The hilarious reason why Catherine Tate no longer watches Doctor Who

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From Digital Spy

Jodie Whittaker has unquestionably broken gender barriers and made history in her just-wrapped series of Doctor Who – and maybe someday former companion Catherine Tate will catch up with some of it.

Just not any time soon! Catherine hasn't actually seen any of the most recent series, and that's sort of fitting since her Doctor Who character Donna Noble was always a bit clueless during her adventures with the Tenth Doctor.

(Aside from when she absorbed all of the knowledge of The Doctor into her brain and briefly became the cosmic entity known as The Doctor-Donna… but who's keeping score?)

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In a recent interview with Jason Manford on Absolute Radio, Catherine proved that there's only a very thin line between herself and Donna when she tried explaining why she'd completely missed Jodie's series.

"I haven’t [seen them] yet – only because I won’t understand them and it makes me feel inferior," she quipped. "But I know she’s brilliant because she’s fantastic.”

Well, Donna Noble did leave the library after all. It turns out that her near-total unfamiliarity with the show stretches back to before she took the role of Donna as well.

"I kind of just jumped into Doctor Who saying, 'Oh, this will be an adventure',” she told Manford. “It was a real game-changer actually in my life, Doctor Who. I absolutely loved it.

"But it doesn’t make me a sci-fi aficionado! I still don’t know what goes on, and I wasn’t quite aware what was going on to me.”

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She recalled: "It was a real dream job. I got a message to say, 'Russell [T. Davies] has written a part for you in a Christmas special, would you do it?' And I said, ‘Absolutely’.

"I didn’t want to see a script because I just thought, 'What a great thing'. I didn’t want to know what it was or anything like that… I didn’t even know what the part was.”

Fans can soon hear Catherine pretending to know how to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow when she joins co-star David Tennant to reprise their TV roles for more Big Finish audio adventures as the Tenth Doctor and Donna, out this May.

Televised Doctor Who will return for Jodie Whittaker's second series in 2020 - perhaps with some more classic monsters?

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