HEROES OF DOCTOR WHO DONNA NOBLE CATHERINE TATE

PERHAPS THE MOST TRAGIC OF ALL THE DOCTOR’S COMPANIONS, DONNA IS THE ONLY COMPANION WHO DOESN’T RELAISE SHE ACTUALLY TRAVELLED IN THE TARDIS WITH THE DOCTOR. FAMOUS FOR MISSING EVENTS LIKE THE SLITHEEN CRASHING INTO BIG BEN AND THE CYBERMAN / DALEK BATTLE, DONNA WAS A MERE SECRETARY BUT EXCELLED AT IT.

HAVING REFUSED A CHANCE TO TRAVEL WITH HIM, DONNA ACTIVELY SOUGHT OUT THE DOCTOR AND FOUND HIM, ONLY THIS TIME TOOK HER PLACE AND BROUGHT LUGGAGE. CLOSE TO HER GRANDFATHER BUT HAVING A TYPICAL MOTHER, DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CATTY MRS NOBLE SENIOR, DONNA WAS FULFILLING HER GRANDFATHER’S DREAM OF TRAVELLING AMONG THE STARS. EVERYONE KNOWS HER STORY SO I JUST WANT TO SHARE MY BEST BITS.

THE CONTROVERSY OF CATHERINE TATE BEING CAST MADE BONNIE LANGFORD SEEM A WALK IN THE PARK. BUT FOR ME, DONNA VHANGED RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES WEEK AFTER WEEK AND IT WASN’T UNTIL SHE REVERTED BACK TO THE OLD DONNA AT THE END OF JOURNEY’S END, DID IT REALLY HIT YOU.

CATHERINE TOOK A POTENTIALLY ANNOYING CHARACTER AND SCULPTED HER INTO SOMEONE YOU ROOTED FOR AND WABTED TO SPEND TIME WITH. NONE OF THE EX COMPANION RIVALRY HERE, SHE EMBRACED MARTHA AND THE DOCTOR’S OTHER COMPANIONS OFFERING MARTHA TO COME BACK ON THE TARDIS AND TRAVEL WITH THEM. AND IT WAS ONLY DONNA’S SECRATERIAL SKILLS THAT DISCOVERED THE SONTARAN WORK FORCE HAD NEVER HAD A SICK DAY IN THEIR LIVES.

DONNA REALLY SOLIDIFIED FOR ME WHEN  SHE BEGGED THE DOCTOR TO SAVE SOMEONE IN POMPEII FROM THE VOLCANO AND THE SCENE WHERE SHE RETURNED HOME AND SAW WILFRED IN THE STREET WAS HEARTWARMING. WILFRED AND DONNA WERE A CLASSIC DOUBLE ACT AND BERNARD CRIBBINS COULD BRING A TEAR FROM A STONE.

WHEN SHE WAS FORCED TO FORGET HER TRAVELS, OUR HEARTS SANK BUT TO SEE HER HAPPY ENDING IN THE END OF TIME WITH A LOTTERY TICKET BOUGHT WITH A POUND THE DOCTOR BORROWED FROM HER DEAD FATHER, SENT MY HEART CRASHING. AND THAT IS WHAT DONNA NOBLE WAS ALL ABOUT, EMOTION, FAMILY AND TEARING YOUR GUTS OUT AS YOU WATCHED A GOOD FRIEND DIE. AND I FOR ONE, HOPE, ONE DAY THEY FIND A SOLUTION TO HER MEMORY WIPE. THE TARDIS SEEMS THAT MUCH SMALLER WITHOUT HER.

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