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Bad Wolf is the 12 episode in Series One. It is the first part of the two episode series finale.
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 unleased 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
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 Long Game (New Series Series 1), the Doctor visited Satellite 5, a space station broadcasting news reports to the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. He realised that an alien had been manipulating the news in order to keep humanity under control, and had held back the pace of technology by about 100 years. His intervention ended this manipulation, though it did cause some damage to the station.
The programmes the Doctor, Rose, and Jack appear in are copied from "reality" TV show Big Brother, quiz show The Weakest Link, hosted by Anne Robinson, and What Not To Wear, hosted by makeover artists Trinny and Susannah. The Anne Droid and the makeover robots are actually played by Anne Robinson and Trinny and Susannah, and are completely in character (with one key exception, but that's a spoiler).
Throughout the first series (and, indeed, in the ninth Doctor novels and ninth Doctor comic strip The Love Invasion) the phrase "Bad Wolf", or a foreign translation of it, has turned up repeatedly. The only episode to escape a Bad Wolf mention is Rose. Some mentions are very subtle, and the mention in World War Three is the name of a newsreader which was only revealed on one of the tie-in websites (the one run by Mickey). In Boom Town, the Doctor and Rose commented on how the phrase seemed to be following them around. The "Bad Wolf" clips we see in this episode are from The Unquiet Dead, Dalek, Boom Town, Aliens of London, and The Long Game.