The BBC has confirmed that David Tennant is indeed back in the series of Doctor Who for its 60th anniversary season. The news broke out on Sunday just a week after the announcement of Ncuti Gatwa.
Doctor Who’s David Tennant Picture Released from the Set
???? DAVID TENNANT ON SET AS THE DOCTOR WITH A NEW COAT????
— Safe Space Who (@SafeSpaceDrWho) May 16, 2022
With all the announcements of Doctor Who, fans are eagerly looking for some spoilers. Though the news is still to cook, social media has already surfaced the set photographs showing Tennant back in costume as the Tenth Doctor. While the picture is blurry, it will surely gonna get fans all nostalgic as Tennant is depicted wearing his familiar brown pinstripe suit and white sneakers.
The famous Doctor Who Couple Are Back in the 60th Anniversary Season
David Tennant being back to the series will reunite with Catherine Tate as fan-favourite companion Donna Noble. Tennant and Tate getting involved means they will be reunited with returning Doctor Who head writer Russell T Davies. Davies is also returning to the show for its anniversary season. This season will be the first time that Tennant, Tate, and Davies will all reunite on Doctor Who since their previous departure. Regarding the pair, Davies said, “Maybe this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick or flashback. The only thing I can confirm is it’s going to be spectacular, as two of our greatest stars reunite for the battle of a lifetime.”
The 60th anniversary season of Doctor Who will be expected to debut in 2023. This year, fans will still have to bid farewell to Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor. Though it’s unclear whether the return of the fan favourite pair will be a similar one, Tennant and Tate appear alongside Gatwa as Ncuti Gatwa will lead the show as the Fourteenth Doctor.
Doctor Who’s 2008 series starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate is the most successful that the show ever had since its revival in 2005, with an average audience of more than eight million viewers per episode.
The pair coming back to the series could be a strategy to provide a rating boost for a show which has seen its audience fall in the last two years. Announcements such as this are often made ahead of Doctor Who imminently filming in public places. Letting out information ahead of the series is also a strategy that the show has already used before.