Turns out it wasn’t just a prequel to “Rose”, the episode that kicked off Doctor Who‘s revival 15 years ago last night, that former showrunner Russell T. Davies shared to celebrate the anniversary live-tweet/rewatch fun. In a surprise move, he also dropped a follow up that dived into the plastic villains’ next moves and their motivations.
Performed by The Stranger and Medici‘s Jacob Dudman, “Revenge of the Nestene” sees Davies pick up immediately after the seeming destruction of the Nestene Consciousness in meddling Time Lord and Human that stopped its plans.
The story is fascinating not just for the added nuance it gives to the Autons, but for how Davies dives into the species’ backstory. The brief tale explores not only Nestene society, but how its homeworld was ravaged by the Time War”right down to how that even worked, given the Time War was fought across different realities and timelines. There’s even a cheeky implication that the Conciousness used the last of its duplication abilities to transform itself into a duplicate ofÂ a certain U.K. politician…it’s classic Davies-style Who, through and through!
It’s a really intriguing slice of Doctor Who history, and a perfect treat to cap off last night’s anniversary celebrations. If you’d prefer to read the short story instead of watch Dudman perform it, you can check out the full thing on Davies’ Instagram account.