DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 022 – Express Delivery   Leave a comment

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For this double review of “Kill the Moon” and “Mummy on the Orient Express”, the Diddly Dumbers have bought Third Class tickets and donned dinner jacket T-shirts to sneak into the First Class dining car. Will they manage to complete the whole podcast before anyone checks their tickets?

Along the way: The Three Who Drool are christened “the 1970s sitcom of Doctor Who podcasting” by a rival podcast. We reminisce about our past encounters with Sylvester McCoy. We discover that famous people are sometimes more lovely than you think. A slow printer replaces the water-cooler as the office gathering place. We reveal the original source from which Peter Harness shamelessly stole the “dragon living in a moon” plot. Al unfolds his insane theory about Perkins’ secret identity. We discover the film against which The Rev measures all other films. We touch briefly on working class situations in British porn. We decide which soap Doctor Who ought to resemble, and Doc away explains his body (10% human, 90% cardboard) by revealing his true comic book identity. Even Strontium Dog and his sidekicks Wulf and the Gronk get a mention.

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Posted October 17, 2014 by docwhom in Podcast

DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 021 – Taking the Heist   Leave a comment

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This double review of “Time Heist” and “The Caretaker” opens with the Diddly Dumbers being pursued through the vaults of the Karabraxos Bank by fiendish monsters from their childhood nightmares. At the last minute, our heroes manage to escape by Transmat and land in the empty staff room of Coal Hill School.

Along the way, the Three Who Drool discuss the late Dr Evelyn Smythe and identify why the design of the Skovox Blitzer reminded them of Christmas morning 1980. They debate why different vocal stresses are given to street and road names.

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Posted October 2, 2014 by docwhom in Podcast

DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 020 – Oi, Robot   1 comment

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For their double review of “Robot of Sherwood” and “Listen”, the Diddly Dumbers travel to Sherwood Forest itself to record the podcast.

Along the way, the Three Who Drool discuss the best incarnations of Robin Hood down the years on the big and small screen, a new form of chocolate scampi with mysterious centres and hanky panky with Arthur Lowe. They analyse the evidence linking Terrance Dicks to Star Wars’ Admiral Ackbar and debate the sexual propriety of the TARDIS console now incorporating moist, squelchy slits.

Just below the embedded media player, you’ll find that we’ve finally included the facility to download the MP3 directly from the blog. This has been added to all previous podcasts too.

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Posted September 18, 2014 by docwhom in Uncategorized

DIDDLY DUM PODCAST 019 – Deep into the Dalek   Leave a comment

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With Deep Breath and Into the Dalek, the Three Who Drool finally get around to reviewing new TV episodes of Doctor Who. We initially travel to Mancini’s Family Restaurant for the first story, armed with umbrellas against the missing roof and a tube of Pringles in the absence of even a children’s menu. Later, inspired partly by the Doctor and Clara diving into the Dalek but mostly by The Numskulls comic strip, Al and The Rev shrink themselves down to fit inside Doc’s bonded polycardboard box.

In the course of our discussion, we blow wide open Steven Moffat’s secret plan to use the first Doctor of the new regeneration cycle to reboot the series back to the era of the First Doctor. But not the First Doctor you may be thinking of.

We also look at the significance of the female thorax in Sontaran lore. The Rev tells us about a friend of his who once had a date with a gibbon. Al explores a possible narrative link between the Meddling Monk and the Mondasian Cybermen. Doc advocates punches in retaliation for slaps.

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Posted September 4, 2014 by docwhom in Podcast

NOBODY EXPECTED THIS SPANISH INQUISITION   Leave a comment

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Having reviewed the Monty Python swan song in the first half of Diddly Dum Podcast #016, we were spoiling for any opportunity to drop in lines like “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.” We couldn’t have guessed that we’d be gifted the perfect cue in the second half when our guest, Andrew Cartmel (Seventh Doctor script editor), rhapsodised so lyrically about his love for comic book art that he ended up namechecking “Nemesis the Warlock”. Is there no end to the man’s cultural hinterland?

http://diddlydumpodcast.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/podcast-016-andrew-cartmel/

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/diddlydumpodcast-diddly-dum/id797742762

 

Posted July 29, 2014 by docwhom in Podcast

WHEN PODCASTS COLLIDE   Leave a comment

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THE THREE WHO DROOL AND THE FIVE FACES OF DELUSION

You may have wondered why I suffered without retribution my podcasting colleagues (Al and The Rev) guesting behind my back on a recent episode of the Blue Box Podcast (Ep. 103). Fans of Doctor Who podcasting across the world began panic-buying storm umbrellas against the expected hurricane of revenge.

But I kept my powder dry because I was on a promise. From time beyond memory, my mantelpiece has been adorned with a gilt edged, copperplate invitation (delivered late by the postman naturally) to attend the ball on the enchanted night when the Blue Boxers finally reviewed my favourite Series One. As the saying goes, revenge is a dish best served on a bed of wilted chard drizzled with a fennel vinaigrette.

So listen in to the latest Blue Box Podcast (Ep. 111) as I bring a flavour of the Three Who Drool to the Five Faces of Delusion’s talk of the Ninth Doctor’s season. Hear the heart-wrenching tale of every time that Doctor Who reduced me to helpless yet manly tears in 2005. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive but to be approaching a jaundiced middle age was very heaven.

http://www.starburstmagazine.com/doctor-who-podcast-episodes/9216-blue-box-podcast-episode-111–series-ones-top

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-blue-box-podcast/id517595563?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

Posted July 18, 2014 by docwhom in Podcast

BUT WHOSE RIBS WERE THEY?   Leave a comment

Colour photo of John Ringham as Tlotoxl from that First Doctor favourite The Aztecs.

(With “The Aztecs”, we reach Part 6 of our Name Dropping journey through the First Doctor’s character arc as represented by his changing ways of addressing Ian: in which the writers drop the first hint that the Doctor could be a woman, Ian fights like Spock and the Aztec priests feast on barbecue ribs.)

Barbara gets an opportunity for centre stage in The Aztecs but it tends to leave her sitting around a lot of the time, albeit on a fancy (if hard) throne. There’s never a nice soft hand to sit on when you need one. While she’s thereby removed from most of the action, she does get a lot of the philosophical wrestling in this story. More significantly, we’re used to writers in Modern Who dropping hints that male Time Lords can regenerate into females but who knew that the practice had such a Classic pedigree?

SUSAN: But the priest in the tomb’s a man! How can you be a reincarnation of him?
BARBARA: The form the spirit takes isn’t important, Susan. This is what’s important.

Now, I don’t know about you but, when it’s a windy day and I need to nip outside to put the dustbins out for emptying, I either put the front door on the latch or wedge it open with something solid to stop me getting locked out. The number of times they’ve landed on some alien world and wandered off to explore, leaving me screaming at the screen “Close the bloody TARDIS door! Monsters and naughty villains might get in.” – and they choose this opportunity to start locking up?

We do get a lot of educational tips about Aztec life. I had no idea that barbecue ribs were considered a delicacy among their priests. You do think that, for a man in a public position though, Tlotoxl would apply a lemon-soaked paper napkin to his mouth before leaving the table. He has BBQ sauce smeared from ear to ear, the mucky beast!

We’ve all familiar with the acting in Classic Doctor Who being more theatrical compared with the naturalistic acting of Modern Who, but The Aztecs takes this further than I remember. The script has either been written in an attempt at iambic pentameter or the actors playing the priests are trying to force it into something approaching it.

Ian suddenly seems to have developed a mastery of martial arts from nowhere.

Possibly one of the best exchanges yet.

DOCTOR: My fiancée.

IAN: Your what!

DOCTOR: I made some cocoa and got engaged.

Finally we appear to detect a distinct change in the Doctor’s means of addressing Ian. During “The Aztecs”, the Doctor addresses him as follows: Chesterton x 3, my boy x 2, my dear boy x 1 and man x 1 (in a moment of passion). However, he calls him Ian for the first time – twice to his face and another four times behind his back. Is our curmudgeonly Time Lord now softening towards the alpha male of the Sixties?

Posted July 6, 2014 by docwhom in Name Dropping

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