Father's day (2005)
About this episode
This episode was first broadcast on May 14, 2005. It was written by Paul Cornell and directed by Joe Ahearne. The showrunner was Russell T Davies.
What would you do if you could turn back time and save your father's life?
After 'The last of the Time Lords', the awful last episode of season three, I had pretty much lost interest in the new series. Reviewing these season one episodes serves as a reminder of just how good new Doctor Who was when it started.
Good things about this episode:
- It's very well-written and well-acted.
- The 1980s period detail is nicely done.
- It's a very emotional episode, but the emotion never goes out of control. The story 'earns' every bit of emotion that it evokes in the audience by making the characters into real people that we grow to care about. It also refrains from milking dramatic events for every last drop of emotion, the best example being - beware, spoiler ahead - the apparent death of the Doctor. Rather than bringing the action to a full stop so Rose can get in her tearful 'I love you...'s, there's just a brief moment of shock before everyone goes on fighting for their own lives.
- It's a story about relationships first and a time travel story second, but the way that time travel is dealt with makes perfect sense within the context of the story.
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