No, Russell T. Davies isn't a Time Lord, but he has written a new noveliasation of "Rose," the episode that relaunched Doctor Who after decades away from television screens back in 2005. And in the process, he's added and tweaked a few things - including some faces for the Doctor that neither Rose Tyler, nor even we, have met yet.
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It's been nearly 13 years since Doctor Who returned from cancellation, which means it's also been nearly 13 years since Christopher Eccleston made his shock exit as the Ninth Doctor. In the years since Eccleston has kept mostly quiet about why he left the show after just one season, but he's now revealed the full extent of what caused his departure.
Doctor Who fans who grew up in the classic era of the show are more than familiar with the nostalgic legacy of the Target (no relation to the retail store) novelizations - in an era before repeats and home releases, they were often your only chance to re-experience an episode. These days episode novelizations are no longer common, but the BBC is bringing them back for a retro hit.
Nine years ago, ex-Prime Minister Harriet Jones gave her life to alert the Doctor to a Dalek invasion of Earth in the Doctor Who season four finale "The Stolen Earth/Journey's End." But it turns out she didn't actually die, as everyone believed because former Who showrunner Russell T Davies has written a new poetry collection that retcons her survival.