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Rose and the Autons
I was a newcomer to ‘Doctor Who’ when it returned in 2005.
I saw the time traveller in his blue box through the original new series DVDs. The first DVD had the first three episodes of new series ‘Doctor Who’ starring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler. This is a brilliant start to a new series for a young audience.
Back in 2005, ‘Doctor Who’ had just been revived. Now it has become more popular today thanks to the first series. The first three episodes are cherished and treasured for the years to come.
I found ‘Rose’ by Russell T. Davies to be a good start to the new series of ‘Doctor Who’. We first meet Rose Tyler, the Doctor’s companion for the first time and see the series through her eyes.
Rose drives the story forward, as she meets the Doctor when she gets attacked by living plastic shop-window dummies. She gets rescued by the Doctor and gets curious about who this man is.
This is a wonderful start to the series with some lovely performances from Billie Piper as Rose. It’s a great introduction to Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor and is well-written by Russell T Davies.
Billie Piper is lovely as Rose Tyler in this episode. I liked how Billie as Rose connects to the audience and how she gets introduced. I also liked how she meets the Doctor for the first time.
Rose gets curious about what’s going on with the Doctor and why living plastic creatures attack her. She gets resourceful and brave when at a restaurant and in the Nestene Consciousness’ lair.
Christopher Eccleston delivers a fantastic performance as the Doctor. He’s a joy to watch as he’s funny, clever and gets to show a vulnerable, brooding side to his Doctor as he hides a dark past.
I liked it when the Doctor meets Rose for the first time. Despite sending her away, the Doctor clearly likes Rose and considers her a companion as he invites her to join him in the TARDIS at the end.
Camille Coduri stars Jackie Tyler, Rose’s mum for the first time. Camile is really funny as Rose’s mum. She delivers the light relief in ‘Doctor Who’ and has no idea when Rose meets the Doctor.
Noel Clarke stars as Mickey Smith for the first time. Mickey is Rose’s boyfriend. He seems to be tough outwardly, but inside he’s a coward and gets scared when thrown into the Doctor’s world.
In this episode, the monsters are the Autons – living plastic creatures animated by the Nestene Consciousness. They can take the form of anything that’s plastic such as shop-window dummies.
The Autons appeared in the Jon Pertwee era of ‘Doctor Who’ and featured in two stories in the ‘Mannequin Mania’ DVD box set. It was great to see the Autons in this first new series episode.
Mark Benton guest stars as Clive, an expert on the Doctor. Rose meets him after she sees his website about the Doctor. Clive tells Rose all he knows about the Doctor which was interesting.
I enjoyed seeing the familiar locations in Cardiff used as the backdrops in London. The Queen’s Arcade building where Jackie does some shopping in ‘London’ was familiar and thrilling to see.
‘Rose’ has been a great opening episode to watch in the new series of ‘Doctor Who’. Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper deliver excellent performances and the writing is so well done by RTD.
The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 1 of ‘The Complete Series 1’, there’s ‘Destroying the Lair’, a behind-the-scenes look on how the episode’s climax was done. There’s also a commentary with executive producers Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner and producer Phil Collinson.
On Disc 5, there’s the ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ episode ‘Bringing Back The Doctor’.
‘Rose’ rating – 8/10
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