Catherine Tate slips clue to Doctor Who’s future
A SLIP-UP by Catherine Tate during a radio interview revealed that the next series of Doctor Who could be the last for actor David Tennant.
Speaking on Radio 2’s Jonathan Ross programme, the comic actress admitted, “I think it’s maybe David’s last series.”
When pressed on whether Tennant would return to play the timelord in special Dr Who shows in future, Tate, who has been filming series four in Wales, replied, “Possibly.”
The BBC refused yesterday to comment on Mr Tennant’s future as the show’s star.
But it has admitted that the show with take a “gap year” in 2009, with Tennant starring in three specials instead.
BBC Fiction controller Jane Tranter said, “Doctor Who is one of the BBC’s best loved and most successful dramas.
“Its journey over the past three series has been one of the most ambitious and exciting that we have had, and I’m delighted to be able to confirm not only three exciting specials for 2009, but a fifth series in 2010.”
During the radio broadcast on Saturday, Tate also confirmed the forthcoming series, where she stars as the Doctor’s sidekick, would be her last.
She made her Doctor Who debut last year as a runaway bride Donna who found herself transported into the Tardis as she prepared for her wedding on Christmas Eve. The episode attracted an audience of 9.4 million when it was screened on BBC One on Christmas Day.
This year’s Christmas special, starring Kylie Minogue, will also be aired on Christmas Day.
Speaking to Doctor Who magazine, the pop star said appearing in the show was “like stepping back in time”.
She added, “I really felt at home being back in the world of TV.
“I’ve definitely got the acting bug again.”
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