Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

Aliens of London

This is the fourth episode of Series One. It is the first half of a two-parter.

Where does this fit?

This story happens shortly after the first three stories of series one.The cliffhanger ending leads into World War Three.

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

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.

Mickey Smith is Rose Tyler's boyfriend. In Rose he was captured by the Nestene and witnessed the Doctor and Rose defeating it. He saw the inside of the TARDIS, and was there when Rose departed with the Doctor. Because he had trouble adapting to what happened during that story, the Doctor took a dislike to him.

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. When the Time Lords exiled the Doctor to Earth, he became the scientific advisor to their UK branch (Spearhead From Space) a position that he held during his third and fourth incarnations. He has encountered UNIT, or used his connections with them, on numerous occasions since then.

In Rose we met Jackie Tyler and Mickey, and saw their relationship with Rose.



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