Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 9

The Family of Blood (2 Jun. 2007)

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The Doctor must deal with the repercussions of his decision to become human, as The Family Of Blood unveil themselves...


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Episode complete credited cast:
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Tom Palmer ...
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With the school now under attack and the Doctor still unaware of his true being, the Family of Blood has now taken over the bodies of four individuals. Unable to find the pocket watch, Martha tries to convince the Doctor that the 'dreams' he has recorded in his book are real and that it is his current life as a school master that is the fantasy. The Doctor clings to his new life as John Smith and refuses to accept any suggestion to the contrary. He has a glimpse of what the future would hold for him and Joan Redfern and fights to retain his new identity. Written by garykmcd

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The role of Phillips was offered to Nicholas Briggs but he passed because it was too small. See more »


When the daughter looks out of the school building it's raining but when it cuts to Baines there is no rain. See more »


Phillips: And who are these friends of yours in fancy dress?
[referring to the group of Animated Scarecrows standing alongside Baines/Son of Mine]
Son of Mine: Do you like them, Mr. Phillips? I made them myself. I'm ever so good at science, sir. Look!
[pulls the arm off of an Animated Scarecrow]
Son of Mine: Molecular fringe animation, fashioned in the shape of straw men, sir. My own private army. Ever so clever, sir!
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References The League of Gentlemen (1999) See more »


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Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Perfect...simply perfect.
2 June 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Thank you, Russell T. Davies! The idea of taking Paul Cornell's successful and acclaimed "New Adventure" and allowing him to write a screenplay based on this tale has resulted in one of the best "Doctor Who" stories ever.

"The Family of Blood" is strong on so many levels it's difficult to know where to begin. This two-part adventure ensures that Freema Agyeman's Martha Jones will be remembered as one of The Doctor's greatest companions. Agyeman is absolutely delightful here...I can't praise her acting enough. The Doctor depends 100% on Jones in this story and it's excellent to see how she meets the challenge.

This is a truly emotional episode - I don't mind admitting I cried buckets in the last 10 minutes of the show. I've not been moved by a drama like this for quite some time. The script, direction and acting are all top notch.

We also see a truly dark Doctor for an instant but I'm not going to spoil any surprises.

Magnificent. The perfect 10. This is the stuff of legend!

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