God forbid we should get all heavy right away, but let's review the rules of the quest. If you plan on going on an epic quest, there are some things to look out for. The first one is a crazy person with magic powers, who appears out of nowhere and seems to be a nutter. He'll offer you a few chances to come along, and being a normal sort of girl, you'll tell him politely to fuck off every time but the last. The Refusal of the Call. But as these things go, he'll probably keep turning up, and weirder and weirder shit will happen, until you have to, by sheer force of inertia, play along -- and then you can't look back, because that's how they always get you. The whole Tim Hunter thing: "You have a choice! Just kidding, we slipped the red pill into your Guinness hours ago." Well. Rose seems like she would drink, like, Fresca. Her mom would drink Tab. Mickey would drink Red Bull. The Doctor would drink...something weird. Blue margaritas like yours truly, or some strange dessert wine from the 18th century. With a beer chaser. I don't know what Captain Jack drinks, but I bet it's crazy hot.
Rose runs outside the building, totally freaked and getting it together as quickly as she can. There is much zooming past of vehicles and a really jarring feeling that nobody on the outside knows how weird things just got. A taxi almost runs Rose over. She reaches the other side of the street and looks up just in time to see the top of the building explode. She runs home, past a bright blue police box. I guess technically she didn't say "goodbye" to her stupid job, but that's somewhat implied by the way it went all explody. She doesn't have a whole lot of responsibilities left.
Back at home, the reporter on News 24 is talking about how all central London is closed off for investigations, and the dummy's arm is lying on a chair. Jackie Tyler, Rose's very tacky mum, walks in wearing a track suit and yakking on the phone about Rose's exciting time, which has now become hers: "Honestly, it's aged her. Skin like an old Bible. Walking in now you'd think I was her daughter!" Not true. Jackie looks like Baby Spice's daughter, maybe, but not Rose's. Props to whoever coined "skin like an old Bible," though. That shit is hardcore. Jackie hands Rose some tea and welcomes Rose's boyfriend Mickey, who immediately starts whining: "I've been phoning your mobile! You could've been dead! It's on the news and everything! I can't believe that your shop went up!" He drops to the floor and snivels.