The Empty Child (Part I)
Series 1 Episode 9
It's 1941, and the Blitz is raging. A mysterious cylinder is being guarded by the army, while homeless children, living on the bombsites, are being terrorised by an unearthly child. And when Rose meets the dashing Captain Jack Harkness, it seems she may have found a hero better than the Doctor himself...
Script Extract

THE DOCTOR ... Hello?
(silence; self-conscious now, not used to this - he doesn't answer phones!)
This is the Doctor speaking.
(and then - well, what else could he say?)
How may I help you?

The DOCTOR frowns. What? And then, in his ear...

THE CHILD'S VOICE V/O (an eerie whisper)
... Mummy?

  • Part one of a two-part story.
  • This episode introduces the character of Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman.
  • 'World War II' was a working title for this episode.
  • The Child being called 'an unearthly child' is a reference to the very first episode of Doctor Who, starring William Hartnell as the First Doctor, in 1963. 'An Unearthly Child' was its title.
Memorable Quotes
  • The Child: Balloon!
  • Rose: I think you should do a scan for alien tech. Gimme some Spock, just once! Would it kill you?
  • Nancy: You mustn't let him touch you!
    The Doctor: What happens if he touches me?
    Nancy: He'll make you like him.
    The Doctor: And what's he like?
    Nancy: I've gotta go.
  • The Doctor: Mr Spock?
    Rose: Well what was I supposed to say? You don't have a name. Don't you ever get tired of 'Doctor? Doctor who?'
    The Doctor: Nince centuries in, I'm coping...
Series 1 Volume 3 DVD DVD
Doctor Who Series 1, Volume 3

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