Catherine Tate and David Tennant are reuniting once again to reprise two famous roles—but it’s not what you expect. They are well-known from their time on Doctor Who as Donna Noble and the Tenth Doctor, a TARDIS team built on a fun friendship. But this time Tate and Tennant are bringing back a familiar comedy sketch featuring him as Mr. Logan, an English teacher, and her as Lauren Cooper, an annoying and “unbovvered” teen student.
In case you forgot, Catherine Tate originally created the Lauren Cooper character for her comedy series The Catherine Tate Show, which ran from 2004 to 2009. She revived the character for a 2007 Comic Relief sketch featuring Tennant as her new English teacher who she annoys deeply in only a few minutes. At the time, Tate had made a one-off appearance on Doctor Who as Donna Noble in “The Runaway Bride” alongside David Tennant, who was in the middle of his run as the Tenth Doctor.
Of course, the clip included her poking fun at him looking like The Doctor and having a house that was bigger on the inside. It was a thrilling moment for Doctor Who fans and an indicator of how great they would be as a Doctor/companion duo.
Now Lauren and Mr. Logan are back together again for BBC’s Big Night In, a telethon designed to raise money for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The guests will provide different types of entertainment while following social distancing procedures. In the sketch, Lauren is self-isolating and doing schoolwork while Mr. Logan tries to give her online instructions. She’s probably twice as irritating and his patience has to be thin by now. Catherine Tate and David Tennant are known for their amazing chemistry on-screen and in their general interactions, so this is sure to be funny.
According to Yahoo, Big Night In will air live on April 23 at 7PM BST on BBC One and the iPlayer. But, in a world of social media, clips will surely surface in many other places for fans to check it out.
It may not be the same as having the Tenth Doctor and Donna come together again for a TV or audio adventure, but the energy is basically the same.
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