A Lothian-born bloke, David Tennant
was born David McDonald, 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 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
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 is generally considered one of the two best Doctors by the fandom, 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. 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 what role 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.
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.
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
, 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 will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe
as Zebediah Killgrave, aka The Purple Man, in the Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones
He likes Kate Bush
, The Proclaimers
, Come Dine With Me
, and Honey Nut Shredded Wheat. Deal with it.
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