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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John Smith: How can you think I'm not real? When I kissed you, was that a lie?
Joan Redfern: No, it wasn't, no
John Smith: But this 'Doctor' sounds like some, some romantic lost prince. Would you rather that? Am I not enough?
Joan Redfern: No, that's not true, never.
John Smith: I've got to go.
Joan Redfern: Martha was right about one thing though; those boys, they're children. John Smith wouldn't want them to fight, never mind the Doctor. The John Smith I was getting to know... he knows it's wrong, doesn't he?
John Smith: What choice do I have?
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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
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Powerful
5 June 2007 | by (Poughkeepsie, NY USA) – See all my reviews

This episode's plot starts out with some of the usual sci-fi "fluff" but ends in some of the most powerful writing I believe I've ever seen.

Do yourself a favor and watch this episode. Excellent doesn't begin to describe it. It is remarkable in the same vein as "The Lion King"'s final moments. Marvelous.

DVD_Connoisseur writes that this is the stuff of legends and he/she is absolutely right.

The episode cuts to the heart of exactly how lonely, and thoroughly *dangerous* the Doctor can be. The kind of danger that presents itself to a human being swimming next to a whale. If the whale turns, the human being can be destroyed without having been noticed.

Very dark, extremely serious, but thoroughly entertaining, and thought-provoking. What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be a Time Lord?


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