We mark Hayden’s 100th episode of the Diddly Dum Podcast by looking at the Second Doctor story “The Web of Fear”. Along the way, our erstwhile co-host The Rev commits Hayden and Mark to portraiture, Nyssa and Tegan bang on the TARDIS bathroom door to hurry Adric up, Doc presents a document from the 1930s to The Whoseum and we step out in front of The Whoseum to join in our local Thursday night clap for the NHS.
(00:26:36) Far back in the mists of time, in the great and glorious aftermath of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, days of the birth of the Diddly Dum Podcast, men were real men, women were real women and podcasters were real podcasters. And our erstwhile co-host, The Rev, dared to brave new artistic frontiers and to sketch his fellow hosts. And thus was the Diddly Dum Podcast born. To mark Hayden’s 100th episode, we have commissioned sketches of Hayden and Mark by The Rev (a.k.a. Andy, a.k.a. @skaromedia) to set alongside the originals. These new sketches can be seen here and here on our Tumblr page alongside those of Al No, Doc and The Rev.
(0025:20) The Doctor Who Appreciation Society Announces the Return of TARDIS Magazine. TARDIS was one of the earliest Doctor Who Fan magazines (fanzines) and was first published in 1975 by Andrew Johnson. In the summer of 1976 the newly formed ‘Doctor Who Appreciation Society’ took on the publication of the magazine. Over the next few years, TARDIS went from strength to strength. It started as hand duplicated title, soon acquiring ‘photo pages’ which were inserts produced by offset litho. Later on, TARDIS become professionally printed itself, and in 1979 it saw colour for the first time. TARDIS was always supplied as an addition to DWAS membership until it was absorbed into the Society’s newsletter ‘Celestial Toyroom’ in 1987. TARDIS subsequently ceased publication as CT itself moved away from its traditional newsletter format and became a magazine in its own right.
Between April 1997 and December 1998, the Society resurrected TARDIS as a quarterly publication alongside Celestial Toyroom but then retired the title again, with a brief return as a one-off special in 2003 celebrating the show’s 40th anniversary.
The world of Doctor Who fandom has changed beyond recognition since then, and nowadays there are very few printed fan magazines. Celestial Toyroom remains the staple of the DWAS’s own output giving air to wide range of views. Many writers have started with items in CT before moving on to more mainstream publications including ‘Doctor Who Magazine’. DWAS has recognised the changing landscape and CTs sister publication, Cosmic Masque is now published as a download at our website. ‘The Celestial Toyroom Annual’ is released principally as an eBook with a limited run print copy also available.
Whereas fandom is a very ‘virtual experience’ these days, we remain convinced that there is a solid, sustainable demand for printed magazines, produced by fans for fans. As such, the Doctor Who Appreciation Society is very pleased to announce the return of ‘TARDIS’.
Volume 16 of TARDIS will begin publication in the summer of 2020. Under the editorship of Robbie Dunlop, it will be an entirely commissioned features-based magazine, published three times per year as a vibrant A4 title. It will be available to all fans from DWAS’s company Space Rocket Ltd, with DWAS members given the opportunity to buy directly from the Society at a substantial discount. We will continue our tradition of supporting charities through our output with each edition raising funds for a worthy cause.
The price and ordering information will be announced soon with the first issue of the new volume following shortly afterwards. In the meantime, Celestial Toyroom continues on its monthly publications schedule, giving members the opportunity to express their views on all aspects of Doctor Who. A new edition of Cosmic Masque, our fiction and reviews title, will also be released for download in the summer and a new ‘Celestial Toyroom Annual’ for 2021 is in the planning stages now.
On the podcast, we will keep providing you with information about the relaunch by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society of their “TARDIS” magazine.
Some front covers of past issues of “TARDIS” can be found on our Tumblr page here and here.
(00:45:55) This audio clip is from the “Frasier” season 3 episode “Martin Does it His Way”.
We’ve done podcasts about past and future conventions. We’ve done podcasts about organising conventions. We’ve done podcasts about attending conventions. The only topic remaining was postponing conventions during global pandemics. Oh, that old chestnut, we hear you cry. Tony Jordan returns to The Whoseum to relate the palaver of having to postpone “Terrance Dicks: A Celebration” and “Capitol 5” during lockdown.
Welcome to our long-promised retrospective look at the Ninth Doctor’s era, otherwise known as Series One of New Doctor Who from 2005. Hear the results of our faithless listeners’ votes for their Top Five stories.
We review the climactic two episodes of Series 12 of Doctor Who – “Ascension of the Cybermen” and “The Timeless Children”. Along the way, we visit Chris Chibnall’s tattoo parlour and we speculate as to where so many of the Matrix scenes could have been located with a bit of imagination.
Security is tight as Tony Jordan, eminence grise (and never was an eminence griser) of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, visits the Whoseum to look forward to the Terrance Dicks celebration on 15th March 2020, organised jointly by the DWAS and The Whoovers. Tony also presents to the Whoseum his mint condition first edition of “The Making of Doctor Who” by Terrance Dicks & Malcolm Hulke.
We review “Can You Hear Me?” and “The Haunting of Villa Diodati”. Along the way, gasp in disbelief as Mark recalls having an original Ovaltiney in the back of his cab and recoil in horror as Hayden ripostes with the news that his great-grandma knew the model in the Nimble Bread commercial.
(00:06:38) Our own Hayden has just published another of his books, “Tales from Another Me,” documenting from 2007 until 2010 his thoughts, dreams, nightmares and desires through a collection of poems. This selection illustrates how the world looked through the eyes of a teenager – lost in the noisy digital age – trying to find his way in an exciting yet confusing world against a backdrop of friendships, romance, work life, sex, drugs, alcohol, the rise of Facebook and the stranglehold that the economic recession had on a the youth of the time.
Our guest this week is Brendan from the Flight Through Entirety podcast who joins us to mull over “Orphan55” and “Nicola Tesla’s Night of Terror” before proceeding into The Whoseum’s exhibition hall to present us with his copy of the “Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors” video game from the 1990s.
As ever at this time of year, we wish you a Happy New Year and ourselves a Happy Birthday as we complete our sixth year of podcasting. This week we review “Spyfall” parts 1 & 2 and along the way we pay tribute to the late Neil Innes. And yes, we know it’s Bruce.