The Empty Child

The Empty Child
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Season: 1
Episode: 9
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Air date 21 May 2005
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by James Hawes
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The Empty Child is the ninth episode of Series 1 and the first to be written by Glorious Leader (other than The Curse of Fatal Death). Stars Ecclescake and Billie and introduces John "grindr" Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness.

First of a two-parter ending with The Doctor Dances.

Plot

"Don't let him touch you," Nancy warned the Doctor as the small figure knocked insistently at the door, "He'll make you like him."
"What's he like?" the Doctor asked over the knocking as it grew louder. "Nancy, tell me about the child. Why does he wear the mask?"
The door burst open. The Doctor flinched as a hinge bounced off the wall next to him. He glanced to where Nancy had been, but she was gone. "Hmph," he muttered to himself, "Lotta loyalty for a hired gun."
"Are you my mummy?" The child asked the Doctor, tilting its head inquisitively as it approached him.
"At least you can talk," the Doctor joked with the child, trying to put him at ease, "Who are you?"
"Mummy~ Mummy~" the child chanted, an off-key singsong. It sent chills up the Doctor's spine, and he decided to take a more aggressive approach.
The Doctor kneeled before the boy, glaring into the empty space behind the lenses of the gas mask. "If I pull that off, will you die?"
"Are you my mummy? I want my mummy!" The child said, not so much reacting as simply acting.
The Doctor's face contorted in a wry, worried grin as the child approached. Attempting a different approach, he joked with the child: "You're a big guy."
"Are you my mummy?"

Reception

Widely regarded as GOAT.