Dr. Faraday is the lead scientist at the main NASA base.
Role in the Film
After Max crashed into some electrical pylons, Dr. Faraday arrived at the scene of the incident after being notified by the police. He then captures the ship and transfers it to a hanger at the NASA base. He tries to figure out a way to get inside it, but doesn't have any luck. After receiving a printout with an image of it, which happens to be the same one in David Freeman's thoughts, he encounters him and his family as they are preparing to depart from the hospital. He talks him into coming to the base for only 48 hours to help him discover the truth about where he's been for the last 8 years and to solve the mystery of what happened to him. Then David accepts his offer and goes with him to the base, where he gives David a room to stay during his visit.
The next day, Dr. Faraday and David are in his office having a meeting on the phone with David's family. He's reminded by Mrs. Freeman that David has to be back in 48 hours and he acknowledges his promise.
In a section of the facility, David is wired up to a computer and is asked several questions about what happened on the night of his fall. His brain reveals strange alien data and star charts leading to a strange planet called Phaelon, 560 light-years away from Earth. He was taken away to there and travelling beyond the speed of light leaving him only 4.4 hours on Phaelon while eight years passed on Earth which is the reason why he never aged. It is all too much for him, especially when the computer shows answers to things he never even said. He frees himself from the equipment and runs off. Dr. Faraday decides that 48 hours is not going to be enough time to get the information he needs and puts David down for a whole week.
After David escapes from the base, Dr. Faraday does everything he can to try to bring him back. He watches over the radar to track down the ship, which David has boarded to escape. First, he sends out NASA helicopters to catch David and the ship, but that failed. After learning that Carolyn McAdams contacted David's parents about his departure from the base, Dr. Faraday orders them under house arrest while NASA continues to search for David.
When David is heading back home, Dr. Faraday and NASA both head to his house and await his arrival. After he sees them waiting for him, he decides that he doesn't belong in 1986 and departs to head back to his own time, therefore getting away from them.