decker London bus in an unused junk yard. Scooper, the leader of the group, was played by a young Peter Firth who would go on to play Harry Pearce in the BBC One show “Spooks“.


The Diddly Dum Podcast would like at this point to declare an interest. We hold no interests in Ted Baker. However, since Friend of the Show Tariq has suggested that Doc’s visit to the HQ might have been explained by his being on acid at the time, we would like to provide evidence that their front door is indeed in the middle of a giant lobster, visitors to their Reception are indeed greeted by a barking animatronic Golden Retriever, and their lifts are indeed just like Roald Dahl’s Great Glass Elevator in having fun buttons all over their walls.

The Rev’s favourite bit of silence ever is the 8 seconds between the end of the 20th Century Fox fanfare and the start of the Star Wars fanfare.

“Danger Mouse” is a British children’s animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television. It features the eponymous Danger Mouse, an English mouse who works as a secret agent. It is also clearly the inspiration for Series 8 of Doctor Who. Take a look at episode 5 of “Day of the Suds” where Nelson’s Column has been toppled. In “Time Slip”, Danger Mouse goes back in time to meet Robin Hood. Are you listening, Mr Gatiss? And do we need to say any more about “Danger Mouse on the Orient Express“?

“Doctor Who and the Song of Goats” – Al’s Greek tragedy theory from his own blog.

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