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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.

- Paul Rance/

David Tennant's Emotional Goodbye from Doctor Who

The End Of Time - Part One & Part Two Review, BBC1, December 25th, 2009 & January 1st, 2010 - Spoiler
By Paul Rance

The end for David Tennant as Doctor Who came in this two parter, screened on Christmas Day, 2009, and New Year's Day, 2010 - with 'Doctor Who' writer and producer Russell T. Davies also departing the series at the same time.

These two episodes see the return of The Master (John Simm), who is more manic and more mad than ever. He's also very, very hungry - and has snazzy new hair. The Master has lined up a nice Christmas present for the human race - every human will become the Master. The new Master Race!

The story begins with the Doctor knowing that regeneration time is close at hand, and he will know his end is nigh when he hears four knocks. The Ood also tell him that his nemesis the Master will return. The Master returns to Earth through some misguided individuals, who succeed in bringing him back, but his estranged (!) wife Lucy (Alexandra Moen) tries her best to halt the process, which fails, but the Master's life will be shortened, as he, like the Doctor, is losing his powers, though he tries to prove to the Doctor that he can still do whatever he wants without retribution. Corrupt billionaire Joshua Naismith (David Harewood) has the Master captured, and thinks he can use the Master's powers for his own use... Big mistake.

Donna Noble's grandfather Wilfred (Bernard Cribbins) plays a key role in these two episodes, as he tells the Doctor of the Master's whereabouts, with the clue given in a Joshua Naismith book given to him by Donna on Christmas Day. A mysterious woman (Claire Bloom) has also sent Wilfred a message through the TV during the Queen's Christmas Day speech. The Master seems unstoppable though, despite the best efforts of the Doctor, Wilfred, and two Vinvocci - green, spikey headed aliens trying to help Earth - as every human on the planet (apart from Wilfred and Donna - enjoying the protection of the Doctor) becomes a clone of the Master in one of the most unique and powerful images in the history of 'Doctor Who' - including loads of Masters in some council flats taunting the Doctor. The Master in a dress is also not a pretty sight... More drama comes at the end of the first episode, as the Narrator (Timothy Dalton) of the first part of 'The End Of Time' is revealed as the President of the Time Lords. He had predicted that bad things would happen on Christmas Day, and he says that the Time Lords are returning...

Doctor Who - Winter Specials 2009 - Waters of Mars and The End of Time [DVD] Doctor Who - Winter Specials 2009 - Waters of Mars and The End of Time [DVD] (
Doctor Who: The Complete Specials (The Next Doctor / Planet of the Dead / The Waters of Mars / The End of Time Parts 1 and 2) ~ David Tennant Doctor Who: The Complete Specials (The Next Doctor / Planet of the Dead / The Waters of Mars / The End of Time Parts 1 and 2) DVD (

The Doctor: "Hell is descending." The Master: "My kind of world."

The Master actively calls down the Time Lords through a Gallifreyan diamond, which the Master has used as a link to the Time Lords. Meanwhile, the Doctor and Wilfred have found sanctuary on the Vinvoccis ship, and, in an emotional scene, Wilfred urges the Doctor to take his gun, as they both realise the serious situation about to unfold. Initially refusing, the Doctor changes his mind. The Doctor dramatically then tries to stop events, jumping from the Vinvoccis ship and crashing through the glass roof of the house where the Master and Time Lords are, and he's torn between who to stop first - the Master or the Time Lords, who want to end time itself, and thus all creation.

In a whirl of events, the Doctor uses the gun given to him by Wilfred, and uses it to shatter the Gallifreyan diamond, a Whitepoint Star. Time Lords and the Master are seemingly killed, but the Doctor has survived, though considerably weakened - and he hears the dreaded four knocks. Wilfred, meanwhile, is in an isolation chamber and in grave danger of radiation poisoning.

The Doctor sacrifices himself, but he survives long enough to see all his old friends - and loves. He gets back into the TARDIS and flies from Earth, and his final words before regeneration are the poignant: "I don't want to go." The new Doctor (Matt Smith) appears, checking himself out, and cries, as he seizes the TARDIS controls: "Geronimo!" I hope that's not going to be the new Doctor's catchphrase, as it was already irritating after the second mention!

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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