Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has given further details of his brand-new ‘Rose‘ prequel and sequel, due to be released later today to coincide with tonight’s global 15th anniversary re-watch!
Last Friday 21st March saw the Doctor Who fandom band together to combat the social distancing blues by taking part in a mass re-watch of 2013’s 50th anniversary special, ‘The Day of the Doctor‘. The idea originated from a suggestion made by Doctor Who Magazine‘s Emily Cook, and quickly gained the support of many familiar faces from across the Doctor Who universe. These included the episode’s very own writer, former showrunner Steven Moffat, who joined Twitter for just one day to tweet along with the episode. With the help of Dan Starkey and Neve McIntosh, best known for playing Strax and Madame Vastra respectively, Moffat created a brand-new introductory scene for the episode:
Yes! Here it is, courtesy of @StevenWMoffat and with the help of @McIntoshNeve, my esteemed colleague Strax entreats you to #SaveTheDay and join us in our viewing of The Day of The Doctor. Today at 7pm GMT, 3pm EST and all around the world! #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/ljqFWM6QRE
— Dan Starkey (@StanDarkley) March 21, 2020
Not to be outdone, the success of last week’s fandom-wide ‘The Day of the Doctor‘ watch-along spurred former showrunner Russell T Davies to endorse a mass re-watch of his inaugural episode of the revived series, ‘Rose‘.
Tonight, on the 15th anniversary of the episode’s first broadcast on 26th March 2005, Doctor Who fans will once again band together to watch another well-loved episode. Starting at 7pm GMT tonight, fans will be watching and tweeting along with the episode using the hashtag ‘#TripOfALifetime‘.
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LIVE TWEET, this Thursday 26 March, 7pm UK time, “Rose,” for its 15th anniversary. Available on iPlayer and Netflix. Apparently, I’ll have to join twitter for this. I blame you, @stevenwmoffat. For everything. Can we swear? Also, surprise extra material released on the day. Exciting! Join in! . . . @bbcdoctorwho @bbc @bbcone @bbciplayer @doctorwho_magazine
Davies has also announced that, to tie-in with this commemorative re-watch, he will be releasing several pieces of never-seen-before material throughout today, including:
- At 2pm, ‘Rose: The Prequel‘ will be released via the BBC website;
- At 2:30pm, ‘Rose: The Prequel‘ will be available on Russell T Davies‘ Instagram in ‘a different and beautiful format’;
- At 3pm, Davies has promised a ‘nice little extra’!
Later, following the re-watch of ‘Rose’, 7:45pm will see the release of ‘Rose: The Sequel‘, which will also be available in an alternative format on Davies‘ Instagram at 8:30pm tonight.
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TODAY! 15 years since Rose! I’ll be tweeting tonight on @russelldavies63 (no middle T). Here’s a schedule… . 2pm ROSE: THE PREQUEL released on the BBC website. . 2.30pm ROSE: THE PREQUEL released here on my insta, in a different and beautiful format. . 3pm nice little extra released. . 6.50pm or so, I’ll start tweeting. . 7pm ROSE LIVE TWEET!! . 7.45 ROSE: THE SEQUEL. What?! But..? Yes. Yes! The sequel! And it’s canon! I say so! Stay tuned. . 8pm #clapforourcarers. . 8.30pm ROSE: THE SEQUEL (yes, really!) released here on my insta in a different and beautiful format.
If all that wasn’t enough, Russell has followed in Steven Moffat’s footsteps and joined Twitter to join in and tweet along with the episode @russelldavies63!
Is this on, what does this button NO STOP #TripOfALifetime
— Russell T Davies (@russelldavies63) March 26, 2020
Whilst it’s not yet clear exactly what form the ‘Rose‘ prequel, sequel, or the other new material will take, it’s nevertheless an exciting prospect to see what Russell T Davies has to add to this iconic episode fifteen years after its original broadcast!