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Doctor Who: Rose

(Doctor Who: Target Collection)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  802 ratings  ·  136 reviews

Discover the new Doctor Who classics.

“Nice to meet you, Rose. Run for your life!”

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 t
Paperback, 197 pages
Published April 5th 2018 by BBC Books
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Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Target novelisations have always been an integral companion for Doctor Who fans, originally they were the only chance to experience an older story during pre-home video releases.

But the appeal has never gone away, the main reason is that it gives the chance for authors to develop their ideas without the constraints of a tv budget.

Most recently there’s been reprints of the best stories, whilst audiobook releases have also been popular.
So it’s great that the BBC are finally producing books of the
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Better than my wildest dreams. Brings 2005 flooding back.
Nicholas Whyte
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

Back in the bad old days of 1996, Russell T. Davies wrote a Seventh Doctor book called Damaged Goods (more recently adapted for audio by Jonathan Morris for Big Finish). It included the following interesting points:

* The first character we encounter in the story is the daughter of Mrs Tyler, who is a single mother
* She says to the Doctor at one point, "You think you're so funny", a line almost echoed by Rose Tyler a decade later
* The Tylers live on a co
rachael ♡
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Rose had enough of standing back and doing nothing. Of being told to sit still and behave and go to work and wear this and say that, of being told what to do by men, and boys, and her mother, and teachers, and bosses, and boyfriends, by the Doctor and the Nestene and everyone in between. Above her, the world was ending. In front of her, the Doctor was dying. At her feet, Mickey was blubbing. Well, to hell with that."

This novelization was absolutely perfect. RTD is truly the best Who writer
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
I have a mixed history with Doctor Who novelisations. Some I find totally miss the magic of the original. Many are just fair retreads of what was on screen. And a number add more and make them a worthwhile addition. This however manages to do something really new and exciting.
The story in itself is largely unchanged with only a few additions (mostly upping what they could do with the autons). However, it reframes it in a few interesting ways:
1. It very much makes it the start of Season 27, not s
Charlene Tiu
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When my husband first showed me this series, I must admit I wasn’t a huge fan of the first episode. I didn’t like Christopher Eccleston, I wasn’t scared of manikins, and as a female, I couldn’t relate to Rose Tyler. After reading this book, my whole perspective came to a dolphin flip. This book made me fearful of Autons, they are relentless plastic! The way they explained the Nestene Consciousness, was brilliant. I fell in love with Rose page by page. How you can feel so empty and search for pur ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
11 year old me watched "Rose" on BBC 1 thirteen years ago and from that moment I can honestly say Doctor Who changed my life. I'm not normally so exaggerative but I really believe Russell T. Davies' run of the show made me a better person. This novelisation was just what cynical 24 year old me needed right now. ...more
It was the best Doctor Who book I've ever read (though I've read only about 6 of them). The only bad thing was RTD's writing. The plot was good but some of the paragraphs repeated what was already written.
Every character got a punch of back story and it was pretty good. Also Rose wasn't a little bitch here like in TV episode (example leaving Mickey).
The chemistry between the Doctor and Rose was even better than in the original episode.
April Mccaffrey
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the changes made in the story Russell did here and made it had more depth. I had so much fun reading this as this was the first story that got me into the doctor who all those years ago back in 2005.

Great fun.
Alain Lewis
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh that time in 2005 when the air was full of anticipation as what the new Doctor Who series was going to be like. It was all new, Nu-who, and here it is gloriously described by Russell T Davies as he expands on his creation with lovely Easter Eggs here and there. It’s a wonderful trip to that wonderful time.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ereader, 2018, 4-stars
I didn't realize that this was the book version of the first episode of the current Doctor Who. However, even if I did know that I would have still read the book because it's the 9th Doctor and Rose!!! I can't get enough of the 9th Doctor and Rose. Really wish we would have had more time with them together in the series but at least readers can visit them in the books. ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
O, I so hope this is the first of a Target Collection of all New Doctor Who. It's a fantastic novelisation that fleshes out characters and plot elements from the original episode. I'm going to keep this short because it is late and I'm tired but I'd love this book for Chapter 6 - Life at No. 90 on its own. Great work RTD. And hopefully, more to come. ...more
Katherine Sas
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, doctor-who
In prose as well as on screen, RTD and Moffat have the delightful and complimentary talents to be brilliant in completely opposite ways. They are really two halves of a whole (which made their episode collaborations just sparkle) and I’ll miss their collective and individual contributions to Doctor Who. Where Day of the Doctor spends itself entirely in the twisty and twisted labyrinth of the Doctor’s mind, “Rose” keeps him remote — indeed the only such character in the entire story. But in the e ...more
Gabriel Mero
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love that Target is FINALLY adapting the modern Doctor Who episodes into novels like they did with the classic series; and how appropriate that the first release was the premier that brought Doctor Who back into the public's eyes and heart and launched what has been an incredibly successful relaunch. This novelization is written by none other than the man behind the revival, Russell T. Davies. I thoroughly enjoyed how he fleshed out Rose's past (and foreshadowed future events) as well as the c ...more
Tim Rideout
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When this episode of Doctor Who was first broadcast (on Saturday 26th March 2005) it was a revelation. Here was the original show, loved by millions, updated for the twenty-first century in a way that preserved the integrity of everything that was and had been important, but in a way that gave it enormous emotional and cultural clout. To say that it was an huge popular and critical success is an understatement. It was a phenomenon.

Some 13 years later, Russell T Davies novelised his script with i
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. This was so much fun. My introduction to Doctor Who was through Christopher Eccleston’s season and I fell in love. I think he and the 9th Doctor are disgustingly underrated. Anyway, before I go on a rant, let me just say this book was wonderful. The characters felt true to form which is to be expected because this was written by Russell T. Davies. The ending made me smile and I can never get enough Rose/9th Doctor stories because their season was so incredibly short. Also, Rose is my fa ...more
Daniel Kukwa
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
For the first time in almost 30 years, we get new Target novelizations of modern "Doctor Who" stories...and who better to inaugurate the continuation of the line that Russell T Davies himself -- the man who brought the show into the 21st century. "Rose" is exactly what Target books were best at: not a simple transcription of an episode, but an expansion, an enhancement, and re-imagining that acts as a companion to the original. Like the best Target novelizations of the mid 70s and the late 80s, ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Fun to see New Who Targets.
This was decent.
It's Russell, so there is a good amount of trying too hard to be clever: Some of it works and some of it is...well, the entire prologue.
Once, the Doctor and Rose get together, everything really clicks.

Couple cute easter eggs, but you also get way more deep introspection from Rose than I thought we needed.

Good read and a good reminder of why I like the Ninth Doctor.
Susan Ferguson
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, nook-owned, sci-fi
The first episode in the 9th Doctor. I really liked this episode on television, in the written story there's a few things I think were added in hindsight that I didn't enjoy so much - I certainly don't remember them in the broadcast episode. Maybe seeing the thoughts of the characters other than the Doctor kind of bugged me.
Anyway, it was good to relive the episode.
Cory Eadson
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A slightly darker version of the story, that owes as much to James Herbert as it does Terrance Dicks, Rose is the most 'adult' of the new Target novels. It offers brand new characters, and delves deeper into those we already know. With no shame at all, I label this novel "Fantastic!". ...more
Rachel Redhead
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A witty and engaging novelisation that doesn't outstay its welcome, neither is it too hasty, the long languid character moments are a joy, and the subtle Bad Wolf references add to the book. ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not bad at all, hits the mark for a solid take on the return of Doctor Who. As with the City of Death, this was an inspiration to watch Rose again.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
A fun read. Captures the spirit and expands on characterisation & backstories.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Really lovely development of characters, both main and background!
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy...

So much more than you’re expecting, in the most fantastic way. I’m going to need a novelization of every single episode from now on.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now this is how an author expands on something they’ve already done! In The Day of the Doctor, Moffat writes like a 12y/o me fanfic writer, trying to cram as much in what is in actuality already done, he tries to pack as many easter eggs and write as many characters as he can. The Special was good on TV but the novel left much to be desired. With Rose, RTD gets to write the things he already knew, the things he probably had already written, the things he wished could have been in the episode and ...more
Artur Nowrot
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was really worried, after the fireworks that was Steven Moffat’s novelisation of The Day of the Doctor, and Paul Cornell’s adaptation of the story most fresh in the memory of the viewers, that I wouldn’t enjoy Rose. It’s an episode that did a lot of work to ensure that the modern era of Doctor Who would be a success, but also one that for me got buried under all the good, great, and spectacular stuff that followed.

I’m happy to say that my fears were unfounded and I really enjoyed the novel ver
I'll tell you a secret. Shhhh.... I think Nine may be my favorite Doctor. Sad, isn't it? Because he was only around for 13 episodes and is never, ever coming back to Doctor Who. But Russell T. Davies, showrunner extraordinare who revived the show for the 21st century wrote an novelization of Nine's first episode. And my husband had a business trip to the UK... Yeah, I couldn't resist even though I usually disdain media tie-ins. But this is semi-official! Right?!? First up, there's no Nine point- ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Then a man reached out of the darkness and took hold of her hand and said, `Run'.

I love reading Nine and Rose!! They are my favourite who duo to read. 'Rose' is where it all started and this book has all the stuff from the tv episode but with added bits. Doctor bits, Rose bits, Mickey bits, backstory bits, lovely Russell T Davies-y bits and little nuggets of future who! Loved it!
Chris Wing
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
This is the second Doctor Who book written by Russell T Davies and this time, it's a novelisation of the very first Doctor Who episode of the new series, which he himself spearheaded (and wrote).

First of all, this is a great and very sold (and enjoyable book); I'd probably say that its my second favourite of the batch of New Series novelisations (I still have one more to read).The prose is just top notch. There a few hints to 'extra', the bits that add a bit more depth tothe story than the show
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Russell T Davies, OBE, is a Welsh television producer and writer. He is a prolific writer, best known for controversial drama serials such as Queer as Folk and The Second Coming, and for spearheading the revival of the popular science-fiction television series Doctor Who, and creating its spin-off series Torchwood. Both are largely filmed in Cardiff and the latter is set there.

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