In The End of Time: Part 2, who was the woman signing books? More specifically, who was her grandmother?


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The lady who was signing books, played by Jessica Hynes, is Verity Newman. She’s the granddaughter of Joan Redfern, the Doctor’s romantic companion in the season 3 two-parter Human Nature/The Family of Blood.

She’s explaining her book to another customer, which lines up with Redfern. And it seems pretty clear that’s who the Doctor was asking about:

Verity: No, it’s not just a story, no. Every word of it’s true. I found my great grandmother’s diary in the loft. And she was a nurse in 1913. She fell in love with this man called John Smith. Except he was a visitor. From another world. She fell in love with a man from the stars. And she wrote it all down. {Signing the next book} And who’s it for?

The Doctor: The Doctor.

Verity: “To The Doctor”. Funny. That’s the name he used.

The Doctor: Was she happy? In the end?

Verity: Yes. Yes she was. Were you?

In addition, the cover of the book resembles Gallifreyan writing and the fob watch. Not a perfect match, but you can clearly see the resemblance:

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    fun fact: The name Verity Newman was an homage to two of the people most responsible for Doctor Who: Sydney Newman (who created Doctor Who) and Verity Lambert (who produced the first two series)
    – KutuluMike
    Sep 21, 2015 at 12:10
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    Nitpick: not the Doctor's romantic companion, John Smith's. (It might seem like a minor point, but was actually quite an important one in The Family of Blood.)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jul 15, 2016 at 9:22

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