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New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 3 (Episodes 8-13)

John Hussey continues his series analysing the revival, this time with Series 3.

Human Nature & The Family of Blood

‘Human Nature/The Family of Blood’

Human-Nature-The-Family-of-BloodThis two-parter saw the Tenth Doctor in a deadly situation as he was forced to become human using the Chameleon-Arch. This in turn led to the Doctor’s consciousness being placed within a fob-watch while his body was occupied with the identity of John Smith, a school teacher living in 1913. Martha Jones was placed with her greatest challenge yet by watching over John Smith under the identity of his servant. This challenge became greater when the Family of Blood arrived to track down the Tenth Doctor in order to steal his Time Lord biology to become immortal in their conquest of spreading across the universe. Mother (Rebekah Staton), Father (Gerald Horan), Son (Harry Lloyd) and Daughter (Lauren Wilson) of Mine tried everything possible in order to bring the Time Lord out of hiding, to the point of killing innocent people, attacking a school and nearly killing a group of school-boys along with attempting to bring World War I to England a year early.

Martha desperately tried to convince John to look into the fob-watch and grant the Tenth Doctor’s return but was met with many complications. Firstly Tim Latimer (Thomas Sangster) stole the fob-watch on the Time Lord’s instructions and secondly John’s reluctance to give up his life. The dilemma and emotional decisions John had to face made the narrative that more dramatic and saddening. The Tenth Doctor’s choice in becoming human made grave consequences and didn’t think about the complications his human-form would hold, nor did he put into consideration the fact John Smith might want existence. It just shows how cold the Time Lord can be from time to time.

In the end ‘Human Nature/The Family of Blood’ showed John Smith was the better and stronger man by sacrificing his life in order to bring back the Tenth Doctor. The Family of Blood were met with a dark demise as the angered Tenth Doctor granted them immortality in eternal imprisonment of the cruellest kind. Sadly it left Joan Redfern (Jessica Hynes) a broken woman after John Smith was tragically taken from her and had to suffer with the memories of her loss and the evil events the Tenth Doctor’s evasion from the Family of Blood brought upon them. At least Tim got a happy ending as the fob-watch saved him from a near death experience during World War I and then was happy to see the Tenth Doctor and Martha visit him at a memorial service many years later. The most important element of this story was the progression of Martha’s character and her relationship with the Tenth Doctor as well as the introduction of the Chameleon-Arch and fob-watch which would bring about important plot- twists in ‘Utopia’.

‘Blink’

blink-key-artSteven Moffat returned with the debut of one of his greatest creations, i.e. the Weeping Angels, in this brilliant example of a Doctor-lite episode. ‘Blink’ brought in character Sally Sparrow (Carey Mulligan) who investigated the abandoned Wester Drumlins estate, later coming across a message from the Tenth Doctor from the past giving her warnings about the present. Later she was presented with a letter from her friend Kathy Nightingale (Lucy Gaskell) from the past also despite only just talking to her within the present. Finally Billy Shipton (Michael Obiora/Louis Mahoney), a DI she had briefly encountered during her police inquiry, was presented to her as an old man who gave her further messages from the Tenth Doctor.

This timey-wimey narrative was cram-packed with emotion and brilliant storytelling. The idea of the Weeping Angels killing their victims kindly by transporting them back in time was just inventive and so, so cruel. All of their lives, relationships, friendships and families were taken away from them and they themselves were left deserted within the contents of the past. That and the fact they only move when not being observed truly made them a deadly and malevolent villain for the Time Lord to face (which in this case left him trapped without a TARDIS). The part where the Tenth Doctor used Sally’s notes from the future as an auto-cue within the past was truly creative. Also the episode was just quite frightening, especially during the part where the Weeping Angels pursued Sally and Larry Nightingale (Finlay Robertson) through the house. Who’d have thought the Weeping Angels would become so popular and make countless returns plaguing the Doctor and his companions?

‘Utopia’

utopia-cast-tennantAnd now we come to the brilliant Series Three finale told over a fantastic three-part story (the only one of its kind within New Who unless you class ‘The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People’ and ‘A Good Man Goes to War/Let’s Kill Hitler’ as a continuous story thereby classing it as a four-part story). ‘Utopia’ brought about one of the biggest revelations within New Who (and for good reason). Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) came crashing back onto our screens, after being absent since his abandonment in 2005s ‘Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways’, by clinging onto the outside of the TARDIS through the Time Vortex. It was discovered that he’d attempted to return to Earth in the 21st Century but ended up in the 20th Century and had to relive history, ultimately joining the Torchwood Institute as depicted within the spin-off show Torchwood. Now reunited with the Time Lord for more adventures they find themselves at the end of the universe where the last of mankind was plagued by the Futurekind as well as the fear of extinction.

Professor Yana (Derek Jacobi) was the last chance for salvation in order to bring everyone to Utopia, the supposed last place for humanities’ survival in the collapsing universe. The Tenth Doctor aided Yana in making this happen and slowly discovered a dark secret that lay with the innocent old man and the constant drumming within his head. Jack on the other hand discovered that the Tenth Doctor abandoned him due to Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) using her Bad Wolf powers to bring him back to life but due to not having control of said powers she caused Jack to become a fixed point in time. He can never die. Upon Martha discovering Yana with a fob-watch identical to the Tenth Doctor’s from ‘Human Nature/The Family of Blood’ everything fell into place and the best story-arc build-up within Russell T Davies’ era finally unfolded. The fob-watch revealed that Yana was in fact the Master. The best part was his name forming the initials for the Face of Boe’s (voiced by Struan Rodger) message: “You Are Not Alone”. The Master was back to plague the Doctor all over again after he made himself human. Shot by his assistant Chantho (Chipo Chung), whom the Master previously attempted to kill with an electric cable, the Time Lord’s evil nemesis regenerated into a younger and more insane man. The newly regenerated Master (John Simm) stole the TARDIS and left the Tenth Doctor, Martha and Captain Jack stranded on Malcassairo at the mercy of the Futurekind.

‘The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords’

The Sound of Drums & Last of the TimelordsAfter the nail-biting cliff-hanger of ‘Utopia’ the Master’s story continued in ‘The Sound of Drums’ where the Tenth Doctor, Martha and Captain Jack barely escaped the Futurekind via the quick thinking of the Time Lord’s genius. They then stumbled upon the fact that the mysterious Harold Saxon was none other than the Master in disguise, now Prime Minister of Great Britain. The Master was truly displayed as being absolutely bonkers as he brought an evil demise to his parliament members through the usage of poisonous gas. Later scenes that displayed this were when he took control of the Earth and ordered the execution of President Winters (Colin Stinton) and then ordered the decimation of one tenth of the human population. His character was certainly well-rounded with hints of emotion sewn in with his typical insane characteristics. The conversation between him and the Tenth over the phone demonstrated that the Master wasn’t all mighty due to his choice in being a coward and running away from the Time War. The Time Lords resurrected him believing the scared relic of their civilisation would prove useful fighting against the Daleks as a warrior but became frightened upon the Dalek Emperor taking control of the Cruciform and fled the battlefields before disguising himself as a human at the end of the universe.

The Master was briefly shocked by the news that Gallifrey was gone but soon taunted the Tenth Doctor about his part in destroying their people through the Moment. This scene was a prime example, among many others, as to why the Master is a brilliant villain within Doctor Who and my personal favourite. The Daleks and Cybermen are impressive and all but the Master is an all-rounded humanoid character who can really challenge the Doctor as an equal. ‘The Sound of Drums’ demonstrated this perfectly. For the first time the Doctor was made enemy number one and forced to go on the run without access to the TARDIS or any reinforcements. He was alone and near enough powerless which made the Series Three finale that more impressive. The Master was literally in control of all the cards and the Tenth Doctor had to really think of a way with his limited resources of how to stop his arch-nemesis.

last-of-the-time-lords-tennant-aged-oldWhen the Master finally did take control it was made perfectly clear he had beaten the Tenth Doctor and made him little more than a pet, as displayed later on in ‘Last of the Time Lords’. The Tenth Doctor was turned into an old man through the usage of Professor Lazarus’s (Mark Gatiss) technology from ‘The Lazarus Experiment’, which was engineered by the Master. This then lead to his mastery over the Earth through the Toclafane, whose sinister origins are unveiled to be the surviving members of humanity the Tenth Doctor, Martha and Captain Jack met on Malcassairo. The darkest part of the story was the torment that Martha’s family had to endure. Francine (Adjoa Andoh), Tish (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Clive (Trevor Laird) were made the Master’s slaves and were forced to watch countless exterminations of their own race whilst the insane Time Lord laughed at his victory. The Master’s insanity had risen when he declared to make a new Time Lord Empire through the Toclafane and invade the universe. It truly was a demonstration of the Doctor being utterly beaten and left powerless which is what I love most about the Series Three finale. It was the question of how will the Tenth Doctor win?

In ‘Last of the Time Lords’ Martha was forced to endure the ultimate challenge of travelling the Earth for an entire year to build the Tenth Doctor’s weapon against the Master. What was at first thought as a special gun to kill Time Lords later was revealed to be a physic link combined by everyone’s thoughts using the Master’s own Arch-Angel Network, which he had used to hypnosis the world into believing he was Harold Saxon, against him. With everyone thinking about the Tenth Doctor he was allowed to return to his normal self and overpower his nemesis. It was an interesting revelation to discover the Master’s entire reign of power was all in vein as the Tenth Doctor had already planned against him using Martha. Due to the Master’s over-confidence he didn’t anticipate her escape would lead to his downfall.

master-no-death-regen-last-of-the-time-lordsThe tragic resolution brought about the Master’s demise at the hands of his wife Lucy Saxon (Alexandra Moen), whom the Master had tortured physically and mentally to the point of insanity. The Master refused to regenerate and choose to die in the Tenth Doctor’s arms even though the Tenth Doctor pleaded he didn’t want to be alone anymore. It was truly an emotional scene that made you truly feel for the Doctor. Little did he know though that after the Master’s cremation his Time Lord Ring fell into the hands of a mysterious person, indicating his possible return. Captain Jack decided to return to his team at Torchwood, shocking the Tenth Doctor and Martha in the process due to indicating he may become the Face of Boe. Martha sadly chose to leave the Tenth Doctor after revealing she was fed up of chasing the Time Lord for the love she would never recieve. At least after all that speech she left on a positive note by leaving the Tenth Doctor with her phone in case she ever needed him in the future. The Tenth Doctor then prepared for his next destination which left him shocked and totally confused by the sight of the Titanic crashing through the hull of the TARDIS.

My Verdict

  • ‘Human Nature/The Family of Blood’ – 10/10
  • ‘Blink’ – 10/10
  • ‘Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords’ – 10/10

Continues next month with Series 4.

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The 11th Doctor
The 11th Doctor

My Verdict on Series 3, Episodes 8-13:

Human Nature/The Family of Blood: 10/10 (100%)

Blink: 10/10 (100%)

Utopia: 8/10 (80%)

The Sound of Drums/The Last of the Time Lords: 9/10 (90%)

Average Ratings: 9.3/10 (93%)

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

Why are ‘Human Nature' and 'The Family of Blood’ so high. I don't think they're as awful as a lot of people say  they are (people are so harsh), but they are one of my lesser favourite 2 parters.

TheOncomingStorm
TheOncomingStorm

I don't get why people dislike series 3. HN/FOB - 10/10 (best 2 parter since the reboot on my opinion) Blink - 10/10 Utopia - 9/10 SOD/LOTTL - 10/10, yes I like Last Of The Timelords, the Tinkerbell ending included.

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Probably the best run of episodes in the show's history (apart from the last one):

42- 9/10

Human nature/Family of blood- 10/10

Blink- 10/10

Utopia- 8/10

The sound of drums- 9/10

Last of the time lords- 3/10

The 3-part finale as a whole: 7/10

NewWho2012
NewWho2012

All great episodes, Utopia is a brilliant start to the 3 parter, never liked part 2 as much but part 3 was better but quite a good series overall.

DW_girl
DW_girl

Another good article!

My ratings:

Human Nature/The Family of Blood: 9/10

Blink: 10/10

Utopia/The Sound of Drums/The Last of the Timelords: 10/10

Series 3 is just brilliant; absolutely brilliant!

DawnTime
DawnTime

Human Nature/FOB is probably one of the best for the simple reason of the amazing acting of Harry Lloyd as son of mine. Amazing.!!

JolomontheCube
JolomontheCube

You have every right to be kind to this part. It's the highest point in the nuwho run.

Oodkind
Oodkind

I think this is perhaps the best streak of episodes ever. Every one of them is in my top ten stories (at least in the new series). 

Human Nature/The Family of Blood easily gets a 10/10 for brilliant development of the Doctor and Martha, and a story that can rival anything. 

Blink was epic. I won't go into detail, but it was brilliant. 10/10.

Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords - I would give it a 9.5/10 just for the ending. It was totally ridiculous. I think that was RTD's lowest moment.(with the possible exception of Love and Monsters, though the whole thing was silly. This was brilliant with an plot-ruiner at the end) Overall, however, it is still one of my favorite episodes ever.


I think this half of the series gets a 9.9/10, and combining it with the 8/10 I gave the first half, series 3 gets a 9/10. I think it is probably the most underrated. People often look over it because of Martha, who isn't many people's favorites, but I think if you look at the episode quality, it is definitely the top three, up there with 4 and 5.

twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

I cannot give Last of the Time Lords more than a seven since it's ending was entirely illogical and unfortunately mars the episode greatly. Up until that point it was a fantastic episode, but I cannot forgive that ending. But Human Nature/ Family of Blood are my favorite episodes.

Even with the great disappointment that is Last of the Time Lords, series 3 is my favorite Davies season.

sontaran17
sontaran17

My Verdict


  • ‘Human Nature - 9/10
  • The Family of Blood’ – 10/10
  • ‘Blink’ – 10/10
  • ‘Utopia- 9/10
  • The Sound of Drums - 8.5/10
  • Last of the Time Lords’ – 10/10

The Wizard of Fez
The Wizard of Fez

Utopia didn't feel like an episode, it felt like something to explain the Master, the Toclafane, and all the other stuff in Sound of drums and last of the time lords

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

IMO that 3 parter was the best season finale in nuwho

TheMysticalFez
TheMysticalFez

Time and Time again I have stated that Human Nature/ Family of Blood is the best story of all time. This is down to great character development, intriguing story, scary monsters and the best ever performance from Mr Tennant. It was an all rounder and conclusive proof that Doctor Who needs two part episodes. 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000/10

Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd
Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd

Series 3 overall for me 


0.The runaway bride 8/10



1.Smith and Jones 8/10 

2.The Shakespeare code 8/10  

3.Gridlock 8/10 

4.Evolution of the Daleks 7/10 

5.The Lazarus experiment 8/10 

6.42 9/10 

7.Human nature 10/10- My favourite historical of the new series with The Shakespeare code coming 2nd 

8.Blink 10/10- Its blink what more can I say except I hope series 8 has a Doctor lite episode the last one we've had was in series 4 with the brilliant turn left

9.Last of the Timelords 10/10-My 3rd favourite finale only behind the Big bang and the parting of the ways and I personally love the ending of the god like Doctor beating the Master through words and faith not weapons and shiny buttons and switches and no one has yet to convinced me that this is a bad ending

KarenBee
KarenBee

So, Series 3.

My favourite New Who companion. Brave, resourceful, grown up, a woman not a girl and no need for labels. Martha is Martha not the ....Girl or The Girl Who ....

Favourite Murray Gold scores in New Who

Best performances by Tennant. He takes a lot of flack and criticism but he is sctually a damn good actor when well directed and with the right script. Matt for me overcomes the limitations in the scripts to deliver consistently fine performances but David can also shine when he is reigned in. A much under rated actor I.

Best run of stories including 3 of my top 5 in New who - Gridlock, Human Nature and Blink

Still think Searies 3 and the final run in particular simply never been bettered.

Galax
Galax

Series 3 part 1 :

The Runaway Bride - 7/10


Smith and Jones - 8/10

The Shakespeare Code - 7/10

Gridlock - 8/10

Daleks in Manhattan & Evolution of the Daleks - 3/10

The Lazarus Experiment - 5/10

42 - 8/10




Continues with :

Human Nature & Family of Blood - 9/10. An excellent story and Tennant's best prestation.

Blink - 10/10. Masterpiece. That's all. Easily in my Top 5.

Utopia - 6/10. Yes I know, unpopular opinion. But, I'm sorry, I found it EMPTY. One of the most overrated episode in the show's history. The Doctor was a *** with Martha, this episode RUINED their relation after 4 episodes that showed Martha at her best. She was just useless. Jack's return was cool, though, and Chantho and Yana were great characters. Even so, the directing was aweful and so was the "future race". There was absolutly no plot - bar the Master twist. The Doctor came, fixed some cables in 2 seconds and thanks to Jack, fixed the engine, and that's all. Overall, the episode is NOTHING without the cliffhanger. And it's definitely not a three-parter final. Different places, different characters, different directors, different concepts... Utopia just leads to the next ones.

The Sound of Drums & Last of the Time Lords - 8/10. Great Series Final. Loved how the elements of the previous episodes came along to make an epic story (the watch, Lazarus tech, "Vote Saxon"...) The ending "power of word" was a little bit let down, with both reboot AND deus-ex-machina... but the first part was fantastic, the Toclafanes twist was excellent and the destroyed Earth plot was pretty awesome. And of course, the master was great and so was Martha. Not even mentioned the music, I love Series 3 soundtrack.

Overall : 7.9/10. Good but not excellent. Raynor's episodes, Lazarus and Utopia are very poor ones.







Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

Human Nature / The Family of Blood - 10/10: One of the best Who story's ever made, this is a dark, brave story for the adults with fantastic performances and terrifying imagery.

Blink - 10/10: Before this episode aired I didn't anything in Series 3 could possibly beat Human Nature / The Family of Blood but Blink comes along one week later and dose just that, it's a masterpiece.

Utopia / The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords - 8/10: Utopia has possibly the best cliff-hanger in Doctor Who's history but The Sound of Drums is the pick of the bunch hear with John Simm stealing the show as The Master. Last of the Time Lords however is a disappointing conclusion to an otherwise great three-part series finale.  

WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT
WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT

My opinion HN/FOB 8/10 or 9/10 blink 10/10 utopia and sound of drums 9/10 or 10/10 the last episode I give just 6/10 because I hate the ending!

KarenBee
KarenBee

My favourite run of episodes in New Who. Include 42 and just perfect (for me). Human Nature showed how a two parter could be well paced and let the story unfold without needing to add fancy timey wimey for effect. Well cast, beautifully acted with interesting villains and no prosthetics. More like this please - not every series but similar in tone. I forgot to also applaud the costumes and set. The exterior scenes were also excellent.

Blink remains outstanding, although I daresay it is overdue for a backlash. The script is the best ever by Moffat only behind Empty Child. Less is more is something which for me Moffat has forgotten. It is also grounded in the domestic and mundane, showing real frights and scary monsters don't need flash bang. I think the stunning direction and photography get overlooked to some extent in Blink. Look at the exquisite rain scene in the hospital. A great marriage of words and images. Alice Troughton deserves more credit in making Blink the success it is.

I love Utopia and Sound of Drums but feel RTD over egged the BIGBIGLOUD in the last part of the trilogy. The Doctor Dobby was fine but Doctor Tinkerbell was a bit of fairy dust too far for me. Like the use of 'love' as a solution in some of Moffat's run, it is a weak way to resolve the story. Still brilliant scenes such as 10 and Jack in the nuclear room, Simm's Master and 10 speaking and flirting over the phone, the toclafane zooming to earth and the giddy mad dance which the Master's wife does on the bridge of the Valiant. Oh and the scene in Downing Street when the Master becomes PM and kills his cabinet.

Wonderfully diversevand enjoyable set of episodes which I feel has not yet been bettered.

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

Human Nature/The Family of Blood and Blink are masterpieces, they made series 3 for me. Fantastic writing. 

Utopia was really tense and exciting, and I thought The Sound of Drums was good too. Unfortunately they were let down by Last of the Time Lords. It was good until it got to the resolution, which was awful. Really cheesy and silly- the Doctor practically turned into Jesus. It was like RTD couldn't think of a resolution. It's a shame the resolution was so bad because the rest of it was good- Martha was brilliant. She has to be the most underrated companion ever, which is odd since she's probably one of the strongest. I don't get why people say she's weak- I doubt some of the other companions would have been tough enough to travel around a post apocalyptic world for a year.

Weepingdalek
Weepingdalek

Excellent article once again! Although I do sometimes feel you're a little genorous with your ratings! For me:

>Human Nature/The Family of Blood-9/10

>Blink-10/10

>Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords-8/10

On it's own Utopia is a 10/10 for me, The Sound of Drums is a 9/10 and Last of the Time Lords is a 5/10.

Notsosmartguy approves of female thor
Notsosmartguy approves of female thor

I'm surprised people didn't like the series finale. I thought it was awesome especially when compared to the series 4 finale and the end of time (I'll explain my case when we get to them)

I feel the ending fit with the whole "doctor is a god among men" theme RTD appears to be showing throughout 10 run ( which is well handled and interesting sing 10 is arguably the most human of the doctors). All in all I give this series an 8/10 I'm still not the biggest fan of the tenth doctor as a charecter but David and RTD try a lot harder to change my mind which I appreciated, Martha was a great companion and Freema shined in the part. I also loved Jack's return and John Simm's master went well with David's doctor (even if the whole drums thing was stupid).

shyx111
shyx111

Better than the first half. Even if, in my opinion, S3 Series finale is the worst of new-Who (I don't include Utopia, because it's so good that I don't want it to be spoiled by the other two parts.) Human Nature/The Family of Blood, after the Library episodes, are my favourite episode of Tennant. Blink is very good but a little overrated, I still prefer Time of the Angels/Flesh and Stone as "Weeping Angels" episode.


Human Nature/The Family of Blood 10/10 - Blink 8/10 - Utopia 9/10 - The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords 5/10

KristiStoneman
KristiStoneman

Series 3, followed closely by Series 4, is my favorite season of New Who.  It has so many good episodes, particularly the three-part finale.  Two of my favorite companions (Martha and Jack) are in Series 3.  The Master is my favorite villain.

TheDreamer
TheDreamer





  • ‘Human Nature/The Family of Blood’ – 4/10 = just not my cup of tea... the aliens were fine, but it's one of those episodes that didn't hold my interest at all...
  • ‘Blink’ – 9/10 = love this one, never tire of it in fact... love the weeping angels in general, and really enjoyed the timey wimey stuff...
  • ‘Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords’ – 8/10 = pretty good episode, I enjoy it well enough... and I'm one of the few pple who like the new master (or at least it feels that way coz, everywhere I turn, I hear pple say they don't like him)



TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

Human Nature/The Family of Blood - 9/10Blink - 9/10Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords - 7/10 (most of the score for this story comes from Utopia)


StephenAHayes
StephenAHayes

The 2nd part of Season 3 was absolutely great but it falls on it's sword with such a hammy portrayal of The Master and a very, very poor finale episode.

Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things
Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things

Human Nature is one of my favourite stories, and my favourite Tennant one. I think it surpasses Blink, which is still amazing, but doesn't resonate on repeat viewings. And the Master three parter is the only RTD finale which I can watch without face palming, as it didn't have the Daleks.

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

I think this is an incredibly strong run of episodes! 



Episodes 8-10 are some of the best Who stories ever, and the Master trilogy is almost perfect! (Sadly the last 10 minutes of The Last of the Time Lords is a real disappointment, but I think this could have been avoided with just a few tweaks e.g. the Doctor not suddenly able to levitate!)


Bollyknickers
Bollyknickers

I re-watched Series Three just last week.  I still loved it; I admire Davies for experimenting with the series and the relationships between the characters.  Martha was a likeable character; selfless and good in a crisis, and the Master's return was perfect - Simm's my favourite; he's terrifically evil but at the same time multifaceted.




TheBiPunishment
TheBiPunishment

Utopia is my favourite from the series, and my 5th favourite episode overall.


The Finn
The Finn

I think Paul Cornell should return as a writer. Both Father's Day and FOB/HN were great IMHO.

supermoff
supermoff

"Human Nature/The Family of Blood" was utterly brilliant, and David Tennant certainly gave his greatest performance in the show. The pre-war time setting really worked as well, and it's certainly one of the best historical stories in the revived era. That's an easy 9/10, especially with the Family of Blood being brilliant enemies.


"Blink" was brilliant, but I feel is sometimes overrated. I believe Moffat did a better job with the Weeping Angels in "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone"; I was certainly more scared of them then. Still, it was brilliantly creepy, had some really good performances, and introduced what is arguably the most successful monster of the revived era. 9.5/10.

But then there's the finale. "Utopia"/"The Sound of Drums"/"Last of the Time Lords", which is generally considered to be a triple parter. "Utopia" was great - Derek Jacobi was brilliant, and his Master - although we only got to see a few minutes of it, really - was good. But it was painfully obvious that the Master was going to be the main villain of the series, so I didn't find it a shock to find out that he was the Master. But then there's John Simm. He's a great actor, he was brilliant in "Life on Mars", but my goodness was he a bad Master. I suppose that's more RTD's fault, but still.

"The Sound of Drums" was equally good for the most part, and there was at least once scene - the phone call scene - where Simms managed to capture some degree of the epic Master portrayals of Delgado and Ainley, but only for a moment.  But "Last of the Time Lords" was the worst resolution episode in the revived era, even worse than the Series 4 finale. Being beaten by the power of prayer? Davies, the hell were you thinking? Fortunately, "Utopia" and "The Sound of Drums" pushes up the score, but I'd still only give it a 6/10.

An average series with some highlights.

Gustaff
Gustaff

I'm not a big fan of Human Nature/Family of Blood, but I adore the Master 3-parter and Blink is always a treat for me.


There is nothing wrong with HN/FOB per se. It's just one of those things you don't like simply because you don't like it. One of life's mysteries.


Wow though. Big loud day for a Sunday. Lords of Time, followed by another Hussey special spectacular and I've been having a lovely conversation with Andrew Smith (writer of DW: Brood of Erys). But after I congratulate you John on a great follow-up to last night's installment, I'm off to catch up on some Suits and La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia. Have a great night guys!

DW_girl
DW_girl

I love Last of the Timelords too. The Doctor super-power thing can be easily explained, but it doesnt matter to me anyway. It annoys me when people get so het up about one little thing, making it out like it spoiled the whole episode.

DW_girl
DW_girl

I agree- Martha is a brilliant companion who was unfairly overshadowed by Rose. If she hadn't been after Rose and/or had two series instead of one, then maybe she would get more love.

DW_girl
DW_girl

The series 3 finale is my favourite :)

StephenAHayes
StephenAHayes

Completely agree. A great 2nd part to series 3 but falls on it's own sword

Yelloweternal
Yelloweternal

@Gustaff I understand. I feel much the same about "The Girl who waited". I just don't like it that much.