Newbies Guide to Doctor Who
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Writer: Russell T Davies
Director: Joe Aherne
First Broadcast: 11th June 2005
Placement: Soon after Boom Town
Links: The first part of a two-part story, Bad Wolf leads into The Parting of the Ways
|The ninth Doctor wears a leather jacket and has short hair and big ears. He has a love of life, as well as a sadness about him. His home planet of Gallifrey was destroyed in a war.
|Rose Tyler is a 19-year old girl from London c.2005. In Rose (Series 1), she was working in Henrik's department store when the ninth Doctor was investigating Auton activity in the store, and blew it up. In the events that followed this, Rose helped the Doctor defeat the Nestene Consciousness's attempt to take over the world, and he offered her a chance to travel in the TARDIS, leaving behind her mum, Jackie, and boyfriend Mickey. In The End of the World (Series 1), the Doctor took her to the far future to see the day the Earth is destroyed. During this trip, he upgraded her mobile phone, tying it into the TARDIS, so that she can call home no matter where or when she is.
|Captain Jack Harkness
|Jack is a time traveller from the 51st Century. In The Empty Child (series 1), he saw Rose hanging off a barrage balloon during the Blitz, and saved her life. In The Doctor Dances (series 1), his ship was almost blown up, the Doctor saved him, and he joined the TARDIS crew.
|In The Long Game (Series 1), the Doctor visited Satellite 5, a space station broadcasting news reports to the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. He realised that an alien had been manipulating the news in order to keep the humans under control, and had held back the pace of technology by about 100 years. His intervention destroyed the manipulation, though it did cause some damage to the station.
|The programmes the Doctor, Rose, and Jack appear in are copied from "reality" TV show Big Brother, quiz show The Weakest Link, hosted by Anne Robinson, and makeover artists Trinny and Susannah. The Anne Droid and the makeover robots are actually played by Anne Robinson and Trinny and Susannah, and are fully in character.
|Throughout the series (and, indeed, in the ninth Doctor novels and ninth Doctor comic strip The Love Invasion) the phrase "bad wolf", or a translation of it, has turned up repeatedly, the only episode to escape a Bad Wolf mention is Rose, though some are very subtle, and the mention in World War Three is the name of a newsreader which was only revealed on one of the tie-in websites, this one run by Mickey. In Boom Town, the Doctor and Rose commented on how the phrase seemed to be following them around. The "Bad Wolf" clips we see are from The Unquiet Dead, Dalek, Boom Town, Aliens of London, amd The Long Game.
There is one final entry that is a major spoiler for the episode. If you have seen the preview attached to the end of Boom Town, or you are reading this after seeing the episode, then you already know the nature of this spoiler. Otherwise, you really Do Not want to scroll to the bottom of this page.
Don't say I didn't warn you that there was a spoiler here.
The Daleks are a genocidal race of aliens created by mad scientist Davros. The Doctor first encountered them in The Daleks (season 1), when he visited their home planet. He has fought them on numerous occasions since then. In The Chase (season 2), we saw that the Daleks had discovered time travel technology. In Genesis of the Daleks (season 12) the Time Lords sent the Doctor back in time to influence the creation of the Daleks, they were concerned that the Daleks would become the supreme beings in the universe. By the time of Remembrance of the Daleks (season 25), the Doctor was prepared to destroy the Daleks' home planet. At some point after this, as revealed in Dalek (series 1) the Daleks were involved in a Time War, where they fought against the Time Lords. The Doctor was responsible for destroying their entire race - he watched them burn, and the Time Lords burnt with them. Apart from the one single survivor of the Daleks who he met in Dalek, the Doctor believes that the Daleks no longer exist. All you really need to know about the Daleks for this story is revealed in Dalek.