Ah, how we miss Donna Noble, the much-loved companion who travelled with David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor. But we can enjoy fresh adventures with the Temp From Chiswick (100 Words A Minute) as Catherine Tate returns for a new boxset from audio company, Big Finish.
In Donna Noble: Kidnapped!, she’ll fly the TARDIS, make new friends, and take the mantle of Earth’s protector in four fantastic adventures coming out in May 2020. Can she manage without the Doctor? Hey, it’s Donna. Of course she can!
Catherine reprised her role for Big Finish in two sets of audio adventures with the Doctor, in The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volumes One and Three. Now, she’ll feature in four stories:
- Out of this World by Jacqueline Rayner
- Spinvasion by John Dorney
- The Sorcerer of Albion by James Goss
- The Chiswick Cuckoos by Matt Fitton
Script editor and writer, Matt Fitton says:
“Donna – on her own and saving the world! It’s just irresistible, isn’t it? There were a few directions we could take for a solo Donna Noble set – from before her travels to during them – but I thought an interesting angle would be the fallout from the Library (when she experiences life with a perfect family then has it ripped away from her). After that she just wants the comfort of home for a bit.”
Catherine Tate will be joined by Jacqueline King reprising her TV role as Sylvia Noble. Matt continues:
“Donna and her mum are such brilliant Russell T Davies creations. Perfectly formed and completely believable in their dysfunctionality – it’s a joy to see Donna’s journey from the self-doubt Sylvia’s drummed into her to discovering she can really make a difference. At this point in her travels she’s starting to believe in herself, even without the Doctor.
“And Donna’s best female friend from school is along for the ride. Nat, played by Niky Wardley, is everything Donna isn’t: a career woman, happily married, successful and confident – Sylvia hopes it’ll rub off on her daughter! But when Nat sees what Donna’s life is really like, Nat starts to question her own; perhaps it’s not all as perfect as it’s painted. It’s a lovely relationship, and great to give Donna an ‘assistant’ to herself.”
This box set also includes Isla Blair as Marge, David Schofield as Parval, Phil Cornwell as Parsnip, Nisha Nayar as Coleridge, Sebastian Armesto as Garrison, Anthony Howell as Adrian, Lydia West as Vivien, Tim Bentinck as Ganthak, Dan Starkey as Dennis, and James Joyce as UNIT’s Josh Carter.
David Richardson, producer of Donna Noble: Kidnapped!, goes on:
“I’ve been lucky enough to produce something starring Catherine Tate twice before. I’d call her a national treasure but I think that undersells her – she’s an international treasure who has populated our entertainment industry with so many beloved characters.
“Donna Noble is the stardust which was sprinkled over Doctor Who TV series four; she and the Tenth Doctor deservedly became a hugely popular pairing. And here she is at Big Finish, with her own spin-off series. We are so fortunate to have her.”
Catherine Tate enthuses:
“It’s lovely that Donna is in charge! The characters carry on developing and having a life on audio. You get a glimpse into the richness of what Donna did. It all adds to the tragedy that at the end Donna loses everything, and it’s all the worse to be forgotten.”
Donna Noble: Kidnapped! will be released in May 2020 and is available to pre-order now from Big Finish, priced at £24.99 on CD or £19.99 on download.