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The Empty Child 

When a spaceship crashes in the middle of the London Blitz the Doctor, Rose and the enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness find themselves investigating a plague of physical injuries and a little boy in a gas mask.


James Hawes


Steven Moffat




Episode complete credited cast:
Christopher Eccleston ... Doctor Who
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Kate Harvey Kate Harvey ... Nightclub Singer
Albert Valentine Albert Valentine ... The Child
Florence Hoath Florence Hoath ... Nancy
Cheryl Fergison Cheryl Fergison ... Mrs. Lloyd
Damian Samuels ... Mr. Lloyd
John Barrowman ... Jack Harkness
Robert Hands Robert Hands ... Algy
Joseph Tremain ... Jim
Jordan Murphy Jordan Murphy ... Ernie
Brandon Miller Brandon Miller ... Alf
Richard Wilson ... Dr. Constantine
Noah Johnson Noah Johnson ... The Empty Child (voice)
Dian Perry Dian Perry ... Computer (voice)


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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Steven Moffat's original outline envisaged Jax (masquerading under the alias "Jack Harkness") as an interstellar alien soldier who befriends the Doctor but intimidates Rose. He was to be tracking an escaped child-creature, the story's antagonist. See more »


During the scene where Jack is scanning the gas mask people, he has a scanner on his right wrist. However, when he shows Rose and The Doctor his image of the Chula warship, the scanner is on his left wrist. The makers flipped the stretch of film, according to the commentary, to make the shot work. See more »


[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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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Steven Moffat IS a Genius
8 October 2018 | by MoonIndySee all my reviews

The writing of this episode is so intricate, almost spellbinding. Steven Moffat is a genius, I have been re watching several episodes of Doctor Who and this is one of the best. The cast are brilliant too!

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5 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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