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The Doctor Dances
This is the tenth story in Series One.
Where does this fit?
This follows on immediately from the cliffhanger in The Empty Child
The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.
Rose Tyler is a 19-year old girl from London 2005. Before meeting the Doctor, Rose lived with her mother, Jackie Tyler, on a council estate and had a boyfriend called Mickey Smith. Her father, Pete Tyler, died when she was a baby. In Rose (New Series), she worked in Henrik's department store when the ninth Doctor was investigating Auton activity in the store, and she saw him blow it up. Rose then helped the Doctor defeat the Nestene Consciousness's attempt to take over the world, and he offered her a chance to travel in the TARDIS. In The End of the World (New Series), the Doctor took her to the far future to see the day the Earth is destroyed. During this trip, he upgraded her mobile phone, tying it into the TARDIS, so that she can call home no matter where or when she is.
Recurring and Historical Characters
Captain Jack Harkness is a time traveller from the 51st Century. In The Empty Child (part 1 of this story), he saw Rose hanging off a barrage balloon during the Blitz, and saved her life. He was in this era in order to con another time traveller into buying a useless piece of space junk which is in the exact spot where a bomb is due to explode.
A girl from 1941, Nancy looks after a group of younger children who are living rough in Blitz London. She is the sister of Jamie, the mysterious "Empty Child" with the gas mask. We previously saw her in The Empty Child (part 1 of this story).
Doctor Constantine is the doctor who cared for the "Empty Child" victims. In The Empty Child (part 1 of this story), he became a victim himself.
The following stories and other resources are not necessary in order to follow the plot (we've summed up the essential bits for you). But being familiar with them will probably enhance your enjoyment of this story.
As this is the second half of a two-parter, it is strongly recommended that you watch the first half - The Empty Child