Skip to main content

TARDIS Transfer: Catherine Tate Returns to "Doctor Who"

While the episode that featured her character may not have yet aired in the States (catch it tomorrow night), comedian Catherine Tate has been tapped to reprise her role as Donna, the uppity runaway bride, in the fourth season of Doctor Who.

Tate, known for her hilarious eponymous sketch comedy series (which aired last year on BBC America), will return to Doctor Who as Donna, the aforementioned runaway bride who found herself aboard the TARDIS rather than preparing for her nuptials.

Tate will appear alongside series lead David Tennant in all thirteen installments of Season Four as the Doctor's companion. (Yes, fortunately, David Tennant WILL be back after all.)

Lest you worry about the fate of Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), who joined the Doctor at the beginning of Season Three (also airing this Friday night, natch), she'll be returning to the series as well, following a three-episode stint on Who spinoff, Torchwood.

"We are delighted that one of Britain's greatest talents has agreed to join us for the fourth series," said executive producer Russell T. Davies. "Viewers can expect more ambitious storylines and a whole host of guest stars in 2008."

The casting announcement for Tate follows that of another high-profile casting on the series: as previously reported, Kylie Minogue will appear in the Season Four Christmas special, entitled "Voyage of the Damned."

The third season of Doctor Who kicks off this Friday on Sci Fi.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: Big Brother 8 (CBS); My Name is Earl/30 Rock (NBC); Smallville (CW); Ugly Betty (ABC); Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? (FOX)

9 pm: Pirate Master (CBS); The Office/Scrubs; Supernatural (CW); Grey's Anatomy (ABC); Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? (FOX)

10 pm: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS); ER (NBC); Men in Trees (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

8:30 pm: 30 Rock.

On a repeat episode of my absolutely favorite new series ("The Break-Up"), Liz finally dumps her beeper-salesman boyfriend (Dean Winters) and tries to enter the the dating world of Manhattan with Jenna, while Jack has some romantic issues of his own when he begins seeing a high-ranking government official.

9 pm: Pirate Master.

On tonight's episode ("Lambs to the Slaughter"), the pirates may actually consider mutiny (chance would be a fine thing) after the Captain becomes enchanted with their rank and privilege, while members of the crew form a secret society.

9 pm: The Office.

On tonight's repeat episode ("Initiation"), Dwight takes Ryan on his very first sales call but they get sidetracked by Dwight's rather, um, innovative approach to initiating Ryan into the brotherhood of salesmen.

10 pm: Hey Paula on Bravo.

I won't be watching (wild horses and all that), but if you want to find out if drugs/alcohol/crazy pills were to blame for Paula's erratic behavior on her vanity reality project, find out here.

Comments

The CineManiac said…
I think this is good news, honestly Tate wasn't my favorite but she did a good job and I look forward to seeing what she'll do with the role over an extended period.
And Thank God Tennant is back, seeing as he's Amazing and constantly makes me love him all over again.
Be sure to catch all of this Amazing Season, but especially keep an eye out for Episodes 2,8,9,&,10 (The Shakeaspeare Code, Human Nature, The Family of Blood, and Blink, respectively) as they rank up there with Season Two's The Girl in the Fireplace in my book.
Dani In NC said…
I am SO happy that Doctor Who starts back up tomorrow night here in the States! It took tremendous willpower to avoid using illicit means of watching the series early :-).
Anonymous said…
I'm glad that Catherine Tate will be back but I am THRILLED that David Tennant is confirmed for the next season. A lot of fabulously talented men have played the Doctor but now I can't imagine anyone else in the role other than Tennant!
Dani In NC said…
I'm with Danielle. I thought I would miss Eccleston terribly, but Tennant brings extra gusto to the role.

Popular posts from this blog

Katie Lee Packs Her Knives: Breaking News from Bravo's "Top Chef"

The android has left the building. Or the test kitchen, anyway. Top Chef 's robotic host Katie Lee Joel, the veritable "Uptown Girl" herself (pictured at left), will NOT be sticking around for a second course of Bravo's hit culinary competition. According to a well-placed insider, Joel will "not be returning" to the show. No reason for her departure was cited. Unfortunately, the perfect replacement for Joel, Top Chef judge and professional chef Tom Colicchio, will not be taking over as the reality series' host (damn!). Instead, the show's producers are currently scouring to find a replacement for Joel. Top Chef 's second season was announced by Bravo last month, but no return date has been set for the series' ten-episode sophomore season. Stay tuned as this story develops. UPDATE (6/27): Bravo has now confirmed the above story .

BuzzFeed: "The Good Wife Is The Best Show On Television Right Now"

The CBS legal drama, now in its sixth season, continually shakes up its narrative foundations and proves itself fearless in the process. Spoilers ahead, if you’re not up to date on the show. At BuzzFeed, you can read my latest feature, " The Good Wife Is The Best Show On Television Right Now," in which I praise CBS' The Good Wife and, well, hail it as the best show currently on television. (Yes, you read that right.) There is no need to be delicate here: If you’re not watching The Good Wife, you are missing out on the best show on television. I won’t qualify that statement in the least — I’m not talking about the best show currently airing on broadcast television or outside of cable or on premium or however you want to sandbox this remarkable show. No, the legal drama is the best thing currently airing on any channel on television. That The Good Wife is this perfect in its sixth season is reason to truly celebrate. Few shows embrace complexity and risk-taking in t

BuzzFeed: Meet The TV Successor To "Serial"

HBO's stranger-than-fiction true crime documentary The Jinx   — about real estate heir Robert Durst — brings the chills and thrills missing since Serial   wrapped up its first season. Serial   obsessives: HBO's latest documentary series is exactly what you've been waiting for.   The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst , like Sarah Koenig's beloved podcast, sifts through old documents, finds new leads from fresh interviews, and seeks to determine just what happened on a fateful day in which the most foul murder was committed. And, also like  Serial  before it,  The Jinx may also hold no ultimate answer to innocence or guilt. But that seems almost beside the point; such investigations often remain murky and unclear, and guilt is not so easy a thing to be judged. Instead, this upcoming six-part tantalizing murder mystery, from director Andrew Jarecki ( Capturing the Friedmans ), is a gripping true crime story that unfolds with all of the speed of a page-turner; it