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Doctor Who: Lockdown! (also styled Doctor Who: LOCKDOWN!, and originally titled Who at Home) was a project founded by Emily Cook from Doctor Who Magazine who proposed the idea to Doctor Who fans as a simulcast watch-along of the show's 50th Anniversary, The Day of the Doctor, worldwide as a way to pass the time in self-isolation due to worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. The story was shown on 21 March 2020. She added that if the concept gained enough popularity, she would arrange more watch-alongs.
For the first watch-along, Steven Moffat penned a short introductory skit, Strax Saves the Day, which was released on Twitter. The home-produced video starred Dan Starkey as Strax, represented on screen with a stuffed toy of the character, and featured the voice of Neve McIntosh as Vastra.
For the second watch-along Russell T Davies released a previously withheld prequel short story, Doctor Who and the Time War, which was released onto the Doctor Who website and depicted an alternate account to the Eighth Doctor's involvement in the Last Great Time War and the Ninth Doctor's origins, and a sequel audio story, Revenge of the Nestene, which was released onto YouTube and depicted the aftermath of the Nestene Consciousness's defeat at the hand of the Ninth Doctor.
Such releases continued with each new watchalong, bringing together established DWU writers, actors and/or characters in a variety of new original content, released alongside each instalment of this event. DWM 554 dubbed the impromptu series "the unexpected ‘Lockdown Season’ of Doctor Who in 2020" in an article penned by Steve O'Brien — although the article concerned itself only with the webcast releases, failing to document Dalek alternative script extract and How The Monk Got His Habit, it did include the non-narrative webcast Lockdown Long Song | Choir-Only Version.
"Doctor Who: Lockdown!" was originally conceived of by Emily Cook as an "umbrella term for online Tweetalongs, where fans could revisit old episodes together, alongside some of the people who wrote, made and starred in them". (REF: The Lockdown Season) Indeed, many tweetalongs with no official connection to the BBC or other right-holders were organised, beginning as a The Five Doctors watchalong (with the hashtag #GameofRassilon) organised by Ellie Collins ("TardisMonkey") was promoted by Emily Cook but was not directly part of the Lockdown! line, and also saw a small scene with Paul Jerricho as the Castellan being filmed and released for the event. Other watchalongs promoted by Emily Cook included The Three Doctors, organised by Ellie Collins[source needed], (which had two short spoofs starring Jon Culshaw and Katy Manning) and The War Games, organised by Pip Madeley[source needed]. Radio Times organised Torchwood simulcasts with John Barrowman tweeting along and Billie-Adora ("Transgirlbillie") organised watchalongs of Class. Big Finish organised a livestream of The Chimes of Midnight (with the hashtag #PlumPudding) with Paul McGann tweeting along. Nor were the tweetalongs the only occasion for the release of new webcast Doctor Who content, with Russell T Davies or even the BBC itself releasing new webcasts not connected with a particular watchalong in an effort to spread awareness of various facets of the crisis.
|#||Episode||Hashtag||Featured commentary||Date and occasion|
|1||The Day of the Doctor||#SaveTheDay||Steven Moffat||21 March 2020|
26 March 2020
|3||Vincent and the Doctor||#TheUltimateGinger|
|4||The Eleventh Hour||#FishCustard|
3 April 2020
|5||The Doctor's Wife||#BiggerOnTheInside||11 April 2020|
|7||The Stolen Earth / Journey's End||#SubwaveNetwork|
|8||Human Nature / The Family of Blood||#DoctorOfMine||24 April 2020|
30 April 2020
|10||The Girl in the Fireplace||#Clockdown|
Russell T Davies
6 May 2020
|11||The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion||#TruthOrConsequences||10 May 2020|
|12||The Fires of Pompeii||#VolcanoDay||17 May 2020|
|20 May 2020|
|14||An Adventure in Space and Time||#London1963|
23 May 2020
"Half-birthday" of Doctor Who
|15||The Rings of Akhaten||#FestivalOfOfferings||26 May 2020|
|16||The End of the World||#BurnBabyBurn|
Russell T Davies
|30 May 2020|
|New Earth / Gridlock||#NewNewYork|
Russell T Davies
|17||Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead||#HelloSweetie|
|31 May 2020|
|18||World Enough and Time / The Doctor Falls||#BlackHolesAndRevelations||6 June (Cancelled) 2020|
Associated releases Edit
Several new short stories and webcasts were released to tie into the watchalongs, or the COVID-19 pandemic in general, some of them on a dedicated Doctor Who: Lockdown YouTube channel.
Documentary features Edit
|#||Title||Subject||Released by||Release date|
|1||Vincent and the Doctor's Gallery||A collection of fan art||YouTube||30 March 2020|
|2||BBC News | Friday 3 April 2020||Doctor Who: Lockdown!||BBC News; YouTube||3 April 2020|
|3||The Long Song: Fan Cover | How To Get Involved...||#LockdownLongSong||YouTube||14 April 2020|
|4||Tests for the Mechanism of Heaven Sent's Confession Dial||Early screen tests for Heaven Sent|
|5||Heaven Sent Previsualizations|
|6||The Doctors Say Thank You||Thanking the NHS||25 April 2020|
|7||An A-Z of Impressions with Jon Culshaw!||Jon Culshaw's impressions||19 May 2020|
|8||Lockdown Long Song | Choir-Only Version||The Long Song||26 May 2020|
|9||Doctor Who: Lockdown! | Tweetalong Trailers Mega Mix||Doctor Who: Lockdown! Tweetalongs||8 June 2020|
|10||Doctor Who: LOCKDOWN | Lockdown Long Song (with the Doctor's Rings of Akhaten Speech)||The Long Song||12 June 2020|
Doctor Who: Blackout Edit
Originally, the episodes World Enough and Time and The Doctor Falls were scheduled to be shown as the 'finale' of the watchalongs. However, due to events concerning the death of George Floyd, they were pulled due to their content being considered by the fanbase to be badly timed. In their place, fans used the hashtag #DoctorWhoBlackout while watching The Ghost Monument, The Haunting of Villa Diodati, Thin Ice, and Knock Knock. Although the event was not officially organised, it did receive some support from organisers of Lockdown.
- ↑ Emily Cook's twitter
- ↑ Doctor Who fans plan special The Day of the Doctor rewatch to beat the self-isolation blues
- ↑ Emily Cook on Twitter
- ↑ How to join John Barrowman for our Torchwood watch-along simulcast
- ↑ Torchwood: Join John Barrowman and special guests for a rewatch of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
- ↑ First Class watchalong trailer on Twitter
- ↑ Doctor Who - The Chimes of Midnight listening party!