The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack Harkness are still in the hospital with the gas mask-wearing mutants and are having some trouble finding a way out. The Doctor determines that the ... See full summary »




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Albert Valentine ...
Florence Hoath ...
Luke Perry ...
Timothy Lloyd
Cheryl Fergison ...
Jordan Murphy ...
Robert Hands ...
Martin Hodgson ...
Vilma Hollingbery ...
Mrs. Harcourt
Noah Johnson ...
The Empty Child (voice)


The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack Harkness are still in the hospital with the gas mask-wearing mutants and are having some trouble finding a way out. The Doctor determines that the ambulance Captain Jack was using in his scam contained nano genes, similar to the one's he used to repair Rose's rope-burned hands. Only in this case, there are enough nano genes on the loose to "repair" an entire species and they have no idea what a human looks like in the first place. The future of the human race lies in Nancy accepting her true relationship to the little boy who is haunting her. Written by garykmcd

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Jack Harkness says, "You've got to set your alarm for Volcano Day", to the Doctor when referring to holidays. The Doctor later uses this same terminology when encountering a real volcano in Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii (2008). See more »


As the child arrives in "his" room, we're shown a full reel spinning, which supposedly accounts for the noise of the ended tape. However, the reel keeps changing spinning speeds in the next few shots, in some of which the edge of the tape strikes the recorder decidedly off beat. See more »


[first lines]
Mask Creatures: [with increasing intensity] Mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy.
The Doctor: Go to your room.
[mask creatures stop]
The Doctor: Go to your room! I mean it. I am very, very angry with you. I'm very, very cross. Go... To... Your... Room!
[mask creatures turn and go back to their beds]
The Doctor: [sighing] I'm really glad that worked. Those would have been terrible last words.
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Rock-a-bye Baby
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And the man in the back said "Everyone attack!" and it turned into a ballroom blitz!
12 March 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

The concluding part of the story that began with the preceding episode, "The Empty Child", this is a strong entry in the first season, working both in terms of an entertaining episode AND a satisfying resolution to the double-bill.

Continuing from where the previous episode ended, unsurprisingly, The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack Harkness look to be in a real jam. But once they figure out how to escape with their lives intact they then have to figure out how to end the strange affliction that is turning everyone into a small child in search for his mother.

Written by Steven Moffat, and directed by James Hawes, this is a creepy, thrilling and highly enjoyable episode. More than that, it also continues to establish and add to the camaraderie between the three main characters at the centre of events.

Eccleston and Piper are fully at ease in their roles, of course, but John Barrowman really did take things up a notch with his arrival, shaking things up in a way that revitalised the show just in time for a final few episodes that would leave fans wanting more. And it's worth mentioning Florence Hoath and Richard Wilson once again, with both of them doing solid work, even if the latter has very little screen time in this concluding part of the tale.

All in all, "The Doctor Dances" is a very good episode. It's a shame that the next episode was a step back, but that was a temporary setback in the grand travels of The Doctor.

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