Episode 57 – Mark and Rob again set the way back machine to the late 80’s for a full length episode of Dragged from the Archives. We crack open the fanzine vault and look back at contemporary reaction to Season 25, the recovery of missing episodes, the Ultimate adventure play and the new producer destined to bring the programme into the 90’s!!
All this plus we get all high-brow discussing Dr Who’s mention in the Australian Financial Review and the bizarre parallels to the political situation in the UK and the 1985 cancellation crisis!!
Episode 56 – Rob and Mark are back! As we impatiently wait for any sign of the show returning to our screens we pore over the scraps of information available. After that, we road kill, sorry, road test our new segment ’Opposites Attract’ where we take an opposing view on a couple of topics.
All this plus a really overdue letters mailbag and we wheel out our long-forgotten and neglected International Omni-Rumour public alert system. Has Rob finally cracked under the pressure of the ongoing silence? Hell yes!
Episode 55 – Some of fandom’s sharpest minds (plus Mark and Rob) gather to raise a glass, or seven, to the memory of Gareth Thomas and Blake’s 7. Joining us for a good old pub style ramble through Terry Nation’s second most famous creation are fan favourites Tom, Richard and Dave were we spend a good chunk of time talking all things Blake’s 7, it’s genesis, it’s impact and its legacy. We point out the great episodes, the poor episodes, the characters that worked, those that didn’t, dive deep into some interesting fan theories and essentially geek out at 70s BBC science fiction.
All that, plus the occasional comment or two about Doctor Who we almost don’t mention the omnirumour and have a chinwag about Bill, the Doctor’s newest inner city London 20 something spunky female companion! Who said Moffat couldn’t innovate…
We also highly recommend the Blake’s Heaven book from Watching Books which can be purchased at http://watchingbooks.weebly.com/blakes-heaven.html
Episode 54 – David J Howe talks to us about the welcome and imminent re-release of his critically acclaimed ‘The Target Book’, the definitive reference guide to the much loved Doctor Who novelisation range. We also chat about David’s early involvement in Doctor Who fandom and fanzines, the Frame magazine, his work on the Virgin ‘Decades’ and Handbook series as well as the Jon Pertwee Autobiography “I am the Doctor!”
Also listen to the very end for a special Easter egg featuring David on ABC Radio talking about the 30th anniversary of Doctor Who!
The new edition of The Target Book and Telos’s other Doctor Who works can be ordered at http://goo.gl/5dzmSQ
Episode 53 – Doctor Who fan, political animal and friend of the podcast David Kitchen joins Rob for a lengthy discussion about how Doctor Who, in front of the camera and behind it, has dealt with the thorny issue of politics.
What fan shibboleths does Dave demolish during our chat? What events in the Doctor Who universe could possibly have led to alleged (and cleared) murderer Jeremy Thorpe ever becoming PM? Did you hear the one about the Communist, a Tory and environmentalist walking into the BBC canteen in 1973? Should Doctor Who even delve into politically dangerous waters? And finally, how has the modern series dealt with the thorny political topics of today?
All this and a discussion about real world politics, a short message from our friend and mentor, Sharak Jizz and make sure you listen to the very end for a musical Easter egg from the one time Australian Federal Minister of Education!
Episode 52 – Doc Whom, one third of the Diddly Dum triumvirate, is our special guest in this episode and as the 11th (or is it 12th?) Doctor said before he carked it “It’s a whopper!”
In a wide ranging chat we talk about the state of Doctor Who podcasting scene, television accents, comparisons of the televisual landscape in the UK and Oz, Pot Black and Doc’s undertaking of the ‘great journey’ where he is watching Doctor Who from the very start!
All this plus our thoughts on #speechgate, the current ‘fad’ sweeping the U.S. Convention circuit where #Doctor Who actors are given key speeches from the show’s history to recreate in front of a rabid fanboys and girls. More importantly, we finally answer the age old question, which Australian soap opera was adapted as a computer game for the humble Commodore 64?
The Diddly Dum podcast can be found at https://goo.gl/PhwVVd and read
more about Doc’s great journey at https://goo.gl/goJtC4
Episode 51 – In this episode we give our (delayed) reactions to the Grand Moff’s departure as show runner and Mark ponder the question: is Doctor Who appropriate for children and was the educational remit of the early years a red herring so kids could fool their parents into letting them watch the programme?
We also discuss the forthcoming Dr Who Cookbook and ask each other what recipes we would contribute if asked! (unlikely we know) and how the ABC celebrated the show’s 25th Anniversary and what fate befell those tapes?
We are fifty episodes old and to ‘celebrate’ we countdown our top 5 WTF moments in Doctor Who. Which moments during the shows long history has us either shouting out in triumph or had us curled in the foetal position screaming for our mother!
All this plus our thoughts on ‘The Husbands of River Song’ and the long overdue return of our ‘Dragged from the Archives’ segment where we look back at early 1988 where Timelord-mania ruled the radio waves, Doctor Who movie news and speculation on who J-N-T’s successor will be.
Episode 49 – Ho Ho Ho and welcome to the 42 to Doomsday Staff Christmas Party! Crack open the eggnog and get a look at that Krampus as Mark, Rob, Dave and Richard celebrate in the finest Doctor Who tradition – we talk Doctor Who! We stick the boot in/sing the praises of Series 9 and argue the toss over whether this year’s finale was better or worse than Death in Heaven*. We debut our new ‘Fanwank’ segment where we give our favourite examples of retconning of the Who continuum and then give our guide to what we will be watching over the summer hiatus..sorry, break!
All this plus more discussion on obscure Aussie TV shows and we ponder the state of the ABCs televisual archive! Incidentally, a very Merry Christmas to all of you at home and trust you all received the Christmas episodes boxset, because frankly, you deserve it!
*If you’ve been listening to us this last year, what the bloody hell do you think is the answer?!
Episode 48 – With Mark scouting future podcast recording locations in Wigan, Rob gets down and dirty with merchandise guru Richard to discuss Doctor Who reference books. What were the early beginnings of this fascinating field? What were some of the formative books? Which one’s made the biggest impression on Rob and Richard? And what books should fans look for?