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
Steven Moffat had first used the line "Life is just nature's way of keeping meat fresh" in the second series of his sitcom Joking Apart (1991). He reused it here as he thought it was a good line, but laments that people quote lines from this episode instead of that one. See more »
A patient-doctor conversation has been recorded on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Magnetic tape was invented in Germany in the 1930s, but wire recorders were more common in Britain during WWII, having been invented in the USA in 1939. The machine shown, a Wearite 2 speed, 1/4 inch tape deck, was not manufactured until 1947. The episode is set in 1941. 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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If you thought the fantastic build-up in The Empty Child was something, think again: Steven Moffat ends his first proper Doctor Who story with a magnificent payoff that exceeds expectations, even in terms of "horror", cementing his reputation as one of the UK's best television writers.
Following up from the previous episode's cliffhanger, the mysterious Empty Child has infected dozens of people in a hospital. The only problem is, the Doctor, Jack and Rose are in the same building, meaning they have to come up with some unusually clever plan to survive, reverse the unearthly epidemic and get back to the TARDIS. After all, London circa 1914 isn't exactly the best place to die, though it sure beats 1869 Cardiff...
Like its predecessor, The Doctor Dances is a masterclass in tension, with some genuine scares served throughout the 45 minutes, although with a healthy balancing act coming from the typically Doctor-like moments of humor. In particular, Moffat uses the scenario (and, to a certain extent, the new Jack Harkness character) to comment on one of the protagonist's less child-friendly sides: the title, and the whole business about the Time Lord dancing or not, is basically a big fat metaphor regarding the sexual chemistry between the Doctor and his companion(s). Naturally, given the BBC's family-oriented seal on the program, things never enter Coupling territory, with the resolution coming off as light-hearted but extremely funny. In other words, vintage Doctor Who.
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