David Tennant and Catherine Tate are coming back to Doctor Who

He didn't want to go, and, thanks to the fan's love for the Tenth Doctor, he'll never have to. On November 23, 2023, Doctor Who will celebrate its 60th anniversary, and fan-favorite Doctor David Tennant will appear in the special. In addition to Tennant's return, Cathrine Tate and Bernard Cribbins will return as the Tenth Doctor's best companions—I said what I said—Donna Noble and Wilfred Mott, respectively. 

David Tennant and Catherine Tate will return to Doctor Who for the show's 60th anniversary celebrations, the BBC has announced.

The duo have reunited after 12 years to film scenes that are due to air next year.

Tennant, 51, first stepped into the Tardis in 2005 to play the 10th Time Lord, with his final episode airing on New Year's Day in 2010. Comedic actor Tate, 52, starred as his companion Donna Noble.

The Doctor and Donna parted ways when the Time Lord had to wipe her memory in order to save her life. He left her family with a warning that if she had a memory of the past, she would die, because the powers that she possessed threatened to overwhelm her brain.

Russell T Davies, Doctor Who's returning showrunner, said: "They're back! And it looks impossible – first, we announce a new Doctor, and then an old Doctor, along with the wonderful Donna. What on earth is happening?

"Maybe this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback. The only thing I can confirm is that it's going to be spectacular, as two of our greatest stars reunite for the battle of a lifetime."

Tennant's return is both fitting and expected as Russell T. Davies is set to return as the series showrunner. Davies' relationship with Tennant stretches back to their brilliant  BBC series Casanova, where Tennant played the titular role. Since his first turn as the Doctor, David Tennant's ties to the Doctor Who franchise– of which he was already a lifetime fan- deepened when he married Georgia Moffat- the daughter of the fifth Doctor, Peter Davidson. Wibbly, Wobbly, Timey, Wimey doesn't even begin to cover the weirdness of that last sentence since Moffat played Tennant's daughter in Doctor Who.