Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Family of Blood

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. In this case, Reader of Mine, it’s not one, but four mischief makers.Father of Mine (Gerard Horan), Son of Mine (Harry Lloyd), and Mother of Mine (Rebekah Staton) (via BBC)FAMILY OF BLOODFirst appearance: “Human Nature” (2007)—season 3, episode 8Home planet: N/ADoctor: TenthCompanion: Martha JonesI love the Family of Blood.A clan of green, non-corporeal, telepathic creatures with an incredible sense of smell that inhabit and control human bodies to hunt the Doctor in hopes of requisitioning his Time Lord capacity for near-immortality.It doesn’t get much better than that.Without acquiring a human receptacle, the gaseous predators perish after just three months, “like mayflies,” Martha says, citing the Doctor. So it’s no wonder the family have their eye on a Time Lord, whose power to regenerate promises eternal life.Running from his stalkers, the Doctor makes the ultimate sacrifice: trade his time-and-space-traveling alien existence for a human one: John Smith.David Tennant is John Smith, an ordinary, yet extraordinary, human (via BBC)A teacher born circa 1880 to watchmaker Sydney Smith and nurse Verity Smith (an homage to Sydney Newman and Verity Lambert, the production team who created Doctor Who), he was raised in Nottingham and served by maid Martha Jones.At least, that’s how the story goes. In reality, John Smith didn’t exist until he took a job in 1913 as a history teacher at the Farringham School for Boys. But vivid dreams—that Martha is a medical student and he an adventurer known as the Doctor, who travel together in the year 2007—provide flashbacks to the man migrant he was before.Despite his disguise, a stolen Time Agent vortex manipulator eventually leads the Family to Smith/the Doctor, where they take the form of student Jeremy Baines (the stupendous Harry Lloyd), local girl Lucy Cartwright (Lauren Wilson), farmer Clark (Gerard Horan), and Martha’s friend and fellow maid Jenny (Rebekah Staton).Son of Mine (Lloyd) and Daughter of Mine (Lauren Wilson) (via BBC)Between energy guns set to disintegrate and an army of scarecrow-like soldiers, the tribe is confident in their plan to commandeer the Doctor. (Though it’s never made clear just how all four of them intend to live in one Time Lord body. So, it’s possible their scheme has been flawed all along.)The moving two-part story, adapted by Paul Cornell from his New Adventures of Doctor Who novel Human Nature, weighs the cost of the Doctor’s victory against John Smith’s genuine sacrifice.A fictional character that didn’t exist six months before, Smith has carved out a suitable lifestyle, and, perhaps more importantly, has fallen in love (with school nurse Joan Redfern, played by the always wonderful Jessica Hynes).John Smith falls in love with nurse Joan Redfern (Jessica Hynes) (via BBC)Should he stay and live out years of happiness with a family of his own, or should he go and return to the lonely cycle Martha describes?This is why I also hate the Family of Blood.These vultures, which care for nothing but themselves, make this man—this human, one-heart-beating, adorable-in-tweed, benevolent man—make a choice that no one should ever have to.And, in the end, they suffer the consequence.“We wanted to live forever,” Son of Mine explains. “So the Doctor made sure that we did”: Father wrapped in unbreakable chains in an underground chamber; mother sent into the event horizon of a black hole; daughter trapped within every mirror in existence, and son locked in the body of a scarecrow to watch over the fields of England.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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