Donna Is the Most Strange of Companions
Earlier than Donna returned to the TARDIS in sequence 4’s “Companions in Crime”, the Physician travelled with two different companions. Rose was a shopworker with an overbearing mom and garbage boyfriend, however who clearly longs for extra, and jumps ft first into the Physician’s world. Martha Jones is a superb medical scholar who is straight away fascinated by the Physician (if you understand what I imply) and even earlier than she has the Physician’s assist, takes a Judoon abduction in her stride. These companions are superheroes, they’re Peter Parker, ready for the spider chew. If the Physician hadn’t turned up of their life, there would have been one other Name To Journey alongside in a minute. The identical is true for subsequent companions comparable to Amy, Clara and Invoice. However not Donna.
Like Rose, Donna has a crappy job (she’s a temp) an overbearing mom and a garbage boyfriend (fiancé). However after we meet her she’s not craving for the celebrities, she isn’t instantly drawn to the Physician. From the second she seems on the TARDIS, she solely needs to get off and get again to her wedding ceremony. She doesn’t need to battle an alien invasion, she needs a pleasant, boring lifetime of home bliss. She is, within the new sequence at the least, the primary of the Physician’s companions who comes throughout as really unusual.
It sounds prefer it’s doing her down, however that ordinariness is her superpower. It implies that she’s the kind of one that sees a city about to be destroyed by a volcano in “The Fires of Pompeii” and thinks “You should be some kind of horrible bastard to permit this to occur” not “Properly, I’m positive Mr The Lonely God will need to have purpose”. It means she is absolutely, deeply affected by what she sees.
And actually, that’s what the Physician’s companion needs to be. The companion is the viewers’s proxy, and in addition the Physician’s as he flies them via the universe to see acquainted sights anew via their eyes.
Tennant and Tate Have Severe Chemistry
Nonetheless unusual Donna Noble could also be, Catherine Tate is an unbelievable actor, and she or he and David Tennant have unbelievable chemistry collectively. You possibly can see this not solely of their time collectively on Physician Who, or of their efficiency in “The Ballad of Russell and Julie”, however of their look as Beatrice and Benedict within the Shakespeare Play “A lot Ado About Nothing”, the place they play the unique verbally sparring rivals whose feud hides a deeper affection.
As Russell T Davies himself mentioned in “The Author’s Story” (a e book accumulating the emails between him and Benjamin Cook dinner throughout the writing of Physician Who season 4): “Think about a complete season of Tennant and Tate! It’s a casting director’s dream.”