Rose and the Doctor return to the day her father was killed in a car
accident. You just know she’s going to try and interfere…
Christopher Ecclestone as the Doctor
Billie Piper as Rose
Shaun Dingwall as Pete Tyler
Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler
Robert Barton as Registrar
Julia Joyce as young Rose
Christopher Llewellyn as Stuart
Frank Rozelaar-Green as Sonny
Natalie Jones as Sarah
Eirlys Bellin as Bev
Rhian James as Suzie
Casey Dyer as Young Mickey
Written by Paul Cornell
Directed by Joe Ahearne
Originally broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom on the
14th of May 2005
The Doctor takes Rose to 1987, before her father dies. When she
saves his life, things take a turn for the worse.
‘Street corner. Two in the morning. Getting a taxi home. I’ve never
had a life like that.’
‘Just tell me you’re sorry.’ A little too sentimental and easy for my
liking, I thought their relationship had taken a bigger hit than that.
Going back and changing something in your own past? Been done.
Bringing about the end of the world as a result? Slightly rarer. Four out
of six for originality.
The effects are up to their usual standards. Some nice
rippling around things disappearing and appearing which just finished
it off beautifully. Five out of six.
I can’t complain about the story at all. We’ve got mortal
peril for large numbers of people, enormous amounts of tension, good
backstory references and some great characterisation. It almost feels
wrong to do this, but I’m going to give it six out of six.
The acting kept up with the story and served it well, but
wasn’t so stunning as the story really deserved. Five out of six.
Given the nature of the story, it had to have strong emotional
response, and it did. My sister cried. It should tug at the
heartstrings of anybody watching. Six out of six.
The production had one glitch that I noticed, although it
was generally excellent. Four out of six because of that.
Considering the overall score didn’t take very long as this
is one of the best so far. Five out of six for an excellent episode.
The grand total for this week is a very respectable thirty-five out
of forty-two, continuing the series’ high scores. It’s nice not to have
been seriously let down by any of the episodes yet.