TARDIS Transfer: Catherine Tate Returns to Doctor Who

While the episode that featured her character may not have yet aired in the States (catch it tomorrow night), comedian Catherine Tate has been asked to reprise her role as Donna, the uppity runaway bride, in the fourth season of Doctor Who.

Tate, known for her hilarious eponymous sketch comedy series (which aired last year on BBC America), will return to Doctor Who as Donna, the aforementioned runaway bride who found herself aboard the TARDIS rather than preparing for her nuptials.

Tate will appear alongside series lead David Tennant in all thirteen installments of Season Four as the Doctor's companion. (Yes, fortunately, David Tennant WILL be back after all.)

Lest you worry about the fate of Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), who joined the Doctor at the beginning of Season Three (also airing this Friday night, natch), she'll be returning to the series as well, following a three-episode stint on Who spin-off, Torchwood.

"We are delighted that one of Britain's greatest talents has agreed to join us for the fourth series," said executive producer Russell T. Davies. "Viewers can expect more ambitious story lines and a whole host of guest stars in 2008."

The casting announcement for Tate follows that of another high-profile casting on the series: as previously reported, Kylie Minogue will appear in the Season Four Christmas special, entitled "Voyage of the Damned."

The third season of Doctor Who kicks off this Friday on Sci Fi.

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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionaryblog.com.