The Ninth Doctor
Captain Jack Harkness
Nancy manages to whistle using her fingers, despite the fact she is wearing woolly gloves.
When the phone rings in Lloyd's house, it is the wrong type of bell and the wrong pattern for a London exchange. It rings like an American phone.
Despite the fact that London citizens were under rationing laws at the time, fresh cauliflower is seen in a garbage bin (when the TARDIS phone rings), there are fresh carrots lying in Mr. Lloyd's garden, and the officer's club uses lots of paraffin candles and liquor, despite the fact that paraffin and alcohol were severely rationed.
Jack's Webley revolver is the wrong type for the period the story is set in.
Despite being in London during the Blitz, almost no blackout procedures are followed. People have lights on inside with uncurtained windows, street lighting is turned on, Jack and the officers at the club stand at the window and watch the bombing rather than go to a shelter, Jack lights up Big Ben to show the time to Rose, and so on.
When Rose and Jack are on the top of his ship the time on Big Ben is 9:30. The time never changes, despite the scene lasting several minutes.
In the broadcast version of this episode, a sound cut was made in the scene at Albion Hospital where Dr. Constantine's face transforms into the gas mask. There was supposed to be the sound of his skull cracking as the change happened, but it was felt to be too horrific and was therefore cut.
Captain Jack: (getting ready to bring Rose into his ship using a tractor beam) Hold on.
Rose: To what!?!
Captain Jack: Fair point.
Captain Jack: I've got you. You're fine, you're just fine. The tractor beam, it can scramble your head just a little.
Rose: Hello. Sorry, there was 'hello' twice there. Dull, but, you know, thorough.
Jack: Are you all right?
Rose: I'm fine! Why, you expecting me to faint?
Jack: You look a little dizzy.
Rose: What about you? You're not even in focus...! Oh, boll... (faints).
The Doctor: D'you know how long you can knock around space without happening to bump into Earth?
Rose: Five days? Or is that just when we're out of milk?
The Doctor: All the species in all the universe and it has to come out of a cow!
Dr. Constantine: Are you a doctor?
The Doctor: I have my moments.
Dr. Constantine: Have you examined any of them yet?
The Doctor: No.
Dr. Constantine: Don't touch the flesh.
The Doctor: Which one?
Dr. Constantine: Any one. (The Doctor goes to a patient and examines them) Conclusions?
The Doctor: Massive head trauma, mostly to the left side. Partial collapse of the chest cavity, mostly to the right. There's some scarring on the back of the hand and the gas-mask seems to be fused to the flesh but I can't see any burns.
Dr. Constantine: Examine another one.
(The Doctor examines another patient)
The Doctor: This is impossible.
Dr. Constantine: Examine another.
(The Doctor examines a third patient)
The Doctor: This is impossible.
Dr. Constantine: No.
The Doctor: They've all got the same injuries.
Dr. Constantine: Yes.
The Doctor: Exactly the same.
Dr. Constantine: Yes.
The Doctor: Identical, all of them. Right down to the scar on the back of the hand. How did this happen? How did it start?
Dr. Constantine: When that bomb dropped, there was just one victim.
The Doctor: Dead?
Dr. Constantine: At first. His injuries were truly dreadful. By the following morning, every doctor and nurse who had treated him, who had touched him, had those exact same injuries. By the morning after that, every patient in the same ward… the exact same injuries. Within a week, the entire hospital. Physical injuries as plague. Can you explain that? What would you say was the cause of death?
The Doctor: The head trauma?
Dr. Constantine: No.
The Doctor: Asphyxiation?
Dr. Constantine: No.
The Doctor: The collapse of the chest cavity?
Dr. Constantine: No.
The Doctor: Alright, what was the cause of death?
Dr. Constantine: There wasn't one. They're not dead.
(Dr. Constantine knocks his cane against the table; the patients sit bolt upright)
The Doctor: You're very sick.
Dr. Constantine: Dying, I should think. I just haven't been able to find the time.
Captain Jack: So, this companion of yours. Does he handle the business?
Rose: Well… I delegate a lot of that, yeah.
Captain Jack: Well, maybe we should go find him.
Rose: And how you gonna do that?
Captain Jack: Easy. I'll just scan for alien tech.
Rose: Finally, a professional.
Rose: You used to be a Time Agent. Now… you're some kind of freelancer.
Captain Jack: Oh, that's a little harsh. I like to think of myself as a criminal.
Captain Jack: It's 1941. The height of the London Blitz. The height of the German bombing campaign. And something else has fallen on London, a fully-equipped Chula warship. The last one in existence, armed to the teeth. And I know where it is. Because I parked it. If the Agency can name the right price, I can get it for you. But in two hours, a German bomb is gonna fall on it and destroy it forever. That's your deadline. That's the deal. Now, shall we discuss payment?
Captain Jack: So… when you say 'your companion', how disappointed should I be?
Rose: Okay. We're standing in mid-air on a space-ship during a German air-raid. Do you really think now's a good time to be coming on to me?
Captain Jack: Perhaps not.
Rose: Ah, it was just a suggestion.
The Doctor: Nancy, there's something chasing you and the other kids. Looks like a boy and it isn't a boy, and it started about a month ago, right? The thing I'm looking for, the thing that fell from the sky, that's when it landed. And you know what I'm talking about, don't you?
Nancy: There was a bomb. A bomb that wasn't a bomb, fell the other end of Limehouse Green station.
The Doctor: Take me there.
Nancy: Nah. Soldiers guarding it, barbed wire. You'd never get through.
The Doctor: Try me!
Nancy: You sure you want to know what's going on in there?
The Doctor: I really want to know.
Nancy: Then there's someone you need to talk to first.
The Doctor: And who might that be?
Nancy: The Doctor.
The Child: (sticking his hand through the letterbox) Please let me in.
(Nancy throws something at the door)
Nancy: You mustn't let him touch you!
The Doctor: What happens if he touches me?
Nancy: He makes you like him.
The Doctor: And what's he like?
Nancy: I've gotta go.
The Doctor: Nancy, what's he like?
Nancy: He's empty.
(Nancy locks the door on the Child)
The Doctor: What's this, then? It's never easy being the only child left out in the cold, you know.
Nancy: I suppose you'd know.
The Doctor: I do, actually, yes.
Nancy: It's not exactly a child.
(Rose falls from the barrage balloon rope but is caught by a beam of light)
Captain Jack: (via loudspeaker) I'm just programming your descent pattern. Stay still as you can and keep your hands and feet inside the light field.
Rose: Descent pattern?
Captain Jack: (via loudspeaker) Oh, and could you switch off your cell-phone? (Rose starts to complain) No, seriously, it interferes with my instrument.
Rose: You know, no one ever believes that. (switches phone off)
Captain Jack: (via loudspeaker) Thank you, that's much better.
Rose: Oh yeah, that's a real load off, that is! I'm hanging in the sky in the middle of a German air-raid with a Union Jack across my chest but, hey, my mobile phone's off!
(The phone on the TARDIS has started ringing)
The Doctor: What am I supposed to do with a ringing phone?
Nancy: (who has suddenly appeared) Don't answer it. It's not for you.
The Doctor: And how do you know that?
Nancy: Cos I do. And I'm telling you… don't answer it.
Rose: So, who are you supposed to be then?
Jack: (handing her ID papers) Captain Jack Harkness, 133 Squadron, Royal Air Force. American volunteer.
Rose: Liar. This is psychic paper. It tells me whatever you want it to tell me.
Jack: How do you know?
Rose: Two things. One, I have a friend that uses this all the time.
Rose: And two, you just handed me a piece of paper telling me you're single and you work out.
Jack: Tricky thing, psychic paper.
Rose: Yeah. Can't let your mind wander when you're handing it over.
Jack: (reading the psychic paper) Oh, you sort of have a boyfriend called Mickey Smith, but you consider yourself to be footloose and fancy-free.
Jack: Actually the word you use is "available."
Rose: No way.
Jack: And another one, "very."
(about Rose and the Doctor)
Jack: Oh, should've known, the way you guys are blending in with the local colour. I mean, Flag Girl was bad enough, but U-Boat Captain?
The Doctor: Excuse me, excuse me. Could I have everyone's attention, just for a mo? Be very quick. Hello! It might seem like a stupid question, but has anything fallen from the sky recently?
Rose: Is it safe?
The Doctor: Perfectly. (the TARDIS console explodes) Okay, reasonably - should have said reasonably, there.
Rose: What's the emergency?
The Doctor: It's mauve.
The Doctor: Universally recognised colour for danger.
Rose: What happened to red?
The Doctor: That's just humans. By everyone else's standards, red's camp. Oh, the misunderstandings! All those "red alerts," all that dancing.
The Doctor: Amazing.
Nancy: What is?
The Doctor: 1941. Right now, not very far from here the German war machine is rolling up the map of Europe. Country after country, falling like dominoes. Nothing can stop it. Nothing, until one tiny, damp little island says "no". No, not here. A mouse in front of a lion. You're amazing, the lot of you. Don't know what you do to Hitler. You frighten the hell out of me. Off you go, then. Do what you got to do. Save the world.
The Empty Child: Are you my mummy?
Rose: Not very Spock, is it? Just asking.
The Doctor: Door, music, people. What do you think?
Rose: I think you should do a scan for alien tech. Gimme some Spock! For once, would it kill you?
The Doctor: You know, one day, just one day maybe, I'm gonna meet somebody who gets the whole 'don't wander off' thing. Nine hundred years of phone box travel, it's the only thing left to surprise me.
Jack: It's a real pleasure to meet you, Mr. Spock.
The Doctor: Mr Spock?
Rose: What was I supposed to say? You don't have a name. Don't you ever get tired of "The Doctor"? Doctor who?
The Doctor: Nine centuries in, I'm coping.
Nancy: How did you follow me here?
The Doctor: I'm good at following me. I've got the nose for it.
Nancy: People can't usually follow me unless I want them to.
The Doctor: My nose has special powers.
Nancy: Yeah? Is that why it's...
The Doctor: What?
The Doctor: What?
Nancy: Nothing. Do your ears have special powers too?
The Doctor: What are you trying to say?
Nancy: Good night, mister.
The Doctor: Ringing? What's that about? Ringing? You're not even a real phone and you're ringing?
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.
The Doctor: So that's what you do, is it, Nancy?
Nancy: What is?
The Doctor: Soon as the sirens go, you find a big fat family meal still warm on the table, with everyone down in the air raid shelter, and bingo, feeding frenzy for the homeless kids of London town. Puddings for all. As long as the bombs don't get you.
Nancy: Something wrong with that?
The Doctor: Wrong with that? It's brilliant. I'm not sure if it's Marxism in action or a West End musical.
Original International Air Dates:
Turkey: October 25, 2009 on CNBC-e.
A working title for this episode was World War II.
The Chula ships are named after Chula, an Indian/Bangladeshi fusion restaurant in Hammersmith, London where the writers celebrated and discussed their briefs on the scripts they were to write for the season after being commissioned by Russell T. Davies.
This episode- and The Doctor Dances- won the 2006 Hugo Award For Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.
Once again, Cardiff Royal Infirmary was used as Albion Hospital in the scenes toward the end of the episode.
The final viewing figure for the BBC One airing of this episode was 7.11 million.
The Doctor uses the alias of "Dr. John Smith" for the first time in the new series. He first used it in the original series in the episode "The Wheel in Space, Episode 2". He has since used it several times since, mostly during the third Doctor's era.
Jack identifies himself as a "Time Agent" from the 51st century. The Time Agents were first mentioned in the original series episode "The Talons of Weng-Chiang, when they were pursuing 51st century war criminal Magnus Greel. They have since been mentioned in the Virgin novels Eater of Wasps and Trading Futures, and their origins were revealed in Emotional Chemistry.
First appearance of John Barrowman (Captain Jack)
The song that is playing while Rose and Jack dance together on top of his spaceship is "Moonlight Serenade", composed by Glenn Miller
Described in the Radio Times Doctor Who special as: "Richard Wilson stars as a doctor (No, not THE Doctor) in this two parter set during the Blitz".
The end of the episode takes place in "Albion Hospital" which is where they took the "pig alien" in Aliens of London.
The Doctor: I don't know what you do to Hitler but you frighten the hell out of me.
Whilst a paraphrase, The Doctor is referencing a famous quote by Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington speaking of his Irish Troops, 'I don't know what effect these men have on the enemy, but by God, they terrify me.'
The Doctor: It's mauve and dangerous.
The idea of mauve being the universal colour for danger is also used by Holly when she warns of a "mauve alert" in the Red Dwarf episode 'Dimension Jump'.
Jack: Captain Jack Harkness. 1-3-3 Squadron. Royal Air Force. American volunteer.
The 133rd Squadron was one of the "Eagle Squadrons", composed of American pilots lead by British officers.
Doctor Constantine: Before the war began I was a father and a grandfather. Now I am neither. But I am still a doctor.
The Doctor: Yeah. Know the feeling.
This seems to be an allusion to the original Doctor Who series, when the Doctor travelled with his granddaughter, Susan.
Rose: Not very Spock is it?
Rose and the doctor are looking for a crashed alien space craft, and Rose wants the doctor to scan for alien tech, and asking for a little "Spock"
Referencing the Original Star Trek series, in which the character Spock, a Vulcan, is the science officer aboard the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, and would scan for various things.
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