Episode 10 – I’m a Real, Live Boy!

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 1×9 The Empty Child and Buffy 1×9 The Puppet Show

The Empty Child

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by James Hawes

The Doctor and Rose track a bomb into the heart of the London Blitz where they grapple with terrifying gas-mask zombies and the roguish Captain Jack Harkness. Discussion Points Include:

  • Creepiness, darkness and fear
  • The horrors of invasion and biological warfare
  • The slick and superficial Captain Jack
  • The Doctor’s aliases
  • Symbolic spaceships and nanogenes
  • The Doctor’s lost family
The Puppet Show

Written by Dean Batali  & Rob Des Hotel; Directed by Ellen S. Pressman

Someone is attacking Sunnydale High students while the school prepares for the talent show, and one student’s ventriloquist dummy is looking mighty suspicious.  Discussion points include:

  • The gonzo weirdness of this episode
  • Child’s Play, the Frog Prince, and Pinocchio
  • Principal Snyder: The Anti-Flutie
  • Comic relief with Cordy and Xander
  • The horror of human evil
  • A revisit to the soul triptych

Next time: Buffy 1×10 Nightmares and Doctor Who 1×10 The Doctor Dances.


About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

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