September 30, 2012

On October 24th and 25th 2009 CBBC took The Sarah Jane Adventures cast and crew on the road to the Liverpool ONE Odeon for a special sneak preview of The Wedding of Sarah Jane.  In addition to the screen there was face painting, green screen acting, a chance to meet Mr. Smith, K-9 and the Judoon

Tommy Knight, Daniel Anthiny and Anjli Mohindra were also on hand for autographs and pictiures and a Q & A session.  All of the events plus the screening were free.

This is a clip from an interview that Tommy and Anjli did talking about working with David - IMHO it's great!

September 29, 2012

David's also been interviewed by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio One numerous times - you only have to listen to a few minutes of each interview to find out she is a true Doctor Who fan and her son too!

April 13, 2006 - This interview was prior to the launch of Series Two and was all about David as the new Doctor - prior to the interview they played an advert for the new show and they played a recorded bit from Sophia Myles about DW.  Jo started the interview with a DW quiz - which he aced - no pun intended! There was also a set of really random questions at the end - 2 of the answers were Whiskey Glasgow and nose hair clippers!

December 25, 2006 - Jo Whiley Meets Doctor Who - a 3 hour special where David co-hosted with Jo to the run up to the Christmas episode.

April 8, 2009 - He was on to promote the DW episode Planet of the Dead and DW filming coming to end.  He was asked about his red shoes from Comic Relief!  They also played a game called - Name this Job.  He brought the bits from his vertebrae for her to see!

November 1, 2009 - This was a recorded clip of David commenting about Matt Smith being the new Doctor.

November 14, 2009 - David was interviewed by Jo's son Jude - who is a big Doctor Who fan.

November 15, 2009 - He participated in a re-occurring segment of hers called Road Trip - where the celebrity gets to pick three songs, a vehicle and a destination - his guest voice as the 'sat-nav' was John Barrowman.  David chose to go to Australia in the Beatles Yellow Submarine.

August 15, 2010
- Jo played a recorded clip of David saying: "Hello, this is David Tennant instructing you to put some clothes on, although frankly, come on, leave them off."

October 10, 2010 - She started the interview by wishing him Happy David Tennant Day and she had a box of Cadbury Roses for him.  He talked about filming Fright Night and Single Father. They played a game called Learn Your Lines - David had to complete his own lines from various programmes.  They played a funny message from Catherine Tate and answered listener questions.

June 21, 2011 -This was a phone interview - he talked about doing Much Ado About Nothing, his dressing room and what music he's listening to.

March 27, 2012 - David called into to Jo's last show for Radio One to wish her well.

September 28, 2012

David has certainly had his time on the UK airwaves but he has been on some radio shows more than others - some a whole lot more!

Christian O'Connell - Absolute Radio - Sept 28 2008 - present/2006 - Sept 08 - on Virgin Radio

March 21 - Appeared in studio to promote The Pirates! In an adventure with Scientists

August 13 - David took part in the 'Gold' marathon to celebrate the London Olympics - he played a recording of David reading the lyrics of the song

September 2 - David was co-host for the entire 4 hour broadcast - antics include getting slapped in the face with a fish - also each week COC does a podcast of the weeks highlights  - David recorded a little bit of extra material for that weeks podcast.


January 21 - David called in to talk about his NTA award, the last episode of DW, his US pilot and Murder in Samarkand

October 7 - David was in the studio to talk about his series Single Father 

October 8 - Christian played a regular feature called Are You Smarter Than . .  . which featured David answering questions that were recorded the day before.

October 15 - COC played a voicemail that David had left on his answering machine

October 28 - David was the co-host for the whole 4 hour show - featuring a skit about trying to solve the murder that takes place in the Barry Manilow song 'Copacabana"


March 25 - David called into the show - he talked about hosting Comic Relief and the final read through of DW - this call was part of Who's Calling Christian - where each celeb that calls has to answer a question that the last celeb put forward and then give a question for the next celeb that calls.

April 8 -  David was in the studio - he played 'who is in the train seat' and also got hooked up to a lie detector and also the last of DW

November 11, 12 and 13 - David was co-host for the whole four hour show all three days - included was an auction of his bed for charity and a play/twittersode of DW involving Anthony Head


January 31 - David called into the show to weigh in on the starship Enterprise v/s the TARDIS and Kirk v/s The Doctor and his new Prius

April 4 - In the studio with Catherine Tate - promoting the new series of DW and they played TV theme tune roulette - also Christian interrupted them on a 'rival' radio show

November 21 - He talked about filming Glorious 39 and Einstein and Eddington and DW

December 19 - David called in to a special called "The Other Halves Show" - all of the radio on air talent had their wives doing there jobs

September 6, 2006 - COC called David's phone number for a feature called Do you have a celebrities phone number intending to leave a message and instead David was awoken from a sound sleep! 

January 30, 2006 - David called in (to XFM) as part of Bounty Hunter - the first Who's Calling Christian

April, 2006  - He helped Christian in the first episode of At Home with Mr T and talked about being the new Doctor and working with Billie Piper

December 21, 2006 - Played Buttons in the Virgin Radio Christmas panto - Cinderella - he was also interview by COC before about hiring his costume from the National Theatre and having to pay to rent a costume that was actually made for him when he was in What the Butler Saw!

Christian O'Connell - Radio 5 Live

January 29, 2011 - The broadcast was also available to view Live via Red Button service in the UK - David discussed his trip to Uganda and Red Nose Day, his upcoming play Much Ado About Nothing and his films Decoy Bride and United.

September 6, 2009 - David appeared on the first episode of The Christian O'Connell Solution - a show the BBC described as "topical comedy show, which seeks to solve some of the week's big news issues."

September 27, 2012

David has excellent musical taste - IMHO - here are a few lists of sonsg he has chosen on different radio shows!

Desert Island Discs:

The Proclaimers - Over and Done With   
Elvis Costello - Oliver’s Army
Deacon Blue - Dignity
(Eddie Izzard The Starship Enterprise Comedy Routine)
Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
Tim Minchin - White Wine in the Sun
Billy Bragg - Greetings to the New Brunette

Colin Murray - In the Company of:

The Wombats - 'Backfire At The Disco'
The Proclaimers - 'Blood On Your Hands'
The Housemartins - 'Me And The Farmer'
Avril Lavigne - 'Sk8ter Boi'
The Kaiser Chiefs - 'Ruby'
Vampire Weekend - 'Oxford Comma'
Death Cab for Cutie - 'I Will Possess Your Heart'
AC/DC - 'You Shook Me All Night Long'

Jo Whiley's Road Trip:

Madonna - Like a Virgin
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Owl City - Fireflies

September 26, 2012

Company magazine ran an article in 1997 called "Boys on Top" about the top Celtic pin-ups! 

Here is an excerpt: ". . .invites us to turn our attentions to the new breed of Celtic actor pin-up material. Top of the list, and certainly looking very fetching in his kilt (extra-long; we suspect he may not have top-class legs, the poor wee mite) is Joe McFadden. Lesser known are Dugald Bruce-Lockhart, Cal Macaninch, and David Tennant, who have all done a bit of this and that, mostly on telly."

Credits: TV: Rab C. Nesbitt, Takin' Over The Asylum, Strathblair.
Next up: TV: Duck Patrol.
David is a cop in new series Duck Patrol, with Richard Wilson. He says: "My character is in love with Samantha Beckinsale's, but she isn't in love with him."

September 25, 2012

We all enjoy watching David on the big and little screens but it's even better when we get to peak behind the scenes!  What did we do before DVD extras! These are some featurette's that David has  - well featured in!

The Quatermass Experiment -  "Bring Something Back - The Making of The Quatermass Experiment"
Glorious 39 - "On the Edge of War: Uncovering Glourious 39"

Hamlet - The Making of Hamlet"

United - "Preparing to be United"

The Decoy Bride - "Behind the Scenes"

Fright Night - "Peter Vincent:Swim Inside My Mind" and "Live in Las Vegas: An Interview with Peter Vincent" and "How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie"

The Pirates!Band of Misfits - "So You Want to be a Pirate?" (features David's voice)

September 24, 2012

Not only has David been in the press many, many times - 516 times in December 2009 alone!  He has also appeared on TV news and talk shows many times as well!

BBC Breakfast - filmed at Studio N6 and Studio 7 at BBC Television Centre in White City, West London. Since April 2012 Breakfast is broadcast from Salford.

December 21, 2005 - his first live interview as The Doctor
March 30, 2006- with Billie Piper talking about the launch of Series Two of Doctor Who
July 21, 2006 - interviewed on the set of Recovery - not in the studio
December 19, 2006  - With Catherine Tate on the set of Runaway Bride - not in studio
March 22, 2007 -  interviewed at the Season Three Doctor Who press launch - not in studio
December 19, 2007 - interviewed at the Voyage of the Damned press launch - not in studio
April 4, 2008 - interviewed at the Season Four Doctor Who press launch - not in studio 
October 30, 2008 - the morning after the announcement that he was leaving Doctor Who - BBC entertainment coorespondant Lizo Mzimba was the only person to interview David about the announcement at that time and they played a clip from the interview and looked back at DT's time as The Doctor and speculated as to who would take over
November 3, 2008 - talking about the announcement that he was leaving Doctor Who after 2009
April 11, 2009  - talking about Planet of the Dead
December 31, 2009 - interviewed about his final Doctor Who episode
October 8, 2010  - interviewed about the TV series Single Father
January 8, 2011  - appeared with Catherine Tate to announce the West End Production of Much Ado About Nothing
April  21, 2011   - interviewed about the film United and the passing of Elisabeth Sladen 
August 30, 2011   -  scheduled but did not appear because he had lost his voice

September 23, 2012

If you are not familiar with the video game LittleBigPlanet let me tell you that not only can you customize the little guy that runs around the world swinging and jumping but you can create your own worlds and characters.  Many people post Doctor Who/David Tennant scenes they have made but this video is amazing.  This person has created scenes from six of David's projects, Hamlet, This is Jinsy, Fright Night, L.A. Without a Map, Casanova, and Doctor Who.  IMHO it's one of the best I've seen!!!

Original created by Arielle Ferre on You Tube.

September 22, 2012

The Big Question segments for The End of Time were with David, Russell T. Davis and Julie Gardner. These were the questions:

Lucy Saxon and a million Masters, The Doctor faces his destiny and Wilf facing Minnie Hooper, what was your one favourite moment from episode 17?

How would you describe the development of Wilf and his relationship with the Doctor?

The Time Lords are back (hurray) how much persuasion/money/chocolate biscuits would it take to entice you back into the world of Doctor Who?

The final two episodes are full of secrets and mysteries, now that your leaving can you each give us a secret that you can at last reveal?

The final two episodes are among the most the most dramatic and emotional, like ever! Was making them a sad farewell or a happy crescendo?

September 21, 2012

The Big Question was a segment that started at the beginning of Doctor Who series four on the BBC website.  David and Catherine's chemistry with each other off screen is really apparent in these clips. Each weeks question was related to the episode for that week, for example - "This weeks episode is called Partners in Crime, have you had any favourite duos and what do you like about them?

Here is a list of the rest of the questions from David's era:

The Fires of Pompeii
- This weeks episode is about a famous event in history, if you were given a chance to change history, A: Would you risk it and B: Which event would you try to change?

Planet of the Ood - Ood are the servants of man, if you were each other's servants what would you refuse to do for each other?

The Sontaran Stratagem - Martha gets cloned in this episode, if you could clone yourself what would you get those clones to do for you?

The Poison Sky -
This episode is all about green issues, do you do your bit for the environment, how has this story made you think more about pollution and global warming?

The Doctor's Daughter - In this episode The Doctor becomes a father, what's the best piece of advice your parents gave you, even if you ignored it at the time?

The Unicorn and the Wasp - This episode is based around Agatha Christie, if you could be a famous fictional detective who would you be and why?

Silence in the Library - This episode is jam packed full of books, what was your favourite book as a child?

Forest of the Dead
- In the episode the people are saved by living in a computer, if you were the center of your own computer generated fantasy world what would be in it.

Midnight - This episode is about a mad vacation, what's your idea of the perfect holiday, what was the worst holiday you've ever had?

Turn Left - This episode is about the decisions you make in your life, if you could go back and alter one decision that would change your own life, what would that be?

The Stolen Earth -The Daleks make a reappearance and they are reintroduced to their creator Davros, what was your reaction when you heard that Davros was returning and what are the pros and cons of working with the Daleks?

Journey's End - This episode is the last in the series (boo), what have been the high points of working together on series four and is there a particular moment you rather not go through again?

Here are a couple of my favs:

September 20, 2012

David is currently the host of a new British quiz show called Comedy World Cup but he is no stranger to quiz shows himself this is a video of his three appearances on The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

The BFQ started on Channel Four in 2004 with three teams of two celebrities each answering questions about the news and events of the previous year and Jimmy Carr as the host.

On December 26, 2005 David appeared in the studio to ask a "what happens next question" concerning his first words spoken as The Doctor.  On the December 30, 2007 show there was a clip from The Doctor Who episode Blink asking the panel why it was important not to blink and he asked a question via video tape about 'balloon boy' on the 2009 quiz which aired January 1, 2010.

September 19, 2012

This is a couple of excerpts from Cult Movies Magazine's interview with John Levene, who played Sgt. Benton in Doctor Who.  It was done right before Matt became the 11th Doctor, he is quite clearly a David Tennant fan, which I am sure would make David smile!

September 18, 2012

In the age of the DVD and You Tube we are all fortunate to be able to see outtakes, deleted scenes and end of production cast videos of our favourite movies and TV shows.  Recently the Doctor Who cast & crew video lip-synching to 500 Miles by The Proclaimers went viral.  The video was created by Jennie Fava the 2nd Assistant Director and edited by Geraint Huw Reynolds.  The pair also worked on cast and crew video's Extras and The Robinson's, oh and Blackpool!  Jennie was the 3rd AD on Blackpool. Watch for David at 2:14 and then at the end there are outtakes you can see him at 4:26.

September 17, 2012

Romeo, Romeo - where for art thou Romeo!

Well today he's on my blog - this is an oh so brief clip of David as Romeo from the 2000 RSC production of Romeo and Juliet.  If you are in the UK you can request to view the whole play on DVD - for free  - at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

September 16, 2012

We all know David is soooo good at impersonations, but there are also some very good impressions of him around.  These are my favourites!

September 15, 2012

Even Spiderman thinks David Tennant is a Genius! - ED:(I even forgive him for saying MS is "perfect"!)

September 14, 2012

BBC Four controller Richard Klein was quoted in The Hollywood Reporter on April 4,2012 talking about Spies of Warsaw.  "I think David Tennant playing Mercier and Janet Montgomery as Anna is such an exciting way to explore Furst's hugely convincing central characters, and I am delighted that Ian and Dick have produced such an enthralling script.”  The writers he mentions Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement both wom Emmy's as writers on Tracy Ullmna's Tracy Takes On.

The article described the plot:
"Tennant is cast as a military attache at the French embassy drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw.  He is involved in a complicated love affair with a Parisian lawyer played by Montgomery."

The BBC teamed up with TV chef Jaimie Oliver's production company Fresh Pictures for this mini-series, this will be the first drama for their company.

Did you know that David's wearing Converse "Chucks" with his Doctor suit was modeled after Jaime Oliver's fashion sense!

September 13, 2012

Reported in The Sun, September 13, 2005:

"Good to hear filming of the new Dr Who ground to a halt yesterday, when Scots star David Tennant and others demanded to watch the cricket instead."

This blurb was in reference to The Ashes final played on September 12, 2005, England v. Australia.  England was victorious, winning an historic victory and bringing the Ashes back home to England.

The whole nation was riveted to the telly - apparently even in Cardiff!  Although I suspect that this hault in production might haven more motivated by the crew than the star!

The victorious England Cricket Team, fresh from their THE ASHES Test Series against the Australians, paraded through the streets of London on the 13th.
At one point, Wicketkeeper, Geriant Jones, caught a flying and inflatable Dalek, as it announced "Aussies exterminated".

September 12, 2012

This is the Guardian article from March 17, 2008 that was in David's episode of Trick or Treat at the end of the show where they reveal his automatic writing results.  David's name did not appear in The Guardian many other times that month.

March 3rd - twice
March 4th - three times
March 5th, 9th, 20th, 29th, and the 31st - once

In fact in all of the UK press his name appeared 92 times in March 2008!  He did appear in The Evening Standard on March 17, 2008, but only as a blurb.

WEDNESDAY The annual Royal Television Society Programme Awards, Grosvenor House hotel, Park Lane. Nominees include Jack Dee and David Tennant .

September 11, 2011

This appeared in The Independent On Sunday April 24, 2011 -

"Men whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers are more attractive to women, according to a study in the British Royal Society journal. It's a convincing theory, when you consider Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jude Law and Colin Firth all fit the bill, though it's bad news for David Tennant and David Beckham."

I don't understand this comment since David's ring fingers are longer than his index fingers!

September 10. 2012

This quote from The Mail on Sunday, December 31, 2006.  The reviewer, Tom Cox, was reviewing Ricky Gervais Meets Christopher Guest, Ricky Gervais Meets Garry Shandling, The Ruby In The Smoke, Dracula, Duet Impossible and The Runaway Bride.  He did not really have great things to say about most of these shows but he did have this to say about David.

"David Tennant is beginning to handle the main role with the kind of camp-yet-manly aplomb Jarvis Cocker used at Pulp concerts."

David actually admitted to wanting to be Jarvis!  "Tennant does admit to one D-list fantasy: Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes. "I'd like to be Jarvis Cocker ; he's my karaoke favourite." - The Guardian - January 1, 2004

This article is not the only time David was compared to Mr. Cocker.

"He wears a thrift-store pinstripe and is somewhere between a rumpled commodities trader, a Renaissance swain and Jarvis Cocker." - The Sunday Telegraph - April 16, 2006 

He even told an interviewer "Jarvis Cocker had this look 10 years ago" when talking about his suit. - The Sunday Herald - April 9, 2006

Again with the fashion thing! - "... he resembles a blend of Jarvis Cocker and Columbo." - The Guardian - April 11, 2008

Even when he goes from Doctor Who to Hamlet he can't get away from the Pulp front man.  "Playing the prince of Denmark with the gawky charisma of a crazed Jarvis Cocker." - The Guardian - December 19, 2009 

The Herald was doing an article about Matt Smith's Doctor who outfit  and stated - "His successor David Tennant preferred indie, Jarvis Cocker -style suits and Converse trainers." - July 21, 2009

Did you know that Jarvis Cocker makes an appearance in Goblet of Fire - too bad David wasn't in the ball scene, he did attend the premiere though.

September 9, 2012

"Who can't you live without:?"

"My children, their Dad, my girlfriends and my friend David Tennant"

Arabella Weir speaking in The Independent, May 18, 2002

September 8, 2012

Hands up anyone who agrees with this quote from The Mail on Sunday - December 19, 2004

"Just being in the same room as Tennant would put a smile on a girl's face"

The quote appeared in a review about Blackpool by Jaci Stephhen.

September 7, 2012

During the filming of Blackpool the cast had a lipsync coach, David Morrissey described the process in an article about the series in The Times, November 26, 2004.

"She would sit in front of you as you sang and give you notes about the personality of the singer as well as the technical side.  It was a massive excersice: you have the lyrics and listen endlessly to the songs."

The series did shoot for one month on location in Blackpool but the interior of Ripley's arcade was in a North London studio.

September 6, 2012

Russell T Davies did an in depth interview with The Times on November 23, 2004 and was asked who was his favourite Doctor - he gave his answer by quoting what David had to say in another interview.  Russell was filming Casanova at the time of the interview so I imagine he and David were talking about Who.  David has stated in the past he spent a great deal of that shoot trying to get Russell to give him a part in the new series.

"Who was your favourite Doctor Who?"

"Tom Baker.  David Tennant said in an interview that was really a case of a man and a part just meeting and the fireworks taking off."

ED NOTE:  I think the same could be said of David's time as The Doctor as well! 

September 5, 2012

David is a man of many accents not just English (RP) and American - you can listen to his excellent Brummie (Birmingham) accent in the 2003 Radio 4 production of The Rotter's Club.  David played three roles, Bill Anderton, Malcolm and Fudge.

The play was transmitted in four 30 minute episodes and starred James Bradshaw and Frank Skinner and also featured David Troughton who appears in the Midnight episode of Doctor Who and he is also the son of Patrick Troughton, the 2nd Doctor.

September 4, 2012

David used his amazing vocal talents to perform an iconic American character, George Milton, from John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.  Once again his regional American accent and performance were praised!

You can compare for yourself - here is the same dialogue from the Gary Sinise 1992 movie version and David's version.

September 3, 2012

David was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance as Jeff in 2002 production of The Lobby Hero.  The character spoke with an American accent and was clearly well received, unlike all of the press that went out after a clip of him speaking with an American accent in the US pilot Rex is Not Your Lawyer.

"David Tennant as Jeff is perhaps the least at ease with the Americaness of his role, but he is so good in other respects - so jumpy, so smart, so perplexed, so attractive - that it doesn't matter." - Sunday Telegraph - John Gross - April 14, 2002

". . .but all strands come together in Jeff, portrayed by the ever-watchable David Tennant as if Private Pike had been written by Mamet and played by a young Martin Sheen: all edgy wisecracks and self-deprecating sarcasm, but with an underlying feeling that here is an overgrown boy adrift in the world."  - The Financial Times - Ian Shuttleworth

"Jeff is the kind of man who cannot keep quiet and has a nasty habit of unintentionally irritating and offending those around him.  He also has the worst chat up line heard for some considerable time.  In (David) Tennant's performance there are many undertones of Woody Allen.  This makes for much comedy . . . David Tennant gives a very funny, poignant performance as Jeff." - The British Theatre Guide - Philip Fisher

September 2, 2012

The audio book version of The Beasts of Clawstone Castle is narrated by David, with an RP accent and in places an American one as well.  It was released on May 5, 2005 but if you pick up a copy make sure it is the UK version, the US audio book is narrated by Jenny Sterlin.

The producer of the recording was Tamsin Collinson, who also produced Quite Ugly One Morning, which David also reads.

". . . David Tennant's reading of The Beasts of Clawstone Castle is the one to get. Like most of Britain, I am in love with the new Doctor Who, but he is even better as a reader than as an actor, and shares Miranda Richardson's insane glee in realising eccentric characters. Eva Ibbotson's thespian ghosts, determined to rescue the snow-white cattle of a crumbling Northern castle by staging dramatic hauntings for tourists, get the full treatment, with dreamy, spooky music to calm things down in between. Especially good at mad, posh voices, Tennant renders Rolf, the rat-gnawed aristocratic spook, so well that my children were begging to go back into the hot car to hear what happened next." - The Independent - August 7, 2005 - Amanda Craig

MacMillan Digital posted this promo for the CD on You Tube.

September 1, 2012

David played the role of Gethin Price in the 2001 Oxford Stage Company touring production of The Comedians.  Written by Trevor Griffiths the play takes place in a schoolroom near Manchester where an evening class of budding comics is meeting for a final briefing from their tutor before facing an agent’s man from London.  

Gethin is described as probably the smartest man there, with brilliant skills at mimicry and mime, but a mouth of obscenities and a nihilistic approach that seeks to deny the audience any comfort or even any laughs. David had to shave his head for the role, here is a great picture of him in a classic scene from the play with Gethin and two manaquins.

You can put pictures of David together from right after that period and watch his hair grow back! LOL

This is a screen cap from High Stakes - which must have been shot right after The Comedians. 

The played ended at the end of October 2001 and this is a picture of him in Push Up, February 2002.

 This is from Lobby Hero 2 months later.