David Tennant plays the Doctor and Billie Piper continue their BAFTA winning adventures in this tale from Mark Gatiss, co-creator and co-star of the award-winning comedy The League Of Gentlemen.
It’s 1953 and the people of Great Britain are eagerly awaiting the Coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II.
The entire nation prepare to huddle round their television sets to witness the great event but behind the celebrations there are rumours of monsters on the streets, and the tormented Mr Magpie is hiding a strange and alien secret…
Mark Gatiss recently spoke to BBC Programme Information about his experiences writing for Doctor Who, and why he�s proud to be part of the team which has created a new generation of Doctor Who fans.
“Russell [T Davies] asked me to do a Fifties story. It was originally meant to be much more rock �n’ roll but everyone loved the notion of the Coronation � it�s one of those big, gettable ‘front-of-the Radio-Times� ideas so we settled on 1953.
I�ve always loved old TV and the early BBC days at Ally Pally so it was lovely to use all that � and very appropriate to have a monster that gets at you via your telly! It�s a very atmospheric episode and Euros [Lynn],the director,has shot it in a semi-noirish,Fifties style which is terrific.”