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157) ROSE

26 March 2005

Viewing Figure: 10.81M


Rose Tyler leads an ordinary life until she meets a man called, The Doctor who is trying to prevent, The Autons invading Earth


Christopher Eccleston (The Doctor), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith)

Mark Benton (Clive), Elli Garnett (Caroline), Adam McCoy (Clive's Son), Alan Ruscoe, Paul Kasey, David Sant, Elizabeth Fost

Helen Otway (Autons), Nicholas Briggs (Nestene Voice)

Uncredited Cast

Rod Woodruff (Plastic Arm Strangler), Alun Jenkins (Neighbour), Catherine Capelin, Michael Humpries, Jason Jones, Saul Murphy

Paul Newbolt, Catrin O'Neil, Sean Palmer, Elen Thomas, JP Kingdom, M Couchman, Alan Wadlan, Steph Grant, Glyn Page

Louise Vincent, David Matthews (Autons), Kevin Hudson, Chris Stone (Headless Mickey), Jo Osmond, Lisa Osmond (Child Dummies) 


Russell T Davies (Writer), Phil Collinson (Producer), Keith Boak (Director), Autons originally created by Robert Holmes

George Gerwitz (1st Assistant Director), Steffan Morris (2nd Assistant Director), Dafydd Rhys Parry (3rd Assistant Director)

Clive Evans, Lowri Thomas (Location Managers), Dathyl Evans (Production Co-ordinator)

Debi Griffiths, Kath Blackman (A/Production Accountants), Stan Prosser (Continuity), Elwen Rolands (Script Editor)

Mike Costelloe, Martin Stephens (Camera Operators), Steve Lawes, Mark Isaac (Focus Pullers), John Johnson (Grip)

Damian Richardson (Boom Operator), Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Peter Chester (Best Boy), Rod Woodruff (Stunt Co-ordinator)

Holly Lumsden, Paul Kulik (Stunt Performers), Alisa Altena-Berk (Choreographer), Gwenllian Llwyd (Art Department Co-ordinator)

Bryan Hitch (Concept Artist), Catherine Samuel (Production Buyer), Peter Walpole (Set Decorator), Stephen Nicholas (Supervising Art Director)

Julian Luxton (Standby At Director), Patrick Begley (Property Master), Andrew Smith (Construction Manager)

Phil Shellard, Adrian Anscombre (Standby Props), Jenny Bowers (Graphic Artist), Yolanda Peart-Smith (Wardrobe Supervisor)

Linda Davie (Make-Up Supervisor), Sarah Wilson (Make-Up Artist), Kirsty Robertson (Casting Associate), Ceres Doyle (Assistant Editor)

Marie Brown (Post Production Supervisor), Matthew Clarke (Online Editor), Kai van Beers (Colourist), Simon C Holden, David Bowman

Sara Bennett, Alberto Montanes, Jennifer Herbert (2D VFX Artists), Andy Howell, Chris Tucker, Jean-Claude Deguara, Mark Wallman

Paul Burton, Chris Petts, Porl Perrot (3D VFX Artists), Alex Fort (Digital Matte Painter), Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer)

Paul McFadden (Dialogue Editor), Paul Jefferies (Sound FX Editor), Richard Pugsley (Finance Manager), Ron Grainer (Original Theme: Music)

Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director), Endaf Emyr Williams (Production Accountant), Ian Richardson (Sound Recordists)

Lucinda Wright (Costume Designer), Davy Jones (Make-Up Designer), Murray Gold (Music), The Mill (Visual Effects)

Will Cohen (Visual FX Producer), Dave Houghton (Visual FX Supervisor), Any Effects (Special Effects), Millennium FX (Prosthetics)

Mike Jones (Editor), Edward Thomas (Production Designer), Ernie Vincze BSC (Director of Photography)

Tracie Simpson (Production Manager), Helen Vallis (Associate Producer), Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner, Mal Young (Executive Producers)

Uncredited Crew

Stuart Renfrew, Lloyd Ellis (1st Assistant Director), William Booker, Carolyn Chapman, James DeHaviland

Dan Mumford (3rd Assistant Director), Robert Muller, Gareth Hughes (Camera Operators), Warwick Drucker, Jim Wilkinson (Grip)


Filming Locations

  • Howells, St Mary Street, Cardiff

  • Working Street, Cardiff

  • Queens Arcade, Cardiff

  • Trafalgar Square, London

  • Westminster Bridge, London

  • Victoria Embankment, London

  • Belvedere Road, London

  • London Eye, London

  • Brandon Estate, Kennington, London

  • University Hospital of Wales

  • UNIT Q2, Imperial Way, Newport

  • La Fosse, The Hayes, Cardiff

  • The Paper Mill, Sanatorium Road, Cardiff

  • Taff Terrace, Grangetown, Cardiff

  • Channel View Flats, Cardiff

  • Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Cardiff

  • Marks & Spencers, Skinner Street, Newport

  • BBC Broadcasting House, Cardiff

  • Model Unit Stage, Kendal Avenue, London

  • Lydstep Flats, Gabalfa

  • Studio 1, Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff

    • unknown filming location to this date


  • Wilson [unknown, possibly killed by an Auton]

  • Clive [shot by an Auton]

  • Nestene Consciousness [destroyed with Anti-plastic]

  • Autons [deactivate after the Nestene is defeated]

  • Londoners [killed by Autons]

Production Days

  • 28 days between Tuesday 20 July - Wednesday 10 November 2004 

Production Errors

  1. Henrik's is misspelt as Henrick's during the BBC news report

  2. During the news report, the time reads as 20:45, two minutes pass by and the time is still 20:45

  3. The Auton's arm which The Doctor pulls off continually switches back and forth between the right and left hand

  4. When Rose sets off the fire alarm at the restaurant the glass cover fails to break

  5. When The Doctor and Rose run across Westminster Bridge, two buses evidently pass on the right, when the camera cuts to the other side of the road, the buses have disappeared ​​

  6. A microphone can be seen above The Doctor's head at one point in the Nestene's lair

  7. When the three Auton Brides approach Jackie, their hand falls off one by one. When the Second Auton's hand falls off, the third one has already primed its weapon. However, in the next shot, the third hand falls off again

  8. The Tardis seems to take forever to dematerialize from the Nestene's lair 

Working Titles

  • The Journey Begins


A new series. A new Doctor. A new look. A new generation of fans. 'Rose' successfully captures the nature and style of the show in its early days and improves on it. Shrouding the mysterious Doctor in mystery and wonder creates an incarnation of the beloved character as someone whom anyone would want to avoid but also someone worth following. New head writer Russell T Davies shows promise with little bursts of energy, humour and eerily written monologues which sets the series up for high expectations. With a new series sees the return of an old, almost forgotten enemy. The Autons although slightly scarier than previous appearances are somewhat underused. The Nestene Consciousness is improved obviously due to resources and computer animation. The smartest scene is by far when Rose enters The Tardis, looks about, runs around it and re-enters. This continues the traditional response to the impossible spaceship but in a slower pace, which makes the reveal all the more surprising for new fans. Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper show promise creating a realistic and robust friendship which takes a while to get started but once it's established will never diminish. While the resolution is a corny the ending with Rose stepping into The Tardis wraps up the opening episode in an exciting manner. ****

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