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 Christmasâ€™ 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 wouldnâ€™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 isnâ€™t news that has been well-received universally â€“ SFXâ€™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…
â€¦and Iâ€™ve also heard mutterings of heresy here in K Towers!
So it look set to be an interesting Series 4, and letâ€™s hope they give us something to outdo Series 3.
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…