Doctor Who fans have been getting some serious help dealing with being in home lockdown and Doctor Who Monthly magazine's Emily Cook has been the main ringmaster making all of these online rewatch sessions and live-tweeting runs possible. With this weekend marking David Tennant's birthday and Sunday, April 19, marking the anniversary of Elisabeth Sladen's passing, this weekend's global rewatch and live-tweet of "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End" takes on meaningful and emotional importance. It was a gauntlet thrown down by Cook that was quickly picked up over the week leading into it by a growing number of cast members and creative.
When we woke up this morning, we saw that the updated list had grown dramatically from its original listing of former showrunner Russell T. Davies and director Graeme Harper. Tennant, Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman, and John Barrowman, Noel Clarke, Nicholas Briggs, Nicholas Pegg, Barnaby Edwards and more quickly came on board for the festivities. With a small break in-between episodes (it's pretty exhausting being fun, witty, and charming for that long, just look at everything Barrowman's been up to so far), fans are getting a treat from three of the show's fav moms: Camille Coduri (Rose's mom, Jackie Tyler), Adjoa Andoh (Martha's mom, Francine Jones), and Jacqueline King (Donna's mom, Sylvia Noble). In the following clips, the three actresses express their appreciation for the fan support over the years and offer a little "motherly advice" on making it through all of this home time:
Before that kicks off and with the blessing of the actress' family, Davies has penned and released a final goodbye to Sladen (narrated by Jacob Dudman). Having played companion Sarah Jane Smith on the series and in her own spinoff series The Sarah Jane Adventures, Sladen's companion was part of the Doctor's team for these two episodes. Davies' work also marks the anniversary of Sladen's April 19th passing, so the mini-episode has an even deeper emotional meaning for fans. Here's a look at the initial announcement teaser, followed by one final "adventure" with Sarah Jane for old time's sake, as her closest friends come together to say "Farewell, Sarah Jane":