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Human Nature Preview

This week sees a televisual reworking (as opposed to adaptation) of Paul Cornell’s Human Nature, originally a Virgin Books Doctor Who New Adventure featuring the Seventh Doctor. And now it’s 100% canon, sitting squarely in Series 3 as a two part adventure.

Guess who has seen it already? That’s right – Lizo of CBBC Newsround. From his first paragraph I suspect he didn’t quite follow it…

I’m not going to say very much about the plot at all. Because in this episode in particular, the story is so much better if you don’t know anything about what’s coming. But even before the opening credits have hit the screen, you know that this is going to be a story like no other.

I will say that it’s set in a boys’ boarding school in 1913. There are monsters (this is Doctor Who after all). And there’s also lots of other unexplained stuff happening. Martha is the one who has to try and sort things out. Does she succeed? Well, we don’t know. Because this is the first part of a double episode.

BBC Programme Information lists the episode as follows…

Doctor Who – Human Nature Ep 8/13

Saturday 26 May

7.00-7.45pm BBC ONE


It’s 1913 in England, and an ordinary schoolteacher called John Smith dreams of adventures in time and space and a mysterious blue box, as Russell T Davies’s Doctor Who continues. 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.

David Tennant plays the Doctor and Freema Agyeman plays his companion, Martha Jones. Jessica Hynes and Thomas Sangster guest star.

Finally, FreemaAgyeman.com is a frankly vital site, forever acquiring useful information about the lovely actress and Doctor Who – and this link has a selection of super shots of Martha as the Doctor’s maid in Human Nature.


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