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The Doctor Dances 

The gas mask zombies are on the rise as the plague spreads across war-torn London.


James Hawes


Steven Moffat, Steven Moffat (showrunner)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Eccleston ... Doctor Who
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Albert Valentine Albert Valentine ... The Child
Florence Hoath Florence Hoath ... Nancy
John Barrowman ... Jack
Luke Perry Luke Perry ... Timothy Lloyd
Damian Samuels ... Mr. Lloyd
Cheryl Fergison Cheryl Fergison ... Mrs. Lloyd
Joseph Tremain ... Jim
Jordan Murphy Jordan Murphy ... Ernie
Robert Hands Robert Hands ... Algy
Martin Hodgson Martin Hodgson ... Jenkins
Richard Wilson ... Dr. Constantine
Vilma Hollingbery Vilma Hollingbery ... Mrs. Harcourt
Noah Johnson 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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Anachronistically, Jamie's voice is recorded on tape. While compact magnetic tape recorders were developed in Germany in the 1930s, the technology did not make its way to the rest of the world until after World War II. Wire recording was used by the BBC during this period, but recording gramophones, using wax discs as a medium, were more common. Steven Moffat acknowledges this mistake in the DVD commentary, but jokingly suggests that an ancestor of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart stole the machine from Germany to help with the war effort. See more »


In the preceding episode ('The Empty Child') the Doctor states that "mauve is the universally recognised colour for danger" and that red (the colour human beings most associate with alarm or danger) is, by everyone else's standards, "camp". However, when the Doctor attempts to open/enter the Chula ambulance ship in 'The Doctor Dances', the alarm that is triggered shows a blinking red light. 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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Referenced in Sanders Sides: Can Lying Be Good? (2018) See more »


Rock-a-bye Baby
Performed by Florence Hoath
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Everybody lives!
1 August 2020 | by wetmarsSee all my reviews

Once again, such a fantastic episode. I honestly don't know why I used to be so scared by "Are you my mommy" thing, but hey!

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Release Date:

12 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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