Donna Noble Returns In New Big Finish Audio Adventures

Fans of David Tennant's tenure as the Tenth Doctor will be thrilled to hear that his feisty companion Donna Noble will be returning in a set of four new audio adventures for Big Finish. Catherine Tate stars in Donna Noble: Kidnapped! which sees Donna fighting monsters (and her overbearing mother) with a new companion as she flies the TARDIS, makes new friends and takes on the mantle of Earth’s protector.

Catherine Tate made her debut as Donna in the 2006 Doctor Who Christmas special The Runaway Bride and returned as the Doctor’s companion in 2008. One series and two Christmas specials later, Donna made her final on-screen appearance alongside David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor on 1st January 2010. Catherine went on to reprise her role for Big Finish in two sets of audio adventures with her best mate, the Doctor, in The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volumes One and Three – perfectly replicating the beloved pairing.

Jacqueline King will also be returning as Donna's mother Sylvia Noble and they will be joined by Niki Wardley as Donna's best friend from school, Nat. The new  set co-stars Isla Blair as Marge, David Schofield as Parval, Phil Cornwell as Parsnip, Nisha Nayar as Coleridge, Sebastian Armesto as Garrison, Anthony Howell as Adrian, Lydia West as Vivien, Tim Bentinck as Ganthak, Dan Starkey as Dennis and James Joyce as UNIT’s Josh Carter.

The four new adventures are:

  • Out of this World by Jacqueline Rayner
  • Spinvasion by John Dorney 
  • The Sorcerer of Albion by James Goss
  • The Chiswick Cuckoos by Matt Fitton

Catherine Tate said of the new box set, “It’s lovely that Donna is in charge! The characters carry on developing and having a life on audio. You get a glimpse into the richness of what Donna did. It all adds to the tragedy that at the end Donna loses everything, and it’s all the worse to be forgotten.”

Script editor and writer, Matt Fitton, says, “Donna – on her own and saving the world! It's just irresistible, isn't it? There were a few directions we could take for a solo Donna Noble set – from before her travels to during them – but I thought an interesting angle would be the fallout from the Library (when she experiences life with a perfect family then has it ripped away from her). After that she just wants the comfort of home for a bit.

“Donna and her mum are such brilliant Russell T Davies creations. Perfectly formed and completely believable in their dysfunctionality – it's a joy to see Donna's journey from the self-doubt Sylvia's drummed into her to discovering she can really make a difference. At this point in her travels she's starting to believe in herself, even without the Doctor.

“And Donna's best friend from school is along for the ride. Nat, played by Niky Wardley, is everything Donna isn't: a career woman, happily married, successful and confident – Sylvia hopes it'll rub off on her daughter! But when Nat sees what Donna's life is really like, Nat starts to question her own; perhaps it's not all as perfect as it's painted. It's a lovely relationship, and great to give Donna an 'assistant' to herself.”

Donna Noble: Kidnapped! will be crashing into Earth’s atmosphere in May 2020 and is available to pre-order now from priced at £24.99 on CD or £19.99 on download.