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FACT FILE

Stage Name: David Tennant

Birth Name: David John McDonald

Date Of Birth: 18th April 1971

Height: 6"1

Home Town: Paisley, Scotland

Education: Ralston Primary, Paisley Grammar School, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Favourite Book: The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger.

Favourite Film: Any Alfred Hitchcock but particulary Marnie.

Favourite Actress: Audrey Hepburn.

Favourite Play: Look Back In Anger and The Glass Menagerie.

Favourite TV Show: The West Wing.

Favourite Work Of Art: Rodin's The Kiss.

Favourite Piece Of Music: Fishing For A Dream - Turin Breaks.

Favourite Bands: The Proclaimers and The Beatles.

Favourite Doctor Who Monster: The Zygons.

ABOUT DAVID TENNANT 

Over his almost three decade long acting career, multi award winning actor David Tennant has left a trail of memorable characters over an expansive and diverse array of theatre, film, radio and television credits.
 
The son of a Presbyterian minister, David Tennant was brought up in Bathgate, the post-industrial town between Edinburgh and Glasgow immortalised in a song by his favorite band, The Proclaimers. He decided to be an actor at a very young age (3 or 4) and was appearing on screen before he was even out of school. He was first 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.
After graduating, Tennant auditioned for the groundbreaking political Scottish Theatre Group 7:84 and landed the role of Giri the Hitman in their touring production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Uiith — his first professional part. His second job, as King Arthur in an Edinburgh production, got such a bad review it made him cry. However, things began to look up when he landed a part in the award-winning BBC TV production of Takin' Over the Asylum. Tennant played manic-depressive Campbell Bain, a role that he claims changed his life. "They needed someone who could believably act 19 and bonkers." He could, and did, to much acclaim, and followed it up with a much-praised performance as the page boy in What the Butler Saw at the Lyttelton.
Then in 1996, when he was just 25, Tennant joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. His turn as Touchstone in As You Like It was praised as the most memorable in years. He was also applauded for his Jack Lane in The Herbal Bed, his leading role in Romeo and Juliet, and his portrayals of Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (for which he received a a 2000 Ian Charleson Award nomination for Best classical actor under 30) and Captain Jack Absolute in The Rivals. Tennant is now a respected classical stage actor and has added to his awards with the 2005 Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland Best Male Performance, as Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger; a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award nomination for Best Actor for Lobby Hero; and a Theatre Management Association Best Actor Award for The Glass Menagerie.
Whilst forging his name in the theatre, Tennant also dipped his toe into the world of television, guest-starring in episodes of The Deputy, Foyle's War, The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Rab C. Nesbitt, Holding the Baby and the multiple-award-winning People Like Us. He also appeared in a number of British films and co-starred in BBC4's acclaimed live telefilm of The Quatermass Experiment in April 2005.
 
But three TV roles in particular won Tennant widespead recognition, both in the United Kingdom and internationally.
In He Knew He Was Right, Andrew Davies' acclaimed BBC adaptation of Trollope's novel, Tennant provided the comic sub-plot as the Reverend Gibson, a flirtatious clergyman who is fought over by a pair of squabbling sisters.
In Blackpool, his Detective Inspector Peter Carlisle won critical acclaim ("David Tennant … crackles with raw energy" said the New York Daily News).
And his Casanova was a triumph, described by the Observer as "a perfect fusion of Brad Pitt and Michael Palin."
 
David is perhaps best known for his portrayal as the Tenth Doctor on the hugely popular “Doctor Who”. The BBC science fiction series itself has become a pop culture fixture and a fifty-year cult favorite. It depicts the adventures of the time traveling humanoid alien
Doctor as he defends himself against foes and protects whole civilizations and people in need. In November 2013, as part of “Doctor Who’s” 50th Anniversary celebrations, David's Doctor was voted "The UK's Favorite Doctor" in a survey held by
the Radio Times magazine.
Since embarking upon his longstanding “Doctor Who” career in 2005, David has appeared in many spin-offs of the series. These include: his directorial debut on the 2007 “Doctor Who Confidential” episode; a small role in the show’s webcast “Scream of the Shalka”; an appearance as the Doctor in an animated version of the show for CBBC’s “Totally Doctor Who, The Infinite Quest”; and a starring role as the Doctor in another animated six-part Doctor Who series entitled “Dreamland”. 
An enthusiast and loyal supporter of the series, David announced that he would be stepping down from the role in 2008. He returned briefly to the role in 2013 to guest star in the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor.” For his part in the show, Tennant won three TV Quick Awards, three SFX Awards, four National Television Awards, and two BAFTA awards, among numerous other nominations over the course of his four-year Doctor tenure.
David has starred in a series of prodigious film roles. In April 2012, he played the lead in a one-off drama entitled The Minor Character for Sky Arts. Between April and June of the same year, he played the lead role of ‘Jean-François Mercier’ in the BBC Four mini-series “Spies of Warsaw.” In 2010 he starred as a widowed father in the British drama “Single Father”, which followed his character ‘Dave’
as he struggled to raise five children after the death of his partner. For this role, he was nominated as “Best Actor” at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards.

Among his other accolades was a 2009 Critics Choice Award for “Best Shakespearean Performance” for his titular role in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of “Hamlet.” A critically acclaimed performance which saw him hailed as 'The Hamlet of his generation."
Awards for his 2013 / 2014 role as Richard II, also for the RSC, incuded Best Actor In A Play at the WhatsOnStage Awards.

In November 2008, David starred in the BBC and HBO biopic “Einstein and Eddington.” The TV movie featured him in the role of ‘Sir Arthur Eddington,’ who was the first physicist to lend a helping hand to Albert Einstein as he sought to prove his experimental and controversial theories.
In February of 2007, David starred in “Recovery,” a 90-minute BBC One drama written by Tony Marchant. He played ‘Alan,’ an ambitious site-manager attempting to rebuild his life after a tragic brain injury.  Later that same year, David starred in the BBC comedy drama “Learners”. The film, written by and starring Jessica Hynes, featured David as Christian driving instructor ‘Chris,’ who finds himself
the unsolicited object of a student's affection.
In 2005, the National Video Archive of Performance recorded David as ‘Jimmy Porter’in the Theatre Royal play “Look Back in Anger” for the Victoria and Albert Museum Theatre Collection. 
Further solidifying his place as one of the UK’s elite, David made an appearance in the popular J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series as ‘Barty Crouch Jr.’ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in the same year.
 
As well as being a seasoned professional actor, he is an award winning voice-over actor. He has lent his voice to a wide range of characters, including ‘Huyand’ in animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”; “Spitelout” in How to Train Your Dragon; and 'Twigs’ in Tree Fu Tom, among others.
 
Most recently David can be seen portraying the villainous role of 'Kilgrave' opposite  Krysten Ritter in Netflix’s “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.” The streaming service is exclusively airing the 13-episode series.
David will star alongside Elizabeth Moss as the lead in the new film Mad To Be Normal as the world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing. It will tell the story of his unique community at Kingsley Hall, East London during the 1960’s. The film is set for release in 2016.

Currently, David is filming for the critically acclaimed ITV crime series “Broadchurch.” David plays detective ‘Alec Hardy,’ who was brought to the small town of Broadchurch to investigate the murder of an 11-year-old local boy. Currently in production for it's third and final series, “Broadchurch” has already been nominated and won several awards, including the 2014 BAFTA TV Award for “Best Drama Series.”
 
From his first projects with the Royal Shakespeare Company, to his present day Rolodex of timeless characters in all areas of performance, David Tennant continues to amass an ever-growing fan base worldwide.


 

 

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DOCTOR WHO

The role that David Tennant is perhaps best known for is that of the Doctor in the BBC Wales Sci Fi series Doctor Who.

 

David joined the show in 2005 as the Tenth incarnation of the Time Lord and went on to achieve global success with the part.

Over 4 years and 47 episodes David won critical acclaim, walking away from the show in January 2010 with an armfull of accolades including National Television Awards and a BAFTA Cymru.

Fans too were won and his Doctor was voted the best ever by reader's of Doctor Who Magazine.

In November 2009 the episode The Waters Of Mars gave BBC America their biggest ever ratings.

And in the UK over 10 Million people tuned in on 1st January 2010 to see the demise of David's Doctor as he regenrated.

 

The 23rd November 2013 saw the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and marked the return of David Tennant to the TARDIS for a one off special episode.

The episode was simulcast to over 75 countries worldwide and streamed live in to cinemas across the globe. 

From 2016 David Tennant reprised his role as the Tenth Doctor in a series of audio adventures for Big Finish.

THE PARTING OF THE WAYS

Air Date:  18th June 2005

Written By:  Russell T Davies

Starring:  Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper and David Tennant

 

Rose Tyler has faced danger and seen wonders alongside the Doctor, but now their friendship is put to the test as Earth plunges into an epic war. With the human race being slaughtered, the Doctor is forced into terrible action. Will the time travellers ever be reunited?

 

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BORN AGAIN

Air Date:  18th November 2005

Written By:  Russell T Davies

Starring:  David Tennant and Billie Piper

 

The Doctor has just changed in front of Rose Tyler's very eyes, but will she still be able to trust the man she loved with a new face?

 

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THE CHRISTMAS INVASION

Air Date:  25th December 2005

Written By:  Russell T Davies

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper, Noel Clarke and Camille Coduri

 

Rose and the newly-regenerated Doctor continue their adventures together in this Christmas Special episode. Christmas becomes a time of terror for Planet Earth, as the whole of mankind falls under the shadow of the alien Sycorax. Rose needs the Doctor's help, but can she trust a man with a new face?

 

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NEW EARTH

Air Date:  15th April 2006

Written By:  Russell T Davies

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper and Zoe Wanamaker

 

The Doctor & Rose board the Tardis for new adventures. When they visit mankind's new home, far into the future, they find gruesome secrets hidden inside a luxury hospital. Cassandra, an enemy though long since dead, is out for revenge.

 

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TOOTH AND CLAW

Air Date:  22nd April 2006

Written By:  Russell T Davies

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper And Pauline Collins

 

The Doctor and Rose meet Queen Victoria whilst she is visiting Scotland in 1879. Unbeknown to the Queen, a band of Warrior Monks take over Torchwood Estate and make plans to gain control of the British Empire.

 

 

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SCHOOL REUNION

Air Date:  29th April 2006

Written By:  Toby Whithouse

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper, Elisabeth Sladen and Noel Clarke

 

The Doctor investigates a London school which is haunted by bat-like creatures.The Doctor finds his old friend already working undercover and both have old scores to settle. Rose discovers the true legacy of being a Time Lord's companion.

 

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THE GIRL IN THE FIREPLACE

Air Date:  5th May 2006

Written By:  Steven Moffat

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper, Sophia Myles and Noel Clarke

 

It's 18th Century France and the court of Versailles is under attack by clockwork killers. The mistress of King Louis XV, Madame De Pompadour, calls for the mysterious man in her dreams - the Doctor.

 

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RISE OF THE CYBERMEN

Air Date:  13th May 2006

Written By:  Tom MacRae

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper, Roger Lloyd Pack, Shaun Dingwall, Camille Coduri and Noel Clarke

 

The Tardis is trapped on a parallel Earth and the population is preparing for the ultimate upgrade. But sinister forces are at work and The Doctor runs up against an old enemy, The Cybermen.

 

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THE AGE OF STEEL

Air Date:  20th May 2006

Written By:  Tom MacRae

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper, Roger Lloyd Pack, Shaun Dingwall, Camille Coduri and Noel Clarke

 

The Cybermen take control of London and start converting the populace. While Jackie falls under Lumic's control, the Doctor, Rose and Mickey are reduced to fugitives in a world of terror.

 

 

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THE IDIOT'S LANTERN

Air Date:  27th May 2006

Written By:  Mark Gatiss

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper and Maureen Lipman

 

It's 1953, the Coronation year of HM Queen Elizabeth II, and the people of Great Britain gather to witness the great event. But behind the celebrations there are rumours of monsters on the streets.

 

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THE IMPOSSIBLE PLANET

Air Date:  3rd June 2006

Written By:  Matt Jones

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper, Danny Webb, Claire Rushbrook, Shaun Parkes and Will Thorp

 

Rose finds herself further away from home than ever before, on a desolate world in the orbit of a Black Hole. Trapped with an Earth expedition and the mysterious Ood, the time travellers face an even greater danger as something ancient beneath the planet's surface begins to awake.

 

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THE SATAN PIT

Air Date:  10th June 2006

Written By:  Matt Jones

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper, Danny Webb, Claire Rushbrook, Shaun Parkes and Will Thorp

 

Rose battles the murderous Ood and the Doctor finds his every belief being challenged to the core. But with the planet threatening to fall into the Black Hole, the Doctor must make the ultimate sacrifice...

 

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LOVE & MONSTERS

Air Date:  17th June 2006

Written By:  Russell T Davies

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper, Peter Kay, Marc Warren, Camille Coduri and Shirley Henderson

 

An ordinary man called Elton becomes obsessed with the Doctor and Rose and their mysterious blue box. His harmless hobby suddenly plunges him into a living nightmare.

 

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FEAR HER

Air Date:  24th June 2006

Written By:  Mattew Graham

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper and Nina Sosanya

 

When the TARDIS lands in 2012, the Doctor plans to show Rose the London Olympics. But on a nearby housing estate, a desperate mother is hiding her daughter's unearthly powers. Can the Doctor defeat the danger nestling at the heart of an ordinary British household?

 

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ARMY OF GHOSTS

Air Date:  1st July 2006

Written By:  Russell T Davies

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper, Tracy Ann Oberman, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, Shaun Dingwall

 

The human race rejoices as the ghosts of loved ones return home, but as the Doctor, Rose and Jackie investigate the Torchwood Tower, the whole of modern-day Earth threatens to fall to an almighty invasion force.

 

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DOOMSDAY

Air Date:  7th July 2006

Written By:  Russell T Davies

Starring:  David Tennant, Billie Piper, Tracy Ann Oberman, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, Shaun Dingwall

 

It's the end of an epic journey as two mighty armies wage war across the Earth. As an unstoppable terror emerges, the Doctor faces an even greater dilemma - does saving the world mean the death of Rose Tyler?

 

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THE RUNAWAY BRIDE

Air Date:  25th December 2006

Written By:  Russell T Davies

Starring:  David Tennant, Catherine Tate and Sarah Parish

 

Bride-to-be Donna mysteriously vanishes as she prepares to marry her boyfriend Lance in a glittering ceremony on Christmas Eve. She suddenly appears, to her complete astonishment, in the Tardis with the Doctor.

 

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SMITH AND JONES

Air Date:  31st March 2007

Written By:  Russell T Davies

Starring:  David Tennant and Freema Agyeman

 

As a medical student, Martha Jones has seen some eye-opening things, but none of them compare to the mysterious man she meets one morning at St. Thomas' Hospital...Mr John Smith.

 

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THE SHAKESPEARE CODE

Air Date:  7th April 2007

Written By:  Gareth Roberts

Starring:  David Tennant, Freema Agyeman and Dean Lennox Kelly

 

Evil witches cast their spell over Elizabethan England as the Doctor and Martha travel back in time and meet William Shakespeare...

 

 

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GRIDLOCK

Air Date:  14th April 2007

Written By:  Russell T Davies

Starring:  David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Ardal O'Hanlon

 

The Doctor just can't keep away from New Earth, and he's got a new companion to impress, so he and Martha are soon off on a quick jaunt to New New York.

 

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DALEKS IN MANHATTAN

Air Date:  21st April 2007

Written By:  Helen Raynor

Starring:  David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Miranda Raison, Hugh Quashie and Andrew Garfield

 

As The Doctor and Martha travel to 1930's New York the Doctor's oldest enemies are planning their most audacious plan yet at the top of the Empire State Building...

 

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EVOLUTION OF THE DALEKS

Air Date:  28th April 2007

Written By:  Helen Raynor

Starring:  David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Miranda Raison, Hugh Quashie and Andrew Garfield

 

As Martha fights for her life at the top of the Empire State Building, the Doctor must enter into an unholy alliance in order to change Dalek history for ever...

 

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THE LAZARUS EXPERIMENT

Air Date:  5th May 2007

Written By:  Stephen Greenhorn

Starring:  David Tennant, Freema Agyeman and Mark Gatiss

 

Martha returns home to her family to complete her studies and discovers that her sister, Tish, has been selected to organise a meeting where a 76-year-old scientist, Dr Lazarus, is developing his age-defying Genetic Manipulation Device.  It soon becomes clear that Dr Lazarus isn't all he seems and, unbeknown to the Doctor, the professor's paymaster has just set the wheels of a deadly trap in motion. As human DNA morphs into a monstrous form, can the Doctor and Martha fight for survival?

 

 

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42

Air Date:  19th May 2007

Written By:  Chris Chibnall

Starring:  David Tennant, Freema Agyeman and Michelle Collins

 

In a distant galaxy, a spaceship hurtles out of control towards a boiling sun with the Doctor and Martha trapped on board, as Russell T Davies's Doctor Who continues. They've only got 42 minutes to uncover the saboteurs, but, with a mysterious force starting to possess the ship's crew, the Doctor is running out of time.

 

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HUMAN NATURE

Air Date:  26th May 2007

Written By:  Paul Cornell

Starring:  David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Jessica Hynes and Harry Lloyd

 

It's 1913 in England, and an ordinary schoolteacher called John Smith dreams of adventures in time and space and a mysterious blue box, as Russell T Davies's Doctor Who continues. But, when lights in the sky herald the arrival of something strange and terrible, Smith's maid, Martha, has to convince him that he alone can save the world.

 

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THE FAMILY OF BLOOD

Air Date:  2nd June 2006

Written By:  Paul Cornell

Starring:  David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Jessica Hynes and Harry Lloyd

 

It's 1913 in England and war has come a year in advance as the terrifying Family hunt for the Doctor. But, while John Smith refuses to accept his destiny as a Time Lord, the women in his life, Martha and Joan, have to take terrible measures to save the whole of history.

 

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