Doctor Who – The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

I think I might have mentioned just how much I’m enjoying the new Doctor Who series. Well, OK, I’ve babbled about it at great length, but hey, that’s the kind of thing I do.

Episodes 9 and 10 comprised a two-part story, which is why I didn’t mention it last week. Having followed a mysterious object through the time vortex, the Doctor and Rose find themselves in London in 1941. Bombs are falling[1] and there’s a strange gas-mask wearing child looking for his Mummy.

Rose, having managed to get herself carried away by a barrage balloon is saved from certain death by the charming and very flirtatious Captain Jack Harkness, a time traveller from the 51st Century currently posing as an American volunteer in the RAF.

Something decidedly odd is happening. What people are being told is an unexploded bomb has been sealed off by the army, and a nearby hospital is not as empty as it appears. Something is transforming people into zombie-like creatures with gas masks growing out of their faces. The sight of a doctor[2][3] changing is one of the ickiest things seen in the series so far – a fine “behind the sofa” moment if there ever was one. The “bomb” is of course, the object the Doctor followed to 1941, brought there by Captain Jack, who was planning to sell it to Time Agents just before it is due to be destroyed by a real bomb. Captain Jack is, in fact, a con man.

The Doctor discovers the cause of the problem, and solves it in a refreshingly peaceful manner – after the high body count of Dalek and some other episodes, the Doctor’s jubilation as he cries “everybody lives!” is genuinely moving and uplifting.

At the end, Captain Jack has redeemed himself and is saved from certain death[4] by the Doctor and Rose. Jack will be along for the ride for the remainder of the series, which should be fun..

Oh yes, and the Doctor really does dance.

[1] Note for younger readers: World War II, Germany, Blitz, etc.
[2] No, not the Doctor, do keep up :tongue:
[3] Played in typical grumpy style by Richard Wilson, best known for the role of Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave
[4] There tends to be a lot of that about in Doctor Who :laugh:

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