Return of Donna!

As bonkers, left-field casting goes, the return of Catherine Tate as Donna is up there with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and respected thesp Simon Day as a blue alien in The End of the World.

And in taking an early night yesterday evening in the master bedroom of Kasterborous Towers, I was unaware of what seems to be pretty clever casting until this morning.

As the Bride in last Christmas’ The Runaway Bride, Tate proved to be as big a draw as the Doctor himself, and the character left the screen with dignity despite the ridiculous sight of Sarah Parrish as a scenery devouring/vomiting/devouring again giant-spider-empress-thing.

As BBC News report, Catherine Tate herself is pretty chuffed (well, who wouldn’t be?)

“I am delighted to be returning to Doctor Who.

“I had a blast last Christmas and look forward to travelling again through time and space with that nice man from Gallifrey.”

Tate was asked if she would like to become the Doctor’s new companion at the press screening of the Christmas episode to which she replied, “I would love to, but no one has asked!”

Doctor Who’s executive producer and head writer, Russell T Davies described Tate as an “absolute star” in The Runaway Bride episode.

“We are delighted that one of Britain’s greatest talents has agreed to join us for the fourth series,” he said.

“Viewers can expect more ambitious storylines and a whole host of guest stars in 2008.”

However it isn’t news that has been well-received universally – SFX’s Ian Berriman:

Allow me to cast aside my serious-faced news-presenter persona for a moment here and vent my personal feelings: Nooooooooooooo! I’d much rather have 13 episodes of the lovely, lovely Martha Jones instead. There. I’ve said it.

Maybe they can pull it off. I found the character really annoying for most of “The Runaway Bride” (she was just too damn shouty!) but I was starting to at least contemplate the possibility of liking her by the end of the story. Maybe if they can continue in that vein…

…and I’ve also heard mutterings of heresy here in K Towers!

So it look set to be an interesting Series 4, and let’s hope they give us something to outdo Series 3.

Lunchtime Update

There’s more on the casting of Catherine Tate this afternoon, as the BBC News page offers a poll – opinion is not good – as well as a “Have Your Say” feature – where opinion is not good.

The Kasterborous Forum members are also not amused by this news, with calls for Carey Mulligan (Blink‘s “Sally Sparrow”) to get the gig.

More to come ine the Kasterborous editorial later today…

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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