Among the very finest episodes broadcast since Doctor Who
returned to our screens in 2005, this collection of "Human Nature", "The Family Of Blood" and "Blink" surely adds up to the best single DVD release of the show to date.
Lets start with the best. "Blink" is an episode where the Doctor takes a back seat. Yet while this approach resulted in one of Doctor Whos worst ever episodes in season two, here it generates one of the very finest in the history of the show. Its from the pen of Steven Moffat, the man behind the best stories since the shows return, and manages to be clever, frightening and intricate in a way that will easily reward repeated viewers. To tell any more would be to spoil it. So we wont. Just know that while the BBC is happy to wheel out the hiding behind the sofa cliché, this is one episode that may have you doing just that.
Nearly matching it for sheer quality is the superb double header, "Human Nature" and "The Family Of Blood". Here we find the Doctor being hunted, and thus converting his biology to that of a human. With no knowledge of his real identity, its down to the Doctors assistant, Martha, to unravel whats going on.
Again though, theres plenty to lift these two episodes above run of the mill. Creepy scarecrows, even creepier schoolkids, a moving wartime setting and the willingness to take their time and build up the story all pay major dividends. The end result? Just terrific.
With not a weak link to be found, these three episodes find Doctor Who in outrageously strong form. And the season three finale is coming up on the next DVD release, too... --Simon Brew
Episodes 8-10 from the third series of the relaunched update of the classic sci-fi series, in which David Tennant returns to his role as The Doctor along with his new companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman). Episodes are 'Human Nature', 'The Family of Blood' and 'Blink'.