Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants is an unofficial guide to the travels and experiences of the companions of each of the eleven incarnations of the Doctor. Written by a true fan, Andy Frankham-Allen provides an in-depth account of each character's struggles, experiences and relationships as he outlines their significance in the TV series as well as other Doctor Who media.
The book also features a foreword by Gary Russell and afterword by David J Howe.
On the surface Rose appears to be a very different kind of companion from those we have been used to, but when you consider her character, she is essentially a combination of Tegan and Ace. Much like Tegan she is given a TARDIS key; we see a lot of her family; and we see her leave and return. Much like Ace she develops a deep love for the Doctor, she is from a London council estate and her back-story is almost as important as the Doctor’s, driving much of the ongoing narrative of the 2005-2006 series. In the pitch document, partly printed in the Series One Companion (Doctor Who Magazine Special), we are told that ‘she loves [the Doctor], and he loves her. Simple as that. Not a kissy-kissy kind of love, this is deeper’.
Rose actually meets the Doctor earlier than she knew. In The End of Time, just after midnight on 1st January 2005, she is walking home from a party with her mother and notices the Tenth Doctor standing in the shadows. She confuses him for a drunken party goer and tells him the year. He tells her that it will be a fantastic year – knowing full well that in March they are due to meet for the first time.
When we first meet Rose in the eponymous episode, she is working as a sales assistant in a department store called Henriks, living at home with her mother and dating Mickey Smith (although judging by the dismissive way she is with him, it does comes across as if she is merely making do, waiting for something better to come along). Upon finding the mannequins in the basement of Henriks coming to life, Rose thinks she has become the victim of a student prank, until they start attacking her – at which point a hand reaches out and grabs hold of hers. She is immediately running with the Doctor, barely having a chance to find out who this mysterious man is before he blows up her place of work. Rose resigns herself to losing her job very quickly and ends up loafing around home with nothing better to do. Even Mickey’s enthusiasm over a football match fails to excite her, until the Doctor appears at her house, having followed an Auton arm there. She drags him into the flat, wanting to know more about the night before, but his answers only confuse her more. They are both attacked by the Auton arm, and she follows him out of the flat. The Doctor is impressed by her curiosity, and the ease with which she handles his answers, but he still remains distant from her. She, however, cannot get him out of her head and tries to find out more about him on the internet. This leads her to a man called Clive who collects stories about the Doctor. She becomes totally distracted and doesn’t notice that Mickey is very clearly a plastic replica. The Doctor reappears and, amidst the chaos, removes the Auton-Mickey’s head. Rose manages to activate the fire alarm, thus evacuating the restaurant safely. She realises that Clive is right; the Doctor is clearly a dangerous man...