On Whovian Cast Changes

We’ll go behind a spoiler cut for Americans not up to date on the just-finished-in-the-UK third season.

As previously announced, Freema Ageyman’s third season Doctor Who companion Martha Jones will be appearing in three episodes of Torchwood‘s second season and the back half (probably six episodes) of Doctor Who‘s fourth season.

So, who will the Doctor’s new companion be?

Donna, played by Catherine Tate, last seen in “The Runaway Bride.”

Award winning comedian Tate will reprise her role as Donna, the runaway bride from last year’s Christmas special, despite turning down the Doctor’s invitation to travel with him at the end of that adventure.

When Catherine was asked if she would like to become The Doctor’s new companion at the press screening of The Runaway Bride, she replied, “I would love to, but no one has asked!” Well, now they have.

“Catherine was an absolute star in The Runaway Bride and we are delighted that one of Britain’s greatest talents has agreed to join us for the fourth series,” announced Doctor Who’s executive producer and head writer, Russell T Davies. “Viewers can expect more ambitious storylines and a whole host of guest stars in 2008.”

Catherine Tate : “I addedam 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.”

I hadn’t heard of Catherine Tate prior to “The Runaway Bride,” and despite hearing for months that she was the worst possible choice for a Doctor Who guest star I found myself quite taken with the character. Almost a modern-day Tegan. A likeable Tegan, anyway, as I didn’t really like Tegan.

It’s goofy, but I like it. :)

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