109. The Empty Child / 110. The Doctor Dances
- Broadcast: 21/28 May 2005
- Viewers: 7.11m/6.86m
- Availability: DVD Series 1: Volume 3
London, 1941, at the height of the Blitz. A mysterious cylinder is being guarded by the army, while homeless children, living on the bombsites, are being terrorised by an unearthly child.
The Child’s plague is spreading throughout wartime London, and its zombie army is on the march. The Doctor and Rose form an alliance with the intergalactic con-man, Captain Jack, but find themselves trapped in the abandoned hospital. The answer lies at the bomb site, but time is running out.
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by James Hawes
The Doctor – CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON
Rose Tyler – BILLIE PIPER
Jack Harkness – JOHN BARROWMAN
Dr Constantine – RICHARD WILSON
Nancy – FLORENCE HOATH
Mrs Lloyd – CHERYL FERGISON
Mr Lloyd – DAMIAN SAMUELS
The Child – ALBERT VALENTINE
Algy – ROBERT HANDS
Jim – JOSEPH TREMAIN
Ernie – JORDAN MURPHY
Alf – BRANDON MILLER
The Child’s voice – NOAH JOHNSON
Computer voice – DIAN PERRY
Child: "Are you my mummy?"
The Doctor: "I want to find a blonde in a Union Jack. I mean a specific one, I didn’t just wake up this morning with a craving."
Jack: "Excellent bottom!"
"Rose: "You dont have a name! Don’t you ever get tired of The Doctor? Doctor…Who?"
The Doctor: "Nine centuries, I’m coping."
Jack: “Well, I’ve got a banana and in a pinch you could put up some shelves.”
The Doctor: "Go – now! Don’t drop the banana!"
Captain Jack: "Why not?"
The Doctor: "Good source of potassium!"
Captain Jack: "Who look’s at a screwdriver and goes ‘this could be a little more sonic’.
Doctor: "What, you’ve never been bored?."
These two episodes takes place in the year 1941.
John Barrowman makes his first appearance as Captain Jack. He joins the Doctor as a second companion for the remainder of series one.
On original broadcast, the scene where Doctor Constantine transforms was cut by the BBC for being too gruesome. Fortunately all that was removed was some bone cracking sounds. The sounds are restored in the DVD.
Albion Hospital is seen again following it’s appearance in Aliens of London (some sixty odd years earlier chronologically).
The bomb Jack is sitting on has the words "Schlechter Wolf" written on the side. Translated it means ‘Bad Wolf’.
Captain Jack reveals he is from the 51st century and was a time agent before they stole two years of his memory. How and why this happened is never answered.
The next time trailer is played after the credits. This was to prevent ruining the cliffhanger. The BBC obviously listened to complaints made over ‘Aliens of London’.