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Doctor Who: The Family of Blood (2)

War breaks out in 1913 as aliens hunt for the Doctor. Meanwhile, John Smith confronts evidence of his life as a Time Lord. Can he sacrifice himself to save those he loves?

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x9
Airdate: Saturday June 02nd, 2007
Special Airtime: 07:10 pm

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Sep 07, 2007
NL (Sci-Fi) May 06, 2009


Guest Stars
Jessica HynesJessica Hynes
As Nurse Joan Redfern
Harry LloydHarry Lloyd
As Jeremy Baines/Son of Mine
Thomas Brodie-SangsterThomas Brodie-Sangster
As Tim Latimer
Pip TorrensPip Torrens
As Rocastle
Tom Palmer (4)Tom Palmer (4)
As Hutchinson
Rebekah StatonRebekah Staton
As Jenny/Mother of Mine
Gerard HoranGerard Horan
As Mr Clark/Father of Mine
Lauren WilsonLauren Wilson
As Lucy Cartwright
Matthew WhiteMatthew White
As Phillips
Main Cast
David TennantDavid Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor
Freema AgyemanFreema Agyeman
As Martha Jones


The Family hold Martha and Joan hostage and demand the Doctor choose which one will die. Tim opens the watch, distracting them long enough fro Martha to grab the gun from Jenny/Mother of Mine and use her as a hostage. The Family stand back as Doctor Smith and Joan get everyone outside, but manage to disarm Martha and she flees outside. They run to the school while Baines/Brother of Mine opens fire on them. Mother of Mine accesses Jenny’s memories of Martha going to visit a shed and Clark/Father of Mine goes to investigate...

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Episode Notes
Filming locations: Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff (the war memorial)

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
John BunyanTo be a pilgrim 

Episode Quotes
Baines/Son of Mine: Would you really pull the trigger? Looks too scared.
Martha: Scared and holding a gun's a good combination, do you want to risk it?

Baines/Son of Mine: We are the Family of Blood.

Baines/Son of Mine: All your little tin soldiers. But tell me sir, will they thank you?
Rocastle: I don't understand.
Baines/Son of Mine: What do you know of history? What do you know of next year?
Rocastle: You're not making sense.
Baines/Son of Mine: 1914, sir. Because the Family has travelled far and wide looking for Mr. Smith and oh, the things we have seen! War is coming. In foreign fields, war of the whole wide world, with all your boys falling down in the mud. Do you think they will thank the man who taught them it was glorious?!

Tim Latimer: (describing the Doctor) He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and he can see the turn of the universe. And...he's wonderful.

Jenny/Mother of Mine: He didn't just make himself human. He made himself an idiot.
Baines/Son of Mine: Same thing, isn't it?

Baines/Son of Mine: (narrating) He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing - "the fury of the Time Lord" - and then we discovered why. Why this Doctor, who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden...He was being kind. He wrapped my father in unbreakable chains forged in the heart of a dwarf star. He tricked my mother into the event horizon of a collapsing galaxy to be imprisoned there, forever. He still visits my sister, once a year, every year. I wonder if one day he might forgive her, but there she is. Can you see? He trapped her inside a mirror. Every mirror. If ever you look at your reflection and see something move behind you just for a second, that's her. That's always her. As for me, I was suspended in time and the Doctor put me to work standing over the fields of England as their protector. We wanted to live the Doctor made sure we did.

Joan: Where is he... John Smith?
The Doctor: He's in here somewhere.
Joan: Like a story...could you change back?
The Doctor: Yes.
Joan: Will you...?
The Doctor: No.

Joan: (to the Doctor) Answer me this, just one question, that's all: if the Doctor had never visited us, if he had never chosen this place, on a whim.. would anyone have died?

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