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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.


(as Charles Palmer)



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Episode complete credited cast:
... The Doctor / Smith
... Martha Jones
... Joan Redfern
... Jenny
... Tim Latimer (as Thomas Sangster)
... Baines
... Hutchinson
Gerard Horan ... Clark
Lor Wilson ... Lucy Cartwright (as Lauren Wilson)
... Rocastle
Matthew White ... Phillips
Derek Smith ... Doorman
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)  »

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(Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


Actors Thomas Brodie Sangster (Tim Latimer) and Harry Lloyd (Baines) both appeared on Game of Thrones as Jojen Reed and Viserys Targaryen, respectively. See more »


Tubular metal scaffolding (of the kind that the Doctor dislodges with a thrown cricket ball in order to save the woman and child from a falling piano) was not in widespread use in the UK until the 1930s. Before that, wooden scaffolding poles were employed, lashed together/into position with rope or something similar. See more »


Jenny: Oh now, don't answer back.
Martha Jones: I'll answer back with my bucket over his head!
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Bad Blood (2007) See more »


The Doctor's Waltz
Written by Murray Gold
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David Tennant's Doctor is Still Amongst the Very Best!
30 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Human Nature proves that this is still easily the case: being that Tennant is still the best thing to have happened in Doctor Who's relaunch. The episode is one of the few (possibly the only one) to be adapted from a Doctor Who novel; written in the 90s.

Human Nature feels like one of the classic episodes from the series' tenure of the 70s and 80s. It is also a perfectly compatible episode that fits right in with the modern Doctor Who mold. Thomas Brodie-Sangster is great and so is Harry Lloyd (and to think that these two actors would later star in Game of Thrones further down the track). Everyone here brings something good to the table. The scarecrows are scary, the Doctor isn't sure who he really is in this story, and Martha can't get through to him; unless she performs some kind of miracle.

This episode, and its immediate sequel 'The Family of Blood', are easily the finest to have come from the series in 2007; with the obvious exception of the CLASSIC 'Blink'. A great chapter in an all-round great show.

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