|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of stories||9|
|No. of episodes||13 (+1 supplemental)|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||31 March –|
30 June 2007
The third series of British science fiction programme Doctor Who was preceded by the 2006 Christmas special "The Runaway Bride". Following the special, a regular series of thirteen episodes was broadcast, starting with "Smith and Jones" on 31 March 2007. In addition, a 13-part animated serial (equivalent to one regular episode) was produced and broadcast as part of Totally Doctor Who.
The series stars David Tennant as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in his TARDIS, which appears to be a British police box on the outside. In the Christmas special he is joined by Catherine Tate as Donna Noble. The series also introduces Freema Agyeman as the Doctor's new companion Martha Jones, who leaves at the end of the series due to the fact that her family need support whilst recovering from the events of the series finale, which involved her mother, sister and brother being tortured. John Barrowman also reprises his role as Captain Jack Harkness in the final three episodes which serve as the finale. The series is connected by a loose story arc consisting of the recurring phrase "Vote Saxon", which ultimately is revealed to be the return of the Doctor's enemy Time Lord the Master, first played by Derek Jacobi before regenerating into John Simm.
In "Gridlock", the Macra, which originally appeared in The Macra Terror in Season 4, became the fourth monster from the classic series to make an appearance in the revival after the Autons, the Daleks and the Cybermen. Three episodes from Series 3 were adapted from previously published works: "Human Nature" / "The Family of Blood" was adapted by Paul Cornell from his own New Adventures novel, also entitled Human Nature, while "Blink" originated as a short story in the 2006 Doctor Who annual by Steven Moffat called "What I Did on My Christmas Holidays' By Sally Sparrow".
"Human Nature" is also the first instance of the Doctor's previous incarnations prior to his ninth being explicitly referenced in the revived era through the sketches in The Journal of Impossible Things.
|Story||Episode||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|178||–||"The Runaway Bride"||Euros Lyn||Russell T Davies||25 December 2006||3X||9.35||84|
|The head of human resources, Lance, slowly and secretly poisons his fiancée, the secretary Donna Noble, with Huon particles over the course of months to use Donna's biology as a catalyst to awaken the Racnoss' hibernating and omnivorous children at the centre of the Earth. The reaction of the particles causes Donna to appear inside the TARDIS. The Tenth Doctor attempts to return Donna to her wedding, but they miss the ceremony. The Empress uses the Huon particles inside Donna and Lance to wake her children up, and feeds Lance to her children by dropping him down a deep shaft under the River Thames leading directly to her children. The Empress begins using her Christmas star shaped spaceship to "harvest" humanity. The Doctor requests he finds the Racnoss another world for them to peacefully coexist. The Empress declines the request, and the Doctor uses explosive baubles to flood the shaft with water from the Thames, drowning the Racnoss children. The British Army kill the Empress with tanks and artillery after all her energy is used up. The Doctor invites Donna to join him on the TARDIS, but she denies after seeing him ruthlessly kill all of the Racnoss, saying that she was scared of the power and returns home.|
|179||1||"Smith and Jones"||Charles Palmer||Russell T Davies||31 March 2007||3.1||8.71||88|
|The Doctor goes undercover at the Royal Hope Hospital in London, where he meets medical student Martha Jones. The entire hospital is transported to the Moon by the Judoon, a brutal outer-space police force-for-hire, who are searching for the blood-sucking Florence Finnegan. Mrs Finnegan is a Plasmavore and has been assimilating the human blood of hospital workers to avoid detection. The Doctor, an alien, allows her to drink his blood and she is detected as non-human, and executed. Martha revives the Doctor using CPR. The Doctor stops Finnegan's attempt to destroy her Judoon pursuers along with half of Earth with a magnetic pulse from an MRI machine in the hospital when he shuts the machine down. The Doctor invites Martha to join him for a trip in the TARDIS in return for saving his life.|
|180||2||"The Shakespeare Code"||Charles Palmer||Gareth Roberts||7 April 2007||3.2||7.23||87|
|The Doctor and Martha land around Southwark in 1599, where they discover that William Shakespeare is under the spell of witch-like aliens known as Carrionites who are forcing him to finish Love's Labour's Won using a poppet. The Doctor learns that they are using the powerful words of the play to bring back their imprisoned species; the words spoken by the actors are instructions which open a portal. The Doctor tries and fails to get Shakespeare to stop the play's performance at the Globe Theatre. When the Carrionites start coming through the portal, the Doctor convinces Shakespeare to use his own powerful gift of words to close the portal. The closing of the portal brings all of the copies of Shakespeare's lost play with the Carrionites.|
|181||3||"Gridlock"||Richard Clark||Russell T Davies||14 April 2007||3.3||8.41||85|
|The Doctor takes Martha to the undercity of New New York on the planet New Earth in the year 5,000,000,053. 24 years earlier, a virus mutated which killed nearly everyone on the planet. The undercity was sealed off to save it from the virus, its system being maintained by the Face of Boe and his nurse Novice Hame, but they did not have enough power to reopen it. Martha is kidnapped by two motorists in flying cars to grant them access to the fast lane on the Motorway. The fast lane is infested by crab-like Macra, old enemies of the Doctor and the former rulers of an empire in this galaxy who have since devolved. Aided by the Face of Boe, who uses the last of his life, the Doctor finds a way of restoring power to the system which opens the roof of the Motorway, finally freeing the inhabitants trapped in the undercity's Motorway and saving Martha and her kidnappers from the Macra. Before dying, the Face of Boe tells the Doctor he is not alone.|
|182a||4||"Daleks in Manhattan"||James Strong||Helen Raynor||21 April 2007||3.4||6.69||86|
|The Doctor and Martha investigate disappearances in a New York Hooverville in 1930. They agree to take a construction job in the sewers when the Doctor hears that not everyone who goes down the sewers returns. Martha is captured by a pig slave, commanded by the Daleks, to be used as a subject in the Daleks' final experiment in their laboratory. Dalek Sec of the Cult of Skaro merges his body with the businessman Mr Diagoras, becoming a human-Dalek hybrid.|
|182b||5||"Evolution of the Daleks"||James Strong||Helen Raynor||28 April 2007||3.5||6.97||85|
|The Doctor frees a party of kidnapped humans including Martha from the Daleks' laboratory. The Daleks plan to implant mind-wiped humans with Dalek ideas and Dalek DNA to create a new stage of Dalek evolution, powered by a strike of gamma radiation conducted by the Empire State Building. Sec hopes to give emotions to this new race of Dalek humans after emotions were originally removed from the Daleks. The other Daleks betray and murder Sec, as this action would no longer make Daleks "supreme". The Doctor interferes with the gamma strike on the Empire State Building's mast, adding Time Lord DNA to the awakened Dalek human army controlled by Dalek Caan. The Dalek humans betray and kill two of the remaining Daleks, and Caan destroys the army and escapes from the Doctor.|
|183||6||"The Lazarus Experiment"||Richard Clark||Stephen Greenhorn||5 May 2007||3.6||7.19||86|
|76-year-old Professor Richard Lazarus demonstrates his experiment where he uses hypersonic sound waves to restore his youth and cheat death. The experiment mutates his DNA, unlocking dormant genes in his body and turning him into an evolutionary throwback that drains life energy from his victims. The Doctor reflects the energy of Lazarus' sonic micro-field manipulator onto Lazarus, causing him to flee to Southwark Cathedral. The Doctor uses the acoustics of the cathedral to create sound waves from the church organ, which causes Lazarus to fall from the bell tower, finally killing him. The Doctor invites Martha to travel with him full-time rather than her just being a passenger.|
|184||7||"42"||Graeme Harper||Chris Chibnall||19 May 2007||3.7||7.41||85|
|Half a universe from Earth, the Doctor and Martha answer a distress call from the cargo ship SS Pentallian, which will impact a star in 42 minutes. The ship scooped out part of the star, which is alive, for cheap fuel. The star uses crew members Korwin and Ashton as host bodies, and begins taking out everyone on board. Martha and crew member Riley, while trying to reach the front of the ship, are jettisoned into space in an escape pod by Ashton. The Doctor remagnetises the pod to bring Martha and Riley back. The Doctor begins being taken over by the star, and tells Martha to vent the engines, getting rid of the "sun particles" in the fuel. This causes the engines to start working again, and frees the ship from the star's pull.|
|185a||8||"Human Nature"||Charles Palmer||Paul Cornell||26 May 2007||3.8||7.74||86|
|The Doctor is pursued by the Family of Blood. He transforms himself into a human and invents a new identity called John Smith, who becomes a schoolteacher in 1913 England who dreams of his life as the Doctor and puts them down in a journal. The Doctor's true self is hidden in a fob watch, which when opened will turn Smith back into the Doctor. Martha takes care of Smith while she is undercover as a maid. After two months, the Family arrive and take over the bodies of four humans. When the fob watch goes missing, Martha tries prompting Smith of his memories, which reveals his true identity to the Family. The Family hold Martha and Smith's date at the village dance, Nurse Joan Redfern.|
|185b||9||"The Family of Blood"||Charles Palmer||Paul Cornell||2 June 2007||3.9||7.21||86|
|Latimer, a telepathic student who can hear the voices in the fob watch, distracts the Family by briefly opening the fob watch, which he is keeping hidden from the Family, allowing Smith, Martha and Redfern to escape the dance hall. They flee to an abandoned house after the Family attack the school, and are followed there by Latimer. The Family bombard the village with their spaceship to draw the Doctor out. Smith opens the fob watch, becoming the Doctor again. The Doctor overloads the Family's spaceship while misdirecting them. He gives them the eternal life they wished, while imprisoning the Father in unbreakable chains, the Mother in the event horizon of a collapsing galaxy, and the Daughter in every mirror. He suspends the Son in time, and dresses him up as a scarecrow. Redfern turns down the Doctor's invitation to go travelling with him.|
|186||10||"Blink"||Hettie MacDonald||Steven Moffat||9 June 2007||3.10||6.62||87|
|The Doctor and Martha are sent back in time to 1969 by the stonelike Weeping Angels. The Doctor records a message containing half of a conversation. Billy Shipton, who changes his career to publishing, hides it in Easter eggs on DVDs. In 2007 London, photographer Sally Sparrow takes a Yale key from an Angel's hand. The Angels follow Sally, who discovers the TARDIS in an impoundment lot. The Angels take the TARDIS to an abandoned house. Sally and her friend's brother Larry have a conversation with the Doctor's message from one of the DVDs. He tells them to send the TARDIS back to him in 1969. The Angels have locked the entrances to the house. Sally and Larry flee to the cellar, where the TARDIS is. Using the key to get inside, Larry inserts the DVD, a control disc, in a slot on the console. The TARDIS leaves for 1969, and Sally and Larry are left behind in the cellar. The Angels, all looking at each other, are frozen because of a defence system that turns them to stone when observed. A year later, Sally gives a transcript of the message to the Doctor before the Angels attack him.|
|187a||11||"Utopia"||Graeme Harper||Russell T Davies||16 June 2007||3.11||7.84||87|
|The TARDIS parks in Cardiff to refuel itself with energy from a time rift. The Doctor's former companion Captain Jack Harkness jumps onto the outside of the TARDIS, making it travel to the planet Malcassairo at the end of the universe, 100 trillion years in the future. Surrounded by a group called the Futurekind, the Doctor, Martha and Jack escape for the safety of Silo 16, where the last of humanity are waiting to board a rocket to "Utopia". The Doctor powers up the engines, and Jack fixes the rocket's couplings, making it viable for launch. Martha notices that Professor Yana, the rocket’s designer, has a fob watch exactly like the one which turned the Doctor into a human. Yana notices the watch and opens it, changing his biology back into his true identity: a Time Lord called the Master. The Master and Yana's assistant Chantho mortally wound each other, and the Master regenerates. As the rocket takes off, the Master steals the Doctor's TARDIS, stranding the Doctor, Martha and Jack in the silo with the Futurekind.|
|187b||12||"The Sound of Drums"||Colin Teague||Russell T Davies||23 June 2007||3.12||7.51||87|
|Using Jack's repaired vortex manipulator, the Doctor, Martha, and Jack land in present-day London the day after the general election. The Master has hypnotised the world with a network of mobile phone satellites called Archangel, allowing him to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He imprisons Martha's family on board the flying aircraft carrier the Valiant, on which he intends to televise first contact with a race he calls the Toclafane the following morning. The Doctor, Martha, and Jack fail to unmask the Master, and the Master takes the Doctor and Jack as prisoners. An invasion force of billions of Toclafane come to Earth. The Master orders them to wipe out a tenth of Earth's population. Martha escapes to the surface using Jack's vortex manipulator.|
|187c||13||"Last of the Time Lords"||Colin Teague||Russell T Davies||30 June 2007||3.13||8.61||88|
|One year later, Martha returns to England. The Master is readying a fleet of rockets to attack other worlds. Tricking the Master into bringing her on board the Valiant, Martha turns the Master's mind-control satellite technology against him; having travelled the world to gather support for the captured and weakened Doctor, she has instructed them to think of the Doctor just as the Master intends to launch his fleet, so that their combined thoughts, travelling through the network, are able to rejuvenate him. Jack destroys the paradox machine that originally brought the Toclafane—the descendants of humanity regressed to a childlike form—to the 21st century. This undoes the events of the previous year. Lucy Saxon, the Master's wife, shoots and kills the Master. The Doctor cremates his body. Jack decides to return to the Torchwood Institute in Cardiff, and Martha stays behind to look after her family.|
A 13-part animated serial, The Infinite Quest, was produced and broadcast as part of the children's programme Totally Doctor Who on CBBC, leading up to the finale of series 3. Each instalment was approximately three-and-a-half minutes in length and, when compiled, was equivalent to a regular episode. The serial was broadcast in its entirety on 30 June 2007 and later released on DVD.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers|
|1||The Infinite Quest||Gary Russell||Alan Barnes||2 April – June 30, 2007||0.6–0.9|
|The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones set off on an adventure through space to find the datachips to unlock The Infinite, a huge spaceship that can grant people their heart's desire. However, the evil Baltazar is also searching for the ship.|
Actress and comedian Catherine Tate was cast as one-off companion Donna Noble for the Christmas special. At the end of the episode the character turns down the chance to travel in the TARDIS, however Tate later reprised her role and returned for a full series starting in the 2008 episode "Partners in Crime".
Following the departure of Billie Piper as Rose Tyler at the end of Series 2, a new full-time companion was needed. On 5 July 2006, the BBC confirmed that Freema Agyeman would join the show as new companion Martha Jones. Agyeman had previously appeared in the 2006 episode "Army of Ghosts". John Barrowman also returned as Captain Jack Harkness for the three-part series finale.
Other guest stars included Thelma Barlow, Ryan Carnes, Matthew Chambers, Chipo Chung, Christina Cole, Michelle Collins, Lenora Crichlow, Anthony Flanagan, Andrew Garfield, Lucy Gaskell, Mark Gatiss, Don Gilet, Jennifer Hennessy, Anna Hope, Gerard Horan, Jessica Hynes, Derek Jacobi, Dean Lennox Kelly, Matt King, Chris Larkin, Harry Lloyd, Eric Loren, Stephen Marcus, Roy Marsden, McFly, Alexandra Moen, Carey Mulligan, Michael Obiora, Ardal O'Hanlon, Travis Oliver, Sharon Osbourne, Sarah Parish, Angela Pleasence, Hugh Quarshie, Miranda Raison, Anne Reid, Finlay Robertson, Thomas Sangster, John Simm, Rebekah Staton and Ann Widdecombe.
Following the success of the first series, the BBC announced that Doctor Who had been recommissioned for a third series on 16 June 2005, only two months after the announcement of the second series. Recording for the Christmas special began on 4 July 2006, with production on the series itself beginning on 8 August 2006 and concluding on 2 April 2007.
First-time writers for the show included Gareth Roberts, who previously wrote the interactive episode "Attack of the Graske" and the TARDISODEs, Helen Raynor, one of the show's script editors, Chris Chibnall, the head writer and co-producer of spin-off series Torchwood, and Stephen Greenhorn. Previous writers Paul Cornell, Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies all contributed to the series, with Davies continuing to act as head writer and executive producer. Phil Collinson and Susie Liggat acted as producers, with Julie Gardner as executive producer. Euros Lyn, Charles Palmer, Richard Clark, James Strong, Graeme Harper, Hettie MacDonald and Colin Teague directed episodes in the series.
The episodes in series three are arranged in a loose story arc: "Mr Saxon", an alias for the Master. The character's name was first mentioned in "The Runaway Bride"; the Ministry of Defence shot down an alien craft at Saxon's request. Several elements from episodes in the series are contributory to the three-part finale: the events of "The Lazarus Experiment" and "42" were directly influenced by the Master; the Face of Boe's prophecy is directly related to Master; and a similar fob-watch that was used by the Doctor to change his Time Lord biology into human was also used by the Master to hide from the Time Lords.
Production blocks were arranged as follows:
|1||"The Runaway Bride"||Euros Lyn||Russell T Davies||Phil Collinson||3X|
|2||"Smith and Jones"||Charles Palmer||Russell T Davies||Phil Collinson||3.1|
|"The Shakespeare Code"||Gareth Roberts||3.2|
|3||"Gridlock"||Richard Clark||Russell T Davies||Phil Collinson||3.3|
|"The Lazarus Experiment"||Stephen Greenhorn||3.6|
|4||"Daleks in Manhattan"||James Strong||Helen Raynor||Phil Collinson||3.4|
|"Evolution of the Daleks"||3.5|
|5||"Blink"||Hettie MacDonald||Steven Moffat||Phil Collinson||3.10|
|6||"Human Nature"||Charles Palmer||Paul Cornell||Susie Liggat||3.8|
|"The Family of Blood"||3.9|
|7||"42"||Graeme Harper||Chris Chibnall||Phil Collinson||3.7|
|"Utopia"||Russell T Davies||3.11|
|8||"The Sound of Drums"||Colin Teague||Russell T Davies||Phil Collinson||3.12|
|"Last of the Time Lords"||3.13|
The third series premiered on 31 March 2007 with "Smith and Jones", and concluded after 13 episodes on 30 June 2007 with "Last of the Time Lords". The series was initially planned to conclude a week earlier, but on 2 May 2007, episodes 7–13 were pushed back a week due to the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, rather than air "42" in an earlier timeslot. Doctor Who Confidential also aired alongside each episode of the series, continuing on from the previous series.
|Series||Episode name||Number and duration
|R2/B release date||R4/B release date||R1/A release date|
|3||Doctor Who: "The Runaway Bride"||1 × 60 min.||2 April 2007||4 July 2007||N/A|
|Doctor Who: Series 3, Volume 1
"Smith and Jones" – "Gridlock"
|3 × 45 min.||21 May 2007||1 August 2007||N/A|
|Doctor Who: Series 3, Volume 2
"Daleks in Manhattan" – "42"
|4 × 45 min.||25 June 2007||5 September 2007||N/A|
|Doctor Who: Series 3, Volume 3
"Human Nature" – "Blink"
|3 × 45 min.||23 July 2007||3 October 2007||N/A|
|Doctor Who: Series 3, Volume 4
"Utopia" / "The Sound of Drums" / "Last of the Time Lords"
|2 × 45 min.
1 × 52 min.
|20 August 2007||7 November 2007||N/A|
|Doctor Who: The Complete Third Series
(includes "The Runaway Bride")
|1 × 60 min.
12 × 45 min.
1 × 52 min.
|5 November 2007 (D) 
4 December 2013 (Blu-ray box set)
31 August 2015 (B) 
|5 December 2007 (D) 
4 December 2013 (B) 
|6 November 2007 (D) |
5 November 2013 (Blu-ray box set)
|Doctor Who: Series 3, Part 1
"The Runaway Bride" – "The Lazarus Experiment"
|1 × 60 min.
6 × 45 min.
|N/A||N/A||10 June 2014|
|Doctor Who: Series 3, Part 2
"42" – "Last of the Time Lords"
|6 × 45 min.
1 × 52 min.
|N/A||N/A||8 July 2014|
|2, 3, 4,
|Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Years||5 × 6 min, 2 × 7 min,
1 × 8 min, 1 × 12 min,
35 × 45 min, 4 × 50 min,
6 × 60 min, 1 × 65 min,
1 × 72 min, 1 × 75 min.
|10 November 2014||N/A||11 October 2011|
17 September 2019
Arnold T. Blumberg of IGN gave an overwhelmingly positive review of the third series. He praised the acting of Tennant, Agyeman and John Simm, describing Simm's portrayal as "a master stroke". Overall he said, "With an assured air earned by success, Series 3 of Doctor Who is a tour de force excursion across time and space...it doesn't get much better than this". He gave the series 9 out of 10 (Amazing). Nick Lyons of DVD Talk gave a positive review saying, "series three is on par with the last two seasons of the new series." He said that the character of Martha and series three, "will no doubt please fans". He gave the series 4 and a half stars out of 5.
Awards and nominations
|2007||Edinburgh International Television Festival||Best Programme of the Year||Doctor Who||Won|||
|Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards||Screen Award||David Tennant||Won|||
|Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series||David Tennant||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Freema Agyeman||Nominated|||
|National Television Awards||Most Popular Drama||Doctor Who||Won|||
|Most Popular Actor||David Tennant||Won|||
|Most Popular Actress||Freema Agyeman||Nominated|||
|Nebula Awards||Best Script||Steven Moffat for "Blink"||Nominated|||
|Saturn Awards||Best International Series||Doctor Who||Won|||
|Scream Awards||Best TV Show||Doctor Who||Nominated|||
|TV Quick Awards||Best Loved Drama||Doctor Who||Won|||
|Best Actor||David Tennant||Won|||
|Best Actress||Freema Agyeman||Nominated|||
|Writers' Guild of Great Britain||Best Soap/Series||Chris Chibnall, Paul Cornell, Russell T Davies, Stephen Greenhorn, Steven Moffat, Helen Raynor and Gareth Roberts||Won|||
|2008||BAFTA Cymru Awards||Best Drama Series||Doctor Who||Won|||
|Best Director of Photography: Drama||Doctor Who||Won|||
|Best Costume||Louise Page for "The Shakespeare Code"||Nominated|||
|Best Make-Up||Doctor Who||Won|||
|Best Sound||Doctor Who||Won|||
|Best Director: Drama||Doctor Who||Won|||
|Best Screenwriter||Steven Moffat||Won|||
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Writer||Steven Moffat for "Blink"||Won|||
|Best Original Television Music||Murray Gold||Nominated|||
|Best Sound Fiction/Entertainment||BBC Wales Sound Team||Nominated|||
|Constellation Awards||Best Science Fiction Television Series of 2007||Doctor Who||Won|||
|Best Male Performance in a 2007 Science Fiction Television Episode||David Tennant for "Human Nature" / "The Family of Blood"||Won|||
|Best Female Performance in a 2007 Science Fiction Television Episode||Carey Mulligan for "Blink"||Won|||
|Hugo Awards||Best Dramatic Presentation||"Blink"||Won|||
|"Human Nature" / "The Family of Blood"||Nominated|||
|TRIC Awards||TV Drama Programme||Doctor Who||Nominated|||
|VES Awards||Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special||David Houghton, Will Cohen, Nicolas Hernandez and Sara Bennett for "Voyage of the Damned"||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series||David Houghton, Will Cohen, Jean-Claude Deguara and Nicolas Hernandez for "Last of the Time Lords"||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program or Commercial||Nicolas Hernandez, Adam Burnett, Neil Roche and Jean-Claude Deguara for "Last of the Time Lords"||Nominated|||
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