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Rate "The Idiot's Lantern"

Post by Patrick on Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:54 pm

Mark Gatiss get's his second opportunity to pen a story for RTD's Who. A body-less villain who takes the appearance of a prim and proper British television announcer, Churchhill's London and a certain well watched coronation. And Rose in a pink 1950's style poodle skirt.

So, what did you think of it?

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:25 am

A classic example of a Gatiss script. ie, it just doesn't work as it should. The bullying dad subplot was dire IMO. 2/5.

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Post by barnaby morbius on Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:53 am

i think this is probably Gatiss' best script for dr who.
make of that what you will....

i will add that the people with no faces scared lots of kids i know....
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:00 am

From what Gareth Roberts told me, the script for Vcitory of the Daleks was great. It was, mainly, Andrew Gunn's awful direction that did it in (same with The Beast Below FWIW).

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Post by andrea on Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:01 am

Not great but perfectly watchable and with some good bits. 3/5.
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Post by Rich Flair on Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:45 am

DUD - and I agree, the Dad sub-plot was awful.
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Post by Ginger Ninja on Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:28 am

Start of the Mid Tennant slump, just no focus.
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Re: Rate "The Idiot's Lantern"

Post by Patrick on Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:22 am

I think at it's core, TIL had a fairly clever idea: a life-form capable of draining the life energy out of people through broadcast television signals, therefore what it needed was to have an event where everyone was watching the TV at the same time, and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth served that purpose. And it certainly had some nice horror elements, like people without faces lumbering around like zombies.

The problem was in the execution of the idea- at a certain point, Tommy's bullying dad became something of a caricature, and Magpie became a sort of pathetic henchman.

I'm giving it a 2/5.

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Post by Rich Flair on Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:29 am

The irony was that my mate Stim, who'd moaned through most of the revival, texted me after this and gave it 5/5!
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Post by Zoltar on Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:34 am

There's definitely stuff I like here: the lost faces, the Wire, there's some good dialogue... the dad was a bit much. It's somewhere between a 2 and a 3 for me. I'm feeling generous and remembering David and Billie's chemistry, so what the heck.

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Post by stanmore on Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:32 pm

4/5 - almost certainly not worth that, but TIL is an enjoyable, frothy concoction that I'm tempted to put on rather than the News24 Coverage of the London riots and I want to get it's average up...
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