Doctor Who

Father's Day

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 5/14/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Location: London, Earth Date: 7 November, 1987 Enemy: The ReapersRose requests a trip back to the day her father, Pete Tyler, died. Reluctantly, the Doctor agrees, but he realises he has made a mistake, when Rose saves Pete from being run over by a car. This has now changed the timeline, and Reapers are transposing themselves all over the Universe. However, this time, the Doctor doesn't have a plan…

  • Cast & Crew
  • Christopher Eccleston

    The Ninth Doctor

  • Billie Piper

    Rose Tyler

  • Paul Cornell

  • Joe Ahearne

  • Camille Coduri

    Jackie Tyler

  • Fan Reviews (23)
  • Easily my favourite Rose Tyler episode!

    By arkanitoo, Aug 24, 2014

  • Paradox

    By gpph, Dec 14, 2013

  • Father's Day

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 21, 2012

  • Rose wishes to be there for her father as he dies, but saves his life, releasing the Reapers from the Time Vortex. With the Doctor soon devoured by one, will Rose give up her lviing father to undo the paradox she created?

    By 10thdoctorfan, Mar 22, 2011

  • Not a big fan of the time paradox, but this episode is all about heart.

    By Lord_Fly, Oct 13, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • Stuart: Excuse me, Mister... The Doctor: Doctor. Stuart: You seem to know what's going on. The Doctor: I give that impression, yeah.

    • Rose: You can't tell her. Pete: Why? Rose: I mean, uh, I really don't want you to tell her. Pete: What, you don't want people to know? Rose: Where I come from, Jackie doesn't know how to work the time on the video recorder. Pete: I showed her that last week. Point taken.

    • new version of Pete's death Jackie: The driver was just a kid. He stopped. He waited for the police, it wasn't his fault. For some reason, Pete just ran out. People say there was this girl, and she sat with Pete while he was dying, and she held his hand, and then she was gone. I never found out who she was.

    • original version of Pete's death Jackie: He died so close to home. I wasn't there, nobody was. It was a hit and run driver, never found out who. He was dead when the ambulance got there. I only wish there had been someone there for him.

    • (Opening of the episode) Rose: Peter Alan Tyler, my dad. The most wonderful man in the world. Born fifteenth September, 1954.

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    Notes (15)

    • On the DVD commentary for this episode, Billie Piper said this was her favourite episode from the first season.

    • Original International Air Dates: Turkey: October 18, 2009 on CNBC-e.

    • In the original script, when the Doctor opened up the TARDIS it was meant to fall apart instead of just appearing empty. This was changed due to cost reasons, but writer Paul Cornell stated on the commentary he thought the change was an improvement.

    • Originally writer Paul Cornell envisioned the Reapers as having the well-known hood & scythe appearance of the Grim Reaper. However, later drafts saw this change into something less humanoid. Special effects company The Mill made the Reapers' tails scythe-shaped in tribute to Cornell's original concept. The Hood and Scythe creatures later appeared in Torchwood episode, 'Exit Wounds'.

    • Music: 'Never Gonna Give You Up' by Rick Astley, and then 'Don't Mug Yourself' by The Streets, playing in the car as Rose and Pete drive to the wedding.

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    Trivia (6)

    • When everybody runs in the church during the initial reaper attack, Jackie picks up Rose's baby carriage. However, it is obviously empty.

    • The Doctor is very careful to avoid Rose coming into contact with baby Rose. This isn't the first time the Doctor has been concerned about this - although it doesn't apply (it seems) to Time Lords. In Mawdryn Undead The Brigadier comes into contact with a past version of himself, causing a sort of "temporal short".

    • (Unless Rose has 2 phones) Adam could have given back the phone to Rose in the TARDIS on the journey between 200,000 and Adam's own time.

    • This episode shows that changing history has violent ramifications. However this also implies that every time the Doctor or his companions saves someone's life (or kills them--cf. The End of the World) there is a risk of something like this happening--especially if they don't know the local history.

    • Rose's mum does not look 20 years younger as compared to Aliens of London/World War III which is supposedly 2006. Even with the big hair.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Suzie: There's no one from the Lamb and Flag... The Lamb and Flag was one of the regular settings in 'Bottom' a British sitcom of the early 1990s, and later a series of stage shows written by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson.

    • Registrar: I, Peter Alan Tyler, take you, Jacqueline Andrea Suzette Prentice… Pete: I, Peter Alan Tyler, take you, Jacqueline… Suzanne… Suzette… Anita… Jackie: (to Registrar) Oh, just carry on. It was good enough for Lady Di. Jackie refers to the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer to Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29 1981 when she famously got his names mixed up when taking her vows.

    • Voice On Phone: Watson, come here, I need you. This is intended to be the first words ever spoken via telephone by inventor Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant Thomas A. Watson on March 10 1876. However, there is some debate as to the original wording of the message, whether Bell said he 'wanted' Watson or 'needed' him.

    • Rose: So you're a bit of a Del Boy then? Del Boy is the dodgy loveable hero in the BBC sit-com 'Only Fools And Horses' (BBC TV 15.9.1981 – 25.12.2003).

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