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Donna Noble first encountered the Tenth Doctor when she was whisked inside the TARDIS whilst walking down the aisle on her wedding day. Singularly unimpressed by the time travel device, she demanded to be returned to her wedding. Unfortunately, she discovered that her mysterious transport into the TARDIS had been an unexpected side effect of an elaborate plot by the Empress of Racnoss. After helping the Doctor defeat the Spider Queen, she rejected the Doctor's offer to continue traveling with him.
It was, though, a decision she later regretted. After some time had passed which, for the Doctor, involved a series of voyages with Martha Jones she began actively looking for the Doctor in the hopes of belatedly accepting his offer.
To this end, she began investigating "weird" happenings around Britain. She believed that if she poked around enough extraordinary events, she would run across the Doctor. She finally found him whilst investigating rumors of wrongdoing at Adipose Industries. Reunited, she convinced the somewhat reluctant Tenth Doctor that she would be a suitable long-term traveling companion.
Donna is unique amongst televised Doctor Who companions for having rejected his initial offer to become a companion. However, she is not quite on her own as far as comic companions are concerned. Maxwell Edison is also a member of this particular club. What does make her unique is that she later became a companion after the initial rejection.
Donna had a late start in comics compared with other companions of the RTD era. In fact, because of a decision to run a single-issue companion-less strip after Martha's final installment. Donna was not seen in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine until late May 2008. This meant that her life in the main Doctor Who comic strip didn't begin until almost the time that her season on television was finished on television.
Instead, Donna is the first televised companion to debut outside Doctor Who Magazine since Leela made her first appearance in TV Comic.
In North American comics, she may not appear at all until at least 2009, due to Martha's firm place in Doctor Who (2008).
Aside from those who debuted in a Doctor Who annual, Donna is the first televised companion since Leela to debut outside the pages of Doctor Who Magazine. She is also the first televised companion in history to debut and have a continuing role in a publication outside the main licensed British strip of the day. That is, she is the first to fail to make her first appearance in the near-continuous TV Comic/Countdown/TV Action/Doctor Who Magazine run that stretches back to 1965. In fact, she was seen in both Battles in Time and Doctor Who Adventures as well as in the only official online Doctor Who webcomics of the era slightly prior to making her first appearance in Doctor Who Magazine.
Like the Eighth Doctor, she first got comic attention under a special-purpose license, before quickly moving into the pages of Doctor Who Magazine. Oddly, Doctor Who Magazine had the ability to at least tie Battles in Time for the "first appearance" record. But DWM had continued to use Martha during the "gap" between the original broadcasts of series 3 and series 4 of the 2005 version of the show. Battles in Time and Doctor Who Adventures chose to end Martha's career in their comics closer to the broadcast of her final regular appearance in "Last of the Time Lords". Thus, DWM used their 30 April 2008 issue to publish a single "companion-less" strip to indicate the passage of time between Martha's last regular adventure and Donna's first. Battles in Time and DWA were thus simply poised better, narratively, to make the transition in April 2008 than DWM was. Doctor Who Adventures (2006)
First Appearance: Doctor Who: Battles in Time (2006) #43
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Doctor Who 100-Page Spectacular (2012)
Doctor Who Comic Maker comics (2008)
#3 Doctor Who Magazine (1979)
- 'Mad Martha'
Doctor Who: Autopia (2009)
Doctor Who: Battles in Time (2006)
Doctor Who: Cold-Blooded War (2009)
Doctor Who: Through Time and Space (2009)
- 'Doctor Who: Through Time and Space'
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