What happened: Ooh, this is hard to sum up. It's another two-parter. The Doctor and Rose follow an alien ship or something to London in 1941 during the German Blitz. The Doctor and Rose are separated, and Rose meets Captain Jack Harkness, a con man who can also travel through time and saves Rose’s life. Rose gets quit the little crush on him, but his main intention is to sell them what’s left of the ship that crash landed in the area. Jack and Rose (tee hee) have a date. The Doctor finds a woman named Nancy who cares for and feeds orphans. He also sees a child wearing a gas mask who keeps asking, “Are you my mummy?” But the Doctor is warned by Nancy not to touch him, because that would make the Doctor “empty,” like the child. The child has touched many people.
Nancy sends the Doctor to Albion Hospital where he finds Doctor Constantine, who tells the Doctor that the child is Nancy’s little brother, Jamie, who died after bombings. Jack and Rose go to the hospital as well, and all of the patients wake up (with their scary gas masks) and start walking toward the Doctor, Rose, and Jack. Doctor Constantine has touched the victims, so he is turned as well. Meanwhile, Jamie is walking toward Nancy, arm outstretched. The Doctor yells at them all to go to their rooms, and they back off. Then they all run around the hospital from the gas maskers for a while. We find out that Jack used to be a Time Agent, but he had two years erased from his memory. Nancy goes to check out the alien wreckage that’s being guarded by British soldiers, but she’s caught and arrested. Doctor, Rose, and Jack come and free her.
They find the space thingy. Two things: 1) It’s an ambulance and it heals people with things called Nanogenes, 2) It tried to heal Jamie after Jamie was blown up, because Jack sparked it, but instead it turned Jamie into the first Gas Masker, and 3) the Gas Maskers will tear the world apart looking for Jamie’s “mummy.” The Doctor deduces that Nancy is Jamie’s real mother, hiding it because she didn’t want to be a single mom in the 40s. The Doctor tells Nancy to come clean with zombie, empty, half-healed Jamie. She does and the Nanogenes fully heal him…and everyone else infected. Then Jack sacrifices himself to get a bomb into space and out of London, but the Doctor and Rose invite him onto the TARDIS, saving him. Also, the Doctor dances.
What we thought: Even though this show retains its humor and the Doctor is still happy all the time, the camp has been replaced by genuine creepiness. We’re so happy about this. Nancy was remarkably awesome. We loved when she made fun of the size of the Doctor’s ears and nose. Jack wasn’t our type. He was like a mix of Harry Connick, Jr. and Tom Cruise, looks-wise. He’s better looking than the Doctor though. Gas masks are inherently frightening. Why didn’t the Doctor KEEP yelling at the nasties and tell them to go to bed? They just started running from them.
We’re starting to think the Doctor’s crush on Rose is cute. Rose seems a lot older than 19. It was so sweet when she told Nancy the Germans don’t win. It was also sweet when cute Jamie was okay. “Come on. Give me a day like this.”This show did the thing again where it touches us in the feels. (Damn you tumblr, for making us think and talk like that.) We laughed at the lady whose leg grew back. We thought Jack was really going to die. He would have gone out well. We don’t know that we like him as a new companion, but we’re going to trust the show. Love triangle? Best episodes so far.
Grades for both episodes: B