This week, the Diddly Dum Podcast is brought to you by the letter A. Two things are missing this week – Hayden and all Doc’s notes for his Whoseum segment. As a result, only Mark and Allan have exhibits to present – a wheelbarrow full of charred fragments of blue wood (which looks surprisingly like the debris of a TARDIS) and a broken link.

Along the way, Allan performs his first ever live stand-up gig, we investigate the unexpected origins of the presidential salute, we follow what happened to the Dalek ship prop after Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 AD (1966), and we examine the link between Shakespeare’s punk phase and Vincent Price’s horror films.

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(00:05:24) Allan’s first ever comedy stand-up routine courtesy of The Comic Trust.

(00:17:50) “Doc’s Comedy Hour” can be found at episode 53 of the Diddly Dum Podcast.

(00:20:33) Mike Yarwood is an English actor, comedian and impressionist. He was one of Britain’s top-rated entertainers, regularly appearing on television from the 1960s to the 1980s.

(00:55:30) The TARDIS Builders Forum.

(00:57:15) “The Body Stealers” (1969).

(01:00:04) The TARDIS Video Cabinet.

(01:05:00) The shop window scene from the “Sleeper” episode of “The New Avengers.

(01:09:10) Daphne Ashbrook’s dead link.

(01:23:10) “Screen Test” is a children’s game show that aired on BBC1 from 18 November 1970 to 20 December 1984. It is first hosted by Michael Rodd from 1970 to 1979, then hosted by Brian Trueman from 1979 to 1983 and finally hosted by Mark Curry in 1984.

(01:26:28) Allan writes reviews of horror movies for

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