Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Doctor Who--N is for Nanogenes

Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! My theme is Doctor Who because its the topic my kids voted we do together. We're sticking with people, places, creatures, and episodes from the newer series starting with Christopher Eccleston's (#9) simply because we haven't watched all the Classics...yet.

You can find the list of other participants HERE. I'm #149.

Nanogene--Let's go back to the episode where we first met Captain Jack--The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. We are in 1941 London during the Blitz but there's something else going on that only the Doctor can fix. A little boy is looking for him "mummy" and he leaves a string of empty people in his wake.

As the story progresses we learn its because some futuristic medicine was set free. Nanogenes are a type of sub-atomic robots capable of healing wounds. Unfortunately, they didn't have the correct genetic code to heal the first child they came into contact will.

Here's the end of the two-parter for you enjoyment. I love "Everyone lives!"

Seriously, how can you NOT get caught up in his joy that everyone lives. Just this once. It's a peek inside the Doctor's soul. All the pain he's seen, all that's to come. This hero of ours knows that far too often winning means losing so very much.


  1. Fun topic. My kids were great fans of Dr. Who too. Good luck with the rest of the challenge.

  2. Nanogenes - like little nanobots.
    We all need a glimmer of hope now and then, even the Doctor.

    1. That's for sure, and a little hope can carry us so far.

  3. That's one of the best episodes because of the fact everybody lives and the Doctor is so happy for it.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

  4. Before playing The Doctor, Christopher Eccleston was not an actor many would have associated with the part, but here he proves his worth. I remember when he ended his tenure he praised the writers and it was only the need to move on that compelled him to leave. Another great post.

  5. It has been so long since I've seen the Eccleston episodes. I suppose I should do a bit of a rewatch.

  6. The Daleks use a nanocloud to turn people into Daleks on 'Asylum of the Daleks'.
    Same thing but weaponized instead of healing.

  7. I've always loved this ending. It and the ending of the Library episodes are my favorites.


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