Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
This is the eighth episode in the 2005 series of Doctor Who.
Where does this fit?
This story happens in sequence with the rest of series one.
Other Guides to this Story
The ninth Doctor speaks in a northern accent and wears a leather jacket. He has very short hair and big ears. The ninth Doctor has been mentally scarred by the part he played in the Time War and the destruction of his home planet. Although he clearly has a love of life, he also has an innate sadness about him.
Rose Tyler is a 19-year old girl from London 2005. Before meeting the Doctor Rose lived with her mother, Jackie Tyler, on a council estate and had a boyfriend called Mickey Smith. Her father, Pete Tyler, died when she was a baby
In Rose she worked in Henrik's department store when the ninth Doctor was investigating Auton activity in the store, and she saw him blow it up. Rose then helped the Doctor defeat the Nestene Consciousness's attempt to take over the world, and he offered her a chance to travel in the TARDIS.
In The End of the World the Doctor upgraded her mobile phone, tying it into the TARDIS so that she can call home no matter where or when she is.
Recurring and Historical Characters
Pete Tyler Pete hasn't appeared before, but he is Rose Tyler's father. She first mentioned his death in The Unquiet Dead.
Jackie Tyler is Rose Tyler's mother and is very protective of her daughter. She briefly met the Doctor in Rose, before Rose decided to leave with the Doctor. In Aliens of London/World War Three Jackie had spent the last year trying to find Rose after her disappearance with the Doctor. She also discovered what the Doctor's lifestyle is like, and that the TARDIS is a time machine.
Mickey Smith is Rose Tyler's boyfriend. In Rose he witnessed the Doctor and Rose defeating the Nestene, saw the inside of the TARDIS, and was there when Rose departed with the Doctor. Because he had trouble adapting to what had happened the Doctor took a dislike to him. He met the Doctor and Rose again in Aliens of London/World War Three, when he helped the Doctor and Rose defeat some aliens called the Slitheen. He gained the Doctor's respect and was willing to wait for Rose's return.
It is probably worth seeing Rose and Aliens of London/World War Three to get a feel for Rose's relationship with Jackie and, less importantly, Mickey.