Tardisodes were mini-episodes which served as prologues for each episode of Series 2 of the BBC Wales version of Doctor Who. They were made available serially, with a new one debuting in the week prior to the episode to which they were attached. They were primarily meant to be seen on mobile telephones and were released to paying phone subscribers first. As each week progressed, however, the BBC made them available as webcasts.
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Tardisode - The Idiot's Lantern - Netflix
“The Idiot's Lantern” is the seventh episode of the second series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast on 27 May 2006 on BBC One. It was written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Euros Lyn. The episode is set in London in 1953, at the time of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In the episode, the incorporeal alien the Wire (Maureen Lipman) intends to regain a physical body by consuming enough energy from the minds of the coronation's television audience.
Tardisode - Broadcast and reception - Netflix
Overnight viewing figures for the initial broadcast of this episode were 6.32 million, peaking at 7.78 million, an audience share of 32.2%. The final rating was 6.76 million, making it the most watched programme of the day. It was given an Appreciation Index of 84. This episode was released as a basic DVD with no special features in the UK in July 2006, together with “Rise of the Cybermen” and “The Age of Steel”. “The Idiot's Lantern” received mixed reviews. Ian Berriman of SFX gave “The Idiot's Lantern” a rating of four out of five, calling the main plot “fairly insubstantial” and noting it would not please viewers who liked everything explained. However, he referred to it as “enjoyable” and praised the directing of Euros Lyn. Berriman considered the highlight of the episode to be the subplot of family. IGN's Ahsan Haque rated the episode 6.8 out of 10, finding several logic flaws and calling the story “marginally interesting”. Digital Spy reviewer Dek Hogan felt “The Idiot's Lantern” was a disappointment after Gatiss's previous Doctor Who script “The Unquiet Dead”, feeling that a similar plot had been done before and it played like a “pastiche of Doctor Who than the show itself”. He was also not favourable to Lipman's performance as the Wire, saying the character “[lacked] menace”, and found the subplot of Tommy's father “annoying”. Stephen Brook of The Guardian named it as an episode of the series he disliked, finding it “too clever and way too preachy”.
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