From this distance it feels all ‘surface’ and primarily concerned with how I felt about Doctor Who coming back, with very little room left to talk about how and why I enjoyed the episode to such a forum-enraging extent. I’d say this was entirely in keeping with the nature of the serial but that’s by the by. No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month. Yes I know. Whether by accident or design, the writer, the … Overall, “The Idiot’s Lantern” is a fine episode with nothing special to complain about or hold up high. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? “The Idiot’s Lantern” (season 2, episode 7; originally aired 5/27/2006) (Available on Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Instant Video.) As David Tennant starts to get to grips with the role of the Doctor, he seems to have created the character anew in the same way as Patrick Troughton did following William Hartnell. By the second series of Doctor Who, there was no way I was accepting a randomly assigned episode to review. I’ll always laugh at the gawking faces and “Good lord, color television!” However, if I wasn’t doing these reviews, I know I’d be skipping straight to “Love … 344 likes. They have been out of print for many years and were rare when purchased for the episode. By genre: Drama > SciFi & Fantasy; 10th Doctor (David Tennant) Best to Worst Episodes, Doctor Who Confidential: The Writer's Tale. It's been about a week since Mickey left and it was my birthday. 2 The End of the World. The sole proprietor of the shop on the corner of Mafeking Terrace is doing his books, while an impressive array of cathode ray television sets on shelves have a woman announcer on them, in black and white.) And that’s straightforward ‘modern’, as opposed to the trying-to-appeal-to-all-ages dialogue and excessive application of cutting edge technology to be found in present day Doctor Who. I mean, this looks very New York to me. Series One. No further footage from the other episodes, visual or audio, has ever been located. And that wasn’t the only controversy around this review – I originally opened with a jokey reference to the longstanding (and demonstrably untrue) rumour that Mark Gatiss had somehow come into possession of some off-air audio recordings of the long-lost episodes three to six of The Quatermass Experiment. The Idiot's Lantern. Listen to music by The Idiot's Lantern on Apple Music. But does their influence have any place in a programme that has purposefully reinvented itself and abandoned all of the perceived limitations and shortcomings of ‘classic’ BBC science fiction? You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. "Smaller than a Lantern, and dimmer too". But behind the celebrations there are rumors of monsters on the streets, and the tormented Mr Magpie is hiding a strange and alien secret. Be careful, though, the only things that go in the Main namespace are tropes and should be created through the YKTTW system. Search for "The Idiot's Lantern" on Amazon.com, Title: Season 2 | Episode 7. Watching The Idiot’s Lantern again has left me feeling distinctly unimpressed at this review. It turns out that the old tale of television sucking your brains out is all too true!! If you want to start a Main/TheIdiotsLantern page, just click the edit button above. As for the observation about the many other shows using similar plot devices, I now think this is absolute codswallop and would like to apologise to Mark. Episodes One and Two of The Quatermass Experiment were recorded by the BBC and still exist. Not only does he have a genuine affection for the source material, with the previous series’ The Unquiet Dead he proved himself the most adept writer so far at reconnecting this all-singing all-dancing all-too-much-CGI setpiece with the dramatic values and stylistic devices that had characterised the best moments of the show’s past. Rising out of the misty bog, shacks and longhouses are built upon stilts or other shacks and longhouses, all surrounding a great marble lighthouse like cold travelers around a … "Smaller than a Lantern, and dimmer too". By Ahsan Haque I think I mainly left it out due to the fact that at the time pretty much everyone else was celebrating it, but it’s also pertinent that back then, pointing out that a furious bonehead was a furious bonehead seemed much more incidental and unremarkable and basically like something that was just taken as read. Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The Wire was part of Project Million and the accompanying MillionTopia event. 7 The Idiot's Lantern. (intro to my Who blogging, please read before commenting / previous: Episodes 5/6: “Rise of the Cybermen”/“The Age of Steel”) So I started by Googling the phrase “idiot’s lantern” because it’s such a perfect euphemism for television, even better than “boob tube,” but I’d never heard it before, and I wondered whether scriptwriter Mark Gatiss invented it. Faceless people are stolen from their homes in the night and something evil is lurking in the television. Unambiguously ‘inspired’ by the success of the Quatermass serials, The Trollenberg Terror – about a mysterious mist masking an alien invasion – was broadcast by ITV in 1956 and remade for the big screen in 1958. The Wire, the host of the show, lives in the television signals, and talks about t.v shows. The storyline itself was hardly the most original of plot devices, calling to mind reference points as diverse as the Ace Of Wands story The Beautiful People (itself more than a little indebted to Doctor Who‘s own Terror Of The Autons), that episode of Angel where he gets turned into a puppet, and most jarringly – if probably unintentionally – Life On Mars. It was written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Euros Lyn. What The Idiot’s Lantern did achieve, though, was something far more remarkable. All fans have to accept now that this shares a name and concept with the old series but nothing more, and that is a great strength. 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. This series just maintains its high standards. ; Denser and Wackier: An Idiot's Tea light. Here’s hoping that he fancies having a go at a First Doctor-style ‘pure historical’ story next time round. While The Unquiet Dead was where the first series really found its feet, this run has already seen an undisputed fully certified moment of greatness in The Girl In The Fireplace, so there was less pressure for The Idiot’s Lantern to do something truly spectacular. Inside the shop the television starts to talk to the owner, Mr. Magpie, using the form of television … Aside from a small amount of material from A For Andromeda (and all of The Andromeda Breakthrough), nothing exists of any of these productions. 10 Love & Monsters. With humour and an ending with a definite nod to the Fourth Doctor this is great fun. See all galleries from The Idiot's Lantern (2) Related Content. The Idiot's Lantern tag sponsored by: Top 25+ "The Idiot's Lantern" products on Amazon. 345 likes. As will the fact that even when The Doctor and Rose are alone with the family in their front room at night, there are still distant voices and cars and door slams on the soundtrack to reinforce the idea that there’s an actual world out there beyond what is directly happening on screen. Although forever hampered by budgetary and technological restrictions, interference from BBC ‘Top Brass’, witless scheduling, dodgy casting decisions and his own inability to see that contrived ‘celebrity’ cameos by people who weren’t even that well known were never a good idea, he always desperately wanted to produce something that could simultaneously appeal to both lovers of cerebral science fiction and family audiences while still staying on the right side of programme planners with their brow furrowed over the latest nonsensical bureaucratic edict. Incidentally you can read a lot more about my love of all things creaky, black and white and science fiction in Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. There’s no denying that he was adept at all of these, including on very rare occasions the last one, but what he could never really manage to do was to make them work together. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! A Video Review Show which can be seen here and on Geekvision. Last Alteration: Sunday 07 April 2013. Information about locations used in the Doctor Who story The Idiot's Lantern(DW), from The Locations Guide to Doctor Who, Torchwood, and the Sarah Jane Adventures. Sort of London-y New York, mind.” Only a couple of years later he’d have been right at home in the fifties-tinged world of massive viewing figures for Heartbeat and The Darling Buds Of May, but his attempts to bridge the two with Doctor Who never quite hit the mark. New Doctor Who, of course, has both of these to spare – well, comparatively – and as such there was never any question of being unable to match a well-realised script with suitably well-realised visuals. DonQuixote 17:50, 22 April 2007 (UTC) Little Shop of Horrors Reference? It is a great visual joke with Rose looking like an extra from Grease and The Doctor sporting a superb DA hairstyle as he exits the TARDIS on a scooter! Faceless people are stolen from their homes in the night and something evil is lurking in the television. Or, to put it another way, I was aware that there was going to be an episode written by Mark Gatiss, set in the fifties, and loosely inspired by the BBC Quatermass serials, and there was no way that I wasn’t reviewing that. In fact, I’m not entirely convinced it was actually what I originally wrote. Let alone that sodding review of The Empty Child. The Idiot’s Lantern is a sketch comedy troupe led by Bob Mitsch to explore the comical side of all forms of geekdom. Big deal. I was sad that my best mate wouldn't be here for it but I couldn't help but be excited. Find top songs and albums by The Idiot's Lantern including Vampt Up. Countless articles in ancient issues of Doctor Who Magazine may have repeatedly heralded it as the ‘great grandfather’ of the adventures of the TARDIS crew, but in a less abstract sense present day Doctor Who is about as far removed from the original version of The Quatermass Experiment as it’s possible for small-screen science fiction to get. As Rose realises, there are just too many televisions for the following day's coronation. The 2006 version of A For Andromeda, commissioned as a direct result of The Quatermass Experiment, made more of an effort to update the storyline and structure and as a result fell a little flat. Based on a 1959 novel about a heatwave masking an alien invasion, Night Of The Big Heat was broadcast by ITV in 1960; it was remade for the big screen in 1967, with the script reworked by none other than eighties Doctor Who regulars Pip And Jane Baker. All Episodes (198) Next. Previous. The Idiot's Lantern. The Wire, played by a splendidly over the top Maureen Lipman, lives off of the mental energy of other lifeforms and intends to use the Coronation to feast enough to bring about the return of her corporeal form. The Idiot's Lantern " The Idiot's Lantern " is the seventh episode of the second series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, first broadcast on 27 May 2006 on BBC One. Rose Tyler - Series 2 Episode 7 - The Idiot’s Lantern Rose items are in very high demand and very very rare. Enjoy! The editor was concerned that this might constitute actionable libel, which I’m not sure it actually could, but if you’re reading, Mark, and you’re upset, send me them all on CD and we’ll forget all about it. Alternatively, the one with a … Apparently there was some kind of meeting that I wasn’t invited to where it was decided by committee that The Idiot’s Lantern was a lode of rubbish!! Similar programmes. The one with a bastard father and a ham-tastic alien. "Doctor Who" The Idiot's Lantern (TV Episode 2006) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. The Idiot's Lantern: Behind the Scenes. Doctor Who - S02E07 - The Idiot's Lantern - video dailymotion For a brief but intensely frustrating couple of days, this review became the subject of much derision and even outright insults on discussion forums, which did bother me a bit, not least because I remember the days when if you disagreed with a review in a fanzine you had to sit down and write your own retort, then type it, then post it, then wait at least two months for it to be published, by which time you had probably decided that you would probably have more constructively used that energy on going for a walk or something. Prices tend to skyrocket and it can take months to years to find items. What strikes me about The Idiot’s Lantern now is just how colourful and vibrant it is, dispensing with the myth that the fifties were dull and grey just because television was – this was, after all, the era of gaudy supermarket packaging, the Festival Of Britain and Eastmancolor films – with a lively and eyecatching setting, helped in no small part by the fact it is overlaid with very modern special effects. This was a welcome hallmark of Russell T. Davies’ tenure and as we shall see, when they took their eye off that particular ball I really started to have problems…. While his work with The League Of Gentlemen is awash with references to classic British horror films, Gatiss himself also has a pronounced fondness for the Quatermass serials, A For Andromeda, Night Of The Big Heat, The Trollenberg Terror and any other monochrome effort featuring an overabundance of research stations, indecipherable signals from outer space, and men in long coats from ‘The Ministry’. Unfortunately, this opinion did not seem to be shared by a large number of online, The Camberwick Green Procrastination Society, (Music For) The Head Ballet: I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek, Christmas With A Dalek! A rainy London night in 1953: lightning strikes the aerial on an electrical shop. Upon which we can all start speculating about those episodes of Marco Polo he has stashed away somewhere. That’s not to say that the results weren’t often good, but as great as such stories may have been, they were really just an indication of what could have been achieved with more available time and resources. Apr 2, 2014 - Explore Tamara Alba's board "The Idiot's Lantern" on Pinterest. The Idiot's Lantern Original Airdate: 27 May, 2006 [Magpie's Electricals] (It is a stormy night. 12 Army Of Ghosts. The Doctor and Rose arrive in London in 1953 dressed for their expected visit to Las Vegas in 1958! Story Listings Overview Classic (1963 … Recent BBC Four remakes of The Quatermass Experiment and – slightly less successfully – A For Andromeda have stayed true to the original storylines but have given them a thoroughly modern interpretation. Whether or not a popular actor, comedian, writer and cult television obsessive is in fact likely to own elusive recordings of live television programmes that were never even recorded in the first place due to a combination of strikes, technical problems and magnified insects finding their way into the film recorder is a question best pondered on another occasion. Soul stars Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey share how they contributed to each other's voice performances. As the coronation of Elizabeth II nears, the streets of London live in fear. It turns out that someone is tampering with history. Unfortunately, this opinion did not seem to be shared by a large number of online Doctor Who fans. What’s especially amusing is that it starts with The Doctor and Rose stepping out of the Tardis expecting it to be even more gaudy and colourful still, under the misapprehension that they’ve landed in rock’n’roll-era America, and their incongruously clichéd costumes are a nice touch; in fact in both this and The Long Game, I was particularly impressed by how quickly they just charge straight into the story with no messing about. The new series also relies just as much on visual spectacle as it does on atmosphere and ambience, which in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, but isn’t really suited to the style of storytelling being pastiched here. Add the first question. What The Idiot’s Lantern did achieve, though, was something far more remarkable. 13 Doomsday. Not On Your Telly is a collection of columns and features with a slant towards ‘forgotten’ television, including plenty of pieces related to Doctor Who. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. If anyone can pull this ambitious conceit off, though, it’s Mark Gatiss. © Tim Worthington.Please don’t copy this only with more italics and exclamation marks. A/N: was 8752 words, is now 11861! The Idiot's Lantern Idiot's Lantern. The supporting cast is uniformly good with Jamie Foreman giving an excellent performance as a typical 1950's father. For a start there have been countless technological advances in the intervening years, and The Doctor and Rose weren’t exactly likely to be going out live and in black and white, let alone struggling with ten-minute plus single takes on one small set (or indeed battling with a giant radioactive fly landing on the broadcast equipment). And so to The Idiot’s Lantern, a story which does something quite different, perhaps even unique in showing a family which is inherently broken. View all posts by Tim Worthington. 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