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 ...
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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
The word dancing is frequently used in this episode as a metaphor for sex. Steven Moffat would use the innuendo again in Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace (2006), in which it is hinted that the Tenth Doctor might have some form of romantic dalliance with Madame de Pompadour. 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 »
[with increasing intensity]
Mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy, mummy.
Go to your room.
[mask creatures stop]
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]
I'm really glad that worked. Those would have been terrible last words.
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This episode is most frightening of the new series
Although I've enjoyed most of the new series of Dr. Who it is this episode alone which brought me back to the days of my childhood when I could be genuinely frightened by Dr. Who.
The eerie child beckoning the innocents to zombification on the streets of WWII London will have you checking your doors and window to be sure they are locked. The entire episode seems to take place at night adding even more of a sinister atmosphere.
I was amazed to see this episode was written by Stephen Moffat who's work on Coupling is some of the funniest "brit com" humour of recent years.
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