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
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…
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
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…