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.