The story that relaunched Doctor Who for the 21st century, novelised by show-runner Russell T Davies from his original script.
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In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move — and kill — are taking up key positions, ready to strike.
Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most important day of her life. She’s about to meet the only man who understands the true nature of the threat facing Earth, a stranger who will open her eyes to all the wonder and terror of the universe — a traveller in time and space known as the Doctor.
Deviations from televised story edit
H.P. Wilson is renamed to Bernard Wilson, while his position at Henrik’s is Senior Caretaker instead of Chief Electrical Officer.
The novelisation includes the scene from the end of the television story The End of Time where the Tenth Doctor visits Rose Tyler right before his regeneration.
Mickey’s mother, father, and grandmother are expanded upon. Three of Mickey’s mates live in his flat and they form the Bad Wolf band. One is a trans woman named Sally, the others are two young men named Mook and Patrique who are attracted to each other.
Clive shows Rose pictures of incarnations other than the Ninth Doctor: He seems to know the first twelve incarnations of the Doctor’s first regeneration cycle, except the War Doctor. Rose was distracted when being shown pictures of “a man with two suits, brown and blue”. The shown Doctors include “a man with a fantastic jaw, dressed in a tweed jacket and bow tie”, “an older, angry man in a brown caretaker’s coat, holding a mop”, as well as a photo of “a blonde woman in braces running away from a giant frog in front of Buckingham Palace”. He has photos of them in folders in incarnation order, seeing that the Ninth Doctor was in a box-file labeled “09”. He also has two pictures of possible Doctors, including “a tall, bald black woman wielding a flaming sword” and “a young girl or boy in a hi-tech wheelchair with what looked like a robot dog at their side”.
Clive explains to Rose that his father was present during the Shoreditch Incident of 1963. It is revealed that he was exterminated by an Imperial Dalek when Clive was two years of age. This lead Clive to begin his research into ‘the Doctor’. Rose empathises with him and explains that her own father died when she was six months old.
The original broadcast contained an unintended error where TV presenter Graham Norton’s voice was heard over a scene. This is included in the narrative with his voice being heard on a radio in the background.
The Auton invasion is more gruesome, and includes decapitations, where the Autons form their hands into sharp blades.
The Doctor blows up Henrik’s because the building is infested with plastic.
There is no mention of Rose passing the TARDIS after the Henrik’s explosion.
Jackie walks in on The Doctor and Rose in a compromising position after their encounter with the Auton arm.
Clive has two sons, Ben and Michael, instead of the one unnamed son on screen.
The End of Time tells Mickey that Clive is helping her with her compensation.
Clive tells Rose a theory that people’s memories of alien encounters have been wiped by cracks in time, presaging the revelations in Series 5.
Mickey lets the Nestene-controlled wheelie bin out through a gate.
The duplicate of Mickey threatens to kill the people in the restaurant if Rose doesn’t tell him about the Doctor.
The duplicate of Mickey has one of his eyes pop out of his head during dinner with Rose.
The Doctor names the Autons to Rose; on screen, the name is only used in the closing credits.
The Doctor and Rose encounter a group of Autons posing as statue people near the river.
The Doctor tells Rose that the Time War rewrote the Nestene’s history so it is now made of plastic instead of just controlling it.
Rose notices the cut the Doctor got when the table smashed has disappeared and he says twelve weeks have passed for him. During that time he has fought a pterodactyl.
The Doctor tries to convince the Nestene to colonise an empty planet.
The first Mickey that Rose finds in the Nestene lair is another duplicate, who she lets slip about the anti-plastic to, ending the Doctor‘s negotiations.
Instead of saying he fought in the war, the Doctor says he tried to stop it.
Since the novelisation states Mickey‘s mother committed suicide, instead of saying she’ll have to tell his mother he’s dead, Rose says she’ll have to tell his friends, his uncle and the kids from the estate.
Clive deliberately slows the Autons down so his family can escape.
The Auton massacre is told from the point of view of several victims, including Rose‘s old boyfriend Jimmy Stone who is robbing his current girlfriend when he is killed.
Donna has a cameo appearance sleeping through the Auton massacre.
Rose speaks to Jackie on the phone after the massacre instead of hanging up when she answers.
The Doctor shows Rose and Mickey the view outside the TARDIS doors.
Rose is less dismissive of Mickey at the end, with their conversation ending after her “Thank you.”