David Tennant’s Doctor Who companions made an appearance in Gracepoint

The Broadchurch remake starring the former Doctor Who actor included a sweet reference to Rose Tyler, Donna Noble and Martha Jones

For many Whovians, David Tennant will always be the tenth Doctor. And, as he moves onto pastures new – most recently the critically-acclaimed Broadchurch and its US remake Gracepoint – it’s nice to know there’s still a thought spared for his years spent travelling through space and time in pinstripes and Converse. 

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Although, in the case of Gracepoint, a reference to Tennant’s spell on Doctor Who is nigh on impossible for viewers to spot.

Luckily for us a tweet from Chris Chibnall – Broadchurch’s creator, one of the remake’s executive producers and a Doctor Who writer – reveals a sneaky shout out to the tenth Doctor’s three companions, Rose Tyler (played by Billie Piper), Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate).

The props are a trio of scribblings made by Tenannt’s Detective Emmett Carver – the American equivalent to Alec Hardy – in relation to the case of murdered youngster Danny Solano. And that’s not all… The contents of each note contain extra clues for any Whovians with a good memory of Tennant’s three series spent in the Tardis:

The first references Martha Jones who “has information about Sally Sparrow”. Sparrow (played by a young Carey Mulligan) was a character from series three episode Blink who joined Martha and the Doctor to battle the weeping angels.

The second message records a call from “D. Noble” who has “information regarding the library” – a throwback to series four episodes Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead starring Catherine Tate’s Donna.

And lastly, a clue from “R. Tyler” who said “something regarding a wolf?”, referring to Bad Wolf – the alter ego to Piper’s Rose – first seen in series one and appearing intermittently since, most recently in the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor in November 2013.

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Now, of course, the question is whether Chibnall will sneak a reference to Doctor Who into Broadchurch series two? We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled…