I've uploaded the Christmas Confidential at Blip TV. I must thank Mad Martha at mininova.org since that's where I downloaded this from. You can watch it here.
If this works well, I'll try uploading other things at Blip TV.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I've uploaded the Christmas Confidential at Blip TV. I must thank Mad Martha at mininova.org since that's where I downloaded this from. You can watch it here.
Friday, December 26, 2008
I've been looking for The Next Doctor on YouTube since yesterday. It seems they have been taking down any uploads of this episode as soon as they can. So I gave up on finding anything there. I finally found a decent upload at Blip TV. I must give thanks to GallifreyTV for posting this.
If you are into torrents, Mad Martha's is here. Mad Martha uploads fantastic torrent files. If you download it, please keep seeding for as long as you can.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
David did a phone in interview on Simon Mayo's BBC 5 Live show on December 22. David is being interviewed by Phil Williams - who is sitting in for Simon. The other guests are Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.
Monday, December 22, 2008
RSC statement on David Tennant and Hamlet
22 December 2008
We are very aware of the need to keep people updated about Hamlet at the Novello Theatre.
David Tennant’s doctors are pleased with the progress he is making. His recovery is encouraging so far, and we are not ruling out that he might be able to return to Hamlet during the last week of the run, although we cannot be more specific about the exact date of his possible return.
Edward Bennett will continue in the title role, with Tom Davey, Ricky Champ and Robert Curtis retaining their understudy roles as Laertes, Guildenstern and Lucianus.
David Tennant said today:
"I am so grateful for all the terrific medical attention I have received and although it is frustrating to have to take it easy whilst all my friends and colleagues continue at the Novello Theatre every night, I am aware that I must listen to the experts and take my time.
"I am impatient to be back at work and sincerely hope to make it back some time before the end of the run.
"I am very sorry to disappoint anyone who booked to come and see me in Hamlet, but confident that you will be far from disappointed by Edward Bennett’s performance in the title role. He is one of British theatre’s most promising talents and an opportunity to see his Hamlet, alongside the brilliant ensemble of actors that I have had the great pleasure of working with all year, is very exciting."
We are writing to all ticket holders for performances after 26th December to update them and will post any new information on our website.
All performances of Hamlet will continue as scheduled and therefore refunds will not be issued. As before, patrons will be able to exchange their tickets for other productions in the RSC’s London season at the Novello, subject to availability, or offer their tickets for resale at the Box Office, although we cannot guarantee this will be possible.
It sounds like David is doing what his doctors are telling him to do. Very glad to read that. Even though it sounds like it's frustrating for him, it's best in the long run. Recovery from surgery is something that just can't be hurried along.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tennant expected fit for new Who
By Tim Masters
Entertainment reporter, BBC News
David Tennant is expected to be fit enough to start filming scenes for a Doctor Who special next month, just weeks after surgery on his back.
The show's executive producer, Russell T Davies, said he was "hopeful" Tennant would start filming on 19 January.
"We'll have to be very careful," he said. "I don't think we'll be swinging him on a wire on his first day back."
The actor's back injury has forced him out of a London stage production of Hamlet until after Christmas.
Davies, who was speaking at the press launch of BBC One's Christmas Doctor Who special, The Next Doctor, said there would be no re-writes on the next story to cut down on Tennant's action scenes.
"No, there's been none of that, and I think David would have told us by now because he's read the first script."
He said the production was insured in case Tennant was still recuperating when filming resumed.
Neither Tennant nor David Morrissey - who plays "The Next Doctor" - attended the launch.
The Christmas story sees them team up to battle a threat from the Cybermen in London on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1851.
The episode also stars Dervla Kirwan, who plays evil workhouse matron Miss Hartigan.
Warning - potential spoilers ahead: Please do not read any further if you do not wish to know more about The Next Doctor or next year's specials
The story introduces some new variations on the Cybermen: the dog-like Cybershades and the CyberKing.
It also features a mystery surrounding a man named Jackson Lake, the Doctor taking a trip in the other Doctor's Tardis and a new kind of sonic screwdriver.
Davies revealed that the first of next year's Doctor Who specials will be filmed abroad.
"It's going to be quite exotic," he said. "I can't tell you where, but we've got four days filming abroad, to give it a bit of size and a new feel to it."
He added there was also a "great guest star".
Tennant announced in October that he would stand down as the Doctor after filming the four special episodes in 2009.
Davies said each special would feature a different companion and that he would write Tennant's two final stories which would be broadcast "toward the end of next year".
"The big climax is mine, all mine," he said.
He added that the production team for the 2010 series of Doctor Who were "auditioning or looking" for a new Doctor.
"I think it could be a while - it's a very big deal to set up. Whoever becomes the Doctor has got to take on a whole life. It's not just becoming a part of a TV show," he said.
I had read a rumor in the past about an episode being filmed in the U.S. I can't imagine Russell T Davies describing the U.S. as exotic though. I wonder where it's being filmed.
I hope David is feeling well when he's filming. Back surgery seems like it wouldn't be the easiest operation to recover from. He's going to have to take good care of himself.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Doctor Who and Hamlet star David Tennant in first outing after back surgery
Doctor Who star David Tennant has ventured out for the first time since back surgery forced him to withdraw from the West End production of Hamlet.
By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor
Last Updated: 10:49PM GMT 17 Dec 2008
Tennant, 37, was photographed on a trip to the local shops near his North London home.
The actor was wrapped up against the cold in a stripey scarf not dissimilar to the one worn by Tom Baker's Doctor Who in the 1970s.
The pictures of Tennant out and about will be a welcome sight for fans awaiting his return to the stage.
He underwent surgery for a prolapsed disc last week, spelling disappointment for thousands who paid to see him in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet at London's Novello Theatre. Tickets for the run sold out in a single day and the RSC is not offering refunds.
He will be out until after Christmas, and understudy Ed Bennett is playing the lead role. The injury had already caused Tennant to miss the official opening night and the last preview performance.
The actor said at the time: "It is hugely disappointing for me to have to miss these performances. My back problem has progressed to the point where it is currently impossible for me to carry on without surgery. I want to get back onstage as quickly as possible."
Tennant is still recuperating and will miss a preview screening of the latest Doctor Who special, which airs on Christmas Day. The episode co-stars David Morrissey and is intriguingly titled The Next Doctor, leading to speculation that Morrissey will take over when Tennant quits at the end of next year.
I've been wondering how David has been doing. This is the first I've read about him since he texted Christian O'Connell. It's nice to see him up and around.
Friday, December 12, 2008
According to david-tennant.com David texted Christian O'Connell this morning with a request for Letter From America by The Proclaimers and said he was doing well after his surgery. He had been listening to the show on Absolute Radio over the internet. You can listen to The Breakfast Show's Choice Cuts here.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
David's surgery is done and the word is that all went well.
Someone has a petition for the RSC to put Hamlet out on DVD. I don't know if this will have any influence on the RSC, but it's worth a try. Show your support for a DVD by signing the Hamlet DVD Petition.
You can send David a get well message on the David Tennant Forum. The Get Well Soon Thread is under the forum named David in the Theatre. If you aren't already a member, you'll have to register to post your message.
If you would like to send David a get well card or present, his fan mail address is:
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Doctor's orders: David Tennant quits Hamlet role for back surgery
For half the Doctor Who fans who queued overnight, crashed booking websites and jammed ticket hotlines to see David Tennant play Hamlet, it is sadly not to be.
The RSC confirmed yesterday that the actor would not be returning to the Novello Theatre stage in the West End before Christmas. He has a prolapsed disc and will undergo surgery today.
In his stead Edward Bennett, 29, a relative unknown who was due to be playing Laertes, will continue to perform the most coveted role in English drama.
Bennett received a standing ovation on Monday night and again on Tuesday when he filled in for Tennant with three hours’ notice, attracting warm reviews from the critics. He emerged wide-eyed from rehearsals yesterday to say that he was thrilled to have the opportunity to play the Prince of Denmark, but said that Tennant was a “scary” act to follow.
“It’s a dream part to do and it’s amazing, but you don’t want him to be away and you don’t want him to be sick.”
Tennant, 37, has suffered from a “niggling” back injury for some time but had ignored it, thinking that there was no point in seeking medical help for an occasional twinge. On the set of Doctor Who he was renowned for his athleticism and for performing his own stunts. He played Hamlet 60 times at Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer before the West End transfer, without missing a single performance.
A spokesman for the Royal Shakespeare Company said: “The problem has been around for a while, certainly before he was with this production. I don’t think even he knows when it started.”
Tennant saw a specialist on Tuesday and again yesterday. Last night he said: “It is hugely disappointing for me to have to miss these performances. My back problem has progressed to the point where it is currently impossible for me to carry on without surgery. I want to get back on stage as quickly as possible and I am very grateful to Ed who has courageously got to grips with the role but in a much shorter time. It’s a fantastic achievement.”
By Christmas, Tennant will have missed 14 of the scheduled performances not counting previews, with a further 14 still to come.
He has proved a box-office sensation as Hamlet, with all 6,000 available tickets for the London shows selling out in three hours in September.
However, the run at the Novello is due to finish on January 10, four months before Jude Law, another Hamlet with huge crossover appeal, attempts to stamp his own personality on the role at the Wyndhams Theatre a few hundred yards to the west.
Michael Boyd, the artistic director of the RSC, said: “We all wish David a speedy recovery and it is an indication of the RSC’s investment in under-studies that Ed Bennett can take over Shakespeare’s largest role at such short notice.”
Although the production’s popular appeal was hugely enhanced by the casting of Tennant, the RSC and Delfont Mackintosh Theatres have refused to offer refunds. The RSC said: “The company has a fully rehearsed understudy policy and performances will continue as scheduled. The company is able to offer exchanges, subject to availability, for other RSC London performances during this season at the Novello Theatre. Patrons are also able to offer tickets for resale, subject to the usual terms and conditions.”
Viagogo, the biggest online ticket reseller, said that tickets for the show, which originally sold for between £5 and £40, had been changing hands for upwards of £300.
The statement of "I don’t think even he knows when it started" makes me wonder if he even injured himself at all. It's possible it could be in his genes according to this article given as a related link in the above story.
Whatever the cause of his back problem, I wish David a speedy recovery. I hope he doesn't try to do too much too soon. Even though he hates disappointing his fans and wants to be on stage as soon as possible, he should do exactly what his doctors tell him.....even if it means he misses all the rest of the performances. His health is much more important.
I was thinking.....if I had a ticket to see Hamlet during David's time off, I would still go see it. I know it would be disappointing to miss David's Hamlet, but I'd still get to see Patrick Stewart and maybe find some other new fantastic actors too. And, it still would be a great treat to see the whole production. In a way, it would be my way of showing my support of David. I don't know if this makes any sense, but that's the way I feel about it.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
RSC's Hamlet Opens Dec. 9 Without Its Star; Bennett Goes on for Tennant
The transfer of the RSC's Stratford-upon-Avon production of Hamlet to the West End's Novello Theatre officially opens Dec. 9 without its star, David Tennant, in the title role.
Due to a back injury suffered by Tennant, understudy Edward Bennett will perform in the production, which began previews Dec. 3. Bennett also played the role at the Dec. 8 performance of Hamlet; he normally plays the role of Laertes.
In a statement RSC artistic director Michael Boyd said, "As an ensemble company we feel that it is important to go ahead with tonight's performance. While understanding that some people will be disappointed at not seeing David Tennant on stage, this production, like all our productions, is more than the sum of its parts – an ensemble of actors, designers, composers etc. and we should respect that by going ahead as planned."
RSC chief associate director Gregory Doran, who directed the production, added, "David is gutted, not only at the thought of disappointing audiences, but also to be unable to perform a role that he has worked on and developed throughout 60 performances in Stratford-upon-Avon. Before this injury, he has only ever been off for one performance in his entire career to date, and is hoping that he will be able to return to the show as quickly as possible. It is an indication of the RSC's investment in understudies that Ed Bennett can take over from David in one of Shakespeare's largest roles at such short notice."
Edward Bennett has also been seen in Othello at the Donmar Warehouse, Little Neil and Pygmalion at Theatre Royal Bath, and Nan and Skin Game at Richmond Orange Tree, among others. His screen credits include "Friends Just United," "After Your Gone" and "Silent Witness."
At the Dec. 9 performance Tom Davey will take on the role of Laertes, Ricky Champ will be Guildenstern and Robert Curtis will play Lucianus.
Also featured in the cast are Patrick Stewart and Penny Downie as, respectively, Claudius and Gertrude, and Oliver Ford Davies as Polonius.
The production also includes David Ajala (Reynaldo), Sam Alexander (Rosencrantz/Second Gravedigger), Ricky Champ (Lucianus) Ewen Cummins (Barnardo), Robert Curtis (Francisco), Tom Davey (Guildenstern), Peter De Jersey (Horatio), Samuel Dutton (Lord), Ryan Gage (Osric), Mariah Gale (Ophelia), Mark Hadfield (Gravedigger), Jim Hooper (Priest), Keith Osborn (Marcellus), Roderick Smith (Lord and Captain), Andrea Harris (Lady), Riann Steele (Lady), Zoe Thorne (Lady and Player) and John Woodvine (Player King).
The production originally opened at Stratford-upon-Avon's Courtyard Theatre Aug. 5, following previews from July 24, and ran in repertory to Nov. 15.
The entire run to Jan. 10, 2009, is sold out. To inquire about returns, contact the box office at 0844 482 5135. For further details visit www.rsc.org.uk.
I wonder when he hurt his back. I hope it isn't something he'll have trouble with for a long time. I'm sending David my healing thoughts through the internet....too bad it can't work to heal him like using the satellites helped the Doctor in Last of the Time Lords.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
David Tennant realises pianist's dying wish by using the skull he left in his will to play 'Alas, poor Yorick' scene in Hamlet
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:11 PM on 25th November 2008
As an acclaimed musician, Andre Tchaikowsky lived his life to the sound of applause. Now in death, it continues.
The Polish pianist, who died in 1982, bequeathed his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company.
And after more than 25 years of waiting in the wings, it is finally starring in the company's latest production of Hamlet.
It is used in act five, scene one, when a grave-digger unearths the skull of the jester Yorick. Hamlet, holding it close, declares: 'Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.'
David Tennant, best known for his role in the BBC's Doctor Who, plays Hamlet in the RSC production. He is the first actor to use Mr Tchaikowsky's skull on stage.
In the years since the bequest, it has only been used in rehearsals as no actor has felt comfortable using it in performance. Replicas have been used instead.
Greg Doran, director of the current play, is said to have wanted 'to make the performance as real as possible' and retrieved the skull from its tissue-lined box at the RSC archive.
Mr Tchaikowsky was a Holocaust survivor who emigrated to Britain at the age of four.
He was devoted to Shakespeare, often visiting the Bard's home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon.
He died of cancer aged 46 and in his will asked that his organs be donated for medical research - and his skull given to the RSC for use in its productions.
Mr Tchaikowsky emigrated to Oxford in 1942 at the age of four and regularly visited Shakespeare's Stratford-Upon-Avon.
He died of cancer aged 46 in 1982 and in his will he stated it was his wish for his organs to be donated for medical science.
But he added the odd proviso: '...with the exception of my skull, which shall be offered by the institution receiving my body to the Royal Shakespeare Company for use in theatrical performance.'
Since then, his skull has largely been stored in a tissue-lined box kept within a box in a climate-controlled room at the RSC archives.
David Howells, curator of the archives, said: 'It has never been used on stage before.
'In 1989 the actor Mark Rylance rehearsed with it for quite a while but he couldn't get past the fact it wasn't Yorick's, it was Andre Tchaikowsky's.
'That, and the fear of an accident and it being slightly macabre, was why they decided not to use it and used an exact replica.
'You will probably have to go back to the early 19th century for the last time a real human skull was used in a production of Hamlet.
'Various people have known about its existence before and the director for the current production, Greg Doran, knew about it and was interested in using it.'
'I think he wanted to make the performance as real as possible.'
The RSC had to apply for special permission to use the skull from the Human Tissue Authority as it is less than 100 years old.
Unbeknown to the audience and most of the production crew Tennant appeared with it for 22 performances during the recent run.
Mr Doran, who made the decision to use it, explained why he didn't want anyone to know.
He said: 'I thought it would topple the play and it would be all about David acting with a real skull.
'It was sort of a little shock tactic though, of course, to some extent that wore off and it was just Andre, in his box.'
Dave Ferre, a friend of the Tchaikowsky family and who runs his official website, said: 'That was Andre's dream and this is great news, the family will be pleased.'
I find this fascinating. Using a real skull! I hope someone asks David what it felt like to act while holding Andre's skull for those 22 performances.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This was shown on the Children on Need fund raiser on 11-14-08. It's the first couple of minutes of the 2008 Christmas Special titled 'The Next Doctor' guest starring David Morrissey.
I want to see this so much that Christmas can't come soon enough for me.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I've been watching each part of this as it has been posted all day long.....while I've been downloading the torrent...shhh....don't tell anyone. David, as usual, is fantastic playing Arthur Eddington. The story is well worth watching even if David weren't in it.
It's so sad that Eddington has been so forgotten when he was so important to Einstein's work being accepted. This story should have been told years ago.
I give much thanks to Tiddybeth for posting this. Please visit her site at YouTube and let her know how much you appreciate her taking the time to upload this.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
There a some articles about 'Einstein and Eddington' at david-tennant.com. Included is a diary David wrote in the Radio Times about filming 'Einstein and Eddington'. Click on the pictures to read them here.
David will be doing a couple of radio interviews to promote 'Einstein and Eddington' on Friday, November 21. First up is an appearance on 'The Christian O'Connell Show' on Absolute Radio in the 9AM GMT hour. Later, he'll be on 'Front Row' on BBC Radio 4 at 7:15PM GMT.
You can listen to the best bits from Christian O'Connell's show afterwards here. BBC Radio 4's 'Front Row' will be available to replay for 7 days here.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
BBC Two is finally showing 'Einstein and Eddington' on Saturday, November 22 at 9:10PM GMT....it's listed on the calendar at the bottom of the page. Hopefully, some wonderful YouTuber in the UK will give the rest of the world a look at David's latest movie. I'll start searching for it Saturday evening and post what I find.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
If you want to see 'Voyage Of The Damned' don't bother watching BBC America's cut down hour long version. Missing scenes include the passengers' visit to Earth, seeing the TARDIS floating to Earth, Morvin and Foon talking while fixing the Host, the survivors taking a rest while eating, Astrid kissing the Doctor, the ENTIRE ENDING of the episode.....it just stops after the Doctor sits down next to Midshipman Frame after he's stopped the Titanic from crashing.
Any kind of real feelings between the Doctor and Astrid are entirely cut out of the episode. There's no flirty moment when the Doctor says 'You should see me in the mornings' and Astrid replies 'Okay'. There's no moment when Astrid asks 'Can I come with you?' and the Doctor says 'Yeah. I'd like that'. There's no attempt by the Doctor to bring Astrid back by using the teleport and then kissing her before he turns her into stardust so she can travel forever. The whole heart of the episode is entirely cut out. Such wonderful Doctor moments only David can do so well are gone.
If you want to see 'Voyage Of The Damned' the way it's meant to be viewed, be sure to get the series 4 DVDs.......or you could find a torrent to download. ;-)
Monday, November 10, 2008
Here's an interview with David from BBC One's Breakfast program. He discusses his decision to leave 'Doctor Who' along with appearing in 'Hamlet' and his movie 'Einstein and Eddington'.
This was posted by BreakfastFever at YouTube.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Graham Norton is having a Doctor Who Special with David Tennant and Catherine Tate on BBC America this weekend. I don't know if this was filmed before of after David made his announcement about leaving. Either way, it's a chance to see David. I'll have all the times posted on the calendar.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I finally found the entire episode David guest starred in from The Bill. I'm so thankful to Tiddybeth for posting this at YouTube.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I just discovered BBC Radio 7 has been playing Double Income No Kids Yet again. It looks like they have gone through series 1 and are to be starting on series 2 on November 6. Each episode can be listened to again for a whole week.....until the next episode is broadcast. DINKY's site is here.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I decided on a new picture for my blog header. I picked a screencap from 'Voyage of the Damned' at time-and-space.co.uk. The Doctor looks so irresistible in a tux that I just couldn't resist using it.
I'm in the process of changing a few things on my blog. I've decided to change some fonts and do away with all capitals in the post names.....since it looks like I'm shouting. I've done away with the green background since it can appear a lot darker on some computers. With the new white background, I've decided to change all the green text to blue since the UK flag is red, white and blue.....yes, there is a method to my madness. I've also changed the ad colors to blend in with the new color scheme.
Something new to my blog is a calendar at the bottom of the page listing all of David's appearances on TV, radio and stage...I can't guarantee I'll find everything he'll be on, but I'll try. The new calendar means I won't be writing a post every time an episode of Doctor Who is due to be broadcast. It will be posted on the calendar. If the calendar doesn't work out, I'll go back to my old way of posting.
I'm toying around with changing the picture at the top......even though I love that picture.......but I haven't figured out what I want to put up there yet.
It's the beginning of a new month and it just seemed like a good time to do the changes.....gee I sound like David saying the timing is right to leave 'Doctor Who'. OK now I'm bummed out again.
Anyway, I hope you like the fresher look.
Friday, October 31, 2008
I saw this video by PootlesHat on YouTube and thought it was so appropriate considering David's announcement about leaving 'Doctor Who'.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around David leaving. I hate to think what kind of shape I'll be in when I see his final scene. I imagine I'll be through a box of kleenex before the first half of his last episode.
Even though I'm down about it, I find myself looking forward to all his future acting roles. I've read 'Einstein and Eddington' is being broadcast sometime in November. Who knows, maybe there will be a movie version of 'Hamlet'.....I sure hope there's a movie. Whatever David does, I know it will be well worth watching!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
David Tennant won the National Television Award for best actor. He accepted his award from Stratford-Upon-Avon during a break in Hamlet. During his acceptance speech, he announced he will be leaving Doctor Who after next year's specials. You can see his speech below. Read the official announcement of his leaving Doctor Who at the Doctor Who website.
I'm both so happy he won the award and so depressed to find out he's leaving the show. Doctor Who just won't be the same after he leaves. :-(
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Doctor Who festive teaser planned
A two-minute teaser clip from this year's Doctor Who Christmas special is to be shown during the BBC's Children in Need charity evening next month.
Viewers will see the opening moments of The Next Doctor, which again features David Tennant in the title role, alongside guest star David Morrissey.
The snippet will be broadcast on BBC One on Friday, 14 November.
The festive schedule has yet to be confirmed but the Doctor Who special is usually screened on Christmas Day.
Last year's edition - featuring singer Kylie Minogue - was seen by 13.3m people.
This made it the second-highest audience of the year, behind the EastEnders Christmas episode.Further guests and plot teasers are likely to be revealed in the run-up to the festive season.
I have no doubt that this clip will turn up on YouTube by November 14.
- The Family of Blood - Saturday @ 6PM ET
- Blink - Saturday @ 7PM ET & Sunday @ 2PM ET
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The horrible truth behind the Ood's willingness to serve mankind is discovered by the Doctor and Donna in Planet of the Ood. This series 4 episode airs at 5AM ET on Sci-Fi.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Free Jimmy (15)
16 October 2008
AN animation purely for adults.
It's an interesting idea and the animation is pretty cool, but FREE JIMMY (15) will really only appeal to the 15-24 age group.
Four anti-heroes are offered a job with a Russian circus where the star attraction is Jimmy, an elephant controlled by a cocktail of drugs.
When Jimmy escapes, they embark on a cross country chase to recapture him.
But some Icelandic mafia and a group of hopeless animal liberationists are also on his trail.
Woody Harrelson, Simon Pegg, Phil Daniels, Samantha Morton, Emilia Fox, David Tennant and Kris Marshall are among the stars providing the voices.
David does the voice of Hamish....one of the members of a trigger happy Scottish hunting party.
Unfortunately, I've read some bad reviews of this movie. The only reason I would ever watch it would be to hear David's voice.
If you want to know more about Free Jimmy, go to the Free Jimmy website.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Theatre: 14- to 18-year-old category
Winner: Tilly Spencer, 17
guardian.co.uk, Monday October 13 2008 09.16 BST
Hamlet: Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon
The set for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet was a perfect metaphor for the atmosphere of the play: the two-way mirrors and reflective surfaces of the walls and floor gave a feeling of suspicion and constant surveillance. The opening scene in which the spirit of Hamlet's father appears to the guards and Horatio was truly eerie, the darkness on stage broken only by torchlight and some rather worrying overacting on Barnardo's part.
There has been disagreement over the repositioning of the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy. Initially, I agreed with those who had described it as disjointed and misplaced before the entrance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (as in the First Quarto version of the play), but when I read director Gregory Doran's notes on the change and reread the play with this in mind, it seems much more logical to have it after we have seen Hamlet's initial madness and heard of his deranged state from Ophelia.
David Tennant's Hamlet is funny and full of the maniacal energy that has become synonymous with Tennant's performances. His interpretation reinvigorated the well-known speeches: the familiar lines felt different, as though, like Hamlet himself, the audience was hearing the words for the first time. When his father's spirit appears to him in act one, all the composure he displayed in his first appearance is gone, and his transformation from dignified Prince of Denmark to the lost and distraught child pleading with his father not to leave him was absolutely believable and deeply moving.
Patrick Stewart's performance as Claudius was excellent; but the real surprise was Mariah Gale as Ophelia. In her scene with Claudius and Gertrude after her father has been killed, she is the personification of maddened grief. Although the physical acting was that of a toddler throwing a tantrum in a supermarket – running, stamping, screeching and jumping up and down – she captivated the audience's attention, and made this behaviour seem rational: a product of her bereavement, and so poignant rather than funny, as it would have been in a lesser actor's hands.
Overall, it was an incredible production – well deserving of the standing ovation it received.
It's interesting to read a teenager's perspective on David's Hamlet. The fact that these younger people have been interested in seeing a play by Shakespeare speaks volumes about how popular David really is.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
- Human Nature - Saturday @ 6PM ET
- The Family of Blood - Saturday @ 7PM ET & Sunday @ 2PM ET
Friday, October 17, 2008
Doctor Who stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate in awards showdown
By David Bentley on Oct 13, 08 12:10 PM in TV show
DAVID TENNANT is to go head-to-head with his former Doctor Who sidekick Catherine Tate at this year's National Television Awards.
Both stars have been nominated for Outstanding Drama Performance for their roles as the Time Lord and his assistant Donna Noble in the hit BBC sci-fi drama.
This year will be the first time male and female stars have been pitted against each other in the acting category.
Outstanding Drama Performance is a new category, replacing the awards for Most Popular Actor and Most Popular Actress.
Tennant previously won two National Television Awards. Tate, 40, and Tennant, 37, will also compete against Ashes to Ashes star Philip Glenister, 45, and Alex Walkinshaw, 34, who plays Sgt Dale Smith in police drama The Bill.
The awards, now in their 14th year, take place at Royal Albert Hall in London and will be broadcast live on ITV1 on October 29.
Tate will reprise her role as assistant Donna Noble for one of the four Doctor Who specials planned for next year.
Donna's memory of her adventures with the Doctor was erased in last year's series finale, but Tate had expressed her desire to return to the cult show, saying: "In science fiction, anything is possible."
You can vote for Tennant or Tate in the National Television Awards at www.nationaltvawards.com or by phone on 0901 888 2008.
I voted! Click on the link and cast your vote too. Remember to vote for Doctor Who for Best Drama also.
Posted: Tue., Oct. 14, 2008, 5:44pm PT
A Royal Shakespeare Company presentation of a play in two acts by William Shakespeare. Directed by Gregory Doran.
Berowne - David Tennant
Ferdinand, King of
Navarre - Edward Bennett
Longaville - Tom Davey
Dumaine - Sam Alexander
Don Adriano de Armado - Joe Dixon
Moth - Zoe Thorne
Princess of France - Mariah Gale
Rosaline - Nina Sosanya
Katherine - Kathryn Drysdale
Maria - Natalie Walter
Boyet - Mark Hatfield
Holofernes - Oliver Ford Davies
Costard - Ricky Champ
Rising above a tsunami of hype, Brit TV star David Tennant ("Dr. Who") offers an effortless-seeming star turn as cynical Berowne in his second RSC appearance (after the well-received and London-bound "Hamlet") this season. Tennant reveals bang-on comic timing, an intelligent, easeful way with the often obscure language of "Love's Labour's Lost," and a quality of mirthful knowingness that both fits the character and embodies what director Gregory Doran seems to be aiming for in this production. Show overall is lavishly pretty, well-acted, and full of quality laughs, even if it sometimes lapses into excessive shtick.
The play has one of the spottiest records in the Shakespearian canon: Called "mean, childish, and vulgar" by Dr. Johnson in 1765, it had no professional productions between Shakespeare's time and the early 19th century. Modern scholarship and productions have recovered it by celebrating the contrast of its frothy, romantic-comedy quality with its uniquely dark ending -- it is the only Shakespeare comedy that doesn't end with marriage.
For most of its first act, Doran's prod strikes a highly entertaining, ironic tone, acknowledging the daftness of the dialogue and situations. The look is pleasingly Elizabethan -- ladies in gorgeous brocaded gowns, men in breeches and hose -- combined with set designer Francis O'Connor's nicely non-representational touch of strands of green-colored glass hanging from the flies to represent the sylvan setting.
Wisely, Doran has Navarre (Edward Bennett) and his courtiers, including Tennant's Berowne, enter during the preshow and loll about the set, thus getting the inevitable star-spotting kerfuffle over with.
The plot, such as it is, involves Navarre and his men agreeing (despite Berowne's initial resistance) to forswear society -- including the company of ladies -- in the play's first scene. They then of course fall madly in love with the Princess of France and her three handmaidens.
Minor complications ensue, some sillier than others (the men dressing up as Cossacks is definitely the silliest), but what Doran's production gets just right is an overall lightness of tone: We know all along everything will end up as it should, and the performers transmit the sense that they do, too. Tennant in particular demonstrates mastery in creating audience complicity, and finds a strong comic match in Nina Sosanya's lovely, quick-witted Rosaline.
While the lovers' scenes are delightful, Doran's efforts to liven up the subplots feel strained: It's a funny gag to have pompous Spaniard Armado (Joe Dixon) dress his page Moth (the almost terrifyingly pert child actress Zoe Thorne) exactly like him, down to the mini-coxcomb, but Armado's mangling of the English language ("Men of piss, well encountered") quickly outlives its welcome. The redoubtable Oliver Ford Davies fares better as Latin-spouting schoolmaster Holofernes -- we may seldom know what he's talking about, but he's always funny.
The final, shocking tone-switch into darkness is handled with moving simplicity, and the audience's willingness to accept this shift is evidence of the production's overall effectiveness. It's gratifying that the new auds that are flocking to Stratford to see Tennant are being exposed to such an entertaining take on Shakespeare.
Sets, Francis O'Connor; costumes, Katrina Lindsay; lighting, Tom Mitchell; original music, Paul Englishby; sound, Martin Slavin; movement, Michael Ashcroft; production stage manager, Simon Ash. Opened Oct. 8, 2008. Reviewed Oct. 11. Running time: 2 HOURS, 50 MIN.
With: Keith Osborn, Jim Hooper, Riann Steele, Ewen Cummins, Robert Curtis, David Ajala, Samuel Dutton, Ryan Gage, Andrea Harris.
Karen Fricker's description of David's "bang-on comic timing" doesn't surprise me. He is a truly amazing actor who can do both comedy and drama well.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything. This past week has been so unbelievably busy, I haven't had a bit of time to do anything on my computer. But, you're not here to read about me.
The Sci-Fi 5AM ET Doctor Who episode is The Fires of Pompeii. This is the episode where Catherine Tate really convinced me that she is a great actress. The scene near the end where Donna and the Doctor are back in the TARDIS and Donna is pleading with him to save just one family was played wonderfully by Catherine Tate. That was the first of many scenes throughout series 4 that made me want Donna to stay with the Doctor forever.....just like Donna wanted to do.
Friday, October 10, 2008
- 42 - Saturday @ 6PM ET & Sunday @ 9AM ET
- Human Nature - Saturday @ 7PM ET & Sunday @ 10AM ET
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I'm very glad to see the 5AM ET SciFi showing of 'Doctor Who' has moved on to series 4 with 'Partners in Crime'. The Doctor reunites with Catherine Tate's Donna Noble for the first time since 'The Runaway Bride'. In my opinion, this is the best season of 'Doctor Who' with the Tenth Doctor. Catherine Tate is brilliant in the role.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I finally found the entire episode of 'Reproduction' from the series 'Love in the 21st Century'. I have to thank two people for uploading this at YouTube. They are cassandrakitten1999.....I love her wallpaper.....and Tiddybeth.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
If you are interested in buying the book, click on the picture to purchase it from Amazon.com.....where you can also look inside the book. You can also read more about this book at Amnesty International's UK website.
DR WHO star David Tennant has written a foreword to the book.
“When I first heard about Amnesty International I was a teenager, just beginning to take an interest in what was going on in the world and continually shocked at how cruel and selfish human beings could be to each other. Amnesty International represented such a simple idea: that everyone everywhere deserved to be treated fairly,” he writes.
“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is clear and uncomplicated. It reads like a list of common sense – maybe everyone should have a copy pinned up in their bedroom.
“There are so many of us humans squeezing on to this wee planet and there’s no Tardis coming to spirit us away.
“We need to look after each other and in this beautiful book you’ll find 30 rules for the world to live by.
“We’re all in it together.”
I think it would make a great Christmas gift for kids.
Friday, October 3, 2008
- The Lazarus Experiment - Saturday @ 6PM ET & Sunday @ 9AM ET
- 42 - Saturday @ 7PM ET & Sunday @ 10AM ET
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Friday's 5AM ET episode is the series 3 finale, 'Last of the Time Lords'.
If you haven't read MaryAnn's Hamlet review over at the FlickFilosopher, go there now! I always love MaryAnn's views on the many TV shows and films she's seen. And, since she's such a big David Tennant fan, it makes for even more exciting reading. I can't wait to read her reaction to Love's Labour's Lost.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I'm glad he's been missing Doctor Who. Hopefully, he's been missing it so much that he'll be more likely to stay for series 5 in 2010.
David Tennant has said that he has missed being on the 'Doctor Who' set while taking a break to do theatre.
The actor told Doctor Who magazine, "I'm excited to be doing 'Hamlet', but I have got very at home in Cardiff."
"I love that crew. I love that set-up. I love the show, so I'm missing that. I miss Russell's writing."
Tennant is due to return to the 'Doctor Who' set next year to film four special episodes of the show.
The actor said: "It's nice to know that I'm coming back.""Shakespeare's all right, but he's lacking in spaceships."
Friday, September 26, 2008
- Evolution of the Daleks - Saturday, 6PM ET and Sunday 1PM ET
- The Lazarus Experiment - Saturday, 7PM ET and Sunday 2PM ET
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Sound of Drums is scheduled for 5AM ET on SciFi.
I love John Simm's portrayal of the Master, but hate seeing the Doctor aged to look his full 900 years.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Here's David's taped acceptance speech for being awarded Best Actor in the TV Quick & TV Choice Awards. This video along with pictures of Catherine Tate and John Barrowman are at the TV Quick website.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I don't think I'll be able to get the vision of David in a thong out of my head for quite awhile!By SANDRA DICKGetting close to Bathgate-born David Tennant would be a dream come true for his star-struck fans.Yet for top-flight theatre designer Katrina Lindsay, measuring up the Time Lord for his next Shakespeare role is just part of another day at the office. And if that's not enough to drive his fans wild with envy, she even gets to tinker with his tights and mull over his inside leg measurement.
HE is among the most sought-after actors of the moment, the time-travelling lord of the Tardis who makes grown women swoon and little boys reach for their sonic screwdriver.
"Oh, he's quite the old pro with all that," she chuckles, revealing that the charismatic Dr Who star is as laid-back off-screen when it comes to tricky costume fittings as he is on screen taking on Dalek Sec and crushing the Cybermen. "He's really very down to earth, no diva behaviour – none at all."
Katrina is having to yell over the racket of hammering and thumping in the background, as builders go about creating the epic set for the next Royal Shakespeare Company production, Love's Labour's Lost, starring the Dr Who leading man. She's somewhere in London – a long way from Colinton village, where she was raised – phone glued to her ear while she watches over the noisy process of construction and settles down to perfect her designs for those all-important costumes.
So, on behalf of female fans the nation over, it was only fair to ask whether this time around, she just might be willing to dress the heart-throb actor in something a little, ahem, less 'restrictive' than the Elizabethan ruffs and doublet traditionally found in a Shakespeare play ...
"A thong!" she gasps, "you want him in a thong! Well, I really don't think so. It's Shakespeare! Nice try, but honestly, that wouldn't quite be right.
"No, he'll be dressed fairly traditionally. I'm sorry!"
Never mind. At the moment, Tennant could roll up for his next Shakespeare part – he plays Berowne, one of the King of Navarre's lords in the quirky comic drama – in a black plastic bag with a tin bucket over his head, and his legions of devoted fans would still think the universe revolves around him. To prove it, he's just been declared best actor at a glittering television awards ceremony staged by two entertainment magazines – Dr Who picked up the best-loved drama – and has wowed typically stuffy critics with his RSC stage performance of Hamlet.
He's even setting the internet alight with excited chatroom talk of him signing up to star in a cinema version of the BBC sci-fi favourite.
So surely no-one can be that perfect? And isn't there the remotest chance he might throw the occasional luvvie strop?
Former George Watson's girl Katrina insists Tennant is one of luvvieland's good guys. "He's done a lot at the Royal Shakespeare Company, so he knows what he's doing," she stresses. "Besides, we're all too busy getting on with what we have to do for anyone to throw a tantrum."
Certainly Katrina, 40, seems immersed in the job currently at hand – pulling together the lavish costumes for the third play in the RSC summer season at its 1000-seat Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, one of its most successful seasons ever thanks to a certain West Lothian-born actor.
The production begins in just three weeks' time, and there's nothing like a rapidly approaching deadline to focus the talented designer's mind on what needs to be done.
"It's pretty hectic," she agrees. "The design process usually takes around four weeks, then come the rehearsals – so it all becomes pretty intense and there are a lot of long hours. And things always come up that have to be fixed or changed."
You can read the rest of this article by clicking on the link above.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Take note of the addition of the Sisters of Pervitude - David Tennant Chapter blog I've added to the blogs I follow in the left column. If you want to "see more of David" be sure to take a look.
On a May 16, 2008 post, I featured an article about the short series "Love in the 21st Century". At that time all I had was a very bad clip from the first show, "Reproduction". Thanks to cassandrakitten1999, I found this much better quality clip. I wish I could find the whole episode.
Friday, September 19, 2008
- Saturday, 6PM ET - Daleks in Manhattan
- Saturday, 7PM ET - Evolution of the Daleks
- Sunday, 1PM ET - Daleks in Manhattan
- Sunday, 2PM ET - Evolution of the Daleks
Cameron McEwan has posted a review of Hamlet on his "Stuff On TV" blog. His somewhat humorous review is well worth reading....as are his captions for the pictures. And, don't forget to read the comments so you can read Arwyn's very insightful thoughts after seeing Hamlet.
It's so interesting reading all the different things people say after seeing Hamlet. It's like I'm getting a chance to view it all through their eyes. Wonderful stuff!
I'm hoping a producer comes forth since Cameron "overheard a discussion involving a member of staff who stated that the only 'thing' in the way of a DVD release was a producer - they need to acquire one." That's the only way I'll ever be able to see David's Hamlet so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Captain Jack Harkness is on hand with Martha and the Doctor in part 1 of the 3 part series 3 finale, Utopia. You can catch Captain Jack hitching a ride on the TARDIS at 5AM ET.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
StygianFilms at YouTube has made this very well edited video featuring David as Brendan Block in Secret Smile. Kelly Clarkson's Addicted is the perfect song for this video.
I enjoy watching David play this stalking psycho boyfriend-from-hell so much it scares me.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The Graham Norton Show with David Tennant and Jo Brand is being rerun at 3AM ET.
I almost missed this. Really, I wasn't expecting to see this rerun so soon.
Monday, September 15, 2008
King of the West End
David Tennant's rise from fringe theatre – via Doctor Who – is irresistible as thousands join a stampede to see him play Hamlet
The queue snaking around the Novello Theatre in the West End of London yesterday was dramatic proof that David Tennant has achieved a regeneration to make his Doctor Who alter ego proud. Within three hours of going on sale, all 6,000 tickets to see the actor play Hamlet had sold out in a stampede that crashed websites and jammed hotlines. The clamour to see Tennant as the Dane in a rapturously-received Royal Shakespeare Company production alongside Patrick Stewart cemented the 37-year-old Scot's status as one of Britain's most popular – and bankable – actors. By the end of the day, December's opening night tickets for the London run were being resold for £1,200 a pair on the internet.
By Cahal Milmo and Arifa Akbar
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Hundreds of fans had queued outside the theatre, with die-hards camping out overnight.
The spectacle was evidence that Tennant has succeeded where some predecessors as the Time Lord had failed, escaping the fate of only finding success as Doctor Who. An RSC spokesman said yesterday: "David has encouraged a new generation of theatregoers."
Tennant has enjoyed rave reviews for his parka-clad Hamlet, with The Independent's critic describing the performance as "extremely captivating".
But the frenzy also served to underline the fact that Tennant, who supposedly decided at the age of three that he wanted to play the role of Doctor Who, is at a crossroads. Amid speculation that Hollywood is beckoning after he expressed his eagerness to appear in more big-screen productions, negotiations for a new series of Doctor Who scheduled to be broadcast in 2010 are also under way.
Tennant is only confirmed to appear in four Doctor Who specials next year . The BBC is reportedly prepared to offer him a deal worth £1.3m for his fifth series – £100,000 per episode.
Helen O'Hara, of Empire magazine, said: "David is facing a dilemma. He could do anything he wants after the success of his Doctor Who. But any actor who takes that role faces the danger of being typecast. That is why taking time out for Hamlet will do him a lot of good."
The cross-over appeal of Tennant and the Doctor Who franchise was underlined with the announcement that the inclusion of a performance of music from the show in this year's BBC Proms had helped draw unprecedented audiences. An average of 90 per cent of the seats were sold.
Ironically, one potential solution for Tennant's ambition to do more films has been floated in the shape of a Doctor Who movie. Steven Moffat, due to replace Russell T Davies as the sci-fi's head writer, said last month that he would support a feature-length version starring Tennant, "so long as it's great and fantastic".
BBC Film flatly denied it was seeking funding for a movie or that it had struck a deal with Tennant to star in the next series as long as the corporation committed to a big-screen version.
All of which will be greeted with insouciance by Tennant, who has said it is "too easy to become defined by your press cuttings" and shrugs off fascination with his private life. He has been linked with Kylie Minogue and Georgia Moffett, the daughter of a former Doctor Who, Peter Davison.
Born David McDonald (he took his professional name from Neil Tennant, the Pet Shop Boys' singer, after finding another actor of the same name was already listed with Equity), the current Doctor Who was raised in Renfrewshire with his brother and sister in what he insists was a less than puritanical existence despite his father's status as a moderator of the Church of Scotland.
Tennant, a Labour supporter, has an extensive thespian pedigree. His first role was in Brecht's The Resistable Rise Of Arturo Ui with a socialist theatre company. After frequent comic roles with the RSC, he appeared in a string of BBC dramas, culminating in the title role in Casanova.
The risk remains that Tennant's Doctor will define his career. But it is a fate with which he may be comfortable. He once wrote: "I was a Doctor Who junkie. Every Saturday evening at 5.35 I could not be disturbed. I was worshipping at the shrine."
I'm so glad to read that people are still in a frenzy to see David's Hamlet. I can't imagine paying £1,200 (that equals about $2,400) for a ticket though! As much as I love David, my budget does have its limits.
Somehow, I don't think David's Doctor will define his career. After all the different shows I've watched him in, I don't think one role can define him. He's a brilliant actor who has many years ahead of him with many more fantastic performances in other roles. He's one of those people who was born to act.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
At Independent Talent's AdVoice section of their site, there are over 100 actors' voice samples from ads they have done. Since it's alphabetical, David's is near the bottom......right under Patrick Stewert. Tom Baker, the 4th Doctor, is also listed near the top. You can listen to the voice samples on the site and you can download the samples for free.
It's not a very long sample, but who cares. It's David.....in his natural Scottish accent!
I found this BBC autumn season promo at the Guardian. Einstein and Eddington is one of the shows previewed.
Friday, September 12, 2008
- Saturday, 6PM ET - Gridlock
- Saturday, 7PM ET - Daleks in Manhattan
- Sunday, 1PM ET - Gridlock
- Sunday, 2PM ET - Daleks in Manhattan
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Steven Moffat's Hugo award winning episode Blink is being shown at 5AM ET. Great episode!!!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
There is unconfirmed news that David will continue playing the Doctor after the four specials being shown in 2009. It is also reported that Catherine Tate and Bernard Cribbins will return as Donna Noble and her grandfather in one of those specials. AND John Simm will be back as The Master in one of the 2009 specials.
I sure hope all this is true.....especially the part about David staying in 2010.
David Tennant won the Best Actor award last night at the 12th annual TVQuick & TVChoice Awards. Also winning awards were Catherine Tate for Best Actress and Doctor Who for Best Loved Drama.
David wasn't able to be there to accept his award due to his commitment to 'Hamlet'. Bernard Cribbins accepted the award on his behalf.
Read all about the awards here.
Sci-Fi is having a marathon of Doctor Who from 8AM ET to 4PM ET. The very first appearance of David Tennant as the Doctor is on at 3PM ET in 'The Parting of the Ways'.
Even though David is in very, very little of the marathon, it's still great to watch all the episodes. I think Christopher Eccleston was a great Doctor too. After all, he led the way for David's Doctor.
Friday, September 5, 2008
'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' is on ABC Family at 2:30PM ET on Saturday and 12:30PM ET on Sunday. Even though David isn't in it very much, he leaves a very lasting impression as Barty Crouch Jr.
- Saturday, 6PM ET - The Shakespeare Code
- Saturday, 7PM ET - Gridlock
- Sunday, 1PM ET - The Shakespeare Code
- Sunday, 2PM ET - Gridlock
Thursday, September 4, 2008
'The Family of Blood', the conclusion of 'Human Nature', is on at 5AM ET on SciFi.
I love this episode along with 'Human Nature'. It's wonderful to see David play John Smith. He's so different than the Doctor. David is just fantastic!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Written by David Trennery
Published August 27, 2008Part of StageMage
David Tennant is Hamlet. It was tempting to add 'Nuff said' to that first sentence and leave it at that, but Tennant's performance is not the only excellent thing in Gregory Doran's RSC production at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon.
The opening scene is rendered all the more sinister and supernatural by the reflective surface of the thrust stage and mirrored backdrop: torch beams bounce around the auditorium like World War II searchlights frantically scanning the sky for an unseen but everpresent threat. That threat arrives in the person of Patrick Stewart who plays both Old Hamlet's Ghost and King Claudius.
Stewart is a charismatic Claudius, ruling a very different Denmark from that of his murdered brother. He hardly knows the names of his courtiers, but his immense charm and powerful presence make it unusually easy to see why Gertrude marries him. His handling of Fortinbras and later Laertes is the hallmark of a skilled politician, and even the flamboyant feasts, so hated by Hamlet, seem calculated to accustom the country to the recent regime change.
The production is modern: the costumes are contemporary and there is a pleasing contrast between the beautifully cut court suits and the characters' casual wear. Hamlet is very much a student when not a prince: David Tennant effortlessly sheds 15 of his 37 years in his T-shirt and jeans - although he does have the sense not to belt them around his hips. Guns replace swords for all but the final fight, and the revolving mirrored doors upstage are infinitely preferable to any arras.
Tennant's performance is remarkable in many ways. Hamlet is by no means a sympathetic figure, but Tennant manages to make him so through superlative handling of the soliloquies and the insanity. His grief for his father's loss is completely convincing, and upon it he builds all the doubts and dilemmas which can make the character hard for audiences to endure, successfully negotiating the fine line between Hamlet's 'crafty madness' and his genuine distress. It is also a superb physical performance. Tennant is incredibly agile on stage; moving like a great neurotic skittish spider, he seems to skip his way through the play without ever losing his focus and intensity.
In repertory through November 15 at the RSC.
Oliver Ford Davies is responsible for much of the humour with his rendition of Polonius, although Tennant gets a fair few laughs courtesy of his many fans. Edward Bennett takes Laertes from gauche schoolboy to formidable adversary, and Penny Downie is a relatively youthful and sexy Gertrude. It is perhaps inevitable, with two such famous actors in the cast (Tennant and Stewart), that the production concentrates on the conflict between Claudius and Hamlet to the slight detriment of Mariah Gale's moving Ophelia.Director Gregory Doran's Hamlet is by no means the full text, and he has moved 'To be or not to be' from where it is in many printed editions. This flexible approach pays a pre-credit-crunch level of dividends. Nothing is omitted that could possibly contribute to either the action or the development of Hamlet's character, and all the company delve deep for meaning in every syllable of verse. Doran brings the play in at 3 hours 30 minutes: it's a long evening but it's anything but dull.
Every time I read about how physical David's performance is along with how he messes up his hair in Hamlet, I can just picture him in the mistletoe varnished study in the Doctor Who episode Tooth and Claw. It's not that he's any more physical in that episode than he is in any other episode. I just picture that particular scene where he's pacing back and forth, talking away and messing with his hair......and I love his hair!
Be sure to visit David Trennery's website. There are a number of London theatre reviews, a column about British Theatre and some short stories. It's a very nice site! Check it out!
The United Kingdom's oldest biographical yearbook is 'Who's Who'. A new book is published every year. In more recent years, there is even an online version. David was added to the 159th edition under his birth name, David McDonald, in 2007.
The way I found out about David's inclusion in the book was at TV Now.
Friday, August 29, 2008
David plays Ginger Littlejohn in the movie 'Bright Young Things'. He's not in very much of it, but it's a pretty good movie. It's on IFC on August 30 at 11AM ET and 5:05PM ET.
- Saturday, 6PM ET - Smith and Jones
- Saturday, 7PM ET - The Shakespeare Code
- Sunday, 1PM ET - Smith and Jones
- Sunday, 2PM ET - The Shakespeare Code
- Sunday, 3PM ET - Gridlock
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Human Nature is on SciFi tomorrow morning at 5AM ET. This episode and The Family of Blood are in my list of absolute favorite episodes.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
THE NEW writer behind Doctor Who has given the broadest hint yet that the cult sci-fi series could be made into a film.
Steven Moffat, who has replaced Swansea-born Russell T Davies as writer of the hit series, told an audience at the Edinburgh International Television Festival that he would be happy to see a big-screen adaptation of the show, provided it did not interfere with the television version.
Moffat is taking over from Davies, who revived Doctor Who in 2005, as the lead writer and executive producer for the fifth series of the show – due to be shown on BBC1 in spring 2010.
Meanwhile Davies will remain in charge of four Doctor Who specials to be shown in 2009.
When asked whether he would like to see the series become a film, Moffat said: “I’m not against it. I don’t think it’s the most important thing for Doctor Who.
“A movie is one 90 minutes a year. So yes, so long as it never gets in the way of the show. If it gets in the way of the show, that’s appalling.
“It’s been in the cinema, with Peter Cushing. It would be good to see it in the cinema so long as it’s great and fantastic.”
During his appearance in Edinburgh, he also revealed Steven Spielberg was a Doctor Who fan and that Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson had one of ex-Doctor Sylvester McCoy’s outfits.
Moffat has already made an impact on Doctor Who, picking up a Best Writer Bafta earlier this year for the series three episode Blink, which featured a terrifying weeping angel.
His previous work included children’s drama Press Gang and sitcom Coupling.
Moffat also promised that David Tennant’s eventual replacement would be another young actor.
“It’s a practical issue. This is a show that’s hard for even the young, super-fit David Tennant to keep up with. It might kill someone over 60,” he said.
Simon Hooper, of Specialists Models and Displays in Cardiff, helped the new wave of Doctor Who get off the ground.
Last night he welcomed the movie plans.
“We have provided Daleks and components for the Tardis in the past and I think a one-off move to the big screen would be amazing.
“It would take Doctor Who to the next level – the show has a worldwide appeal so should be very successful.
“I think David Tenant is an excellent Doctor Who is perfect for the part because he is eccentric and a nice guy too.”
The first feature-length episode, called Doctor Who and the Daleks was filmed in 1965 at Shepperton Studios, London and starred Peter Cushing, who travelled in his TARDIS to the Planet Skaro to battle the Daleks.
The next installment came the following year with Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD, in which Cushing was joined by Bernard Cribbins, who played the grandfather of Donna (Catherine Tate) in the latest series .
A third Dalek film, to be based on the serial The Chase, was planned but never produced due to its predecessor’s underperformance at the box office.
I would love to see a movie....hopefully, with David!
I notice Steven Moffat said 'David Tennant’s eventual replacement'. The word 'eventual' doesn't mean David is leaving after the specials. Maybe the News of the World jumped the gun on saying David won't be in series 5.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Emigrate! Emigrate! Dr's US trip
By Dan Wootton, 24/08/2008
DOCTOR Who is filming two of next year’s four specials in AMERICA—in a move that will boost David Tennant’s career Stateside.
The shows will be the 37-year-old star’s last, then the Doc will regenerate into another actor.
Viewers will see David arrive in the US to save the world with a BIG-NAME American female assistant.
Series chiefs are also planning a Doctor Who movie—but it is not known who will be the lead.
A BBC source said: “Doctor Who already has a huge following in the States. It’s on the Sci Fi channel and is watched by millions of people there every week.
“But two specials in America, with a US setting and a US assistant, will take it to another level. David Tennant is already gaining a huge following and this will make him really hot property.” The four specials will also be the final episodes for show boss Russell T Davies.
He is handing the reins to producer Stephen Moffat for the next series, in 2010. The insider added: “Russell is determined to go out with a bang and the specials will be explosive.
“We’re spending much more money on them than normal.”
Moffat is working on a Doctor Who film—and would love to get legendary director Steven Spielberg involved.
He said: “It would be great to see it in the cinemas—as long as it doesn’t get in the way of the show.”
This makes me happy and sad at the same time. It will be great for David's American fans to see him here, but I don't want to see him go after the specials. It would be great if David would end up staying in America for awhile, but I'm getting a bit too hopeful.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
- Saturday, 6PM ET - The Runaway Bride
- Saturday, 7PM ET - Smith and Jones
- Sunday, 1PM ET - The Runaway Bride
Thursday, August 21, 2008
At 5AM ET, SciFi is showing '42'. The first thing I always think of when I see this listed is, 'Burn with me Martha.'
Monday, August 18, 2008
Shakespeare's great tragedy of a young man haunted by his father's ghost and driven to the edge of madness in his obsession to avenge his death.
David Tennant returns to the RSC to play the title role, directed by RSC Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran.
David last appeared with the RSC as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors in 2000. As well as acting extensively on the stage, most recently in The Pillowman at the National Theatre, David has become a household name as the tenth actor to portray Dr Who.
His other TV and film role include Casanova, Blackpool, Bright Young Things and Barty Crouch Jr in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Patrick Stewart returns to the RSC to play Claudius. He last appeared with the Company to great acclaim during the Complete Works Festival as Antony in Antony and Cleopatra and Prospero in The Tempest.
Tickets on sale : September 12th 2008
Previews from December 3rd 2008
Limited engagement until January 10th 2009
David Tenant as Hamlet
Patrick Stewart as Claudius
Pennie Downie as Gertrude
Oliver Ford Davies as Polonius
Directed by Gregory Doran
Written by William Shakespeare
Designer, Robert Jones
Lighting, Tim Mitchell
Music, Paul Englishby
Sound, Jeremy Dunn assisted by Martin Slavin
Movement Director, Michael Ashcroft
Fight Director, Terry King
Audience: Hamlet is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards.
Run time: tba
Show Times: tba
There are links to buy tickets and to view the seating chart at the Novello Theatre site.
All the RSC members are having their chance at buying tickets now. I'll bet it will be nearly impossible to get tickets by September 12.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Profile: David Tennant
From The Sunday Times
August 10, 2008
Intergalactic self-belief has propelled this son of the manse to acclaim as Doctor Who and now as the Bard’s tragic prince
It was a role that David Tennant regarded as the summit of his acting ambition. Nothing quite compared with the emotionally scarred and lonely protagonist of this eternal tragedy, he declared. Surpassing all his distinguished predecessors, Tennant duly triumphed in the part of . . . Doctor Who. So swanning off to play Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has seemed like a betrayal to some fans.
Judging by last week’s reviews, the 37-year-old Scot has been gloriously reincarnated as Denmark’s sweet prince. Benedict Nightingale of The Times confessed he was “riveted”. “Extremely captivating”, wrote Paul Taylor of The Independent. In today’s Sunday Times Christopher Hart praises “one of the most purely entertaining Hamlets I have ever seen”.
Tennant’s achievement in winning laurels for his modern-dress Hamlet of quicksilver intelligence and humour was all the greater for transcending the hoopla around his celebrity. Screaming girls who stormed the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford to confront the stunned star were only the advance guard of audiences clutching the summer’s hottest ticket. They were changing hands for hundreds of pounds on eBay, to the RSC’s dismay.
The prospect of Doctor Who doing battle with Patrick Stewart, better known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise, and now metamorphosed into the evil King Claud-ius, was too much for some. Jonathan Miller, the director, recently attacked the English theatre’s “obsession with celebrity”, dismissing Tennant as “the man from Doctor Who”.
This suggested that Tennant’s acquaintance with Shakespeare was limited to the Doctor Who episode in which the Bard appeared - along with Dickens - as a swashbuckling Renaissance hipster given to soundbites. Whereas Tennant is an RSC veteran who cut his teeth on As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet (some thought Miller’s charge a bit rich coming from a man who gave Joanna Lumley, of Absolutely Fabulous, the lead in his Sheffield revival of The Cherry Orchard last year).
Besides, Tennant believes that Doctor Who, whom he dreamt of playing since early childhood, is no lightweight figure: “The Doctor is scarred by losing his race. He can’t seem to hold on to anyone. He is entirely alone. Even with the ones who do stick with him. He is, to all intents and purposes, eternal. That’s his tragedy.”
Typically, Tennant’s reaction to the “Doctor Who Hamlet” mania has been to keep his head down. “It’s too easy to become defined by your press cuttings,” he said once. “I’m much happier going on a radio show and talking nonsense for 20 minutes. I am an actor, after all.”
In rare interviews he alternates between guardedness about his private life and hyperactive quick-fire chat. Boyish and thin, he exudes a student air, sometimes enhancing his owlish gaze with spectacles. A Labour supporter, he quietly backs worthy causes, not wanting to “sound off about anything I don’t know enough about”. He recently swapped his Skoda for a hybrid car.
The tabloids think that he has much to be private about. Voted the sexiest male character on television in a recent poll, he has been linked with a string of women including the pop star Kylie Minogue, who appeared in a Doctor Who Christmas special, and two production staff on the series. Among the actresses listed among his previous girlfriends are Anne-Marie Duff, Keira Malik and Sophia Myles, who appeared as Madame de Pompadour in a Doctor Who episode.
One of his oldest friends is Arabella Weir, the actress and comic writer, who first met him in 1993 during a Glasgow play in which he depicted a bipolar teenager. “He was 22 and had only just started acting, yet his confidence and determination were extraordinary,” Weir wrote in The Sunday Times earlier this year. Soon after, he moved to London, where he rented a room in Weir’s house for five years and became godfather to one of her children.
Steeliness and “unshakable self-belief” help to explain Tennant’s success and popularity with directors, Weir believes. There is also his charisma: “Often, when we go out together, large groups of women will visibly go weak at the knees.” Yet in the early days his flamboyant clothes led many to think that he was gay, an assumption that left him unbothered. “Why would it?” he countered.
Any such doubts were dispelled in 2005 when Tennant romped home in Casanova, the BBC series. Lacking the chiselled features and physicality of previous seducers, he reinvented the character as a puppyish enthusiast who laughed his women into bed. Although billed as a “sizzling bonkfest”, there was not much nudity, which did not stop the tabloids from teasing out the contrasts between Tennant’s religious upbringing and his bed-hopping on screen. To his mortification, his parents would invite doorstepping news hounds into their home for a cup of tea.
He was born David McDonald on April 18, 1971, the youngest of three children raised in a Renfrewshire manse. Later, learning of another actor of the same name listed with Equity, he adopted the surname of Neil Tennant, his favourite Pet Shop Boy. His father, Alexander, was a minister and later moderator in the Church of Scotland, although in a liberal tradition. He has a brother, Blair, and a sister, Karen. His mother, Helen, died of cancer last year.
Attending church services and Sunday school were routine, but it would be a mistake to “assume that growing up in a manse must be a puritanical existence”, he said.
His epiphany came at the age of three, when he realised that he wanted to become the actor who played Doctor Who. The extent of this fixation was revealed in his essay Intergalactic Overdose, written at 14: “I was a junkie, a Doctor Who junkie. Every Saturday evening at 5.35 I could not be disturbed. Any noise or distinctive movement would be met with the wrath of a furious nine-year-old. I was worshipping at the shrine.”
He missed only one episode of the series in nine years, when to his fury he was dragged away on a family visit: “I didn’t say a word to anyone apart from my Doctor Who doll.” His pocket money went on plastic monsters and 200 Doctor Who books. Relatives were kept busy knitting him the Doctor’s long, multi-coloured scarves. The essay was kept by Moira Robertson, his English teacher at Paisley grammar school, who recalled: “He was a very bright boy, quick and witty. He was an accomplished actor from early on.”
His parents tried to steer him towards a more secure career but he “never once wavered” from his chosen path. At 17 he left home and enrolled as the youngest student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, where Emma Fielding and Greg Wise were classmates. His first job was in Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, with the socialist 7:84 Theatre Company, touring the Highlands and Islands in a minibus.
Parts did not come easily. He auditioned unsuccessfully 16 times for Taggart, the television series: “I’m the only Scottish actor alive who hasn’t been in Taggart.” His luck changed with another Scottish television series, the black comedy Takin’ Over the Asylum. He became a regular at the RSC, mostly in comedy roles: “You feel the weight of history there and it’s scary.” Parts at the National Theatre, an Olivier nomination for his role in Lobby Hero at the Donmar Warehouse and television roles slowly led to recognition on the street.
Casanova turned out to be the unlikely rehearsal for Doctor Who. Russell T Davies, the producer and scriptwriter, was working on Casanova and looking for an actor to replace Christopher Eccleston, the Doctor’s ninth incarnation. “[Tennant] came to mind straight away,” he said. “We’d established that we were both fans . . . and he seemed the obvious choice. I think David brings to it a fantastic sense of humour – he can find lightness even in the darkest of scenes.”
After intense speculation about Tennant’s future as Doctor Who, it seems that because of his RSC commitments there will be no series next year, but he has signed up for four specials. No actors have been signed up for the fifth series to be broadcast in 2010.
To be or not to be? “It’s a very exciting time, doing some unique things,” he said last year. “That won’t be there for ever, I know that.”
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I wonder if he still has the Doctor Who doll, plastic monsters and 200 Doctor Who books.