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Doctor Who Scribe Russell T. Davies Pens Farewell to Our Sarah Jane
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. For their part, the cast and creatives behind the series have been stepping up in a big way. We've had Steven Moffat and Russell T. Davies offering new prologue, epilogue, and side stories that further enhance viewers' appreciation for the episode. We've seen Peter Capaldi take to Twitter to share his in-the-moment Doctor perspectives, and Arthur Darvill even returned to the role of Rory for a video treat (and those are just a handful of examples). With this weekend being David Tennant's birthday, it seemed as good a time as any for Cook and "Team TARDIS" to run another global rewatch, with the appropriately-chosen "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End".
Former showrunner Davies and director Graeme Harper will be watching and live-tweeting, with Tennant, Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman, and John Barrowman, Noel Clarke, Nicholas Briggs, Nicholas Pegg, and Barnaby Edwards joining along for the festivities. This weekend's episodes marked his closing chapters on the show and included possibly the largest and most destructive Dalek invasion yet (even bringing Davros back). But before that kicks off and with the blessing of the actress' family, Davies has penned and released a final goodbye to Elisabeth 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"
In a 2008 interview, Sladen was asked who her favorite Doctor was; while her response wasn't a huge surprise, it did allow her to throw some extra love at the other Doctors she's worked with: "I used to hedge that question and say Peter Cushing from the film, but to be honest: you know, I love David [Tennant]. We had such fun and he is so good. He is so amazing. Jon [Pertwee] was my first one, and Jon and I did a tour across the States and we had an amazing time. But Tom [Baker] was more near the way I work. I worked with Tom for a long time, and we did have an amazing chemistry. How it worked, God knows, but it worked, and you don't question that, you just lap it up. So for me, my Doctor would be Tom."