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Tooth and Claw
This is the second episode in Series 2.
Where does this fit?
This story happens in sequence with the rest of the series.
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. Rose took some time to get over the Doctor's regeneration from his ninth to his tenth incarnation in The Parting of the Ways (New Series Series 1), the 2005 Children in Need Special, and The Christmas Invasion.
Recurring and Historical Characters
Queen Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of the British Empire from 1837 until her death in 1901. She was devoted to her husband, Prince Albert, and his death in 1861 deeply affected her. Victoria first met the (fifth) Doctor in 1863, during Empire of Death (BBC Past Doctor novel). In that story, her obsession with the late Albert led her into an encounter with a medium who was actually channelling alien beings from another dimension. She briefly met the fifth Doctor again in 1878, during Imperial Moon (BBC Past Doctor novel). In that story she had commissioned a mission to the moon. The mission almost ended in catastrophe, bringing dangerous alien lifeforms to 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.