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World War Three
World War Three is the fifth episode in Series One. It is the second half of a two-parter.
Where does this fit?
This carries on from the cliffhanger ending to Aliens of London
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. Before meeting the Doctor, Rose lived with her mother, Jackie Tyler, on a council estate and had a boyfriend called Mickey Smith. Her father, Pete Tyler, died when she was a baby. In Rose (New Series Series 1), she worked in Henrik's department store when the ninth Doctor was investigating Auton activity in the store, and she saw him blow it up. Rose then 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. In The End of the World (New Series 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. In Aliens of London the Doctor thought he had taken her back home 12 hours after she left, but it was actually 12 months.
Recurring and Historical Characters
The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce UNIT is a paramilitary organisation set up by the United Nations to deal with alien incursions and other hi-tech and mysterious threats and situations. The Doctor first encountered them in his second incarnation during The Invasion (Classic Series Season 6). When the Time Lords exiled the Doctor to Earth, he became the scientific advisor to their UK branch (Spearhead From Space (Classic Series Season 7)), a position that he held during his third and fourth incarnations. He has encountered UNIT, or used his connections with UNIT, on a number of occasions since then.
Jackie Tyler is Rose Tyler's mother, and is very protective of her daughter. She briefly met the Doctor in Rose, before Rose decided to leave with the Doctor. In Aliens of London (New Series Series 1), we saw that she had spent the last year looking for Rose, after Rose left with the Doctor.
Mickey Smith is Rose Tyler's boyfriend. In Rose (New Series Series 1), he was captured by the Nestene, and witnessed the Doctor and Rose defeating the Nestene, saw the inside of the TARDIS, and was there when Rose departed with the Doctor. Because he had trouble adapting to what had happened, the Doctor took a dislike to him. During the year since Rose went missing, Mickey did a lot of research into the Doctor and his impact on human history.
Other Characters The majority of the characters we see in this story were also in the first part of the story, Aliens of London. We are briefly introduced to them in the pre-credits sequence.
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.
As this is the second part of a 2-part story, it is very strongly recommended that you watch the first part, Aliens of London, which introduces all the characters, and explains the details of what's going on.
Rose's phone was upgraded by the Doctor in The End of the World (New Series Series 1).