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Will David Tennant and Catherine Tate Return to ‘Doctor Who’? Peek inside the Upcoming Series

Dayna Remus
May 16, 2022
08:30 A.M.
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The Time Lord Doctor Who has managed to capture the minds and hearts of many people for numerous seasons, each with a new casting as the enigmatic character. We always hold a piece in our souls for the Doctor Who's past -- but sometimes they pop in for a quick visit.

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Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate, first made her on-screen debut in "Doctor Who" in the "Doomsday episode." She is the daughter of Geoff and Sylvia Noble and is also known as "The Bride" in the series.

Donna hails from the very relatable planet earth. But, her mission is far from grounded as she tries to save the universe from the catastrophic Reality Bomb.

Catherine Tate and David Tennant celebrating 50 years of Doctor at BFI Southbank on September 29, 2013 in London. | Source: Getty Images

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The Tenth Doctor is Doctor James McCrimmon, played by David Tennant. His home planet is Gallifrey. This Doctor is kind, friendly, and yet someone who does not have patience for those who cross moral codes.

The Tenth Doctor has a charm to him which may be partially why he managed to gather many fellow travelers to join him on multiverse missions, including Noble herself.

Catherine Tate and David Tennant on the Graham Norton Show. | Source: youtube.com/BBC One

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THE FINAL FAREWELLS?

The two had many adventures together, from finding themselves on various planets, fighting with Sontarans, and meeting Agatha Christie.

Tragically, the Doctor had to get rid of all these memories of the journeys they had taken side by side so he could save her life.

"I don't want to go!" was the fans' beloved line when this Doctor exited the series. He said this sad goodbye as he found his TARDIS, beginning his last expedition. But perhaps his farewell wasn't as final as everyone thought.

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WHEN ARE DAVID TENNANT AND CATHERINE TATE RETURNING TO "DOCTOR WHO?"

The Doctor who didn't want to go is watching his dream come to fruition as actors David Tennant and Catherine Tate reunite for the series in 2023. This reconnection is in honor of the show's sixth decade anniversary and is a special anniversary episode. Showrunner Russell T Davies commented:

"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? Maybe this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback."

He said that the only solid statement he could make was that it would be "spectacular." More than that, the next question is, who is the new Doctor Who?

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PASSING THE BATON

Many know and are ecstatic about actor Ncuti Gatwa taking on the role. He is widely known for his incredibly executed character in Netflix's "Sex Education; Gatwa expressed:

"...as much as it's daunting, I'm aware I'm joining a really supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart, but I am giving it all to this show."

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This 29-year-old from Rwanda is already an accomplished actor. He won a Rose d'Or Award and Scottish Bafta for "Sex Education." Moreso, he is the first person of color to take on this iconic character of "Doctor Who."

You May Also Like: Who Is Ncuti Gatwa? Meet the New 'Doctor Who' Star

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NEVER TRULY APART

David Tennant and Catherine Tate met several times after ending their work in "Doctor Who." For example, they appeared together on The Graham Norton Show on BBC ONE in 2011.

The two playfully battled over their knowledge of Shakespeare as their chemistry brightened up the screen – a nostalgic dynamic we all look forward to on-screen.

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