Newbies Guide to Doctor Who

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The Doctor Dances

Writer: Steven Moffat

Director: James Hawes

First Broadcast: 28th May 2005

Placement: Immediately after The Empty Child

Links: The second of a two-parter, The Doctor Dances follows on from The Empty Child.


The Ninth Doctor The NinthThe ninth Doctor speaks in a northern accent and wears a leather jacket. He has very short hair and big ears. The ninth Doctor has been mentally scarred by the part he played in the Time War and the destruction of his home planet. Although he clearly has a love of life, he also has an innate sadness about him.


Rose Tyler Rose Tyler Rose Tyler is a 19-year old girl from London 2005. Before meeting the Doctor, Rose lived with her mother, Jackie Tyler, on a council estate and had a boyfriend called Mickey Smith. Her father, Pete Tyler, died when she was a baby. In Rose (New Series Series 1), she worked in Henrik's department store when the ninth Doctor was investigating Auton activity in the store, and she saw him blow it up. Rose then helped the Doctor defeat the Nestene Consciousness's attempt to take over the world, and he offered her a chance to travel in the TARDIS. In The End of the World (New Series Series 1), the Doctor took her to the far future to see the day the Earth is destroyed. During this trip, he upgraded her mobile phone, tying it into the TARDIS, so that she can call home no matter where or when she is.

Recurring Characters:

Captain Jack Harkness Jack is a time traveller from the 51st Century. In The Empty Child (part 1 of this story), he saw Rose hanging off a barrage balloon during the Blitz, and saved her life. He was in this era in order to con another time traveller into buying a useless piece of space junk which is in the exact spot where a bomb is due to explode.

Nancy A girl from 1941, Nancy looks after a group of younger children who are living rough in Blitz London. She is the sister of Jamie, the mysterious "Empty Child" with the gas mask. We previously saw her in The Empty Child (part 1 of this story).

Doctor Constantine The Doctor who cared for the "Empty Child" victims. In The Empty Child (part 1 of this story), he became a victim himself.

Recommended Viewing:

As this is the second half of a two-parter, it is strongly recommended that you watch part 1, The Empty Child, before you watch The Doctor Dances. This will introduce you to the various characters and the existing plot better than the pre-titles sequence and the write-ups on this page.

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