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The Writer's Tale was the episode of Doctor Who Confidential broadcast in conjunction with The Idiot's Lantern.

Aspects of production covered Edit

  • Filming the climatic climb up the TV transmitter.
  • Reworking of the climax to adapt the Doctor being repelled by the Wire for practicality.
  • Filming of Maureen Lipman in period clothing and sets for her Wire insert sequences.

Additional topics covered Edit

  • The history of early BBC Television broadcasting.

People interviewed Edit

Music list Edit

  • "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve, Album: Urban Hymns[1]
  • "Jeepers Creepers" by Mel Torme, Album: Rediscover The 50s: 1952-56
  • "Talk" by Coldplay, Album: X and Y
  • "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley, Album: Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits
  • "Rebellion (Lies)" by Arcade Fire, Album: Funeral
  • "Rule Britannia" by The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Album: RAF Brass Bands 2: Anthems
  • "Our House" by Madness, Album: Divine Madness
  • "Half Light" by Athlete, Album: Tourist
  • "Dancing in the Street" by David Bowie/Mick Jagger, Album: Best of Bowie

Crew Edit

Elements retained in Cut Down Edit

to be added

Home video releases Edit

The "Cut Down" version of the episode is available on the Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series DVD box set.

Footnotes Edit

  1. Episode 7 : The Writer's Tale. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 5 January 2019.
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