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Rose
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Synopsis


Auton Destruction
Auton Destruction
 When Rose Tyler meets a mysterious stranger called The Doctor, her life will never be the same again.

 Soon, she realises that her mum, her boyfriend, and the whole of Planet Earth are in danger. The only hope for salvation lies inside a strange blue box…

Source: BBC DVD


General Information

Season: Twenty Seven (New Series 1)
Production Code: 1-1
Story Number: 157 (New Series: 1)
Episode Number:697 (New Series: 1)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles:"Rose Meets The Doctor"
Production Dates: July - November 2004
Broadcast Date: 26 March 2005
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Unit Q2, Newport)
Location: Howell's Department Store, Queen's Arcade, University Hospital of Wales and Grangetown (Cardiff), London Eye and Brandon Estate (Kennington).
Writer:Russell T Davies
Director:Keith Boak
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner, Mal Young and Russell T Davies
Associate Producer:Helen Vallis
Script Editor:Elwen Rowlands
Editor:Mike Jones
Production Manager:Tracie Simpson
Production Designer:Edward Thomas
Director of Photography:Ernie Vincze BSC
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Costume Designer:Lucinda Wright
Make-Up Designer:Davy Jones
Cameramen:Martin Stephens (Operator) and Mike Costelloe (Operator)
Incidental Music:Murray Gold
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Sound Recordist:Ian Richardson
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Any Effects
Prosthetics:Millennium Effects
Stunt Co-ordinator:Rod Woodruff
Stunt Performers:Holly Lumsden and Paul Kulik
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Autons Originally Created By: Robert Holmes
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Christopher Eccleston (The Ninth Doctor) (Newly Regenerated)
Number of Companions: 1The Companion: Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) (Joins) Number of Acquaintances: 2The Acquaintances: Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) (Joins) and Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith) (Joins) Additional Cast: Mark Benton (Clive), Elli Garnett (Caroline), Adam McCoy (Clive's Son), Alan Ruscoe (Auton), Paul Kasey (Auton), David Sant (Auton), Elizabeth Fost (Auton), Helen Otway (Auton), Nicholas Briggs (Nestene Voice).Setting: London (2005) Villain: Autons

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
697Rose26 March 200544'10"10.8Yes

Total Duration 44 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 10.8
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2005)73.27%  (Position = 7 out of 10)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)74.17% Higher (Position = 63 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)75.90% Higher (Position = 72 out of 241)


Archives


 This story exists and is held in the BBC's Film and Videotape Library.



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Notes


This is the first New Doctor Who story for 16 years and introduces Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as his travelling companion Rose Tyler.

This story is the first using the new title sequence featuring Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor.

For the first time, the names of the two main actors (Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper) preceded the story's name in the opening titles. Also, for the first time in the show, since the last episode of the Second Doctor story "The Moonbase", the current Doctor's face was not used in the titles. Paul McGann's name (although not his face) did appear in the opening credits of the 1996 television movie "Doctor Who: The Movie", but only after the story's title.

This is the only Ninth Doctor story not to have a precredits sequence; the next story which did not have such a sequence was the Tenth Doctor story "Smith and Jones" (another season opener that introduced a companion).

Actor Mark Benton, who plays conspiracy theorist Clive, previously appeared as Ellis in the Big Finish Productions audio story "Invaders From Mars", starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor.

Although not named in the actual story, the plastic mannequins are in fact are Autons. They were created by Robert Holmes and featured in the Third Doctor stories "Spearhead From Space" and "Terror of the Autons" where The Doctor was played by Jon Pertwee.

Even though not actually seen it is implied that The Doctor has recently regenerated, as he looks at his appearance in the mirror in Rose's flat. This is the first and only time in which the circumstances of The Doctor's regeneration at the start of a Doctor's era remains unexplained. This is also only the second time in which The Doctor regenerates without a companion, the first being Jon Pertwee's debut as the Third Doctor in the 1970 story "Spearhead From Space". The force controlling the Autons, The Nestene Consciousness also made its first appearance in Doctor Who in the story "Spearhead From Space".

The photographs in Clive's shed are of the Ninth Doctor present at The Kennedy assassination, Krakatoa and Southampton on the eve of the ill-faited maiden voyage of the Titanic.

The coat stand seen in the TARDIS is the same style as the one featured in the original run of the show.

The search engine featured in this story (wise.net) was created specifically for television and film use.

This is the first story in which The Doctor mentions the Time War, a running thread in the revived show. This story also sees the first reference to The Shadow Proclamation. The meaning of who or what this might be is not revealled until the 2008 Season Thirty (New Series 4) story "The Stolen Earth/Journey's End".

During its first showing on BBC1 sound interference could be heard from another BBC channel. This occurred three times. First when Rose Tyler is in the basement looking for Wilson, then when she is being stalked by the Autons and again just before she is rescued by The Doctor. This sound interference was corrected for the following days repeat on BBC3.

Christopher Eccleston is credited as 'Doctor Who' in the end credits, the first time The Doctor has been listed with that name since the end of Season Eighteen.

Two specials aired in conjunction with the programme. A special documentary preview of the revived show that also focused on the original called Doctor Who: A New Dimension. And following on immediately after the story itself on BBC3, was the first chapter of Doctor Who Confidential "Bringing Back The Doctor" looking into the bringing The Doctor back to our screens.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first Doctor Who story of the revised show, the first for Season Twenty Seven (New Series 1) and the first new story for 16 years. It was broadcast on 26 March 2005.

 Christopher Eccleston's first appearance as the Ninth Doctor.

 The introduction of companion Rose Tyler played by Billie Piper.

 The introduction of regular supporting characters Jackie Tyler (played by Camille Coduri) and Mickey Smith (played by Noel Clarke).

 The first appearance of the Autons for 34 years - since the 1971 Third Doctor story "Terror of the Autons".

 The first single episode story of the revised show and the first since the 1965 story "Mission to the Unknown".

 The first story using a new title sequence featuring Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor and to include the names of the main actors (Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper).

 This is the first story in which The Doctor mentions the Time War, a running thread in the new series

 Christopher Eccleston is credited as "Doctor Who" in the end credits, the first time The Doctor has been listed with that name since the end of Season Eighteen.

 The first time the inside of the TARDIS is visible from the outside.

 Russell T Davies', Julie Gardner's and Mal Young's first involvement in the show as Executive Producers.

 Phil Collinson's first involvement in the show as Producer.

 Helen Vallis' first involvement in the show as Associate Producer.

 Elwen Rowlands' first involvement in the show as Script Editor.

 The first Doctor Who story to be written by Russell T Davies.

 The first Doctor Who story to be directed by Keith Boak.

 Edward Thomas' first involvement in the show as Production Designer.

 Davy Jones's first involvement in the show as Makeup Artist.

 Lucinda Wright's first involvement in the show as Costume Designer.

 First time Murray Gold's version of the signature tune, sound and music is heard in the show.

 The Mill's first involvement in the show providing the visual effects.

 Paul Jefferies' first involvement in the show providing special sounds.

 The first Doctor Who story to be recorded at BBC Wales (Unit Q2, Newport).

 The first time a story ends with a trailer for the next story.

 For the first time in the show's history, following on immediately after the episode itself, was a 'behind-the-scenes' documentary (called Doctor Who Confidential).

 The first Doctor Who story, of the revised series, to be watched by more than 10 million viewers.


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The Plot

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Rose is Stalked by an Auton
Rose is Stalked by an Auton

The day starts normally for London shop girl Rose Tyler. However, as the department store named Henriks where she works, is about to close for the day a last minute errand sends her into the basement. There she finds herself accidentally trapped and being stalked by the shop’s plastic mannequins who start to come alive.

Luckily for her a mysterious stranger is there to rescue her from what she is soon to learn are Autons. The strange man introduces himself as "The Doctor" and then tells her to flee as the building is about to be destroyed when the transmitter on the store's roof, that is controlling the Autons, is blown up.

After the shop is destroyed Rose finds herself jobless and also feeling that she is being stalked by The Doctor when he turns up the next day at her home. While there The Doctor rescues her from a second attack by an Auton's arm she had taken home. The Doctor then departs - refusing to give her any explanations.

Fire at the Department Shop
Fire at the Department Shop

After discussing The Doctor with her boyfriend, Mickey Smith, she turns stalker herself. Together they find a conspiracy theory website that claims a man fitting The Doctor's description has appeared throughout history. They decide to visit Clive, the man who runs the website. However, while Rose is in Clive's house, Mickey is kidnapped by a wheelie bin and replaced with a plastic replica. When the fake Mickey attempts to question Rose about The Doctor, The Doctor shows up and beheads the replica Mickey - Much to the distress of Rose.

If these recent events weren’t strange enough for Rose then they are nothing compared to what’s hidden inside an old blue Police Box…

The Doctor
The Doctor

Inside The Doctor uses the fake Mickey's head to locate a controlling signal. The Doctor explains to Rose that the fake Mickey was an Auton, controlled by the Nestene Consciousness, and that if he cannot stop it by using a vial of "anti-plastic" liquid, it will destroy all humans on Earth. He also explains to her that he is an alien.

The Nestene Consciousness has invaded Earth again. With help from Rose, The Doctor tracks down its lair beneath the London Eye. The Doctor tries to use diplomacy to persuade the Nestene Consciousness to leave Earth. But all he succeeds in doing is to make it angry when he identifies himself as a Time Lord. It seems the Nestene Consciousness blames The Doctor for the destruction of its home planet during ‘the time war’.

The Nestene Consciousness then activates all the Autons at the Queens Arcade, where several shoppers are shot dead, including Clive. Overpowered by the Autons, The Doctor has to be rescued by Rose. She is able to drop the 'anti-plastic' into the vat where the Nestene Consciousness resides, killing it. This act also stops all the Autons who are rampaging through the shopping arcade and nearby streets.

The Doctor Deactivates the Auton Arm
The Doctor Deactivates the Auton Arm

After fleeing the underground complex with Mickey, who was held hostage by the Nestene Consciousness, Rose has to make a life changing decision when The Doctor, who is obviously taken by his bright new friend, invites her to join him in the TARDIS. His offer, of the chance to travel with him anywhere in time as well as in space, though seems to good to be true.

Despite initially turning him down it soon becomes apparent that The Doctor needs Rose and Rose needs adventure and so a trip of a lifetime starts…

 
Inside the TARDIS
Inside the TARDIS
Autons Activated
Autons Activated
Auton Destruction
Auton Destruction
The Auton Signal
The Auton Signal
 
The Doctor with an Auton
The Doctor with an Auton
The Nestene Consciousness
The Nestene Consciousness
Rose Tyler and Mickey Smith
Rose Tyler and Mickey Smith
The TARDIS Dematerialises
The TARDIS Dematerialises




Quote of the Story


 'I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. And the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at a sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We are falling through Space. You and me. Clinging to the skin of this tiny little world and if we let go. That’s who I am. Now forget me, Rose Tyler.'

The Doctor



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
DVD
Rose - The End of the World - The Unquiet DeadMay 2005BBCDVD 1755Photo-montage
Video
DVD
The Complete First SeriesNovember 2005BBCDVD 1770Photo-montageTARDIS Boxed Set containing all 10 stories
Video
DVD
Series 1 - 4 Box SetOctober 2009BBCDVD 3058Boxed set containing all 43 stories on 23 Discs
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Series 1-7 Box Set (Limited Edition)December 2013BBCBD 0242Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray boxed set containing all Series 1-7 stories at full 1080p high definition
Video
DVD
The Complete First Series (2014 Re-release)August 2014BBCDVD 3965Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 10 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete First Series Box SetAugust 2015BBCBD 0261Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 10 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete First Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)March 2017Photo-montageLimited Edition DVD Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories (Amazon Exclusive)
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete First Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)March 2017Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 10 stories (Amazon Exclusive)


In Print

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)PublisherAuthorCover ArtRemarks
Novel
Novel
RoseApril 2018BBC BooksRussell T DaviesTarget Collection. ISBN: 978-1-78594-326-3
CD
CD
RoseApril 2018BBC BooksRussell T DaviesPhoto-montageAudio version of the BBC Books Target Novel read by Camille Coduri.
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 354 (Released: March 2005)
Doctor Who Magazine - After ImageIssue 355 (Released: April 2005)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 430 (Released: February 2011)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 485 (Released: May 2015)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 1 (Released: January 2009)

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DVD Cover

BBC
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Complete Series DVD Box Set
Complete Series DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

BBC
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Complete Series DVD Box Set<BR>(2014 Re-release)
Complete Series DVD Box Set
(2014 Re-release)

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set

BBC
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Complete Series DVD Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
Complete Series DVD Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set

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Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set

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In Print

BBC Books Target Collection Cover
BBC Books Target Collection Cover

BBC
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BBC Books Target CD Cover
BBC Books Target CD Cover

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Magazines

Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 354
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 354

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 355
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 355

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 430
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 430

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 485
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 485

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 1
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 1

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