Catherine Tate denies 'Doctor Who' return speculation

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 Catherine Tate poses during a photo shoot in Melbourne, Victoria. (Photo by Jake Nowakowski / Newspix / Getty Images)
Catherine Tate poses during a photo shoot in Melbourne, Victoria. (Photo by Jake Nowakowski / Newspix / Getty Images)

Rumours Catherine Tate could be returning to Doctor Who as Donna Noble appear to have been quashed. 

Jodie Whittaker has been seen filming the upcoming 13th series in Liverpool alongside newcomer John Bishop and some fans of the sci-fi show also believed they'd seen Tate around the site as will, according to the Daily Mail

However, a representative for the comedian has said she is not on set. 

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“I can confirm Catherine is very much not in Liverpool and is not on [the] DR WHO set,” they told Radio Times

Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor (Credit: BBC)
Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor (Credit: BBC)

Yahoo News UK has contacted a representative of Tate's for comment. 

The 51-year-old made her first appearance on Doctor Who in the closing moments of 2006 series finale Doomsday with her story being picked up in the 2006 Christmas special The Runaway Bride

Tate returned to the role in a full-time capacity for the fourth series as she became a regular companion alongside David Tennant's Doctor.

She also appeared as Donna in the 2009-2010 Christmas and New Year's specials. 

David Tennant and Catherine Tate take part in the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief 'Big Night In at London on April 23, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images)
David Tennant and Catherine Tate take part in the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief 'Big Night In at London on April 23, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images)

Tate and Tennant were reunited for a skit last year as the comedian reprised her Lauren the Schoolgirl character. 

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Tennant played a teacher trying to handle the disobedient character in the sketch for BBC’s Big Night In, a fundraiser for Comic Relief and Children in Need.

Bishop joins Doctor Who as new character Dan, filling the gap left by Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole. 

Rumours have also circulated that Whittaker will step down from playing the Time Lord following the 13th series, however, the BBC have not commented on the claims.

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