Paul Winter, the Co-ordinator of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, joins the Four Faces of Delusion to talk about conventions and whether the days of the fan convention are numbered. We cover first conventions, their increasing cost, the most bizarre rules on autographs and selfies, and buying Nick Courtney drinks.

Matt talks of the magic of meeting Peter Capaldi. Hayden regales us with tales of the day he consoled a despondent Sylvester McCoy on his shoulder and Terrance Dicks bought him a cider. Meanwhile Doc relates the day he wet himself at the Blackpool Doctor Who Exhibition.

Along the way, we pay a special Doctor Who themed tribute to the late Sylvia Anderson, Matt reports on his recent trip to Sheffield for The Valiant 2016 convention, and Hayden reports on his recent trip to Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience to take the TARDIS Set Tour.

But foremost among this week’s experiences is a message from Peter Capaldi to the Diddly Dumbers and their faithless listeners.


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(00:00:00) On 15 March 2016, we lost Sylvia Anderson, best known for her Supermarionation collaborations with her husband Gerry Anderson and for being the voice of “Thunderbirds” character, Lady Penelope. In the early 1970s, Doc attended a “Bring & Buy” sale at his school and purchased the vinyl LP of “Lady Penelope Investigates – The Stately Homes Robberies” from which the song “The Abominable Snowman” sung by Lady Penelope and Parker) is taken as a tribute.

(00:16:51) Pictures from William Russell’s 1950s screen test for Ben-Hur can be found at our Tumblr site here.

(00:19:00) Doc recently guested on Episode 52 of Rob and Mark’s “42 to Doomsday” podcast.

(00:19:25) Matt recently attended The Valiant 2016 convention in Sheffield.

(00:44:20) Peter Capaldi sends his greetings to the Diddly Dum Podcast.

(00:49:00) On 1 March 2016, we lost Tony Warren, the television screenwriter best known for creating the ITV soap opera “Coronation Street”.

(00:55:00) Hayden recently attended the TARDIS Studio Set Tour at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff. A selection of photos from Hayden’s visit can be found in the March 2016 section of our Tumblr page here.

(01:22:40) On 24 April 2016. Matt will be hosting “An Audience with Bob Baker” at the Fab Café in Manchester.

(01:36:55) A young Hayden and his sister meet Deborah and Jack Watling at Clacton-on-Sea (1999).

(01:38:00)  Hayden consoles Sylvester McCoy after making him feel old at the “Time 4” convention (2010).

(02:50:40) The Doctor Who Appreciation Society will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this May with “The Capitol” convention.

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