The story started last week in Human Nature comes to a conclusion this week in The Family of Blood, and sees the Doctor (Tennant) making some difficult choices, and sacrificing a chance at love and a life of quiet happiness.
Based on his novel, Human Nature, which featured the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy), Paul Cornell brought his engaging story to a conclusion on 2 June, 2007. As The Family begins its assault on the boy’s school the Doctor has hidden himself in, using the Chameleon Arch, he is forced to make a choice not only about who he is, but what he is.
Martha (Freema Agyeman) fights at his side, longing for him to make the right choice, but this is very much the Doctor’s story this time around. A lot of the stories have shared the balance with Companion and Time Lord, but this time, it focuses on Tennant, his performance and the impact the story will have on his character.
The sequence when the scarecrows attack, and the young boys of the school are forced to fight, is almost heart-breaking. The fact that these children are forced to war is enough to shake one’s soul, even knowing that the scarecrows are made of straw – for so long the line was that war was something noble, something that would bring honour to their name, as well as king and country. It feels like a hollow argument.
When Smith makes his choice to become the Doctor it is not as triumphant as you want it to be due to the fact that we know what he gives up. And that is something he will have to remember, for a long time.
Quite possibly my favourite Doctor Who episode of all time.
Written by Steven Moffat, he released one of his greatest creations, the Weeping Angels, on 9 June, 2007.
This is a Doctor-light episode, in fact for the most part the entire episode rests on Carey Mulligan’s shoulders as she takes on the role of Sally Sparrow. Sally finds herself caught up in a tale of time travel, terrifying assassins and DVD easter eggs.
The Weeping Angels are after the TARDIS and the Doctor and Martha are stuck back in time, taking the long way wrong, while Sally finds herself facing off against the strange creatures.
They look like statues, and can only move when you aren’t looking at them, which is why one is warned to not blink. They murder you by sending you back in time to live out your life, while the live off the energy that you would have used in the present.
It’s fun, it’s spooky, and if Moffat is only remembered for one contribution to Doctor Who, it will be the creation of these frightening statues.
Next time, we start our run to the season finale, as the Doctor and Martha are joined by Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and they travel to Utopia…