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David Tennant Brief Biography & Filmography

The 10th TV Doctor Who, David Tennant (real name David MacDonald), was born in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, on April 18th, 1971. Graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Tennant really made his name in the BBC series' 'Blackpool' and 'Casanova'.

A Doctor Who fan since childhood, Tennant first featured on 'Doctor Who' as the voice of the Caretaker in the animated 'Scream of the Shalka' in 2003. His stock has really risen since, and he was in the Harry Potter movie, 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'.

Making an impressive debut in the Christmas 2005 episode of 'Doctor Who', Tennant continued the recent tradition of Doctors with regional accents. Beginning with William Hartnell, and right up to Colin Baker, all the TV Doctors spoke with no discernable accent. Sylvester McCoy's Scottish brogue broke the mould, and, following on from Christopher Eccleston's Mancunian accent, Tennant played a sort of chirpy Cockney Doctor, still possessing the Doctor's humanity, but also obviously not one to be messed with, viz, his stony-faced "No second chances" comment, after he had dispatched a Sycorax leader, who had broken his word. David Tennant's last appearance in his run as the Doctor came on New Year's Day, 2010, when he was replaced by Matt Smith at the end of the two parter, 'The End Of Time'.

In 2013, David Tennant reprised his role as the Doctor, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the series. Tennant played one of three Doctors alongside Matt Smith and John Hurt.

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David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who

David Tennant - A Life in Time and Space
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David Tennant's TV & Film Roles (TV unless otherwise stated)
(most recent roles - in italics - listed first)

Gracepoint (2014) Emmett Carver
Doctor Who (2005-2013) The Doctor
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (2013) David Tennant
Royal Shakespeare Company: Richard II (2013) Richard II
The Escape Artist (2013) Will Burton
Dragons: Riders of Berk (2013) Spitelout / Spitelout Jorgenson
Fish Hooks (2013) Oscar's Brain
The Politician's Husband (2013) Aiden Hoynes
Broadchurch (2013) DI Alec Hardy
Spies of Warsaw (2013) Jean-François Mercier
Tree Fu Tom (2013) Twigs
Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! (2012) (Film) Donald / Roderick Peterson
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2012) Huyang
True Love (2012) Nick

Playhouse Presents (2012) Will
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) (Film) Charles Darwin
This Is Jinsy (2011) Mr. Slightlyman
Fright Night (2011) (Film) Peter Vncent
The Decoy Bride (2011) (Film) James Neil Arber
United (2011) (Film) Jimmy Murphy
Single Father (2010) Dave
How to Train Your Dragon (voice) (Film) (2010) Spitelout
Rex Is Not Your Lawyer (2010) Rex Alexander
Hamlet (2009) (TV Film) Hamlet
The Catherine Tate Show (2007-09) Ghost of Christmas Present / Mr. Logan
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009) (Film) Lord Pomfrey
Doctor Who Animated Series (2007-09) The Doctor
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2009) The Doctor
Glorious 39 (2009) (Film) Hector Haldane MP
Einstein and Eddington (2008) (TV Film) Arthur Eddington
Extras (2007) David Tennant
Learners (2007) (TV Film) Chris
Dead Ringers (2007) Regenerated Tony Blair
Recovery (2007) (TV Film) Alan Hamilton
Free Jimmy (voice) (2006) (Film) Hamish
The Chatterley Affair (2006) (TV Film) Richard Hoggart
The Romantics (2006) Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Secret Smile (2005) (TV Film) Brendan Block
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (Film) Barty Crouch Junior
The Quatermass Experiment (2005) (TV Film) Doctor Gordon Briscoe
Casanova (2005) Giacomo Casanova
Blackpool (2004) DI Peter Carlisle
He Knew He Was Right (2004) Mr. Gibson
The Deputy (2004) (TV Film) Christopher Williams
Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2003) (voice) Caretaker
Terri McIntyre (2003) Greig Miller
Spine Chillers (2003) Dr. Krull
Bright Young Things (2003) (Film) Ginger Littlejohn
Posh Nosh (2003) Piers / Jose-Luis
Trust (2003) Gavin MacEwan
Foyle's War (2002) Theo Howard
People Like Us (2001) Rob Harker
High Stakes (2001) Gaz Whitney
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000) Gordon Stylus
Being Considered (2000) (Film) Larry
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (1999) Max Valentine
Love in the 21st Century (1999) John
The Last September (1999) (Film) Captain Gerald Colthurst
L.A. Without a Map (1998) (Film) Richard
Duck Patrol (1998) Simon Darwin Brown
Holding the Baby (1997) Nurse
Jude (1996) (Film) Drunk Student
A Mug's Game (1996) Gavin
The Bill (1995) Steve Clemens
The Tales of Para Handy (1994)
Takin' Over the Asylum (1994) Campbell
Rab C. Nesbitt (1993) Davina

The Brown Man (1993) (TV Film) Ventriloquist
Bunch of Five (1992) Policeman
Strathblair (1992) Archie
Dramarama (1988) Neil McDonald



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