Creator / David Tennant

"'Splendid chaps, all of them. I think that's the traditional answer to that question.'"
David Tennant (when asked "If you could be any Doctor, who would you choose to be?", Comic-Con 2009)

A Lothian-born bloke, David Tennant was born David John McDonald on April 18, 1971 in Scotland, but had to adopt a screen name for guild reasons (the "Tennant" coming from the last name of Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys, whom David read about in Smash Hits magazine). Best known for being The Tenth Doctor, as well as Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, and the lead role in a Casanova miniseries. In Harry Potter 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... "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 Discworld novel The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. Did manage to get a role as a very convincing pre-op transsexual on Rab C. Nesbitt. He auditioned several times for Taggart and failed each time.

In 2008, he played Hamlet in the Great Performances production of Hamlet from the Royal Shakespeare Company alongside Patrick Stewart. The film adaptation can be viewed on PBS' website. In 2011, he played Benedick opposite Catherine Tate in a production of Much Ado About Nothing. In 2013-2014, he played Richard II for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Tennant is also a Promoted Fanboy. A Doctor Who fan since childhood, he specifically went into acting to play the Doctor (in a strange case of irony, his first big role was in something called Takin' Over the Asylum) and has shown himself to be quite knowledgeable about the history of the series in interviews. He Jumped at the Call for bit parts when Scream of the Shalka and Big Finish Doctor Who were produced. Contrary to rumour he did not audition for the role of the Ninth Doctor, but was working with Russell T Davies when the role became available and was asked to play the Tenth Doctor without auditioning. His Doctor and Tom Baker's Doctor are generally considered the two best Doctors by the fandom, and Tennant is now regularly winning "Best Doctor" polls.

Contrary to an infamous question on The Million-Pound Drop, he's not the longest-running Doctor. That record still belongs to the seven-year run of Tom Baker, although how one counts the "Wilderness 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 (and fanboy) screams shattered glass fifty miles away. He was replaced by Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor.

He married Georgia Moffett 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 Opposite-Sex Clone in "The Doctor's Daughter" but is also ex-Doctor Peter Davison's real-life daughter. (And guess who inspired Tennant to go into acting? Right in one. David Tennant is now the ultimate Promoted Fanboy.) Sorry, ladies (and gentlemen).

Tennant was the host of Masterpiece Contemporary for one season before that title was discontinued and the show was divided into Masterpiece Classic and Masterpiece Mystery.

In 2013 he starred in the worldwide hit Broadchurch, and is now playing the same role in the American remake, retitled Gracepoint. As he is expected to appear in the second seasons of both shows, this means he will be playing different versions of the same character concurrently in two different shows, on both sides of the Atlantic. His co-star in the series Jodie Whittaker was later cast as the Thirteenth Doctor, making it pretty Hilarious in Hindsight whenever they appear together.

He was hard to avoid on The BBC on Christmas 2009 — he was even in the Station Idents which were repeated concurrently on BBC America.

He is a public supporter of the Labour Party, delivering a very scathing criticism of David Cameron 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 Fright Night (2011) remake, and romantically confused author James Neil Arber in The Decoy Bride. In 2012, he had a minor voice role as Professor Huyang, the lightsaber construction droid, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a role for which he won a Daytime Emmy. In 2013, he played the role of DI Alec Hardy in Broadchurch and announced his return for Who for the 50th Anniversary Special. The next year he joined the American remake of Broadchurch, Gracepoint, in a different role but essentially the same character. He also hosted Comedy World Cup, a Panel Game based on comedy history and trivia. In 2015 he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kilgrave (better known by his comics alias the Purple Man), in the Netflix series Jessica Jones. Tennant also voices the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) incarnation of Professor Honeycutt/The Fugitoid.

In December 2016, it was announced that he would be the new voice of Scrooge McDuck in the new DuckTales (2017) reboot, in the first time the character has been voiced by a real Scot (making his real last name another big piece of Hilarious in Hindsight).

In 2017 it was announced that Tennant will play Crowley in the upcoming adaptation of Good Omens.

He likes Kate Bush, Coldplay, The Proclaimers, Come Dine With Me, Firefly, and Honey Nut Shredded Wheat. Deal with it.

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Tropes associated with this actor's works include:

  • Cuteness Proximity: "I'm not a big fan of cats, traditionally," noted David on an episode of Doctor Who Confidential over footage of him playing with a kitten and subsequently refusing to put it down.
  • Gass Hole: Tennant would have regular farting contests on the TARDIS set with co-star John Barrowman. One co-star would get annoyed so they would rip a big one when she passed by. David also confessed to farting before getting on stage to relieve stage fright. Also....This burp. He does love his gross gas-based bodily functions. Weird boy.
  • Large Ham:
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: He's an extremely friendly, outgoing, and nice person in real life, and this is often reflected in his characters. Unless he's playing a villain, in which case he can be terrifyingly menacing (see Barty Crouch Jr. and especially Kilgrave, and also Wilf, which is notable for making children watching the movie cry in fear).
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Giving his incarnation of the Doctor these was his idea, in order to provide a hero for children with glasses (this trope was also originally called "Brainy Specs" after he described them as such in "Time Crash." Ironic, considering that he played an enemy of another hero with glasses).
    • Even more ironic, he does wear glasses (or more commonly contacts) IRL.