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The Wire
Home Planet: Hermethica
Home Era: 1953
Appearances: TS: Tardisode 7
DW: The Idiot's Lantern
Actor: Maureen Lipman
"Now, are you sitting comfortably? Good, then we'll begin."
―The Wire.

The Wire was a criminal from the planet Hermethica. Sentenced to death and executed by its people, it managed preserve itself as an energy being that escaped to Earth in 1953, through the communications device of one of its executioners, who was illegally recording the execuation.

It concealed itself in television signals, transferring itself from set to set. It fed off the mental signals of the brains of Humans, paralysing them and then sucking out their energy with electrical tendrils (DW: The Idiot's Lantern). This process would leave the victim mindless, as well as faceless. Rose Tyler suffered this fate when she started investigating the phenomenon. The victim's consciousness was retained intact, as seen when The Wire showed the Doctor a sampling of its victims on the televisions in Magpie's shop. The Wire used the image of a female BBC continuity announcer to communicate with the outside world. It hoped to use this energy to manifest itself in its corporeal form once more.

The Wire stole the face of Mr Magpie, who owned an electrical shop, and gave it back to him, giving him plans for then-future technologies (such as a portable television small enough to carry in one hand) and promising freedom to him after the completion of its simple two-phase plan: First, have Magpie sell cheap television sets all over North London so it could feed. Second, have Magpie connect the Wire (inside the portable television) to the television transmission tower at Alexandra Palace on Queen Elizabeth II's coronation day, June 2nd, 1953. Connected to the tower, the Wire could both transmit itself to the estimated three million viewers watching in the vicinity and transmit back energy it could use to re-constitute its corporeal body.

However, the Doctor was able to trap the Wire on a Betamax tape using a makeshift video recorder. The Wire's victims were then restored to normality. The Doctor seemed confident that the Wire would remain trapped, but said that he would tape over it, just to be safe. (DW: The Idiot's Lantern)

The Wire may have returned in the aptly named The Beetee Incident.

All additional information is recorded on page 92 of the book Creatures and Demons and in The Ultimate Monster Guide.
Aliens and Enemies of Series 2
The Christmas Invasion: Sycorax  • Fadros Pallujikaa  • Roboforms  • Roboform Christmas Tree
Attack of the Graske: Graske  • Changelings  • Slitheen family  • Zygon
New Earth: Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17  • Chip  • Sisters of Plenitude  • Face of Boe  • New Humans  • Casp  • Jatt Tooth and Claw: Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform  • Brethren  • Angelo School Reunion: Krillitanes  • Lassar  • Wagner  • Jackson The Girl in the Fireplace: Clockwork Droids Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel: Cybermen  • John Lumic/Cyber-Controller  • Crane The Idiot's Lantern: The Wire  • Magpie The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit: The Beast  • Ood  • Tobias Zed  • Seven Gamma Seven Love & Monsters: Abzorbaloff  • Hoix  • Autons Fear Her: Isolus  • Mr Webber  • Scribble Monster Army of Ghosts/Doomsday: Daleks  • Cult of Skaro  • Dalek Sec  • Dalek Caan  • Dalek Thay  • Dalek Jast  • Cybermen  • Cyber-Leader  • Adeola Oshodi  • Gareth Evans  • Matt Crane  • Flying Stingrays
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The Wire
Series: Deep Space Nine
Written by: Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by: Kim Friedman
Production information
Episode no.: 2x22
Production no.: 442
First aired: 8 May 1994
Date: 2370

Garak falls ill after using a implant in his brain continuously and Bashir struggles to save his life.










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A Stitch in Time details the installation of Garak's 'wire' and Enabran Tain's retirement to the Arawath colony.



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  • The Wire (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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