Tennant has taken on one of television's most prized roles, the Doctor in DOCTOR
He follows in the footsteps of William Hartnell,
Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester
McCoy, Paul McGann and the acclaimed, Christopher Eccelston as the space-time
travelling Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey.
His appointment to take the helm of the TARDIS
was confirmed on 16 April 2005.
The 34-year-old has starred in CASANOVA, BLACKPOOL,
and HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
David Tennant is a respected classical actor who has performed numerous starring
roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Touchstone in AS YOU
LIKE IT, Romeo in ROMEO AND JULIET, Antipholus of Syracuse
in THE COMEDY OF ERRORS and Captain Jack Absolute in THE
He was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor
of 2002 for his performance in LOBBY HERO performed at the Donmar
Warehouse and the New Ambassador's Theatres.
Born (birth name is David MacDonald) on 18 April
1971, Bathgate, West Lothian (Scotland) to an Anglican Minister. David studied
acting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Height (if you wanted
to know) - 6' 1" (1.85 m).
What has Tennant said about acting ambitions?
"I was very small, about 3 or 4 I think, and just wanted to be the people
on telly telling these wonderful stories. Obviously the idea grew and matured
with me but I can't ever remember wanting to do anything else. I've just sort
of taken it for granted all my life that that was what I would do."
On filming DOCTOR WHO:
"The series is so huge. I'm aware of all that but I try to keep it in my back
pocket and just get on with the job.
It's great - you get to play a Time Lord and have a TARDIS. You can't knock
On succeeding Christopher Eccleston:
"Chris was so good in it. It left me thinking 'there's an awful lot to live
up to here'. I know everyone loved Chris, and so did I, but hopefully I won't
On Billie Piper:
"She's just great. Fantastic. Just absolutely perfect. Spunky and quick and
sexy, just the ideal companion really. So I'm really glad she is doing the whole
On DOCTOR WHO fan online reaction:
"The first comment I read was very nice,
and the next comment was terribly flattering, and then the next one said something
like 'I can't bear the sight of him!'"
"The one after that said 'That's it! The dream is finished! Somebody who looks
like a weasel could never play the Doctor!'"
"I just hope people like it. I hope they stick with it and give it a chance."
on David Tennant.