The Doctor and Martha run into the TARDIS as someone opens fire on them. The Doctor quickly determines that their pursuers didn’t’ see either one of them, then dematerializes the ship. However, he warns that their pursuers have time travel technology and won’t stop until they catch them. He gives a watch to Martha and… wakes up from a dream. He’s Dr. John Smith, a teacher of history at boy’s school in 1913 in England. Martha is his maid, who reassures him that he isn’t from the future and isn’t an alien adventurer...Read the full recap
(Jeremy Baines) is the great-great-great-grandson of Victorian novelist Charles Dickens
. His ancestor was previously featured as a character, played by Simon Callow
, in the 2005 episode "The Unquiet Dead
This is based on the New Adventures Novel "Human Nature", by Paul Cornell. It was first published in May 1995 and featured the then-current Seventh Doctor. Although this two-parter does not follow exactly the same storyline, it reuses many plot elements as well as several character names including Redfern, Baines and Latimer.
John Smith's journal - entitled A Journal of Impossible Things
- contains illustrations of the sonic screwdriver, Autons, Daleks, Cybermen, K9, clockwork droids, Slitheen, the Moxx of Balhoon, the plague carriers from "The Empty Child
" and "The Doctor Dances
" and Rose Tyler. Also featured are illustrations of the First, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors. This is the first episode of the series in which previous incarnations of the Doctors have been explicitly acknowledged on screen.
Date: Monday November 10-Tuesday November 11, 1913
Location: England, UK
John Smith: (to Martha) I dream I'm this adventurer. This daredevil, a madman. The Doctor, I'm called. And last night, I dreamt that you were there. As my companion.
Joan: It's all becoming clear. The Doctor is the man you'd like to be, doing impossible things with cricket balls.
John Smith: Well, I discovered a talent, that's certainly true.
Joan: And the Doctor has an eye for the ladies...
John Smith: The devil.
Joan: A girl in every fireplace.
John Smith: Aha now, there I have to protest Joan, that's hardly me.
Joan: Says the man dancing with me tonight!
Headmaster: You need to be better than the best. Those targets are tribesmen from the dark continent.
Latimer: That's exactly the problem, sir. They only have spears.
Headmaster: Oh dear me. Latimer takes it upon himself to make us realise how wrong we all are. I hope, Latimer, that one day you may have a just and proper war in which to prove yourself.
Hutchinson: Permission to give Latimer a beating, sir?
Headmaster: It's your class, Mr. Smith.
John Smith: Permission granted.
John Smith: Mankind doesn't need warfare and bloodshed to prove itself. Everyday life can provide honour and valour. Let's hope that from now on this country can find its heroes in smaller places. In the most ordinary of deeds.
Joan: Where did you learn to draw?
John Smith: Gallifrey.
Joan: Is that in Ireland?
John Smith: Yes, it must be.
Joan: You're not Irish?
John Smith: Not at all, no. My father Sydney was a watchmaker from Nottingham, and my mother Verity was -- well, she was a nurse, actually.
Jeremy Baines/Son of Mine: (to Jenny; very quickly) Just shut up, stop talking, cease and desist, there's a good girl!
(Martha and Joan are being held at gunpoint by the Family of Blood)
Jeremy Baines/Son of Mine: Have you enjoyed it, Doctor, being human? Has it taught you wonderful things? Has it made you better, richer, wiser? Then let's see you answer this: which one of them do you want us to kill? Maid or matron? Your friend or your lover? Your choice!
Joan: His name was Oliver. He was killed in the Battle of Spion Kop.
The Battle of Spion Kop was a major British defeat of the Second Boer War (1899-1902). It took place in Spionkop in Natal, South Africa from January 23-24, 1900. Of the 441 casualties suffered during the battle, 383 of those who died were British.