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AMILY MATTERS

In Father’s Day by Paul Cornell, the Ninth Doctor takes Rose back to a tragic moment in her family’s history. A look at Cornell’s original drafts of the story reveals an alternative reality that was splintered into numerous time zones…
The story that would eventually become Father’s Day (2005) went through several different drafts. One version saw the Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) in a street where different time zones – including the Blitz of World War Two – existed alongside each other.
Paul Cornell, the writer of Father’s Day. I

“It’s just like the Blitz.” “No, the Blitz is a hundred yards down the street.”

This dialogue exchange opens a pitch entitled Broken Time, submitted by writer Paul Cornell as the BBC geared up to put Doctor Who back into production in late 2003. While its content would change, the pitch’s emotional essence would be a key element in the revived brand’s success when the story reached the screen as Father’s Day in May 2005. And, as it happened, the

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Doctor Who’s creators envisaged a series that would go forwards, backwards and sideways in time. The Doctor’s trips to parallel universes and alternative dimensions have provided the show with some of its best-loved adventures – from its black-and-white beginnings to the latest episodes, starring Jodie Whittaker. Uncover the background to these memorable journeys and explore the greatest stories beyond the television series in this lavish publication, which is packed full of exclusive features and rare images.