David Tennant and Catherine Tate returning to Doctor Who

David Tennant and Catherine Tate as The Doctor and Donna Noble
David Tennant and Catherine Tate as The Doctor and Donna Noble

David Tennant and Catherine Tate are returning to the world of Doctor Who in three new audio dramas!

David Tennant portrayed the Tenth Doctor on screen from 2005 until 1 January 2010, after taking over from Christopher Eccleston.

He returned to reprise the role alongside Matt Smith and John Hurt in the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor in 2013.

Catherine Tate made her debut as Donna Tate in the Christmas special, The Runaway Bride in December 2006. She returned as a full time companion for one series, making her last appearance alongside David on 1 January 2010.

‘I still remember the sense of joy I had when I heard that David had been asked to play the Doctor,’ says Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. ‘We were all so pleased for him — as we knew how much Doctor Who meant to him. And now David comes full circle, back doing Doctor Who with Big Finish — except that this time he’s playing the Doctor! It’s the same but different — it’s wonderful to have him back!’

The series opens with Technophobia by Matt Fitton, which is set in a London slightly in the future, where mankind is gradually losing its ability to use everyday technology. Could there be an evil force at work?

This is followed by Time Reaver by Jenny T Colgan which sees the Doctor and Donna arrive on Calibris – ‘An entirely mechanical planet. Catch, hitch, fuel, fix, buy, pretty much any kind of transportation in existence.’ It’s also a world full of scoundrels, where a deadly black market has opened up in a device known only as the Time Reaver.

Finally, in Death and the Queen by James Goss, Donna is swept along in a fairytale romance and meets the man of her dreams in the beautiful land of Goritania. What can possibly go wrong? And why has the Doctor never heard of Goritania?

‘I’ve enjoyed working with all the Doctors on TV, but David is the only one I’d known before he became the Doctor,’ says executive producer Nicholas Briggs. ‘I’d worked with him on our Dalek Empire series for Big Finish and had such fun. So along with the excitement of directing new Tenth Doctor adventures, I’m so happy to be working with an old chum again.’

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures is produced by David Richardson, script edited by Matt Fitton and James Goss and directed by Nicholas Briggs.

‘This is one of those dream projects where I’ve spent months pinching myself. I’m covered in bruises,’ says David. ‘With two major international stars in place, and the legacy of this era of the TV show to live up to, we’ve worked our socks off to try and make some very special stories for this box set. Expect adventure, fun, scares… and some tears too.’

The audios are scheduled for release in May 2016 and can be ordered from the Big Finish website.


  1. I’ve heard some of the Big Finish audio stories featuring some of the past Doctors and they are brilliant. Really looking forward to these new adventures. Luckily you can purchase a download only version which means there’s no problem getting hold of them here in Kenya.

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