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Thursday, January 31, 2008


See David get a little irritated over a very noisy clock and check out his horse riding abilities in these outtakes of David, Peter O'Toole and Matt Lucas from "Casanova".

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


This was originally broadcast on March 30, 2007. The cast appearing are David Tennant, John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Yvonne Hartman in "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday"), Andrew Hayden Smith (Jake in "Rise of the Cybermen", "The Age of Steel" and "Doomsday"), Nick Briggs (voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen), Claire Rushbrook (Ida Scott in "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit"), and K-9.

After "The Weakest Link" are some outtakes from the show and David Tennant's Video Diary featuring a behind the scenes look at "The Weakest Link".

Does the Doctor win or is he the weakest link? Watch and find out.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Barrowman praises Tennant for reviving Dr Who

world entertainment news - Tuesday, January 29 02:30 pm

Actor John Barrowman is pleased his former co-star Christopher Eccleston is no longer part of the Doctor Who cast - because his replacement David Tennant is a "happier" presence on set.

Barrowman was recruited in 2005 to play Captain Jack in the cult sci-fi TV show - just months before Eccleston quit to be replaced in the title role by Tennant.

And the 40-year-old insists the addition of Tennant helped lighten the mood of the whole cast.

He says, "I found the set to be a lighter one with David than it had been with Christopher in the lead role. I think David is a happier person, whereas I found Chris to be a bit angry."

But the Scotland-born actor admits he had some difficulty filming with fellow Scot Tennant: "When David Tennant and I began filming together in early spring 2007, the hardest part for me was to resist speaking to him in a Scottish accent."

This article was at Yahoo News for UK & Ireland.

I liked Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor, but I noticed his portrayal was a bit darker than David's portrayal. David's Doctor seems to be happier than Chris's, which fits in with what John said. It seems to me that David really loves playing the Doctor. Christopher Eccleston didn't seem to love it as much.

I know I'm very happy with David in "Doctor Who"!

Monday, January 28, 2008


I don't know when or where this was taken. The only thing I know is, I'm jealous of those women.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

POSH NOSH (2003)

Paella (Episode 3)

Comfort Food (Episode 8)

This series is a comedic take on cooking shows. It stars Richard E. Grant as Simon Marchmont and Arabella Weir as Minty Marchmont. While Simon drinks wine and is waaayyyy too attached to his tennis coach, Jose-Luis (played by David), Minty uses ingredients like "organic freerange homeschooled chicken" and totally stuffs herself while taste testing the food. David appears at the end of both of these episodes.

If you're wondering what Posh Nosh means: posh means snobby and pretentious, and nosh is working class slang for food. So you have two words that don't really go together. Plus it's catchy and it rhymes.

David lodged with Arabella Weir when he moved to London in the early 1990s. He became close friends with her and is godfather to one of her children.

Saturday, January 26, 2008


The name of this show is "Rab C. Nesbitt". David appeared in the episode titled "Touch" which was broadcast on November 25,1993. David actually looks pretty good as a woman. (Is that ever a weird thing to type!)

Thank you to jaffagirl2005 at YouTube for uploading this.

Friday, January 25, 2008


I just found some videos about the Doctor Who cartoon series, "The Infinite Quest". I never heard of this cartoon show before finding these.

David, Freema Agyeman and Anthony Head (the headmaster in "School Reunion") are featured in these. I looks like they had a blast doing the voice recordings. As always, David is a delight to watch and listen to.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


David plays Richard, a town undertaker in a North England town where he also writes obituaries for the local paper. It's love at first sight for Richard when he meets an aspiring Hollywood actress (played by Vinessa Shaw) while she is on a visit to his town. She returns home and he follows her to Hollywood, setting up the light romantic comedy which shows the newcomer gaining experience about the goings on in Hollywood.

David's interview, when he was filming "L.A Without a Map", is right after the movie.

Nice movie that shows off David's comedic talents. The part where he has a fire in the kitchen is a riot. You'll also laugh a lot when he's getting ready to go out and is singing "Creepy Connection".

Language warning: There's a lot of swearing. The F word is used quite a number of times.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


This video isn't mine. CassandraKitten at YouTube gave us some very nice pictures to look at while we listen to David's wonderful Scottish accent.

This is very loud at the beginning so turn the sound down before you start playing it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


There are a number of Doctor Who - My Immortal videos. It's hard to pick a favorite one from all of them. This is the first one I ever saw. It's very well done. It was made by Rosetylerrocks at YouTube.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Is Kylie Minogue dating Dr Who actor David Tennant?

January 21, 2008 12:00am

HAS Kylie got a famous new boyfriend? Tongues are wagging in London after she was spotted on a secret date to the theatre with her recent co-star.

SINCE working together on the Doctor Who Christmas special, pop princess Kylie Minogue and actor David Tennant have struck up a warm rapport so warm, in fact, that tongues have started wagging in London.

The pair were spotted making a secret visit to the Old Vic to watch Cinderella just before Christmas and The London Daily Mail is reporting today they speak regularly on the phone.

"They kept the visit top secret and slipped in and out before anyone in the theatre had a chance to notice an A-list star and a famous actor were in the stalls," the Mail reported.

Tennant is currently dating 28-year-old Bethan Britton, who works for the BBC, while Kylie revealed in a recent interview that she has started dating again, though she wouldn't reveal any names.

Meanwhile, Kylie remains single since splitting from long-term love Olivier Martinez last February.

This article is at the Herald Sun.

I have big doubts about them dating. They're probably just friends who wanted to go somewhere without all the hubbub of the press. It doesn't make them a romantic couple just because they are a man and a woman going out somewhere together.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Part 1

Part 2

This is a very nice interview of David done by Micheal Parkinson. It's not the whole show, but that's all I could find online. The most important thing is that all of David's part of the show is here.

There's talk about "Doctor Who", of course, along with a clip from "42". There's also funny conversation about all the women David had to bed in "Casanova". In part two, Parkinson asks David what the most embarrassing thing he's ever done on camera is. David's answer is so wonderfully cute. David's reply to the final queston at the end of the whole show is funny, too.


Saturday, January 19, 2008


Tennant reveals weirdest fan encounter

Friday, January 5 2007, 18:39 GMT

David Tennant has spoken about some of the weird and wonderful fan encounters he has enjoyed.

During a recording of the Friday Night Project, Tennant was asked by a fan about the strangest encounter he'd ever had, due to the "obsessive" nature of Doctor Who fans.

Adeptly brushing off the reference to the fans by saying most of them were "lovely," Tennant did note that the oddest, and most disturbing encounters were when he was at the gym.

He added: "When you're stark bollock naked in the shower and they ask you to sign an autograph...that's weird...I don't know if it's weirder when they're naked or you are!"

The actor also revealed that he finds it useful to break wind before going on stage to relieve tension, calling the experience an "exorcism".

You can find the article here.

I can't imagine asking anyone for an autograph while they or I were naked. LOL

Friday, January 18, 2008


February 26, 2007

David Tennant bids farewell to Billie Piper and welcomes Freema Agyeman into the Doctor Who fold

By Cindy White

When David Tennant took over for the departing Christopher Eccleston in the second season of the reimagined Doctor Who, he wasn't exactly a household name, especially in the United States, where he was probably known best for playing a small role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But Tennant grabbed onto the role with gusto and proved that he was well up to the task of portraying the Time Lord. Just 13 episodes later, he's become a bona fide star and Doctor Who is more popular than ever.

As the third season approaches, another casting change will test whether the show is bigger than any single actor. Billie Piper, who played Rose in the first two seasons, will be replaced this year by Freema Agyeman as the Doctor's new companion, Martha Jones.

SCI FI Weekly conducted an interview with Tennant via e-mail about the coming third season, as well as the recently completed second season, which was released on DVD on Jan. 16.
Going into the second series, what were your feelings about taking on such an iconic role? Did you feel massive amounts of pressure?

Tennant: Well, of course, taking over a role from someone who's been very successful in it is daunting, and taking on a character that people have such fondness for and such expectations of can feel a little overwhelming, but of course it's those very pressures that make it such an exciting job to take on.
Each actor has played the Doctor a little differently, and made the character his own. How did you develop your particular take on him?
Tennant: I've been watching Doctor Who since I was 3 years old (along with just about everyone else of my generation who grew up in Britain), so I had probably made a whole host of unconscious decisions about how I was going to do it years before it was an actual possibility. But to be honest, when it actually happened, I didn't sit down and draw up a list of quirks that I wanted to fit in to my performance. As with any other part, you take your lead from the script and what that character says and does. Once that is filtered through your own perspective and experiences, then hopefully it will be particular and unique. I was always aware of avoiding any kind of self-conscious eccentricity. The Doctor may be a 900-odd year old Time Lord from the other side of the galaxy, but he still has to be a believable character, or the whole thing collapses.
Did you do any commentary or special features for the upcoming release of your first season on DVD?

Tennant: I did commentary on five episodes, and I also contributed about an hour and a half of video diaries. I'd been filming bits and pieces of the production for my own amusement, really, and then they asked if they could look at what I'd got for the DVD release. I think I handed over about 20 hours of stuff eventually.
Which episode of the second series is your favorite to watch and why?

Tennant: Oh, I don't have favorites. That would be like ranking your children.
That final beach scene with Billie Piper was so moving. What was it like to film that?

Tennant: Of course, that scene meant that Billie was leaving the show (although it wasn't the final scene she shot), and that was very sad, because she is a great actor and had become a great friend. It's also a beautifully written scene, and even when we ran through the lines together on the makeup bus that morning, we started sniffling. In fact, in the video diaries on the DVD you can see us both have a good old weep about the whole thing.
It seems that the appeal of Doctor Who is reaching across the pond now more than ever. Were you aware of or surprised at the response to the show overseas?

Tennant: To be honest, I'm so caught up in making the show down here in Wales that I'm not always aware of what it's doing around the world. I've heard that Canada have taken to us in quite a big way, which is great, as I've got family there. I believe we've also sold to South Korea, which isn't the first place you'd expect to find Doctor Who, but I'm delighted that it's there. I'm not sure of all the other countries that have taken the show, but it would seem to be just about everywhere. And, of course, I'm really chuffed that we're showing in the States now, too.
Moving on to the upcoming third series, you have a new companion now—Martha Jones. What does Freema Agyeman bring to the show?

Tennant: Well, you'll have to wait and see. The Doctor and Martha have a very different relationship to the Doctor and Rose. The Doctor doesn't really think he needs a new traveling companion at the moment, but Martha makes herself indispensable.
Freema's position now is somewhat similar to yours going into The Christmas Invasion. You both came in to replace a popular outgoing cast member, and you both had to essentially win the audience over. Did you have any advice for her?

Tennant: Oh, she doesn't need any advice, and I wouldn't be pompous enough to offer it. Freema hit the ground running and has inhabited Martha Jones from day one without a hint of trepidation or nervousness. I found myself quite envious of her confidence. She is going to be brilliant.
You dealt a little with the Doctor's loss of Rose in The Runaway Bride. Will that continue? Or do you come to a point where you just need to move on and concentrate more on the future, rather than dwelling on the past?

Tennant: As with any big relationship, it takes time for the scars to heal. Perhaps the Doctor feels like he's dealt with it, but Martha might disagree.
It appears from the trailer that the Daleks are coming back in the third series. Any other blasts from the past?

Tennant: Oh yes, but it's more than my job's worth to reveal what they are.
You've done a lot of Shakespeare, so what was it like filming the episode where the Doctor gets to meet him?

Tennant: The Shakespeare that the Doctor meets is a bit more rock and roll than you might expect. Very much the Elizabethan celebrity enjoying his status and his wealth, not the more traditional enigmatic Bard of legend. But the Doctor is absolutely thrilled to meet him and for once recognizes someone almost as brilliant as he is.
What's the production schedule like for you? Do you have any time between seasons?

Tennant: Uncharacteristically for a British show, we make 13 episodes plus a Christmas special every year. So when we finish on the final episode our Christmas show has already gone out, and the first is being broadcast. By the time the 13 episodes have transmitted, it's time to start work on the next lot.

I just happened to find this interview from almost a year ago at

Thursday, January 17, 2008


This is a very, very short blooper from "New Earth" with David and Billie Piper. I've watched it numerous times and I laugh every time.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


This is another short film with David. It's a simple plot without words. Very cute.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Peter cooks a nice meal, tidies the house and waits for his girlfriend to come home. Peter wants to break up with her. You won't believe what happens next!

This is a very funny, short film with David. His girlfriend is played by Kate Ashfield. If you've seen "Secret Smile", you'll recognize her as being the girl who spurned David's character.

Monday, January 14, 2008


13 January 2008

EXCLUSIVE Timelord 's blonde says: David 's a great guy, we ARE an item and I love being with him.
By Katie Hind Katie.Hind@People.Co.Uk

The blonde dating Doctor Who star David Tennant has told of their love and smiled: "Yes, we are an item."

Bbc beauty Bethan Britton, 28, confirmed: "I am seeing David and am extremely happy.

"He's a great guy and I love being with him. It's a serious relationship. Things are going well."

Bethan works in the BBC contracts office in Cardiff where Doctor Who is filmed. She met David, 36, on the set.

She confirmed she has been dating the Timelord actor - who kissed Kylie Minogue in the Doctor Who Christmas special - for "a few months". The People revealed in November that Bethan was seeing David.

She slipped out of his Cardiff apartment to her car at 2am - wearing HIS pyjamas under a jacket.

Bethan lives with her parents Tom and Teresa in the Cardiff suburb of Dinas Powys.

Mr Britton, 55, said: "David is very nice and my Bethan is the loveliest girl you could ever meet.

"He seems a suitable match for her. I wish them every happiness."

The couple were reunited after New Year apart. David visited his father in Scotland while Bethan was working.

A friend of Bethan's family said: "She's a down-to-earth Welsh girl."

David dumped Thunderbirds star Sophia Myles, 27, last October.

Doctor Who won an audience of 12.2million at Christmas - its best viewing figures since the show was revived in 2005.

This was at

This is sounding better all the time about Bethan. Her dad certainly seems to approve.


Timelord turns into Dr Glue

DOCTOR Who fans can now get themselves an extra fix of the time-traveller – by building models of the Tardis and actor David Tennant.

Classic toy firm Airfix has added a 100-piece kit to its planes and cars ranges.

The Doctor Who series also features a create-your-own version of the Timelord’s previous side-kick Martha, played by Freema Agyeman, 28.

Each of the £24.99 boxed sets comes with various individual parts, paints and glue. The eight-inch Tardis also features futuristic light and sound effects.

Hornby Hobbies boss Frank Martin said: “Doctor Who’s resurgence on our screens has seen it become a massive hit with families around the country and it seemed a perfect fit with our vision for Airfix and the future of modelling.

“The Tardis has been an iconic feature of British entertainment for more than 40 years.”

I found this at The Sun.

Wow! They really did a good job on the Doctor doll. It looks a lot like David!

Sunday, January 13, 2008


I have seen this picture three or four times indicating that she is Bethan Britton. This is NOT true. She is Jo Whiley from BBC Radio 1. David had been on her show on April 13, 2006. You can see this picture on the BBC Radio 1 website.

I don't know what Bethan Britton looks like. I haven't been able to find a picture of her yet. When I find what I think is a real picture of her from a credible source, I'll post it. I'm sure someone will snap a photo of her soon. After her announcement about her and David dating, the press will be stalking her for a picture.


David Tennant's new romance confirmed

Sunday, January 13 2008, 12:02 GMT

By Daniel Kilkelly

David Tennant's romance with a blonde TV assistant has been confirmed in the press today.

Bethan Britton, who works as a contracts assistant at a BBC office in Cardiff, was first linked to the Doctor Who actor in November.

"I am seeing David and am extremely happy," Bethan told The People. "He's a great guy and I love being with him. It's a serious relationship. Things are going well."

Britton added that she has been dating David for "a few months".

Tennant split from Thunderbirds actress Sophia Myles in October.

This article was at Digital Spy.

I wonder why she's speaking out right after the reports of David's stalker. Is Bethan's and David's dating being confirmed to make this stalker see that she has no chance of a relationship with David?

Stalker or no stalker, I'm very happy for David. I really do hope this relationship with Bethan works out well for him.

Saturday, January 12, 2008



11th January 2008

TO be or not to be slapped with a restraining order, that is the question for David Tennant’s scary stalker.

The poor Doctor Who star is being bothered by a woman who has moved to Stratford-upon-Avon, where he’s rehearsing for a new production of Hamlet.

The cunning bunny boiler is renting a flat directly opposite the Courtyard Theatre.

Our man digging the giant moat around Elsinore Castle said: "Obviously, David gets crowds of fans. But he’s never experienced anything as unsettling as this."

"She has been hassling cast members of the production. And she’s told them that she’s left her husband for David."

"She regularly leaves pencil drawings for him of them being friendly in the Tardis."

"And she writes bizarre sci-fi versions of Hamlet, featuring herself as Ophelia and David as a futuristic Hamlet. She insists that both the Doctor and Hamlet are aliens in a hostile universe, who are terrified of being alone." But she will save him by being his Rose or Ophelia.

"Sadly, the only thing she and Ophelia have in common is their madness. And David is afraid, very afraid."

The weirdo left her husband before the confetti had even settled when she discovered David had split with actress Sophia Myles, 27.

The 36-year-old star has mixed feelings about this – one of those being abject horror, as the stalker has bought front row tickets for the production every weekend until it finishes in November.

Our source added: "It’s a bit unnerving. But he won’t be able to spot her in the audience because he doesn’t know what she looks like."

And no, she doesn’t look like any of us.

This story is from the Daily Star.

OMG This woman has moved into a flat across from the theatre!!! She has a front row seat!!! Poor David. Playing Hamlet is the role of a lifetime and he has to worry about some nut stalking him. I feel so bad for him.


Last updated at 08:32am on 11th January 2008

Fast-rising young actress Mariah Gale (pictured here with Patrick Stewart in "The Tempest") has won one of the most coveted roles of the season: playing Ophelia opposite the Hamlet of Dr Who star David Tennant.

Ms Gale is an award-winning performer who has garnered two important acting prizes since she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama five years ago.

I first saw her perform with Charlie Cox in a splendid production of 'Tis Pity She's A Whore at the Southwark Playhouse, and in a string of roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Greg Doran will direct this Hamlet for the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

It's in repertory from July 24.

Patrick Stewart and Penny Downie will also star with Tennant and Ms Gale.

With all the Dr Who fans Tennant has, this is going to be a huge hit for the RSC.

In a sense, Tennant's returning to his roots. He's an old RSC and National Theatre stalwart — and an astute classical actor.

He'll also be in the RSC's Love's Labour's Lost in the autumn.

The RSC continues to attract top names for its Shakespeare cycle.

Michelle Gomez, who was in TV's Green Wing and recently in the hit stage comedy Boeing-Boeing, is going to play the fiery, foul-mouthed Katherine in The Taming Of The Shrew, with Stephen Boxer as Petruccio and up-and-coming actress Amara Karan (seen in the Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited and the St Trinian's movie) as Bianca.

Ms Karan will also be in a production of The Merchant Of Venice.

Director Conall Morrison will bring his production to the RSC's Courtyard Theatre from April 24.

This was at the Daily Mail.

I've never heard of Mariah Gale since I'm from the US. She sure must be good to land this role. I wish I could see "Hamlet".

Wow! To see David and Patrick Stewart would really be something!


This very nice video features Ten and Rose. It was made by correctomuno07 at YouTube. The music is "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's. Enjoy!

Friday, January 11, 2008


Tennant stalker writes sci-fi 'Hamlet'

Friday, January 11 2008, 09:51 GMT
By Alex Fletcher, Entertainment Reporter

Doctor Who star David Tennant has a stalker that writes sci-fi versions of Shakespeare plays.

Tennant, who is currently working on a production of Hamlet, has been followed to Stratford-upon-Avon by the mystery woman, claims the Daily Star.

The stalker has reportedly bought tickets for the show every weekend until November and has started sending Tennant sci-fi versions of the play, featuring him and her in the lead roles.

A source said: "Obviously, David gets crowds of fans. But he’s never experienced anything as unsettling as this.

"She has been hassling cast members of the production. And she’s told them that she’s left her husband for David. She regularly leaves pencil drawings for him of them being friendly in the Tardis.

"And she writes bizarre sci-fi versions of Hamlet, featuring herself as Ophelia and David as a futuristic Hamlet.

"She insists that both the Doctor and Hamlet are aliens in a hostile universe, who are terrified of being alone. But she will save him by being his Rose or Ophelia.

"Sadly, the only thing she and Ophelia have in common is their madness. And David is afraid, very afraid."

I like David and, if I had the money and lived in the UK, I'd go to a lot more than one performance of "Hamlet" and "Love's Labour's Lost". But, I sure wouldn't be writing sci-fi Shakespeare and leaving my husband. This woman sounds like a real loon. I can see where he would be very afraid. I hope this doesn't get too dangerous for him.

This story is at Digital Spy.


Here is another super fantastic video. It was created by di00br at YouTube. It includes series two and three clips from "Doctor Who". The song is "Map of the Problematique" by Muse.

Edited on 10/31/08 to upload my copy of the video. It seems this isn't available at YouTube any longer.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


There are some fantastic videos made by fans of "Doctor Who" and David Tennant. Out of all those videos, there are a few that stand above the rest. This video is one of the really great ones. It was made by the fantastic midcirclenine at YouTube. The video features clips from series two and three of "Doctor Who" and two clips from "Secret Smile". The song is "Running Up That Hill" by Placebo.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Billie’s forgotten star

Jan 6 2008 by Andrew Dagnell, Wales On Sunday

DALEK-TABLE Billie Piper has said she’s nervous about reprising her role as Rose Tyler in the next series of Doctor Who – because she’s forgotten how to play the character!

The actress, who wed Gosford Park actor Laurence Fox last week, said: “I am a bit worried about getting back into the groove.

“I was shocked and saddened the other day when I tried playing Rose Tyler – to myself, in my bathroom – and I couldn’t do it.

“I tried and tried and it had gone – hopefully not for good.”

The BBC announced that the 25-year-old actress would return to the hit series in November last year.

She’ll feature in three episodes, one of which will reportedly involve teaming up alongside Doctor Who regulars Catherine Tate and Freema Agyeman – but not David Tennant.

And she said that she was a bit disappointed to miss out on a chance to work with pop superstar Kylie, who guest-starred in the Christmas Day special.

Billie laughed: “I want to reclaim David Tennant as my own, after he’s been working with Kylie.

“I’m gutted I missed her. I speak to David and he brags about how he has her number in his phone. I want to be Kylie’s friend!”

But she added that she and David, 36, are still firm friends.

She said: “I see him quite a lot, we are really good mates. I like everything about him, which makes it really easy to be in his company.

“He’s a sweet, sweet guy. I call him to ask him all my acting questions and he always supports what I do.”

Billie has some nice things to say about David. He really does seem like he's a very nice guy.

This article is at

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


This is an episode of "Ready, Steady, Cook" broadcast on April 12, 2006. It's a cooking show featuring David and his father, Sandy McDonald. It is split into four parts on YouTube.

David's dad talks quite a lot. You can tell he's very proud of David.

David spends a lot of time cutting things up. Watch for his square orange. He is quite cute.

Thanks to Sarita04 for uploading this.

Monday, January 7, 2008


Evening Standard 04.01.08

Gregory Doran must be hugging himself. The director's summer production of Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company comes as the RSC is finally back on an even keel after years of turbulence.

And Shakespeare himself is newly, wildly popular again thanks to Patrick Stewart's West End Macbeth, the RSC's own King Lear with Ian McKellen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor's magnificent Othello at the Donmar Warehouse.

Doran is also pipping two more high-profile Hamlets to the post: Sam Mendes's long-planned production, starring Stephen Dillane as the Prince, and Michael Grandage's with Jude Law for the Donmar's forthcoming residency in the West End, are both scheduled for 2009.

Greatest of all the advantages Doran enjoys, though, is that he has David Tennant in the lead - an actor whose Shakespearean triumphs in 1996 and 2000 with the RSC pale into virtual insignificance beside his performance as the nation's favourite Time Lord in Dr Who. As Doran himself rather understatedly puts it: "David will bring a whole generation of young audience members with him to Stratford for Hamlet, who might not otherwise have come."

It should be no surprise that Tennant wants, for a while, at least, to set down his sonic screwdriver and pull on Hamlet's inky cloak. The role is as dramatic and demanding, and as illuminating of the human condition, as King Lear. It is as challenging for a young actor as Lear is for an older one. And as with Lear, there is always the chance that by the time you are mature enough to play it, you are too old to play it.

Thanks to Dr Who, Tennant has accrued the requisite amount of charisma to play Hamlet. But when he takes to the stage of the Courtyard Theatre in July, he will be a young-looking 37, and most estimates put Hamlet at 33.

He couldn't afford to miss this chance. A successful Hamlet wipes out the potential competition until it begins to fade from memory, as David Warner's did for an entire generation of Sixties theatregoers.

Back in 2004, Toby Stephens told me of his (quite justified, as it turned out) worries that his RSC Hamlet that year would be overshadowed by Ben Whishaw's earlier, preternatuarally young reading of the role for Trevor Nunn at the Old Vic. Stephens added that his friend Joseph Fiennes felt this brace of Danes ruled him out from playing the role for at least a year.

But although iconic Hamlets loom large, productions tend to arrive not singly but in battalions.

The early Sixties saw a slew of Hamlets: Ian Bannen, Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Warner. Back in 1989 Mark Rylance's (to my mind) near-definitive performance was unfairly eclipsed by the breakdown Daniel Day-Lewis suffered while playing the same part at the National (he reportedly saw his own dead father, the poet Cecil Day-Lewis, as the ghost of Hamlet's father).

Pity poor Daniel Webb, who was playing a very creditable prince for Russian maestro Yuri Lyubimov down the road at the Old Vic, at exactly the same time, and who therefore barely got a look in. In 2000 - the play's popularity perhaps boosted by millennial angst - Adrian Lester, Simon Russell Beale and Mark Rylance (again) took the part.

By the time Tennant's Hamlet makes its anticipated transfer to London after the Stratford run ends in November, he will be within soliloquising distance of Law and Dillane. And our anticipation of these performances is sharpened, though we may not like to admit it, by a sense of competition. Who will be the greatest Dane?

Doran enjoys the advantage of being first out of the gate. He also enjoys the advantage of having an ensemble company who will perform not only Hamlet, but also Love's Labour's Lost and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and who will benefit from the close interrelationship and variety such an arrangement brings.

Tennant himself will twin Hamlet with Berowne in Love's Labour's, while his Claudius in Hamlet will be that other screen star reminding us of his Shakespearean pedigree, Patrick Stewart.

It's too early to expect Tennant to have an idea of how he will play Hamlet, or for Doran to comment on the look and setting of his production. But the director is certain of both the appeal and the ability of his leading man (the two are also friends, having worked together on Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound and Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy at the Donmar).

"David Tennant's talent as a Shakespearean actor became immediately apparent when he cracked the difficult comic role of Touchstone in Stephen Pimlott's As You Like It," says Doran. "Shakespeare's clowns are really hard to pull off.

"He then went on to broaden that scope with Edgar in King Lear at Manchester, and then Romeo for Michael Boyd in 2000 alongside Antipholus in Comedy of Errors, both for the RSC.

"The combination of Hamlet and Berowne really suits his considerable range of talents and I am thrilled that we have been able to make this work. His combination of a great ability to juggle with words, his wonderful comedic skills, and searing intelligence will stand him in good stead in tackling the role they say lies in wait for every great actor."

Jude Law and Stephen Dillane will surely be watching with bated breath.

• David Tennant's Hamlet is at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 24 July. Information: 0844 800 1110;

This article is at from the Evening Standard.

I just know David is going to be magnificent in both "Hamlet" and "Love's Labour's Lost". I'm anticipating rave reviews for his performances.

Sunday, January 6, 2008


There is a video made by Catherine Tate and David at The Laura Crane Trust website. The Laura Crane Trust funds research into cancers affecting teenagers and young adults in the UK. They also fund ways to improve the lives of the young cancer patients while they are undergoing treatment and in the aftermath of their illness. Please click on the above link and read about everything the organization does. If you can, please send a donation.

To see the video of Catherine and David, click on the link for "Thank you from Catherine Tate and David Tennant" on The Laura Crane Trust website.

The video is very funny. I love how David and Catherine work together. It makes me look forward to seeing Series 4 all that much more.

Saturday, January 5, 2008


Date: 23 Dec 07

Television star, David Tennant, has taken time out of filming the new series of Dr Who to record a charity appeal on behalf of Headway.

Following his moving portrayal of a man who suffered a brain injury in the BBC television programme, Recovery, David kindly agreed to narrate the appeal for Headway.

The appeal tells the story of Robert, a young man who was involved in a road traffic accident at just 17-years old. He suffered serious head injuries and was in a coma for three weeks. Prior to the accident, Robert was on the verge of taking his place at Oxford University and had a scholarship to become a pilot in the RAF. The accident changed all that. Like many other brain injury survivors, Robert and his family found support with a local Headway group where he was able to learn to live again and regain his independence with the support of a carer.

The Headway appeal took place on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 23 December 2007 and was repeated on Thursday 27 December.

You can donate online via the Radio 4 website or by calling 0800 404 8144. Or you can write a cheque to Headway and send it to FREEPOST BBC Radio 4 Appeal, marking the back of your envelope Headway.

You can also help by spreading the word about the appeal to friends, family and work colleagues.

This is a little late, but I just found this. It's at the Headway website.

Don't you think this is a very nice picture of David?

Friday, January 4, 2008


Dr Who star, David Tennant, has taken time out from his busy schedule to film a promotional video for leading St Andrews-based cancer charity, AICR (Association for International Cancer Research).

The popular Scottish actor, who is currently filming the next series of Dr Who, is a patron of the charity.

David also met with a young doctor whose pioneering work is being funded by the AICR.

Dr Andy Tee, who comes from Dundee, has been awarded £750,000 by the charity to continue his ground-breaking work into the study of tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a condition which affects one in 7000 births, and in which tumours (mostly benign) form in the brain, lungs, kidneys, hearts and eyes of babies and young children.

Dr Tee is a self confessed Dr Who fanatic and was delighted to meet the star of the popular show.

"David was keen to hear about my work and why the funding grant from AICR is so important in allowing me to continue my research," he said.

After being photographed together, David commented: "It was good for me to meet a real life superhero whose work holds the prospect of helping many thousands in their fight with cancer".

AICR's Chief Executive, Norman Barrett, thanked David for giving up his valuable time to appear in the video.

He added: "His help and support will help bring the important work of AICR to a wider audience.

''We are proud to support some of the world's greatest cancer experts, but we are also committed to helping young scientists at the start of their career.

''We are also delighted to have awarded Dr Tee an AICR research fellowship. We pride ourselves that we champion the brightest and best".

AICR (Association for International Cancer Research) is a totally independent charity which has no commercial ties, no links with any particular research institutions and no commitment to follow any particular line of research. It funds what it considers to be the best researchers and the most valuable studies, wherever they are in the world."

This article was published by Fife Today on January 3, 2008.

Thursday, January 3, 2008


Here are a couple more pictures of David in his velvet suit at Billie Piper's New Year's Eve wedding. It looks like David didn't have a date.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


I didn't make this. All the credit for this wonderfully sexy video goes to Deadflowerss. It features scenes from "Casanova", "Blackpool", "Doctor Who" and "Secret Smile". The song is "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred.

Check out the shot of David's backside in the beginning!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


Famous names from the worlds of movies and television have turned out for the wedding of Billie Piper and fellow actor Laurence Fox.

The pair tied the knot in a 50 minute ceremony at the Parish Church of St Mary's in Easebourne, West Sussex.

Piper, 25, wore a low-cut ivory formal wedding dress with a black coat draped over her shoulders.

She was accompanied by four bridesmaids in short purple dresses.

Those attending included Doctor Who star David Tennant, Fox's co-star in TV show Lewis, Kevin Whately, Piper's ex-husband Chris Evans and Fox's father and uncle, the actors James and Edward Fox.

Piper - who appeared in Doctor Who with Tennant - was five minutes early for the wedding, which took place about half a mile from the couple's £750,000 home in Midhurst.

The 29-year-old bridegroom arrived 45 minutes before the ceremony was due to start.

Flanked by friends, he made the short walk from the White Horse pub to the church past the throng of photographers and reporters.

Tennant, dressed in a flamboyant burgundy velvet suit, arrived at the church at the same time as Whately, to cheers from the public lining the road.

Fox and Piper met last December when they performed together in a stage production of Christopher Hampton's Treats.

What a nice way to end the year for Billie. I hope they have a long and happy marriage. I'm so anxious to see her return as Rose Tyler in "Doctor Who"......even if she doesn't have any scenes with the Doctor.

David sure does like the velvet suits. I've seen him where velvet a couple of times in the past.

Thanks to The Press Association for this article dated 12/31/07.


I thought I'd bring in the new year with my favorite scene from "Blackpool". I love hearing David sing and wish it were me sitting across from him and dancing with him. I can't tell you how many times I've watched this.

The song is "Should I Stay?" by Gabrielle.

Thank you to cassandrakitten for uploading this.

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