David Tennant and Catherine Tate set to return to Doctor Who
In honor of the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who in 2023, BBC has announced that David Tennant and Catherine Tate will return to reprise their roles as the Time Lord and his companions.
For the first time in 12 years, the two have reunited to shoot sequences for an upcoming television series.
Dr. Who actor David Tennant, 51, first went into the Tardis in 2005 to play the 10th Doctor, Time Lord. Its final episode aired on January 1, 2010. Tate, a 52-year-old comedian, played Donna Noble, his companion.
When the Doctor had to erase Donna's memories to preserve her life, the two had to part ways. He had warned her family that if she had any memories of the past, she would die because her brain would be overwhelmed by the abilities she possessed.
"They're back!" exclaimed Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies “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?“
“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.”
In 2005, Tennant succeeded Christopher Eccleston as the show's protagonist, and he was succeeded by Matt Smith in the role. In 2013, he made a cameo appearance in the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, which celebrated the show's 50th anniversary.
Tennant, like his predecessors, has continued to play the part in a number of spin-off audio releases off-screen as well. According to the fan polls, he was the most beloved Doctor in 2020.
Beyond Doctor Who, Tennant and Tate have worked together. Tenant appeared in a cameo role on The Catherine Tate Show in 2011 while working on a theater production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Jodie Whittaker will make her final appearance as the 13th Doctor when Doctor Who returns to BBC One later this year with a 90-minute special episode to commemorate the BBC's centenary.
To join fellow Royal Conservatoire grad David Tennant and Peter Capaldi as the fourth person of Scottish descent to hold this position, Sex Education (2019 - )actress Ncuti Gatwa, 29, will take Whittaker's place.
After Chris Chibnall, who cast Whittaker as the show's first female protagonist, stepped down, Davies took over as showrunner