Doctor Who Rose script
Doctor Who Rose  Season #1 Episode #1 (2005)
Synopsis: "Rose" is the opening episode of the first series of the revived British science fiction television programme Doctor Who. The episode was directed by Keith Boak and written by Russell T Davies who was also one of the three executive producers. It was first broadcast in the UK on BBC One on 26 March 2005. "Rose" was the first Doctor Who episode to air since the Doctor Who television film in 1996.

Rose

Original Airdate: 26 Mar, 2005

[The Tyler's flat]

(Earth, United Kingdom, South London. An alarm clock goes off at 7:30. A young blonde woman gets up, dressed and kisses her mother goodbye. Her mother, who is also blonde, still in her dressing gown and lazing on the settee while watching TV.)

ROSE:

Bye!

(Everyone say Hi! to Billie Piper.)

JACKIE:

See you later!

[Henricks Department Store]

(Rose takes the bus to Central London and gets off outside the department store. There is a banner across the main entrance - Henrick's sale sale Henrick's.

The day passes. Rose moves piles of display clothes around the ladies wear section, meets her boyfriend for a snack lunch in Trafalgar Square then goes back to work. Eventually -)

TANNOY:

This is a customer announcement. The store will be closing in five minutes. Thank you.

(Rose and the other girls head for the main doors. The guard shakes a clear plastic bag in front of Rose.)

GUARD:

Oi!

(Rose takes the bag and runs back to a lift and goes down to the basement.)

ROSE:

Wilson? Wilson, I've got the lottery money. Wilson, are you there?

(A door with a large danger of electric shock sign also claims to be the office of H P Wilson, CEO.)

ROSE:

I can't hang about 'cos they're closing the shop. Wilson! Oh, come on.

(There is a clattering noise further down the corridor.)

ROSE:

Hello? Hello, Wilson, it's Rose. Hello? Wilson?

(She opens the door to a store room and turns on the lights. There are boxes of clothes, and dressed dummies.)

ROSE:

Wilson? Wilson!

(As she explores, the door slams behind her. Rose runs back but it won't open.)

ROSE:

You're kidding me.

(More noises behind her.)

ROSE:

Is that someone mucking about? Who is it?

(A male shop dummy turns to watch her, then approaches.)

ROSE:

Yeah, you got me. Very funny.

(A second one starts moving behind it, then a third.)

ROSE:

Right, I've got the joke. Who's idea was this? Is it Derek's? Is it? Derek, is this you?

(More shop dummies start moving as Rose keeps backing away down the storage area. Finally they have her up against the wall, and the lead dummy raises its arm. Then a hand grabs Rose's wrist.)

DOCTOR:

Run.

(The Doctor has gone modern minimalist, with t-shirt and leather jacket. Everyone say Hi! to Christopher Eccleston.

He drags Rose through the basement as the Autons - see Jon Pertwee's first story for more details - follow, and into a lift. The lead Auton puts its arm through the closing doors. After several tugs the Doctor pulls it off, and the doors close.)

[Service lift]

ROSE:

You pulled his arm off.

DOCTOR:

Yep. Plastic.

ROSE:

Very clever. Nice trick! Who were they then, students? Is this a student thing or what?

DOCTOR:

Why would they be students?

ROSE:

I don't know.

DOCTOR:

Well, you said it. Why students?

ROSE:

'Cos to get that many people dressed up and being silly, they got to be students.

DOCTOR:

That makes sense. Well done.

ROSE:

Thanks.

DOCTOR:

They're not students.

ROSE:

Whoever they are, when Wilson finds them, he's going to call the police.

DOCTOR:

Who's Wilson?

ROSE:

Chief electrician.

DOCTOR:

Wilson's dead.

[Behind Hendrik's]

ROSE:

That's just not funny. That's sick!

DOCTOR:

Hold on. Mind your eyes.

ROSE:

I've had enough of this now.

(The Doctor disables the lift mechanism with his sonic screwdriver.)

ROSE:

Who are you, then? Who's that lot down there? I said, who are they?

DOCTOR:

They're made of plastic. Living plastic creatures. They're being controlled by a relay device in the roof, which would be a great big problem if I didn't have this. (a small bomb) So, I'm going to go up there and blow them up, and I might well die in the process, but don't worry about me. No, you go home. Go on. Go and have your lovely beans on toast. Don't tell anyone about this, because if you do, you'll get them killed.

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Russell T Davies

Stephen Russell Davies, OBE (born 27 April 1963), better known by his pen name Russell T Davies, is a Welsh television producer and screenwriter whose works include Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming, Casanova, the 2005 revival of the classic British science fiction series Doctor Who, and the trilogy Cucumber, Tofu, and Banana. more…

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