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The Empty Children

May 5, 2022

Series 1 Episode 1 - "Rose"

Welcome to The Empty Children, the podcast in which host, Maddy Searle, and this week's excellent co-hosts, Zachary Fortais-Gomm, James Barbarossa and Rachel Smith, explore the Russell T Davies eras of Doctor Who, both past and future.

This season, we're discussing the 2005 series starring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, beginning with Series 1 Episode 1, "Rose". Prepare for chat about bins, bad VFX and brilliant performances. 

Transcript available at

Content warnings: stong language; mentions of the AIDs crisis, trauma, classism

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Maddy Searle (she/her) - @maddy_abstract

Zachary Fortais-Gomm (he/him) - @zackfg

James Barbarossa (he/him) - @barbarossaphone

Rachel Smith (she/her) - @Smithy_Smith

Edited and produced by Maddy Searle

Music by James Barbarossa

Art by Beth Crane - @NotCombustible