The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
By Steven Moffat
“What's life? Life's easy. A quirk of matter. Nature's way of keeping meat fresh. Nothing to a nanogene. One problem, though. These nanogenes, they're not like the ones on your ship. This lot have never seen a human being before. Don't know what a human being's supposed to look like. All they've got to go on is one little body, and there's not a lot left. But they carry right on. They do what they're programmed to do. They patch it up. Can't tell what's gasmask and what's skull, but they do their best. Then off they fly, off they go, work to be done. Because, you see, now they think they know what people should look like, and it's time to fix all the rest. And they won't ever stop. They won't ever, ever stop. The entire human race is going to be torn down and rebuilt in the form of one terrified child looking for its mother, and nothing in the world can stop it!”
The Doctor and Rose are chasing a metal cylinder through the time vortex. It is a high priority and The Doctor uses the TARDIS computers to lock in on it and follows it to Earth. They land in London in the year 1941 during the height of German bombing blitz. The problem is it will be difficult for The Doctor and Rose to find the cylinder as it is war time and the army is guarding it. Rose wanders off and ends up getting caught hanging onto the rope of a barrage balloon as she was trying to help a kid on a roof wearing a gas mask. She is soon rescued by the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness who knows where the cylinder is and wants to sell it for profit and wants to make a deal with Rose and The Doctor.
This story also introduces one of the new series extremely popular reoccurring character Captain Jack Harkness. I like Captain Jack and watching his first appearance again made me think how different his character was but in a way not to different. There was all the charm of the flirt and bravado of the playboy but also he showed a conscious towards the end when he knew he had to do the right thing when he realized he was responsible for causing all the problems with the nanogenes. Steven Moffat is responsible for creating two characters that are now a part of the show mythos in River Song and Captain Jack and I for one think Jack is the better of the two. It is funny watching this story and thinking of what Captain Jack has become since with his own show Torchwood and his return to the show in Series 3 and now his audio adventures by Big Finish.