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The Family of Blood 

The Doctor must deal with the repercussions of his decision to become human, as The Family Of Blood unveil themselves...


Charlie Palmer (as Charles Palmer)


Paul Cornell

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
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
Sophie Turner Sophie Turner ... Vicar


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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Release Date:

2 June 2007 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs


| (50 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


Russell T. Davies felt that this two-parter was too dark for the program's audience. See more »


One of the boys fighting the scarecrows has a left handed Lee Enfield rifle which didn't exist, revealing it to be a flipped shot. See more »


Joan Redfern: Where is he... John Smith?
The Doctor: He's in here somewhere.
Joan Redfern: Like a story... could you change back?
The Doctor: Yes.
Joan Redfern: Will you?
The Doctor: No.
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References The League of Gentlemen (1999) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Doctor Who at its best
27 December 2016 | by pjgs200See all my reviews

Human Nature and The Family of Blood are among the finest episodes in all of Doctor Who. The acting in both episodes is flawless, Charles Palmer's directing is phenomenal, and the script is equally as impressive. I'm going to try and keep this as detail-free as possible, but all I'm going to say is that this is one of the deepest, most emotional, and most perfect stories that this show has put out. From beginning to end there are no flaws, no nitpicks, and no complaints. The first half of the episode is emotionally stunning, while the second is dark and offers a beautiful resolution to a beautiful story and another side of the Doctor that we rarely see. Murray Gold's music fits every scene seamlessly and really adds to the emotion of the story too.

10 out of 10.

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