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July 16th, 2019 19 comments

Big Finish Donna Noble – Kidnapped!

Available to order from www.bigfinish.com

Catherine Tate returns as Donna Noble – the much loved companion from the Russell T Davies era of Doctor Who – in her own set of audio adventures made by Big Finish Productions in association with BBC Studios.

Donna Noble is returning in a new Big Finish release, Donna Noble: Kidnapped!, but can she manage on her own? She’ll fly the TARDIS, make new friends and take the mantle of Earth’s protector in four fantastic adventures coming out in May 2020. We hope the universe is ready for her!

Catherine Tate made her debut as Donna in December 2006, in the glorious Christmas special The Runaway Bride and, fortunately for fans, re-appeared as the Doctor’s companion in 2008. One series and two Christmas specials later, Donna made her final on-screen appearance alongside David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor on 1st January 2010.

Catherine went on to reprise her role for Big Finish in two sets of audio adventures with her best mate, the Doctor, in The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volumes One and Three – perfectly replicating the beloved pairing.

And now Donna will be fighting monsters (and her overbearing mother) with a new companion in four more thrilling audio adventures:

  • Out of this World by Jacqueline Rayner
  • Spinvasion by John Dorney
  • The Sorcerer of Albion by James Goss
  • The Chiswick Cuckoos by Matt Fitton

Script editor and writer, Matt Fitton, told us more about bringing back Donna: “Donna – on her own and saving the world! It’s just irresistible, isn’t it? There were a few directions we could take for a solo Donna Noble set – from before her travels to during them – but I thought an interesting angle would be the fallout from the Library (when she experiences life with a perfect family then has it ripped away from her). After that she just wants the comfort of home for a bit.

Catherine Tate will be joined by actor Jacqueline King reprising her TV role as Sylvia Noble – Donna’s mother. Matt continues: “Donna and her mum are such brilliant Russell T Davies creations. Perfectly formed and completely believable in their dysfunctionality – it’s a joy to see Donna’s journey from the self-doubt Sylvia’s drummed into her to discovering she can really make a difference. At this point in her travels she’s starting to believe in herself, even without the Doctor.

“And Donna’s best female friend from school is along for the ride. Nat, played by Niky Wardley, is everything Donna isn’t: a career woman, happily married, successful and confident – Sylvia hopes it’ll rub off on her daughter! But when Nat sees what Donna’s life is really like, Nat starts to question her own; perhaps it’s not all as perfect as it’s painted. It’s a lovely relationship, and great to give Donna an ‘assistant’ to herself.”

This box set also includes Isla Blair as Marge, David Schofield as Parval, Phil Cornwell as Parsnip, Nisha Nayar as Coleridge, Sebastian Armesto as Garrison, Anthony Howell as Adrian, Lydia West as Vivien, Tim Bentinck as Ganthak, Dan Starkey as Dennis and James Joyce as UNIT’s Josh Carter.

David Richardson, producer of Donna Noble: Kidnapped!, tells us more: “I’ve been lucky enough to produce something starring Catherine Tate twice before. I’d call her a national treasure but I think that undersells her – she’s an international treasure who has populated our entertainment industry with so many beloved characters.

“Donna Noble is the stardust which was sprinkled over Doctor Who TV series four; she and the Tenth Doctor deservedly became a hugely popular pairing. And here she is at Big Finish, with her own spin-off series. We are so fortunate to have her.”

Catherine Tate told us more in studio, “It’s lovely that Donna is in charge! The characters carry on developing and having a life on audio. You get a glimpse into the richness of what Donna did. It all adds to the tragedy that at the end Donna loses everything, and it’s all the worse to be forgotten.”

Donna Noble: Kidnapped! will be crashing into Earth’s atmosphere in May 2020 and is available to pre-order now from BigFinish.com priced at £24.99 on CD or £19.99 on download.


Categorised under: Big Finish, CD, spin-offs

19 comments

  • Anonymous

    July 17th, 2019 - 9:48am

    Will this set use the doctor who theme as technically they are doctor-lite series 4 episodes or donna’s theme as the opening theme for the episodes?

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    • Anonymous

      July 17th, 2019 - 5:44pm

      These things use the themes of their respective era

  • Reece

    July 16th, 2019 - 8:22pm

    Can’t wait! As my favourite companion, they can churn out as much Donna stuff as they like, i’ll pre-order every time!

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  • hay

    July 16th, 2019 - 1:46pm

    big finish need to majorly calm down. this is getting dire tbh.

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    • booboo

      July 16th, 2019 - 2:02pm

      well Big Finish are a business after all and have always done different spin off’s with new ideas to keep fresh material out there, if its not for you move and leave it to those who may enjoy it.

    • Tyler Prescott

      July 16th, 2019 - 6:22pm

      Exactly booboo. They wouldn’t keep doing them if they didn’t sell, so obviously there’s a market for them, and if people like them, then they should keep doing more – for both the company to survive, and for the consumers’ enjoyment.

    • O

      July 16th, 2019 - 7:32pm

      Big Finish have the New Series license, so they need to make it worthwhile for them as a business. New Who actors like Billie and Catherine seem eager to work with Big Finish, and with David Tennant only available to do stories once a year or so and Eccleston, Smith and Capaldi not yet willing to reprise their roles for Big Finish, they need to find ways to work with them – it’s silly having these actors happy to reprise their roles and not doing anything with them just because David isn’t available to record.

      I don’t remember anyone moaning that it was dire when they did the Companion Chronicles, or Jago & Litefoot, or Gallifrey, etc. There’s clearly a market for the spinoffs, so they’ll keep doing them since they have the talent working with them. If you think it’s “dire”, then just don’t bother buying them.

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2019 - 8:31pm

      Big finish can release anything they want… if it doesn’t appeal to your personal taste… just don’t buy it

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2019 - 9:34pm

      Let’s just all hope that this person is in the minority and that a Enough people buy this release. I only remember one big finish range failing to achieve good sales and that was novel adaptions. Which I loved!

  • Anonymous

    July 16th, 2019 - 1:28pm

    Any more Catherine/Donna is good news to me!!!!!

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    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2019 - 1:33pm

      And in a different outfit to her partners in crime one!!!!!!

  • dazzleshell

    July 16th, 2019 - 1:00pm

    Where’s Wilf?

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  • J

    July 16th, 2019 - 12:30pm

    It’s not very clear, I agree, but: –
    “There were a few directions we could take for a solo Donna Noble set – from before her travels to during them – but I thought an interesting angle would be the fallout from the Library (when she experiences life with a perfect family then has it ripped away from her). After that she just wants the comfort of home for a bit.”

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    • J

      July 16th, 2019 - 12:33pm

      Sorry, posted in the wrong place…

  • Anonymous

    July 16th, 2019 - 11:40am

    Sorry. Confused. What the -…why????????
    No seriously why?????
    How can Donna even be…what is going on…that description just confuses me…didn’t Donna lose all memories of the Doctor…and now she can’t…she can’t even experience anything remotely The Doctor without passing out!

    Just Why!

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    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2019 - 11:45am

      This is obviously set before she lost her memories when she was still travelling with the Doctor.

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2019 - 12:02pm

      Is there any wiggle room for that to happen?

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2019 - 12:20pm

      I don’t know why there would have to be wiggle room? We already know that we haven’t seen every adventure with every companion, they can just say this is one of the instances we never saw on TV.

    • J

      July 16th, 2019 - 12:32pm

      It’s not very clear, I agree, but: –
      “There were a few directions we could take for a solo Donna Noble set – from before her travels to during them – but I thought an interesting angle would be the fallout from the Library (when she experiences life with a perfect family then has it ripped away from her). After that she just wants the comfort of home for a bit.”

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