David Tennant

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Self: One Year On[Factual]; New New Doctor[Factual]; Fear Factor[Factual]; Friends Reunited[Factual]; From Script to Screen[Factual]; Cybermen[Factual]; From Zero to Hero[Factual]; The Writer's Tale[Factual]; You've Got the Look[Factual]; Religion, Myths and Legends[Factual]; The New World of Dr Who[Factual]; The Fright Stuff[Factual]; Welcome to Torchwood[Factual]; Finale[Factual]; Music and Monsters[Factual]; Meet Martha Jones[Factual]; Stage Fright[Factual]; Are We There Yet?[Factual]; Making Manhattan[Factual]; Monsters Inc[Factual]; Space Craft[Factual]; Alter Ego[Factual]; Bad Blood[Factual]; 'Ello 'Ello 'Ello[Factual]; The Saxon Mystery[Factual]; The Valiant Quest[Factual]; Top Gear[Related]; Kylie Special[Factual]; A Noble Return[Factual]; The Italian Job[Factual]; Oods and Ends[Factual]; Send in the Clones[Factual]; Sontar-Ha![Factual]; Sins of the Fathers[Factual]; Nemesis[Factual]; Shadow Play[Factual]; River Runs Deep[Factual]; Look Who's Talking[Factual]; Here Come the Girls[Factual]; Friends and Foe[Factual]; The End of an Era[Factual]; Christmas 2008 Special[Factual]; The Eleventh Doctor[Factual]; Desert Storm[Factual]; The Graham Norton Show[Related]; Is There Life on Mars?[Factual]; Lords and Masters[Factual]; Alan Carr: Chatty Man[Related]; Allons-y![Factual]; Front Row[Related]; Doctor Who in the U.S.[Factual]; The Doctors Revisited: The Fifth Doctor[Factual]; Doctor Who Explained[Factual]; The Doctors Revisited: The Tenth Doctor[Factual]; Tales from the TARDIS[Factual]; Who is The Doctor?[Factual]; Behind The Lens: The Day of The Doctor[Factual]; The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot[Misc]; Doctor Who: A Farewell to Matt Smith[Factual]; Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion[Factual]; Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord[Factual]; Innerspace[Factual]; Backstage at Christmas[Factual] | as "The 10th Doctor": My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen[Factual] | as Castaway: Desert Island Discs[Related] | as Contributor: The Doctors Revisited: The First Doctor[Factual]; The Doctors Revisited: The Second Doctor[Factual]; The Doctors Revisited: The Third Doctor[Factual]; The Doctors Revisited: The Fourth Doctor[Factual] | as Guest: Totally Doctor Who (#1.2)[Factual]; Totally Doctor Who (#1.4)[Factual]; Totally Doctor Who (#2.2)[Factual] | as Introduced by: Doctor Who: A Celebration[Music] | as Narrator: A New Dimension[Factual] | as Participant: The Weakest Link[Related]; Mastermind[Related]; Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide[Factual]; Doctor Who: Best of Blue Peter(uncredited)[Factual] (from archive recording) | as Presenter: Do You Remember the First Time?[Factual]; Never Mind the Buzzcocks[Related]
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The Doctor: The Christmas Invasion; Attack of the Graske[Misc]; New Earth; Tooth and Claw; School Reunion; The Girl in the Fireplace; Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel; The Idiot's Lantern; The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit; Love & Monsters; Fear Her; Army of Ghosts / Doomsday; The Runaway Bride; Smith and Jones; The Shakespeare Code; Gridlock; Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks; The Lazarus Experiment; 42; Human Nature / The Family of Blood; Blink; Utopia; The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords; The Infinite Quest; Voyage of the Damned; Partners in Crime; The Fires of Pompeii; Planet of the Ood; The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky; The Doctor's Daughter; The Unicorn and the Wasp; Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead; Midnight; Turn Left; The Stolen Earth / Journey's End; Doctor Who Prom (2008)[Music]; The Next Doctor; Planet of the Dead; The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith[SJA]; The Waters of Mars; Dreamland; The End of Time; The Day of The Doctor; Technophobia[BF]; Time Reaver[BF]; Death and the Queen[BF]; Infamy Of The Zaross[BF]; The Sword Of The Chevalier[BF]; Cold Vengeance[BF]; No Place[BF]; One Mile Down[BF]; The Creeping Death[BF]; Echoes of Extinction[BF]; The War Master: Self-Defence; The Power of the Doctor; Out of Time 1; Children in Need Special; Music of the Spheres; Time Crash (Children in Need); The Name of the Doctor(uncredited) (from archive recording)Info; The Girl Who Died(uncredited) (from archive recording)Info; The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar(uncredited) (from archive recording)Info; The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion(uncredited) (from archive recording)Info | as Doctor Who: Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways
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David Tennant
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David John McDonald

Born: Sunday 18th April 1971 (age: 53)


David Tennant was born in Bathgate, West Lothian in Scotland and grew up in Ralston, Renfrewshire, where his father, the Reverend "Sandy" McDonald, was the local Church of Scotland minister.

Tennant was educated at Ralston Primary and Paisley Grammar School He acted in school productions throughout primary and secondary school. At 16 he passed an audition for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and studied there between the ages of 17-20. He adopted the professional name "Tennant" – inspired by Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, after reading a copy of Smash Hits magazine. .

Tennant's first professional role upon graduating from drama school was in a staging of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui co-starring Ashley Jensen. Tennant also made an early television appearance in the Scottish TV sitcom Rab C Nesbitt as a transsexual barmaid called Davina. .

Tennant's first major TV role was as the manic depressive Campbell in the Scottish drama series Takin' Over the Asylum (1994). One of his earliest big screen roles was in Jude (1996), in which he shared a scene with Christopher Eccleston, playing a drunken undergraduate who challenges Eccleston's Jude to prove his intellect. His first Shakespearean role for the the Royal Shakespeare Company was in As You Like It (1996); playing the jester Touchstone. He subsequently specialised in comic roles, playing Antipholus of Syracuse inThe Comedy of Errors and Captain Jack Absolute in The Rivals, although he also played the tragic role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Tennant also contributed to several audio dramatisations of Shakespeare for the Arkangel Shakespeare series (1998). His roles include a reprisal of his Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, as well as Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice, Edgar/Poor Tom in King Lear, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. In 1995, Tennant appeared at the Royal National Theatre, London, playing the role of Nicholas Beckett in Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw. .

Tennant appeared in the first episode of Reeves and Mortimer's re-vamped Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) in 2000, playing an eccentric artist. Other roles include parts in He Knew He Was Right (2004) Blackpool (2004), Casanova (2005) and The Quatermass Experiment (2005). He appeared in Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things (2003), and played Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. .

In 2005 he played the title role in Casanova, written by Russell T Davies and produced by Julie Gardner. The role brought him to the attention of the two Doctor Who executives who were looking for a replacement for Christopher Eccleston who left the series after one season. On 16 April 2005, just after the series returned to British television, the BBC issued a statement naming Tennant, a lifelong Doctor Who fan, as the Tenth Doctor. .

While playing the Doctor, Tennant starred in Recovery, a 90-minute BBC1 drama written by Tony Marchant. Tennant played Alan, a self-made building site manager who attempted to rebuild his life after suffering a debilitating brain injury. Later in 2007 he starred in Learners, a BBC comedy drama written by and starring Jessica Hynes. In 2009 he worked on a film version of the RSC's 2008 Hamlet for BBC2. In December 2009, he filmed the lead in an NBC pilot, Rex Is Not Your Lawyer, playing Rex, a Chicago lawyer who starts to coach clients to represent themselves when he starts suffering panic attacks. The pilot was not picked up and the project was shelved. In October 2010 he starred as Dave, a man struggling to raise five children after the death of his partner, in the British drama Single Father. .

In 2008 Tennant played Hamlet at the RSC as well as with Berowne (in Love's Labours Lost) appearing at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon Hamlet transferred to the Novello Theatre in London's West End in December 2008, but Tennant suffered a prolapsed disc during previews and was unable to perform for three weeks. .

In 2011 he stared in the BBC Two British TV film United. In the summer he appeared with former co-star Catherine Tate in a stage production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

Tennant will return to the RSC for the company's 2013 winter season, playing the title role in Richard II at Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Barbican Centre in London.