30 March 2005-1 January 2010
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Jacqueline Andrea Suzette “Jackie” Tyler (Doomsday) (née Prentice), (Father’s Day) born 1 February 1967, was the mother of Rose Tyler. She lived with Rose in a council flat on the Powell Estate. Widowed following the death of her husband, Jackie was a single mother.
PRIOR TO MEETING THE NINTH DOCTOR
Jacqueline Prentice was the daughter of Rose’s Grandad Prentice. (Army of Ghosts) Her birthday was 1 February 1967. (Rise of the Cybermen) She had an uncle named Tony who told her to “never punch a gift horse in the throat.” (Retail Therapy)
As a child, she loved The Magic Roundabout. (Sin-Eaters)
Jackie met Odessa Smith, Sarah Clark, Suzie and Bev and in the 1980s, they formed the ‘Wednesday Girls’, who met every Wednesday night for wine and chips. She was also the karaoke champion of ‘the Spinning Wheel’ and the life and soul of every party she went to. (Rose)
At some point, Jackie married Pete Tyler. (Father’s Day) Jackie gave birth to a daughter called Rose, who was born circa 1986. (The Unquiet Dead, Dalek) Jackie and Pete’s relationship was stormy, with Jackie sometimes branding Pete a failure and often suspecting him of being unfaithful. Their fights were short-lived however and it was clear that Jackie and Pete loved each other despite their arguments. (Father’s Day)
On the 7th November 1987, Jackie attended Stuart Hoskins and Sarah Clark’s wedding, but Pete was killed in a hit-and-run incident while on his way to the wedding. (Father’s Day; AUDIO: Ghost Machines) In the original timeline, Jackie received the news of her husband’s death while she was at home in the Powell Estate. (Rose)
Following Pete’s death, Jackie raised her daughter on her own, as a single parent. She often told Rose about her father. (Father’s Day)
While travelling with The Doctor, an older Rose travelled back to 1987, saved Pete from his original fate, and met a young Jackie. Jackie remembered a young woman kneeling over Pete’s body. She had no idea that it was her daughter from the future. (Father’s Day)
Every Christmas after Pete was killed, Jackie served her guests dry turkey, had too much brandy and got drunk. She would then start crying about Pete and get the photo albums out. (The Christmas Invasion)
On 1 January 2005, Rose voiced dismay about Jackie’s dead-end relationship with a man called Jimbo. Jackie responded that she thought she would not find anyone better at her age, but Rose reassured her that she would find someone one day, which was witnessed by the Tenth Doctor just before his impending regeneration. (The End of Time)
MEETING THE NINTH DOCTOR
Jackie suggested to Rose after the destruction of Henrik’s that she get compensation. Jackie first met the Ninth Doctor when Rose invited him in to talk about the Auton attack on Henrik’s, and flirted with him to no avail. During the final phase of the attempted Auton invasion, Autons attacked Jackie while she was out shopping at Queen’s Arcade, (Rose) after travelling to Oxford Street to get a compensation form for Rose after Henrik’s exploded, (Rose) but she was saved when Rose destroyed the Nestene Consciousness. (Rose)
When Rose left with The Doctor in his TARDIS, she intended to be back within hours. When Rose returned to London, although it had only been a few days for her, a year had elapsed on Earth due to a miscalculation by The Doctor. During that time, out of her mind with worry, Jackie organised a poster campaign for her missing daughter and even accused Rose’s boyfriend Mickey Smith of murdering her. When the police failed to find any evidence against Mickey, she began a hate campaign against him, eventually resulting in him being under suspicion from everyone. When Rose returned, a furious Jackie slapped The Doctor for taking her away.
She also could not understand why Rose would not tell her where she had been but learned the truth when she saw the TARDIS. Fearful for her daughter’s safety, she contacted an emergency helpline, which alerted UNIT to The Doctor’s presence. They escorted The Doctor and Rose to Downing Street. Sip Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen, who was disguised as a policeman, attacked Jackie due to her association with The Doctor. (Aliens of London)
The Doctor, having remotely electrocuted Sip Fel-Fotch with an electrified ID badge, prevented him from killing Jackie. Mickey then rescued her and escaped with her to his flat. Sip Fel-Fotch tracked down Mickey and Jackie and began breaking into Mickey’s flat. With the help of the Doctor, Jackie used all of the vinegar she could find in the flat to kill the calcium-based lifeform that was weakened by his compression field.
Jackie began to understand how dangerous Rose’s new life was when The Doctor ended the Slitheen’s plans to make the Earth into a piece of cheap, radioactive starship fuel by calling down a missile strike on 10 Downing Street where he and Rose were trapped. Rose survived the attack and rushed home to let Jackie know she had made it. Making an effort to understand her daughter’s new life, Jackie invited The Doctor for dinner, but he refused.
When ready to go travelling again, Rose promised that, because the TARDIS was a time machine, she could travel to the end of the universe and back and it would have only been ten seconds. However, after the TARDIS dematerialised, Rose did not return in ten seconds and Jackie walked off. (World War Three)
Jackie nearly fell for a scheme to take humans “on holiday” to fight in an alien war. A thug who lived in the council estate mugged her and took the “winning ticket” that qualified her for the vacation. Jackie ended up in hospital, but her assailant fared worse. He took her place as a remote-controlled soldier on an alien planet and was killed. (Winner Takes All)
The time-lost Neanderthal Das flirted with Jackie at a London nightclub before Captain Jack Harkness steered him away from her. Jack and Jackie did not meet at this time. Jack scanned Jackie’s DNA with his wrist device and identified her as Rose’s mother. He had heard that she “wouldn’t appreciate any more Doctor-related weirdness in her life”. (Only Human)
Rose used the “superphone” to call Jackie from a human colony world in the future. Jackie complained Rose had not let her know she had been in Cardiff during her recent visit to the city. (The Stealers of Dreams)
When The Doctor sent Rose back to her own time to escape a Dalek attack, Jackie was glad to have her daughter home. She said she loved The Doctor for sending Rose out of danger. Whilst comforting her, Jackie reacted badly to the revelation that Rose was by Pete’s side when he died. However, reminded of her husband’s penchant for daft ideas, she eventually helped Rose open the TARDIS console, enabling her to return and help The Doctor. (The Parting of the Ways)
Jackie began dating a fruit vendor named Howard. (The Christmas Invasion)
TRUSTING THE TENTH DOCTOR
Jackie was one of the first people to encounter The Doctor after he regenerated into his tenth incarnation. (The Christmas Invasion)
While The Doctor, Rose and Mickey were on the Sycorax ship, Jackie was briefly visited by the Third Doctor, Jo Grant and Captain Mike Yates, who had been answering a distress call they had received in the TARDIS. The “distress call” was actually a transmission made by Prime minister Harriet Jones. Although Jackie initially assumed that The Doctor she knew had changed again and Jo and Mike were the ‘regenerated’ Rose and Mickey, she soon came to understand that the Third Doctor was a younger version of the Doctor she knew. She was briefly concerned about the implications of Jo travelling with The Doctor, wondering if this meant that Rose was just the latest in a long line of companions rather than someone unique and concerned about what had happened to the others who had gone before. Studying Jackie’s Christmas tree, The Doctor was attacked and nearly suffocated by one of the sentient ornaments. Jackie was able to free him by feeding it Christmas pudding and brandy instead.
Using the internet, The Doctor discovered that UNIT’s secret HQ was no longer a building market with a sign reading “UNIT Headquarters, ” and that instead it had been moved underneath the Tower of London. As the group left in the TARDIS, Jackie insisted on joining them to help take her mind off of Rose’s predicament.
at the Tower, they were denied entrance by a Beefeater, who believed The Doctor to be one of the several imposters who were attempting to steal classified information by pretending to be The Doctor. Before they could convince him that they were genuine, the Tenth Doctor was able to free those being controlled by the Sycorax.
Returning to Jackie’s flat, the group had a brief encounter with The Master, trapped by another killer Christmas tree decoration after following The Doctor to her flat. The Master had followed The Doctor to join the Sycorax in helping enslave the human population, but he agreed to leave after being let go. Before he left, The Doctor assured Jackie and Jo that he would never make anyone leave him; and that all of his companions left him instead. Looking forward to finally meeting Jackie for the first time, The Doctor briefly flirted with her before taking off in the TARDIS once again. (The Christmas Inversion)
Following this encounter, her relationship with the Tenth Doctor was warmer than his earlier incarnation; she allowed The Doctor to attend Christmas dinner with Rose and her. (The Christmas Invasion)
Jackie posed as The Doctor’s new girlfriend and kissed him in front of Rose in order to drive out the jealousy-eating Iagnon from her. She later kissed him again just to make sure there wasn’t more than one creature inside her. (The Green-Eyed Monster)
Jackie comforted Rose after she returned from a parallel world where Pete was alive and Jackie had been turned into a Cyberman. Mickey had decided to stay in that world, and The Doctor had to seal off it off, so Rose could never visit. (The Age of Steel)
She decided to visit her school friend Marge Ellmore in Norwich. When the Zaross invaded she called Rose. She told Marge that Rose was more than a cashier. She was taken by the Zaross to their mothership, where she was to be made up as a rebel with Jess Ellmore. She stole one of the weapons on the ship, but it turned out to be a prop. She then helped The Doctor in his plans. (Infamy of the Zaross)
She befriended Elton Pope, a young man searching for The Doctor, unaware he was using her to get to The Doctor. Their relationship progressed to her forcing Elton to take off his clothes. The proceedings were interrupted by a call from Rose. Jackie discovered a photograph of Rose in Elton’s coat and realised the truth. She angrily told Elton she would protect The Doctor and Rose, no matter what. She later told Rose about what Elton had done. Rose and The Doctor tracked down Elton so Rose could yell at him, leading to saving his life from a monstrous alien. (Love & Monsters)
“And in forty years time, fifty, there’ll be this woman, this strange woman, walking through the marketplace on some planet a billion miles from Earth. But she’s not Rose Tyler. Not anymore. She’s not even human.” (Army of Ghosts)
Jackie accepted The Doctor as part of her life, showering him with kisses upon one of his returns with Rose. In 2007, Jackie was one of many fooled into believing the ghosts appearing around the world were deceased relatives, in her case, her father. She was hostile to The Doctor’s scepticism about this. While The Doctor investigated a ghost sighting, Jackie told her daughter how she feared this life of not settling down, and always travelling, because it had caused her to change radically from the girl who used to work in a shop. Rose had not enjoyed a fulfilling experience in her old job at Henrik’s and defended that she had changed for the better. Jackie supposed this was true, but seemed distressed that she had also worked in a shop and Rose’s negative reaction was a jab at her own welfare. Rose insisted she didn’t mean it that way, and Jackie replied she knew what Rose really meant to say. Although it upset Rose, Jackie confronted her with the belief that if she died, Rose would have no reason to come back home to Earth and stay travelling forever, changing more and more until she no longer resembled her daughter, even to the point she forgot how to be human. This caused Rose to sober up and think about having a more stable life.
Jackie found herself aboard the TARDIS when it dematerialised and arrived at Torchwood headquarters, warning The Doctor if they ended up on Mars, she’d kill him. When Torchwood surrounded the TARDIS in a hostile manner, The Doctor initiated a plan to observe their background operations. Rose was sent out to reconnoitre. Jackie impersonated Rose when she and The Doctor were captured by Torchwood. The Doctor’s unflattering remarks about his companion ageing by fifty-seven years after looking into the Heart of the TARDIS and being delusional about her real age of forty earned him an icy stare. The humour did not last long when a major conflict spilled out inside Torchwood’s compound. (Army of Ghosts)
A NEW HOME
Jackie found herself in the middle of the Battle of Canary Wharf. Cybermen from an alternate Earth and Daleks battled over Earth. Jackie thought she was reunited with the ghost of her dead husband, Pete, only to learn that it was a version from the alternate Earth whose own Jackie had been assimilated by the Cybermen. They almost immediately began a relationship. Soon after, Jackie and Rose had to escape to the alternate world, with no apparent way to return to their Earth. Jackie and Rose were declared dead on their Earth, victims of the battle. On the parallel Earth, however, Jackie gave birth to a son, Tony Tyler. She also had to deal with comforting Rose, who was emotionally devastated by her separation from The Doctor, with whom she had fallen in love. (Doomsday)
FIGHTING THE DALEKS
Over the next few years, Rose worked to find a way back to The Doctor to warn him about the impending collapse of reality. She returned to her original Earth after a detour into an alternate timeline. Soon after, Jackie and Mickey also returned to their original Earth to help Rose. One of the first people Jackie encountered was Sarah Jane Smith. Jackie and Mickey arrived as Sarah Jane was about to be killed by two Daleks. Jackie killed one of the Daleks while Mickey killed the other.
Now a more self-assured, less self-absorbed individual, Jackie worked alongside Sarah Jane, Mickey and Jack Harkness to rescue The Doctor and save Earth. While Mickey disagreed with Sarah Jane’s plan to surrender to get to the Crucible, Jackie immediately agreed, knowing that The Doctor and Rose would be there. Jackie, Mickey and Sarah Jane were made test subjects for the reality bomb. Sarah Jane and Mickey escaped while Jackie comforted a fallen prisoner. In the nick of time, Jackie’s teleport recharged and she escaped to safety. In the ensuing battle, Jackie was reunited with Rose and met Martha Jones and Donna Noble. When Earth was towed back to where it belonged, Jackie didn’t pilot the TARDIS along with everyone else. The Doctor specifically told her, “No, no Jackie, not you, just stand back”.
Afterwards, Mickey said his goodbyes to her. He wasn’t returning to the parallel world. There was nothing left for him there and he said that he was going to miss her the most. Jackie embraced Mickey in a final goodbye. Following the defeat of Davros, The Doctor returned Jackie to the alternate Earth to reunite her with her husband and son. Jackie couldn’t resist winding up The Doctor one last time by making him believe she had named her son “Doctor”. She watched as The Doctor’s clone agreed to stay behind and begin a life with Rose and the original Doctor departed for the last time. (Journey’s End)
LIFE WITH THE META-CRISIS DOCTOR
Jackie later joined UNIT along with The Doctor, Pete and Rose after the Preachers were combined with UNIT. She became head of the food department. (The Siege of Big Ben)
Under unknown circumstances, Jackie was returned to N-Space by River Song to talk about her history with the Tenth Doctor, alongside Sylvia Noble, Francine Jones and Wilfred Mott. (Judge, Jury and Executioner)
At some point, Jackie called Rose on the TARDIS, worrying again about her travelling with the Ninth Doctor. (Mystery Date)
Jackie had a very strong personality. While she cared greatly for Rose, she didn’t like the Ninth Doctor very much. She had no problem speaking her mind and didn’t mind hitting someone; she struck The Doctor. (Aliens of London) Over time she grew to like and respect The Doctor, especially after he stuck to his word and sent Rose back home safely from the Daleks, (The Parting of the Ways) and increasingly in his tenth incarnation. (Love & Monsters, Army of Ghosts)
While Jackie appeared flighty at times, she loved her daughter and was concerned for her safety, given the life The Doctor led. Her attitude towards The Doctor softened from hostility to grudging acceptance, but she continued to worry about Rose and awaited her daughter’s return. The Doctor made an effort to return Rose home periodically, even if it seemed almost as if the whole purpose was to let Rose get some laundry done. (Army of Ghosts)
She did not react well to terrifying situations. While running from Cybermen, she was so frightened she could barely tell The Doctor where she was. (Doomsday) She was reluctant to help someone in need. She needed a lot of convincing to help Rose and Mickey out with their plan to save The Doctor, although she ultimately provided the solution to their problem. (World War Three) This particular trait was less prominent later on. When she was unable to save a woman from Davros’ reality bomb, she voiced deep regret. (Journey’s End)
Being alone while Rose was travelling with The Doctor took its toll on Jackie; when she met Elton Pope, she flirted with and attempted to seduce him before chatting to Rose over the phone brought her back to her senses. In her words, “I just go a bit mad.” When she learned he was just using her to get to The Doctor, she yelled at him and told him that it was hard for her to have to stay behind and not hear from Rose. She said that she would protect The Doctor for as long as she could. (Love & Monsters)
In the year in which she thought Rose was missing, she blamed Mickey for her disappearance. She started a hate campaign and turned the rest of the estate against him. (Aliens of London) She was horrified and embarrassed to be rescued by him during the Slitheen invasion. (World War Three) Later, they formed a close friendship. When Mickey returned to the normal universe for good, he told Jackie she was the one he was going to miss most — more so than Rose. Jackie hugged Mickey and even seemed to understand and sympathise with his choice.
When she returned to Earth from the parallel Earth to rescue her daughter from the Daleks, Jackie evinced more self-confidence, even destroying a Dalek threatening Sarah Jane, but The Doctor still didn’t let her work the TARDIS controls. (Journey’s End)
Jackie went on dates with a number of men, (The End of Time, The Parting of the Ways, The Christmas Invasion) even attempting to seduce those she was attracted to, (Love & Monsters) but clearly never stopped loving Pete. (Doomsday)
When she asked for alcohol, Mickey told Jackie, “I’ve seen you when you’ve had a few. This ain’t time for a conga.” (Aliens of London)
BEHIND THE SCENES
In Russell T Davies’ initial pitch for the revival of Doctor Who, Rose Tyler’s mother was originally named Judy. (DWMSE 11)
1. ↑ Rose, without prompting from another character native to Pete’s World, says her mother’s forty and notes 1 February as “mum’s birthday”.
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