Doctor Who, S1 Ep1 – Rose

Rose Tyler & The Doctor in the TARDIS

Welcome readers to the first of many Doctor Who recaps on With an Accent. I know there are already hundreds (if not thousands) of recaps about the Doctor Who franchise, so why should you read this one? Good question. Not only will you be getting the With an Accent twist of an American take on this iconic British show but you’ll also be getting recaps from someone that is seeing all of these episodes for the very first time! I have no knowledge of how things pan out from here so you’ll be getting honest reactions and fresh interpretations. So old fans come and reminisce and maybe find something that you might have missed the first time around, and new fans come along for the ride and get to know our favorite Time Lord with me. It promises to be interesting.

Before we begin, I think it fair to share with you the things I do know about Doctor Who. And here they are:

  • It airs on BBC
  • It involves a blue phone booth
  • There have been a bunch of previous doctors (eight to be exact)

Whew. With that out of the way, let’s get started.

Pilot episodes are hard. They have to establish relationships and worlds and set the tone for the series. They have to be exciting to draw in viewers. They have to move fast in the midst of exposition. They have leave hints to follow up with in future episodes to keep the viewer interested. This episode manages to accomplish all of that with only a few minor hiccups.

The episode is titled “Rose,” and we find that Rose (Billie Piper) is a very pretty, blond girl that works at a shop, rides public transit (a double-decker bus!) has a boyfriend, and is very much a girl-next-door archetype. It is made obvious within the first few minutes of the show that Rose is going to be our everywoman, the way to relate to the show, while the Doctor undoubtedly does all his weird and varied Time Lord things.

Rose gets into trouble quickly in a creepy, low lit basement filled with eerie mannequins and though it looks like curtains (lacy, wafting curtains) for Rose, a strange man (The Doctor played by Christopher Eccleston) steps in and saves the day.

Wait a minute! I knew Christopher Eccleston looked familiar. He played Claude, the invisible man and mentor to Peter Petrelli, on the first season of Heroes. He is also none other than Destro from the live action flop GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, that not only was a genuinely bad movie but also managed to destroy one of my favorite childhood cartoons.

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