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Monday, March 31, 2008


The most powerful actor in television is also, by all accounts, the nicest bloke in showbiz

By Tim Walker
Saturday, 29 March 2008

British drama boasts but a handful of truly timeless roles. Many attempt to play them, and many fall short of perfection. Few get the chance to take on two such characters, but this year David Tennant has just that opportunity.

In July, Tennant begins a season in Stratford, playing Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Though this versatile and popular actor may never find himself heading up the list of great Danes that includes Mark Rylance, David Warner and Laurence Olivier, his reputation as a British cultural icon is nonetheless secure. A poll conducted by the BBC in 2006 found that he was the nation's favourite Doctor Who – beating Jon Pertwee, Christopher Eccleston and even Tom Baker to the title. Last year Tennant, who is 36, came in at number 24 in a recent media power list, making him the most powerful actor in television. He's also, by all accounts, the nicest bloke in showbiz.

Doctor Who returns next week for its fourth series (and Tennant's third) since it was so successfully relaunched by writer-producer Russell T Davies in 2005. The Doctor's latest adventures are, as ever, under wraps, the plot twists and turns as shrouded in secrecy as a new Harry Potter novel. What is known, beyond the fact that Catherine Tate will be playing the Time Lord's assistant, is that Tennant's sparkling performances will carry the show again.

"In this series we've pushed the Doctor further than he's ever gone before," says Davies. "I've made 39 episodes with David now, and I'm still going, 'My God, I've never seen him do that before.' He's just limitless. Sometimes you find yourself writing for actors and allowing for their traits. There's nothing worse than sitting at your desk at two in the morning thinking, 'I can't have them cry in this scene, because they're no good at crying,' which you find with actors sometimes.

"But there's none of that with David. You can watch him in Doctor Who, and then in a serious drama like Recovery [in which he played a husband recovering from a serious head injury], and it's like you're watching a different man. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire he has a small part, but it's a perfect little distillation of evil. You can write anything for him. You're never bored, and you never want him to have bad lines of dialogue. You want to do your best for him."

Last year Tennant won the National Television Award for most popular actor. The BBC has such confidence in that popularity that it has given him time off to play Hamlet, a commitment that rules out a Doctor Who series for 2009. Instead, there will be three bank holiday specials spread through next year, with a fifth full series reaching our screens in 2010, to which Tennant is already informally committed.

"I think it's genuinely exciting that he's playing Hamlet," says Davies. "I keep asking him what he's going to do with it and he doesn't know yet. He hasn't had time to concentrate, but it's a brilliant bit of casting. You'll get people in that theatre who would never normally go and watch Hamlet at the RSC. There'll be kids there who, in 60 years' time, will remember when they saw their first Hamlet."

Tennant has a thoroughly congenial reputation, and not just among luvvies. Newspaper diarists, who often find themselves at the sharp end of a dressing down from a celebrity, say he's a perfect gentleman, always polite and ready to talk when cornered at a media event. He is one of the few public figures approved by celebrity gossip site Popbitch, which has posted more than one tale of Tennant's loveliness and largesse. And Davies positively gushes with praise for his star. "People can get tired and ratty on set, but David never does. There must be times when he feels low, but he feels the responsibility of leading the team. It's not his job to lead. As an actor, he could be miserable as fuck if he wanted to be. But he's a proper leader of men."

Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian in 1971, the son of a local minister in Paisley, who later became a national figure as Moderator of the Church of Scotland. After taking part in the BBC's genealogy documentary strand Who Do You Think You Are? in 2006, Tennant learned that the Northern Irish branch of his family had been embroiled in the Troubles. He was unsettled to hear of his ancestors' involvement with the Orange Order, but glad to reveal that his grandfather, Archie McLeod, was a professional footballer with Derry City FC.

A fanatical Doctor Who fan even as a toddler, Tennant claims he told his parents he wanted to be an actor aged just three, so inspired was he by the Pertwee and Baker incarnations of his fictional hero. Thus he knows full well the enormous responsibility that comes with the role. "Playing the Doctor is a massive duty," says Davies. "David is brilliant with the kids and other fans who accost him in public. The glorious thing is that he was there as a child, loving Tom Baker and Peter Davison, so he knows how important it is to a kid when they meet him."

After leaving Paisley Grammar School, Tennant trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he adopted his stage name after reading an article on Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant. Among the institution's many esteemed alumni are Robert Carlyle, Alan Cumming and James McAvoy. After graduating, Tennant found work with the Scottish agitprop theatre company 7:84, so named for the 7 per cent of the UK's population who supposedly control 84 per cent of its wealth. Like that other famous son of the manse, Gordon Brown, Tennant is a lifelong socialist, and even appeared in a party political broadcast for the Labour Party in 2005.

He moved to London in the early 1990s to lodge with his friend, the comic actress and writer Arabella Weir, whose success with The Fast Show soon rubbed off on her flatmate. During the 1990s, he worked often with the RSC, and switched between comedy and tragedy with ease, playing Touchstone in As You Like It in 1996, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in 2000. Though it's television that gave him the fame necessary to play Hamlet, Tennant has always said the theatre is his natural home. He will be joined in Stratford this summer by another sci-fi Shakespearean, Star Trek's Patrick Stewart, as Hamlet's treacherous uncle Claudius.

In 1996, Tennant appeared in Michael Winterbottom's film of Jude, which starred the ninth Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston. By then the young Scot was a BBC regular, taking larger and larger roles in the corporation's dramas, working for a decade to achieve his eventual, "overnight" success. In 2004, he landed one of the lead roles in the corporation's hit musical drama Blackpool. Doctor Who, and all that part entailed, followed, but Tennant has maintained a busy itinerary full of other projects, including the forthcoming biopic Einstein and Eddington, in which he plays Einstein's contemporary, Sir Arthur Eddington.

Tennant's private life has occasionally been the subject of decidedly non-fevered tabloid speculation. After splitting with his long-term girlfriend Sophia Myles last year, he was briefly rumoured to be dating Kylie Minogue, who appeared in a Christmas special episode of Doctor Who. Tennant has since confirmed that he's in a relationship with a low-profile BBC colleague, Bethan Britton. His co-stars have nothing but praise for his talents and his character, and there's never been a whiff of scandal about him.

The Pink Paper once granted Tennant the title of "sexiest man in the universe", but despite having played Casanova for a BBC3 miniseries, Tennant's good looks are not of the movie star variety. He is skinny and angular, with limbs that can flail with comic urgency as Doctor Who, or crazed hostility as they did when he played the deranged Barty Crouch Jr in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. His tall, lean physiognomy will set him apart from the other notable Hamlets of recent years – among them the chubby Simon Russell Beale, the slight Ben Whishaw and the testosteronic Toby Stephens.

He won the role of Doctor Who after impressing Davies on the set of Casanova in 2005, but even Davies himself has been shocked by the wild success of the show and its star. "The show's success is so mad that I don't think any of us will get our heads round it till it's all over and we look back on it in 10 years' time and say, 'Blimey, that was weird,'" says the writer.

"But I think what the public like about David is his energy. He glitters on screen; there's a vitality to him that is undeniably what has worked with the Doctor. On set we're surrounded by props and monsters and explosions and things often go wrong. When they do we say to each other, 'Well, at least we've got David.' We put the camera on him and it just comes to life."

A Life in Brief

BORN David John McDonald, 18 April 1971, Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland.

FAMILY One of three siblings to Reverend Alexander McDonald, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland. Tennant's grandfather, Archie McLeod, was a professional footballer for Derry City FC.

EDUCATION Paisley Grammar School, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

CAREER Tennant joined the Scottish Theatre Group 7:84 after graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy. His subsequent stage roles include the Black Prince in Edward III (1999) and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (2000). Television work includes roles in Rab C Nesbitt (1993), Takin' Over the Asylum (1996), Blackpool (2004), He Knew He Was Right (2004), Casanova (2005), Recovery (2007) and Doctor Who (2005-2008). Tennant has also appeared on film in Jude (1996), Bright Young Things (2003) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

HE SAYS "The highlight should be wherever you are now. I certainly don't think the best is all behind me. I often stop when I'm doing something, in the middle of rehearsals or some other job, and I try to take a minute to think, 'OK, this might be as good as it gets, so drink it in, appreciate it now.' So far, I've been lucky because another job has always come along to equal the last."

THEY SAY "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 all my acting questions and he always supports what I do." - Former Doctor Who co-star Billie Piper.

This very nice article was at The Independent.

Sunday, March 30, 2008


Fri 4 Apr, 10:35 pm - 11:35 pm 60mins

Jonathan Ross is joined by David Tennant, the tenth Dr Who to occupy the legendary Tardis, and his new companion Catherine Tate, who joins him for the fourth season of BBC One's universally-popular series. Guests also include British film icon John Hurt talking about his new movie The Oxford Murders, while there's music from Radiohead performing live in the studio.

This program write up is from BBC One's listings.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


With much thanks to alucard3051 at YouTube, here's David's second time guest hosting the show. :-D

Be sure to watch it before YouTube finds it and removes it. If you want to download it to watch again and again, go to It's free and, even though it may take a few tries, it does a great job at converting the videos.

WARNING: THIS SHOW CONTAINS PROFANITY. Since this is 'The Friday Night Project', that's no surprise.

Friday, March 28, 2008


28th March
The second show of the series will be hosted by the mercurial David Tennant. The good doctor will also be joined by his Doctor Who sidekick Freema Agyeman and reality TV star Suzanna Shaw. Blasting out some boss tuneage will be The Wombats.

Yea! Freema is going to be there!

Go to The Friday Night Project to see this article.


Has Time Finally Run Out For The Doctor?

Mar 28 2008

IT seems even Time Lord David Tennant can't stop the years taking their toll.

The Scots Doctor Who star is far from "Dalektable" as a kilted OAP and looks as though he'd be more at home on Still Game.

Tennant was transformed for his guest host role on tonight's Friday Night Project. He also teams up with regular presenter Justin Lee Collins to impersonate The Proclaimers.

But the biggest laughs will be for his Carry On-style Doctor Who spoof, where he delivers saucy one-liners and tends to a Cyber-Man.

Tennant's last stint on the hit show in May saw him appear in drag.

In case you don't understand, OAP means Old Age Pensioner. Still Game is a BBC Scotland show about Old Age Pensioners.

I love David's comedic talents and I'm dying to see this. Keeping my fingers crossed that some nice Brit will upload it to YouTube after it airs tonight.

This article appears at The Daily Record.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Doctor Who Partners In Crime Date & Time Confirmed

The BBC have officially announced that Series Four of Doctor Who will commence with Partners In Crime at 6.20pm on Saturday 05 April 2008, BBC One.
Tell all your friends, cancel any prior engagements and settle down for what promises to be the most spectacular series of Doctor Who yet!As always, Doctor Who Confidential will be going behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew, starting at 7.05pm on BBC Three.

This article is here.

My excitement is growing as time goes by!


When David researched his role in 'Recovery' he spent time at Headway Essex, and as a result become its Patron. The mission of Headway Essex is "to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and to provide information, support, and services to people with acquired brain injury, their families, and carers". When someone makes a donation to Headway Essex he/she will receive a card personally signed by David. There is an order form at the Headway Essex website.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


This is a very nice video from JDTechie at YouTube. It includes Billie Piper, Christopher Eccleston and David.

I really like this song. It's 'Rule the World' by Take That. I think it goes very well with 'Doctor Who'.

Monday, March 24, 2008


This is the same trailer shown in the movie theaters in the UK. It was shown on BBC One on Saturday, March 22, 2008. What's nice about this is we can see and hear it a lot better.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


WARNING: Explicit language

I've seen the whole movie and it's very good. Besides the explicit language, there's nudity and sex so this movie isn't for anyone underage or for anyone who doesn't like to watch that sort of thing. This clip is the only part of the movie David appears in.

According to some comments on YouTube, David does an excellent job of using a Yorkshire accent. I personally think he sounds good no matter what accent he's using.

Saturday, March 22, 2008


I found the most beautiful video by SpiritedAway at YouTube. It makes me cry every time I watch it. The lovely song is Memories by Within Temptation.

Friday, March 21, 2008


Doctor delight
Kevin Maguire 19/03/2008

In his never-ending fight against David Cameron's Cybercons, Gordon Brown has enlisted a powerful ally: Doctor Who, aka David Tennant.

The Time Lord's a good man to have on your side, so Tennant's lavish praise at a Labour fundraiser must be worth a few seats.

The Doctor shuddered at the memory of the reign of the Maggie monster in the 80s then confessed he was "thrille d, delighted and frankly overwhelmed" to be with Brown.

As endorsements go, that's as good as it gets. A flushed female union leader called him a sex god. Tennant, not Brown.

So next time the Cybercons' leader claims Britain's going back to the 70s, the PM should take him in the Tardis to prove it's untrue.

But before that Brown needs a new gag writer after a quip at the Old Etonian posturing as a New Tory was about as as deadly as Mickey Mouse.

"In the next series if your Daleks suddenly become change Daleks, if they become environmental Daleks, if they become familyfriendly Daleks, remember the Daleks never change their spots," he joked.

Spots? Daleks have metal panels. Exterminate that gag!

The Cybercons is a term this article is using for the Conservative Party in the UK. Gordon Brown is in the Labour Party, the party David supports. I don't know much beyond this about UK politics. I had to look this up at Wikipedia.

This article is at the Mirror.

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Ask David Anything! Send Your Question Now!

The Friday Night Project are looking for huge fans of David to come along to London Studios next Thursday evening (27/04/08) and quiz David in "Ask Me Anything" - the part of the show where the audience get to ask the guest host everything and anything! If you're interested in grilling David then please email

The date should be 27/03/08 instead of 27/04/08. This is broadcast the night after it's taped. I hope someone uploads it so the David Tennant fans in the US can see it.

This article is at

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


New Series Trailer - Next Saturday
March 17, 2008 • Posted By Marcus

The BBC has confirmed that the Season Four cinema trailer will make its debut on British Television on Saturday 22nd March 2008. As well as being shown on BBC One around 7pm, the preview will be available on the official BBC Website.

With David Tennant and Catherine Tate now confirmed as guests on the BBC1 Jonathan Ross show on Friday 4th April, it is looking likely that the series will return to BBC1 on Saturday 5th April 2008.

18th March Update: The new edition of the Radio Times has the trailer listed as Doctor Who Series Four Preview, between the film Toy Story and casting show I'll Do Anything at about 7:05pm.

(note: the BBC website have corrected a previous broadcast date of 29th March as reported yesterday)

I know Series 4 starts on April 18, 2008 on SciFi. Of course, SciFi's Series 4 starting episode is 'Voyage of the Damned', the 2007 Christmas Special. This means the episode broadcast on April 5 in the UK, 'Partners in Crime', will be aired on April 25 in the US. That doesn't mean we have to wait 20 days to see it though. I'll be sure to give information about where to find a pre-broadcast version of the episode as soon as I find it. ;-)

Is anyone else getting excited about Series 4?

This story appears at Outpost Gallifrey.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


After having just watched 'Human Nature' this past weekend on BBC America, I found an interview David had done in the June, 2007 Doctor Who Magazine about filming this episode. Click here to read it.

I never knew David had been sick when filming this episode. He's such a good actor I couldn't tell he wasn't feeling well.

'Human Nature/The Family of Blood' is one of my favorite stories in Series 3. I feel so sorry for Martha's "not being on the list" with the Doctor. I love the video he made for Martha and how he can't remember whether he's at number three or number four. I'm amazed at how different John Smith is from the Doctor. David's superb acting makes it seem like John Smith and the Doctor truly are two different men. In my opinion, 'Human Nature/The Family of Blood' is one of the best stories of 'Doctor Who'.

Monday, March 17, 2008


Here's John Barrowman interviewing David on 'This Morning' on April 12, 2006. This show was broadcast three days before 'New Earth' was shown. It's the first time David and John really talked to one another.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


This is a video at VEOH by oJESSo. The music is by Muse. I love, love, love their music. Their songs go so well with Doctor Who.

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Billie is gunning for the Daleks
BILLIE PIPER does her best impression of Sarah Connor in The Terminator as she storms through the streets with a huge gun to battle the Daleks.

But things are looking bleak for the Doctor as his lifeless body lays sprawled on the ground.

The dramatic scenes are an exclusive glimpse of the new series of Doctor Who, which airs later this year.

The Doctor (David Tennant) is blasted by a flying Dalek and ex-assistant Rose (Billie) tries to revive him.

The spectacular Dalek invasion of Earth was filmed in the early hours of yesterday morning on the streets of Cardiff.

Captain Jack (John Barrowman), new assistant Donna (Catherine Tate), old travelling companion Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and Rose’s mum Jackie (Camille Coduri) were also on the set.

This story is at The Sun.

So, Rose and the Doctor are in a scene together. I wonder if he actually gets to see her. It's so hard to have to wait to see this.

Friday, March 14, 2008


I found this beautiful video by tenluver at YouTube. The song is With or Without You by U2. I love this song. It goes so well with the video.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Padme0 at YouTube uploaded this video. It's a short clip from Doctor Who Confidential for The Girl in the Fireplace. The music is 'Do You Believe in Magic' by The Lovin' Spoonful. Even though they've broken up, it's a nice moment to watch.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


I found this very, very short behind the scenes clip of David with John Barrowman at

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


This was a surprise to me when I found it. Cassiekitty123 at YouTube uploaded this. I love the part where David is squirting the water.

Monday, March 10, 2008


This is one of my favorite Tenth Doctor and Rose moments. Very touching and telling about the feelings between the Doctor and Rose. It's from The Impossible Planet. This is something plenty of fanfic could be written about.

Sunday, March 9, 2008


RTS Programme Award nominations

Actor - male

Andrew Garfield - Boy A (Cuba Pictures for Channel 4)
Matthew Macfadyen - Secret Life (Kudos Production for Channel 4)
David Tennant - Recovery/Doctor Who (Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC1/BBC Wales in association with CBC for BBC1)

Drama series

Doctor Who (BBC Wales in association with CBC for BBC1)
Skins (Company Pictures for E4)
The Street (Granada for BBC1)

Science and natural history

Horizon: Everest - Doctors In The Death Zone (Discovery Channel for BBC2)
Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives (BBC Scotland for BBC4)
The Human Footprint (Touch for Channel 4)

I've included the catagories involved with David in my post. If you're wondering why the Science and natural history catagory is here, it's because David narrated 'The Human Footprint'.

Read all the nominations here.

Saturday, March 8, 2008


Here's a new preview of Doctor Who Series 4. This trailer is only being shown in theaters according to some YouTubers in the UK. The quality isn't very good (especially the sound) since it's a video of what's being shown on the movie screen. I looked at a number of the YouTube uploads and used the best one I could find.

I'm so excited about Series 4! I know I'll end up watching any of the episodes I can find online. I won't be able to wait for them to be shown on SciFi. Anyhow, I'd rather see the whole episode online than see a cut down version on American TV.

Much thanks to all those UK YouTubers who managed to video and upload this. It gives the rest of the world a chance to see everything without waiting so long. :-D

Friday, March 7, 2008


This lovely video features David in 'Casanova'. The song is 'Forbidden Love' by Madonna. Madonna's beautiful song fits well since Casanova's and Henriette's love truly was forbidden. The more I watch this video the more I like it.

Thanks to sxcbiatch at YouTube for this video.

Thursday, March 6, 2008


Rumors keep popping up about the BBC's time-travel show Doctor Who, including persistent reports that David Tennant will definitely leave the show before or during 2009's three TV movies, and a replacement has been named. (The show's fifth season doesn't air until 2010.) And now some drastic reports have popped up about the show's adult spin-off about a secret alien-hunting organization, Torchwood. Whether these reports have even a sliver of truth, major changes look increasingly likely next year.

According to the rumors, David Tennant is definitely leaving Doctor Who next year, to be replaced by Robert Carlyle (from Transpotting and The Full Monty.) (This part of the rumor has already been debunked, by Carlyle himself.)

Meanwhile, sources claim Torchwood will look very different in its third season. It'll lose three of its main characters: Captain Jack (John Barrowman), Owen (Burn Gorman) and Tosh (Naoko Mori.) Of those three, Captain Jack may guest star in a few episodes. Meanwhile, Martha (Freema Agyeman), who recently guest-starred on Torchwood, will join the spin-off's cast full-time. And the show will be more family-friendly and air in the same time-slot as Doctor Who. It may also have fewer episodes and serve as a sort of "filler" show for when Who is off the air.

I wonder if this rumor is like all the others....untrue. I sure hope David isn't leaving. The fact that Robert Carlyle has denied being Doctor 11, makes this sound like another confabulation.

I hope the 'Torchwood' rumor isn't true either. It wouldn't be as good being more family oriented. And, it wouldn't be 'Torchwood' without Captain Jack!

This story is here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Here's a short interview with David and John Simm by Jools Holland, and a performance of "2 Hearts" by Kylie Minogue. This is from Jools Holland's 2007 New Year's Eve Hootenanny. We get to see a bit of David dancing!

Thanks to Garrywat at YouTube for uploading this.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


This is one of David's first interviews after becoming the Doctor. They're already asking him about when he's leaving!

Much thanks to LovesMrDavidTennant at YouTube for uploading this.

Monday, March 3, 2008


Thanks to xDisneygalx at YouTube for this video full of David kisses. I'd love to be one of those women! How could Sophia Myles ever want to leave him!

Sunday, March 2, 2008


Dr Who star splash lands in Cardiff

Feb 29 2008 Western Mail

TIMELORD David Tennant was finally beaten by an invader from the skies – he was caught in a torrential downpour while filming the new Doctor Who series.

Tennant, 36, was drenched as he stepped out of the Tardis on the set of the new series of the sci-fi drama.

Tennant, who plays the time-travelling doctor in the hit BBC One show, still managed to cut a dapper figure in his pinstripe suit as he signed autographs for fans who braved the weather.

Tennant was filming a scene in a Cardiff suburb from the next series due to be screened this spring.

Catherine Tate, who plays Dr Who’s assistant in the new series, which hits screens next month, was also on set but kept well out of the rain.

Aww, how sweet of David to sign autographs out in the rain. He's so nice!

This was at

Saturday, March 1, 2008


Column: Quality goes unnoticed in some underrated TV shows

Gabriel McVey, CT regular columnist
Friday, February 29; 12:00 AM

..... David Tennant is a seriously underappreciated actor.

Having only seen him in a bit part of one of the "Harry Potter" movies, I didn't really get a chance to see his chops but anybody who can be that compelling in dialogue with a Dalek (if you don't know, it's basically a trash-can-alien) deserves a second look from directors and producers everywhere.

"Dr. Who" is still every bit as delightfully cheesy and over-the-top as it was when I watched it in syndication on WVIZ (Lorain/Cleveland PBS) as a boy. Tennant brings a new angle to the role, while preserving what was so lovable back in the day. .......

Gabriel McVey is so right about David's under-appreciation in the US. That's because his work isn't seen as much outside of the UK. I know the only way I've seen a lot of David's movies is on my computer. Thank goodness for YouTube and a number of other video sites. At least, in Britain, it seems he's one of the most noticed actors around.

You can read the entire article at

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