Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 9

The Family of Blood (2 Jun. 2007)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family
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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:
Tim Latimer (as Thomas Sangster)
Tom Palmer ...
Gerard Horan ...
Lauren Wilson ...
Matthew White ...
Sophie Turner ...


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: You're this doctor's companion, can't you help? What exactly do you do for him? Why does he need you?
Martha Jones: Because he's lonely.
The Doctor: [Horrified] ... And that's what you want me to become?
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Arranged by Murray Gold
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The Best Episode Yet
6 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The two-part episode "Human Nature/The Family of Blood" is, without a doubt, the best one created for the new Doctor Who series. This episode takes Who somewhere new, offering a fresh look at the Doctor. The cast and crew do a terrific job with this, creating an exciting and emotionally-powerful episode. Kudos should especially go to David Tennant, who gives his best performance to date not only as the Doctor, but as his human counterpart, John Smith. His performance in this piece is very powerful, and will bring almost everyone who sees it to tears. A terrific two-parter that stands not only as the best of the new series, but also among the greatest "Doctor Who" adventures ever! Grade: A+

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