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Human Nature/The Family of Blood ★★★★★

The Time Lord hides in human form and falls in love in an elegiac, profoundly moving tale set just before the Great War

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2013 at 3:07 pm

Story 185
Series 3 – Episodes 8 & 9


First UK transmissions
Saturday 26 May 2007
Saturday 2 June 2007

In 1913, John Smith is teaching at a boys’ school and falls in love with matron Joan Redfern (Jessica Hynes). Only his maid Martha knows that Smith is the Doctor, hiding as a human to evade remorseless aliens. Using animated scarecrows, the Family of Blood to sniff out the Time Lord, as war comes to England one year early. An elegiac, profoundly moving script and an emotional tour de force from David Tennant.

November 2006–February 2007. Main locations: Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff. Treberfydd House in Brecon. Tredegar House in Newport. St Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff. Cwm Ifor Farm in Caerphilly. Studio: Upper Boat Studios, Treforest, Pontypridd.

The Doctor/John Smith – David Tennant
Martha Jones – Freema Agyeman
Joan Redfern – Jessica Hynes
Jenny – Rebekah Staton
Tim Latimer – Thomas Sangster
Baines – Harry Lloyd
Hutchinson – Tom Palmer
Clark – Gerard Horan
Lucy Cartwright – Lor Wilson
Rocastle – Pip Torrens
Phillips – Matthew White
Doorman – Derek Smith
Mr Chambers – Peter Bourke
Vicar – Sophie Turner
Old Tim Latimer – Huw Rees (uncredited)


Writer – Paul Cornell
Director – Charles Palmer
Designer – Edward Thomas
Incidental music – Murray Gold
Producer – Susie Liggat
Executive Producers – Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Phil Collinson


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