TRUMPS 5The Four Faces of Delusion hold the inaugural meeting of the Diddly Dum Book Club by reviewing the New Adventures novel “Conundrum” (1994) by Steve Lyons. We also take advantage of the linking theme to review the Second Doctor story “The Mind Robber” from 1968.

Before that, Hayden looks forward to taking the TARDIS Set Tour at Cardiff next week while Matt reminisces about the game of Tour Guide Top Trumps which ensued when the TARDIS tour guides found out what he did for a living.

Along the way, we discover why Matt’s plan to attend a convention cosplaying as DCI Jack Meadows was frustrated; Doc explains the usefulness of “The Faraway Tree” for getting children to observe their bedtime; we learn how the root cause of all Ace’s character problems is that she’s more Morrissey fan than street fighter; and we end by asking are the days of conventions numbered?

Terrance Dicks drops in briefly to settle an argument over Spiridon and Exxilon. And we challenge politically correct censorship by asking the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything – shorts and sweaters for Enid Blyton’s kids or jeans and sweatshirts?

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(00:02:40) Next week, Hayden’s taking the TARDIS Studio Set Tour at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.

(00:09:00) Here’s the episode of “Father Ted” with the tour of the caves.

(00:14:04) While Hayden is in Cardiff next week, Matt will be attending The Valiant 2016 convention in Sheffield.

(00:16:15) “Conundrum” was a novel in the Virgin New Adventures range written by Steve Lyons in 1994.

(00:58:18) “The Famous Five” is a British television series based on the children’s books of the same name by Enid Blyton. It was broadcast on ITV over two series in 1978 and 1979 in 26 half-hour episodes. The character of Dick was of course played by Gary (for it was he) Russell.

(01:00:00) “The Magic Faraway Tree” is a short series of children’s books written by the prolific Enid Blyton in the 1940s.

(01:01:25) “The Wishing Chair” is a series of children’s books written by the prolific Enid Blyton between 1937 and 1950.

(01:04:10) The Second Doctor’s “The Mind Robber” was the second story serial of Season 6 and broadcast in September and October 1968.

(01:14:20) We end this week’s podcast with Dylan’s lullaby for Buxton from “Dougal and the Blue Cat” which Doc was crooning off-microphone at several points of technical difficulty during this recording to calm Hayden and Matt.

(01:31:30) The Doctor Who Appreciation Society will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this May with “The Capitol” convention.

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