David Tennant and Catherine Tate to return to Doctor Who

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16 May 2022, 08:12

David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

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David Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor, and Catherine Tate, who was his companion Donna Noble, are coming back for Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

Tennant, who was the Time Lord between 2005-2010, is currently filming alongside Tate ahead of the show’s anniversary in 2023. The duo’s reappearance is sure to be popular with fans, as their 2008 series averaged a whopping audience of over eight million viewers per episode.

Not too much is known about what exact shape their return will take, but it will represent a reunion with writer Russell T Davies, who was in charge of the show back when they were involved before. Davies also left in 2010, but is now at the helm once again. 

Davies said: “They're back! And it looks impossible - first, we announce a new Doctor, and then an old Doctor, along with the wonderful Donna, what on earth is happening?”

He added: “Maybe this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback. The only thing I can confirm is that it's going to be spectacular, as two of our greatest stars reunite for the battle of a lifetime.”

On Instagram, he added: “But… how?! He wiped her memory! If she remembers, she’ll die!... You’ll find out in 2023 as Doctor Who hits its 60th - diamond! - anniversary!”

It was recently confirmed that the new Doctor will be Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa. He will replace Jodie Whittaker, who will leave the show later this year, along with showrunner Chris Chibnall.

The special anniversary appearance won’t be the first time that Tennant has come back. The former Doctor helped celebrate the legendary sci-fi programme’s 50th anniversary in 2013, where he joined Matt Smith, who was The Doctor at the time.

Since leaving the show, Tennant has appeared in the likes of Broadchurch and Des, the latter of which saw him win a National Television Award. Meanwhile, Tate recently starred in The Nan Movie and Netflix comedy series, Hard Cell.