Department store worker Rose Tyler, whilst trying to find the chief electrician, is trapped in the basement as various shop mannequins come to life. She is pulled to rescue by the Doctor, who helps her out of the store, before returning to destroy a transmitter. As Rose watches from outside a huge explosion destroys the store. She is still holding one of the "Auton" arms.
The Doctor, on the hunt for more Autons, visits Rose at home. The Auton arm, after supposedly being thrown in a bin, returns to Rose's flat. As the Rose is busy in the kitchen, the arm attacks first the Doctor, then Rose. The Doctor manages to break the signal with his sonic screwdriver.
After the Doctor has gone, Rose visits boyfriend Mickey's house to use his Internet connection to search for more information about the Doctor; she finds a website run by Clive, and she visits Clive whilst Mickey waits outside.
Whilst waiting, Mickey spots a moving wheelie bin. He investigates the bin, and finds his hands are stuck, before being ingested by the bin, and when Rose returns, an Auton Mickey is sitting in the car.
At a restaurant, Auton Mickey tries to steer the conversation to the Doctor, and what Rose has found out. A waiter keeps trying to offer champagne. Auton Mickey recognises the waiter as the Doctor, and the Doctor pulls off Auton Mickey's head and escapes from the restaurant with Rose.
At the back of the restaurant there appears to be no escape, except for a blue box which the Doctor enters. Rose is not keen to enter a small box with a stranger, but is soon persuaded that this is the best course of action when Auton Mickey tries to beak out of the restaurant.
Using the head the Doctor locates the source of the Auton's signal, and the TARDIS materialises near by. The Doctor tries to work out where the transmitter, which would be a large dish or ring, would be located, until Rose points out the London Eye.
Underground they find the Nestene Consciousness. Although the Doctor has a liquid that can defeat the Nestene, he would rather reason with it. Negotiations break down when the Nestene discovers the liquid and the TARDIS. Becoming suspicious, the Nestene sends the activation signal, and all around London Autons come to life.
With an Auton holding the Doctor it is Rose that comes to the rescue using her gym skills, and swings into the Auton holding the liquid, knocking if off balance into the Nestene Consciousness, killing the Nestene and the Autons' signal.
The Doctor returns Rose and the real Mickey back to the council estate, and offers Rose the opportunity to travel round the Universe. Rose is tempted, but decides to stay behind, until the Doctor mentions that the TARDIS also travels through time...
- Rose Tyler: Billie Piper
- Jackie Tyler: Camille Coduri
- Mickey Smith: Noel Clarke
- Clive Finch: Mark Benton
- Caroline Finch: Elli Garnett
- Caroline's Son: Adam McCoy
- Autons: Alan Ruscoe, Paul Kasey, David Sant, Elizabeth Fost, Helen Otway
- Dummies: Catherine Capelin, Michael Humphries, Jason Jones, Saul Murphy, Paul Newbolt, Catrin O'Neil, Sean Palmer, Elen Thomas, J.P. Kingdom, M. Couchman, Alan Wadlan, Steph Grant, Glyn Page, Louise Vincent, David Matthews
- Double for the Doctor: Phil Jay Hand
- Plastic Arm: Rod Woodruff
- Stunt double for the Doctor: Will Willoughby
- Blonde Mother: Melanie Mort
- Blonde Child: Daisy Sydenham
- Neighbour: Alun Jenkins
- Stunt double for Mickey: Maurice Lee, Rod Woodruff
- Diners: Linda Davies, Ceri Jones, Jacqueline Morris, Andy Jackson, Ian Jennings, Angela Silcocks, Helena Dunn, Creighton Hanney, Lyndon Ward, Wendy Ward, Russell Cook, Leighton Haberfield, Nicholas Wade
- Headless Mickey: Kevin Hudson
- Adult dummies: Catherine Capelin, Rachel Chambers, Michael Humphries, Jason Jones, Saul Murphy, Paul Newbolt, Catrin O'Neil, Sean Palmer
- Stunt dummy/Stunt public: Holly Lumsden, Paul Kulik
- Bride: Elen Thomas
- Stunt driver: Paul Kulik
- Double for Rose: Juliette Cheveley
- Doubles for Lair dummies: Maurice Lee, Ricard Dwyer
- Additional Dialogue Recording: Paul Sparrowman, Paula Keogh, Daryl Adcock, Nicholas Lupton, Wendi Sheard, Jane Hunt, Jenny Pink, Stephen Bracken-Keogh
|BBC 1||1. Rose||Saturday, March 26, 2005 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM||10.6M|
Repeat Broadcasts on the BBC
|BBC 3||Rose||Sunday, March 27, 2005 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM||0.6M|
|BBC 3||Rose||Sunday, July 17, 2005 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM|
|BBC 3||Rose||Friday, July 22, 2005 9:00 PM - 9:45 PM|
|BBC 3||Rose||Thursday, April 6, 2006 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM|
|BBC 3||Rose||Sunday, August 6, 2006 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM|
|BBC 3||Rose||Wednesday, September 6, 2006 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM|
|BBC 3||Rose||Saturday, July 28, 2007 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM|
|BBC 3||Rose||Wednesday, August 6, 2008 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM|
|BBC 3||Rose||Friday, July 17, 2009 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM|
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- La Fosse, The Hayes, Cardiff
- London Eye, London
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