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David Tennant Is Joining The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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TennantDavid Tennant will forever be associated with his role as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who, but he’s already added several memorable performances to his resume in the years since he left the TARDIS. He was the best part of the Fright Night remake, and he played the lead in both the British original and American version of the same show (Broadchurch, resurrected on Fox as Gracepoint). Now he’s checking another huge item off his bucket list: he’s joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in a very un-Doctor-like role.

Marvel has announced that Tennant will be joining A.K.A. Jessica Jones, the upcoming Marvel/Netflix series starring Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter. Ritter is playing the titular lead, a former superhero turned private eye, and Colter will romance Jones as Luke Cage before stepping into his own Netflix series later. So who is Tennant going to be? He’ll be playing Zebediah Killgrave, a.k.a. the Purple Man. And if you read Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias run, on which the show is based, there’s a good chance you just involuntarily muttered, “Holy shit!”

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Doctor Who Nearly Ended With David Tennant’s Exit

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TennantDoctor Who turned 50 last November, an unprecedented run that has seen 12 different actors play the time-hopping alien protagonist (more, if you count the Peter Cushing movies or the assorted non-canonical sketches and specials). Part of the key to the show’s success and longevity is that very fact that the Doctor can change his face, regenerating from one leading man to the next and allowing each new actor to put his own unique spin on the character. But apparently the run of arguably the most popular modern Doctor was considered such a success that the BBC seriously considered the possibility that they’d have to cancel the show when he left, because who could follow him? (The answer, of course, was that Who could follow him…)

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Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat Says Matt Smith’s Regeneration Will Be Different Than Tennant’s

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DoctorsThe notion of Doctor Who‘s Time Lord regeneration was initially a matter of necessity. With original Doctor actor William Hartnell having increasing difficulty remembering his lines, the BBC and the show’s producers faced the unhappy prospect of having to replace their lead actor. Since they were dealing with an alien species nobody knew much about, they cooked up the very clever idea that Time Lords, at the end of their life, could regenerate into a new body and start all over again. Those regenerations have been handled a variety of ways over the years, but when it came time for David Tennant’s Doctor to regenerate into Matt Smith’s version, then-showrunner Russell T Davies took an uncharacteristically somber approach, treading it much more like an actual death than the earlier instances had. With Smith himself now poised to step aside for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, executive producer Steven Moffat has promised fans that this regeneration will be very different from Tennant’s.

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Revisit David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Revisited – The Tenth Doctor
BBC America (1am/12c)

With Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor” finally premiering next month, the year-long retrospective specials on the actors who played the time lord have nearly caught up with us. Tonight the focus will be on the Doctor who became the first Doctor for many fans who only came to the show via its modern incarnation. While Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor has no shortage of fans, it was during the David Tennant years that the revitalized series really seemed to find its footing, and Tennant played the time lord’s dual nature of compassion and retribution very well indeed. He may look like a scrawny sort, but when Tennant said, “No second chances. That’s the kind of man I am,” it was easy to believe him. Enjoy the special tonight and take joy in the fact that we’ll soon get to see Tennant’s Tenth Doctor having one last adventure, alongside the Eleventh and Rose Tyler herself.

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These Exclusive Comic-Con Collectibles Demand Your Money

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fett and soloToy fans and collectible collectors know that the annual San Diego Comic-Con will unleash a horde of exclusive items, and this year is no exception. Although I guess it depends on what your definition of a “horde” is. We’re not showing you everything, obviously. Just enough to get your dollar bills itching to book a plane ticket to San Diego.

The above photo showcases Boba Fett and Carbonite Han Solo, two of the figurines from Hasbro’s new line of high-end figures called Star Wars: The Black Series. I can’t be certain if Solo is actually encased in actual carbonite or not (he isn’t), but the pair of six-inch non-toys will set you back $44.99. Don’t worry though. We all know Boba is priceless.

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Steven Moffat On If David Tennant Had Stayed With Doctor Who For One More Year

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WhoChange is inevitable when it comes to Doctor Who. Hell, it’s built right into the premise. The regenerating Doctor, the companions who come and go, it’s exciting because you never quite know what the show will serve up next. Sometimes, however, that change can be painful. I know many who fell in love with the show during David Tennant’s tenure are still mourning his departure, but what if there was a way to enter an alternate timeline? To peer into a universe where Tennant didn’t abandon ship so soon, and instead stayed on for another season? If only we had a TARDIS or some other device that would allow us to explore alternate realities, then we could…I’m sorry, what’s that? Steven Moffat just up and told us about it? Okay, well, that works too.

In a recent interview with Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat fielded a reader question about the road not taken: a fifth season starring David Tennant:

I only had the roughest idea. Had David stayed for one final year, it would certainly have been his last, so my pitch was that it would start with the TARDIS crashing in Amelia’s back garden — as now — and a terribly battered and bruised Tenth Doctor staggering out. Amelia finds him, feeds him fish custard (no that was for Matt, it would have been something more Davidy) and generally helps him. But we, the audience, can see he’s in a truly bad way. Dying maybe. Eventually he heads back to his TARDIS, and flies off.

But when he returns — many years later for Amy — he seems perfectly fine, and indeed doesn’t remember any of those events…And of course over time, we realise what we saw was the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, about to regenerate. Events that we return to in Episode 13…

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