|“||Pleased to meet you, Rose Tyler, now run for your life!||”|
|Eccleston in the original costume.|
|Air date||26 March 2005|
|Written by||Russell T. Davies|
|Directed by||Keith Boak|
|Scream of the Shalka||The End of the World|
Rose's New Boyfriend is the first episode of the first series of the revived The Fantabulous Contraptions of Doctor Who in 2005 and the first Doctor Who episode to air since the TV movie in 1996. It's also the first episode of NuWho.
Rose Tyler (played by Billie Sniper) meets a time-travelling alien Thyme Lord called the Doctor when he blows up the department store where she works. He later shows up at her apartment and participates in a mother-daughter sandwich with Rose and her Mum Jackie. Meanwhile Mickey gets eaten by a wheelie bin. Nine gets fed up with everyone being stupid apes and programs the Autons to destroy London. He then kidnaps Rose while Mickey lives happily ever after with Jackie.
Do you know like we were saying, about the earth revolving? It's like when you're a kid, the first time they tell you that the world is turning and you just can't quite believe it 'cause everything looks like it's standing still. I can feel it. The turn of the earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. The entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We're falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world. And, if we let go...
Can't heckle the Eckle.
But seriously, sometimes it shocks me that this was the episode that relaunched a monumental science-fiction series that millions around the world obsess over every day. It hasn't aged well; the lighting is off, the dialogue is cringy, but this episode will forever hold a special place in my heart and the hearts of many as the first episode of Who ever seen.
Aw, come on, it's great! Best series opener ever. Beats the shit out of An Unearthly Child, at any rate.