Doctor Who pros and fans have spent a second week making lockdown a little bit easier for us all, with more celebrity live-tweets, original fiction and more
It’s been another seven days of staring at the same four walls for much of the world. But at least for Doctor Who fans those walls are bigger on the inside. Well, figuratively at least. The Doctor Who community of fans and professionals alike have come together in lockdown to try and make social distancing a little more social. Blogtor Who is here with a round of #FishCustard and the other activities that came our way this past week.
Emily Cook of Doctor Who Magazine continued to put together astonishingly impressive teams of Doctor Who stars. While her Doctor Who Lockdown project has continued to produce extra treats for us all. On Monday #TheUltimateGinger assembled Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy), guest stars Tony Curran (Vincent) and Bill Nighy (Dr. Black), writer Richard Curtis and script editor Emma Freud to mark Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday with a live-tweet of 2010’s Vincent and the Doctor. On Friday Smith and Gillan returned, joined by former co-star Arthur Darvill (Rory), and showrunner and writer Steven Moffat. Director Adam Smith and costume designer Ray Holman were also on hand as they all live tweeted The Eleventh Hour. They and fans came together under the #FishCustard hashtag to mark the tenth anniversary of the Eleventh Doctor’s debut.
The Raggedy Doctor by Amelia Pond (as told to Steven Moffat)
#FishCustard was also accompanied by a brand new animated story by Steven Moffat. Created by a team all working remotely from each other, and including the brilliant and charming art of Sophie Iles, The Raggedy Doctor by Amelia Pond tells a youthful tale of Amy, Rory and Mels.
If you missed out on #TheUltimateGinger and #FishCustard, you can still read back the banter and fun facts. The Blogtor Who Twitter account was busy at work those nights, collecting together all the tweets from the pros, the best comments from fans, and our own combination of behind the scenes trivia and commentary on our favourite bits.
Press Play by Pete McTighe
There was more original Doctor Who fiction fiction too. Pete McTighe, writer of Kerblam! and Praxeus, crafted a brand new short story to keep fans going. Press Play is a bittersweet tale of the Thirteenth Doctor discovering a long lost message from a former companion.
The live-tweet format has really taken off with other groups too. BBC America organized a viewing of Spyfall Parts One and Two with Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Sacha Dhawan (The Master). While the Radio Times recruited John Barrowman (Captain Jack) and Naoko Mori (Tosh) to live tweet the Torchwood episode Captain Jack Harkness. The 21st century episodes are widely available both on DVD/Blu-ray and streaming platforms like Netflix, iPlayer and Amazon. However, options for their 20th century cousins are more limited. This means events celebrating them have been slightly more low key. But Doctor Who documentary film makers Fantom Films have taken up the baton and run with it. This week they held #Salamander – a watchalong of Patrick Troughton adventure six part adventure The Enemy of the World, accompanied by expert commentary from the likes of Toby Hadoke and Philip Morris. Hadoke is famous for the epic scope of Doctor Who information locked up in his little grey cells, while Morris was the archivist responsible for recovering The Enemy of the World in 2013.
Christopher Eccleston’s NHS tribute for the BBC
Finally, former Doctor Christopher Eccleston has performed a recitation in tribute to the NHS for BBC News. A new poem by fellow Salford son Matt Kelly, it salutes the doctors, nurses and staff of the UK’s National Health Service for putting themselves on the front line of fighting the current pandemic. As medical professionals around the world step up to even higher acts of bravery then ever before, the poem expresses sentiments all here at Blogtor Who can stand behind.
Coming Next Week:
#BiggerOnTheInside is coming on Friday, the 11th of April. Celebrated author Neil Gaiman will be sharing insights and thoughts on his first Doctor Who episode, The Doctor’s Wife. But that’s sure to just be the start of the fun and we can expect more names and surprises to be announced in the meantime.