Doctor Who: Human Nature

  • by Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by Lisa Bowerman
  • 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

An unabridged reading of the 7th Doctor novel by Paul Cornell, which formed the basis for the 10th Doctor television story "Human Nature/The Family of Blood".
Hulton College in Norfolk is a school dedicated to producing military officers.
With the First World War about to start, the boys of the school will soon be on the front line. But no one expects a war - not even Dr. John Smith, the college’s new house master.
The Doctor’s friend, Benny, is enjoying her holiday in the same town. But then she meets a future version of the Doctor, and things start to get dangerous very quickly.
With the Doctor she knows gone and only a suffragette and an elderly rake for company, can Benny fight off a vicious alien attack? And will Dr. Smith be able to save the day?


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Naturally Good

Human Nature by Paul Cornell is the book which the Tenth Doctor TV episodes 'Human Nature' & 'Family of Blood' are based on, but the book is way better! For me this is one of the best Doctor Who novels ever published, and the audiobook version read by Lisa Bowerman is magnificently good, bringing Paul Cornell's novel of humanity to life.

This is a Seventh Doctor story with Bernice Summerfield as his companion, and was originally published as part of the New Adventures range in 1995 when there was no Doctor Who on the TV. The plot of this book is similar to the TV adaptations of course, but the details are quite different, so this book can be enjoyed separately from the TV episodes without any real conflict... unless you are a person who wonders how the same story can fit in to Doctor Who continuity twice, with two different Doctors!

Human Nature is a Doctor Who story about love, war and the emotions that make people tick, which features real characters not cardboard cut-outs. I thought the alien villains were a bit weak when it comes to being fearsome, but that is only a small minus to an otherwise excellent story.
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- Stevo

Lisa Bowerman rocks a good story

Yes, Human Nature would later become the episodes Human Nature / The Family of Blood on television featuring the 10th Doctor and Martha. This was the original novel. Which was better? By leaps and bounds, the greatly re-worked TV episodes. Not that the novel isn't good, but the later version took the bare bones idea and made it great. Here we have sort of the same plot, just with Benny and the 7th Doctor. Some of the characters are the same, and the story is similar. It just worked better with 10 and Martha. That said, Lisa Bowerman provided top notch narration, and her impersonation of Sylvester McCoy is charming.
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- Stephen W Osborne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-20-2015
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide