Improbable! Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has unveiled brief story Rose: The Prequel forward of the fan collective rewatch of the primary NuWho episode.
Out there to learn now in full a BBC Doctor Who weblog submit and under, the introduction to the episode depicts a model new Doctor Who regeneration, with Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor reworking immediately into Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth (skipping over John Harm’s Warfare Doctor).
Meant to look in the pages of Doctor Who Journal for the present’s 50th anniversary in 2013, the story was dropped on the request of then-Who-showrunner Steven Moffat. Why? Because the story would fully miss out The Warfare Doctor, a key character in particular episode The Day of The Doctor.
“How may [I] have recognized?” Davies explains. “That the Day of the Doctor would have an further Doctor, a Warfare Doctor?”
He added: “Steven didn’t even inform us about Evening of the Doctor, he stored that regeneration a whole shock! He simply mentioned, sorry, are you able to lay off that entire space?”
So what truly occurs in Rose: The Prequel? The surreal story follows the tip of the Time Warfare, with the Eighth Doctor (having lived via a number of million years) seemingly killed by a solidifying time lock. However simply when all hope appears misplaced, the Doctor is rescued by an previous buddy…
Rose: The Prequel additionally solves an enormous Doctor Who plot gap: how may the Ninth Doctor solely be 900 years previous? In considered one of many very trippy sections to the story, the Doctor ponders on what age he’s reached after the combating.
“The Time Warfare used years as ammunition; on the Battle of Rodan’s Wedding ceremony alone, he’d aged to 5 million after which regressed to a mewling babe, merely from shrapnel,” Davies writes. “Now, the ache in his bones feels… one thousand years previous? Effectively. Name it 9 hundred. Sounds higher.”
The prose even ends on what Davies imagined the Ninth Doctor’s first phrase could be: “Blimey!”
General, it’s an actual gem for followers of the present.
And Whovians are set for an even greater deal with as we speak, with Davies promising a “sequel” to Rose to drop on his Instagram account at 7.45pm (after the Rose re-watch concludes).
It’s not presently clear what this sequel will characteristic, however watchalong organiser Emily Cook dinner beforehand revealed on Twitter it is going to characteristic model new Doctor Who materials penned by Davies.
ROSE: THE SEQUEL ????
— Emily Cook dinner (@Emily_Rosina) March 26, 2020
We’ve already received our fingers crossed for an additional cameo comeback akin to Steven Moffat’s The Day of the Doctor introduction. Earlier than the communal rewatch of the anniversary episode, the previous author shared a brand new Doctor Who scene that includes Drax, coronavirus riffs and even a dig at Sacha Dhawan’s new Grasp.
To comply with together with the fan rewatch of Rose on Thursday, merely begin watching the episode at 7pm (it’s out there to stream on each BBC iPlayer and Netflix) and use the Twitter hashtag #TripOfALifetime.
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