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.
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).
— Chris Chibnall (@ChrisChibnall) November 13, 2014
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.
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…