The Day before the Doctor

doctor and roseIt wasn’t until today that I realized that the US version of The Office and the rebooted version of Doctor Who came into the world at the same time (15 years ago this week).  The Office gets a lot more airplay, of course, but Who has its own intense fanbase.  So much so that Russell T Davies, the original NuWho showrunner, just released a prequel to the series and a sequel to the run’s first episode, “Rose.”  Rose, played by Billie Piper, is the first companion of the ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston.  The pair worked together for one season.  The two met when the Nestene Consciousness attempted to use the Autons to take over the planet (ah, classic NuWho).  You can read “Doctor Who and the Time War” here.  It begins with a reflection by Davies before jumping mid-sentence into the moment of regeneration for the Ninth Doctor.

Then the story continues with this sequel to “Rose” also written by Davies titled “The Revenge of The Nestene.”  It’s a good time to be a fan of the Doctor.

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