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David Tennant to return to role in Doctor Who for audio dramas

Published 26/10/2015

David Tennant will feature as the Doctor in the audio series
David Tennant will feature as the Doctor in the audio series

David Tennant is reprising his role in Doctor Who, but he will return in three new audio dramas rather than on television.

The much-loved 10th Doctor will be joined by comic actress Catherine Tate, who once again plays companion Donna Noble.

As the Time Lord, Tennant first stepped into the Tardis in 2005, departing five years later. He was last seen in the 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor in 2013.

The Scottish actor's biggest success outside of Doctor Who is ITV drama Broadchurch, in which he starred as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy alongside Olivia Colman.

Best known for her range of comic characters, Tate's first Doctor Who appearance came in 2006; she left the role in 2010.

The duo will record Doctor Who - The Tenth Doctor Adventures for Big Finish, a British company which produces books and audio plays primarily from sci-fi favourites.

The first episode is called Technophobia, set in near-future London. According to the synopsis, mankind is gradually losing its ability to use everyday technology.

The second instalment is Time Reaver, which is set on a mechanical planet with a black market economy and a dark secret.

The final recording will be Death And The Queen and it will see Donna fall in love on a planet called Goritania, but the Doctor has misgivings.

Big finish released a promotional clip featuring the star duo paying tribute to each other.

"I love working with Catherine because of the life that she brings to something and the way that she can turn the most mundane line into something glorious and sparkling," said Tennant.

In return, Tate responded: "David embodied the part of the Doctor and made it his own. David's got a mercurial mind and he has that facility as an actor to turn on a penny and he can draw you in, he can pull you, push you away, make you laugh, make you cry - he can do all of those brilliant things."

Executive producer Nicholas Briggs said: "I've enjoyed working with all the Doctors on TV, but David is on the only one I'd known before he became the Doctor. I'd worked with him on our Dalek Empire series for Big Finish and had such fun.

"So along with the excitement of directing new Tenth Doctor adventures, I'm so happy to be working with an old chum again."

Big Finish producer David Richardson said: "This is one of those dream projects where I've spent months pinching myself. I'm covered in bruises. With two major international stars in place, and the legacy of this era of the TV show to live up to, we've worked our socks off to try and make some very special stories for this box set. Expect adventure, fun, scares... and some tears too."

According to figures released by the Press Association, Tennant's stint as Doctor Who is the most popular with viewers.

Christmas 2007 special Voyage Of The Damned, which co-starred pop princess Kylie Minogue, was watched by 13.31 million.

In second place is 2008 Christmas Special The Next Doctor, with 13.10 million viewers.

The third most watched so far is 50th Anniversary Special, The Day Of The Doctor, in which Tennant teamed up with 11th Doctor Matt Smith. This episode was seen by 12.80 million .

Doctor Who - The Tenth Doctor Adventures will be released on the Big Finish website in May 2016.

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