HERE’S the first picture of Doctor Who with his new companion.
Well, that’s if you leave aside the time David Tennant and Catherine Tate starred together in Christmas special The Runaway Bride.
As the universe and his wife knows by now, Donna Noble returns in the fourth series, currently being filmed in Cardiff.
Expected to be Tennant’s last appearance in the role, the new series sees Donna tracking down the Time Lord during an alien emergency in modern day London.
The BBC today released further details of one of the storylines, which finds Donna and the Doctor travelling through time for an encounter with murder mystery author Agatha Christie.
She will be played by Jekyll actress Fenella Woolgar, while Rosemary and Thyme “lord” Felicity Kendall co-stars as Lady Clemency Eddison.
Blackadder and Notting Hill actor Tim McInnerny is among other guest stars later in the series.
Manchester-based executive producer and lead writer Russell T Davies is also expected to hand in the keys to the Tardis some time after the new series, due on screen next spring.
“Visiting Agatha Christie has been on my wish list for ages now and, for the Doctor, it’s a real meeting of minds,” he reveals.
Agatha Christie’s grandson says: “What a brilliant idea that Agatha Christie and Doctor Who should meet.
“Two characters whose contribution to British entertainment is absolutely unrivalled.
“As far as I know my grandmother, Agatha Christie, never saw Doctor Who, but I am sure she would have been intrigued, excited and above all flattered by all this attention in 2007.”
And what of former companion Martha Jones, played by Freema Agyeman?
She’ll be back to join the Doctor and Donna in the middle of the new series.
In the meantime we have that Titanic Christmas special to look forward to, featuring Kylie Minogue.
Kylie says she had so much fun during filming that she’d like to make a return appearance at some stage in the future…or is that the past?
There has been fevered speculation about who will take over from Tennant.
A report that James Nesbitt is being lined up has been denied.
So who do you reckon would make a good successor?
The first name on my list would be Spooks star Rupert Penry-Jones – if he was available.
But my instinct is to expect the unexpected.