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S1E10: The Doctor Dances

… teenage single mother in 1941”, says the Doctor. I was a bit shocked by the idea the Nancy was the mother of the creepy looking kid.  It looks like I was not clever enough to see that coming. To me, since I was not able to guess that she was the mummy, I find that twist very effective in ending the episode. It makes me remember the episode not only because it would give me goose bumps because of the scary looking kid but because of the heartwarming mother and son reunion in the end. It felt that Nancy was no longer carrying the world in her hands. It is a good lesson to teenage mothers out there. It is knowing how to take responsibility for one’s actions. It would be never easy to raise a child. It is already difficult today, what more during the year 1941?

I liked Jack’s character here because of the change that he had undergone. He started as a self-centered man who wants to get what he wanted no matter what the cost is. We see a scene that he runs away thinking that he would just leave everyone but he did not do so. As the episode continued, a lot of things changed in his character. There was more to the character we saw at the beginning of the episode. It is interesting to know that there was already a full blown change of this character just by watching one episode. I was able to see change in him when he goes along saving the world. He was more unlikely the hero here. He was able to prove that he was more than his looks and he was way better than Adam as a companion.

This made me realize seeing how the Doctor really shows care towards the people he saves. He does not do these things not just because it is his obligation to do so but it also boils down to the idea that he cares for these people. He cares for humanity. It is not about he must but he really wants to. This makes him more awesome as a hero of the world. I think that is his Philosophy in life. Caring for the other and being for the other even though one does not know who the other is. I admire the Doctor for that burning fire that keeps him going in spite of all the loneliness he is going through. He was devoting all his time to care for the human race no matter how sticky the situation may be.

Well, the title was sort of weird since this was the continuation of a very scary episode, The Empty Child. The Doctor dancing? Hmm. What coud that supposed to mean? Despite the un-usual-ness, it seemed like it literally ended with the Doctor dancing. Even though it was not the biggest thing about the episode, ending with that scene was sort of cute. He does not actually look like a dancer , if you know what I mean, but it really seemed cute with that scene in mind. Hihi.

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S01E10: The Doctor Dances

After revealing that Jack was only a time-agent, I got kind of relieved that the doctor was the only time-lord existing in the universe. But after that thought, I got to thinking that it was actually possible for him and Rose to bump into another time-lord who was traveling way before their world was brought out of existence. I just thought that it would really cool if there was another time-lord that they will meet so that I get to compare the doctor with someone else. I’m curious if they will be the same in terms of personality, actions, knowledge, attitude, and anything else that is unique to the doctor.

Back to this episode, I really liked the title because I’m assuming that no one ever thought of the doctor dancing–well, at least all of the people I know who watches Doctor Who. It was really ironic because we all know that the doctor knows a lot of things. He could solve problems that no human will be able to solve and he could outsmart anyone they meet during their journey. Here, Rose shows the viewers that the doctor was no good at dancing. Although he knew the steps, he was kind of awkward in transitioning from one step to another. Ironic how someone could know a lot of complicated and complex things, but didn’t know how to dance.

At the end of the episode, (although I was already expecting this because I think it goes the same way with all episodes) I was really relieved to know that it was a happy ending. From the moment I found out that the kid saying “mummy” was actually a real human kid and not an alien, I was hoping that there was some cure. I really like the twist with Jane because I never thought of her to be the mother of the kid because I remember her throwing the vase at her kid. If I was a mother, I’d find it hard to hurt my child in any way. It kind of reminded me of one episode from Walking Dead where the daughter of a mom turned to a zombie. Despite her life being at danger, she could kill her own daughter. In Jane’s case, I don’t really know why it was so easy for her to despise her son like that. Maybe it was because it’s been happening for a long time and she already got used to it.

It’s such a waste that the nanogenes, no matter how smart they can be, can mix up some characteristics of the humans with other forms of life. The doctor explains that the nanogenes thought that whatever they formed with the kid is the “real” form of a human that’s why they have been transforming the “normal” humans to what they think is right. Although at the end of the episode, the nanogenes were able to learn though Jane that the parent DNA is the correct form of human life. Because of this, at the end of the episode, nanogenes were able to bring back everyone to normal. They were like learning robots that could adapt insights from experiences despite not feeling anything.

I thought that the idea of nanogenes were really cool because it heals whatever it senses to be broken, although it could easily takeover humanity because they’re not that smart.

S1E10:The Doctor Dances

The past episode, The Empty Child, left me curious on the identity of the child and Captain Jack. The doctor was out to find the real story behind the child with the mask. And so he seeks help fromNancy, butNancywas hesitant to help and instead only told the doctor to go inside the hospital alone. The hospital looked old and abandoned but the doctor still proceeded inside. He then saw, in a ward, number of people lying down the beds appearing to be dead. There was no other person inside until an old man, who looked like a doctor, entered the ward. They had an exchange of words, and then the doctor came to realize that everyone in the room had the same case. They all had mask in their face and it can not be removed. Meanwhile, Rose was in the spaceship of Captain Jack amazed with his good looks and intelligence. It appeared as if that someone better came along to replace the doctor. Captain Jack healed Rose’s hand to her delight.

 

Rose, Captain Jack, and the doctor went back to the hospital to solve the mystery. It was then learned than Captain Jack was a fraud. He sells spaceships that turns out to be junk, and in this case, the junk that he brought to earth was an ambulance full of nano genes that can replicate living things. It was in the thick of the air raid and so the boy was wearing a mask. He was the first living thing the nano genes came in contact with and so it replicated the boy having the mask as his face. Anything or anyone that he touches becomes like him. He was sent to the hospital and was detained there. The whole hospital was contaminated turning every patient into a mask-faced living thing. The three were trapped inside the hospital as they were haunted these creatures. One funny scene I like is when they were attacked and the doctor played the role of a mother commanding her child to go back to the room. Since they were looking for a mommy, the doctor ordered them just like a mom ordering her child to go inside the room. The creatures followed the command and they were spared momentarily until they were again chased and found themselves trapped in a room. Captain Jack was able to escape with the use of his teleportation powers. But he then saved Rose and the doctor. It turned out thatNancywas the real mother of the child. They were brought near the said spaceship containing nano genes and through the acceptance of the mother, the nano genes reverted and everyone was back to normal.

 

The ending was somehow sweet for me. Rose, though she was amazed by Captain Jack, in the end went with the doctor. They even dance though the doctor was having a hard time while Captain Jack was just watching them. It showed that the two already had a deep relationship between them.

S1E10: The Doctor Dances

This episode, a continuation of The Empty Child, touched on themes of teenage parenting and homosexuality. The context of the year to which the Doctor and Rose traveled here is very important in order to understand these themes. During wartime London of 1941, teenage pregnancy/parenting and homosexuality are both taboos, and while these issues were not highlighted as much as the very issue of people turning into walking gas masks, they were also crucial for the plot to move on. I shall discuss at the latter part of this blog.

Plenty of the alien life forms that we have encountered thus far—except for a few of them, Daleks included—are not really violent in nature, including the one in this episode. They are, in fact, regenerative substances that heal whoever/whatever is sick. But it’s a good intention gone wrong; when the first human that they had to heal was wearing a gas mask, they healed him assuming that the gas mask was part of his blueprint. I think humanity is the same as these nanogenes: we’re originally “good” but the society we find ourselves in is not what it was originally designed to be. And somehow, we adapt to the norm instead of what should be true.

Another crucial moment of this episode is the Doctor finding out who Nancy really is. She is more than  just the girl who takes care of orphaned children and bring them to one abandoned home to another abandoned home to survive the war. She is also more than the girl who knew her way around conflicts even in her very young age. She is not only related to Jamie, but is also the “mummy” he has been looking for all this time.

But before Nancy admits this, I like how the extra boost of confidence came from Rose, who encouraged her that amidst all the chaos, the British will actually win the war. And this is more than just another encouragement, because I believe this is actually the only hope that Nancy can hold on to at that time. Despite her kid spreading his “emptiness” all over the place, or the fact that he died without really knowing who his mummy is, knowing that even the greater war beyond the epidemic gets resolved eventually means that there will be an end to all the madness.

I absolutely like the fact that the only way to solve the gas mask problem is for Nancy to finally answer Jamie’s repeating question, “Are you my mummy?” But to finally admit that she actually is a teenage mother, I’m sure, took so much courage. Again, because we are coming from a context of a time when teenage pregnancy is a taboo, I’m sure she had to struggle whether to admit her identity or not. The society of her time might shun her for her admission. But we eventually see that her admission yielded unexpected, but positive consequences: Jamie lives and everyone goes back to normal. It is Nancy’s motherly hug that brings everything back to normal, and the risk was, after all, worth taking—much to the Doctor’s happiness:

            “Everybody lives, Rose! Just this once – everybody lives!”

Although the homosexuality issue is not explored as much, its overemphasis (by way of Captain Jack Harkness’s character and the character who had a relationship with the butcher) tells me it’s also an issue worth mentioning here. Even if those scenes, if taken out, will not affect the story, the writer is making a statement by just including them in the episode anyway.

S1E10: The Doctor Dances

I continue to sing praises for Steven Moffat’s writing, for the steady build up that leads to the second part. The previous two-parter with the Slitheen family didn’t quite meet my tastes, though I appreciated the sociological imagination and allegory. Without reference to Moffat’s later work in Doctor Who, I’d say The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances are among his finest, and in fact, it also contains the same kind of pervasive but subtle sociological imagination.

In my film production classes, I’ve always been warned against the exploitative tendencies in neorealist independent Filipino cinema. It is said, “a film about poverty is bad, but a film set in poverty can be good,” and I’ve heard different variations of this from different local film critics. Along the same lines, Moffat’s two-parter is an episode set in war, with an unlikely centerpiece of a single teenage mom Nancy looking after a motley crew of homeless kids who were probably orphaned over the course of World War II. She’s so young, yet she can act in all the practical capacities of adults—it’s innocence and fun taken so early. In The Empty Child, the Doctor remarks, “I’m not sure if it’s Marxism in action or a West End musical,” in response to Nancy’s daily subsistence plan. So, in the same way, a story set in war can be good. For example, Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket is about the real, harrowing dehumanizing effects of war on its participants.

Moffat’s story here, however, has the fantastical, speculative elements of science fiction and the cheap thrills of traditional horror. There is some strange explanation for what has happened to the gas mask “zombies,” and it’s quite scientific-sounding. Nanogenes aboard the crashed Chula medical transport recognized Nancy’s previously dead son, Jamie, in a gas mask as human, and basically healed everyone the same way. It’s as if the show reasserts itself within the genre.

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There are also some moments of machismo between the Doctor and Captain Jack, and some of the exchanges sound like they’re comparing muscle strength and the sizes of their… weapons.

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 sonicked up!

Captain Jack: A sonic what?

The Doctor: Screwdriver!

Even Rose joins in the fun of making the Doctor feel less masculine:

Rose: 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 dances.

There are a couple of tender moments in the episode. Though dancing can be a euphemism for sex, it might be more appropriate to say that it’s the intimacy part of sex that plays in the episode. Intimacy is associated with a lot of things: trust, understanding, sympathy, and sharing, among others seem to be what Rose and the Doctor’s relationship are directed toward to. Romance—I don’t know what to say about it; for some reason, I don’t want to see the Doctor and his companion that way. I think it’s better for them to stay in the proverbial friend zone, because there’s a different sort of love that could go on there. Nonetheless, Rose and the Doctor dance as if they’re having so much fun—quite reminiscent of John Travolta and Uma Thurman’s dance to “You Can Never Tell” in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

In sum, the episode fearlessly introduces a character that’s a teenage mom, and there’s some innuendo and machismo involved. Some of the issues are already frowned upon within the diegetic context, that is, the setting is understood to be generally conservative. Shows with mature subtexts (or to put it quite bluntly, taboo), that aren’t so embedded, wouldn’t be exactly the kind of show parents would want to watch with their kids. Then again, that’s talking about the British experience of the show in a broad sense.

We are, of course, a Filipino audience with a different television culture. (The insider information I’ve had over my internship that kind of also functioned as production ethnography affirms a point that it’s hard to take risks here.) We’re also not experiencing the show as the media text that it originally is. There’s regularity to television—it’s temporally grounded. The Internet, even to this day, is debatably a web of channels for the free exchange of information. Most of us the fans of Doctor Who enjoy the show because of the kindness of seeders on peer-to-peer exchange (though I’m a good fan, so I buy the original DVDs released by BBC America from my mom who works there). Moreover, most of us are mature enough to swallow the humor or tastelessness of crude humor.

Steven Moffat’s two-parter is interesting for—in a way—continuing a tradition of RTD’s two-parter with the Slitheen. It also arguably draws attention to how the show caters to mature audiences, or to put it more appropriately, to how it somehow excludes younger audiences to some subtextual elements.

 

S1E10: The Doctor Dances

‘The Doctor Dances” is the second part of a two-parter episode right after “The Empty Child.” It’s becoming apparent in this episode that this ‘gas mask’ epidemic is spreading at a violent pace. At first glance, of course, such a sickness that causes humans to change form and babble like children does pose a certain danger, especially knowing that fact that a single touch could completely turn you into a gas mask zombie. When the Doctor, Rose and Jack were trapped in the hospital ward corner and the Doctor had a last ditch effort to try and save their skins (literally) by standing his parental ground and the zombies follow his command, the story begins to take a twist again. What kind of vicious enemy succumbs under fake parental suppression? I started to wonder then, if these things were enemies at all. Instead of the usual vanquish mindset I had in mind, I was more curious as to what really is their deal and what do they actually want?

            Nancy is still around, of course. I’ve stated in the previous blog entry how much I’ve come to detest her and her attitude to act like a darn parent all the time. It was a shock to know that she didn’t in fact lose her brother, but her son. It was a quite impressive twist! I mean, I don’t condone teenage pregnancy like MTV does, but to inject this real life situation in wartime Britain completely caught me off guard. It was almost immediate that I felt sympathy for Nancy. It’s no wonder she has to keep acting like she has a stick up her butt. She lost (or did lost) her son.

            The storyline, I have to say, was pretty genius. The Chula battleship that Jack brought down to earth that turned out to be a Chula ambulance that carried nanogenes was the culprit in this episode. Although the nanogenes were the culprit, it was an accidental culprit, healing humans based on Jaime, which the ship landed on. Jaime then was wearing a gas mask and has a ton of questions about his life. The nanogenes healed in respect to Jaime so it turned into a whole poetic interlude for Nancy to come clean. When Nancy hugged Jaime and the nanogenes recognized the mother’s DNA pattern, everything went back to normal. It was a really good episode.

            With the three main characters, sexuality was tackled in this episode masked by the euphemism of a dance. Doctor Who Confidential talked about this, as well as Mr. Ty. I never really thought about sexuality in terms of science fiction, but I guess it does make sense to point out that years from now, people can change their preferences, albeit in a really far out way, reaching beyond man and woman. I’ve always though that the Doctor like Rose in a really fond way, I just never took into account that his preferences went in other directions. I mean sure, I’m quite certain that he like that tree girl in the second episode of the first series, but I never looked at her as a tree but just a girl. Thinking about it though, man, she is a tree. The Doctor’s jab at Jack asking which one he wanted to dance with was pretty hilarious. I don’t know if he was provoking the bloke or if he sincerely wanted to know which one he wanted to dance with. Maybe ‘dancing’ turns into a euphemism for sex maybe because the latter becomes an illegal word or something. 

S1E10: The Doctor Dances

Without question the previous episode, The Empty Child, was easily one of my favorites.   I wasn’t disappointed when I found that this episode would be a continuation of the current story arc as I found the first one to be well-written  and without a doubt a continuation couldn’t possibly be that bad.

We start off where the previous episode leaves us in a cliffhanger wherein the Doctor along with Rose and Jack are trapped by the patients that suffer the same fate of the child while Nancy is trapped by the child itself. Facing a life and death situation and their back against the walls, the Doctor thinks of an ingenious plan to get them out of the precarious situation. How? I can’t tell you exactly without giving much away but the solution given made me laugh at the simplicity of the idea and how much sense it made. For the whole previous episode they made the kid out to be some kind of monster and at this juncture of the story the writers were already humanizing it. The handling of the situation was top notch and showed really great writing and it was done in a way that it didn’t feel forced and seemed like a natural thing that the Doctor would do.

The inclusion of Captain Jack Harness has an immediate effect on the group’s dynamic. The most obvious one would be the constant banter between the Doctor or “Spock” as Rose had introduced him and the captain. Mere minutes after being introduced to one another we find more about each character from the path their banter takes them. Jack reveals himself to be more aggressive with his sonic blaster compared to the Doctor’s more defensive sonic screwdriver. Also Jack earns Rose’s trust quickly, as he reminds her of the Doctor except with dancing and dating, which we can observe from the Doctor that this development bothers him.

Nancy doubting that there will ever be a future shows us the terror of war, if I were to pick the one scene with the most impact on me. It really showed us a sincere view point to war and what it can do. I find that this scene is a short yet meaningful commentary of the ills of warfare. Usually when we say war movies we think of gunfights and explosions but rarely do we see beyond that. What happens after? What’s happening to the civilians?

The idea that everybody lives is something that took me by surprise. I hadn’t realize that in every previous episode, people were dying. The joy and elation that the Doctor displays afterwards shows us how special an occasion this really is.

I found it ironic that the one episode or arc wherein everybody lives is the one which has potentially the highest amounts of deaths due to the background setting, World War II specifically the London blitz by the Germans was certainly not the safest time and place to live in.

The inclusion of Captain Jack Harness is one that really pleased me. As a former time agent and one that shows a tendency for aggressiveness, I believe that he would serve as a great foil for the Doctor’s character. Hopefully the inclusion of the Captain would help flesh out Rose’s and the Doctor’s characters.

S1E10: The Doctor Dances

The previous episode ended in a cliffhanger with the Doctor commanding the hoard of gas-masked people to return to their room, much like a mom would say to a misbehaving child. To their surprise, all the zombies turned away and returned to their beds, and somewhere else Nancy was also spared from the zombie child.

The Doctor later goes to where the first patient was ever held and found that it was decked out like a child’s room, realizing his mistake: “I ordered him to go to his room. This is his room.” This is of course the point where I am holding on to my seatmate because I am so freaked out. And then, Nancy’s relation to the contagion is revealed when she claims that Jamie is in fact her little brother, and she tells the boys who are with her that they are not safe from the “curse” as long as they are with her.

Eventually as the virus spreads and more and more people are infected, the Doctor and his crew are cornered in the site of the crash which he believes might be the source of this virus. He turns to Nancy and finds out that she isn’t just the sister of Jamie, but the teenage mother, his “mummy”. And of course, the horror element is equally balanced out by the sci-fi when the Doctor finally figures out what had happened: the nanogenes rebuilding humans according to what they think is a “full human”, which is a dead little boy with a gas mask, which is why all the nanogenes sought to repair the rest of the humans to their idea of what is “full human”.

When Nancy finally tells Jamie that she is his mother, the nanogenes are able to recognize the parent DNA and modify their idea of a human who is well and restored. Thus ends the contagion and everyone is back to normal, even restoring the leg of a woman who originally didn’t have one.

Of course this episode may not have any social moral as far as I can see, this episode (and the previous episode) for me are one of the more intricately designed episodes. The use of the historical, horror, and sci-fi elements were executed perfectly that I didn’t feel that it was forced or contrived.  The new characters who were introduced such as Nancy, Captain Jack, and even cursed Jamie were all developed. Maybe it was because this plot line used two episodes for it to come to fruition, but rightly so. The information was withheld from the audience and revealed at all the right times, allowing viewers to keep watching intently till the end of the episode.

The episode of course ended with the Doctor dancing, which I am still actually trying to understand how that element figured. When you’ve got Captain Jack who can dance a mean waltz, the episode ends with the doctor showing off his dancing skills right after they saved Captain Jack from his death.

S1E10: The Doctor Dances

The episode is an exciting conclusion to the previous episode. By this time, the sickness has become airborne and is contaminating innocent civilians at a fast rate. The idea of an epidemic has always been quite terrifying to me. The most dangerous threats are the ones that you cannot see. I recall my trip to London and we participated in a tour, which talked about the many horrors of London and Europe in general. The black plague was responsible for the deaths of millions of people. Every now and then there is a film that comes out that revolves around the spread of a deadly sickness. It is scary because we have seen it happen so many times but Doctor lightens the blow quite a bit with the sickness manifesting itself in the form of gas masks. It still manages to be quite silly despite the seriousness of it all. It still manages to be very exciting and I found my heart racing as they rush to find a way to save the people.

Jack also proves his usefulness because of his knowledge in alien technology. It makes sense though since he is a time agent. I find it nice that I get my alien information from another source rather than the Doctor. I am not surprised that the Doctor choseto recruit him as part of their team. It keeps the show fresh and the three of them together could only spell trouble.

One thing that I did find disappointing however was the revelation that Nancy was the mother of the young child. It was just too predictable and I pretty much figured it out from the previous episode. I do appreciate though that time and time again, the show is able to integrate any type of issue. Doctor Who really has a bit of everything.

It also goes to show that even though alien technology is really advanced, it doesn’t mean that it is perfect. Is our universe so big that humans have become too insignificant to study or to be added into the nanogene database? I am deeply impressed, though with how fast the nanogenes could learn new information. It also made the ending a tad bit anti-climactic because all it took was one hug and the terror ended. I was seriously hoping for one last battle with the infected humans because the nanogenes took action. This isn’t the first time that the Earth is shown being a very small part of the entire puzzle and yet, it is amazing how the Doctor seems to find great interest in us.

I think of it as the Earth being like a little child. The growth of the child is so amusing to watch. We find it cute when a baby learns to crawl, to walk, and to speak. We are the same. We are a planet that still has much to learn and maybe up there in the sky we are being watched and/or laughed at by more advanced civilizations.

S1E10: The Doctor Dances

Coming from a cliffhanger, this episode promises to be able to answer certain questions from the mystery of The Empty Child to be able to advance the plot. Compared to the previous two-parters, this episode is probably the most unpredictable because compared to the Aliens of London, we all know that the Doctor would eventually beat the antagonists because they were aliens and we all know that it is the Doctor’s expertise. However in this episode, we don’t know whom the Doctor and Rose are facing. Are they ghosts? Zombies? Aliens or just a pigment of their imagination?

 

When the Doctor started treating the ‘beings’ as kids and seeing how effective it was, this gave me an idea on how the situation may be solved. However, we still don’t know what they are and why they are acting like that. These things are crucial as to why this specific plot is very likeable to me. This was the first time that I still don’t know how everything would end up, hence keeping me curious about the episode and how it would eventually turn out. One of the turning points, however, was the time where Jack and Doctor were able to conclude that there was no stopping the apparent bomb that was about to crash in London. This was crucial as in the back of my head I know that it wasn’t supposed to happen. London was supposed to survive the war just as what Rose was saying. Even though, Jack went to save the ship in a form of a sacrifice, seeing Jack die still doesn’t seem to be the right ending for a Doctor Who episode, although if it happens, it would be very dramatic and would have posed a stronger impact in the end.  Hence, seeing the Doctor saved the day in the end was predictable, but what was new in this episode is that there was point where it had me thinking that it might not end up with a happy ending that no matter what happens, someone was still going to die. Another nice thing about this episode is that the climax reached until the very last part of the episode, when it was revealed that the young boy was indeed Nancy’s child, that was only when everything became much clearer because that scene was able to solve every mystery and tie the story together- a semi-twist that made this suspenseful episode live up to its theme. Overall, the pacing of the plot in this two-parter was well played. Certain information was kept until the very end to make leave the viewers like me wanting for more.

 

Another noticeable part of this episode was the deepening characterization done on Captain Jack. He is now a legitimate threat on the Doctor especially because Rose found him with more “spock” than the Doctor. We have seen how Captain Jack isn’t like Adam or Mickey because unlike the two characters, Captain Jack is more fit for the adventures of the Doctor. He is not just a companion; instead he is in a journey of his own. Making him relevant in the adventures as he could actually contribute to solving the situations that the Doctor and Rose is entering, just as proved by this episode. However, the bonus that comes with Captain Jack’s character is he is not just there for the adventure, he is also there to be a legitimate suitor of Rose. Although, I’m not a fan of love stories and cheesy storylines, I feel that having someone compete with the Doctor would bold well to how the stories would run and it would definitely be exciting to see what the Doctor’s next witty remark would be.