DOCTOR WHO actor DAVID TENNANT was almost exterminated in real life - after a deadly bout of appendicitis.
The British actor needed emergency surgery on a burst appendix - and almost died after the operation.
Tennant's friend tells British newspaper the Daily Mirror, "It was touch and go and it was feared he might not make it."
The 36-year-old - who was nine at the time of the operation - was hospitalised for two weeks.
This is something I've never read about before. What an awful thing for him and his family to have gone through.
I can't stand how they use the Doctor Who terminology 'almost exterminated' for such a serious real life occurrence. Sometimes the people who write these things go a bit too far.
I wonder who the friend is.
This story was at Contact Music.