In Fiction: the Doctor is taking Rose on a whistle-stop tour of her parent’s life, which includes a fair amount of the dodgy hairstyles, dress sense and music that characterised the 1980s. As the TARDIS lands on the corner of Walterley Street SE15, amidst Socialist Worker posters and vintage cars, someone's radio is playing The Communards; and as Pete Tyler drives his own daughter to church, Rick Astley is replaced on his car stereo with the unmistakeablely 21st century sounds of The Streets... the Reapers are coming, and they know how to party.
In Fact: Doctor Who managed to make it right through the 80s without so much as a half-bar of Tainted Love intruding into the show, only for the 2005 series to include a 45-minute 1980s retrospective packed with authentically cheesy electro-pop. Hide behind the sofa!
Paul Cornell’s script did not specify which song to use as the TARDIS landed, but did request music playing from a distant radio that was appropriate to 7th November 1987. Later, as Pete drives Rose to the church, the script called for ‘The Number One Song in Heaven’ by The Sparks playing on his stereo, to be interrupted by “2005 pop that couldn’t be from anywhen else,” with Pete commenting “this acid house stuff goes right over my head." The acid house reference was dropped during filming, and the songs changed in post-production to ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ by The Communards and ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’ by The Streets, a track actually released in 2002 but still, as Paul Cornell says on the DVD commentary, “the most modern possible thing!”
Never Can Say Goodbye – The Communards
Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
Don't Mug Yourself – The Streets