"Doctor Who" The Idiot's Lantern (TV Episode 2006) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • As the coronation of Elizabeth II nears, the streets of London live in fear. Faceless people are stolen from their homes in the night and something evil is lurking in the television.

  • 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.

  • Although aiming to land in New York City, the Doctor and Rose arrive in 1950s London on the eve of Queen Elizabeth's coronation. Rose immediately notices the large number of TV antennas sprouting from every rooftop but is told by Mr. Crabtree the local TV man that he's selling the TV's for £5 each. She and the Doctor also see people being bundled into cars and driven away. Upon further investigation, rose and the Doctor realize that a creature, The Wire, is feeding on peoples' brainwaves leaving them faceless and mindless. With the help of a teenager whose grandmother has been taken away, the Doctor begins to uncover what is happening. Rose soon becomes one of the wire's victims.


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