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Doctor Who - Series 3 Vol. 3 [DVD]

David Tennant , Freema Agyeman    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2007
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R20UEW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,872 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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.

Let’s start with the best. "Blink" is an episode where the Doctor takes a back seat. Yet while this approach resulted in one of Doctor Who’s worst ever episodes in season two, here it generates one of the very finest in the history of the show. It’s from the pen of Steven Moffat, the man behind the best stories since the show’s 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 won’t. 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, it’s down to the Doctor’s assistant, Martha, to unravel what’s going on.

Again though, there’s 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

Product Description

Third volume from series 3 features three episodes. In 'Human Nature' a teacher - John Smith in 1913 -- dreams of an enigmatic blue box and the ability to travel through space and time. His extraordinary visions coincide with the coming of something strange and sinister. This gripping story is concluded in 'The Family Of Blood'. In 'Blink' the shadowy Weeping Angels wait in an abandoned house while a young woman called Sally is plagued by messages being sent from 1969 by a stranger called the Doctor. Can sally unravel the mystery before the Angels are able to claim their prize?

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST HOW DO YOU IMPROVE ON PERFECTION? 2 July 2007
By Kelvin J. Dickinson VINE VOICE
I'll say it quickly: HUMAN NATURE/THE FAMILY OF BLOOD and BLINK are three of the best DOCTOR WHO episodes you are likely to see. Bottom line. I'd even go so far as to say that if Actively Disliking Science-Fiction was the mainstay of my life, I'd still buy this - just to have something really brilliant to rail against. And why not? Makes sense to me, it's that good. No, it's better even than that.

Adapted by PAUL CORNELL from his own novel, 'Human Nature' (originally featuring Sylvester McCoy's seventh Doctor), it's a story about Time Lord energy and the relentless pursuit of it across time and space by The Family of Blood: a ruthless alien clan, devoid of compassion, ready to spread like cancer throughout the galaxy. Either that, or die out. If The Doctor can only avoid detection for three months, their brief lifespans will see to the rest - hence the need to find him quickly and drain his energy. But it soon becomes clear that, in order to drop off the radar completely, The Doctor needs to temporarily relinquish being a Time Lord and become human. With the aid of TARDIS technology, the result of that decision is one JOHN SMITH, senior teacher at a Boys' Public School in 1913, on the eve of The Great War. And MARTHA JONES is his maid, with prior instructions to 'look after' him until the danger has passed. She can then 'restore' The Doctor via a fobwatch containing his otherworldly essence. However, as a human, John Smith is completely unaware of his real self. And that's where the problems begin...

Oh, boy. Did I mention that, despite The Doctor's emergency measures, the Family of Blood have traced him to the local vicinity, taken over the bodies of appropriate inhabitants and begun 'sniffing' out their quarry?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 3 best of Series 3! 2 July 2007
Without a doubt these three episodes where by far the best of the season and ones you could watch again and again and still be just as scared.

In Human Nature the Doctor is being stalked by the sinster family of blood who want his Timelord DNA to enable them to live forever in his life-span. However, the Doctor must go to drastic lengths to stop them - changing his DNA to that of a human. With his Time Lord DNA stashed in a pocket watch the Doctor transforms into humble 1913 School Teacher John Smith and Martha, who is the only person in on the secret must act as his maid. What she doesn't bank on though is a young boy stealing the watch and John Smith falling in love with the matron (Jessica Hyde (nee Stevenston) of Royle Family fame) Martha is beside herself, and with the family of blood using sinister scarecrows (by far the scaries monsters this season)to locate the Doctor, Martha must find the watch and convince John Smith of his real identity.

In Family of Blood war has come to England a year in advance as the terrifying family search for The Doctor. But the Doctors loyalties are severly tested when in a tender tear-jerking montage he realises what he could have with the kindly matron; marriage and children. But when the boy gives the watch back to Martha she must convice the Dr to take back his old DNA but will his love for the kindly matron override his natural Timelord insticts? A very poignant moment at the end, when years later, The Doctor and Martha go to visit the boy who took the watch, who is now a war veteran.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor 16 July 2007
This is easily the best three episodes in the series.
The first one "Human nature", is great. The Doctor changes his DNA to become human which I think is a great idea. He has dreams (memories) of him being a timelord, which he thinks is just dreams, nothing more.
Then on "The Family of Blood" Martha is trying to convince him that he is actually a timelord.
Then "BLink", it may not sound like much but it is by far, the scariest episode of the series. It's basically about a statue "Weeping Angel" when you look at them, but when you turn your back; when you blink they can move and send you back in time you very quickly. This is one of the best episodes of the series.
You have to buy this DVD because it will be worth your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moffat Strikes again! 14 July 2007
I don't hide it, I'm a fan of the old show, and I have the benefit of a rose tinted glasses, it stopped airing when I was young and was recommend which videos to buy by my parents who had been avid fans since its beginning. However even now as I go back and watch some of the clunkers the original series produced I generally find myself disappointed by the way the new series has aimed at the lowest common denominator.

Welcome in the Family of Blood. Absolutely awesome two parter, it shows that an episode can have a sense of humour about its self with out being childish or insulting the viewer. The acting is absolutely first rate, each member of the family will send chills down your spine. The emotion in this episode comes off as genuine, and really does validate the choice to attempt to add more drama to the series, but only if done with this level of taste. Unfortunately the final scene again shows the Doctor almost as a mythical creature, and is handly very poorly, very cheesily, a poor ending to an otherwise spectacular two parter.

Blink, from Stephen Moffat, writer of the Empty Child and the Girl in the Fireplace, the best episodes this new series has enjoyed. The 'Doctor-lite' episode was assigned to Mr Moffat, one filmed concurrently with another. Last season it was the worst episode, this time it is the best by leaps and bounds. The entire story is based on a rather ludicrous enemy, however it is a premise which will frighten children (and adults) everywhere. Terrific casting with plenty of comic relief, without the hamyness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best Doctor Who
In our opinion David Tenant is the best doctor and we enjoyed the scripts for this particular series - thanks
Published 7 months ago by Kayakkid
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLANT 5 STAR
Published 18 months ago by henryone
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
what more can I say, if you like Dr Who, you'll love this, he is absolutely brilliant, David Tenant is brilliant
Published 19 months ago by alan
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to buy
Since it returned to TV with Christopher Eccleston, Dr. Who has been one of the most consistently entertaining series on any channel. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. R. Schmit
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dr Who Ever
Blink must surely rank as the best Dr Who ever. It has a play-like quality about it, bringing home in a very powerful way, the meaning of friendship and what it is to lose one's... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. D. Jenner
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary & intriguing.
I bought this primarily for "Blink" - in my view one of the best Dr. Who stories ever written. Clever and intriguing, besides which there is the added pleasure of Carey Mulligan as... Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by Dr. B. A. Juby
5.0 out of 5 stars Blink!
Contains Blink, one of the best Dr Who stories ever, even if it doesn't have much of the Doctor in it either. The other two episodes are well worth a watch too.
Published on 6 Jun 2010 by David J. Ruck
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary - but amazing!
This one scared even me a little!

Great two-parter and the Blink Episode is especially creepy! You'll never look at statues the same way! Read more
Published on 29 July 2009 by Jonathon May
4.0 out of 5 stars Blink and you'll miss it!
One of the things I dislike about the 'new' Doctor Who episodes is that forty five minutes is too short a time for a story. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2009 by Mr. E. A. Greenlay
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I never watch Doctor Who, I always thought of it as dumb sci-fi, so I was surprised when I saw these three episodes on TV. Read more
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