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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[]

  • 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[]

  • The history of early BBC Television broadcasting.

People interviewed[]

Music list[]

  • "Rebellion (Lies)" by Arcade Fire, Album: Funeral[1]
  • "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve, Album: Urban Hymns
  • "Jeepers Creepers" by Mel Tormé, Album: Rediscover The 50s: 1952-56
  • "Talk" by Coldplay, Album: X&Y
  • "Our House" by Madness, Album: Divine Madness
  • "Dancing in the Street" by David Bowie & Mick Jagger, Album: Best of Bowie
  • "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley, Album: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits
  • "Rule Britannia" by The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Album: RAF Brass Bands 2: Anthems
  • "Half Light" by Athlete, Album: Tourist (also used in DCOM: Allons-y!)


Elements retained in Cut Down[]

to be added

Home video releases[]

Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series DVD cover.

The "Cut Down" version of this episode was included on the Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series DVD box set released on 20 November 2006.


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