Human Nature (Part I)
Series 3 Episode 8
It's 1913 in England, and an ordinary schoolteacher called John Smith dreams of adventures in time and space and a mysterious blue box. But, when lights in the sky herald the arrival of something strange and terrible, Smith's maid, Martha, has to convince him that he alone can save the world.
  • Part one of a two-part story.
  • This story is adapted from Paul Cornell's novel of the same name, which was first published in 1995.
  • The main difference between the novel and the episode is that the novel features the Seventh Doctor, but the majority of the other characters, such as that of Joan Redfern and Tim, were taken directly from the book into the episode.
  • Another big difference between the novel and the episode is that in the book, the Doctor decides to become human with the intention of studying human conditions, rather than, as it is seen in this episode, hiding from aliens.
  • This is the first story of the revived series to be adapted for the screen from a previous Doctor Who publication.
  • John Smith's Journal of Impossible Things includes - amongst other things - sketches of the TARDIS interior/exterior, K-9, Rose, the Autons, the Daleks, the Cybermen and previous incarnations of the Doctor.
  • The journal was designed by artist Kellyanne Walker.
  • John Smith tells Joan that his parents were called Sydney and Verity, a reference to Sydney Newman, one of Doctor Who's original creators, and Verity Lambert, the show's first ever producer.
  • This episode, and part two, are renowned for their exploration of different forms of prejudice, including race, gender and class.
Memorable Quotes
  • John: (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.
  • Jenny: Oh now, don't answer back!
    Martha: I'll answer back with my bucket over his head!
  • The Doctor: Martha, this watch is me.
    Martha: Right, ok. ... No. Wait. Hold on. Completely lost...
  • John: Mankind doesn't need warfare and bloodshed to prove itself. Everyday life can provide honor and valor. Let's hope that from now on, this country can find its heroes in smaller places, in the most ordinary of deeds.
Series 3 Volume 4 DVD DVD
Doctor Who Series 3, Volume 4

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