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
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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