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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/28/18 6:04 pm
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This marked the return of Doctor Who as a series for the first time in 16 years. The theme music is a decent rearranged and modernised version of the wonderful original theme and the main elements have been kept true to the show's history. Russell T. Davies has done a great service to old fans by bringing it back in such a loving and respectful way and has gifted new generations of fans with the magic and joy of Doctor Who.

This episode has an alien threat which featured in Doctor Who in the 1970s, the Nestene Consciousness. This alien power is able to control plastic and creates soldiers out of plastic shop dummies which are called Autons. As the Autons attack 2005 London a young and feisty shop assistant named Rose (Billie Piper) is rescued and befriended by the Doctor (the 9th Doctor) played by Chris Eccleston and together they battle to save the world from the Nestene threat.

Rose is a great companion for the Doctor, good hearted, strong and brave. Billie Piper does a good job in the role and characters of her mother Jackie and her boyfriend Mickey provide fun too. Eccleston is a fine actor and does a good job in his debut as the Doctor. He has suitable characteristics to stay true to the classic Doctors whilst adding a modern edge.

The story itself is a good plot idea until the climax which is a bit of a weak resolution with Rose essentially being the hero. I found that dramatically not the most exciting end and also felt that introducing the Doctor to new fans he should have been the hero in his debut really but one of the features of new Doctor Who is to make the 'companions' more central and more heroic.

The humour in this opening episode is mostly good and funny and the action is exciting with shop dummies still a good scary 'monster' after all these years. A couple of scenes are less impressive such as scenes with a plastic wheelie bin and with a plastic version of Mickey.

Overall an enjoyable and good quality episode which faithfully recreates the magic of Doctor Who of the past but leaves room for improvement.

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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 12/1/17 11:02 am
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Nostalgia has great influence on me. This being a very warm return in my memory to my favourite show back on telly. Although our opening episode had a very flaccid and basic plot it did all I think it should’ve.
It greeted a new generation to this great show. The music and effects better than ever before and the energy and pace redesigned for the new era!

Rose was and is never to be my favourite companion but many love her. What won me was Jackie/ Mickey Smith and the return of (a great nod to classic whovians to have welcomed them back) the Autons!

Eccleston was fun, energetic and quirky and took me years to truly like but I still think particularly in his later episodes he had powerful moments and gave us a shaken and intimidating incarnation.

Today I still wish he’d carried at least into a second year. But circumstances would have it not , still one can only hope that he will one day change his mind about blockading his role on the show and perhaps turn to audio or a telly return in a multi doctor story ?

Rose - 8/10 , 7.5 being more honest but I’ll round up due to fond memory. I was after all only 12 when it aired. So when it did I’d bloody say 10/10 !
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Reviewed By: AbortedFoetusReview Date: 1/11/16 4:46 am
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This episode is an okay introduction to the new era, I did enjoy some of it.. not a lot of it, but some of it was good, for instance, christopher eccleston, one of the best doctors (obviously) and is just a joy to watch, I loved his interaction with Rose despite my disliking towards her, the plastic bin scene was kind of, bad and plastic mickey was so OBVIOUS that it was bordering on parody, I doubt it'll be remembered as a good story, but what I do like about this story and what will be remembered is the doctors speech "the earth is spinning" speech is beautiful and to be honest, the episode did a fantastic job of re introducing the audience and opening it up for newcomers, I liked it, but it's no where near briliant.
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Reviewed By: doctorwhomoffReview Date: 12/17/15 2:59 pm
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Rose is the first story of the revised series of doctor who and while it is a decent place to start I would say that as a story it's not that great, an inferior remake of spearhead from space.

Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper are ehe best things about this episode but even they seem a little unsure, as not knowing wither or not to play the martial straight or wither to ham it up.