Doctor Who News Matt Smith stars in Christmas special The Snowmen on Christmas Day

Published on December 19th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

What’s in the Wi-Fi?

Promoting 2012′s Doctor Who Christmas special The Snowmen on ITV’s This Morning yesterday, Matt Smith revealed an intriguing fact about one of the Series 7b episodes. Matt Smith stars in Christmas special The Snowmen on Christmas Day

The episode – apparently written by Steven Moffat – features a threat whose nature is one of those classic Doctor Who ideas that you’re surprised hasn’t been done yet.

“What if there was a monster in the Wi-Fi?”

“It’s the genius of Steven Moffat again. What exists in the Wi-Fi? We all need it…”

Although some fans have observed that the idea of a Wi-Fi inhabiting threat is similar to Mark Gatiss’ The Idiot’s Lantern, it’s not a million miles from another of his stories, The Unquiet Dead. There, universe-crossing aliens inhabited gas – the wireless networking technology of the 19th century, if you like.

What on earth could be hiding in the Wi-Fi? A monster? A digital death trap? An ethereal evil in the Ethernet?

Let us know your thoughts…


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

5 Responses to What’s in the Wi-Fi?

  1. avatar TonyS says:

    That spoiler that caused such debate? That!

    • LOL, no that’s not it :)

      • avatar TonyS says:

        Do you know what it is, then?

  2. avatar Paul Gee says:

    It’s not going to be much of a monster if it is based on WiFi. It will get slower the further you are away from it and over 100m without line of sight you won’t even know it is there.

    I cringe when I hear mutterings like this, it’ll be one of those monsters that makes no sense if you know the first thing about radio based communications. Just Moff trying to come up with another ubiquitous scary thing. The Weeping Signals.

    God man-flu makes me grumpy. Bring back the of days anti-matter monsters and aliens who just want your planets resources…..

  3. avatar James says:

    It does sound dire.

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