‘Doctor Who’ Partners Tennant and Tate Reunite on Stage

Catherine Tate and David Tennant

The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble reunited? Kinda sorta. Former Doctor Who castmates David Tennant and Catherine Tate announced on BBC News that they will appear together in a stage production of William Shakespeare‘s Much Ado About Nothing this summer. The staging will run in London’s West End at Wyndham’s Theatre from June 1 to September 3.

Tennant and Tate will transform their platonic partnership on Doctor Who into a combative romantic pairing in Much Ado: they’ll play bickering lovers Benedick and Beatrice in the play.

Tennant told BBC News, “Going back to the theater is something that I would naturally do. And getting the chance to…work with one of your mates and do a play that you always wanted to do just felt like an opportunity that was too good to miss really.’”

“The idea came from us,” Tate added. “We went to [producers]. Because I always wanted to do it but never said. Because I thought it was too close to the Doctor Who time when I was thinking about doing it.”

Tennant is a Royal Shakespeare Company vet, starring in several of the Bard’s works, including 2008′s Hamlet, a production which was adapted into a well-received BBC film. Tate is also quite familiar with the stage; she’s currently performing Alan Ayckbourn‘s Season’s Greetings at the UK’s National Theatre.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Tennant was entering into a partnership of a different sort with another Doctor Who star: he’s engaged to Georgia Moffett, the actress who played the Doctor’s daughter.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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