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
This episode and part two "The Family of Blood" were adapted by scriptwriter Cornell from his 1995 Doctor Who novel, "Human Nature." This marks the first time in Doctor Who history that a novel based upon the series was adapted as an episode. Many changes were made in transferring the novel to the screen. The original book featured the Seventh Doctor and his companion, Benny Sommerfield, and the Doctor's motive for becoming human was to study the human condition, not to flee aliens. 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 »
It was entrancing. It just had me hanging onto every word when I watched it.
It had been video-taped because I was out on Saturday night so I watched so many times that Sunday and the first time I'm pretty sure the entire village could hear me and my friend scream at the cliffhanger - the only reason I'm not giving it a 10.
That stuff is so frustrating!
I love it when personal touches are added to shows.
This episode was fantastic.
It is definitely among my overall Doctor Who favourites!
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