David Tennant and Catherine Tate return to doctor who in celebration of the long-running show’s 60th anniversary, the BBC has announced (via Gizmodo† The couple is currently filming scenes to be broadcast in 2023.
Tennant played as doctor who‘s Tenth Doctor from 2005 to 2010, while Tate played The Doctor’s companion, Donna Noble. The fan-favorite Doctor has reappeared in the past, with the BBC bringing back Tennant and Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) for doctor who‘s 50th anniversary special in 2013, called “The Day of the Doctor.” But now, a whole decade later, Tennant will return again.
We don’t know what plot twist or mechanism will bring the Time Lord and Noble back together. Russell T. Davies, who served as doctor who‘s showrunner during the Tenth Doctor’s run, will also reprise his role for the show’s upcoming episode. Davies doesn’t give us any details on how the two will reunite, but instead offers a slew of possibilities:
They’re back! And it seems impossible – first we announce a new doctor, then an old doctor, along with the wonderful Donna, what the hell is happening? Perhaps this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback. All I can confirm is that it’s going to be spectacular when two of our biggest stars are reunited for the fight of their lives.
Earlier this month, the BBC announced that Ncuti Gatwa will play doctor who‘s Fourteenth Doctor, replacing Jodie Whittaker. Gatwa will make his debut in the series later this year, in line with the BBC’s 100th anniversary. We’ll have to wait and see what role he will play in the Tennant’s return episode.