If you know David Tennant, then you know his number. If you don’t know David Tennant, we’ll tell you his number. Ten. As in the Tenth Doctor. But as well-received Tennant was as the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who, that show does not define his career. It absolutely helped in making his career, but there is more to the actor than just the number ten.
For those of us in the United States, David Tennant’s early career might render a “huh”? The Scottish-born actor began his career on Scottish TV in series many of us probably haven’t heard of. He was seen on Dramarama, The Play on One, Strathblair, Bunch of Five, and Rab C. Nesbitt. Not household series names for the U.S. In fact, the bulk of Tennant’s career is based in Europe, with much work on Scottish TV as well as the BBC.
Up until 2005, David Tennant bounced from series to series, TV movie to the occasional feature film. He was seen on Duck Patrol, The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, High Stakes, People Like Us, and Double Income, No Kids Yet. His early features included L.A. Without a Map, The Last September, and Bright Young Things. Again, not many names there that we could consider familiar. But that was about to change for Tennant as Doctor Who knocked on his door.
THE DOCTOR WHO ROLLER COASTER
David Tennant was the highly regarded, critically acclaimed, fan-favorite Tenth Doctor. It has been a strange existence for the Doctor Who series, David Tennant’s time on the show was no different.
Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction TV series that began back in 1963. The show revolves around The Doctor, who is a Time Lord, an extraterrestrial being who explores the universe in a time-traveling spaceship. There have been many actors to portray the Doctor on Doctor Who (which is why Tennant is the Tenth) and the transition from one to the next is expertly written into the series. The series took a 16-year hiatus before it was revived in 2005 when Christopher Eccleston came aboard as the Ninth Doctor. When Eccleston left David Tennant was hired to be number ten.
David Tennant was an immediate fan favorite. He brought a different style to the character, one that sat very well with the Whovians. His time on Doctor Who was to last 60 episodes, three series, and a number of specials. Sadly for Whovians, it was David Tennant’s decision to leave the show, even though his character’s last words were “I don’t want to go.”
WHY DAVID TENNANT LEFT DOCTOR WHO
So why did David Tennant leave Doctor Who? Fans were not happy, but in a lengthy statement, David Tennant explained his reasons for leaving the show.
“I’ve had the most brilliant, bewildering and life changing time working on Doctor Who. I have loved every day of it. It would be very easy to cling on to the TARDIS console forever and I fear that if I don’t take a deep breath and make the decision to move on now, then I simply never will. You would be prising the TARDIS key out of my cold dead hand. This show has been so special to me, I don’t want to outstay my welcome.”
David Tennant finished saying: “I feel very privileged to have been part of this incredible phenomenon, and whilst I’m looking forward to new challenges I know I’ll always be very proud to be the Tenth Doctor.”
So, there you go.
DAVID TENNANT’S PRIVATE WIFE
David Tennant doesn’t speak much of his personal life. But it is fun to note that Tennant is married to actress Georgia Moffett, who just so happens to the daughter of Pete Davidson, who just so happens to be the Fifth Doctor.
Tennant and Moffett actually met on the set of Doctor Who while filming the episode titled “The Doctor’s Daughter” as Moffett played Tennant’s genetically engineered daughter. Right?
THE TALENTED MR. TENNANT
Features and TV are not the only talents David Tennant has on display. He is a very well-rounded actor, doing much theater work as well as voice work. He was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company where he performed Hamlet alongside Patrick Stewart. He has also appeared on stage in Love’s Labours Lost and Richard II.
David Tennant is also noted for his many voice acting projects. He has been heard in series such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dreamworks Dragons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Duck Tales where he replaced long-time voice actor Alan Young as Scrooge McDuck. David has also done his share of voice work on video games.
DAVID TENNANT BEAMS INTO STAR TREK
As if Doctor Who didn’t satisfy his science fiction craving, David Tennant is ready, willing, and able to move from one sci-fi hit to another. He would really love to somehow be part of the Star Trek universe.
The Scottish actor was recently taking part in the Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) to promote the latest season of his David Tennant Does a Podcast With… and he was asked if he ever thought of joining the Star Trek universe. Surprisingly, David Tennant gave a thumbs up to that notion.
In fact, it was a Star Trek alum who got him truly thinking about it. “Star Trek would be great,” Tennant replied to the question. “After talking to George Takei for the podcast I’ve got a bit immersed in it.” This wasn’t the only revelation from Tennant. He also spoke about having no qualms to go from Marvel to DC. Tennant played Kilgrave in Marvel’s Jessica Jones. His response, “I’m very happy to play whoever DC suggest.”
DAVID TENNANT NOW
David Tennant keeps cranking them out. He was recently on the TV mini-series Good Omens while also continuing to work on Duck Tales, Staged, and There She Goes. Who knows, if they ever get the Star Trek situation handled, we may just see him beam aboard that franchise too.