Halfway across the season, I think I may have found my pick for the favorite episode. I particularly like this episode because it strays away from its sci-fi nature to a more humanistic episode grounded on one of the biggest underrated issues in the history of mankind—fatherhood.


In the beginning of the episode, Rose convinces the Doctor to go back to the precise moment that her father was killed. She simply wanted to be there for him, not wanting him to die alone. Again, not wanting to cause any unwanted rifts in the space-time continuum, they must be very careful of their actions, for one little thing might cause a ripple effect, as we would see later on in the show.


The Doctor seemed very hesitant at first, but, in the end, she gives in to Rose’s wish. I guess he kind of gave in to show Rose the consequences of toying with things that aren’t supposed to be dealt with. in this case, witnessing the death of the father. Rose, being a regular human being with natural instincts, saves her father from the car accident and then the problem begins. A certain rift was opened and some monsters from a “void” comes in and abducts people. It’s quite interesting to note the fact that they are all stuck inside the church, while the “demons” are stuck outside.


I guess the main reason why I loved this episode is because of the fact that it’s the very first episode I’ve seen in the series that tackles on very intimate and emotional factors. The dialogue between Rose and Peter Tyler, the recurrence of the car outside vanishing, and all the emotional aspects of family matters all boded in well for a very good episode for me. Going back to the dialogue between Rose and Pete, he said something to her that gave me Goosebumps. Peter Tyler, according to Jackie has always been a failure. When he finally understood that he was supposed to die in that car crash, he told Rose, “It’s my job to always be my fault.” Him saying that just goes to show that even though he wasn’t the ideal father and husband—more so a person, he still understood what it meant to be a Father. He also mentioned how useless his life was, and this was a kind of a paradox because in that time, he was the key in saving the world. The setting of the episode, which was a supposed wedding of two ordinary people perfectly befits the theme of the story that everyone is extraordinary and special in a way. The love story of the bride and groom could have made a very good one, but that’s the whole point. Everyone has a good story to tell—everyone is special. That’s why the Doctor ‘fancied’ the human race as he would always say.