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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.
Doctor Who: Lockdown! was only the hub[disputed statement] of several varyingly-official watchalong projects on Twitter at the time. 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), The Tomb of the Cybermen, organised by "BiblicalComix"[source needed], and The War Games, organised by Pip Madeley[source needed]. Radio Times organised Torchwood simulcasts with John Barrowman tweeting along. 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|
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.
|#||Title||Subject||Released by||Release date|
|1||BBC News | Friday 3 April 2020||Doctor Who: Lockdown!||BBC News; YouTube||3 April 2020|
|2||The Long Song: Fan Cover | How To Get Involved...||#LockdownLongSong||YouTube||14 April 2020|
|3||Tests for the Mechanism of Heaven Sent's Confession Dial||Early screen tests for Heaven Sent|
|4||Heaven Sent Previsualizations|
|5||The Doctors Say Thank You||Thanking the NHS||25 April 2020|
|6||An A-Z of Impressions with Jon Culshaw!||Jon Culshaw's impressions||19 May 2020|
- ↑ 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
- ↑ Doctor Who - The Chimes of Midnight listening party!