As a sign that the High Council of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society have short memories, they have once again kindly invited the Diddly Dum Podcast to be the official podcast of their Capitol IV convention on 27/28 April this year.

This week, we take a look at Seventh Doctor story “The Happiness Patrol” from 1988. Along the way, the late Graeme Curry is celebrated at Hayden’s workplace (of all places), Mark agonises over the temptations of a 7-disc vinyl set of Dalek Master Plan and we decide that our favourite flavour of Candyman execution is Splatter Orange.


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(00:01:35) The photo of stacks of S18 box-sets which Hayden refers to can be found on the DWAS Instagram page here.

(00:17:56) Martin Havell of the Bad Wilf podcast has started a new podcast: “One Foot on the Stool” where, in each episode, he’ll be joined by a different guest to discuss issues of mental health. Martin’s guest on Episode One is our own Hayden.

(00:24:19)The Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s “Capitol IV” convention will be held at the Arora International Hotel at Gatwick/Crawley over the weekend of 27/28 April 2019.

(00:26:10) The “Brass Eye” Heavy Electricity sketch can be found here.

(00:22:00) The Daleks’ Master Plan Exclusive Edition Vinyl LP.

(00:42:15) “Dead Head” is a four-part crime thriller scripted by Howard Brenton and directed by Rob Walker.

(00:46:56) “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.

(00:47:18) “Hard to be a God” is a 1964 science fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky set in the Noon Universe.

(00:48:36) The “Metropolissy with lightning” cover art which Doc is remembering but wrongly attributing to “Paranoia” is actually this cover art for “Deus Ex Machina”, the video game by Automata from the 1980s discussed in our podcast 007 (at 00:12:00) and our podcast 069 at (00:19:48). That game contained voiceovers by Jon Pertwee himself, the audio files of which can be found on our blog here.

(01:00:48) Here is the text of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2011 Easter sermon where he namechecks “The Happiness Patrol”.

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