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Doctor Who - Rose

episode 1.1

UK 2005
produced by
Phil Collinson, Russell T.Davies (executive), Mal Young (executive), Julie Gardner (executive) for BBC Wales/BBC
directed by Keith Boak
starring Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, Mark Benton, Elli Garnett, Adam McCoy
written by Russell T.Davies, music by Murray Gold, Autons created by Robert Holmes

tv-series
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (Christopher Eccleston), Doctor Who (new series), Autons, Rose Tyler

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Rose (Billie Piper) gets locked in the department store she works at accidently, & as if that wasn't bad enough, she is attacked by shop dummies, too (which she initally mistakes for students, because who else could come up with a stunt like that) ... & she is only just saved by a mysterious stranger (Christopher Eccleston) ... but minutes after she has managed to get out of the store, it's blown up (& Rose's job with it) ... the only souvenir that is left ot her is anj arm of one of the dummies ...

The next day, the mysterious stranger shows up again, & he & Rose are both attacked by the dummie'a arm, which he only defeats with a weird kind of gadget called the sonic screwdriver ...

Rose soon grows curious about the man, & does a bit opf research on the internet ... only to find Clive (Mark Benton), a conspiracy theorist who tries to fit the stranger (he thinks to be called the doctor ... & right he is) into every (sort orf) conspiracy in the last 100 years or more (including of course the Kennedy assassination) - which only convinces Rose there's nothing mysterious about the Doctor & everything that has happened to her after all, it's all just masde up by some nutters. What shje doesn't know of course is that her boyfriend Mickey (Noel Clarke), who waits outside meanwhile, is eaten up by a plastic trashcan & substituted by a (also plastic) dummy. It is only when she has dinner with plastic Mickey later, & the Doctor shows up, beheads him & proves him to be made of plastic that Rose begins to notice there is something wrong about her boyfriend & she's in grave danger - & not only she, humankind as well ...

Soon the Doctor fills her in on the basic details ... a Nestene - a superintelligent blob - wants to conquer the earth & feed on its pollution, but the only way he can do that is by controlling plastic (& especially shop dummies, called the Autons - & first seen in the 1970 Doctor Who adventure Spearhead from Space starring Jon Pertwee) & turn it into his invasion army ... fortunately though, the Doctor has a small container of antiplastic (don't ask) to fight the Nestene, but unfortunately he insists on talking the Nestene out of its invasion plans first  ... well of course the Nestene soon interprets the container of antiplastic as an act of agression & has the Doctor restrained ... but thank god Rose musters up enough courage to üpush the Auton who has gotten hold of the anti plastic right into the Nestene ... the Doctor, Rose, & the earth are saved, & for some reason, even Rose's boyfriend has survived.

The Doctor asks Rose to come with him for some further adventures - but she declines because of her boyfriend ... that is until the Doctor reveals he travels through time & space in a police-telephone-box-shaped thing called the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) ... well, who could resist (& Rose doesn't).

 

The classic Doctor Who-series, originally planned as a children's program, was, especially during its height in the early-to-mid-1970's, a self-consciously campy, tongue-in-cheek exercise in scioence fiction, which eventually turned first to full blown comedy (especially when Douglas Adams was script editor - circa 1979), then during the 1980's to somewhat run-of-the-mill science fiction, so maybe it was best that the series was laid to a rest (after 26 years) in 1989 ... the 1996 American-produced version of course was an insult to Doctor Who- & science fiction-fans alike ...

All that said, it is almost a small wonder that the new incarnation of the series comes across surprisingly fresh, unpretentious, self-consciously campy (again), self parodistic, highly enjoyable, & successfully steers the emphasis away from its many sef references ...

That all said though, the story of this epsiode lacks a bit in dramatic tension, too much tiem is wasted to establish the main characters, too little in ever bringing the story to full swing - when it is finally explained who the main characters are & what is going on, the Doctor & Rose have just enought ime to get rid of the Nestene & the episode ends ... which is a bit of a shame, as the Nestenes/Autons do, & always did, have potential for a bit of fun at least.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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