Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
Rose was the first episode of the 2005 revival of Doctor Who. It is, therefore, an ideal jumping on point for the series.
Where does this fit?
Rose is the first adventure we've seen for the ninth Doctor. It is part of Series One.
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 2005. Rose lives with her mother, Jackie Tyler, on a council estate and has a boyfriend called Mickey Smith. Her father, Pete Tyler, died when she was a baby. She works in a big department store called Henrik's. This is her first appearance.
Recurring and Historical Characters
The Nestene Consciousness is a powerful alien being which was first seen in Spearhead From Space (Classic Series Season 7). It is a gestalt entity, being able to communicate with different parts of itself telepathically. It has the ability to animate plastic. In its previous appearances, it used specially created shop window dummies called Autons as soldiers. It also used more advanced Autons as duplicates of key people in its plans to conquer Earth.
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.
The Nestene and the Autons previously appeared in Spearhead From Space (Classic Series Season 7) and Terror of the Autons (Classic Series Season 8).
In SynthespiansTM (BBC Past Doctor Adventure), the Time Lords attacked the Nestene's home planet of Polymos, but it escaped.