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Mr. Magpie (played by Ron Cook) was a character who appeared in the Doctor Who episode "The Idiot's Lantern". In 1953, he ran his own electrical retail business and sold cheap TV sets to the people of London just in time for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, though he was being coerced by an alien being called The Wire. The Wire wanted to expand her range and drain the energy of everyone in London so that she could gain a new physical body and urged Magpie to hook her up to the TV transmitter at Alexandra Palace. Magpie complied, hoping that the Wire would give him peace once she was through with him, but she coldly killed Magpie by vaporising him.

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