“Imagine a world created by George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and the Marx brothers”. Yes, it’s the Diddly Dum Whoseum, put once more to its proper role as a repository for Doctor Who memorabilia. The themes of the items presented this week by the podcasters is food and board games, with a linking theme of Daleks.


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(00:05:21) Following the success of the “The Capitol II”, the Doctor Who Appreciation Society is hosting “The Capitol 3“ – a full scale, two day event that will take place at the Arora Hotel Gatwick over the weekend of the 28th & 29th April 2018. “Capitol 3″ will offer a mix of guests panels, on screen presentations, autographs, photo studio, merchandise and more. Special events, as well as a plethora of guests, are planned for the weekend, with details being revealed over the coming months.

(00:02:01) The 2018 “Who at Hoylake” convention will be held at Hoylake Social Club at postcode CH47 2BR. Guests announced so far include Toby Hadoke, Michael Troughton, Philip Hinchcliffe, Marcus Gilbert and Sophie Aldred .

(00:05:03) “The Guardians”, a dystopian political thriller, is a television drama series of 13 60-minute episodes made by London Weekend Television and broadcast in the UK on the ITV network between 10 July 1971 and 2 October 1971. The complete series DVD box-set can be bought online here or here.

(00:08:34) “EBC1″ – a.k.a “Emu’s Broadcasting Company” (1975–1980) was a children’s television series featuring Rod Hull and Emu running their own television station, which parodied many BBC series of the time. Supporting Rod Hull and his emu puppet were Billy Dainty who played a James Bond pastiche called Captain Perceval and Barbara New who played the tea lady. For those of a certain generation, this show was memorable for its Doctor Who parody, “Doctor Emu”.

(00:17:49) “Robert Homes: A Life in Words” by Richard Molesworth.

(00:18:58) “Space Spinner 2000” is a podcast where two friends from the US try to make sense of the UK’s 2000AD, the Galaxy’s Greatest comic, one month of issues at a time!

(00:21:08) “Invasion” was a series created by Pat Mills and mostly written by Gerry Finley-Day that appeared in the first 51 editions of the weekly comic 2000 AD.

(00:21:50) The Heavy Metal Kids (in 2000ad comic) were gigantic construction robots used for heavy demolition.

(00:24:30) “Crackerjack!” was a British children’s television series that aired on the BBC 1955 until 1984 (except during 1971). “Double or Drop” was a quiz game in the show where each of three contestants was given a prize to hold for each question answered correctly, but given a cabbage if they were incorrect. They were out of the game if they dropped any of the items awarded or received a third cabbage. While the winner took his or her pick from a basket of toys, every runner-up won a much-envied marbled propelling pencil as a prize, which became so popular that in 1961 Queen Elizabeth was presented with Crackerjack! pencils for Anne and Charles. In March 1975, the show included a Doctor Who based sketch, “Hallo, My Dalek”.

(00:25:15) “War of the Daleks” was a board game released by Denys Fisher in 1975. Photos can be found on our Tumblr page here. The TV advert from the time for the game can be seen here.

(00:25:28) “Spirograph” is a geometric drawing toy that produces mathematical roulette curves of the variety technically known as hypotrochoids and epitrochoids. It was developed by British engineer Denys Fisher and first sold in 1965.

(00:28:10) “Frustration” board game and “Headache” board game were very similar.

(00:29:40) The free transfers which came with Issue One of Doctor Who Weekly in 1979.

(00:32:26) “Panzer Pranks” board game.

(00:33:21) “Call of Cthulu” is a horror fiction role-playing game based on H. P. Lovecraft’s story of the same name and the associated Cthulhu Mythos. The game, often abbreviated as CoC, is published by Chaosium; it was first released in 1981 and is currently in its seventh edition, with many different versions released. It makes use of Chaosium’s Basic Role-Playing (BRP) system, with special rules for Sanity.

(00:34:46) “Paranoia” is a dystopian science-fiction tabletop role-playing game originally designed and written by Greg Costikyan, Dan Gelber, and Eric Goldberg, and first published in 1984 by West End Games.

(00:36:22) “Doctor Who: The Game of Time and Space” was released in 1980. See photos on our Tumblr page here.

(00:48:41) Danbury Mint issued a Doctor Who themed chess set in 1994. Photos can be found on our Tumblr page here. The pieces can be found listed here.

(00:56:26) In 1965, Louis Marx issued the “Dr Who the Mysterious Daleks” with “Amazing Robot Action” (later known as bump and go) daleks which came in black or silver/grey both with two gold bands. These very successful battery-operated daleks altered direction when they bumped into something and were re-released in several versions. Photos can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:59:21) A photo of the Click-and-Catch toy can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(01:03:00) The coin-operated Dalek ride was manufactured by Edwin Hall & Co between 1964 and 1967 and distributed by Edward Saville Amusements. A photo can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(01:04:34) In 1975, Wall’s launched the Dalek Death Ray ice lolly. Photos can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(01:13:40) Dr Who’s Space Adventure Book was a 1967 magazine published as a part of the Doctor Who/Dalek licensing agreement enjoyed by Wall’s Ice Cream. Photos can be found on our Tumblr page here and here and here and here and here. The TV commercial can be seen here.

(01:16:30) Dr Who and the Daleks sweet cigarettes were 1964 tie-in food products manufactured by Cadet Sweets. Photos can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(01:21:00) Nestlé’s Doctor Who milk chocolate was a licensed product from the 1970s. At least two series of milk chocolate bars were produced by Nestlé. One was issued in 1971, coinciding with the broadcast of season 8. Photos can be found on our Tumble page here.

(01:25:35) Doctor Who baked beans were offered by Crosse & Blackwell in 1977. Photos can be found on our Tumblr page here.

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