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
Rose corrects Mr. Connolly who calls the British flag a "Union Jack" Rose says it's a Union Jack only when it's flown at sea and called the Union Flag otherwise. However in an earlier episode (Doctor Who: The Empty Child (2005)) Rose refers to the Union Flag on her shirt as a "Union Jack" without correction See more »
When The Doctor goes to chase the undercover police car for the 2nd time on his scooter (when Grandma Connelly is taken) he is briefly seen with Rose's pink helmet in his hands, as if to put it on himself, but when next we see him (turning the corner into the fake 'dead end' street) he's wearing his own white helmet. See more »
What do you think you're doing?
I want my friend restored, and I think that's beyond a little backstreet electrician, so tell me, who's really in charge here?
Yoo-hoo! I think that must be me.
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You don't have to be idiots to enjoy this pretty fun episode.
I think this episode is more unpopular than it deserves. I found a lot of it pretty good with a mixture of fun and some tougher drama which is well acted and with some spooky elements to enjoy.
It is certainly not the greatest story as the way the plot is carried out is not that convincing and the cries of "hungry" and "feed me" etc are a bit silly and annoying. The reactions of people and the authorities are also not that convincing.
On the plus side most of the episode is entertaining. I thought the boy was a well acted and endearing character and the 1953 Coronation setting was a nice aspect. The humour is very good in places and the subplot of the bullying father and struggles of his wife and son is quite affecting and touching. The faceless people are done well and are suitably creepy. Rose being attacked and the Doctor's reaction provide quite powerful moments. Maureen Lipman is perfect for her role as the TV face of the adversary despite it not being the best idea for depicting the threat. The idea of a being using a surge in TV viewing to gain power from a TV mast is perfectly OK but it is just not written in the most effective way by Mark Gatiss. The human drama, creepiness and entertainment are fine, it just falls short on being a believable story overall. It is an acceptable filler episode, flawed in terms of how the plot is developed but quite fun.
My rating: 7/10
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