Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies revealed earlier this week that a long-lost “piece of history” will be released online ahead of the 15th anniversary simulcast of Rose – Davies’ original 2005 ‘pilot’ for the rebooted version of NuWho.
The never seen before long-shelved bit of promotional material, offering a ‘prequel’ to Rose the first of the revived series that sees Christopher Eccleston as the ninth incarnation of the Doctor, his only series in the role, accompanied by Billie Piper, as his first and main companion Rose Tyler, whom he plucks from obscurity on planet Earth, and to whom he grows increasingly attached.
Davies joined twitter especially today for this evenings live rewatch of Rose on twitter:
Sharing the exciting announcement on social media earlier this week, Davies wrote:
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ROSE livestream and tweet-a-long, THURSDAY 26 MARCH at 7pm GMT. Come and have fun! Before that, Thursday daytime, time TBC, we’ll release ROSE: THE PREQUEL on the BBC’s Doctor Who website – it’s a lost piece of history from the 50th anniversary year, 2013. Never seen before! ROSE is available in the UK on BBC iPlayer and Netflix; worldwide, check your own resources (don’t ask me, I have no clue!). If you can’t find a copy, close your eyes at 7pm GMT and feel my psychic link. Yeah. I’ll be tweeting along, twitter handle to be named on Thursday! Plus more surprise to come. Oh what a lockdown this is! #TripofaLifetime @bbcdoctorwho @doctorwho_magazine @bbc @bbcone @bbciplayer @emily_rosina #doctorwho #rose #hellofaithfulviewer Trailer by James Barnett @makemeaoffer
Speaking on the prequel Davies Spoke on the BBC Website:
This was never meant to exist.
Way back, maybe early 2013, Tom Spilsbury, the editor of Doctor Who Magazine, asked me if I wanted to contribute to DWM’s great 50th special. Maybe addressing that huge gap in Doctor Who lore, how did the Eighth Doctor regenerate into the Ninth?
I said well, yeah, no, but, isn’t that best left to the imagination? If I write a script, it would be too real, too fixed, too canonical. But Tom’s never one to give up. He said okay, what if you wrote, say, the final pages of a Target novel? About the last days of the Time War. The Doctor’s final moments. And we could present it like a surviving fragment of the Novel That Never Was, so it exists in that half-real space of the spin-offs, possible but not factual, just slightly canon, if you so choose. Okay, Tom. You temptress. I’m in.
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ROSE: THE PREQUEL. Designed as a Target paperback by @ratkins45 , thank you! To explain: this was written for Doctor Who Magazine in early 2013, to show the Eighth Doctor regenerating into the Ninth. But! The Day of the Doctor script knocked that for six, continuity-wise, so this was buried deep. Until today! It’s a glimpse of parallel events… Brand new ROSE: THE SEQUEL tonight at 7.45! . . @bbcdoctorwho @doctorwho_magazine @emily_rosina commissioned by @tomspilsbury cover by @leebinding ♥️
To read the prequel head over to the BBC Doctor Who website here.
Although Doctor Who series 12 came to an end at the beginning of the month, with show’s bosses confirming that the Daleks will be back and threatening the Time Lord and friends when the series returns over Christmas.
The hit BBC series will air the one-off festive episode, titled Revolution Of The Daleks.
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