All of her life, Rose's mother told how great a man her father Pete was. He was killed by a hit and run driver when Rose was just a baby and among her many regrets was that her father died ...
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All of her life, Rose's mother told how great a man her father Pete was. He was killed by a hit and run driver when Rose was just a baby and among her many regrets was that her father died alone, just lying on the street. Rose asks the Doctor to take her back to that day. Rather than just be with him when he dies, she actually saves him and later admits that this was her plan all along. She soon realizes that her parents' marriage was not exactly the golden relationship she had claimed it to be. Far worse however, is that by saving her father, Rose has created a tear in space and time with the result that creatures are now feasting on humans. The Doctor isn't sure he'll be able to make everything right. Pete knows what he has to do, however. Written by
A very enjoyable episode, this sees the Doctor taking Rose back to the one day she knows the exact whereabouts of her father. The day on which he died, while Rose was just a baby. Heading back to witness that moment, Rose assures the Doctor that she won't interfere, but emotion overcomes her and she instead rushes to stop her father being hit by the car that's due to kill him. The Doctor is very angry with Rose, but that becomes less significant when it becomes apparent that Rose has created a paradox, which has in turn created some monsters who start "fixing" things.
Written by Paul Cornell, and directed by Joe Ahearne (responsible for a fair few episodes in this season), this is an episode that both allows Rose to be front and centre, while also allowing for the usual fun with time travel trickery.
Shaun Dingwall is very good as the late Pete Tyler, a man who ends up not being quite the figure that his daughter thought he was, and Camille Coduri has a lot of fun as Jackie Tyler, inadvertently becoming jealous of her own daughter in this episode. Piper isn't quite up to the demands of the storyline, but she does okay, and Eccleston is as solid as ever.
All in all, this is a great standalone episode that allows viewers to learn a bit more about how Rose became the young woman that the Doctor met, and also serves as a reminder that, as flippant as it so often seems, one mistake during time travel can result in some very serious consequences.
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