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Published on September 6th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Catherine Tate “More Than Happy” to Return

Donna Noble: everyone’s best mate – from her debut as a stowaway on board the TARDIS to her desperately sad departure from our lives thanks to a mind-melting Time Lord meta-crisis; she was the one to rescue the Tenth Doctor from his funk and bring a maturity to the relationship between the Doctor and his companion that had been lost since the show returned.

Donna Noble

Speaking of returns, as the past and the future collide in a wonderfully wibbly way this November, Catherine Tate has said she would happily reprise her role as Donna.

Posed the question by TV Times, the Big School actress responded:

“Yes, I would be more than happy to.”

Which begs the question: should she return? With story being the sole important caveat to bringing anybody back on board the TARDIS, Donna’s own sage seemed complete after the events of Journey’s End and to a lesser extent The End of Time.

Silence in the Library

Besides another cameo or perhaps even a little jaunt with an unfamiliar Doctor (the terms of the meta-crisis might put a stop to that though; there’s nothing like an instant meet cute killer than total mind devastation) might be the sole ways the Doctor can hang out with his mate once again.

Asked besides David Tennant, who was her favourite Doctor, she joked:

“Is there any other Doctor beside David?”

Is there? Should Donna return? Who else would be welcomed back from the RTD era?

(Via The Gallifrey Times.)


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

7 Responses to Catherine Tate “More Than Happy” to Return

  1. avatar Dan Hallett says:

    Of course she should return not least of all because she was brilliant but because her story never felt like it had a satisfying conclusion. Also for me she has been the best of the modern day companions.

  2. avatar Taz says:

    This just goes to show you that in the World of “Doctor Who” you should wait for the conclusion of ones tale before making judgements…Every one speaks of Catherine Tate’s performance as so layered and Brilliant (which it was) but that is revisionist history…She was crushed on websites and in the press after her performance in the Runaway Bride and many people talked about never watching the show again when she was cast as the Companion after Freeman….I am so proud that they stuck to their vision and allowed her journey to continue, but still feel sadness because her ending was the saddest of all (you could bring up others, but she can never remember the thing she wanted and earned and that trumps everything) and maybe in some small way that is how it should be….Thank you Catherine Tate… were Brilliant!!!!!!

  3. avatar Solonor says:

    OMG, Donna Noble with Peter Capaldi would be EPIC!

    • You must have really enjoyed Fires of Pompeii… ;)

      • avatar Rachel Coe says:

        Catherine Tate was brilliant whatever she did, and Doctor Who was one of the best performances she could have ever done.

  4. avatar Dellithium says:

    Moffat could bring her back to save the world and then have the metacrisis kill her and wilf start a neighborhood watch designed to kill the doctor

  5. avatar Ranger says:

    She ranks up there in the companion stakes with Sarah-Jane. She is certainly the best companion of the “new” series. I would love her to come back with Peter Capaldi, what a great dynamic that would be.

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