ABSTRACT

The questions raised for audiences by the relationship of the Doctor and his young woman companion are explored in a most psychologically searching way in two episodes of the first series. What becomes clear in Father’s Day, and is returned to in The Parting of the Ways, the final episode of the series and of Christopher Eccleston’s role as the Doctor, is that his companion Rose Tyler’s principal emotional preoccupation is with her missing father, whom she has been told was killed in a hit-and-run road accident when she was still a baby. In Father’s Day, Rose is able to learn something of the truth about her father, and her parents’ life with one another, and thereby to lift some of the emotional burden which this unspoken history of resentful and ambivalent feelings had placed upon her.