Rose Tyler

Rose Tyler
Doctor Who character
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Rose Tyler
Affiliated Ninth Doctor
Tenth Doctor
Species Human
Home planet Earth
Home era Early 21st century
First appearance "Rose"
Last appearance "Doomsday" (regular)
"The End of Time, Part Two" (guest)
Portrayed by Billie Piper

Rose Marion Tyler is a fictional character portrayed by Billie Piper in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who, and was created by series producer Russell T Davies. With the revival of Doctor Who in 2005, Rose was introduced in the eponymous series one premiere as a new companion of series protagonist the Doctor, in his ninth and later tenth incarnations. The companion character, intended to act as an audience surrogate was key in the first series more so than any other to introduce new viewers to Doctor Who, which had not aired regularly since 1989. The series saw Billie Piper receive top billing alongside Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, both of whom portrayed the Doctor. A regular companion of the Doctor for all of series one and series two, Rose also returned in the programme's fourth series having developed much in the interval.

In the series' narrative, Rose is introduced as a working class shop assistant from London, introduced alongside her own supporting cast in the form of her mother Jackie Tyler (Camille Coduri) and her boyfriend Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke). Whereas the classic series refrained from exploring romantic connections between the Doctor and his companions, Rose grows increasingly trusting of the Doctor and comes to realise she has fallen in love with him. The two appear to be forever separated in the 2006 series two finale, although Rose eventually made a temporary return late in the fourth series.



After the announcement that the show would be returning, the BBC revealed the name of the new companion, Rose Tyler, on 28 March 2004. It was announced at the same time that former pop star Billie Piper was being considered for the role.[1] Writer/producer Russell T Davies frequently uses the surname "Tyler" in his work. A family named Tyler is featured heavily in his Virgin New Adventures Doctor Who novel Damaged Goods, and Davies has created characters named Tyler in other series he has written, including Ruth Tyler in Revelations (1994), Vince Tyler in Queer as Folk (1999), and Johnny Tyler in The Second Coming (2003).

The casting of Piper as Rose was announced on 24 May 2004,[2] and was welcomed by fans of the show.[3] Actress Georgia Moffett, daughter of Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison and who would later appear as the title role in the series 4 episode "The Doctor's Daughter", also auditioned for the role.[4] Rose appeared at the start of the revived Doctor Who from 2005 with the episode "Rose". Julia Joyce plays a young Rose in flashbacks in "Father's Day", the first of three occasions where she plays a younger version of a character played by Piper.

Paul Abbott was scheduled to write an episode for series 1 which would have revealed that Rose's entire life had been manipulated by the Doctor in order to mould her into an ideal companion.[5][6][7]



Although we later find she had unwittingly met the Tenth Doctor in the final moments before his regeneration, Rose's first true encounter with the Doctor comes in the eponymous premiere episode (2005). Here, she is saved from an Auton invasion of Earth by the mysterious alien Time Lord known as the Doctor (Eccleston), and assists him in defeating the Nestene Consciousness.[8] Following this, the Doctor offers Rose the option of traveling with him, taking her to see the end of the world and giving her a "superphone" so she can remain in contact with her mother, Jackie, and boyfriend, Mickey. In their travels through time and space, Rose learns the importance of not tampering with history, when she attempts to save the life of her father Pete Tyler (Shaun Dingwall), who had died when she was a baby. Throughout these journeys, she and the Doctor are haunted by two mysterious recurring words: "Bad Wolf". She, the Doctor, and new companion Captain Jack (John Barrowman) come to understand the meaning of this phrase when they come face to face with an unstoppable Dalek army on space station Satellite 5. To return to the Doctor after he sends her home to Earth in the series finale "The Parting of Ways", Rose is forced to tear open the TARDIS console and stare into its heart, and becomes suffused with the power of the time vortex. Returning, she uses her power over the infinity of time and space to spread the words "Bad Wolf" over its entirety, to lead herself to this moment where she can save the universe from the Dalek invasion using her godlike power. Rose resurrects Jack, who died from Dalek fire, and destroys the Dalek fleet before the Doctor drains the energy out of her—by kissing her—to save her life from its harmful effects. Rose is horrified as the Doctor appears to die and regenerates into a new man (David Tennant), who proceeds to take the TARDIS and a terrified Rose to Earth, abandoning Jack on Satellite 5.

The new Doctor and Rose arrive on Earth on Christmas Day, where he passes out from the strain of regeneration in the midst of a Sycorax invasion in the 2005 Christmas special "The Christmas Invasion". Having woken up and saved Earth, The Doctor enjoys Christmas dinner with Rose before the two once again depart to parts unknown. In the second series (2006), Rose and the Doctor grow increasingly dependent on and close to one another as the series progresses. This becomes a source of tension once the Doctor accepts Rose's boyfriend Mickey as a companion as well, at the suggestion of his former companion Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen). For her service in defeating werewolves, Rose is knighted "Dame Rose of the Powell Estate" by Queen Victoria, who immediately banishes her and the Doctor as threats to the Empire. Together Rose, Mickey and the Doctor become stranded in a parallel universe for a time, where Rose is reunited with a rich, entrepreneur version of her father who never died. Rose loses Mickey when he decides to stay behind in this world to battle Cybermen, and to look after the alternate universe counterpart of his grandmother. Alone with the Doctor again, Rose faces the mythical Beast (Gabriel Woolf), who prophesies that Rose will die fighting at the Doctor's side. This day comes when the clandestine anti-alien Torchwood Institute's director Yvonne Hartman (Tracy-Ann Oberman) accidentally allows the Cybermen army and Dalek Cult of Skaro into this reality, where they begin an all-out war. In the attempt to seal the Cybermen and Daleks back into the "void" through which they came, Rose ends up in the parallel universe with her alternate father and her mother Jackie as the walls between universes seal forever. The Doctor is able to transmit Rose one last message of goodbye, during which she reveals to him she has gone to work for this universe's Torchwood, and confesses to him that she loves him. Before he is able to reply, their connection is cut out and Rose is left alone, in tears. Piper as Rose was greenlit to be the star of the spin-off series Rose Tyler: Earth Defence, set in her parallel universe and to air as a bank holiday special, but Russell T. Davies deemed the concept "a spin-off too far" after Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Rose's absence and the Doctor's pained estrangement from her proves a point of contention for the Doctor's new series 3 (2007) companion Martha (Freema Agyeman), who has fallen in love with the Doctor herself; when Martha protects the Doctor, living as a human without his memories, it is still Rose that he dreams of. In spin-off series Torchwood (2006–), the audience learns that Rose's act of resurrecting Jack cursed him with being unable to die. Returning to Doctor Who, Jack discloses that he will watch Rose grow up in the 20th century. When the Doctor is reunited with Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) in the show's fourth series (2008), Rose mysteriously begins to appear in the Doctor's life—first seen only by Donna, and later in silent video messages which the Doctor fails to notice. When Donna is tricked by an alien fortune teller (Chipo Chung) into creating a timeline where the Doctor has died, it is Rose who arrives from her parallel world to correct the timeline, working alongside the paranormal military organisation UNIT to return Donna to the correct timeline bearing the Doctor two words: 'Bad Wolf'. In the corrected timeline, the Doctor knows that 'Bad Wolf' is a signal from the omnipotent Rose that the walls of reality have broken down, and that the world is ending. In the midst of Davros' (Julian Bleach) plot to obliterate existence, Rose is reunited with her love and unites with the Doctor's companions Sarah Jane, Donna, Martha, and Jack to assist him in defending the universe. Having saved it, Rose challenges the Doctor on the words he never got to say, but this time he resists. His part human alternate self then whispers the words in her ear and she immediately kisses him. As the walls between realities are repaired, the fully Time Lord Doctor leaves, allowing Rose and her mortal, aging Doctor to live out their lives together, once again trapped in the parallel universe. In the closing scenes of the 2010 finale episode "The End of Time, Part Two", the dying Doctor travels to the Powell estate in the first minutes of 2005, prior to the original events of "Rose". The Doctor speaks to her from the shadows, knowing she is destined to "properly" meet him for the first time soon.


The character of Rose has been expanded upon in literature related to Doctor Who. The Doctor Who Annual 2006, published in August 2005, gives further biographical information on Rose in an article written by the programme's chief writer and executive producer Russell T Davies, including the middle name "Marion", and information about her mother, school life and ex-boyfriends.[9] The character appears in short stories featured in the Doctor Who annuals for 2006 and 2007, as well as in an issue of Doctor Who Magazine,[10] and in comic book sequences which feature in the annuals, the fanzine Doctor Who Magazine, and children's magazines Doctor Who Adventures and Doctor Who - Battles in Time; the character also cameos in a panel of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight's second story, "No Future for You".[11][12] Rose is featured in the first twelve New Series Adventures novels and the first Quick Reads Initiative novella, I am a Dalek. In the novels, some elements of Rose's backstory are fleshed out; for example, Only Human reveals she was once engaged to be married.


Rose was the first television companion of the Doctor with a fully fleshed-out personal life and background that the audience actually saw on screen in her debut story, as opposed to something developed over time. For the first time since the first Doctor Who episode, "An Unearthly Child", "Rose" was told largely from the companion's point of view. It was also the first time the television series has examined the consequences of a companion leaving with the Doctor; in "Aliens of London", when the Doctor and Rose accidentally land a year into her mother's future, they find that she has been considered a missing person and Mickey was briefly suspected of her murder.[13]

Rose is unique in that she is the first companion whose immediate family and/or a close friend knew of her travels with the Doctor while they occurred. Mickey was aware of her new occupation and tracked her movements through his website. Jackie found out about the life her daughter was leading[13] and, despite pleading for her to stay, Rose continued to travel with the Doctor.[14] She was able to communicate with her mother via her "Superphone" and Rose would often phone home during her travels and let her mother know her activities.[15] This precedent set, family awareness of a companion's role with the Doctor was continued with companions Donna Noble & Wilfred Mott, Martha Jones, and returning classic era companion Sarah Jane Smith.

Rose cares deeply about, and loves, the Doctor; romantically as is proved in the series four finale. She states on several occasions her desire to stay with the Doctor for the rest of her life,[16][17] and chooses to stay with the Doctor, even though it means forever leaving her mother and Mickey on the parallel earth.[18] In their final moments together, Rose tells the Doctor that she loves him; he begins to reply but only manages to say her name before his transmission is cut off and the two are parted indefinitely.[18] However, Rose and the Doctor are reunited at the end of season 4, when Rose is left in the parallel universe with the human version of the Doctor.

Rose is not the first companion whose affection for the Doctor at least suggests romantic interest as well. Sarah Jane Smith hints at possible feelings for the Doctor in "School Reunion" when he asks her if she had ever married and she tells him she hasn't ("Well, there was this man...I travelled with him for a while...but he was a tough act to follow."). Grace Holloway makes a joking reference to having fallen for the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV movie. In "Army of Ghosts", Rose also indicates her intention to stay with the Doctor "forever", a sentiment never before expressed by previous companions, many of whom were reluctant travellers, though echoed by companion Donna Noble in "The Doctor's Daughter" and "Journey's End".


  1. ^ "Piper in line for Doctor Who role". BBC News. 2004-05-24. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Billie Piper is Doctor Who helper". BBC News. 2004-05-24. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  3. ^ "Doctor Who fans back Billie Piper". BBC News. 2004-05-28. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  4. ^ Georgia Moffett - Biography
  5. ^ Doctor Who Magazine #360.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Doctor Who: The Lost Stories (Untitled Stories)". Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time (Travel). Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  8. ^ "Rose". Writer Russell T Davies, Director Keith Boak, Producer Phil Collinson. Doctor Who. BBC, Cardiff. 2005-03-26.
  9. ^ Davies, Russell T: Doctor Who Annual 2006, page 38, "Meet Rose". Panini Books, 2005; ISBN 1-904419-73-9
  10. ^ "Voice from the Vortex". Doctor Who Magazine #364.
  11. ^ Brian K. Vaughan, Joss Whedon (executive producer) (w), Georges Jeanty (p), Andy Owens (i). "No Future for You, Part One" Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight 6 (September 5, 2007), Dark Horse Comics
  12. ^ "Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6". 
  13. ^ a b "Aliens of London". Writer Russell T Davies, Director Keith Boak, Producer Phil Collinson. Doctor Who. BBC, Cardiff. 2005-04-16.
  14. ^ "World War Three". Writer Russell T Davies, Director Keith Boak, Producer Phil Collinson. Doctor Who. BBC, Cardiff. 2005-04-23.
  15. ^ "Love & Monsters". Writer Russell T Davies, Director Dan Zeff, Producer Phil Collinson. Doctor Who. BBC, Cardiff. 2006-06-17.
  16. ^ "The Impossible Planet". Writer Matt Jones, Director James Strong, Producer Phil Collinson. Doctor Who. BBC, Cardiff. 2006-06-03.
  17. ^ "Army of Ghosts". Writer Russell T Davies, Director Graeme Harper, Producer Phil Collinson. Doctor Who. BBC, Cardiff. 2006-07-01.
  18. ^ a b "Doomsday". Writer Russell T Davies, Director Graeme Harper, Producer Phil Collinson. Doctor Who. BBC, Cardiff. 2006-07-08.

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