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