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Doctor Who - The Idiot's Lantern

episode 2.8

UK 2006
produced by
Phil Collinson, Russell T. Davies (executive), Julie Gardner (executive) for BBC Wales/BBC
directed by Euros Lyn
starring David Tennant, Billie Piper, Maureen Lipman, Ron Cook, Jamie Foreman, Debra Gillett, Rory Jennings, Margaret John, Sam Cox, Ieuan Rhys, Jean Challis, Christopher Driscoll, Marie Lewis
written by Mark Gatiss, music by Murray Gold

tv-series
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (David Tennant), Doctor Who (new series), Rose Tyler

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Doctor Who (David Tennant) and Rose arrive in London 1953, on the very day of Queen Elisabeth II coronation. At the same time, TV-sets are slowly becoming a household commodity and the coronation is expected to become the first broadcast to attract an audience to go in the millions.

At the same time though, a strange creature called The Wire (Maureen Lipman) seems to live in the nation's TV-sets, at least those sold by small-fry electrician Magpie (Ron Cook), and The Wire feeds by sucking the faces right off people's heads, leaving them totally featureless and without mouth or eyes - just plain skin where the face should be. Before long, The Wire also sucks away Rose's face, but the police seems to be toothless, simply hiding the featureless humans away to not cause a stir on coronation day ... that is, until the Doctor comes along and awakens Detective Inspector Bishop (Sam Cox) from his catatonia ... and before long, the Doctor has found out Magpie as the perpetrator and has found out his plan - to transmit The Wire nationwide during the broadcast of the coronation so it can feed of 20 million people all at once. Of course, the Doctor prevents that from happening in the very last minute (otherwise, most of Britain would be featureless today) by putting the Wire onto tape, and he even gives those (including Rose) who have already lost their features their faces back.

A cheesy subplot concerns a courageous young boy (Rory Jennings) and his tyrannical but cowardly father (Jamie Foreman).

 

One of the better episodes of Doctor Who's new series, mixing over-the-top sci-fi ideas with satire just like it should be. What keeps the episode from showing its full potential is the cheesy subplot about the heroic boy and his coward father that makes little sense in the narrative context. Pity !

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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