The Diddly Dumbers discuss their first Doctor Who VHS or DVD as the Three Who Drool regenerate into the Four Faces of Delusion (the fourth face is the listener’s own).

Along the way, we discover Hayden’s dirty little secret as a Doctor Who fan, Doc explains how Doctor Who did Star Wars six years before George Lucas did, Matt offers tantalising hints regarding his conversation with Rob Shearman about Rob’s most hated story, we examine the use of sexual imagery in spaceship design and discover the original inspiration for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in Doctor Who. Into the bargain, Doc’s remorseless logic even solves the legend of the ghost diver at Wookey Hole.

MP3 Download Link = DDPC029 – The Fourth Face of Delusion

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The opening scene of the podcast in which Doc abseils down the front of the Whoseum clock tower has twin inspirations in British culture. Firstly, the famous opening of 1960s Watch With Mother classic series “Trumpton” which always began with clock figures striking the hour. This also inspires the end of the podcast in which our chums take a stroll in the park to listen to the band. The second inspiration is “Dads Army” episode “Time on My Hands” in which our heroes battle with the workings of the town hall clock.

Hayden appeared on the Blue Box Podcast (episode 145 – “Friends: Part One).

Doc appeared on the Who Wars Podcast (episode 25 – 8th Mar 2015).

The Whoseum computer’s choice of famous computer to annoyingly impersonate this time is Eddie, the Heart of Gold’s Shipboard Computer from Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Eddie was played by David Tate in the orginal BBC radio series.

“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” sung by William Shatner.

“The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” sung by Leonard Nimmoy.

Doc’s side-splitting joke about buying “The Twin Dilemma” VHS from the poison counter at Boots was of course inspired by the 1975 Morecambe and Wise sketch with Des O’Connor.

Jon Pertwee falls for a “Gotcha” prank on 1990’s TV show, “Noel’s House Party”.

Worzel Gummidge is a children’s television series, based on the books by Barbara Euphan Todd. Starting in 1979, the programme starred Jon Pertwee in the title role and ran for four series in the UK until 1981.

“Revenge of the Cybermen” is referred to in the comedy series “The League of Gentlemen” in a sketch performed by Mark Gatiss called “Stumphole Cavern”. 

30 years of BBC Video idents

The slow scary ident

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