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Human Nature 

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.


Charlie Palmer (as Charles Palmer)


Paul Cornell

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor / Smith
Freema Agyeman ... Martha Jones
Jessica Hynes ... Joan Redfern
Rebekah Staton ... Jenny
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ... Tim Latimer (as Thomas Sangster)
Harry Lloyd ... Baines
Tom Palmer ... Hutchinson
Gerard Horan Gerard Horan ... Clark
Lor Wilson Lor Wilson ... Lucy Cartwright (as Lauren Wilson)
Pip Torrens ... Rocastle
Matthew White Matthew White ... Phillips
Derek Smith Derek Smith ... Doorman
Peter Bourke 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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Release Date:

26 May 2007 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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I loved it
26 May 2007 | by drwordsmithSee all my reviews

Although I feel Dr Who series 3 to be the weakest of all 3 of the series on the whole, the episodes have gradually got better and better as the series has gone on, and this episode has to be one of my favourites from the whole series. It is steeped in mystery, and there was a lot less alien bashing and running around than last week, and a lot more emphasis on developing story and characters, which I found much more interesting. At times, this seemed like an episode of 'The X Files' or something like that. I am hugely intrigued to find out what happens next week, and I found all the references to previous episodes of the new series of Dr Who and even references to further back to be a very good touch. It just gave me more ideas about whats going to happen in the final episode though...

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