The Idiot’s Lantern

Doctor Who | Season 2 | The Idiot's Lantern

A face-stealing alien is rampant in Britain at the time of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. The Doctor and Rose investigate!


In the episode, Mr Magpie (Ron Cook) sells overly cheap television sets because he is held hostage by The Wire (Maureen Lipman). She blazes rays from screens to take faces and soul energy from victims, including Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). The Doctor (David Tennant) must save millions of endangered viewers before they watch the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Originally Aired: 05-27-2006
Director: Euros Lyn
Writers: Mark Gatiss
Starring: David Tennant
Billie Piper
Maureen Lipman
Ron Cook
Jamie Foreman
Debra Gillett
Rory Jennings
Margaret John
Sam Cox
Ieuan Rhys