- Broadcast: 26 March 2005
- Viewers: 10.81m
- Availability: DVD Series 1: Volume 1
Rose Tyler meets a mysterious stranger called The Doctor, and her life will never be the same again. Soon, she realizes that her mum, her boyfriend, and the whole of planet Earth are in danger. The only hope for salvation lies inside a strange blue police box?
Written by Russell T. Davies
Directed by Keith Boak
The Doctor – CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON
Rose Tyler – BILLIE PIPER
Mickey – NOEL CLARKE
Jackie – CAMILLE CODURI
Clive – MARK BENTON
Caroline – ELLIE GARNETT
Clive’s Son – ADAM McCOY
Autons – ALAN RUSCOE, ELIZABETH FOST, PAUL KASEY, DAVID SANT, HELEN OTWAY
Nestene Voice – NICHOLAS BRIGGS
The Doctor: "I’m the Doctor, by the way. What’s your name?"
The Doctor: "Nice to meet you, Rose.
Run for your life!"
Rose: "Who are you?"
The Doctor: "Told you. The Doctor."
Rose: "Yes, but Doctor what?"
The Doctor: "Just the Doctor."
Rose: "The Doctor…?"
The Doctor: "Hello!"
The Doctor: "I can feel it — the turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour, the entire planet is hurtling around the Sun at sixty-seven thousand miles an hour, and I can feel it. We’re falling through space, you and me. Clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go…"
The Doctor: "Think of it. Plastic – all over the world – every artificial thing, waiting to come alive. Shop window dummies, phones, the wires, cables…"
Rose Tyler: "The breast implants…"
Clive: "The Doctor is a legend woven throughout history. When disaster comes, he’s there. He brings a storm in his wake. He has one constant companion."
Rose: "Who’s that?"
Rose: "If you are an alien, how come you sound like you’re from the north?"
The Doctor: "Lots of planets have a north."
This episode takes place in 2005.
First appearance of Mickey Smith played by Noel Clarke.
First appearance of Jackie Tyler played by Camille Coduri.
Return of the classic series villains, The Autons, although they are never mentioned by name.
During the original broadcast of this episode, the previous programme’s live feed was actually heard playing in the background during the first few minutes by mistake.
The Doctor speaks with the Nestene about a war . This is obviously the ‘Time War’.
Nicholas Briggs who voices the Nestene returns later in the series to voice the Daleks.
This episode leaked out onto the internet weeks before it was due to air. Some people suspect it was actually intentional to stir up publicity for the new series.
Clives website, www.whoisdoctorwho.co.uk actually exists. The character of Mickey continued to update it throughout the series. This was the first website of a few that the BBC created for eagle eyed fans to spot.