Father's Day - Episode Guide

Episode 8 : Father's Day


Fear Forecast

Fear Factor: 2 / 5 (Quite Scary)

Fear Factor Score: 2 out of 5 Fear Factor Score: 2 out of 5 Fear Factor Score: 2 out of 5 Fear Factor Score: 3 out of 5

Amy (Age 5)

Harry (Age 7)

Samuel (Age 9)

Adam (Age 13)

How scary is Doctor Who? Our brave Fear Forecasters present a minute-by-minute teaser guide to Father's Day.

  • 1 min

    Samuel's delighted. "It's tiny Rose!"

    The kids happily 'sing along' to the theme tune and Harry reads out the words as they appear.

  • 1 min

    There's a hit and run. "Just like that Simpsons PC game," observes Adam, sagely.

  • 4 min

    Harry and Amy watch in silence. This is serious stuff.

  • 5 min

    Samuel and Adam solemn during Rose's rescue of her dad. Samuel rubs mum's arm for comfort (hers, not his). This is going to be characteristic of the whole viewing.

    Amy is bemused "There's two Roses now aren't there Daddy?" Harry corrects her. "Three. The little Rose, remember?"

    Samuel and Adam shout "Bad Wolf!" when they see the poster on the wall. They have no idea what it means, but are intrigued by this. Each episode is now like "Where's Wally?"

  • 6 min

    Samuel's big grin at the "boyfriend" comment. This is something he finds funny every episode. When you're eight years old, jokes bear endless repetition.

  • 7 min

    Harry: "Uh oh, what's that!" The Reaper's-eye-view appears. Adam: "Oh deeaaar!"

  • 8 min

    As things get domestic, Amy and Harry start munching apple slices.

    Mum and dad are easily old enough to remember the Eighties, and get absurdly excited at the Green Man poster.

  • 9 min

    Samuel and Adam start fidgeting during the "ordinary man" discussion. Adam perks up when the Doctor leaves abruptly: "Oh, goodness!"

  • 10 min

    Some off-screen deaths at the hands (well, the talons) of the Reapers. Adam and Samuel go very quiet.

  • 11 min

    Adam: "They're being killed off! In church!"

  • 12 min

    The TARDIS is just a box... the boys are goggle-eyed with amazement.

  • 14 min

    The car disappears. "What happened there?" asks a puzzled Amy.

  • 15 min

    "Four Roses!" laughs Harry.

  • 16 min

    During the "he's a failure" discussion, Samuel is chewing his pen top. Dad reaches for a tissue. There's something in his eye.

  • 17 min

    The attack on the playground. Amy is concerned. Samuel: "Oh boy!" He thinks this is the scariest part of the programme. But "how does he know they are monsters? He didn't see them."

  • 18 min

    Reaper attack. Amy greets the scene with a grimace and reaches for some more fruit.

  • 20 min

    Reaper attack. Samuel and Adam are astonished. Samuel: "Ooh! It's gone for the vicar!"

  • 21 min

    Big grins from Adam and Samuel as the Doctor decides, "I should have done that ages ago."

  • 23 min

    "Is this my fault?" asks Rose. Samuel stares at his mum, appalled. A forlorn shoe appears on TV.

  • 26 min

    The kids are delighted at seeing another young, old friend. "Mickey!" they cry.

  • 27 min

    The Doctor's line "You're not going to bring about the end of the world, are you?" greatly amused Samuel. "Hee hee," he says, like a comic character.

    "I like baby Rose" smiles Amy.

  • 31 min

    Samuel fiddles distractedly during the "are we still together/bedtime stories/picnics" conversation that Rose has with her dad. Adam is all attentive though, and slightly scandalised: "She's lying! Why would she lie to her dad?" Adam's dad pats him on the head.

  • 33 min

    Rose's father says to her: "I'm your dad. It's my job for it to be my fault." Adam and Samuel check out their own dad's reaction to this, but he is strangely unwilling to meet their gaze.

    Without warning, a monster appears! Amy, bizarrely, finds this scene quite funny. "Doctor Who's been eaten, and the monster's flied into the TARDIS, hasn't he Daddy?" Harry, on the edge of his seat, shushes her again.

  • 34 min

    Is the Doctor dead? Adam and Samuel are quiet with concern. "The world's doomed," Adam frets.

  • 36 min

    Amy gives her Daddy a cuddle, and offers him a browning slice of apple. "Why are you sad?" she asks.

    Samuel has a Stephen Hawking moment: "It's reversing and repeating time," he decides. Adam has twigged what Rose's dad is going to do: "He knows how to stop it happening."

  • 38 min

    Onscreen-dad says: "Who am I, love?" Rose replies: "My daddy." Samuel and Adam aren't moved by this personally, but aware that their own parents are sniffling at this Railway Children moment. Samuel strokes mum's arm.

  • 39 min

    Adam and Samuel amused by the on-screen parents snogging.

  • 40 min

    Samuel cuddles mum during the "All these extra hours" speech. "Something amazing's going to happen soon," he reassures her.

  • 41 min

    The Reapers fold up and vanish, the Doctor suddenly reappears, and Rose's dad hits the tarmac. Samuel is sad for his own mum. Adam is greatly moved by the conclusion. So the whole family have a big hug.

  • 44 min

    NEXT TIME... "Woah! Now that one looks really scary" says Harry with a grin. Samuel sees the dashing hero giving a different kind of hug to our heroine. "Rose gets another boyfriend?" yells Samuel, "that's three!"

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