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->''I believe the traditional answer is "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors Splendid chaps, all of them.]]"''
-->'''David Tennant''' when asked which Doctor was his favourite, Comic-Con 2009.

->''Reminder: You are not Doctor Who’s biggest fan because David Tennant is still alive.''
-->[[http://fivetimestwo.tumblr.com/post/41955650200/goddam-i-am-reminder-you-are-not-doctor-whos seen on Tumblr.]]

A Lothian-born bloke, David Tennant was born David [=MacDonald=], but had to adopt a screen name for [[OneSteveLimit guild reasons]] (the "Tennant" coming from the last name of Neil Tennant of PetShopBoys, whom David read an article about while at school). Best known for being [[Series/DoctorWho The Tenth Doctor]], as well as the lead role in a ''Series/{{Casanova}}'' miniseries. In ''Film/HarryPotter and the Goblet of Fire'', his character is played by Brendan Gleeson for most of the movie, but Tennant does get a few scenes to display his..."[[SlasherSmile eager]]" face (his face is wonderfully expressive, as you can see in any of his TV or film work). Played "Dangerous Beans" in a BBC radio adaptation of the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents''. Did manage to get a role as a ''[[UnsettlingGenderReveal very]]'' convincing pre-op transsexual on ''Rab C. Nesbitt''. Has auditioned several times for ''{{Taggart}}'' and failed each time.

In 2008, he played the eponymous character in the Great Performances production of ''{{Hamlet}}'' from the Royal Shakespeare Company alongside Creator/PatrickStewart. The film adaptation can be viewed on Creator/{{PBS}}' [[http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/hamlet/watch-the-film/980/ website.]] In 2011, he played Benedick [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine opposite]] CatherineTate in a production of ''MuchAdoAboutNothing''.

Tennant is also a PromotedFanboy. A ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan since childhood, he specifically went into acting to play the Doctor ([[RunningTheAsylum in a strange case of irony]], his first big role was in something called ''TakinOverTheAsylum'') and has shown himself to be quite knowledgeable about the history of the series in interviews. He JumpedAtTheCall for bit parts when ''ScreamOfTheShalka'' and AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho were produced, auditioned for the part of the Ninth Doctor in 2005, and became the Tenth a year later. His Doctor is now rated among the top two of the eleven canon Doctors and he is now regularly winning "Best Doctor" polls.

Contrary to an infamous question on ''The Million-Pound Drop'', he's '''not''' the longest-running Doctor. Hell, ''he doesn't even crack the top three'' (that record still belongs to the seven-year run of Tom Baker, although how one counts the "Wasteland Years" makes this up for debate.)
He left ''Who'' after the 2009 specials. When he initially announced his departure at the National Television Awards, the fangirl ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim and fanboy]]) screams shattered glass fifty miles away. He was replaced by the eleventh doctor Creator/MattSmith.

He married GeorgiaMoffett in December 2011 (and has three children with her, Olive born March 2011, Wilfred born May 2013, and he adopted her older son Ty, who Moffett had at age 16), who not only played his OppositeSexClone in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E6TheDoctorsDaughter The Doctor's Daughter]]" but is also ex-Doctor PeterDavison's real-life daughter. (And guess which role inspired Tennant to go into acting? Right in one. David Tennant is now ''the ultimate'' PromotedFanboy.) Sorry, ladies ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim and gentlemen]]).

Tennant was the host of ''Masterpiece Contemporary'' for one season.

He was hard to avoid on TheBBC on Christmas 2009 - he was even in the {{Station Ident}}s which were repeated concurrently on BBC America.

He is a public supporter of the Labour Party, delivering a very scathing criticism of DavidCameron in early 2010 as well as providing the voiceover for Labour's 2010 Election Broadcast, although he avoided political commentary during his tenure as the Doctor because he felt it was improper. In 2011, he played showy vampire slayer Peter Vincent in the ''FrightNight2011'' remake, and romantically confused author James Neil Arber in ''{{Film/The Decoy Bride}}''. In 2012, he had a minor voice role as Professor Huyang, the lightsaber construction droid, in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', a role for which he won a Daytime Emmy. In 2013, he played the role of DI Alec Hardy in {{Series/Broadchurch}} and announced his return for Who for the 50th Anniversary Special. He also hosted ''ComedyWorldCup'', a PanelGame based on comedy history and trivia.

He likes Music/KateBush, Music/{{Coldplay}}, TheProclaimers, ''Come Dine With Me'', ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', and Honey Nut Shredded Wheat. [[NeverMindTheBuzzcocks Deal with it.]]
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!!Tropes commonly associated with David Tennant, or even applicable to him in RealLife:
* ActorAllusion: Referenced his most [[Series/DoctorWho famous role]] in a Virgin Media advert, although it was swiftly pulled at the BBC's request. [[note]]The BBC have a no-advertising policy and people might think they were being paid for it.[[/note]]
* {{Adorkable}}
* CastIncest: While playing the Doctor, he met (and is now married to) the actress who played [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E6TheDoctorsDaughter the Doctor's]] [[GeorgiaMoffett daughter]]. And now they have a daughter and a son, and he adopted her older son. As noted above, for extra bonus points Miss Moffett is the real-life daughter of Peter Davison. (Start thinking too hard about how the ActorAllusion works out and you may wind up in MyOwnGrampa territory.)
* CutenessProximity: "I'm not a big fan of cats, traditionally," noted David on an episode of ''Series/DoctorWhoConfidential'' over footage of him playing with [[CuteKitten a kitten]] and subsequently refusing to put it down.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Due to the Tenth Doctor lighting the cauldron for the London 2012 [[OlympicGames Olympics]] in the episode "Fear Her," there were online petitions to have Tennant light it for real. (Such as [[http://www.petitiononline.com/Drwh2012/petition.html this one.]]) The fans possibly did have something to do with the Doctor actually carrying the Olympic torch, but it was [[Creator/MattSmith the current one]] and he only ran for one leg of it in Cardiff instead of actually lighting the flame in London. Also, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the TARDIS was heard warping in]] during the opening ceremonies.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: His Beatrice in 2011's ''Much Ado'' was real-life close friend and former ''Who'' co-star CatherineTate -- see VitriolicBestBuds below.
* {{Keet}}: He frolics. At 6 foot 1, the only thing he can't tick off on the list is short.
* LargeHam: [[Series/DoctorWho THE LAWS OF TIME ARE]] ''[[AGodAmI HIS!]]'' '''[[FreakOut AND THEY WILL OBEY HIM!!!]]'''
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Counts Music/BilliePiper (Rose Tyler) and CatherineTate (Donna Noble) among his good friends, but despite massive ActorShipping has never been romantically involved with either.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: When the mysterious (and very important) character River Song first showed up in ''Series/DoctorWho'', Creator/StevenMoffat refused to tell anyone who she was. The Doctor's confusion is absolutely genuine.
* [[MayDecemberRomance May-September Romance]]: Tennant is nearly fourteen years older than GeorgiaMoffett.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: While the Doctor is Tennant's more memorable role, remember that Tennant also played Barty Crouch, Jr. in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. The sheer contrast between the homicidal lunacy of Barty Crouch Jr. and his adorkable and cuddly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ftWHm9ii98 interview at the Goblet of Fire premiere]] is a sight to behold.
** For a better example, see him in his early ''Series/TheBill'' appearance where he played a kidnapper. Or for the ultimate example: see him as Brendan Block in ''SecretSmile''.
* MeaningfulName: David [=TEN-nant=] was the Tenth Doctor.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 42, but could easily be more than a few years younger, like mid-thirties.
** It has its limits, though. He couldn't ''quite'' pull off the 19-year-old Barty Crouch Jr shown in a flashback in ''Goblet of Fire''.
* OneOfUs: Being a PromotedFanboy of ''Who'', this is to be expected. Also visible in his video diary footage are ''StarWars'' figures and ''Series/TheWestWing'' [=DVDs=]. He also said he was a fan of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' at Comic-Con, unfortunately at the same time as denying that his [[BadassLongcoat long brown coat]] was a deliberate reference to them.
* PromotedFanboy: Let's count the ways.
** Grew up a huge fan of the Doctor, and got into acting specifically to play him.
** Was a big fan of Sarah Jane Smith (of course, who isn't?); got to work with Creator/ElisabethSladen in "School Reunion" and "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith", and was able to give Sarah Jane the "goodbye" from the Doctor she's been waiting decades for. Then was asked to write the foreword to Sladen's autobiography after her untimely death in 2011.
** Was a big fan of the Fifth Doctor, and got the chance to work with PeterDavison (as the Fifth Doctor) in the special "Time Crash", and then with Davison's daughter GeorgiaMoffett in "The Doctor's Daughter".
*** However, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSVO3n08At8&feature=endscreen his favorite doctor is "the one he grew up with"]], or the Fourth Doctor, TomBaker.
** Furthermore, now that he's married to Davison's daughter GeorgiaMoffett, not only is he Davison's fan, he's also his son-in-law. Someone give him the PromotedFanboy crown, please.
** He's a big ''StarWars'' fan, and played a role in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars.''
*** During which he got into a pissing match with ''R2-D2.''
** As of this point, he is to the average PromotedFanboy as Vespasian was to the average Roman politician.
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Giving his incarnation of the Doctor these was his idea, in order to provide a hero for children with glasses.
* RomanceOnTheSet: How he met both former girlfriend Sophia Myles ("The Girl in the Fireplace") and wife GeorgiaMoffett ("The Doctor's Daughter").
* {{Squee}}: Tends to get this reaction a lot from his [[MrFanservice hordes of fangirls]] (and JohnBarrowman, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfq5UAk1Bxc when David kissed him at a con]]). As for David himself, he did this as a in- '''and''' out-of-universe version as the Tenth Doctor/himself to the Fifth Doctor/Peter Davison in "Time Crash".
** You can hear the fanboying in his head (and see it all over his face) when he meets Creator/ElisabethSladen as Sarah Jane as the Doctor in "School Reunion".
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and CatherineTate are close friends in real life (and have been since they first met while filming the Doctor Who Christmas Special in 2006), and have done various shows together - aside from ''Who'', they've done a few one-off ''[[TheCatherineTateShow Catherine Tate Show]]'' charity skits together and a theatre run of ''Much Ado About Nothing'' in 2011). Every time, they always seem to be on opposite sides of a [[SnarkToSnarkCombat snark-off]], and their chemistry seems to be at its best when they're sniping at each other.
* WhatMightHaveBeen: He tried out for the part of Hannibal Lecter in ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', but lost out to Mads Mikkelsen. Creator/BryanFuller was so impressed by his audition, however, that he stated he would like to cast him in a guest role on the show playing a psychopathic serial killer one day.
** Back to ''Who'' again, when asked why he left the show when he did, he said that with Russell T. Davies stepping down, it simply seemed like a logical place for it to happen. He then went on to say that if he knew Steven Moffat was the one picking up where Davies left off, that might have been the one thing that would have convinced him to stay.
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->''I believe the traditional answer is "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors Splendid chaps, all of them.]]"''
-->'''David Tennant''' when asked which Doctor was his favourite, Comic-Con 2009.

->''Reminder: You are not Doctor Who’s biggest fan because David Tennant is still alive.''
-->[[http://fivetimestwo.tumblr.com/post/41955650200/goddam-i-am-reminder-you-are-not-doctor-whos seen on Tumblr.]]

A Lothian-born bloke, David Tennant was born David [=MacDonald=], but had to adopt a screen name for [[OneSteveLimit guild reasons]] (the "Tennant" coming from the last name of Neil Tennant of PetShopBoys, whom David read an article about while at school). Best known for being [[Series/DoctorWho The Tenth Doctor]], as well as the lead role in a ''Series/{{Casanova}}'' miniseries. In ''Film/HarryPotter and the Goblet of Fire'', his character is played by Brendan Gleeson for most of the movie, but Tennant does get a few scenes to display his..."[[SlasherSmile eager]]" face (his face is wonderfully expressive, as you can see in any of his TV or film work). Played "Dangerous Beans" in a BBC radio adaptation of the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents''. Did manage to get a role as a ''[[UnsettlingGenderReveal very]]'' convincing pre-op transsexual on ''Rab C. Nesbitt''. Has auditioned several times for ''{{Taggart}}'' and failed each time.

In 2008, he played the eponymous character in the Great Performances production of ''{{Hamlet}}'' from the Royal Shakespeare Company alongside Creator/PatrickStewart. The film adaptation can be viewed on Creator/{{PBS}}' [[http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/hamlet/watch-the-film/980/ website.]] In 2011, he played Benedick [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine opposite]] CatherineTate in a production of ''MuchAdoAboutNothing''.

Tennant is also a PromotedFanboy. A ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan since childhood, he specifically went into acting to play the Doctor ([[RunningTheAsylum in a strange case of irony]], his first big role was in something called ''TakinOverTheAsylum'') and has shown himself to be quite knowledgeable about the history of the series in interviews. He JumpedAtTheCall for bit parts when ''ScreamOfTheShalka'' and AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho were produced, auditioned for the part of the Ninth Doctor in 2005, and became the Tenth a year later. His Doctor is now rated among the top two of the eleven canon Doctors and he is now regularly winning "Best Doctor" polls.

Contrary to an infamous question on ''The Million-Pound Drop'', he's '''not''' the longest-running Doctor. Hell, ''he doesn't even crack the top three'' (that record still belongs to the seven-year run of Tom Baker, although how one counts the "Wasteland Years" makes this up for debate.)
He left ''Who'' after the 2009 specials. When he initially announced his departure at the National Television Awards, the fangirl ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim and fanboy]]) screams shattered glass fifty miles away. He was replaced by the eleventh doctor Creator/MattSmith.

He married GeorgiaMoffett in December 2011 (and has three children with her, Olive born March 2011, Wilfred born May 2013, and he adopted her older son Ty, who Moffett had at age 16), who not only played his OppositeSexClone in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E6TheDoctorsDaughter The Doctor's Daughter]]" but is also ex-Doctor PeterDavison's real-life daughter. (And guess which role inspired Tennant to go into acting? Right in one. David Tennant is now ''the ultimate'' PromotedFanboy.) Sorry, ladies ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim and gentlemen]]).

Tennant was the host of ''Masterpiece Contemporary'' for one season.

He was hard to avoid on TheBBC on Christmas 2009 - he was even in the {{Station Ident}}s which were repeated concurrently on BBC America.

He is a public supporter of the Labour Party, delivering a very scathing criticism of DavidCameron in early 2010 as well as providing the voiceover for Labour's 2010 Election Broadcast, although he avoided political commentary during his tenure as the Doctor because he felt it was improper. In 2011, he played showy vampire slayer Peter Vincent in the ''FrightNight2011'' remake, and romantically confused author James Neil Arber in ''{{Film/The Decoy Bride}}''. In 2012, he had a minor voice role as Professor Huyang, the lightsaber construction droid, in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', a role for which he won a Daytime Emmy. In 2013, he played the role of DI Alec Hardy in {{Series/Broadchurch}} and announced his return for Who for the 50th Anniversary Special. He also hosted ''ComedyWorldCup'', a PanelGame based on comedy history and trivia.

He likes Music/KateBush, Music/{{Coldplay}}, TheProclaimers, ''Come Dine With Me'', ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', and Honey Nut Shredded Wheat. [[NeverMindTheBuzzcocks Deal with it.]]
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!!Tropes commonly associated with David Tennant, or even applicable to him in RealLife:
* ActorAllusion: Referenced his most [[Series/DoctorWho famous role]] in a Virgin Media advert, although it was swiftly pulled at the BBC's request. [[note]]The BBC have a no-advertising policy and people might think they were being paid for it.[[/note]]
* {{Adorkable}}
* CastIncest: While playing the Doctor, he met (and is now married to) the actress who played [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E6TheDoctorsDaughter the Doctor's]] [[GeorgiaMoffett daughter]]. And now they have a daughter and a son, and he adopted her older son. As noted above, for extra bonus points Miss Moffett is the real-life daughter of Peter Davison. (Start thinking too hard about how the ActorAllusion works out and you may wind up in MyOwnGrampa territory.)
* CutenessProximity: "I'm not a big fan of cats, traditionally," noted David on an episode of ''Series/DoctorWhoConfidential'' over footage of him playing with [[CuteKitten a kitten]] and subsequently refusing to put it down.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Due to the Tenth Doctor lighting the cauldron for the London 2012 [[OlympicGames Olympics]] in the episode "Fear Her," there were online petitions to have Tennant light it for real. (Such as [[http://www.petitiononline.com/Drwh2012/petition.html this one.]]) The fans possibly did have something to do with the Doctor actually carrying the Olympic torch, but it was [[Creator/MattSmith the current one]] and he only ran for one leg of it in Cardiff instead of actually lighting the flame in London. Also, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the TARDIS was heard warping in]] during the opening ceremonies.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: His Beatrice in 2011's ''Much Ado'' was real-life close friend and former ''Who'' co-star CatherineTate -- see VitriolicBestBuds below.
* {{Keet}}: He frolics. At 6 foot 1, the only thing he can't tick off on the list is short.
* LargeHam: [[Series/DoctorWho THE LAWS OF TIME ARE]] ''[[AGodAmI HIS!]]'' '''[[FreakOut AND THEY WILL OBEY HIM!!!]]'''
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Counts Music/BilliePiper (Rose Tyler) and CatherineTate (Donna Noble) among his good friends, but despite massive ActorShipping has never been romantically involved with either.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: When the mysterious (and very important) character River Song first showed up in ''Series/DoctorWho'', Creator/StevenMoffat refused to tell anyone who she was. The Doctor's confusion is absolutely genuine.
* [[MayDecemberRomance May-September Romance]]: Tennant is nearly fourteen years older than GeorgiaMoffett.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: While the Doctor is Tennant's more memorable role, remember that Tennant also played Barty Crouch, Jr. in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. The sheer contrast between the homicidal lunacy of Barty Crouch Jr. and his adorkable and cuddly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ftWHm9ii98 interview at the Goblet of Fire premiere]] is a sight to behold.
** For a better example, see him in his early ''Series/TheBill'' appearance where he played a kidnapper. Or for the ultimate example: see him as Brendan Block in ''SecretSmile''.
* MeaningfulName: David [=TEN-nant=] was the Tenth Doctor.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 42, but could easily be more than a few years younger, like mid-thirties.
** It has its limits, though. He couldn't ''quite'' pull off the 19-year-old Barty Crouch Jr shown in a flashback in ''Goblet of Fire''.
* OneOfUs: Being a PromotedFanboy of ''Who'', this is to be expected. Also visible in his video diary footage are ''StarWars'' figures and ''Series/TheWestWing'' [=DVDs=]. He also said he was a fan of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' at Comic-Con, unfortunately at the same time as denying that his [[BadassLongcoat long brown coat]] was a deliberate reference to them.
* PromotedFanboy: Let's count the ways.
** Grew up a huge fan of the Doctor, and got into acting specifically to play him.
** Was a big fan of Sarah Jane Smith (of course, who isn't?); got to work with Creator/ElisabethSladen in "School Reunion" and "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith", and was able to give Sarah Jane the "goodbye" from the Doctor she's been waiting decades for. Then was asked to write the foreword to Sladen's autobiography after her untimely death in 2011.
** Was a big fan of the Fifth Doctor, and got the chance to work with PeterDavison (as the Fifth Doctor) in the special "Time Crash", and then with Davison's daughter GeorgiaMoffett in "The Doctor's Daughter".
*** However, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSVO3n08At8&feature=endscreen his favorite doctor is "the one he grew up with"]], or the Fourth Doctor, TomBaker.
** Furthermore, now that he's married to Davison's daughter GeorgiaMoffett, not only is he Davison's fan, he's also his son-in-law. Someone give him the PromotedFanboy crown, please.
** He's a big ''StarWars'' fan, and played a role in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars.''
*** During which he got into a pissing match with ''R2-D2.''
** As of this point, he is to the average PromotedFanboy as Vespasian was to the average Roman politician.
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Giving his incarnation of the Doctor these was his idea, in order to provide a hero for children with glasses.
* RomanceOnTheSet: How he met both former girlfriend Sophia Myles ("The Girl in the Fireplace") and wife GeorgiaMoffett ("The Doctor's Daughter").
* {{Squee}}: Tends to get this reaction a lot from his [[MrFanservice hordes of fangirls]] (and JohnBarrowman, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfq5UAk1Bxc when David kissed him at a con]]). As for David himself, he did this as a in- '''and''' out-of-universe version as the Tenth Doctor/himself to the Fifth Doctor/Peter Davison in "Time Crash".
** You can hear the fanboying in his head (and see it all over his face) when he meets Creator/ElisabethSladen as Sarah Jane as the Doctor in "School Reunion".
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and CatherineTate are close friends in real life (and have been since they first met while filming the Doctor Who Christmas Special in 2006), and have done various shows together - aside from ''Who'', they've done a few one-off ''[[TheCatherineTateShow Catherine Tate Show]]'' charity skits together and a theatre run of ''Much Ado About Nothing'' in 2011). Every time, they always seem to be on opposite sides of a [[SnarkToSnarkCombat snark-off]], and their chemistry seems to be at its best when they're sniping at each other.
* WhatMightHaveBeen: He tried out for the part of Hannibal Lecter in ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', but lost out to Mads Mikkelsen. Creator/BryanFuller was so impressed by his audition, however, that he stated he would like to cast him in a guest role on the show playing a psychopathic serial killer one day.
** Back to ''Who'' again, when asked why he left the show when he did, he said that with Russell T. Davies stepping down, it simply seemed like a logical place for it to happen. He then went on to say that if he knew Steven Moffat was the one picking up where Davies left off, that might have been the one thing that would have convinced him to stay.
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He's married to GeorgiaMoffett (and has a child with her, Olive), who not only played his OppositeSexClone in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E6TheDoctorsDaughter The Doctor's Daughter]]" but is also ex-Doctor PeterDavison's real-life daughter. (And guess which role inspired Tennant to go into acting? Right in one. David Tennant is now ''the ultimate'' PromotedFanboy.) Sorry, ladies ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim and gentlemen]]).

Tennant is also the current host for ''Masterpiece Contemporary''.

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He's He married to GeorgiaMoffett in December 2011 (and has a child three children with her, Olive), Olive born March 2011, Wilfred born May 2013, and he adopted her older son Ty, who Moffett had at age 16), who not only played his OppositeSexClone in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E6TheDoctorsDaughter The Doctor's Daughter]]" but is also ex-Doctor PeterDavison's real-life daughter. (And guess which role inspired Tennant to go into acting? Right in one. David Tennant is now ''the ultimate'' PromotedFanboy.) Sorry, ladies ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim and gentlemen]]).

Tennant is also was the current host for of ''Masterpiece Contemporary''.
Contemporary'' for one season.



He is a public supporter of the Labour Party, delivering a very scathing criticism of DavidCameron in early 2010 as well as providing the voiceover for Labour's 2010 Election Broadcast, although he avoided political commentary during his tenure as the Doctor because he felt it was improper. In 2011, he played showy vampire slayer Peter Vincent in the ''FrightNight2011'' remake, and romantically confused author James Neil Arber in ''{{Film/The Decoy Bride}}''. In 2012, he had a minor voice role as Professor Huyang, the lightsaber construction droid, in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''. In 2013, he played the role of DI Alec Hardy in {{Series/Broadchurch}} and announced his return for Who for the 50th Anniversary Special. He also hosted ''ComedyWorldCup'', a PanelGame based on comedy history and trivia.

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He is a public supporter of the Labour Party, delivering a very scathing criticism of DavidCameron in early 2010 as well as providing the voiceover for Labour's 2010 Election Broadcast, although he avoided political commentary during his tenure as the Doctor because he felt it was improper. In 2011, he played showy vampire slayer Peter Vincent in the ''FrightNight2011'' remake, and romantically confused author James Neil Arber in ''{{Film/The Decoy Bride}}''. In 2012, he had a minor voice role as Professor Huyang, the lightsaber construction droid, in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', a role for which he won a Daytime Emmy. In 2013, he played the role of DI Alec Hardy in {{Series/Broadchurch}} and announced his return for Who for the 50th Anniversary Special. He also hosted ''ComedyWorldCup'', a PanelGame based on comedy history and trivia.



* CastIncest: While playing the Doctor, he met (and is now married to) the actress who played [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E6TheDoctorsDaughter the Doctor's]] [[GeorgiaMoffett daughter]]. And now they have a daughter. As noted above, for extra bonus points Miss Moffett is the real-life daughter of Peter Davison. (Start thinking too hard about how the ActorAllusion works out and you may wind up in MyOwnGrampa territory.)

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* CastIncest: While playing the Doctor, he met (and is now married to) the actress who played [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E6TheDoctorsDaughter the Doctor's]] [[GeorgiaMoffett daughter]]. And now they have a daughter.daughter and a son, and he adopted her older son. As noted above, for extra bonus points Miss Moffett is the real-life daughter of Peter Davison. (Start thinking too hard about how the ActorAllusion works out and you may wind up in MyOwnGrampa territory.)



* {{Defictionalization}}: Due to the Tenth Doctor lighting the cauldron for the London 2012 [[OlympicGames Olympics]] in the episode "Fear Her," there have been online petitions to have Tennant light it for real. (Such as [[http://www.petitiononline.com/Drwh2012/petition.html this one.]]) The fans possibly did have something to do with the Doctor actually carrying the Olympic torch, but it was [[Creator/MattSmith the current one]] and he only ran for one leg of it in Cardiff instead of actually lighting the flame in London. Also, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the TARDIS was heard warping in]] during the opening ceremonies.

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* {{Defictionalization}}: Due to the Tenth Doctor lighting the cauldron for the London 2012 [[OlympicGames Olympics]] in the episode "Fear Her," there have been were online petitions to have Tennant light it for real. (Such as [[http://www.petitiononline.com/Drwh2012/petition.html this one.]]) The fans possibly did have something to do with the Doctor actually carrying the Olympic torch, but it was [[Creator/MattSmith the current one]] and he only ran for one leg of it in Cardiff instead of actually lighting the flame in London. Also, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the TARDIS was heard warping in]] during the opening ceremonies.



* [[MayDecemberRomance May-September Romance]]: Tennant is thirteen years older than GeorgiaMoffett.

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* [[MayDecemberRomance May-September Romance]]: Tennant is thirteen nearly fourteen years older than GeorgiaMoffett.



* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 41, but could easily be more than a few years younger, like mid-thirties.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 41, 42, but could easily be more than a few years younger, like mid-thirties.



* VitriolicBestBuds: He and CatherineTate are close friends in real life (and have been since they first met while filming the Doctor Who Christmas Special in 2006), and have done various shows together - aside from ''Who'', they've done a few one-off ''[[TheCatherineTateShow Catherine Tate Show]]'' charity skits together and a theater run of ''Much Ado About Nothing'' in 2011). Every time, they always seem to be on opposite sides of a [[SnarkToSnarkCombat snark-off]], and their chemistry seems to be at its best when they're sniping at each other.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: He and CatherineTate are close friends in real life (and have been since they first met while filming the Doctor Who Christmas Special in 2006), and have done various shows together - aside from ''Who'', they've done a few one-off ''[[TheCatherineTateShow Catherine Tate Show]]'' charity skits together and a theater theatre run of ''Much Ado About Nothing'' in 2011). Every time, they always seem to be on opposite sides of a [[SnarkToSnarkCombat snark-off]], and their chemistry seems to be at its best when they're sniping at each other.
25th Jun '13 9:03:23 AM lisasimpson2011
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* WhatMightHaveBeen: He tried out for the part of Hannibal Lecter in ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', but lost out to Mads Mikkelsen. Creator/BryanFuller was so impressed by his audition, however, that he promised him the part of a psychopathic serial killer later in the series.

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* WhatMightHaveBeen: He tried out for the part of Hannibal Lecter in ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', but lost out to Mads Mikkelsen. Creator/BryanFuller was so impressed by his audition, however, that he promised stated he would like to cast him in a guest role on the part of show playing a psychopathic serial killer later in the series.one day.
15th Jun '13 9:49:51 AM HayleyWilliamsFanboy
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* {{Adorkable}}
10th Jun '13 1:40:38 PM DataAngel
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He left ''Who'' after the 2009 specials. When he initially announced his departure at the National Television Awards, the fangirl ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim and fanboy]]) screams shattered glass fifty miles away. He was replaced by the eleventh doctor MattSmith.

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He left ''Who'' after the 2009 specials. When he initially announced his departure at the National Television Awards, the fangirl ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim and fanboy]]) screams shattered glass fifty miles away. He was replaced by the eleventh doctor MattSmith.
Creator/MattSmith.



He was hard to avoid on TheBBC on Christmas 2009 - he was even in the {{Station Ident}}s! Which also was repeated concurrently on BBC America.

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He was hard to avoid on TheBBC on Christmas 2009 - he was even in the {{Station Ident}}s! Which also was Ident}}s which were repeated concurrently on BBC America.



He likes KateBush, {{Coldplay}}, TheProclaimers, ''Come Dine With Me'', ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', and Honey Nut Shredded Wheat. [[NeverMindTheBuzzcocks Deal with it.]]

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He likes KateBush, {{Coldplay}}, Music/KateBush, Music/{{Coldplay}}, TheProclaimers, ''Come Dine With Me'', ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', and Honey Nut Shredded Wheat. [[NeverMindTheBuzzcocks Deal with it.]]



* {{Defictionalization}}: Due to the Tenth Doctor lighting the cauldron for the London 2012 [[OlympicGames Olympics]] in the episode "Fear Her," there have been online petitions to have Tennant light it for real. (Such as [[http://www.petitiononline.com/Drwh2012/petition.html this one.]]) The fans possibly did have something to do with the Doctor actually carrying the Olympic torch, but it was [[MattSmith the current one]] and he only ran for one leg of it in Cardiff instead of actually lighting the flame in London. Also, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the TARDIS was heard warping in]] during the opening ceremonies.

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* {{Defictionalization}}: Due to the Tenth Doctor lighting the cauldron for the London 2012 [[OlympicGames Olympics]] in the episode "Fear Her," there have been online petitions to have Tennant light it for real. (Such as [[http://www.petitiononline.com/Drwh2012/petition.html this one.]]) The fans possibly did have something to do with the Doctor actually carrying the Olympic torch, but it was [[MattSmith [[Creator/MattSmith the current one]] and he only ran for one leg of it in Cardiff instead of actually lighting the flame in London. Also, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the TARDIS was heard warping in]] during the opening ceremonies.



* LikeBrotherAndSister: Counts BilliePiper (Rose Tyler) and CatherineTate (Donna Noble) among his good friends, but despite massive ActorShipping has never been romantically involved with either.

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* LikeBrotherAndSister: Counts BilliePiper Music/BilliePiper (Rose Tyler) and CatherineTate (Donna Noble) among his good friends, but despite massive ActorShipping has never been romantically involved with either.



** For a better example, see him in his early ''TheBill'' appearance where he played a kidnapper. Or for the ultimate example: see him as Brendan Block in ''SecretSmile''.

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** For a better example, see him in his early ''TheBill'' ''Series/TheBill'' appearance where he played a kidnapper. Or for the ultimate example: see him as Brendan Block in ''SecretSmile''.
10th Jun '13 12:50:42 PM mikey666
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A Lothian-born bloke, David Tennant was born David [=MacDonald=], but had to adopt a screen name for [[OneSteveLimit guild reasons]] (the "Tennant" coming from the last name of Neil Tennant of PetShopBoys, who is DT's first cousin). Best known for being [[Series/DoctorWho The Tenth Doctor]], as well as the lead role in a ''Series/{{Casanova}}'' miniseries. In ''Film/HarryPotter and the Goblet of Fire'', his character is played by Brendan Gleeson for most of the movie, but Tennant does get a few scenes to display his..."[[SlasherSmile eager]]" face (his face is wonderfully expressive, as you can see in any of his TV or film work). Played "Dangerous Beans" in a BBC radio adaptation of the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents''. Did manage to get a role as a ''[[UnsettlingGenderReveal very]]'' convincing pre-op transsexual on ''Rab C. Nesbitt''. Has auditioned several times for ''{{Taggart}}'' and failed each time.

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A Lothian-born bloke, David Tennant was born David [=MacDonald=], but had to adopt a screen name for [[OneSteveLimit guild reasons]] (the "Tennant" coming from the last name of Neil Tennant of PetShopBoys, who is DT's first cousin).whom David read an article about while at school). Best known for being [[Series/DoctorWho The Tenth Doctor]], as well as the lead role in a ''Series/{{Casanova}}'' miniseries. In ''Film/HarryPotter and the Goblet of Fire'', his character is played by Brendan Gleeson for most of the movie, but Tennant does get a few scenes to display his..."[[SlasherSmile eager]]" face (his face is wonderfully expressive, as you can see in any of his TV or film work). Played "Dangerous Beans" in a BBC radio adaptation of the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents''. Did manage to get a role as a ''[[UnsettlingGenderReveal very]]'' convincing pre-op transsexual on ''Rab C. Nesbitt''. Has auditioned several times for ''{{Taggart}}'' and failed each time.
3rd Jun '13 2:45:14 PM RoseAndHeather
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* LikeBrotherAndSister: Counts BilliePiper (Rose Tyler) and CatherineTate (Donna Noble) among his friends, but despite massive ActorShipping has never been romantically involved with either.

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* LikeBrotherAndSister: Counts BilliePiper (Rose Tyler) and CatherineTate (Donna Noble) among his good friends, but despite massive ActorShipping has never been romantically involved with either.
3rd Jun '13 2:42:53 PM RoseAndHeather
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* CutenessProximity: "I'm not a big fan of cats, traditionally," noted David on an episode of ''Series/DoctorWhoConfidential'' over footage of him playing with [[CuteKitten a kitten]] and subsequently refusing to put it down.
25th May '13 6:36:36 PM lisasimpson2011
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** For a better example, see him in his early ''TheBill'' appearance where he plays a SerialKiller. Or for the ultimate example: see him as Brendan Block in ''SecretSmile''.

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** For a better example, see him in his early ''TheBill'' appearance where he plays played a SerialKiller.kidnapper. Or for the ultimate example: see him as Brendan Block in ''SecretSmile''.
19th May '13 2:43:35 PM eviltwin531
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** Back to ''Who'' again, when asked why he left the show when he did, he said that with Russell T. Davies stepping down, it simply seemed like a logical place for it to happen. He then went on to say that if he knew Steven Moffat was the one picking up where Davies left off, that might have been the one thing that would have convinced him to stay.
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