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Celebrate Donna Noble’s 60th Anniversary Return with a Doctor Who Series 4 Marathon

Ahead of the Doctor’s reunion with Donna Noble next month, fans are being invited to relive their adventures together in a global watchalong on Saturday 4th November 2023.

The marathon event, which will use the hashtag #DoctorDonnathon, kicks off at 09:45 UK time, presumably with 2006 Christmas special The Runaway Bride, although viewers could perhaps watch the teaser scene when Donna appeared in the TARDIS at the conclusion of Doomsday as an appetiser.

Donna joined the Tenth Doctor as a companion in Series 4 in 2008, crossing paths with the Time Lord in Partners in Crime. She travelled with the Doctor until that traumatic parting in Journey’s End, when her memory of all their adventures was wiped. Highlights of her era included the return of the Sontarans in The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky, spooky goings-on in a planet-sized library in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, and the prospect of a world without the Doctor in Turn Left.

The official Doctor Who website tells us that a planned-out schedule which allows for breaks in the epic 14-hour total run time will be released in advance. Viewers in the UK will be able to watch all episodes on the BBC iPlayer.

Catherine Tate will return to Doctor Who as Donna Noble in the 60th anniversary trio of episodes, starting with The Star Beast, later in November, reuniting with David Tennant, this time playing the Fourteenth Doctor.

Jonathan Appleton

A regular Doctor Who viewer since Pertwee fought maggots and spiders, Jonathan isn't about to stop now. He considers himself lucky to have grown up in an era when Doctor Who, Star Trek and Blakes 7 could all be seen on primetime BBC1. As well as writing regularly for The Doctor Who Companion he's had chapters included in a couple of Blakes 7 books.

Celebrate Donna Noble’s 60th Anniversary Return with a Doctor Who Series 4 Marathon

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