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06 January 2014 @ 10:07 pm
For my birthday I got a book called The Vault by Marcus Hearn, which is essentially a history of Doctor Who focusing more on the production side of things -- drafts of scripts and initial costume designs and that sort of thing. I've just reached the part about New Who, and it includes a page from RTD's 2003 pitch for New Who. Thought people might find it interesting, and it touches a little on Rose and Nine's relationship early on:

Rose’s new life against the ordinariness of her mum, and to touch base with something the Doctor can never have.


The plots aren’t worked out in any detail yet. But this is a good example of the style, and the scale, and the pace, and the fun.


Rose meets the Doctor, and the journey begins.

2005. The ordinary world. Houses and shops and telly and cars. Rose Tyler is busy, and hassled, and late, she’s got work to do and her mum’s lost her keys, and who the hell put that blue box in the middle of the street? She hurries to her boring job — in a big, city centre department store — and Mobbsy, her boyfriend, is ont he mobile, asking about tonight, and she’s got to go down to the stockroom, and—

..hold on. Did that shop-window-dummy just move…?
It’s not just moving, it’s walking towards her, and then suddenly, this strange man appears, and he grabs her ahnd and they run — somehow, she trusts him, right from the start — and they’re running for their lives and all the dummies are moving, they’re sinister and faceless and coming to life, all around her — this is impossible, they’re men dressed up, they must be…

The strange man saves Rose’s life, then disappears, like he was never there. And the dummies have stopped moving, they’re just plastic. She pulls the arm off a dummy, just to prove it to herself; ordinary, solid plastic. Surely… that didn’t really happen, did it?

But Rose takes the arm home. Like in some vague way, she might investigate this… although the further away she gets, the dafter it seems, and mum’s made chips and it’s time for EastEnders, and everything’s normal…

But the next thing you know, the strange man’s turning up at her front door… and the plastic arm is moving! And Rose’s boyfriend is acting odd, almost like he’s been replaced by a copy… and time is running out…

As the episode hurtles toward a climax, Rose discovers that a box can be bigger inside than outside. And her mind expands with it. Joyously! Aliens, monsters, invasions, danger — all true! And in a brand-new, bigger, madder world, where nothing makes sense anymore and everything is dangerous, she has to make a decision: can she trust the Doctor?
jer832: Ballerina treejer832 on January 7th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
(Not counting Mobbsy) the differences are more telling than the similarities. So he was pitching this from the pov of Rose, representing the new viewership not necessarily even aware of DW. And this: where nothing makes sense anymore and everything is dangerous, she has to make a decision: can she trust the Doctor? ... this is fascinating. It was even more "Rose" than the ep turned out to be. (Imagine: "Sara Jane" or "Jo" or "Leela", no maybe not that last, lol) Is there anything more? The book sounds terrific.

Happy New Year.