For this double review of “Dark Water” and “Death in Heaven”, the Diddly Dumbers pay tribute to the theory developed by The Him (Al’s éminence grise) that Steven Moffat’s source material for Doctor Who is stolen entirely from Danger Mouse episodes. So they leap once again into the Molecular Nanoscaler and shrink themselves small enough to enter the secret agent’s pillar box base.

Nestled safely among the uncollected post, the Diddly Dumbers start with Doc’s mammoth rambling review of his recent trip to the British Film Institute to see the premiere of “Future Shock – The Story of 2000AD”. Eventually, the Three Who Drool remember that this is primarily a Doctor Who related podcast and turn to the Series 8 finale double-bill.

Along the way, The Rev reveals how Steven Moffat is cooking pasta with guess who’s spice rack, Doc gets so deeply mired in an elaborate “Friends” analogy that he forgets why he started it, Al hams it up with hamartia, we cover how “The Happiness Patrol” never came near 2000AD’s “Invasion” in attacking Margaret Thatcher, why it’s illegal to produce horror comics in the UK, Australia’s joint-second top contributions to world culture, how watching Steven Moffat’s finale was like those scouts on a roller-coaster in “J**’** F** I*”, and we discover why the campest character in sci-fi history could well have been Admiral Ackbar.

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Humber Comic-Con

Through the generosity of friend of the show Kevin Jordan, on 28 October 2014, Doc stayed late at work (a genuine first!) in order to spend the evening at the nearby British Film Institute where, as part of their “Sci-fi Days of Fear and Wonder” season, they were showing the premiere of “Future Shock – The Story of 2000AD”. This was a 105mins docu-film telling (believe it or not) the story of British comic 2000AD. The evening was rounded off with a Q&A session including Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill. Photos of the audience at the event can be found on the producer’s blog. You won’t be able to spot Doc because he left his box at home that night.

Here you can find a page of 2000AD artwork specially drawn as a dig at working conditions on the comic which was banned from publication by the soulless minions of orthodoxy.

One morning in early 1977, Doc’s weekly comic dropped through the letter-box of his family home. It may have been “Whizzer & Chips” or “The Beezer” or “Cor!” (Doc forgets) but it was to change this mild-mannered 10-year old into the giant of podcasting that you see today. For the centrespread consisted of a four-page advert for the brand new comic 2000AD (on pale pink paper). Thanks to Gary at “Tainted Archive” for preserving a copy online. Was Doc attracted by the promise of anarchic anti-hero adventure or by the free Space Spinner frisbee? We will never know.

The Heavy Metal Kids as a visual literacy aid.

“Robot Wars” is often accepted as the story which propelled Judge Dredd to No 1 strip in 2000AD.

Here is the offending picture wherein the bridge looked far too much like a penis for the tastes of the 2000AD censors.

The docu-film provides more evidence to support Al’s assertion that Hardware (1990) – Richard Stanley’s once-rare cult classic – ripped off the design of Walter’s Robo-Tale – “SHOK!” from the Judge Dredd Annual 1981 as discussed in Diddly Dum Podcast #021.

Early 2000AD strip “Invasion” contained a scene which was supposed to suggest the shooting of Margaret Thatcher. Eat your heart out, “The Happiness Patrol”.

“Strip” comic from The Rev’s youth.

Outlaw infant “Baby-Face Finlayson” is a fictional character in a comic strip in the UK comic “The Beano”.

Leo Baxendale (born 27 October 1930 is a British cartoonist and the creator of The Bash Street Kids.

Fortean Times is a British monthly magazine devoted to the anomalous phenomena popularised by Charles Fort.

It’s forbidden to produce horror comics in the UK.

“Thrill-Power Overload: Thirty Years of 2000AD” by David Bishop

“Judge Dredd – the Mega-History” by Colin M Jarman

Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons contributed to Doctor Who Weekly/Monthly with such stories as “The Song of the Space Whale” and “Star Beast” and “Iron Legion“.

Rob Irwin’s “Who Wars Podcast” is the podcast for those among us who just can’t decide between Star Wars and Doctor Who. Episodes #09, #10 and #12 of Rob’s podcast include a three-part interview with EricJ, also known as Eric J or Eric Johnson, who is a comic book artist and the co-creator of “Rex Mundi”, an American comic book series featuring a quest for the Holy Grail told as a murder mystery set in the year 1933, in an alternate history Europe where magic is real.

The Starburst Bookworm Podcast Season 2 Episode 25 interviews The Art Heroes, Lee Robinson and Dan Clifford.

Joint second (behind Holly Valance) in the list of Australia’s greatest contributions to world culture is Rob and Mark’s splendid 42 to Doomsday Podcast.

Louis the Stammerer

Laurence Stephen “L.S.” Lowry (1 November 1887 – 23 February 1976) was an English artist born in Lancashire.

Jim Steinman

In long-gone TV show “Jim’ll Fix It” which we now have to pretend, like Gary Glitter’s songs, never existed, a 1980 TV memory indelibly etched on UK memories is the group of boy scouts who wanted to eat their lunch on a roller-coaster.

“Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday” was a stage play which ran at the Adelphi Theatre in London in 1974.

The more gullible among you may have fallen for the   that Missy’s true identity is The Master. The Diddly Dumbers, however, remain convinced that their original theory of her being Mrs McClusky from Grange Hill still holds water.

“Mind Reader – An Evening of Wonders” is the name of Derren Brown’s third live stage show which had its first run of 42 dates in 2007. The introduction to the show was a video including gorillas playing table tennis to demonstrate change blindness. Brown then appeared and indicated that a some point during the show “a man in a gorilla suit will come onto stage and steal a banana”. The challenge for the audience was to notice the banana being stolen. The banana was then successfully removed while the audience attention was directed elsewhere. Later in the show, when the gorilla came on stage more obviously, it was revealed that it was Derren in the costume.

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

Admiral Ackbar totally camps it up in “Return of the Jedi”.

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