The doctor gets a facelift and a brand new companion in this opener to the 2005 revival.
Rose (Billie Piper) is your run-of-the-mill chav living with her bawdy mum Jackie (Camille Coduri) in a council flat somewhere in the Welsh part of London. Her life is pretty typical: she has an uninspiring job, partakes in dishearteningly unromantic Trafalgar Square montages with her whiny, rubbish, abysmally chavvy boyfriend Mickey (Noel Clarke), and she’s about to embark on a trip through time and space with the most charming, two-hearted, extra-terrestrial and adventurous do-gooder, namely, The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston). But that’s not until the end of this episode. Spoilers!
First she needs to battle lumbering Autons, meet a conspiracy theorist (whose wife is unrealistically trusting of her husband’s shed-based goings-on with strange women he’s met on the Internet) and have her aforementioned rubbish boyfriend replaced with a shiny plastic replica.
But it’s fine, because she meets the Doctor along the way, and so do we, and thus begins the 2005 revival of this glorious saga.
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(PS: The pic of JD dramatically appealing to the microphone – aka Noel Clarke – will be added shortly.)