Days left till the 50th: 66
Episodes watched: 37
Today’s Episode: Family of Blood
Writer: Paul Cornell
This is one of those great episdoes where Tennant brings the FEELS on. He just does a wonderful job, of showing how difficult it is to be Human, to stand by and watch events take place around him, rather than to take control, which is what Time Lords do.
Tim Latimer sums up what a Time Lord is.. that makes you stop and think…
LATIMER: Because…I’ve seen him. He’s…like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun.
THE DOCTOR: Stop it.
LATIMER: He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and he can see the turn of the universe.
THE DOCTOR: Stop! I said stop it.
LATIMER: And he’s wonderful.
All thought this scene, Tennant is just bawling, giving us this amazing acting, as John Smith has to die for the Time Lord to come back. We really see John Smith there.. not the Doctor, as he doesn’t want to die..
That sequence of what would happen if John and Joan did get together and did live a happy life… its just not meant to happen, as World War I is just on the horizon, and the Family of Blood would destroy everything to get at the Time Lord.
Then we have this awesome sequence as to what he does with the Family… as they wanted to live forever..
BAINES: (v.o.) 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.
Shot of CLARK screaming, bound in thick metal chains. The THE DOCTOR is standing behind him, unmoved.
BAINES: (v.o.) He wrapped my father in unbreakable chains, forged in the heart of a dwarf star.
JENNY, the TARDIS doors open behind her, is being pulled backwards out of the ship.
BAINES: (v.o.) He tricked my mother into the event horizon of a collapsing galaxy to be imprisoned there…forever.
The THE DOCTOR watches coldly, no emotion on his face.
BAINES: (v.o.) He still visits my little sister once a year every year.
The Doctor looks into an ornate mirror where a door is cracked open and LUCY peers out.
BAINES: (v.o.) 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.
BAINES is dressed as a scarecrow out in a field.
BAINES: (v.o.) As for me, I was suspended in time. And the Doctor put me to work…
The THE DOCTOR places the hood over his head.
BAINES: (v.o.) …standing over the fields of England…as their protector.
The THE DOCTOR walks away.
BAINES: (v.o.) We wanted to live forever, so the Doctor made sure that we did.
Its just heartbreaking, after the Doctor meets up with Joan again after dealing with the family, She just flat out says “no” when asked to be a companion, which is understandable as she has to stay behind and clean up the mess he made when he came.
Martha and the Doctor do have a massively awkward conversation, about their “relationship”, its a wee bit like how Rose dealt with 10 after the Girl in the Fireplace, they just agreed to keep traveling.. not acknowledging any feelings. 10 is still rebounding from Rose, and now he’s in a way also rebounding from Joan too. I just feel so bad for Martha, getting the short end of the stick all the time.
Till Tomorrow… BLINK!!!! 😉