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The Empty Child 

Rose and the Doctor find themselves in 1941 London when the TARDIS receives an emergency signal from another time-traveling vehicle. While the Doctor tries to determine where the object may... See full summary »

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Rose and the Doctor find themselves in 1941 London when the TARDIS receives an emergency signal from another time-traveling vehicle. While the Doctor tries to determine where the object may have landed, Rose goes off in search of a child she can hear calling for help. When she gets herself into a precarious situation, she's rescued by the rather handsome RAF Captain Jack Harkness, who owns a time machine of his own. The Doctor meanwhile meets Nancy who has an interesting way of arranging meals for homeless children. They are also being chased by the child Rose heard calling. The Doctor determines that human DNA is being rewritten but it's not obvious why or by who. Written by garykmcd

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Frequently in this episode, Rose makes references to the Star Trek (1966) character Mr. Spock. This is the first televised story to make a direct reference to Star Trek, although there had been previous references in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip and original novels. Steven Moffat says in the DVD commentary for this episode that the Doctor's reply to Rose asking him what she should call him ("Doctor who?") was originally going to be, "I'd rather have Doctor Who than Star Trek," a metafictional dig at the latter programme. See more »

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Captain Jack is first seen at a social gathering of various military officers. It is night time, with an air raid in progress, yet the windows are not blacked out. Due to blackout regulations during the war, it was a criminal offence to show a light after dark (even if there wasn't an air raid). See more »

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[first lines]
Rose Tyler: What's the emergency?
The Doctor: It's mauve.
Rose Tyler: Mauve?
The Doctor: Universally recognised colour for danger.
Rose Tyler: What happened to red?
The Doctor: That's just humans. By everyone else's standards, red's camp. Oh, the misunderstandings! All those red alerts, all that dancing.
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: River Runs Deep (2008) See more »

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In The Mood
Written by Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf and Joe Garland
Performed by Glenn Miller
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Good Production Values But Not The Masterwork Claimed
10 June 2007 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

It's impossible to mention this two part story without discussing its popularity within DOCTOR WHO fandom . This was the most popular story from season one and some fan forums included surveys that considered the Eccleston series as the twenty seventh season where The Empty Child /The Doctor Dances is considered one of the top three greatest Who stories to have been broadcast since the show's inception in 1963 . I have to disagree because it's nowhere that good

Looking at the good points you genuinely believe The Doctor and Rose have visited 1941 London . Imagine this being produced in the old series where we'd see a closed camera in close up trying and failing to convince us that the Tardis has travelled back in time ( Also watch Dalek invasion Of Earth and Frontier In Space for failed futuristic equivalents ) and the production team deserves much praise for the night filming . Can anyone else name a location based story that took place entirely at night ?

Where the story fails in some places can be attributed to writer Steven Moffat , a scriptwriter who has a large fan base but a writer who I have never warmed to . In every story this series there's a line which previous producers would never have got away with , in this one there's two lines , one where a young boy makes blatant assertions to have been abused by a paedophile while another insinuates that one of the supporting characters is gay . There's also a bit too many easy escapes for the heroes: " Go to your room ! "

All in all a fairly good story which casual viewers will remember as " The one during the Blitz " but for more hardcore fans it will be remembered as one of the high points of British television since its creation and I'm something at a loss to know why


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