Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
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This is the eleventh story in Series One.
Where does this fit?
This happens in sequence with the rest 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. 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.
Captain Jack Harkness is a time traveller from the 51st Century. In The Empty Child (New Series Series 1), he saw Rose hanging off a barrage balloon during the Blitz, and saved her life. He was in this era in order to con another time traveller into buying a useless piece of space junk which was in the exact spot where a bomb was due to explode. His con had unwittingly unleashed a plague of nanogenes on London. However, Jack helped clean up the mess. His ship was blown up, but the Doctor saved him, and he joined the TARDIS crew.
Recurring and Historical Characters
MMickey 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. He met the Doctor and Rose again in Aliens of London/World War Three (New Series Series 1). In that story, he helped the Doctor and Rose defeat some aliens called the Slitheen. He gained the Doctor's respect and was willing to wait for Rose's return.
Margaret Blaine is the human secret identity of one of the Slitheen who attempted to destroy the Earth and sell off its remains in Aliens of London/World War Three (New Series Series 1). Her disguise is the skin of a human and she squeezes into it by use of a compression field whose gas exchange occasionally makes noises that sound like stomach trouble or farting. She and her family were in 10 Downing Street when it was blown up by a missile.
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.
In The Unquiet Dead (New Series Series 1), the Doctor and Rose landed in Victorian Cardiff, and prevented some gas beings called the Gelth from invading Earth through a rift in space-time. They were helped by a girl called Gwynneth, who had grown up on the rift, and who sacrificed her life to close it and stop the Gelth.
In Aliens of London/World War Three (New Series Series 1) the Doctor, Rose, and Mickey defeated the Slitheen, a family from Raxacoricofallapatorius who attempted to destroy Earth and sell its radioactive remains for scrap. They thought that they had killed them all with a cruise missile.