David Tennant

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David Tennant

Born

4/18/1971, Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, UK

Birth Name

David John McDonald

Gender

Male
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David was born in 1971, in Scotland, to the Rev. Alexander and Helen McDonald. The youngest of three, he has a brother, Blair (managing director of Sony Music Publishing for Great Britain) and a sister, Karen and has admitted to being a committed Christian. In July 2007, following…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Besides acting, David Tennant also narrates various specials.  He narrated Doctor Who: a New Dimension in 2005.

    • In 2013, David won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program playing Huyang on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

    • David married actressGeorgia Moffett on December 30, 2011. The two met when Georgia appeared in the episode of Doctor Who titled "The Doctor's Daughter." Her character, Jenny, was formed from the Doctor's DNA, making her his "daughter." Georgia is the real-life daughter of http://www.tv.com/people/peter-davison/who played the 5th incarnation of the Doctor from 1981 to 1984.

    • In 2010, David played the role of George Milton for Radio 4's Of Mice And Men.

    • On July 26th 2009, David attended Comic-Con with Russell T. Davies, John Barrowman, Euros Lyn and Julie Gardner to discuss Doctor Who.

    • As of 2009, David Tennant is reprising the title role of Hamlet for a film version of the play, due to air on BBC2.

    • David first appeared on the cover of Doctor Who Magazine in July 2005 (Issue 359) and has appeared on the majority of the covers since then. He also admitted in the 400th Issue of the magazine that he's been purchasing the magazine since its first issue back in 1979.

    • In 2008 David appeared in the episode Holofile 703: Us and Phlegm of the radio series Nebulous as Doctor Beep.

    • David admitted in an interview with "Doctor Who Magazine" in 2008 that his favourite Doctor Who serial is Genesis Of The Daleks. He also cited episodes such as Doomsday and Midnight as favourites from the new series.

    • David's Poll Positions:

      * The Pink Paper, Number 1 for Sexiest Male (2006).
      * 10,000 women in New Woman magazine ranked him 20th in their list of the "Top 100 Men (2006).
      * In the World's Sexiest Man Poll, David was ranked no. 13 (2007).
      * "Nerd Of The Month" by The Park Bench blog (2008).
      * Number 33 for Sexiest Male on gay media website Afterelton (2008). Number 38 in 2009.
      * Named as Greenest Star at Playhouse Disney's Playing for the Planet Awards (2008).
      * Number 16 for Sexiest Male by Cosmopolitan magazine (2008).
      * Sexiest Male Actor by TV Times Awards (2008).
      * Best TV Actor and Sexiest Man by SFX (2008).
      * Broadcasting Cultural Figure Of The Year (2008).
      * Number 2 Most Attractive Male in Hello magazine (2009).
      * Metrosexual Role Model UK by Superdrug (2009).

    • In 2008 David recorded a commentary with Phil Collinson and Helen Raynor for the release of The Five Doctors - 25th Anniversary Edition.

    • In 2006 David recorded abridged versions to the Doctor Who novels "The Stone Rose", "The Feast Of The Drowned" and "The Resurrection Casket" for audio and in 2008 he recorded the audio novel "Pest Control". In 2008 he recorded Eva Ibbotson's novel "The Beasts of Clawstone Castle". He narrated the Doctor Who A New Dimension special featuring all the Doctors. In 2009, he did the Doctor Who audio novel, The Day Of The Troll. 2010 will see The Last Voyage and Dead Air for the series.

    • David stated on The Friday Night Project that the strangest place he was asked for an autograph was in the shower at the gym while naked.

    • On December 31 2007, David attended the wedding of former Doctor Who co-star Billie Piper to actor Laurence Fox in West Sussex.

    • When David was a "A Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" in the December 23 2007 episode of Top Gear, he broke the first car's gears, and did 1 48 8 ... a little slower than Billie Piper's 1 48 3. David revealed on the show his first car was a Ford Fiesta, then he got a Ford Escort and next a Skoda Octavia. He has since traded in for a Toyota Prius.

    • David Tennant switched on the Blackpool Illuminations on 31 August 2007. 18,000 people were present.

    • He delights in holding on-set farting contests with fellow Scotsman John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness). Upon discovering that Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones) was unsurprisingly less-than-fond of this practice, they began "save them up", then wait until she walked past to "thunder one out."

    • David has done Doctor Who-related mini-scenes for Children In Need and The Proms called Pudsey Cutaway, Time Crash and Music Of The Spheres. He also recently recorded an advertisement for a set visit to the studios of Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures for Children In Need 2008 with Catherine Tate, John Barrowman and Eve Myles.

    • Awards

      *In 2008, David also won the National TV Awards for Outstading Drama Performance for his role as The Doctor in Doctor Who. His co-star Catherine Tate picked the award for him.

      * Most Popular Actor at the National Television Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2008 in London. Doctor Who also won Most Popular Drama.

      * Won a TONY Shadow Emmys Award for Best Leading Actor (2008).

      * David beat the likes of Tilda Swinton and James MacAvoy to win the 2007 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Screen Award 2007.
      Best Male Performance in a Science Fiction Television Episode for Doctor Who the Canadian Film/TV Awards (2008).

      * Best actor for Doctor Who in the Bafta Cymru Awards, April 2007.

      * In the Scottish Style Awards 2006, David won Most Stylish Male.

      * David was voted the top talent of 2005 by famous television industry magazine 'Broadcast'.

      * He won the Theatre Management Association Best Actor Award for The Glass Menagerie at the Dundee Rep.

      * In 2005, he won the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland, Best Male Performance for Jimmy Porter in "Look Back in Anger".

      * In 2003, nominated for the Olivier Award as Best Actor for "Lobby Hero".

      * In 2000, he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award (for Best classical actor under 30).

    • David Tennant has been included in the Who's Who almanac for 2007, under his real name of David McDonald.

    • David did not enjoy school--he said that he was being forced to be there and there was no point him doing subjects that wouldn't help him in later life.

    • David appeared in the film Jude. He shared a scene with Christopher Eccleston, who played the title role in Doctor Who before him.

    • David is a fan of former Doctor Whoactor,Tom Baker, whom he metonce in Scotland. As a child, he had a Tom Baker (as The Doctor) doll.

    • David played "Caretaker" in the 2003 Doctor Who special. He also played Col. Brimmecombe-Wood in the audio drama "Sympathy For The Devil" in the same year. David also appeared in the 2003 audio "Doctor Who: Exile" as Time Lord # 2/Pub Landlord and in 2004 he appeared in "Dalek Empire III" as Galanar and in "Doctor Who: Medicinal Purposes" as Daft Jamie. David previously had a small role in the BBC's animated Doctor Who webcast Scream of the Shalka.

    • David was appearing on screen before he was even out of school, after being talent-spotted by Scottish TV at a Saturday youth theatre club, an offshoot of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he later trained.

    • David was planning a one off return to Blackpool along with the rest of the cast following the series success in America. However, the filming of Viva Blackpool clashed with Doctor Who filming schedules, so David did not reprise his role as "DI Carlisle."

    • David has appeared and done voice overs in advertisements for Boots, Children In Need, Argos, One Water Research and BBC Wales to name a few.

    • David only actually worked with Peter O'Toole for one day during the filming of Casanova, even though they were playing the same character!

    • David claims that his two favourite writers are Russell T.Davies (Doctor Who/Casanova) and John Osbourne (Look Back In Anger).

    • It was while David was appearing in The Pillowman at the National that he was spotted and offered a role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

    • David was turned down after auditioning for Taggart 16 times. This is despite the fact it is known for featuring many of Scotland's acting talent.

    • David's first job was Brecht's The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui - where he toured the Highlands in a minibus giving performances of the play.

    • David's various stage roles include:

      * Jeff in Lobby Hero. A play by Kenneth Lonergan at the Donmar Warehouse, London, 2002.
      * John Porter, in Look Back in Anger at the Royal Court Theatre, 2006.

    • David is an Associate Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and had his first season with them in 1996. He has appeared in the following Shakespeare plays (stage and radio productions): Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Much Ado about Nothing and the lead in Hamlet and Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost in 2008. David suffered from back injuries (in which he recently had surgery for) during the December performances of the former and has had to leave the role for the time being. In January 2009 he resumed the role and a DVD version will be available.

    • David participated in a Labour Party general election broadcast in 2005.

    • In June 2005, David played PC Andy Crawford in a radio adaptation of Dixon of Dock Green (1955).

    • David is approximately 1.85m (6' 1") tall.

  • Quotes

    • David: (on his last line in Doctor Who's 'The End Of Time'): I never saw my final line coming, but it's absolutely perfect. That's when Russell is at his finest. Those are his masterstrokes.

    • David: (on kissing John Barrowman at Comic-Con 2009): The moment was right and I felt it was appropriate at the time. It's something you know you'll get a headline back home for.

    • David: (on being voted Sexiest Actor): Well, I'm not sure what to say about being called the sexiset actor of the year. I'm very flattered and somewhat bewildered. All I know is that I voted for John Barrowman. However I am unashamedly delighted that Doctor Who has been voted favourite show.

    • David: (On almost being swayed to stay in "Doctor Who" by Steven Moffat) I had a meeting with Steven Moffat and in a way that's been the most difficult bit because I'm such a big fan of his. He told me some of his ideas for what's coming up in the show and it's going to be so good. When I finally thought I'd made a decision suddenly I was tempted to change my mind again.

    • David: (on his decision to leave Doctor Who): If I don't take a deep breath now and move on, I never will. I think it's best I don't outstay my welcome.

    • (On growing up as a teenager)
      David: That's the nature of being a teenager. It felt awkward and ugly and different. I felt uncool to the depths of my soul and I've never really recovered from that - I still think I'm uncool.

    • (On the impact Doctor Who has had on modern culture).
      David: There is something about the type of imagination that powers Doctor Who. That sweeps up viewers and inspires them in unexpected ways. Something about it's mix of the fantastic and the mundane, the far flung with the domestic that is unlike anything else.

    • (On distinguishing character from actor)
      David: I remember, after seeing Jon Pertwee turn into Tom Baker in Doctor Who, having a conversation with my parents at a very young age about actors and what they did. I remember getting the distinction between a character and an actor, as they explained it. I understood what fiction was very clearly – and I always feel uneasy when people talk about children not understanding the difference between fantasy and reality. I can only have been three, and was just enthralled by Doctor Who. But I was quite clear that I didn't want to be a Time Lord – I wanted to be the person who played a Time Lord.

    • (while making "Learners", he commented on his own driving)
      David: I do have more speeding points than are entirely practical – but that's only because I'm up and down on the M4 to Cardiff (where "Doctor Who" is filmed) a lot. They have draconian speeding fines. There'll have been some work going on three weeks previously, so there's one sign saying 'You should be going at 50 miles an hour here' and then 18 cameras to make sure that when inevitably you don't, with nobody else on the road at 3am, they can charge you hundreds and hundreds of pounds for the privilege. Listen, I've just got far too many speeding points. What can I do to defend myself? It's my fault.

    • (David discusses Russell first asking him to be "Doctor Who")
      David: It was funny, when I first got asked I just laughed! I found it hilarious and impossible! And I remember Russell, very perceptively, saying "Don't say anything now, because I know the experience is quite a weird one."

    • David: Unlike other enduring characters such as Sherlock Holmes or Tarzan, being the Doctor allows you a certain freedom that is both very demanding and very thrilling. It allows you to make the character using elements of yourself.

    • David: I was sent good luck cards from Tom Baker and Peter Davison. They were the Doctors I grew up watching, while eating toast and drinking Tizer at home, so I was very honoured.

    • (David on why he was selected to play Casanova)
      David: They wanted him to be a cheeky chappie - that's why his love rival is Rupert Penry Jones, who's 6ft 2in. It was all about the wit and the words.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Doctor

    10
    i think it would be nice if you where to come back as the doctor clone because i know that the doctor got cloned and maybe even the doctor can help the doctor you know want i mean the tenth doctor helping the 11 doctor..
  • One of the most talented actor ever. It's just a great pleasure to watch him, either as a brilliant 900 year old Time Lord, or a chilling stalker called Brendan Block. Ever so much energy, that burst right across the screen.moreless

    10
    My first contact with David Tennant when I chanced upon an 'old' British TV show called Doctor Who. Never knew who or what that was, merely that the idea of a TV show about a time travelling alien is slightly ridiculous. But his energy shone through the screen, and I couldn't help but carry on watching, whatever it was. By the end of that episode, I wanted to know more about who this Doctor is, and who the guy acting as him is.



    And it opened up a completely new world for me, introducing me to the world of the Who. And as proof that he is not to be typecast as just the guy who did 'Doctor Who', Tennant found time to participate in several other projects, including a rather scary 2-part mini series called Secret Smile. I had to admit that I was 'mentally scarred' after watching it just once, because the character Tennant played, a Mr Brendan Block, was a psycho, and I couldn't help but shudder when I saw that cold chilling look he occasionally flashed, when he thinks no one is looking.



    As I got more hooked to the Doctor Who series, I could also see the depth and breadth of his performance in his Doctor, where one moment he was bursting with manic energy, he could swiftly engage into a cold, almost alien-like ruthlessness, yet there was that tinge of deep sadness in his eyes.



    His generosity with his time outside of Doctor Who helped to build his reputation as an approachable and friendly person. I know first-hand, because I was lucky enough to meet the man once, and his warmth and enthusiasm just completely won me over. Never mind the fact that he was already the most well known (and well loved) actor in Britain, he didn't turn down any autograph or photo requests, no matter how busy he was.



    I certainly hope that we will see more of David Tennant in the years to come. He is too good an actor to be just put to pasture after he hands over his sonic screwdriver and TARDIS key.moreless
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