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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

TEN THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT DAVID TENNANT

Tuesday, December 25 2007, 06:00 GMT
By Beth Hilton

It's been a whirlwind ride for David Tennant since he crash landed on our screens as the tenth Doctor in 2005. Almost from the first time the theatre regular stepped into the Tardis, he's been showered with accolades of all shapes and sizes for his cheeky take on the role. He's been named the coolest character on TV, the most powerful actor and the sexiest man in the universe, not to mention Doctor Who's best ever leading man. But what does the nation's favourite extraterrestrial get up to when he's not wise-cracking his way through time and space? As he prepares to save the world again in the show's Christmas Special, we dish up ten fascinating facts about the Time Lord's most dashing alter-ego.

1. David was born David John McDonald in 1971 in West Lothian, Scotland. His father was a Presbyterian minister and is now a member of the Scottish cabinet.

2. David was barely out of nappies when he decided to become an actor. He recalls: "I was very small, about 3 or 4 I think, and just wanted to be the people on telly telling these wonderful stories. Obviously the idea grew and matured with me but I can't ever remember wanting to do anything else."

3. David was so crazy about Doctor Who as a child that he had a Tom Baker doll, made his gran knit him a multi-coloured scarf and once wrote a school essay declaring that he would one day play the role.

4. David is a huge fan of Madonna. The first single he bought was 'Like A Virgin' and he credits the Queen of pop with kick-starting his sexual awakening at the age of 13. Oo-er!

5. David took his pseudonym from Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant after finding that another actor shared his real name. He explains: "I was on the bus looking through Smash Hits and I saw Neil Tennant. I thought it would be a good name as it's got a good number of consonants in it." Well, it's as sensible a reason as any!

6. David once lodged with Arabella Weir from The Fast Show and is godfather to her youngest child. He says of the experience: "She probably corrupted me, but I probably needed corrupting a little bit."

7. David received such a scathing review playing King Arthur on stage in only his second job that it made him weep. The critic wrote: "The cast of 18 are uniformly excellent with the exception of David Tennant, who lacks any charm or ability whatsoever." No doubt that nasty man is eating his words now.

8. David counts McDonald's restaurants, astrology, Cliff Richard and the Conservative party among his biggest dislikes. On the other hand, he adores Honeynut Shredded Wheat, Alfred Hitchcock, The West Wing and The Proclaimers.

9. David has auditioned no fewer than six times for a part in Scottish detective drama Taggart, with no success. Maybe it's worth giving it one more shot, Dave!

10. David held farting contests with John Barrowman on the Doctor Who set. After finding out that Freema Agyeman was less than keen on the practice, they began "saving them up" and waiting until she walked past to "thunder one out". Charming!

I don't know if all that is true, but I know some of it is. The article was at Digital Spy.

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

1] david tennant has 57 freckles
2] he allegetic (cant spell) to horses
3]he doesn't mind people refering to him as gay
4] he wears contacts, even under the doctors glasses.
5] he has a range of velvet suits , even a purple one
6] he never had a pet
7] He has auditioned 16 times for a role in detective drama Taggart, but never got a part!
8]He is 6'1".
9]His first acting experience was touring Scotland in a minibus for 7:84 Scottish People's Theatre
10]His acting age range is 18-35

some more to add to your list and all 100% correct.

Anonymous said...

rite this has nothing to do with facts about david tennant but if in dr who if they are nt doing this already i think that they should get rose back and keep her in dr who until the next regeneration because she so goes with the dr and i rekon in real life they shud go out nows theres a one for ya!

Anonymous said...

I would love to see Martha Jones and Rose meet,and talk about the
Doctor (plus,and negative). Now THAT would be interesting!

Bluelady43

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Bluelady43 here,
I was just wondering as to why David never had a pet? Is he allergic to more than horses? or was it something else?
I grew up with a variety of pets, and it helped to enrich my life!
I can't believe living life without some kind of pet! I'm not putting him down or anything, but I am curious about it. Any way, David, (if you read any of these), keep up the good stuff!

Nerd Face said...

Who on Earth counted his freckles?!

And he also doesn't like moths.

Laura said...

hi!!

I'm Spanish girl who follows the series dr.who gustaria to know me people who share opinions.
to point my mail:

l_escolanarbona@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

i think doctor and rose should like totaly meet up agian!

Anonymous said...

Hey! I'm also from Spain and me and my friends are so toally addicted to the series!! we can't wait 'till the full 4th season is on dvd so we can watch it. I think Rose MUST come back with Doctor on the5th season (I know she appears again at the end of the 4th).
Anyway, I just wanted 2 say I love the tv show!! It's one of the best i have ever watched!!

Nina.

Anonymous said...

David Tennant is what makes the show amazing. Be warned you will lose a lot of viewers Russel T Davies if you kick David out because he has women screaming either "Doctor!" or even "Casanova!" somewhere...and even if he does leave at the end of series 4 he will find another job somewhere because he is amazing and sxc and young! lol, well 37 is hardly old...

Anonymous said...

LOL, I am actually watching Casanova right now on YouTube, and I must say, David is fantastic! But every now and then there are bits that remind me so much of the Doctor. Either it's a gesture, or phrase or something and I see the Doctor. The funny thing is the characters are so different, but Russel T. Davies can write for him! That and he is almost kinda naked in several scenes :P

I can't wait til Doctor Who season 4 comes out on DVD so I can relive the Doctor Who, David Tennant (Mcdonald) Goodness :P


ALso has anyone here heard that he is supposedly 'seeing' his fellow Doctor Who member, The one who played his daughter in The Doctors Daughter?

Anonymous said...

Hi i think that david tennant is cute and i hope he is the doctor for a long time

Anonymous said...

I think david should be voted the best dr in the whole wide world
and he is so cute

Anonymous said...

I think David Tennant is the most Amazing actor in the Universe and he really is the Sexiest Man in the Universe. Don't tell my boyfriend that,though...lol=P So,yeah I think it's pretty bogus that David's almost done as the doctor. I have to admit tho the season 4 finally was pretty Badass=].Oh,another thing....who the Hell counted his Freckles.I mean come on now,I know he's like the Smexiiest man ever,but geeeezzzz....lol

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Anonymous said...

fantastic,obsolutely fantastic!!

Anonymous said...

screw this site i knew ALL that already i know EVERYTHING about him cuz im his #1 fan!!!!!! luv him soooooooooooo much i wood DIE 4 him he is sexyest person ever and cutest!!!!!
from
david tennant #1 fan
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ps- does any1 know eny sites theres pics of him naked?????

Anonymous said...

gross but hey i cant wait for the fourth series s1 told me itll come out sometime in christmas my mum said she would get me the fourth series i also heard it be around 70-80 doolars

Kelly said...

David Tennant has played a wonderful role as the Doctor. If we r classing how high up on the fan scale we are by how much we know about him then i would say i wouldn't be very high cos how much can we actually know. Unless i met him and spoke to him everything on here could be completely false. Never the less I am a David Tennant fan and he is very good looking. I think we can all agree that is true.

Anonymous said...

Just Call Me Nichelle M.

David tennant is an attractive man and i find him so very likeable since he is perfectly ok in his own skin. I hope to one day meet this actor ( probobly wont...) and tell him how he inspires me to be more then just what i see in the mirror each morning.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if he smokes?

Anonymous said...

Latest news is DT is single, and he's out looking for girls in his hybrid :-)

Olivia said...

hey guys my name's olivia avalon and im all the way over living in New Zealand and watching doctor who! the show's awesome and david tennant is a great actor and is wicked at playing the doctor, best I've ever seen! When I first saw david tennant appear on screen after he regenorated from the 9th doctor I hated the change and wanted the old doc back. But in the first episode of series 2 I started to like him more and I would have never of believed it if someone told me that david was scottish because he puts on a brilliant accent! and if ya reading this david tennant then keep up the awesome acting and if ya have the time email me ;)!! I also hear that Harry Lloyd (appeared in episodes 9 and 10 of series 3 as Jeremy Bains) is going to be the 11th dr. in 2010... ha exciting stuff! Im in luv with the drs. pharses that he uses lyk 'Allons-y' i use so much that its not funny heh... luv u lots david tennant! xox =P

Olivia said...

olivia.avalon@gmail.com =) x

Anonymous said...

hello
yeah i gess ur right, he is kind a cute. However, it sux that he's a bloody stupid pom becoz that is soooooo annoying. any way- no offence but he sux at being the dr, i mean in the old series chix did not randomly kiss him, it was a small liking and no1 ever full on pashed the 1st time they met. But oh well If he's reading this i would just like to say that as a pom he sux he shud totally keep the scottisc accent i don't no any1 thyat can roll their r's like he can (wink wink, say no more) email me @ cest.mon.compte@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My name is Keeltrice, remember that name because I will be famous one day
*I Love Doctor Who*
Okay so I think David Tennant is an amazing actor and he's pretty good looking too; but who honestly counts their freckles?! That's kinda weird man. Also I don't think he could pass for an 18yr old, I just can't see that one working out.

Cheers from Wisconsin!

Maria Tinawi said...

I am so addicted to the show! David Tennant is one of the best actors I've seen in a series. He looks so young! well he is, but he'll pass for 29 in my point of view. I can't wait to see him in other series or movies. keep up the good work David!

Maria Tinawi

Anonymous said...

i can't believe his gone, i mean david tennant gone. I reckon it'll be hard 4 the next person to live up to his reputation as the doctor but you never know. oh and why can't we have rose back she was the best even donna too.

Anonymous said...

hey my names sarah and you guys are saying he's gone well i think we should do sumthing bout it cause i read sum where that he was going cause he thought he was outstaying his welcome we should show him thats not the case we should show him how much we love him and just to add it is weird sum1 counted his freckles but hey each to there own and he really is SEXY!!!!!! anyways e-mail me at bear16693@hotmail.com we could discuss ways of keeping him as the doctor!!!!

Annaliese said...

GAAAHHHHH
i am so annoyed that the xmas special wont be playing until the 25th of January!!(In Australia) Why cant it play at the same time!!

whats an acting range by the way??

nike8840@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hiya Doctor Who fans out there! Ok i have to admit David Tennant is one striking actor (especially in Doctor Who!) But come on give the guy some space I mean he is, after all if you think about it a normal human being like us. The only reason he is famous is beacuse he has a talent for acting and has stared in Films and T.V series. How did Miley Cyrus become famous? she was chosen to star in Hannah Montana and the response to the show was enormous. Before that show was created she was just a normal human being and nobody knew who she was except her close family and friends. That is exactly the same for David Tennant so give him some space i mean who counts his freckle shesh! xxx

Anonymous said...

Hiya Doctor Who fans out there! Ok i have to admit David Tennant is one striking actor (especially in Doctor Who!) But come on give the guy some space I mean he is, after all if you think about it a normal human being like us. The only reason he is famous is beacuse he has a talent for acting and has stared in Films and T.V series. How did Miley Cyrus become famous? she was chosen to star in Hannah Montana and the response to the show was enormous. Before that show was created she was just a normal human being and nobody knew who she was except her close family and friends. That is exactly the same for David Tennant so give him some space i mean who counts his freckles shesh! xxx

Anonymous said...

Hiya Doctor Who fans out there! Ok i have to admit David Tennant is one striking actor (especially in Doctor Who!) But come on give the guy some space I mean he is, after all if you think about it a normal human being like us. The only reason he is famous is beacuse he has a talent for acting and has stared in Films and T.V series. How did Miley Cyrus become famous? she was chosen to star in Hannah Montana and the response to the show was enormous. Before that show was created she was just a normal human being and nobody knew who she was except her close family and friends. That is exactly the same for David Tennant so give him some space i mean who counts his freckle shesh! xxx

Annaliese said...

if hes allergic to horses then why was he riding one in casanova?
nike8840@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

i absolutely love doctor who and david tennent. he is amazing and a truly gifted actor. i've been renting the doctor who series, and i've seen most of it so far, but not done. but have you guys noticed that in doctor who, when the doctor (david) shows real emotion, you can't help but to feel the same emotion as well? now if you ask me, that some amazing acting skills. I hope to meet him someday, even better if i could actually be on doctor who! course i'm not english. i can do a pretty wicked english accent though! but i believe that doctor who is sooo amazing. my parents have to yell at me just to keep me from watching it. and it bumms be that david isn't going to be the doctor for much longer. he really really fits the part. and just incase you were wondering, i have posters saying i love the doctor all over my bedroom door. lol. :) GO DAVID TENNENT!
all the way from,,, WISONCOSIN!

Anonymous said...

Didn't he have to ride a horse in casanova? Haha just read someone esle spotted that too! This is so funny! It's like you could say anything! I heard he lives in a tree, is a part time milk-man and is obcessed with the season of autumn and is brought to you by the number 3! Lol!

Seriously tho he drives a ec-friendly car and is about to start filming in Edinburgh and London.

emma.gwynne said...

i thing this is cool and iwas a bit teary seeing davids last dr who, but wish him all the best for the next year love him ,just as mush astop gear lol

Anonymous said...

this is an amazing site thanks for all the info davids amazing! im his BBIGGEST FAN.

Anonymous said...

Hey.Somebuddy said they were Davids biggest fan but they are wrong. It is me. Even ask my friends. They will say I'm OBSESSED. Lol. I even gave a whole companion lined up for him. hehe.

Anonymous said...

ello david if u see dis im ur biggest fan. i even got da same glasses as u i hope i meet u some day...xxxxx

m.j(mrs tennant)

Iris Bloom said...

i wish i'd discovered this star in the sky a couple of years back when he really was Doctor Who, well that doesn't matter.I found out about him because of this vampire character, Mynin, who apparently fits David's crazy looks perceftly. I read about him and went looking for Doctor Who. Then god help me, i was hooked. I cried so much when i saw his last episode. I've only seen the first eopisode of Matt Smith as the doctor, he's okay, but David Tennant will always be the best doctor. I wish you weren't 40 years old with a 5 month old daughter... more like 25 or something... oh well, still LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!! =D

Anonymous said...

umm hi..
im Davids biggest fan.. ive seen all 62 things he has ever been in. BUT any way.
those "facts" that "you dont know" well yea I knew them... im just sayin the basic doctor who fan/ david tennant fan knows that...

Anonymous said...

by the way i'm his biggest fan i've seen over 200 of his shows plus most of you like him for his looks i like his acting also i'm a guy so it prooves i dont fancy him like most of u

Anonymous said...

Omg I am a big fan of David tennant and doctor who!!!! I watch his movies every single day! I call my self Ainsley tennant!!! :D I wish I could meet him in real life and I hope and pray every single day that we could just meet and that I get to be his husband but he already has a wife and on every single game I get on right as I get off I say I LOVE DOCTER WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!! And then I get off. I am so thankful my cousins showed me a doctor who episode cause I would of never of watched it! D:

Anonymous said...

I wish I could've wrote more but it wouldn't let me D: I cry at every end oh his episodes. They are so good I cried when rose had to leave him D: it was sooooooooƓoooo sad!!!!!! D: I love him sooooo much and I wish he could know that my whole family says he is ugly but I thinks he is the hottest person in the whole wide world!!!! He doesn't know I exist but I know he does :D!!!!!!! I love hhiimm soooo much bye- Ainsley Bowcut

Anonymous said...

GO DAVID!!! ( and who counted his freckles?)

Anonymous said...

O Kay I knew most of this before, but I did NOT know he had 57 freckles, if that is true. I also didn't know he was allergic to horses. But I did know his real name. And I knew he wanted to be an actor from quite early on. He is the best actor I have ever witnessed on this planet. Or universe.

Maggie said...

I think David should defiantly come back to being the Doctor. I CRAVE DA SEXINESS!!!

Nojuan Especial (USA) said...

Maybe it was David himself...? I mean, most of the time, freckles are in places that won't be seen in regular photos... Who else would be able to count them all.. Except maybe his wife..

I'm allergic to horses too, and I can tell you that it's possible to be around them and be allergic, it is just VERY uncomfortable and itchy afterwards.

DAVID'S BIGGEST FANGIRL said...

I told my friends how many freckles he has. They were creeped out by my knowing, but isn't that the only reason to go around telling people that kind of thing? Lol. There's this one guy I know who makes fun of me for 'liking a fifty-year-old man,' but would that stop any of you? It sure won't stoo me!
David! I know you're married to Georgia Moffat and have kids and all, but I LOVE YOU! I dream about you! In one dream, you were pregnant, but still!
P.S. I really did have that dream. And another where I went to the bathroom and when I was washing my hands, for some reason he was hre in the lady's room and he gave me his auto-graph. Weird, huh?

Anonymous said...

You guys are stalkers!!!! WHO COUNTED HIS FRECKLES!!!!!!? And do not look at pics of him naked!!! that! is! grossssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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