Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Unquiet Dead

The Unquiet Dead is the third episode in the first series of the revived Doctor Who

Where does this fit?

This episode happens in sequence with the rest of Series One.

Other Guides to this Story


The ninth Doctor speaks in a northern accent and wears a leather jacket. He has very short hair and big ears. The ninth Doctor has been mentally scarred by the part he played in the Time War and the destruction of his home planet. Although he clearly has a love of life, he also has an innate sadness about him.


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 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 the Doctor upgraded her mobile phone, tying it into the TARDIS, so that she can call home no matter where or when she is.

Recurring and Historical Characters

Charles Dickens was a famous 19th Century writer. He wrote 23 novels, the most well known being Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol. His novels were originally serialized rather than released as novels, and he also wrote numerous short stories. His books frequently highlighted the social issues of the day, and in real life he worked to achieve those social goals. His final novel was The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which was still unfinished when he died.


It's not necessary, but you might want to read up on Dickens' life and works. The Dickens novels most relevant to this story are A Christmas Carol and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which Dickens has not finished at this point in his life.


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