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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The book the doctor speed-reads at the beginning of the episode and says has a "sad ending" is "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold. See more »


In the opening shot of this episode, we see the Earth from space. The camera then zooms into Western Europe, the UK, London, then into Rose Tyler's flat, where a jump cut to an alarm clock shows its 7:30am. But look again at the start of that sequence: it shows that it's daylight over the UK - and over the USA. This is of course impossible. When it is 7:30am in London, it is 2:30am in New York, as Eastern Time is 5 hours behind UK time. See more »


[first lines]
Rose Tyler: [rushing out the house] Bye!
Jackie Tyler: See you later.
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Dr. WHO, what, where, and when......WHY....because we love it.
26 March 2006 | by (Indianapolis, Indiana) – See all my reviews

Since Sci Fi channel has been showing this series, I was hooked from the first episode. I hear a lot of bad press about it but I don't care what they think. I love this show for 2 reasons: FIRST being ROSE (actress Billy Piper). She is sweet, lovable and very beautiful, with an arsenal of emotions and faces. We see the (altered) world thru her eyes, our standard Earther beliefs. It just so happened that she made contact and got to board the TARDIS, but it could have been any one of us. SECOND is "THE DOCTOR". He is trying to save the other species and is giving them a chance to live and do right, compared to our Kill the Aliens politics. He takes Rose and us by surprise by looking at things from a completely different point of view. His out of time, out of the moment, completely oblivious to the situation style of wit cracks me up. Like when he is scorning Rose's kidnappers and between sentences turns to her and gives her a cheerful "OH, HELLO." and return to scorning without missing a beat. He comes off as having a "I don't know what I'm doing, but you don't know what I'm doing either so we're even." personality.

The sets, costumes, props, are all obviously TV grade, not as good as Farscape, but fitting for the show. The "END OF THE WORLD" show had several good aliens and props, but true to WHO. The advertisements show upcoming episodes with robots I remember from the original WHO series in the 70's. I can't wait to see where this series goes. OH, and the theme song is the same for true fans. However I always have to think back to the ROCK AND ROLL PART 2 parody from the TIMELORDS.... Dr. WHO and the TARDIS

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