Russell T Davies solves old Doctor Who plot hole in Rose Prequel

Wonderful! Previous Medical doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has unveiled short tale Rose: The Prequel in advance of the enthusiast collective rewatch of the to start with NuWho episode.

Accessible to read through now in full a BBC Doctor Who web site write-up and below, the introduction to the episode depicts a model new Medical professional Who regeneration, with Paul McGann’s Eighth Health practitioner reworking straight into Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth (skipping more than John Hurt’s War Medical doctor).

Supposed to seem in the pages of Doctor Who Journal for the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013, the tale was dropped at the ask for of then-Who-showrunner Steven Moffat. Why? As the tale would entirely overlook out The War Doctor, a vital character in distinctive episode The Working day of The Health practitioner.

“How could [I] have recognised?” Davies explains. “That the Day of the Medical doctor would have an further Medical professional, a War Health practitioner?”

He included: “Steven did not even tell us about Evening of the Medical doctor, he kept that regeneration a finish shock! He just explained, sorry, can you lay off that total region?”

So what in fact transpires in Rose: The Prequel? The surreal tale follows the stop of the Time War, with the Eighth Physician (owning lived through various million several years) seemingly killed by a solidifying time lock. But just when all hope seems shed, the Physician is rescued by an old friend…

Rose: The Prequel also solves a massive Medical doctor Who plot gap: how could the Ninth Medical doctor only be 900 years aged? In 1 of lots of incredibly trippy sections to the story, the Health care provider ponders on what age he’s attained after the combating.

“The Time War employed yrs as ammunition at the Struggle of Rodan’s Marriage ceremony by yourself, he’d aged to five million and then regressed to a mewling babe, basically from shrapnel,” Davies writes. “Now, the ache in his bones feels… 1 thousand a long time aged? Properly. Contact it nine hundred. Sounds improved.”

The prose even ends on what Davies imagined the Ninth Doctor’s initial term would be: “Blimey!”

Total, it is a genuine gem for admirers of the show.

And Whovians are established for an even bigger handle right now, with Davies promising a “sequel” to Rose to drop on his Instagram account at 7.45pm (following the Rose re-watch concludes).

It’s not currently very clear what this sequel will element, but watchalong organiser Emily Prepare dinner previously exposed on Twitter it will feature model new Health practitioner Who material penned by Davies.

We’ve now received our fingers crossed for another cameo comeback akin to Steven Moffat’s The Working day of the Health care provider introduction. Ahead of the communal rewatch of the anniversary episode, the former author shared a new Medical doctor Who scene featuring Drax, coronavirus riffs and even a dig at Sacha Dhawan’s new Learn.

To observe along with the fan rewatch of Rose on Thursday, only commence seeing the episode at 7pm (it’s accessible to stream on the two BBC iPlayer and Netflix) and use the Twitter hashtag #TripOfALifetime.

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