In 1950s London, the police are hunting down strange, mute creatures. The people of Britain gather around their new-fangled "tele-vision" sets to celebrate the new Queen's coronation - but is something affecting the signal?




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Margaret John ...
Sam Cox ...
Jean Challis ...
Aunty Betty
Christopher Driscoll ...
Security Guard
Marie Lewis ...
Mrs. Gallagher


It's 1953, the Coronation year of HM Queen Elizabeth II, and the people of Great Britain huddle round their television sets to witness the great event. But behind the celebrations there are rumors of monsters on the streets, and the tormented Mr Magpie is hiding a strange and alien secret. Written by Anonymous

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This episode takes place on the day before and the day of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation (1 and 2 June 1953). However, at the start of the show (a scene set some time prior to the main events), the Connolly family are seen listening to an episode of BBC radio comedy series "Take It From Here" - an episode that was first broadcast on 15 June 1953, two weeks after the coronation. See more »


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God Save the Queen
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Lyrics by Henry Carey
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The one where the Doctor saves face
30 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Doctor and Rose hoping to arrive in New York to see Elvis perform instead find themselves in London circa 1953, where they stumble on a plot to take the faces off of various Londoners. It's not as nearly as grotesque as the previous sentence implies, as the aforementioned faces are just kind of erased off via television sets. It all makes sense upon watching the show, I promise. Well if the last 2 episodes reminded me a bit of "Sliders", this one definitely had the feel of "Shapphire and Rose". Of course, enjoying that late, lamented show, I was definitely tickled by this one. Good acting by all (save for a few bit actors), splendid costume and set design, witty banter, and an intriguing plot all combine to make an amusing and highly watchable episode. Even if the bit of social commentary is a bit daft and it's full of plot holes.

My Grade: B-

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