David Tennant and Catherine Tate appear in a surprise Doctor Who trailer alongside a star-studded cast | Ents & Arts News


Doctor Who fans were in for a surprise on Saturday – with a new trailer showing the return of two beloved characters.

Just as viewers were about to be transported into the ballroom for the first Strictly Come Dancing live show in 2023, they took a quick detour via the TARDIS.

Tennant was one of the most popular Doctors after the show was revived, with his exit – along with companion Catherine Tate – leaving many fans heartbroken.

But in a surprising twist at the end of the last series, Jodie Whittaker’s character regenerated into David Tennant’s iteration of the Doctor – who played the iconic Time Lord between 2005 and 2010.

Fans had expected to see Ncuti Gatwa who was announced as a new doctor earlier this year.

Both Tennant and Tate will return in November for three episodes as part of a 60th anniversary special for the show.

David Tennant and Catherine Tate reprise their roles in the 60th anniversary special of Doctor Who
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David Tennant and Catherine Tate reprise their roles in the 60th anniversary special of Doctor Who

Sex Education star Gatwa will then take over the role, with his first appearance as the 15th Doctor Who set to take place over the festive season. Gatwa is seen at the end of the trailer, smiling and opening her eyes.

The new trailer saw Tennant and Tate reunited, with the latter regaining his memory and the pair battling a host of new villains.

At one point, Tennant says, “I don’t believe in fate, but if fate exists, it’s headed for Donna Noble. If she ever remembers, she’ll die.”

The brand new trailer features Neil Patrick-Harris – he will play the Toymaker, an all-powerful enemy last seen in 1966.

Neil Patrick Harris will play an enemy last seen in 1966
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Neil Patrick Harris will play an enemy last seen in 1966

Elsewhere, Jemma Redgrave reprises her iconic role as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart.

Show runner Russell T Davies said: “This is just the beginning as the fever starts to burn. We’re heading for a November full of Doctor Who surprises, for fans and new viewers alike. Stay tuned!”

The show will premiere exclusively on the BBC for the UK and Ireland. Disney+ will be the exclusive home for new seasons of Doctor Who outside the UK and Ireland.


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