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Must Flee TV (Binging "The Idiot's Lantern")

Must Flee TV (Binging "The Idiot's Lantern")

A TV show that turns television itself into a monster? That's got potential. But if you're waiting for "The Idiot's Lantern" to deliver on that potential, you should probably just switch the damn thing off already. Or... dial back your expectations! This may not be the ultraclever send-up of TV culture you wanted, but as a period piece set against the backdrop of Queen Elizabeth's coronation, it convinces you to have some fun cruising on mopeds and pursuing faceless people through 1953 London. Is that enough to mark it as an overlooked gem, or is this outing pure filler? Adjust your rabbit ears, make sure you're sitting comfortably, and we'll begin.

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Story Essentials

  • Series 2, Episode 7

  • Story number: 176, according to The Pull to Open Codex

  • Production code 2.7

  • Writer: Mark Gatiss

  • Showrunner: Russell T Davies

  • Aired 27 May 2006

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  • Season 2

  • Episode 21

Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor

Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada

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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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