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.


(as Charles Palmer)



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Episode complete credited cast:
The Doctor / Smith
Tim Latimer (as Thomas Sangster)
Tom Palmer ...
Gerard Horan ...
Lauren Wilson ...
Matthew White ...
Derek Smith ...
Peter Bourke ...
Mr Chambers


It's 1913 and John Smith is a middle-aged teacher who works in a private school where he is 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 school's plain, kind-hearted Matron. They involve an alien time traveler who calls himself the Doctor who journeys through time and space in a blue box, picking up numerous companions along the way. But he wonders if it's all really just the dream. As John and Joan's feelings become more and more apparent is there more to Martha's concerns over Mr. Smith than just mere infatuation? 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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26 May 2007 (UK)  »

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In John Smith's book, "A Journal of Impossible Things", sketches of previous actors who have played the Doctor are shown, marking the first time that the 2005 series has explicitly depicted the Doctors from Doctor Who (1963) and Doctor Who (1996). The actors depicted on screen were William Hartnell, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. Images of the Journal that were published on the BBC website reveal that the other remaining Doctors, Tom Baker, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, Christopher Eccleston, and David Tennant himself, were also illustrated on the page. See more »


In the opening shot of the scene where the schoolboys are practicing firing their machine gun, a large white modern articulated lorry can be seen moving from right to left in the background behind the targets. See more »


John Smith: Mankind doesn't need warfare and bloodshed to prove itself. Everyday life can provide honor and valor. Let's hope that from now on this country can find its heroes in smaller places. In the most ordinary of deeds.
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Doctor Who Theme
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Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Stunning Character Drama
1 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Human Nature is a great character episode. It's lighthearted for a while, and then it takes a darker turn. "The Family" had creepy actors and was very unsettling. Martha gets an awesome role, and Nurse Redfern is very likable. David Tennant is at his peak in this two parter. THIS IS DOCTOR WHO AT IT"S FINEST! The cliffhanger is great, and the resolution of the story is perfect. I really loved this episode. I recommend this for a re watch. I don't have much else to say, and I need a line or two more, but this extra portion to the review should just about do it

All superlatives here.

100% 10/10

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