Captain Jack Harkness
The Ninth Doctor
After Captain Jack Harkness says goodbye to Rose from on top of the German bomb, we see The Doctor is standing beside Nancy looking at his hands and walking forward. When Harkness returns to compliment Rose's shirt, The Doctor isn't there in the shot of Rose. When Harkness leaves in his ship, we see that The Doctor is now standing beside Rose behind Nancy. Then in the next shot, The Doctor is walking forward again, looking at his hands.
Several of Jamie's abilities were left unexplained in the finale of the episode, including his ability to make a door close by pointing at it.
The nanogenes allow a life form to communicate through anything with a speaker. Why were they able to cause the typewriter to work?
Magnetic tape players weren't present outside of Germany during World War II. Recording gramophone would have been the most likely means of recording an interview, but wire records might also have been used.
Rose: (about Jack) Okay, so he's vanished into thin air. Why is it always the great-looking ones that do that?
The Doctor: I'm making an effort not to be insulted.
Rose: Sorry. I meant... men.
The Doctor: Okay, that really helped.
The Doctor: You forgot to set your alarm clock, it's volcano day!
Rose: Actually, Doctor, I thought Jack might like this dance.
The Doctor: I'm sure he would, Rose. I'm absolutely certain. But who with?
The Doctor: There isn't a little boy born who wouldn't tear the world apart to save his mummy. And this little boy can.
The Doctor: What do you expect in a Chula medical transporter? Bandages, cough drops? Rose?
Rose: I don't know.
The Doctor: Yes, you do. (shows her his hand)
The Doctor: It wasn't empty, Captain. There were enough nanogenes in there to rebuild a species.
Captain Jack: Oh, God.
The Doctor: Getting it now, are we? When the ship crashes, the nanogenes escape. Billions upon billions of them, ready to fix all the cuts and bruises in the whole world. But what they find first is a dead child, probably killed earlier that night, and wearing a gas-mask.
Rose: And they brought him back to life? They can do that?
The Doctor: 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 gas-mask and what's skull but they do their best then off they fly, off they go, work to be done. But, 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!
Nancy: Who are you? Who are any of you?
Rose: You'd never believe me if I told you.
Nancy: You just told me that was an ambulance from another world. There are people running round with gas-mask heads calling for their mummies and the sky's full of Germans dropping bombs on me. Tell me, do you think there's anything left I couldn't believe?
Rose: We're time travellers from the future.
Nancy: Mad, you are.
Rose: We have a time travel machine, seriously.
Nancy: It's not that. Alright, you got a time travel machine. I'll believe you. Believe anything, me. What future? (looks up at the Blitz, raging above them)
Rose: Nancy, this isn't the end. I know how it looks. It's not the end of the world or anything.
Nancy: How can you say that? Look at it!
Rose: Listen to me. I was born in this city. I'm from here in, like, fifty years time.
Nancy: From here?
Rose: I'm a Londoner. From your future.
Nancy: But you're not…
Rose: Nancy, the Germans don't come here. They don't win. Don't tell anyone I told you so, but you know what? You win.
The Doctor: (about Captain Jack) Relax, he's a fifty-first century guy. He's just a bit more flexible when it comes to dancing.
(The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack make it to the bombsite)
Captain Jack: There it is. (sees the on-duty guard) Hey, they've got Algy on duty. Must be important.
The Doctor: We've got to get past.
Rose: Are the words 'distract the guard' heading in my general direction?
Captain Jack: I don't think that'd be such a good idea.
Rose: Don't worry. I can handle it.
Captain Jack: I've gotten to know Algy quite well since I've been in town. Trust me, you're not his type. I'll distract him. (Heads off) Don't wait up.
Rose: You used to be a Time Agent and now you're trying to con them?
Captain Jack: If it makes me sound any better, it's not for the money.
Rose: For what?
Captain Jack: I woke up one morning when I was still working for them, found they'd stolen two years of my memories. I'd like them back.
Rose: They stole your memories?
Captain Jack: Two years of my life. No idea what I did. Your friend over there doesn't trust me. And for all I know, he's right not to.
Rose: (to the Doctor, as they start to dance) You'll find your feet at the end of your legs. You may care to move them.
The Doctor: You just assume I don't dance.
Rose: What? Are you telling me you do dance?
The Doctor: Nine hundred years old, me. I've been around a bit. I think you can assume at some point I've danced.
The Doctor: Problems?
Rose: Doesn't the universe implode or something if you dance?
The Doctor: Well, I've got the moves but I wouldn't want to boast.
(Nancy explains to the other children why she's going to the railway bombsite)
Nancy: The Child. That's where he was killed. That's where it all started. And I'm gonna find out how.
Ernie: He'll get you. Then he'll come for us. He always comes for us.
Nancy: No, Ernie. He doesn't. He always comes after me. There are things I haven't told you. Things I can't tell you. As long as you're with me, you're in danger.
(Nancy is caught by the owner of the house she was taking food from)
Mr. Lloyd: The police are on their way. I pay for the food on this table. The sweat on my brow, that food is. The sweat on my brow. Anything else you'd like? I've got a whole house here. Anything else you'd like to help yourself to?
Nancy: Yeah. I'd like some wire-cutters, please. Something that will cut through barbed wire. Oh, and a torch. Don't look like that, Mr. Lloyd. I know you've got plenty of tools in here. I've been watching this house for ages. And I'd like another look round your kitchen cupboards. I was in a hurry the first time. I wanna see if there's anything I missed.
Mr. Lloyd: The food on this table…
Nancy: Is an awful lot of food, isn't it, Mr. Lloyd? A lot more than on anyone else's table. Half this street thinks your missus must be messing about with Mr. Haverstock, the butcher. But she's not, is she? You are. Wire-cutters. Torch. Food. And I'd like to use your bathroom before I leave, please. (looks at him) Oh, look. There's the sweat on your brow.
The Doctor: How was your con supposed to work?
Captain Jack: Simple enough, really. Find some harmless piece of space junk, let the nearest Time Agent track it back to Earth, convince him it's valuable, name a price. And he's put fifty percent up front… oops, German bomb falls on it, destroys it forever. He never gets to see what he's paid for. Never knows he's been had. I buy him a drink with his own money and we discuss dumb luck. The perfect self-cleaning con.
Captain Jack: We could stick it in an escape pod.
Computer: There is no escape pod on board.
Captain Jack: Okay, see the flaw in that. I'll get in the escape pod.
Computer: There is no escape pod on board.
Captain Jack: Did you look everywhere?
Captain Jack: Under the sink?
The Doctor: Funny little human brains. How do you get around in those things?
Rose: When he's stressed, he likes to insult species.
The Doctor: (to Rose) I've travelled with a lot of people, but you're setting new records for jeopardy-friendly.
Captain Jack: The last time I was sentenced to death, I ordered four hyper-vodkas for my breakfast. All a bit of a blur after that... I woke up in bed with both of my executioners. Lovely couple, they stayed in touch! Can't say that about most executioners.
The Doctor: I like bananas. Bananas are good!
Rose: Look at you. Smiling like you're Father Christmas.
The Doctor: Who says I'm not? Red bicycle when you were twelve.
The Doctor: And everybody lives, Rose! Everybody lives! I need more days like this.
(Though he doesn't quite trust him, The Doctor has saved Captain Jack's life by taking him aboard the TARDIS)
Captain Jack: (entering the TARDIS for the first time) Much bigger on the inside.
The Doctor: You better be.
The Doctor: History says there was an explosion here. Who am I to argue?
Rose: Usually you're the first in line.
The Doctor: Everybody lives, Rose. Just this once! EVERYBODY LIVES!
Rose: (to the Doctor) You got the moves? Show me your moves!
Captain Jack: Well, I've got a banana and in a pinch you could put up some shelves.
The Doctor: Rose, I'm trying to resonate concrete...
The Doctor: Rose, I just remembered!
The Doctor: I can dance!
Computer Voice: Termination of Captain Jack Harkness in under 2 minutes. 100% probability.
The Doctor: Go - now! Don't drop the banana!
Captain Jack: Why not?
The Doctor: Good source of potassium!
The Doctor: (to the patients) Go to your room. Go to your room! I mean it. I'm very, very angry with you. I'm very, very cross. Go to your room! (patients return to their beds. To Rose:) I'm really glad that worked. Those would have been terrible last words.
Mrs. Harcourt: My leg's grown back! When I come to the hospital, I had one leg!
Doctor Constantine: Well, there is a war on, is it possible you miscounted?
Captain Jack: Okay, this can function as a sonic blaster, a sonic cannon, and a triple and full sonic disruptor. Doc, what you got?
The Doctor: I've got a sonic, er, never mind.
Captain Jack: What?
The Doctor: It's sonic, okay, let's leave it at that.
Captain Jack: Disruptor? Cannon? What?
The Doctor: It's sonic, totally sonic, I am soniced up!
Captain Jack: A sonic what?
The Doctor: Screwdriver!
Captain Jack: Who has a sonic screwdriver?
The Doctor: I do!
Captain Jack: Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks "that could be a little more sonic"?
The Doctor: What? You never been bored? Never had a long night? Never had a lot of cabinets to put up?
Rose: Come on. The world doesn't end because the Doctor dances.
Original International Air Dates:
Turkey: November 1, 2009 on CNBC-e
The final viewing figure for the BBC One airing of this episode was 6.86 million.
The moment when Captain Jack tried shooting the Child with a banana was voted the top TV moment of 2005 by viewers on the BBC. Billie Piper, Phil Collinson and Stephen Moffat attended the ceremony to accept the awards.
The two songs that the Doctor and Rose dance to at the end of the episode are "Moonlight Serenade" (also heard in "Empty Child") and "In the Mood". Both pieces were composed by Glenn Miller.
Written on the side of the German bomb Jack is sitting on are the words "Schlechter Wolf" translated in English as Bad Wolf.
Rose: Look at you, beaming away like you're Father Christmas!
Father Christmas is a legendary holiday character, who delivers presents to children, if they have been good, on Christmas Day.
The Doctor's response of "Who says I'm not, red-bicycle-when-you-were-twelve?" and Rose's reaction implies that this is something she did not tell the Doctor. Whether or not the Doctor was being prescient, making a lucky guess, spied on the Tylers that Christmas morning, or whether he really did (or will) leave Rose a red bicycle for Christmas when she was twelve has not yet been explained.
Rose: (to Captain Jack, about the Doctor) The first day I met him, he blew my job up. That's practically how he communicates.
An allusion to the series opener 'Rose', where the Doctor blows up Henriks Department Store where Rose works, in order to destroy the Autons.
The way Captain Jack is riding the bomb is very reminiscent of Slim Pickens doing the same thing in a Cold War movie called "Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb."
Jack: The London Blitz is perfect for self-cleaners. Pompeii is nice if you want to make a vacation of it though. But you got to set your alarm for Volcano Day. (Laughs)
Ancient Pompeii was a Roman town on the eastern side of the Italian peninsula. "Volcano Day" is a reference to August 24, 79 CE when town was destroyed by volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
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