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In Dickens and in Gelth (Reanimating “The Unquiet Dead”)

In Dickens and in Gelth (Reanimating “The Unquiet Dead”)

How does a family show like Doctor Who do a zombie horror story? You start by subtracting (most of) the gore, then add a sci-fi twist. That’s good, but what would really make it stand out is if you take a real person from history and cast the best possible actor to play the role. The Unquiet Dead ticks all those eerie boxes, deftly telling a tale of walking corpses, teasing the show’s (then) new mythology of the Time War, and showcasing the show’s central premise of time travel by involving Charles Dickens himself. It’s all thanks to a promising writer named Mark Gatiss — whatever happened to him?

Commentary for The Unquiet Dead begins at 29:53.

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Story Essentials

  • Series 1, Episode 3

  • Story number: 162, per the The Pull To Open Codex

  • Writer: Mark Gatiss

  • Director: Euros Lyn

  • Showrunner: Russell T. Davies

  • Aired 9 April 2005

Pull To Open: The Unquiet Dead

  • Season 4

  • Episode 22

Hosts: ⁠⁠⁠Pete Pachal⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠Chris Taylor⁠⁠⁠

Music: Martin West/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Thinking Fish⁠

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There are many Doctor Who podcasts. Only one dares review the entire show... in entirely random order!
Join journalists Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor as they summarize stories in record time, play the Whomoji game, enter the History Corner, answer the Four Questions to Doomsday, and cower in fear before the almighty Randomizer.
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