Doctor Who (2005) S01E01: "Rose"

When Rose Tyler meets a mysterious stranger named the Doctor, she is drawn into his strange and dangerous world.

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"Rose" is the first episode of the relaunched British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Keith Boak directed the episode written by Russell T Davies, who was also one of the three executive producers. It debuted on BBC One in the United Kingdom on March 26, 2005. "Rose" was the first Doctor Who episode to be broadcast since the 1996 television film.

After the Doctor destroys Rose's workplace, the London department store worker Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) becomes entangled in the alien time traveler the Doctor's (Christopher Eccleston) plot to prevent an invasion of Earth by the Nestene Consciousness (voiced by Nicholas Briggs) and the Autons.

Eccleston made his first appearance as the Doctor, succeeding several other actors who had previously played the role, and Piper made her debut as the Doctor's traveling companion Rose. Several recurring characters were introduced in the first episode of the revived series, including Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler and Noel Clarke as Mickey Smith. In addition, an antagonist from the show's classic era was reintroduced in the form of the Autons (whose last appearance was in the 1971 serial Terror of the Autons). Viewers did not see the Doctor regenerate from a previous incarnation, as regeneration was used as a plot device to allow a new actor to play the character. Russell T Davies believed that starting the series with the new actor in place would be clearer than showing the previous actor regenerating.

The majority of the filming took place in Cardiff, the headquarters of BBC Wales, in July and August 2004, with some scenes shot in London in July. In August and September, most of the studio work was done at the Unit Q2 warehouse in Newport. In September, model work was recorded at the BBC's Model Unit in London, and additional filming took place in Cardiff in October and November. "Rose" was watched by 10.81 million people in the United Kingdom, making it the most-watched Doctor Who episode since The Creature from the Pit in 1979, and received positive reviews from critics, despite some criticism of its use of humor.

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