Doctor Who (2005– )
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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!



, (character: "The Autons")

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Episode complete credited cast:
... Doctor Who
... Rose Tyler
... Jackie Tyler
... Mickey Smith
... Clive
Elli Garnett ... Caroline
Adam McCoy ... Clive's Son
... Auton
... Auton
... Auton
Elizabeth Fost ... Auton
Helen Otway ... Auton
... Nestene (voice)


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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Release Date:

17 March 2006 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


The "UNIT website" would reveal that the Auton assault was commonly believed to be an attack by "disguised members of a terrorist coalition", though some people did believe it was aliens; UNIT would not "confirm or deny" that. See more »


Rose goes to the shop basement to give the lottery money to Wilson, the chief electrician.

When she gets trapped in the storeroom with the now animated dummies, and backs against the wall, about to be hit by the male dummy, she has the plastic wallet with the lottery money in her right hand.

When she begins to run after the Doctor grabs her hand, the plastic wallet has disappeared. See more »


[first lines]
Rose Tyler: [rushing out the house] Bye!
Jackie Tyler: See you later.
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Edited into Doctor Who: The Age of Steel (2006) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Boring for the first half, but you may find some entertainment if you muscle through
19 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode was my first exposure to Dr. Who. I've heard from many people about how awesome this show is, so I decided to give it a go. To be frank, it was boring for at least the first half (I know this opinion isn't likely to be popular, but I'm being honest). It took me multiple attempts to actually finish the episode; I shut it off at one point and decided to try again a few days later. The latter half of the show was a bit more interesting/fun to watch, at least, and what happens at the end is highly entertaining... at least to me. As boring as the first half was, the second half gave me enough hope to watch the next episode, at least.

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