Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 1

Rose (17 Mar. 2006)

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Rose Tyler is just an ordinary shop worker living an ordinary life in 21st century Britain. But that life is turned upside down when a strange man calling himself The Doctor drags her into an alien invasion attempt!



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Rose is a shop assistant at Harrods and finds herself in a top floor storage room when the mannequins seem to come to life. She's rescued by a man who calls himself the Doctor but reveals little about himself. Her Internet search leads her to a man who believes that the Doctor is an immortal alien who has been instrumental in averting various Earthly disasters. Their paths cross again and Rose helps the Doctor in fighting a race of plastics-based creatures whose home world may have been destroyed in a battle involving the Doctor. Rose seems like the perfect companion for his future travels. Written by garykmcd

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When the Doctor speaks to the Nestene Consciousness, he mentions the Shadow Proclamation, which is then mentioned often throughout series one to four, and which the Doctor and Donna visit in 'The Stolen Earth'. See more »


When Jackie Tyler is nearly about to be shot by the Autons, the first one's hand opens. It switches to the next bit, then back to the Autons and the second one's hand opens. It then cuts out to a view of all three Autons with all of their hands open, yet after the next clip with Rose and the Doctor in it, the third Auton's hand opens. But in the previous shot of the Autons all three hands were open. The third hand should not have opened, if it was shown open before. See more »


[first lines]
Rose Tyler: [rushing out the house] Bye!
Jackie Tyler: See you later.
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It's An Intro . Nothing More
12 April 2007 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

It was almost like a dream come true . Prestigious actor known for playing angry introspective characters gets cast as the most famous icon on British television in a show I'm on record as saying probably works best as a memory . Not only that but the BBC bombarded the public with trailers in the run up to this episode . There was even an news item on the BBC main news pointing out that the episode had been leaked over the net at the start of March 2005 with Eccleston stating that the fans who had seen it had hated the episode

As a fan I didn't hate this episode but I was hoping for more . It's there to set up the characters of Rose , her mother Jackie and her boyfriend Mickey so the plot featuring an Auton invasion is pushed aside and seems very rushed but that's not really important since it's an intro episode . Thankfully my parents did say they were giving it a chance to see if it the series would improve as it went along and I did go on record as saying it was entertaining but there was room for improvement . Not as good as classic stories from the 60s and 70s but certainly an improvement on many of the appalling Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy episodes

One interesting aspect is the in jokes which would be noticed by fans such as The Doctor appearing in the crowd photo on the day Kennedy was shot . If you didn't know President Kennedy was killed on the 22nd November 1963 the day before DOCTOR WHO premiered on BBC television , or that Rose thinks the Autons are a student prank which is exactly what a policeman thinks in the novelization of the 1970 adventure Spearhead From Space . Subtle humour from Russell T Davies though his plotting leaves a lot to be desired

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