Today I am going to explore my favorite Doctor Who companion, of the ones I have actually watched: Donna Noble. Donna was the last companion of Ten during the new run of Doctor Who Series 4, played by the unforgettable Catharine Tate. If you have been following us for a while you already know how much I love Donna Noble as a companion. I truly believe that she is one of the best companions that has ever been.
Some of what I love about Donna is that she was actually just a friend to the Doctor. The relationship between the Doctor and Donna is simply fabulous. She is not so enamored or fascinated with the Doctor that she just lets him lead her along. The other part I love about her is her story arc is so brilliant. She goes through such an amazing journey from when we first meet her character to her entire run with the Doctor. She is such a great example, in fiction, of allowing a character to be more than she thought she could be.
You’re not matin’ with me Sunshine
The best piece about Donna Noble is that she is not phased by the Doctor and all the stuff in the TARDIS. In the first episode that we are introduced to Donna she is miraculously transported into the TARDIS in her wedding dress. She is in shock because she is suddenly in a space ship, but she is not in awe. In some ways she could seem like an overzealous bride just desperately trying to get back to her wedding. The more you see her though the more you realize that she is just extremely stubborn and strong-minded. She knows what she wants, she just does not realize what she deserves.
So she meets the Doctor for the first time and keeps him from going too far. She sees that he is at the same time amazing and terrifying. She sees that he needs someone to keep him in check, but does not think she can be that person. When we see her again she has tried to expand her life, but does not quite know how to put herself out there. So, she ends up going on wild goose chase after wild goose chase hoping to find the Doctor, because she wants to explore all of time and space. In many ways Donna talks down about herself. She says that she is just a Temp, but she actually does all these things. I think traveling with the Doctor helped Donna to discover her natural talents and to be the best she could be.
Not the whole town. Just save someone.
One of the great things about Donna Noble was her heart. She just cared so much, alien or human it did not matter. There are so many times that seeing others in trouble breaks her heart. In many ways she helped the Doctor to find his heart again. After so long making the tough decisions and having to fight the monsters, it could be easy to become hard and jaded. We start to see that side of the Doctor in the Specials that were released. Donna makes him go back and save the family from Pompeii and is not disgusted by the Ood, but saddened by their situation.
Sometimes the Doctor thinks too much with his head. He has a big heart(s), but when you have to make the tough calls it can be difficult to remember your heart(s). Donna helped make the Doctor better. They were such a great team and they were brilliant together. Donna did not have to be a timelord to do amazing things and to keep the Doctor in check. She did not just accept his point of view, she challenged him to think differently.
Rest of my life. Traveling. In the TARDIS. The Doctor Donna…
In the end Donna saves the universe, but it costs her everything. She becomes infused with time lord energy and infuses the hand of the Doctor with human energy creating a hybrid. She ends up with her heart and resilience with the brain power of a time lord. The problem is that her human body cannot handle the strain of all that knowledge. All of time and space contained inside her mind. The reason that her ending is so tragic is because she had found a place where she shone and she shone so bright.