Doctor Who to release Rose: The Prequel ahead of second fan watch-along

Russell T Davies has revealed that a long-lost “piece of history” will be released online ahead of the upcoming Who livestream

Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in Doctor Who (BBC)

If a brand-new Doctor Who sketch written by Steven Moffat wasn’t enough for you, fellow ex-showrunner Russell T Davies has revealed that yet more exclusive Who content is set to hit the internet, all part of the ongoing fan rewatches of the BBC sci-fi drama while viewers are stuck at home.

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And this time, ahead of the Thursday 26th March anniversary simulcast of Rose – Davies’ original 2005 ‘pilot’ for the rebooted version of Doctor Who, which aired 15 years ago that day – it looks like we’ll be getting our hands on a long-shelved bit of promotional material, offering a “prequel” of the episode’s action.

“Thursday daytime, time TBC, we’ll release ROSE: THE PREQUEL on the BBC’s Doctor Who website – it’s a lost piece of history from the 50th anniversary year, 2013,” Davies wrote on Instagram. “Never seen before!

“Plus more surprise to come,” he added. “Oh what a lockdown this is!’

While no more details were given by Davies or the watch-along’s organiser Emily Cook, it seems likely that this “prequel” material was intended as part of the celebrations around The Day of the Doctor (coincidentally, the first of the series’ episodes to get this simulcast treatment), only to not make the cut at the time.

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ROSE livestream and tweet-a-long, THURSDAY 26 MARCH at 7pm GMT. Come and have fun! Before that, Thursday daytime, time TBC, we’ll release ROSE: THE PREQUEL on the BBC’s Doctor Who website – it’s a lost piece of history from the 50th anniversary year, 2013. Never seen before! ROSE is available in the UK on BBC iPlayer and Netflix; worldwide, check your own resources (don’t ask me, I have no clue!). If you can’t find a copy, close your eyes at 7pm GMT and feel my psychic link. Yeah. I’ll be tweeting along, twitter handle to be named on Thursday! Plus more surprise to come. Oh what a lockdown this is! #TripofaLifetime @bbcdoctorwho @doctorwho_magazine @bbc @bbcone @bbciplayer @emily_rosina #doctorwho #rose #hellofaithfulviewer Trailer by James Barnett @makemeaoffer

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Now, combined with Davies’ promised tweet-along to Rose on the 26th as well as the “more surprise” yet to be unveiled, it looks like Doctor Who fans have an awful lot to look forward to. And what better way to mark NuWho’s 15th anniversary?

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Find out how to join in with the Rose rewatch here. Want something else to watch? Check out our TV guide or list of what’s best on Disney+ this week.