The Diddly Dumbers review the first two episodes of the new series 10 of Doctor Who – “The Pilot” and “Smile”.
Along the way, Mark explains how he gets vertigo in museums, Hayden relates how his grandparents used to scare the living bejesus out of his uncle in the 1960s with a PVC Dalek suit, Allan discurses on moral responsibility in a determinative universe, and Doc is hospitalised after another attempt to scale the North Face of his voice impersonation of Zor, leader of all Pescatons.
In the final week before Season 10 of Doctor Who begins, we take a look the various cult books which have been arriving at The Whoseum for our delectation. This leads to much wistful sighing over memories over comics from the 1970s, especially 2000AD. We also look at some promising hints about Pearl Mackie’s companion character.
Then the Diddly Dum Whoseum hosts its first ever game of Just a Minute.
Listen in to the second half of our Pat Troughton tribute as we celebrate “The Enemy of the World” and “The War Games”. But first, Allan returns from his mysterious absence last time to regale us with tales of visiting the Doctor Who set during filming in Cardiff.
Along the way, we compare the prospects of a world controlled by Tony Hancock’s idiot flatmate or a galaxy controlled by the Rentaghost landlord, and we consider Pat Troughton’s swan song as a theme for the loss our childhood.
For the second podcast running, the Five Faces of Delusion are only four this week as Allan has gone missing, summoned away at the last minute from his Northern fastness by a mysterious invitation to Cardiff from the movers and shakers of Doctor Who. Our faithless listeners can rest assured that, come next time, we’ll be pumping Allan thoroughly in the debriefing room (audio only alas). In his absence this week, we start a double-podcast tribute to Patrick Troughton, covering “The Highlanders” and “Tomb of the Cybermen”.
Along the way, Hayden’s Jam Pantry (hitherto thought impregnable) gets raided; we examine the curious role played by the Spurs Supporters Club at the Battle of Culloden (with a rare find of a piece of music more ear-shredding than bagpipes); Hayden auditions for TV game shows; Toberman gets a good mind-rinse with Cyber-shampoo and we drool over the long awaited Issue 3 of Vworp Vworp magazine.
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.
This week, The Five Faces of Delusion take a look at two stories from Jon Pertwee’s final season. With “Invasion of the Dinosaurs” we show how, if you look beyond the ropey models and the heavy “Eastenders” influences, this story is essentially Malcolm Hulke doing to the Communist Party of Great Britain what Robert Holmes did to the Inland Revenue with “The Sun Makers”. With “Planet of the Spiders” we draw a direct line from this story to the twin literary masterpieces “Flowers for Algernon” and “Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH”.
Along the way, we look at how Rick James was knocked off the top spot he’d occupied since “The Mutants”. We question whether one’s attitude to the Third Doctor’s authoritarianism changes with the onset of fatherhood. We explain how The Whomobile was the Wonderbra of its day. And we poke our noses into Richard Franklin’s political career.
Mark’s daughter, Polly, was so inspired by “Invasion of the Dinosaurs” that she wants to watch another UNIT story next. Send us your recommendations for the best UNIT story for Mark to watch with her.
Come 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.
As Hayden delivers the Christmas presents and drinks to the Whoseum, an accident throws our podcasters through Space-Time onto Satellite 5 which is still broadcasting old gameshows to Earth. They must negotiate their way through numerous gameshow studios in order to find their way home in time for the traditional Christmas Blockbusters Gold Run.
Is Brucie a Skarosian agent under the control of his Dalek dolly dealers? Can the boys find the route out of The Crystal Maze? Will they win through to the Head-to-Head round of a Blankety Blank hosted by Terrance Dicks? Will they return to 2016 in time for the gala release of the Diddly Dum charity single? Listen in to find out.
This week, the opening “what have we been doing since last time” section takes longer than the main theme section. That’s what happens when all four members of The Six Faces of Delusion discover a social life.
Before we tackle the first four episodes of “Class”, Allan attends the unveiling of Jon Pertwee’s blue plaque and meets a shedload of celebrities. Mark visits Dungeness Power Station (a.k.a. The Nuton Power Complex from “Claws of Axos”) before coming face to face with dinosaurs which never existed. Doc and Hayden attend the premier of the animated “Power of the Daleks” at the British Film Institute and hide from a roomful of uber-fans while the celebrities hide in the green room.
Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the sad early death of that stalwart of Doctor Who’s golden age, Ian Marter. It would also have been Ian’s 72nd birthday.
In tribute to Ian, we dedicate the whole of this podcast to celebrating his work in acting, writing and switching on Illuminations in seedy Lancastrian seaside resorts.
Along the way, we look at the philosophical chasm between £4.99 and £5.00, we translate the Duke of Forgill’s family motto, we compare “Dr Who Meets Scratchman” to “The Boy Who Kicked Pigs” and we look at the sequence of great historical inventors: Heron, Trevithick, Watt, Baker.