cake-05Come and have a piece of cake as we celebrate the third birthday of the Diddly Dum Podcast. Originally intending to review “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”, we get slightly sidetracked by listing what Doctor Who goodies we got for Christmas. Then Hayden regales us with a tale of his Christmas visit to The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge where he discovered playable games consoles and games from his youth.

Eventually, we leave the subject of the 90s Doctor Who pinball game and the Activision Ghostbusters game from the 80s and turn to chatting about the latest Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Along the way, we discover Peter Cushing’s unusual hobby, we keep finding William Russell in the seasonal TV fare, and we look back to a very early podcast where we covered an early computer game featuring the voices of Jon Pertwee and Ian Dury.


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(00:08:30) Hayden visited The UK Computing Centre in Cambridge over Christmas. Some of his photos can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:11:00) A photo of a ghetto blaster to beat Ace’s can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:14:00) Footage of playing the Doctor Who pinball game machine from the 1990s can be found here. Also, while filming “More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS”, Sylvester McCoy played the game in unincluded footage which can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:19:48) In Diddly Dum Podcast #07, we looked at the “Deus Ex Machina” video game from Automata.

(00:29:34) Activision released a Ghostbusters video game in 1984, screen footage of which can be found here.

(00:31:28) “Accrington Stanley, Who Are They?” is a slogan that was used in an advert for milk by the Milk Marketing Board in the 1980s in the UK.

(00:33:11) Doc was given a copy of “The Doctor Who Whoniverse” for Christmas.

(00:38:27) Hayden’s sister podcast at “Podcasters Royale” continues to go great guns.

(00:41:57) William Russell appears with George Baker in a screen test for Ben-Hur in the 1950s.

(00:44:20) “Astronomer’s Call” is a spoken word section on “Before the Dawn” – the second live album by Kate Bush, released on 25 November 2016 by Bush’s label Fish People.

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