Following six successful fan watch-longs, Doctor Who Magazine writer Emily Cook has organized another communal fan watch-along and live tweet-along of the Doctor Who series 4 two-part story The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End with David Tennant (the Doctor) and Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), writer Russell T Davies and director Graeme Harper starting at 7:00 p.m. BST, Sunday, April 19.
But that’s not all. At 5:00 p.m. on April 18, Davies promises a brand new Sarah Jane Smith adventure, which Cook describes as “magical.” Made with the blessing of Elisabeth Sladen’s family, Farewell, Sarah Jane will be available on the official Doctor Who YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End are famous for the return of several past associates and companions of the Doctor, including Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and her mother Jackie (Camille Coduri), Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke), Donna’s grandfather and mother Wilfred (Bernard Cribbins) and Sylvia (Jacqueline King), Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), K-9 (John Leeson), Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) and her mother Francine (Adjoa Andoh), Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Harriet Jones (Penelope Wilton). The episodes also feature the Shadow Proclamation (personified by the Shadow Architect, played by Kelly Hunter), Judoon, Daleks (both voiced by Nicholas Briggs) and Davros (Julian Bleach).
The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End also served as a crossover between Doctor Who and two of its spin-off series, featuring Torchwood’s Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) and The Sarah Jane Adventures’ Luke Smith (Tommy Knight) and alien computer Mr Smith (Alexander Armstrong).
Check your time zone converter, take your DVD off the shelf or watch a streaming service, and join David Tennant, Catherine Tate, John Barrowman, Freema Agyeman, Russell T Davies, Graeme Harper and fans around the world to watch The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End, Sunday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. British Summer Time using the hashtag #SubwaveNetwork.
Here’s the timeline for the watch-along:
7:00 p.m. Press PLAY on The Stolen Earth and tweet along, using #SubwaveNetwork
7:46 p.m. The Stolen Earth ends. Take a break or stay online for extra surprises
8:00 p.m. Pres PLAY on Journey’s End
8:34 p.m. (and 51 seconds) tweet and shout “Detonate the Reality Bomb!” with Davros
If you can’t source the episode, you can still follow the fun on Twitter. Russell T Davies promises special new content, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes gossip and more.
And you never know who might join the tweet-along unannounced, which is why we provided links (in blue) to the known Twitter accounts of people mentioned in this article.