The tragic life of Donna Noble

***** This post will contain spoilers for anyone who has not watched the season 4 finale. *****


I loved Donna Noble. Ever since she appeared in the Christmas special. All through season 4 I loved what her character brought to the show. She brought real human emotion. She freaked out, she got excited, scared, concerned - she laughed a lot, she even fell in love with a man from another world.


And all of it is gone.


I think it is that last bit that makes me most sad. I was hoping that Donna would find the man that she met and fell in love with in the Library. I was hoping that she could continue to travel with the Doctor just a little while longer.


I even got my hopes up that she would be able to hold on to her Time Lord half.


Donna never really believed that she was special. It's no wonder considering how her mother raised her. The final words that the Doctor had with Donna's mother were certainly a long time coming.


Seeing Donna with so much confidence was very nice. It's sad to think that she has reverted to the Donna that hides behind her jokes and forgets everything that she ever did with the Doctor. Sure her family will remember, the Doctor, Rose, Martha, Jack, Sarah Jane - everyone will remember, except Donna.


She found and lost love. She found and lost the Doctor. She became more than human and then ended as just that - human.


Life in general is not always about happy endings and getting what you want. You win some and you lose some - and the story of Donna Noble is no different. She has had a triumphant life, and also a very tragic one indeed.

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Jul 6, 2008 1:08AM EDT

At first Donna annoyed me a little but she has grown on me alot. I hate to see her go and to loss the memory and her newly found confidence but at least she didn't die. I thought for sure that they were going to kill her off but then they showed up at her door step. I am just glad they didn't have a companion die.
On another note, Rose gets the doctor (a human version). I am so happy for her. As far as her coming back, I really doubt it. Another discussion was asking about her coming back. I think her other show is getting picked up by showtime. But that was something I read along time ago.
And I am wondering if Torchwood's getting two new member's. I think they used this last episode as a cadalist to merge Mikey and Martha into Torchwood, but that is just my opinion. I can't wait till xmas and when Torchwood comes back on. Whenever that will be.

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Jul 6, 2008 3:23AM EDT

I'm kinda glad that rose's not going to bother the Doctor anymore.The new season will be brand-new, and the only thing not brand-new about it will be that it's the same Doctor! (and who can complain about that? It's David Tennant!)

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Jul 6, 2008 10:22AM EDT

Chocoflavour, your right, it will be a clean break from past ties, which will be nice. We wont be wondering, 'I wander what they are up too' or 'will they be coming back'. It gives it the new start, sort of like they are restarting Doctor who. New plots, new characters, new limitations, new adventures. The only two things that I can see that will carry on are the memories of the companions which were like the Doctors family and River Song.
This was one of the saddest episodes for me, I was crying when the Doctor was on Donna's doorstep with her in his arms and he was asking for help. I felt it gave the Doctor a depth that was unreached in the audiences minds up until that point and reiteratied the fact that the Doctor can't save everyone as much as he tries and that he may be, in a sense, powerful, he can't do everything. It was a bittersweet ending, She lives, but loses who she has become. And the Doctor? Alone once again, in what many have described as his self imposed penence.
One thing I can say though, in DW confidential they were saying how Cathrine is such a great comic actor and then to bring that and the emotional depth that is needed for Donna, it truly made her and Donna shine to every one that saw her. Balenced in herself with the humor and the truly human spark was fantastic. I am truly saddend that Donna Noble has left but I look forward to the next season/mini series, what ever they are going to be doing.

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Jul 6, 2008 1:09PM EDT

Ok Ok
I think that they're teasing about Martha & Mickey to see how a response would be to them into Torchwood. I think fans of the series would like the others to come back in some way. Dont forget that time and space is ripped apart in the Doctor Who. Might be possible for them to come back from another dimension or something. Also I think Donna will be able to get her Memory back. She's part Time Lord now so regeneration might help her out.
I thought Doctor Donna was a great idea for the fake that she was a "temp" made her type buttons super fast. The Human Doctor is interesting to me because that could lead to so many possibilities with him and Rose Tyler. You never know....they might have a kid(Daughter).

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Jul 7, 2008 7:11AM EDT

yeah, i'm very sad to see Donna go too, she made me laugh so many times (the whole Harvey Wallbanger/Charades incident, hehe) anyway, she was a great companion and will be missed.
and about the Human Doctor and Rose? well, i don't think it's the last we're going to be seeing of them. personnaly, i think (or rather hope) that they created the human doctor so when David Tennant does finally hang up his converse and step down as the doctor, the writers will have the option of bringing him back if they so wish.
anyway, we're talking about Donna here. she was a great character. she was funny, she was smart (sometimes) and she was a good friend to the doctor. she will be missed. one other thing though, the writers of Doctor Who better not be getting into a habbit of getting rid of the companions after only one series, because that really isn't enough time to get any real character development. martha's character didn't have time to develop as well as it could have done, and neither did Donna...do you know what? i'm just gonna shut up right there, or i'm gonna end up going on about things that have nought to do with anything. lol.

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Jul 13, 2008 9:08PM EDT

I think it's such a tragedy what happened to Donna. I mean, all through the series you caught glimpses of how she felt inadequate - and in Turn Left you could see the kind of life she led before she met the Doctor, and what her own mum thought of her. (Happy that she changed her tune at the end of Journey's End though - although miffed that she blamed the Doctor for all of it!)And in Stolen Earth she was talking about just being a "temp", and etc etc. Now all she'll ever know is that! She has no idea what a heroine she is!She brought such a new aspect as a companion. There was no sexual tension, flirtation or anything like that, and she was really there for him. I think she's the first companion who only thought about him and others around her, she wasn't worried about her own feelings for him or how hard done by she was - she was just a true friend to him. And she seemed the most human of them all so far. Martha was a little too tough to be believable for me, and both she and Rose sort of hero-worshiped the Doctor, which got a little irritating (not that I wouldn't be the same...lol.)And what I found so heartbreaking, was when the Doctor came in to say bye to her, and she was like 'yeah whatever' because she had no idea who he was really. SO sad!Poofray: she's not actually a human/time lord anymore...is she? I thought the Doctor had to wipe her mind and get rid of it all...I did think that Donna was gone for good. But then I started thinking...how on earth are they going to keep the truth from her? The whole world knows that the planet moved across space and lol "27 planets appeared in the sky". When she hears it from everyone she's going to start questioning why she can't remember any of it...surely they can't keep it a secret from her forever? Her contract may he over and she's been written out - but I think they've done it so that she could possible come back at some point...About the whole new series new start: I don't think the Doctor will ever forget Rose, even though he knows she's happy and safe. He still loves her. And I think the history with his companions is what makes the show so brilliant - like the Doctor himself is always saying, he prizes his emotions. Billie Piper also said in DW confidential that "it's never the end for the Doctor and Rose." But I'm so excited to see who the new companion will be now! And I hope they don't have the Doctor all depressed over everyone and stuff because he's much better when he's happy :)In DW confidential, the executive producer said he was most heroic and everything when he was in pain and alone. What?! I find him much better when he's smiley and cheerful lol.Anyway, I've wandered off Donna now, and so I'm going to stop ranting!~Lexi

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Jul 15, 2008 2:44PM EDT

I thought Donna Noble was one of the best characters in the show. As toddyboy said, she had found AND lost love. She had found AND lost the Doctor. And I just think all those memories she had are just going to waste, for example:

- The Ood Song. The time she cried over it even though it wasn't that bad.

- Meeting Agatha Christie. She was a historical figure that anyone could only dream to have met. But Donna did.

- The Wedding to Lance(idiot). She will have never even met him and she will only remember working at H.C. Clements.

Those are just a few examples but there are so many that she will never remember. Even if she did, she would die. Just for something as simple as remembering The Doctor and all their journeys together.

Over all, I think they, as proofray said, should let her use regeneration to help her if she forgets. But as The Doctor said as he left Rose. He could grow od with her and could not use regeneration as a cheat to death as he was part-human. So, they couldn't really use regeneration with Donna.

Waiting eagerly for the Christmas special, Torchwood next year and the next series of DW in 2010,

Kate x

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Jul 15, 2008 10:26PM EDT

My sadness is manyfold. To see all of them there at the controls of the TARDIS. One big happy family. The pointed truth of what Davros said to the doctor about how he fashions weapons of his companions. I though donna was sad and sarcastic and mean when we met her in 2006 Christmas Special. I think Donna was brilliant (or fantastic!) if you'd like. She definitely did something none of the other companions could do for the doctor, save Rose. To help him to get a grip and to turn back from total destruction on an alien species. She said it all in the final moments on the crucible at the controls. something like "ofcourse you couldn't think of it. you just need that little bit of human". I will miss her, but not as much as Rose :(

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Aug 13, 2008 1:53AM EDT

I was depressed to see Donna leave. I really felt they connected on a personal level, where as Martha and Rose hit on an emotional level. Donna always felt more like a friend, like it was two best friends riding into space. There were no romantic ties and they just seemed almost an equal.
I SINCERELY believe she will be back. Something in my gut says she is going to come back to a BIG role in the future. They have already pointed out how much false worlds and memories and alternate realities swarm around her. Isn't this, in a sense, the same thing. She has false memories of her past now, and I think in the future it will all unfold.
I LOVE Tate as an actress and comedian, and most definitely as Donna Noble. She was by far my FAVORITE companion of the entire SHOW (Old and new), just above the spectacular Sarah Jane, because she brought liveliness and joy to her performance and was a proper match for the doctor.
I want her back!!!!

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Mar 30, 2010 5:25PM EDT

I doubt that regeneration is an option for Donna, not only because I don't thnk she's timelord enough, but also- Donna Noble without Katherine Tate? Come on! Like that's ever going to happen. Actually, I hope it doesn't, Katherine Tate IS Donna, you couldn't just replace her with a different actress.

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