Catherine Tate

Catherine Tate (born Catherine Ford; 5 December 1969) is an English comedian, actress, and writer. She has won numerous awards for her work on the sketch comedy series The Catherine Tate Show as well as being nominated for an International Emmy Award and seven BAFTA Awards. Following the success of The Catherine Tate Show, Tate played Donna Noble in the 2006 Christmas special of Doctor Who and later reprised her role, becoming the Tenth Doctor's regular companion for the fourth series in 2008.[1] In 2011, she began a recurring role as Nellie Bertram in the U.S. version of The Office and was a regular until the series ended.[2] She now provides the voice of Magica De Spell in the 2017 reboot of Disney's DuckTales animated series.

Catherine Tate
Catherine Tate and David Tennant @ Wyndham's Theatre
Catherine Tate and David Tennant at Wyndham's Theatre
Catherine Ford

5 December 1969 (age 49)
Bloomsbury, London, England, United Kingdom
ResidenceRichmond, London, England, United Kingdom
OccupationActress, writer, comedian
Years active1991–present

Early life

Tate was born Catherine Ford on 5 December 1969[3][4][5][6] in Bloomsbury, where she was raised in the Brunswick Centre. Her mother, Josephine, was a florist.[7] Tate has said that the character of Margaret in The Catherine Tate Show, who shrieks at the slightest of disturbances, is based largely on her mother.[8] Tate never knew her father as he left very early on in her life[8] and, consequently, she was brought up in a female-dominated environment, being cared for by her mother, grandmother, and godparents.[7] As a child, Tate suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and was obsessed with word association. For example, she was not able to leave a jumper on the floor because it might have brought misfortune to her mother, whose name began with the letter "J" like "jumper".[8]

Tate attended St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School in Holborn, and Notre Dame High School, a convent secondary school for girls in Southwark.[8] By the time she was a teenager, she knew she wanted a professional acting career; following the abolition of the sixth form at her secondary school, she was sent to a boys' Roman Catholic school, Salesian College in Battersea, at the age of 16 as it had the necessary facilities for drama.[7] She left school without sitting her A levels.[9] She then tried for four years to get a place in the Central School of Speech and Drama, succeeding on her fourth attempt.[9] She studied there for three years.[7][9] Prior to getting a place there, Tate went to the Sylvia Young Theatre School, but left after a week, later stating, "Even at that age, I realised I wasn't Bonnie Langford. It was very competitive."[10] She was also a member of the National Youth Theatre.[11]


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Tate in 2006


Tate began her television acting career with roles in serial dramas such as The Bill[9] and London's Burning.[7] Tate started stand-up comedy in 1996,[12] and has appeared in comedy series such as The Harry Hill Show, Barking, and That Peter Kay Thing.[13] She played the part of Kate in the unaired pilot episode of sitcom Not Going Out.[14] In 1998, she wrote and starred in Barking, a late night sketch show broadcast on Channel 4 and featuring a host of performers who were later to become celebrated, such as David Walliams, Peter Kay and Mackenzie Crook.

Soon after, she became involved with Lee Mack's Perrier Comedy Award-nominated New Bits show at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2000.[13] In 2001, she returned to the festival with her own sell-out one-woman show,[12] which was followed by roles in Big Train,[10] Attention Scum and TVGoHome.[13] After being spotted at Edinburgh, she was given the role of Angela in the comedy, Wild West, with Dawn French,[13] who commented "Catherine Tate is far too talented and she must be destroyed."[10]

Tate has also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company,[10] and at the National Theatre.[9] She acted the role of Smeraldina in a 2000 RSC production of A Servant to Two Masters, and another role in The Way of the World at the National Theatre.[15]


Tate was approached at a post-show party at the Edinburgh Festival by then-BBC controller of comedy Geoffrey Perkins, who encouraged Tate to develop her character ideas, especially to push the boundaries with her teenage character Lauren Cooper. Undertaking Perkins' advice, after a live show Tate found the audience walking out of the show repeating the character's catchphrase Am I bovvered?[16]

Produced by Perkins at Tiger Aspect, Tate was given her own programme on BBC Two in 2004, which she co-wrote and starred in with Derren Litten, entitled The Catherine Tate Show, which ran for three series.[13] Two of the show's well-known characters are teenager Lauren Cooper and Joannie "Nan" Taylor, the cockney grandmother.[10] Tate's inspiration for the cockney grandmother came from visits to old people's homes when she was at drama college.[10] Tate won a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Newcomer for her work on the first series of The Catherine Tate Show,[17] and with the first series becoming a success, in March 2005, Tate made a guest appearance during the BBC's Comic Relief as the character of Lauren from The Catherine Tate Show, alongside boy-band McFly, which gained her further exposure.[12]

In November 2005, Tate appeared in another charity sketch as part of the BBC's annual Children in Need telethon. The segment was a crossover between EastEnders and The Catherine Tate Show, featuring Eastenders characters Peggy Mitchell, Little Mo Mitchell and Stacey Slater, whilst Tate appeared as Lauren.[18] Also at that time, she was a guest star at the 77th Royal Variety Performance and appeared again in the guise of Lauren Cooper. During the sketch, Tate looked up at the Royal Box and asked The Queen, "Is one bovvered? Is one's face bovvered?".[19] During the sketch, co-star Niky Wardley (in character as Liese) remarked: "That old man sitting next to her has fallen asleep." Prince Philip then reportedly complained to the show's executive producer, saying he had been insulted.[8] Tate later won a British Comedy Award for Best British Comedy Actress for her work in the second series of The Catherine Tate Show.[20] At the end of 2005, she appeared in the BBC television adaptation of Bleak House.[21]

Tate returned to the stage for the first time since working with the RSC,[22] to play a role in the 2005 West End revival of Some Girl(s), alongside Sara Powell, Lesley Manville, Saffron Burrows and Friends star David Schwimmer.[23] In an interview, Tate commented that she could not look Schwimmer in the eye during her time with him, leading to speculation that the pair did not get on.[9] Tate immediately denied the rumours, explaining that she was joking about her attempts to act "cool" around Schwimmer, whom she described as "a very funny, personable man, and easy to get along with".[24]

The third series of The Catherine Tate Show aired in 2006, going on to win the National Television Award for most popular comedy as voted for by the public,[25] and Tate's catchphrase "bovvered", used by her character Lauren Cooper, became so influential in popular culture that it was named Word of the Year and was even poised to enter the Oxford English Dictionary.[26] Tate also played the role of Donna Noble in Doctor Who, a woman in a wedding dress who suddenly appears in the TARDIS at the end of the episode "Doomsday".[27] The following episode, the Christmas special entitled "The Runaway Bride", saw Tate's character in a major role, where she was temporarily the Doctor's companion.[27] On her appearance in the series, Tate commented "I'm honoured and delighted to be joining David Tennant aboard the TARDIS. I was holding out for a summer season at Wigan rep but as a summer job, this'll do."[28]

Tate had roles in three films in 2006, these included, Starter for 10, Sixty Six,[22] and Scenes of a Sexual Nature.[8] She later appeared in the films Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution, in which she played the title character,[22] and Love and Other Disasters.[29]

In the 2007 television adaptation of the novel, The Bad Mother's Handbook, she played the lead role and co-starred with Anne Reid.[30]

On 16 March 2007, Tate appeared for a second time on Comic Relief as some of her well-known characters from The Catherine Tate Show. She acted in sketches with David Tennant, Daniel Craig, Lenny Henry and the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, who used the show's famous catchphrase, "Am I bovvered?"[31] Tate also appeared as Joannie "Nan" Taylor in an episode of Deal or No Deal, hosted by Noel Edmonds.[32]

Tate became a Patron of the performing arts group Theatretrain.[33]

Despite speculation that the third series of The Catherine Tate Show would be the last, Tate and the BBC have not ruled out further episodes.[22] She later filmed a one-off special episode which aired on Christmas Day 2007.[34] The episode was subject to criticism when 42 viewers complained about the amount of swearing, and accused Tate of bigotry over the depiction of a family from Northern Ireland as terrorists, whose Christmas presents included a balaclava and a pair of knuckle dusters, in reference to the Troubles.[35] After the complaints were made, an Ofcom report later concluded that the show was not offensive and did not violate broadcasting regulations.[36][37] An extract from the Ofcom report read "Overall this episode was typical of the Catherine Tate Show and would not have gone beyond the expectations of its usual audience. For those not familiar with the show, the information given at the start was adequate."[38]

She has also been nominated for four BAFTA Awards for her work on The Catherine Tate Show to date, including Best Comedy Performance.[39]

Tate returned to Doctor Who in 2008 to reprise the role of Donna Noble as the Doctor's companion throughout the fourth series, which was shown on BBC One starting on 5 April for a 13-week run.[40] Producer Russell T Davies said, "We are delighted that one of Britain's greatest talents has agreed to join us for the fourth series." Tate added, "I am delighted to be returning to Doctor Who. I had a blast last Christmas and look forward to travelling again through time and space with that nice man from Gallifrey."[1] At the TV Quick Awards 2008, Tate was voted best actress for her role in Doctor Who.[41] She returned as Donna Noble in the two-part Doctor Who Christmas special The End of Time which was broadcast over Christmas 2009.[42][43]

In 2008 Tate starred as Michelle, a promiscuous mathematics teacher, in David Eldridge's Under The Blue Sky at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, alongside Francesca Annis and Nigel Lindsay. Tate injured her ankle in rehearsal on 15 July. She performed preview shows with the aid of a crutch. On 11 April 2009, 26 December 2009 and 30 January 2010, Tate and David Tennant guest hosted Jonathan Ross' BBC Radio 2 show. In 2009 she created a one off special spin off to The Catherine Tate Show. Although this time the show only starred 'Nan'. In the show, Nan played Scrooge, and was visited by 3 ghosts, one of whom was played by David Tennant. The show was a one off Christmas special however was followed by three other episodes in 2014 and 2015 which are known collectively as Catherine Tate's Nan.


In 2010, Tate took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March.

Tate took part in a series of short comedy films called 'Little Crackers'.[44] Tate appeared as Queen Isabelle of Lilliput in the 2010 film adaptation of Gulliver's Travels. On 18 March 2011, the video for Take That's new single "Happy Now" was debuted on Comic Relief. The video shows comedians Catherine Tate, Alan Carr, James Corden, John Bishop and David Walliams audition to become Take That's ultimate tribute band, Fake That. Filming took place at Ealing Studios on 17 February 2011.[45]'

Tate appeared alongside former co-star David Tennant in the Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing at London's Wyndham's Theatre from 16 May to September 2011.[46] For her performance – as Beatrice – Catherine won the BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play.[47] In the seventh-season finale of The Office, which aired on 19 May 2011, Tate guest starred as Nellie Bertram, a potential replacement for the departing Michael Scott (played by Steve Carell).[48][49] On Saturday 17 December 2011, Tate presented the second episode of Channel 4's Laughing at the... series – entitled "Catherine Tate: Laughing at the Noughties" – in which she met Alan Carr, David Walliams, Noel Fielding, Rob Brydon and (her Doctor Who co-star) David Tennant to discuss the comedy highlights of the 2000s.[50]

In January 2012, Tate returned to The Office for its eighth season. She reprised her role as Nellie, who was hired as a "misguided special projects manager". She returned as Nellie for the ninth and final season.[51]

She starred alongside David Walliams and Philip Glenister in BBC One's situation comedy Big School in 2013.[52] In November 2014 she was a guest on BBC One's The Graham Norton Show in which she revealed that her first stage appearance had been performing an impression of Gary Glitter in her school nativity play.[53]

For Comic Relief 2015, Tate appeared as a nun in a sketch alongside with David Walliams as Lou Todd and Stephen Hawking in the Andy Pipkin role.[54] Three further episodes of Catherine Tate's Nan aired in January 2014 and December 2015 on BBC One after Nan's Christmas Carol which aired on Christmas Day 2009.

In January 2016, Tate played the role of Sapphire in the one-off comedy show Billionaire Boy, written by David Walliams.[55] She appeared in Bruce's Hall of Fame with Alexander Armstrong the following day.

In 2016, Tate appeared in the new musical comedy Miss Atomic Bomb at the St. James Theatre.[56] The show ran from 7 March to 9 April.[57] It received poor reviews, including a one star review from The Stage.[58]

In late 2016, Tate began touring British theatres in The Catherine Tate Show Live, guest-starring Mathew Horne, Niky Wardley and Brett Goldstein. Tate's characters Nan, Nurse Bernie, Geordie Georgie, Sam and Paul and Lauren all featured in the show, linked by videos starring Nick Grimshaw and other celebrities interacting with the characters.[59]

In late 2017, Tate was revealed to be part of the cast of Disney's DuckTales reboot, providing the voice of the villainous sorceress Magica De Spell following the death of the character's longtime voice actor, June Foray, in July of the same year. Coincidentally, her Doctor Who co-star, David Tennant, provides the voice of the show's protagonist, Scrooge McDuck.

Personal life

Tate's former partner is stage manager Twig Clark. They have a daughter named Erin,[60] who was born at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in January 2003 and was delivered following an emergency caesarean section.[8]

Tate is the patron for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust, supporting the charity since August 2006. In 2011 she took part in the charity's 2011 Charity Calendar.[61] Tate suffered from post-natal depression,[7] from which she only recovered after the filming of the second series of The Catherine Tate Show.[8] She also suffers from occasional panic attacks.[8] Regarding her personal outlook, Tate has said, "I'm an incredibly negative person, so any form of success is only ever going to be a relief to me and set my default position back to neutral."[7]

Awards and nominations

All for her work on The Catherine Tate Show unless otherwise stated:



  • 2004: British Comedy Award – Best TV Comedy Actress
  • 2005: British Comedy Award – Best TV Comedy Actress
  • 2005: British Comedy Award – People's Choice Award (polled most votes but award not received)[63][64]
  • 2005: International Emmy – Best Performance by an Actress[65]
  • 2005: BAFTA TV Award – Best New Writer
  • 2005: BAFTA TV Award – Comedy Programme or Series Award
  • 2006: BAFTA TV Award – Best Comedy Performance
  • 2007: BAFTA TV Award – Best Comedy Programme
  • 2008: Nickelodeon's UK Kids Choice Awards 2008 – Funniest Person
  • 2008: Nickelodeon's UK Kids Choice Awards 2008 – Best TV Actress (for Doctor Who)
  • 2008: National Television Award – Outstanding Drama Performance (for Doctor Who)
  • 2011: BAFTA TV Award – Catherine Tate's Little Cracker


Film and television

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Men Behaving Badly Potential buyer Guest role
1998–2002 Big Train Various Characters Main role
2002–2004 Wild West Angela Phillips
2004–2007 The Catherine Tate Show Various Characters Lead role
2005 Bleak House Mrs. Chadband Guest role
2006 Starter for 10 Julie Jackson Film
Sixty Six Aunt Lila
Love and Other Disasters Tallulah Riggs-Wentworth
Agatha Christie's Marple Mitzi
2006–2010 Doctor Who Donna Noble 2006 Christmas Special, Series 4, 2009 specials
2007 Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution Dorothy Ratcliffe Main role
2009 Nan's Christmas Carol Joannie Taylor TV film (lead role)
2010 Little Crackers Josephine Short film (Tate's first directing role)
Gulliver's Travels Queen of Lilliput[66] Film
2011 Monte Carlo Alicia
A Quiet Word With ... Herself Guest role (Season 2, Episode 3)[67]
2011–2013 The Office Nellie Bertram Guest (season 7)
Starring (season 8–9): 34 episodes
2011 Laughing at the... Herself Catherine Tate: Laughing at the Noughties Guest Presenter (Season 1, Episode 2)[68]
2013 Khumba Nora the Sheep Voice
2013–2014 Big School Miss Sarah Postern Lead role
2014–2015 Catherine Tate's Nan Joannie Taylor Lead role
2014 Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? Sophie O'Donnell Film
2015 SuperBob Theresa
2015 Unity[69] Narrator
2016 Billionaire Boy Sapphire Diamond TV film
2016 Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods Dulcia Voice
2016 Do Not Disturb[70]
2017-present DuckTales Magica De Spell Voice


Year Title Role Theatre/Company
1995 The Way of the World Royal National Theatre
1996 The Prince's Play Barmaid Royal National Theatre
2000 New Bits Various roles Edinburgh Festival
A Servant to Two Masters Smeraldina Royal Shakespeare Company
2005 Some Girl(s) Sam Gielgud Theatre
Royal Variety Performance Lauren Cooper Wales Millennium Centre
2006 The Exonerated Sunny Jacobs Riverside Studios
2008 Under The Blue Sky Michelle Duke of York's Theatre
2010–2011 Season's Greetings Belinda Royal National Theatre
2011 Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice Wyndham's Theatre
Sixty Six Books God Bush Theatre
2012 24 Hour Plays Various American Airlines Theatre, Broadway
2014–2015 Assassins Sara Jane Moore Menier Chocolate Factory
2015 The Vote Kirsty Henderson Donmar Warehouse
2016 Miss Atomic Bomb Myrna St James Theatre, London
The Catherine Tate Show: Live Various characters UK tour

Radio and CD audio drama

Year Title Role Broadcaster
2008 The Forever Trap Narrator BBC Audio
2009 The Nemonite Invasion Narrator BBC Audio
2009–10 Jonathan Ross Guest host - DJ BBC Radio 2
2016–19 Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures Donna Noble Big Finish Productions


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External links

Brett Goldstein

Brett Goldstein is a British actor/ comedian who wrote and appeared in the film SuperBob He also appeared in Channel 4 comedy-drama, Derek, as Tom. He wrote The Catherine Tate Live Show with Catherine Tate and has written and performed four solo stand up shows. He won the 2016 BIFA for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Brendon in the film, Adult Life Skills.

In 2018 Brett began his podcast, Films To Be Buried With, featuring guests talking about films that have been important in their life.

Donna Noble

Donna Noble is a fictional character in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Portrayed by British actress and comedian Catherine Tate, she is a former companion of the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant). Originally appearing in the closing scene of the show's 2006 series and as a special guest star in its following Christmas special, "The Runaway Bride", Tate was not expected to reprise her role as Donna; for series 3 (2007), the Doctor travelled alongside medical student Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman). However, Tate expressed interest in returning to the role, and she returned as Donna for the duration of the series 4 (2008), and in a subsequent 2009–10 Christmas and New Year's special.Within the series' narrative, Donna begins as an outspoken Londoner in her mid-30s, a temp worker from Chiswick whose view of the universe is small in scope. Although she at first finds alien time traveller the Doctor terrifying, their initial encounter leaves her unsatisfied with her normal life and she decides to travel alongside him when the next opportunity arises. Donna becomes an asset to the Doctor on his adventures and it is she who ultimately saves the universe in the series 4 finale, although tragically at the cost of the memories of her travels with the Doctor. In a contrast to the Tenth Doctor's prior companions, who both harboured romantic feelings for him, Donna and the Doctor shared a strictly platonic relationship; and she did not feel the need to prove herself to be allowed to travel with the Doctor, who refers to her as his "best mate".

Joannie Taylor

Joannie "Nan" Taylor (also Jackson) (Born 7 July 1933) is a fictional character in The Catherine Tate Show. She is one of the main characters of the show and is portrayed by Catherine Tate. She has since gone on to be the main character of a number of specials.

Lauren Cooper

Dame Lauren Alesha Masheka Tanesha Felicia Jane Cooper is a fictional character in The Catherine Tate Show. Lauren is one of the show's main characters and is played by Catherine Tate. The character is "killed off" in the 2007 Christmas Special which aired on 25 December.

Lauren is a 15-year-old schoolgirl with a surly attitude and was most widely known for her phrase "Am I bovvered?" (i.e. bothered - the "v" in the word takes the place of the "th" that should be there; see th-fronting). When feeling angry or embarrassed, she frequently replies with defensive responses such as "Am I bovvered?", "Do I look bovvered?" or "Are you disrespecting me?", among others. As demonstrated through her clothing and mannerisms, Tate portrays Lauren as a caricature of a Chav.

She claimed to have been made a Dame at the end of her sketch on the Royal Variety Performance 2005.

List of The Catherine Tate Show characters

The following characters appear in the comedy sketch series The Catherine Tate Show on BBC Two. Comedian Catherine Tate portrays all of the characters featured most prominently in the show, which she created with Derren Litten and her team of writers. Other actors who have supporting roles throughout the series include Mathew Horne and Niky Wardley.

Little Crackers

Little Crackers is a British Christmas comedy-drama that was broadcast on Sky1. It consists of a series of short films featuring stars of British and Irish comedy, including Stephen Fry, Catherine Tate, Chris O'Dowd, Kathy Burke, Victoria Wood, and Bill Bailey. According to Sky Television, the show marked the start of their biggest investment in British comedy during Sky1's twenty-year history. The success of the first series led Sky to renew the show for a second series, which began airing on 18 December 2011. The comedians involved in the second series included Harry Hill, Sheridan Smith, Sanjeev Bhaskar, John Bishop, Shappi Khorsandi and Jack Whitehall.

Moone Boy, created by and starring Chris O'Dowd for Sky1 and Walking and Talking, written by and starring Kathy Burke for Sky Atlantic are both full series based on Little Crackers shorts. They have been commissioned for 6 episodes and 4 episodes respectively.

Mathew Horne

Mathew Frazer Horne (born 6 September 1978) is an English actor, comedian, television presenter, and narrator. He is best known for appearing on several BBC sketch shows and sitcoms, most notably Gavin & Stacey (as Gavin Shipman), The Catherine Tate Show, 20 Things to do Before You're 30, Teachers, Horne and Corden, and Bad Education.

Monster Family

Monster Family (also known as Happy Family) is a 2017 British-German computer animated horror comedy film directed and produced by Holger Tappe, and co-written by David Safier. It is based on David Safier's children's book Happy Family. The film stars Emily Watson, Nick Frost, Jessica Brown Findlay, Celia Imrie, Catherine Tate, and Jason Isaacs. The film performed poorly with critics and was panned by audiences.

Nan's Christmas Carol

Nan's Christmas Carol is a spin-off of The Catherine Tate Show. The one-off special based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is about Nan visited by three ghosts on Christmas night in her council flat.

Nellie Bertram

Eleanour Donna "Nellie" Bertram is a fictional character on the U.S. comedy television series The Office. She first appears as a guest star in the seventh season, where she interviewed for the Regional Manager position at the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch.

Nellie is portrayed by Catherine Tate, and is an original character, meaning that she has no counterpart in the original British version of the series. Initially a one-episode guest star, she was reportedly the top choice to replace Steve Carell, but was unable to join the series, due to her commitment to the West End production of the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing. However, Tate later returned to the role as a series regular for the second half of season eight and continued in the role for the final season.

Niky Wardley

Nichola Petra "Niky" Wardley (born 11 August 1973) is an English actress. She trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

One of her best-known parts was in The Catherine Tate Show as Lauren Cooper's best friend Lisa Jackson, as well as other parts during the series. In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. In 2016 she was cast as Miss Brahms in the one off special of Are You Being Served celebrating BBC Comedy.


"Stairmageddon" is the nineteenth episode of the ninth season of the American comedy television series The Office. It originally aired on NBC on April 11, 2013. The episode features guest appearances from Roseanne Barr as Andy's agent Carla Fern and Paul Feig as a man auditioning his act for Carla.

The series—presented as if it were a real documentary—depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In the episode, the office workers are forced to walk up the stairs while the elevator is being serviced. Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) kidnaps Stanley Hudson (Leslie David Baker) to assist in an important sales call. Pam Halpert (Jenna Fischer) and Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) talk with Nellie Bertram (Catherine Tate) and Toby Flenderson (Paul Lieberstein) about marital troubles. Meanwhile, Angela Lipton (Angela Kinsey) supports her husband during a press conference.

"Stairmageddon" received mixed reviews from television critics. The episode was viewed by 3.84 million viewers and received a 1.9/5 perfect among adults between the ages of 18 and 49. The episode ranked second in its timeslot and The Office was the highest-rated NBC series of the night.

Tallahassee (The Office)

"Tallahassee" is the fifteenth episode of the eighth season of the American comedy television series The Office and the show's 167th episode overall. The episode aired on NBC in the United States on February 16, 2012. "Tallahassee" was written by co-executive producer Daniel Chun and directed by series cinematographer Matt Sohn. The episode guest stars David Koechner and Wally Amos.

The series—presented as if it were a real documentary—depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In this episode, Dwight returns to Tallahassee to meet with the president of Sabre's special projects, Nellie Bertram (Catherine Tate). Meanwhile, in Scranton, Andy fills in for reception and thoroughly enjoys himself.

"Tallahassee" saw the reappearance of Tate as Nellie Bertram. Tate had previously appeared in the seventh season finale, "Search Committee". The episode received mostly positive reviews from critics, with many reviewers noting that the "special projects" storyline helped to give the series a focus. The cold opening, in particular, received significant attention from critics, with many calling it the best of the show's eighth season. According to Nielsen Media Research, "Tallahassee" drew 4.38 million viewers and received a 2.3 rating/6% share in the 18–49 demographic, marking a 12% drop in ratings from the previous episode, "Special Project", and becoming the lowest-rated episode of the series to air, beating the previous record holder, "Hot Girl." Despite this, it was the highest-rated NBC series of the night.

Tenth Doctor

The Tenth Doctor is an incarnation of the Doctor, the protagonist of the BBC science fiction television programme Doctor Who, who is played by David Tennant in three series as well as nine specials. As with previous incarnations of the Doctor, the character has also appeared in other Doctor Who spin-offs. In the programme's narrative, the Doctor is a centuries-old Time Lord alien from the planet Gallifrey who travels in time in his TARDIS, frequently with companions. At the end of life, the Doctor can regenerate his body; in doing so, his physical appearance and personality change, and a new actor assumes the role. Tennant's portrayal of the Doctor is of an outwardly charismatic and charming adventurer whose likable and easygoing attitude can quickly turn to righteous fury when provoked.

This incarnation's companions include working class shop assistant Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), medical student Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), and fiery temp worker Donna Noble (Catherine Tate). He eventually parts ways with them all by the end of the 2008 series finale, "Journey's End", after which he attempts to travel alone for the duration of the 2008–2010 specials before being accompanied by Donna Noble's grandfather Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins) on his final adventure in The End of Time.

The Catherine Tate Show

The Catherine Tate Show is a British television sketch comedy written by Catherine Tate and Aschlin Ditta. Tate also stars in all but one of the show's sketches, which feature a wide range of characters. The Catherine Tate Show airs on BBC Two and is shown worldwide through the BBC. Collectively, the show has been nominated for six BAFTA Awards, two British Comedy Awards and an Emmy Award, and it has won two Royal Television Society Awards, two British Comedy Awards and a National Television Award since its debut in 2004.

The Forever Trap

The Forever Trap is an exclusive to audio Doctor Who story, produced as part of BBC Books' New Series Adventures line, and the second entry in the series to be produced. Read by Catherine Tate, it is the second non-televised Doctor Who adventure to feature the companion Donna Noble. It was released on CD on 9 October 2008.

The Nemonite Invasion

The Nemonite Invasion is an exclusive to audio Doctor Who story, produced as part of BBC Books' New Series Adventures line, and the third entry in the series to be produced. Read by Catherine Tate, it is the third non-televised Doctor Who adventure to feature the companion Donna Noble. It was released on 12 February 2009.

The Runaway Bride (Doctor Who)

"The Runaway Bride" is a special episode of the long-running British science fiction television programme Doctor Who, starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. It was produced as the Doctor Who Christmas special for 2006, broadcast on 25 December, and aired between the second and third series of the relaunched show.

In the episode, set in London, the alien Racnoss Empress (Sarah Parish) and the human resources head Lance (Don Gilet) attempt to use Lance's fiancée, the secretary Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), as a "key" to awaken the Racnoss children hibernating at the centre of the Earth by gradually and secretly poisoning Donna with an alien particle the Racnoss use as an energy source.

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