Saturday, 30 January 2016


Here's an index to all my original blog posts in episode order:


First Doctor
Second Doctor
Third Doctor
Fourth Doctor
Fifth Doctor
Sixth Doctor
Seventh Doctor
Eighth Doctor


Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5
Season 6
Season 7
Season 8
Season 9
Season 10
Season 11
Season 12
Season 13
Season 14
Season 15
Season 16
Season 17
Season 18
K9 & Company
Season 19
Season 20
Season 21
Season 22
Season 23
Season 24
Season 25
Season 26
The Movie

An Unearthly Child

001 An Unearthly Child Revisitation
002 The Cave of Skulls
003 The Forest of Fear
004 The Firemaker
The Daleks
005 The Dead Planet
006 The Survivors
007 The Escape
008 The Ambush
009 The Expedition
010 The Ordeal
011 The Rescue
The Edge of Destruction
012 The Edge of Destruction
013 Brink of Disaster
Marco Polo
014 The Roof of the World
015 The Singing Sands
016 Five Hundred Eyes
017 The Wall of Lies
018 Rider from Shang-Tu
019 Mighty Kublai Khan
020 Assassin At Peking
The Keys of Marinus
021 The Sea of Death
022 The Velvet Web
023 The Screaming Jungle
024 The Snows of Terror
025 Sentence of Death
026 The Keys of Marinus
The Aztecs
027 The Temple of Evil
028 The Warriors of Death
029 The Bride of Sacrifice
030 The Day of Darkness
The Sensorites
031 Strangers in Space
032 The Unwilling Warriors
033 Hidden Danger
034 A Race Against Death
035 Kidnap
036 A Desperate Venture
The Reign of Terror
037 A Land of Fear
038 Guests of Madame Guillotine
039 A Change of Identity
040 The Tyrant of France
041 A Bargain of Necessity
042 Prisoners of Conciergerie
Planet of Giants
043 Planet of Giants
044 Dangerous Journey
045 Crisis
The Dalek Invasion of Earth
046 World's End
047 The Daleks
048 Day of Reckoning
049 The End of Tomorrow
050 The Waking Ally
051 Flashpoint
The Rescue
052 The Powerful Enemy
053 Desperate Measures
The Romans
054 The Slave Traders
055 All Roads Lead to Rome
056 Conspiracy
057 Inferno
The Web Planet
058 The Web Planet
059 The Zarbi
060 Escape to Danger
061 Crater of Needles
062 Invasion
063 The Centre
The Crusade
064 The Lion
065 The Knight of Jaffa
066 The Wheel of Fortune
067 The War-Lords
The Space Museum
068 The Space Museum
069 The Dimensions of Time
070 The Search
071 The Final Phase
The Chase
072 The Executioners
073 The Death of Time
074 Flight Through Eternity
075 Journey Into Terror
076 The Death of Doctor Who
077 The Planet of Decision
The Time Meddler
078 The Watcher
079 The Meddling Monk
080 A Battle of Wits
081 Checkmate
Galaxy 4
082 Four Hundred Dawns
083 Trap of Steel
084 Airlock Revisitation
085 The Exploding Planet
Mission to the Unknown
086 Mission to the Unknown
The Myth Makers
087 Temple of Secrets
088 Small Prophet, Quick Return
089 Death of a Spy
090 Horse of Destruction
The Daleks' Master Plan
091 The Nightmare Begins
092 Day of Armageddon
093 Devil's Planet
094 The Traitors
095 Counter Plot
096 Coronas of the Sun
097 The Feast of Steven
098 Volcano
099 Golden Death
100 Escape Switch
101 The Abandoned Planet
102 Destruction of Time
The Massacre
103 War of God
104 The Sea Beggar
105 Priest of Death
106 Bell of Doom
The Ark
107 The Steel Sky
108 The Plague
109 The Return
110 The Bomb
The Celestial Toymaker
111 The Celestial Toyroom
112 Hall of Dolls
113 The Dancing Floor
114 The Final Test
The Gunfighters
115 A Holiday for the Doctor
116 Don't Shoot the Pianist
117 Johnny Ringo
118 The O.K. Corral
The Savages
119 Episode One
120 Episode Two
121 Episode Three
122 Episode Four
The War Machines
123 Episode One
124 Episode Two
125 Episode Three
126 Episode Four
The Smugglers
127 Episode One
128 Episode Two
129 Episode Three
130 Episode Four
The Tenth Planet
131 Episode One
132 Episode Two
133 Episode Three
134 Episode Four
The Power of the Daleks
135 Episode One
136 Episode Two
137 Episode Three
138 Episode Four
139 Episode Five
140 Episode Six
The Highlanders
141 Episode One
142 Episode Two
143 Episode Three
144 Episode Four
The Underwater Menace
145 Episode One
146 Episode Two Revisitation
147 Episode Three
148 Episode Four
The Moonbase
149 Episode One
150 Episode Two
151 Episode Three
152 Episode Four
The Macra Terror
153 Episode One
154 Episode Two
155 Episode Three
156 Episode Four
The Faceless Ones
157 Episode One
158 Episode Two
159 Episode Three
160 Episode Four
161 Episode Five
162 Episode Six
The Evil of the Daleks
163 Episode One
164 Episode Two
165 Episode Three
166 Episode Four
167 Episode Five
168 Episode Six
169 Episode Seven
The Tomb of the Cybermen
170 Episode One
171 Episode Two
172 Episode Three
173 Episode Four
The Abominable Snowmen
174 Episode One
175 Episode Two
176 Episode Three
177 Episode Four
178 Episode Five
179 Episode Six
The Ice Warriors
180 One
181 Two
182 Three
183 Four
184 Five
185 Six
The Enemy of the World
186 Episode One Revisitation
187 Episode Two Revisitation
188 Episode Three Revisitation
189 Episode Four Revisitation
190 Episode Five Revisitation
191 Episode Six Revisitation
The Web of Fear
192 Episode One Revisitation
193 Episode Two Revisitation
194 Episode Three Revisitation
195 Episode Four Revisitation
196 Episode Five Revisitation
197 Episode Six Revisitation
Fury from the Deep
198 Episode One
199 Episode Two
200 Episode Three
201 Episode Four
202 Episode Five
203 Episode Six
The Wheel in Space
204 Episode One
205 Episode Two
206 Episode Three
207 Episode Four
208 Episode Five
209 Episode Six
The Dominators
210 Episode One
211 Episode Two
212 Episode Three
213 Episode Four
214 Episode Five
The Mind Robber
215 Episode One
216 Episode Two
217 Episode Three
218 Episode Four
219 Episode Five
The Invasion
220 Episode One
221 Episode Two
222 Episode Three
223 Episode Four
224 Episode Five
225 Episode Six
226 Episode Seven
227 Episode Eight
The Krotons
228 Episode One
229 Episode Two
230 Episode Three
231 Episode Four
The Seeds of Death
232 Episode One
233 Episode Two
234 Episode Three
235 Episode Four
236 Episode Five
237 Episode Six
The Space Pirates
238 Episode One
239 Episode Two
240 Episode Three
241 Episode Four
242 Episode Five
243 Episode Six
The War Games
244 Episode One
245 Episode Two
246 Episode Three
247 Episode Four
248 Episode Five
249 Episode Six
250 Episode Seven
251 Episode Eight
252 Episode Nine
253 Episode Ten
Spearhead from Space
254 Episode One
255 Episode Two
256 Episode Three
257 Episode Four
Doctor Who and the Silurians
258 Episode One
259 Episode Two
260 Episode Three
261 Episode Four
262 Episode Five
263 Episode Six
264 Episode Seven
The Ambassadors of Death
265 Episode One
266 Episode Two
267 Episode Three
268 Episode Four
269 Episode Five
270 Episode Six
271 Episode Seven
272 Episode One
273 Episode Two
274 Episode Three
275 Episode Four
276 Episode Five
277 Episode Six
278 Episode Seven
Terror of the Autons
279 Episode One
280 Episode Two
281 Episode Three
282 Episode Four
The Mind of Evil
283 Episode One
284 Episode Two
285 Episode Three
286 Episode Four
287 Episode Five
288 Episode Six
The Claws of Axos
289 Episode One
290 Episode Two
291 Episode Three
292 Episode Four
Colony in Space
293 Episode One
294 Episode Two
295 Episode Three
296 Episode Four
297 Episode Five
298 Episode Six
The Dæmons
299 Episode One
300 Episode Two
301 Episode Three
302 Episode Four
303 Episode Five
Day of the Daleks
304 Episode One
305 Episode Two
306 Episode Three
307 Episode Four
The Curse of Peladon
308 Episode One
309 Episode Two
310 Episode Three
311 Episode Four
The Sea Devils
312 Episode One
313 Episode Two
314 Episode Three
315 Episode Four
316 Episode Five
317 Episode Six
The Mutants
318 Episode One
319 Episode Two
320 Episode Three
321 Episode Four
322 Episode Five
323 Episode Six
The Time Monster
324 Episode One
325 Episode Two
326 Episode Three
327 Episode Four
328 Episode Five
329 Episode Six
The Three Doctors
330 Episode One
331 Episode Two
332 Episode Three
333 Episode Four
Carnival of Monsters
334 Episode One
335 Episode Two
336 Episode Three
337 Episode Four
Frontier in Space
338 Episode One
339 Episode Two
340 Episode Three
341 Episode Four
342 Episode Five
343 Episode Six
Planet of the Daleks
344 Episode One
345 Episode Two
346 Episode Three
347 Episode Four
348 Episode Five
349 Episode Six
The Green Death
350 Episode One
351 Episode Two
352 Episode Three
353 Episode Four
354 Episode Five
355 Episode Six
The Time Warrior
356 Part One
357 Part Two
358 Part Three
359 Part Four
Invasion of the Dinosaurs
360 Part One
361 Part Two
362 Part Three
363 Part Four
364 Part Five
365 Part Six
Death to the Daleks
366 Part One
367 Part Two
368 Part Three
369 Part Four
The Monster of Peladon
370 Part One
371 Part Two
372 Part Three
373 Part Four
374 Part Five
375 Part Six
Planet of the Spiders
376 Part One
377 Part Two
378 Part Three
379 Part Four
380 Part Five
381 Part Six
382 Part One
383 Part Two
384 Part Three
385 Part Four
The Ark in Space
386 Part One
387 Part Two
388 Part Three
389 Part Four
The Sontaran Experiment
390 Part One
391 Part Two
Genesis of the Daleks
392 Part One
393 Part Two
394 Part Three
395 Part Four
396 Part Five
397 Part Six
Revenge of the Cybermen
398 Part One
399 Part Two
400 Part Three
401 Part Four
Terror of the Zygons
402 Part One
403 Part Two
404 Part Three
405 Part Four
Planet of Evil
406 Part One
407 Part Two
408 Part Three
409 Part Four
Pyramids of Mars
410 Part One
411 Part Two
412 Part Three
413 Part Four
The Android Invasion
414 Part One
415 Part Two
416 Part Three
417 Part Four
The Brain of Morbius
418 Part One
419 Part Two
420 Part Three
421 Part Four
The Seeds of Doom
422 Part One
423 Part Two
424 Part Three
425 Part Four
426 Part Five
427 Part Six
The Masque of Mandragora
428 Part One
429 Part Two
430 Part Three
431 Part Four
The Hand of Fear
432 Part One
433 Part Two
434 Part Three
435 Part Four
The Deadly Assassin
436 Part One
437 Part Two
438 Part Three
439 Part Four
The Face of Evil
440 Part One
441 Part Two
442 Part Three
443 Part Four
The Robots of Death
444 Part One
445 Part Two
446 Part Three
447 Part Four
The Talons of Weng-Chiang
448 Part One
449 Part Two
450 Part Three
451 Part Four
452 Part Five
453 Part Six
Horror of Fang Rock
454 Part One
455 Part Two
456 Part Three
457 Part Four
The Invisible Enemy
458 Part One
459 Part Two
460 Part Three
461 Part Four
Image of the Fendahl
462 Part One
463 Part Two
464 Part Three
465 Part Four
The Sun Makers
466 Part One
467 Part Two
468 Part Three
469 Part Four
470 Part One
471 Part Two
472 Part Three
473 Part Four
The Invasion of Time
474 Part One
475 Part Two
476 Part Three
477 Part Four
478 Part Five
479 Part Six
The Ribos Operation
480 Part One
481 Part Two
482 Part Three
483 Part Four
The Pirate Planet
484 Part One
485 Part Two
486 Part Three
487 Part Four
The Stones of Blood
488 Part One
489 Part Two
490 Part Three
491 Part Four
The Androids of Tara
492 Part One
493 Part Two
494 Part Three
495 Part Four
The Power of Kroll
496 Part One
497 Part Two
498 Part Three
499 Part Four
The Armageddon Factor
500 Part One
501 Part Two
502 Part Three
503 Part Four
504 Part Five
505 Part Six
Destiny of the Daleks
506 Part One
507 Part Two
508 Part Three
509 Part Four
City of Death
510 Part One
511 Part Two
512 Part Three
513 Part Four
The Creature from the Pit
514 Part One
515 Part Two
516 Part Three
517 Part Four
Nightmare of Eden
518 Part One
519 Part Two
520 Part Three
521 Part Four
The Horns of Nimon
522 Part One
523 Part Two
524 Part Three
525 Part Four
526 Part One
527 Part Two
528 Part Three
529 Part Four
530 Part Five
531 Part Six
The Leisure Hive
532 Part One
533 Part Two
534 Part Three
535 Part Four
536 Part One
537 Part Two
538 Part Three
539 Part Four
Full Circle
540 Part One
541 Part Two
542 Part Three
543 Part Four
State of Decay
544 Part One
545 Part Two
546 Part Three
547 Part Four
Warriors' Gate
548 Part One
549 Part Two
550 Part Three
551 Part Four
The Keeper of Traken
552 Part One
553 Part Two
554 Part Three
555 Part Four
556 Part One
557 Part Two
558 Part Three
559 Part Four
K9 & Company
K9- A Girl's Best Friend
560 Part One
561 Part Two
562 Part Three
563 Part Four
Four to Doomsday
564 Part One
565 Part Two
566 Part Three
567 Part Four
568 Part One
569 Part Two
570 Part Three
571 Part Four
The Visitation
572 Part One
573 Part Two
574 Part Three
575 Part Four
Black Orchid
576 Part One
577 Part Two
578 Part One
579 Part Two
580 Part Three
581 Part Four
582 Part One
583 Part Two
584 Part Three
585 Part Four
Arc of Infinity
586 Part One
587 Part Two
588 Part Three
589 Part Four
590 Part One
591 Part Two
592 Part Three
593 Part Four
Mawdryn Undead
594 Part One
595 Part Two
596 Part Three
597 Part Four
598 Part One
599 Part Two
600 Part Three
601 Part Four
602 Part One
603 Part Two
604 Part Three
605 Part Four
The King's Demons
606 Part One
607 Part Two
The Five Doctors
608 The Five Doctors
Warriors of the Deep
609 Part One
610 Part Two
611 Part Three
612 Part Four
The Awakening
613 Part One
614 Part Two
615 Part One
616 Part Two
617 Part Three
618 Part Four
Resurrection of the Daleks
619 Part One
620 Part Two
Planet of Fire
621 Part One
622 Part Two
623 Part Three
624 Part Four
The Caves of Androzani
625 Part One
626 Part Two
627 Part Three
628 Part Four
The Twin Dilemma
629 Part One
630 Part Two
631 Part Three
632 Part Four
Attack of the Cybermen
633 Part One
634 Part Two
Vengeance on Varos
635 Part One
636 Part Two
The Mark of the Rani
637 Part One
638 Part Two
The Two Doctors
639 Part One
640 Part Two
641 Part Three
642 Part One
643 Part Two
Revelation of the Daleks
644 Part One
645 Part Two
Trial a Timelord
646 Part One
647 Part Two
648 Part Three
649 Part Four
650 Part One
651 Part Two
652 Part Three
653 Part Four
654 Part One
655 Part Two
656 Part Three
657 Part Four
658 Part One
659 Part Two
Time and the Rani
660 Part One
661 Part Two
662 Part Three
663 Part Four
Paradise Towers
664 Part One
665 Part Two
666 Part Three
667 Part Four
Delta and the Bannermen
668 Part One
669 Part Two
670 Part Three
671 Part One
672 Part Two
673 Part Three
Remembrance of the Daleks
674 Part One
675 Part Two
676 Part Three
677 Part Four
The Happiness Patrol
678 Part One
679 Part Two
680 Part Three
Silver Nemesis
681 Part One
682 Part Two
683 Part Three
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
684 Part One
685 Part Two
686 Part Three
687 Part Four
688 Part One
689 Part Two
690 Part Three
691 Part Four
Ghost Light
692 Part One
693 Part Two
694 Part Three
The Curse of Fenric
695 Part One
696 Part Two
697 Part Three
698 Part Four
699 Part One
700 Part Two
701 Part Three
The Movie
702 The Movie

Thursday, 26 March 2015

703 Rose

TRANSMITTED: Saturday 26 March 2005
WRITER: Russell T Davies
DIRECTOR: Keith Boak
PRODUCER: Phil Collinson
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner & Mal Young
RATINGS: 10.81 million viewers
DVD: Doctor Who: Series 1 - Volume 1: Rose, The End of the World & The Unquiet Dead / Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 1 Box Set

"Nice to meet you Rose, run for your life!"

Rose Tyler goes about her day normally, waking at 7:30, going to her job at Henricks department store, meeting her boyfriend Mickey Smith for lunch in Trafalgar square. But as she searches for Wilson the store electrician in the basement she is menaced by a number of shop mannequins that suddenly come to life. She is rescued by a leather jacket clad stranger who tells her that he is the Doctor before returning to destroy the shop, the mannequins and the transmitter on the roof. The next day the Doctor shows up at her house where he is attacked by a shop dummy arm that Rose had brought home with her. He deactivates and tells Rose to forget about him before walking down the street and disappearing. Rose searches the internet for information on this Doctor leading her to Clive, a man who has been tracking him through appearances at the Kennedy assassination, the Titanic and Krakatoa. While she is in Clive's house, Mickey, who is waiting outside, is attacked by a wheelie bin and swallowed up, replaced by a duplicate. The duplicate Mickey, who is acting strangely, takes Rose out for dinner, but starts interrogating her about the Doctor. The Doctor arrives and deactivates the Mickey duplicate removing his head. He takes Rose and the head to the Tardis and uses the head to track the rough location of the force controlling it to central London. Materialising on the Embankment he starts hunting for a transmitter dish but Rose suggests the Millennium wheel. Underneath they find a base being used by the Nestene Conciousness which intends to take over the Earth controlling the plastic Manquins. The Doctor negotiates with it but it refuses to cooperate having in it's possesion the Tardis. It sends out a signal activating shop maniquins all over the country which burst through windows and start killing the population. Rose saves the Doctor, held captive, by knocking the anti plastic solution he prepared into the Nestene conciousness. She, the Doctor & Mickey escape in the Tardis as the base is consumed in an explosion. Mickey is disturbed by what he has seen and experienced, with the inside of the Tardis being the last straw. The Doctor offers to take Rose with him to explore the universe but she refuses so he leaves, returning a moment later and telling her the Tardis also travels in time. Rose kisses Mickey goodbye and runs off towards the Tardis......

The first episode of the new series was an important one to get right and I think Rose delivers in spades. But where the 1996 Movie starts by focusing on the Doctor and the Tardis and the unusual this time round we focus on an ordinary girl living an oprdinary life..... until things start going wrong. Here the choice of monster for the episode is crucial: The Autons (never mentioned by name) are fabulous for just hiding there in plain site until they suddenly start moving. They're a great choice for an old series monster to bring back here, instead of a bigger name, for that very reason. And into this there's our new Doctor doing what he does best: saving the companion and defeating the monster. And that's just the first 10-15 minutes. But that intiail sequence is just done so well. Yes there's some missteps after that: the cgi and the burping on the Mickey being eaten by the wheelie bin sequence, the plastic looking fake Mickey and Noel Clarke's acting as the fake Mickey, all of which look liked failed attempts at humour (see also Aliens of London & World War Three filmed at the same time) And for me I think the ending has trouble: It's Rose who points out to the doctor the Millennium Wheel and then saves him from the Autons which just feels wrong somehow. But Rose is our identification figure here and must be shown to be the hero....

The story hommages the Auton's previous TV appearances in a big way: we get a remake of the famous scene with Autons coming to life and bursting through shop windows from Spearhead from Space with the Millennium Wheel serving as a reference to the Radar Dish extensively seen in Terror of the Autons. The Nestene Conciousness also gives us the first appearance of this season's linking theme when it utters the words Bad Wolf. However the original version of this episode has the audio for this sequence and the audio level is raised in the DVD version.

There's also a nice nod to the Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide, a publication examining all the original Doctor Who stories. In it there's a section that tries to work out what day of the week the school segments of an Unearthly Child take place on. So here we get Rose collecting the money to buy lottery tickets at work..... which means it has to be a Wednesday or Saturday.... but Rose would have gone to work at the same time the next day so that points to it being a Wednesday .....

The main creative force behind this revival of Doctor Who is Russell T Davies, listed as writer & executive producer on this episode, but effectively filling the US "show runner" role. Davies worked in children's television at the BBC, including Why Don't You? and a one off presenting job on Play School alongside Chloe Ashcroft (Laird in Resurrection of the Daleks). He made his name as a writer on the children's series Dark Season, Century Falls & Children's Ward, producing a Virgin New Adventures novel Damaged Goods before moving into adult drama with Revelations, Springhill & The Grand. The ground breaking Queer as Folk brought him public recognition and critical acclaim before he went on to work create Bob & Rose & The Second Coming. He was lured to the BBC where he wrote Casanova, a production he'd started for fellow executive producer Julie Gardner while she was still at LWT. Casanova starred young actor David Tennant in his first major starring role (We will hear much more of him later) and started airing not much before Doctor Who did.

Hotly debated in the run up to production was who would be cast as the Doctor & his companion. Many names were bandied around including Comic Relief Doctor Hugh Grant, former Davies collaborator Alan Davies (whose Jonathan Creek is widely seen as one of the longest auditions for the role of Doctor Who ever!) and popular film actor Bill Nighy, who the Daily Mail famously announced as the Doctor in early editions of their paper on the day the news that Christopher Eccleston had been cast broke. Ecclestone was known to television viewers from Cracker & Our Friends in the North (where the producer's secretary was a young Julie Gardner) as well as the films Let Him Have It & Shallow Grave. He'd previously worked with Davies as the lead role in Second Coming which also features Mark Benton appearing here as Clive. Meanwhile the role of companion went to former pop star Billie Piper to some consternation. However Piper had attended Stage School prior to her pop career and had recently featured in the BBC's modern adaptation of The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale to good notices from all who saw it.

This episode introduces two supporting cast members who'll feature on and off over the next couple of years Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler and Noel Clarke as Mickey Smith. But there's also a few people here who we'll be seeing or hearing a lot of in different roles. Nicholas Briggs, who'd made his name as a voice artist for fan productions and then more recently for Big Finish makes his debut as the voice of the Nestene Consciousness. He'll return as the Dalek voices in Dalek, Bad Wolf, The Parting of the Ways, Army of Ghosts, Doomsday, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, The Stolen Earth, Journey's End, Victory of the Daleks, The Pandorica Opens, The Big Bang & The Wedding of River Song, Cybermen voices in Rise of the Cybermen, The Age of Steel, Army of Ghosts, Doomsday, The Next Doctor, The Pandorica Opens, A Good Man Goes to War & Closing Time, Judoon voices in Smith & Jones, The Stolen Earth, The End of Time & The Pandorica Opens as well as in the The Sarah Jane Adventures episode Prisoner of the Judoon where he's also Captain Tybo's voice, plus the Jagrafess voice in The Long Game and National Museum Pandorica video narrator in The Big Bang. He's even got an in front of camera appearance as Rick Yates in Torchwood Children of Earth: Day Four. His Dalek work here led to him providing the replacement Dalek voices on the Doctor Who - Day of the Daleks Special Edition DVD. In front of camera this is the first appearance of Paul Kasey who becomes the King of the Monster Actors in New Doctor Who appearing as (very deep breath) Coffa in The End of the World, Jocrassa Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen and Sip Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen in Aliens of London / World War Three, Zu-Zana in Bad Wolf, Clockwork Droid in The Girl in the Fireplace, Cyberman, Cyber-Leader and Cyber-Controller in Rise of the Cybermen, The Age of Steel, Army of Ghosts, Doomsday & The Next Doctor, Ood in The Impossible Planet, The Satan Pit & Planet of the Ood, Hoix in Love & Monsters, Robot Santas in The Christmas Invasion & The Runaway Bride, Judoon captain in Smith and Jones, The Stolen Earth & The Pandorica Opens, Pig slave in Evolution of the Daleks, Host in Voyage of the Damned, Ood Sigma in Planet of the Ood, The Waters of Mars & The End of Time, Hath Peck in The Doctor's Daughter, Sorvin in Planet of the Dead, Nephew in The Doctor's Wife, Albert Einstein Ood in Death is the Only Answer, and the Wooden Queen in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. He's in Torchwood as various Weevils, the Blowfish and another appearance as the Hoix, plus a host of appearances as Slitheen and other aliens in The Sarah Jane Adventures. Alan Ruscoe, the Lead Auton, also repeatedly appears in the first series featuring in The End of the World as Lute, Aliens of London & World War Three as Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen, in Bad Wolf as Trine-E and Bad Wolf & The Parting of the Ways as the Anne Droid. He returns in The Waters of Mars as Andy Stone and has also appeared as Daultay Dofine, Lott Dod and Plo Koon in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. David Sant, another Auton, also returns as Slitheen in the Doctor Who stories Aliens of London and World War Three which were filmed in the same recording block as this episode.

The location filming for this episode took place in Cardiff, near to the production's BBC Wales base, and in London for some authentic London shots. It was in London that things went very wrong, the details of which have never been fully revealed by rumours circulate of arguments on set. Russell T Davies speaks in his book Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter (we'll be referring to this a lot, it's one of our text book references for the new series so buy a copy) of how producer Phil Collinson rang Executive Producer Julie Gardner at the end of the first week in tears: the production was in so much trouble that they were already 3 weeks behind. Julie Gardner sent Production Manager Tracie Simpson to London who got the production back on track. Davies credits Simpson as one of the unsung heroes of the program. It should be noted that the director of this first recording block, Keith Boak, didn't work on the series again after this and the other two episode in the block, Aliens of London & World War Three, were completed.

In the weeks leading up to the episode's broadcast it was extensively publicised and trailed by the BBC but what probably helped it the most (although I'm sure the BBC don't see it that way) was when an unfinished copy escaped onto torrent sites on the internet. It doesn't have the correct version of the titles and is missing some effects but die hard Doctor Who fans got to see it a few days early and by the day of broadcast the word of mouth concerning the new production was very good leading to huge viewing figure for the BBC.

Transmission of the episode itself was slightly spoilt for viewers when the audio feed for Strictly Dance Fever hosted by Graham Norton was played over a crucial early scene.

Rose was released on DVD with the following 2 episodes The End of the World & The Unquiet Dead as Doctor Who: Series 1 - Volume 1 on 16th May 2005 and in the Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 1 Box Set on 21st November 2005.