Rumour: “Next Doctor” David Tennant Will Be Joined By Catherine Tate
Like it or not, the latest David Tennant return rumour has blown up since it was first reported on the weekend, and doesn’t want to go away quickly (the BBC refusing to comment certainly didn’t help). And now things might have got a bit crazier.
In a rather surprising turn of events, it now appears that Catherine Tate, who played Donna Noble, could be about to return to the TARDIS.
Considering how Donna’s storyline ended this could be even more unlikely than David Tennant’s comeback and would certainly raise a few eyebrows.
But, according to the same ‘BBC source’ that predicted Tennant’s return, Catherine Tate wouldn’t be playing Donna and, instead, would be portraying a completely different character.
The report continues:
It remains unclear whether or not her new role would be anything more than a small cameo or a much bigger role.
The information we have comes from a Doctor Who group with the poster claiming this is the same ‘BBC source’ who leaked the David Tennant return news.
This source was also apparently correct about the return of the Sea Devils and the casting of Sacha Dhawan as the Master in series 12.
It sounds as if this will just be for the 60th anniversary special and it wouldn’t be the first time a companion has returned as a different character.
The David Tennant and Catherine Tate pairing proved to be a powerful combination back in 2008, with Series 4 having the highest average viewers since the show returned (and, to date, that hasn’t been beaten).
On the one hand, this rumour might sound like a stretch. On the other, if Tennant is coming back, would it be that unlikely RTD would want to try to replicate a proven pairing too?
Even if all of this turns out to be false in the end, it has certainly got people talking about the show in a BIG way… A response we haven’t seen this large for many, many years.
Fan service is certainly powerful, and Sony (who owns a majority stake in Doctor Who production team Bad Wolf) already knows that all too well, having already reaped the benefits with Spiderman: No Way Home. Maybe RTD is following form…