From the moment he captured our hearts with “Barcelona” to the moment he left us heartbroken with “I don’t wanna go” Join us in celebration as Series Three marks David Tennant’s 10 years anniversary since his Doctor met Martha Jones.
Confused and scared, the Doctor, in the form of a schoolteacher, has no idea how to get out of this tight situation. The tension is high and the stakes are even higher, John Smith is in the most difficult position of his life. He is now forced to choose between his lover and his faithful friend. The Doctor would know what to do, but he is not here.
Continuing on with part two in the journey of John Smith. Things are unfolding but nothing seems to make sense to him. Here are 10 things we learned about “The Family of Blood”
1. One for the team
Time and again, Martha is the woman you want on your side. With the Doctor in human form is too confused and scared to fathom the imminent danger, Martha springs into action without hesitation. She manages to take the gun away from the Family of Blood and is able to evacuate everyone to safety. Martha is always wearing a cape, we just don’t see it.
2. Child soldiers
The Doctor will not use a weapon under any circumstances, let alone encourages others to do it. John Smith, on the other hand, is prepared for war and is ready to send his pupils armed with guns to face the enemies. Shaken and scared, these boys pick up the rifles and ready to take aim, not knowing what’s on the other side of the door. With tears down their little faces, every single boy opens fire, except for John Smith, who did not fire a single shot. Despite being human, the Time Lord part of John Smith is fighting the urge to pull the trigger.
Note: Russell T. Davies admitted that he felt “Human Nature” and “The Family of Blood” are too dark for Doctor Who audience.
3. Hardly one of your colour
Doctor Who is a family show, occasionally the Doctor will travel to the past and the showrunners rely on history to tell an accurate story. “The Family of Blood” takes place in England 1913 where women aren’t as widely accepted as equal as men, not to mention women of colour. While searching for the Doctor’s pocket watch, Joan is surprised to learn that Martha is studying to be a doctor. “Well, that certainly is nonsense. Women might train to be doctors, but hardly the skivvy and hardly one of your colour” Even though that is a racist comment but Martha takes it in her stride and appropriately proves to Joan her knowledge of phalanges.
4. Game of Thrones boys
You might spot familiar faces from this two-parter. Harry Lloyd (Baines) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Tim Latimer) are both, later on, appeared in HBO’s megahit series Game of Thrones as Viserys Targaryen and Jojen Reed, respectively.
5. Why can’t stay?
The stakes get higher when the Family of Blood acquired the TARDIS. The end of the world is coming and the only person who can save everyone is the Doctor but he is nowhere to be found. Instead, the man called John Smith is running scared and refuses to accept reality. Clinging to the life he thought he knew, “I’m John Smith. That’s all I want to be, John Smith! With his life and his job. And his love. Why can’t I be John Smith? Isn’t he a good man? Why can’t I stay?” John Smith is truly human, that includes being selfish.
6. Short end of the stick
It’s an on going struggle with Martha Jones. Not only she is seen as Rose’s replacement, but no matter what she does, she always ends up getting her feelings destroyed. Despite all the efforts to keep the Doctor hidden, Martha also gets the short end of the stick on John Smith deal, “you’re this Doctor’s companion, can’t you help? What exactly do you do for him? Why does he need you!?” In addition to that, he also accused her of letting him fall in love and now she wants to take everything away from him. Martha can’t really win in this situation.
Knowing full well that the Doctor is there somewhere and Martha takes a chance in hoping to bring him back, “people are dying out there. They need him and I need him… I’ve only met him, it wasn’t even that long ago, but he’s everything. He’s just everything to me, and he doesn’t even look at me, but I don’t care. ‘Cause I love him to bits” Poor Martha, this is like confessing her love to someone who’s in a coma.
7. He’s like fire and ice and rage.
Tim finally returns the watch the John Smith and explains why he kept it to himself all this time. The boy admitted he is scared of the Doctor, “he’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm and 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” Well, that’s pretty much sums up the Doctor.
8. The life of John Smith.
John Smith is weighing in on his decision with Joan by his side. The moment both their hands touch while holding the watch, John Smith sees his whole life flashes before his eyes. The life of John Smith is full of happiness – beautiful wife, beautiful children, and he gets to live his life in full. That’s the life the Doctor can never have. However, John Smith and his perfect life will never exist if the Doctor is gone. It’s a painful choice that John Smith isn’t sure he’s willing to make.
9. He’s being kind.
After letting himself on the Family of Blood’s ship in disguise as John Smith, the Doctor manages to destroy their vessel. The 4 members of the Family of Blood are now facing their fate they’ve managed to avoid out of the kindness of the Doctor.
“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’d run away from us and hidden. He was being kind“
The Doctor wraps the father in unbreakable chains, sends the mother to a black hole where she remains there forever, traps the sister inside every mirror, and lastly, the son is suspended in time as a scarecrow to watch over the fields until the end of time. “We wanted to live forever. So the Doctor made sure that we did”
10. John Smith is dead
Hoping to start over with Joan, the Doctor asks her to travel with him, but she refuses. For her, John Smith is dead and the Doctor just looks like him. “If the Doctor had never visited us, never chosen this place on a whim, would anyone here have died?” The Doctor doesn’t need to answer, the look on his face says it all.
Back to the TARDIS where Martha awaits as she tries to explain herself to the Doctor why she said what she said. The pair brushes it off but deep down they know that Martha really meant it. Despite all the mean stuff John Smith said to her, the Doctor makes up for it, “thanks for looking after me” For better or for worse, Martha is always there to take care of this Time Lord and she’s doing a marvellous job.
“The Family of Blood” concludes the 2-part journey of John Smith whom we loath to love. He’s a normal man who wants to stay ordinary. But the universe needs the Doctor and John Smith isn’t willing to give up his life. In the end, both men – the Doctor and John Smith, walked away with broken hearts in order to save the universe. Being 900 years old, the Doctor should have gotten used to it by now but he never will. That’s a curse of a Time Lord.