19 thoughts on “TBT: Doctor Who: Human Nature & The Family of Blood (2007)

  1. Martha apparently finally finished med school and is now operating in “New Amsterdam.” She was always one of my faves and I thought her a much better choice for a romance with the Doctor than Rose.

  2. This is where all the hairpins migrated! They stowed away in the TARDIS and landed here.

  3. Martha is my favorite of the Who Companions. The best scene in this episode was where she named ALL the bones of the hand when Joan suggested that Martha was incapable of knowing anything medical (or something to that effect)

  4. This one also had a lot of nice villager clothing–notably the little girl’s and Joan’s coats–and spiffy school uniforms for the lads. It also really let David Tennant show his acting chops–I weep every time I watch him, sobbing for the chance of a normal life with Jessica Hynes. She’s in an unusually subdued role here–she’s absolutely hilarious as Siobhan Sharp in Twenty-Twelve–but makes a lasting impression in what might have been a rather trite character. Love this story!

  5. Absolutely some of my favorite episodes ever. And I agree that she’s one of the best companions ever for our Doctor. These episodes get me every time! Right in the feels.

  6. This was an absolutely enchanting story, and it cemented my esteem of Martha as the second favorite companion (Donna is actually my first, if you simply must know).

    Also, Harry Lloyd briefly scene as the pathetic psychotic Prince Viserys on Game of Thrones and also as the mostly pathetic Peter Quayle on the late lamented Counterpart was really quite devilishly creepy as one of the Family of Blood.

    Sarah, who is your favorite companion?

  7. Woohoo! Y’all covered my favorite Doctor Who story! And my favorite companion! Many thanks for bringing up Martha’s agency, it really grinds my gears that she’s the only NewWho companion who gets to leave on their own terms! .

    1. Arguably, Amy does too when she finally leaves properly, and uses her book to tell the future Doctor that he stays out of her and Rory’s life and they never see him again.

  8. As an old school fan Sarah Jane Smith will forever be my favorite. But I like how Martha took control of her life instead of mooning after the Doctor indefinitely.

  9. Martha is my favorite companion! Freema Agyeman did a fabulous job with a character who unfortunately boiled down a lot to “the one after Rose,” and Martha’s growing confidence and competence while the Doctor was moping around for much of her run meant she really felt like a proper lead. Plus my teenage heart loved seeing an unrequited crush played with onscreen, for sure.

    1. I adored that she occasionally swanned back in later episodes with a burgeoning career and a happy marriage! Plus, Freema is such a naturally warm and engaging actress, you just want to like her and hang out with her.

  10. Martha is my absolute favorite companion because she had this clarity of mind and purpose while still being able to give as good as she got and having a sense of humour

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