Doctor Who: David Tennant and Catherine Tate talk audio reunion

Ahead of their Big Finish reunion, David Tennant and Catherine Tate have been discussing bringing Donna and the Doctor back together...


David Tennant and Catherine Tate are reuniting for a series of Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventures next month. Doctor Who Magazine got some time with the dynamic ‘DoctorDonna’ duo, and asked if the Big Finish scripts capture or reimagine the essence of their previous Who encounters.

“I think they do and they don’t,” Tennant claims. “Each episode on TV would go to a slightly different place, and have a slightly different set of criteria, and tell a story in a slightly different way. I think, in that sense, they’re very representative of the shows that we did on TV. Obviously the characters are the same, and they have that relationship that you will, I’m sure, recognise. But they’ve been put into some slightly different, new situations, with new types of stories.”

Catherine Tate added: “And a new way of telling the story, because this is audio. But obviously, by necessity, the convention of an episode is going to be the same, isn’t it: you arrive somewhere, something goes wrong, and then it’s all okay again. But I think these ones have been really original, and very fun to do.”

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“Yes, it’s telling stories in a slightly different way,” Tennant concurred “But you’ll certainly recognise the same show, if you’re listening to these. When you put your headphones on, you’re going to recognise the world you’re in.”

More as we hear it. Doctor Who Magazine issue 498 is on sale now.

David Tennant and Catherine Tate reunion: Big Finish release date

Going by the title The Tenth Doctor Adventures, Big Finish’s range of David Tennant and Catherine Tate-starring audio dramas will go on sale – in physical and digital formats – in May 2016. An exact date isn’t stated on the Big Finish website.

David Tennant and Catherine Tate reunion: story details

The Tenth Doctor Adventures comprise three full-cast audio stories. First up is Technophobia by Matt Fitton, “set in London slightly in the future, where mankind is gradually losing its ability to use everyday technology. Could there be an evil force at work?”

Next comes Time Reaver by Jenny T Colgan, in which “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.” 

And ending the trio will be Death And The Queen by James Goss, in which “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?”

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David Tennant and Catherine Tate reunion: promo materials

Here’s the first full-length trailer for David Tennant and Catherine Tate’s Doctor Who reunion…

And here’s the previous brief promo clip, taken from the second story in the upcoming Tenth Doctor Adventures series, Time Reaver