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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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 Doctor (David Tennant) as John Smith mentions that his parents were called Verity and Sydney. This is a tribute to Verity Lambert, the first producer of Doctor Who (1963), and Sydney Newman, the then Head of Drama at the BBC and the creator of the series. See more »

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

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Jenny: He didn't just make himself human. He made himself an idiot.
Son of Mine: Same thing, isn't it?
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References The League of Gentlemen (1999) See more »

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Written by Ron Grainer
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Brilliant script acted brilliantly
4 August 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Others have said wonderful things about this so I don't want to repeat. One very effective thing was having actual children shown (actors playing their real age), thus having the impact of them as soldiers in The Great War in all its historically correct horror, although it was a fairly small part of the story.

That last 10 minutes packed a lot of emotional wallop, without being manipulative or treacly.

Those very dark punishments by The Doctor showed the high stakes. Downright creepy actually.

As great as this pair of episodes was, better stuff was yet to come the very next week.....


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