In Before the Flood, the Doctor tries to go to a random location to avoid his eventual death, but the TARDIS malfunctions and takes him 30 minutes back.

Why did it malfunction and take him 30 min back?

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In The Doctor's Wife, we learned that TARDIS is sentient. Also, she told that when she doesn't obey Doctor, she takes Doctor to a place of importance.

From the transcript of The Doctor's Wife:

DOCTOR: You didn't always take me where I wanted to go.
IDRIS: No, but I always took you where you needed to go.
DOCTOR: You did.

So, it's likely that TARDIS intentionally took Doctor 30 minutes back because it already knew the future (yeah, Timey-Wimey stuff).

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    We know that the TARDIS does have knowledge of the future from that same episode because she states that she has archives of console rooms that the Doctor hasn't created yet.
    – Roger
    Commented Dec 2, 2015 at 15:32

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