The ultimate Doctor Who romp! Dark, creepy corridors, an unstoppable foe and a handsome young man who is about to join the TARDIS crew, again. To many fans this story marked Steven Moffat's return to Doctor Who, since the 1999 Comic Relief Special Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death. After watching the story unfold, it could be easily perceived as the work of a fan of the classic series.
The story was bold and immensely British through the humor and the setting being the London Blitz. The show has always been influenced by the events of the Second World War and having a story for modern Who at the center of 1940s war-torn London was an excellent idea. Of course, the Doctor would soon return again to 1940s London by demand of Winston Churchill, and some fans were expecting to see a 19 year-old girl wearing the Union Jack whilst clinging onto a barrage balloon for dear life, but alas no that didn't happen. Thankfully!
This story marked the introduction of Captain Jack Harkness, a time travelling conman who would soon be joining Rose and the Doctor for three episodes. The beautifully written episode and the bone chilling twists and turns was a brilliant and witty homage to the classic series and from a personal perspective, seeing one's friends in the story made it more of a viewing pleasure.
Again we were teased with the Bad Wolf and the recurring arc story of this season with Albion Hospital featuring in 'Aliens of London' as well as being the main setting for 'Part Two: The Doctor Dances'. The cliffhanger for part one was brilliant and the conclusion was a lot better than what we tend to have today. For a Steven Moffat script this story wasn't full of childish humor, nor was it crammed full of paradox storylines that seem to be a pivotal role in the show today. It was a great, creepy and heart-felt war piece. Which was very fitting for a battle-worn Doctor.
Rose was given a good insight into the eccentricity and kindness that the Doctor holds deep within. Jack being rescued from total obliteration was a good gesture and would start to form a friendship that the Doctor and Jack would soon share. In a simple way, Jack is the modern Brigadier Left-Bridge Stewart. But instead of being an old-fashioned gentleman, he was a sexually crazed heartthrob from the future. This would be Russell T Davies' way of integrating homosexuality into Doctor Who since his 1996 novel Doctor Who: Damaged Goods.
And to conclude this review I award 'The Empty Child' and 'The Doctor Dances' 10/10 gas mask zombies.