As everyone spends more time indoors to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, now more than ever people are looking for things to do and socialise over, even if from the comfort of their own homes rather than physically in person. So, frankly, what better time to start rewatching Doctor Who with the world?
Over the past weekend, Doctor Who fans came together for a live tweet of the 50th Anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor,” even managing to get Steven Moffat to temporarily rejoin Twitter to join in. Moffat even wrote a special introduction featuring Strax the Sontaran, performed by actor Dan Starkey to celebrate. Coming together under the hashtag #SaveTheDay, the rewatch broke to the top of Twitter trends across the world, bringing together Whovians in a lovely moment of co-operation and multi-Doctor shenanigans.
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
They’re set to try this type of thing once more and are going back to the very beginning of Doctor Who’s revival. Radio Times reports that to mark the 15th anniversary of the show’s modern return this week, former showrunner Russell T. Davies will join Twitter for a live-tweeting of the very first episode of his time on the show, “Rose.”
Starting at 7 p.m. UK time on Thursday, March 26 (6 am AEDT the following day)—15 years to the day since it first aired on BBC One—fans can follow along by watching the episode and tweeting with the hashtag #TripOfALifetime, a reference to the original teaser tag heralding the Ninth Doctor’s (Christopher Eccleston) explosive arrival after the show’s nearly-decade-long absence from TV.
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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
Like Moffat before him, Davies will mark the occasion by penning some new material to share with fans while they rewatch, as well as tweeting his own insights into the episode and making Doctor Who as it all unfolds. He doesn’t appear to have the twitter account up and running yet but we’ll update when we find out where he’s tweeting from.
Maybe you need something to do Thursday afternoon to idle away the time. Maybe you want to use this period of social distancing to finally get into Doctor Who! Maybe you just wanna rewatch Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and the Doctor blow up apartment stores and fight hordes of plastic alien shop dummies. Whatever your reason, you can guarantee one thing at least—it’s gonna be fantastic.