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The Monsters Inside
This is the second New Series tie-in novel. It features Rose Tyler's first visit to an alien planet.
Where does this fit?
This happens at some point between Rose and The Empty Child - probably after The Long Game.
The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.
Rose Tyler is a 19-year old girl from London c.2005. In Rose (Series 1), she was working in Henrik's department store when the ninth Doctor was investigating Auton activity in the store, and blew it up. In the events that followed this, Rose 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, leaving behind her mum, Jackie, and boyfriend Mickey. In The End of the World (Series 1), the Doctor took her to the far future to see the day the Earth is destroyed. During this trip, he 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
The Slitheen are a family business consisting of aliens from the planet Raxicoracofallapatorius. In Aliens of London/World War Three, the Doctor and Rose defeated the family's plan to turn Earth into radioactive waste which they could sell as space fuel. They disguised themselves as humans by killing the original human and using a compression device to fit inside their skin. They left their "suits" by unzipping a zip hidden in the forehead. At that time, their technology only allowed them to fit inside large humans.
The following stories and other resources are not necessary in order to follow the plot (we've summed up the essential bits for you). But being familiar with them will probably enhance your enjoyment of this story.
Aliens of London and World War Three chronicle the Doctor and Rose's previous encounter with the Slitheen.