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The Empty Child

ShowDoctor Who / Series I / Episode 9
First Broadcast2005/07/16 - 19:30 (Link: ABC Details)
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Previous EpisodeFather's Day
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A very good episode with lots of humour and eeriness. The Doctor and Rose follow a time machine back to London during WWII. There they meet Captain Jack Harkness, the spooky, empty child of the title, searching for its mummy and a hospital full of patients with symptoms just like that of the empty child.

Lots of good stuff in this episode. The Doctor decides to look for alien technology on foot. Rose wants him to do a scan. The Doctor, who did do this in the past (as the Fifth Doctor), doesn't want to. Rose is then delighted when Jack does.

Jack is a great character and a nice foil for the Doctor. Their banter is quite clever. Turns out he's a bit of a con artist though.

The best moment for mine is when the TARDIS phone rings. The look on the Doctor's face is priceless. It's also spooky. How does the empty child make this happen?

The empty child and the spread of it symptoms is very clever. Dr. Constantine is trying to help the patients, but there's nothing he can do. They're all apparently dead, with identical injuries. And the gas mask is part of their face. Symptoms as plague. And then Dr. Constantine himself succumbs - the transformation is quite scary as a gas mask appears to grow out of his face. What is going on?