"'Splendid chaps, all of them. I think that's the traditional answer to that question.'"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 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 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, 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.He likes Kate Bush, Coldplay, The Proclaimers, Come Dine With Me, Firefly, and Honey Nut Shredded Wheat. Deal with it.
— David Tennant (when asked "If you could be any Doctor, who would you choose to be?", Comic-Con 2009)
Tropes associated with this actor include:
- Adorkable: Just look at the above photo. Or this. This man is the very living embodiment of adorkable, and is often credited with popularizing the style known as geek chic.
- 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. His wife bought a dog as a surprise Christmas present in 2013, despite Tennant's previous claims to disliking the idea of keeping animals and especially dogs as pets.
- I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: His Beatrice in 2011's Much Ado was real-life close friend and former Who co-star Catherine Tate.
- Large Ham: THE LAWS OF TIME ARE HIS! AND THEY WILL OBEY HIM!!!
- Locked Out of the Loop: When the mysterious (and very important) character River Song first showed up in Doctor Who, Steven Moffat refused to tell anyone who she was. The Doctor's confusion is absolutely genuine.
- 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).
- Man Child: BIG TIME. Just look at any of his interviews on the Graham Norton show.
- Older Than They Look: He's 43, 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.
- 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).
- Real Men Love Jesus: He's a Christian and an occasional church-goer.
- Vocal Evolution: His first attempt at an American accent in Rex is Not Your Lawyer is...not very great. It's ok, but could've been better. When he came back to America to film Gracepoint, he got a lot better at it.