Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 8

Human Nature (26 May 2007)

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In 1913, Martha watches in jealousy from afar as The Doctor learns what it is to be human and to fall in love with the local school nurse, Joan Redfern.

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It's 1913 and John Smith is a middle aged teacher who works in a private school. Assisted by his doting Maid Martha who was previously employed by his father. John has his head frequently in the clouds. He has recurring dreams which he jots down details of in his journal and recounts to Joan Redfern. The schools plain, kind hearted Matron. They involve an alien time traveler who calls himself the Doctor who journey's through time and space in a blue box, picking up numerous companions along the way. But it all really just the dream. And is there more to Martha's concerns over Mr. Smith than just mere infatuation? As John and Joan's feelings become more and more apparent. Events begin to take another twist. When a mysterious, other worldly family with an army of animated scarecrows make their presence known. Written by Robert McElwaine

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The fob watch that figures so prominently in this episode (and through the rest of the third series) was originally seen in the early series one episodes as a knob on the TARDIS control console. It is clearly seen in closeups of Christopher Eccleston's hands as he sets the controls in Doctor Who: The End of the World (2005). See more »

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School boys are shown firing a .303 Vickers machine gun, which had a range of 4,500 yards. An outdoor firing range would always have a slope of earth or sand behind the targets to stop dead all bullets fired down the range. Not only is there no such slope behind the boys targets, but we can see they're firing down into a valley full of buildings, well within the 4.5km (2.8mi) range of the gun, jeopardizing the lives of the villagers! See more »

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Joan Redfern: Where did you learn to draw?
John Smith: Gallifrey.
Joan Redfern: Is that in Ireland?
John Smith: Yes it must be.
Joan Redfern: You're not Irish?
John Smith: Not at all, no. My father Sydney was a watchmaker from Nottingham, and my mother Verity was - well, she was a nurse, actually.
Joan Redfern: Oh, we make such good wives!
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He Who Would Valiant Be
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Written by John Bunyan, modified by Percy Dearmer
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Chilling
26 May 2007 | by (Ft. Myers, FL) – See all my reviews

This episode tells the first half of a story from a book written about the Doctor back in the '90s that was rated by readers as the best DW story ever.

To me, it was very unsettling, less because of the villains than because of what occurs with the Doctor himself.

The acting is excellent as always, the story is well paced, and a real sense of danger is established.

The second half hasn't aired yet, but I'll be excited to see exactly how the Doctor pulls out of this one.

Overall, this episode is brilliant in two ways: it has very brave character development along with chilling villains in true Who style. Nothing to complain about; I just can't wait for the ending.


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