Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Idiot's Lantern

This is the seventh story in Series Two.

Where does this fit?

This happens in sequence with the rest of Series Two.

Other Guides to this Story


The tenth Doctor wears a brown pinstripe suit with trainers. He is much more jovial and good-humoured than his ninth incarnation, appearing to have largely recovered from the mental scars of the Time War. He does, however, have a hard edge to his personality, being the sort of man who doesn't give second chances.


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 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.

More recently, in Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel she left her (ex?) boyfriend Mickey in an alternative universe.

Recurring and Historical Characters

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom in June 1953. Her coronation was the first major world event to be televised. The increase in television sales caused by the coronation was responsible for turning TV into a truly mass medium in Britain.

None, unless you particularly want to watch the whole coronation.



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