When the War in the Alpha Doon'kin Universe started, Rose Tyler was a nineteen-year-old living on a London council estate who had left school with little educational achievement. Emotionally shaped by living with a promiscuous mother and stories about a father whom she never knew, Rose seemed destined for a life as a retail worker.
Instead, the Axis blew up her workplace (along with a good chunk of London) and they began travelling together soon afterwards. Without trying, she helped the allies work through some of the pain they had fighting them. Indeed, when she joined the Alliance, she was the girlfriend of Mickey Smith, but that relationship immediately began to decay after she started training as a intel operator.