27/04/2005, 10:15am GMT
David and some of his friends
popped into Hell's Kitchen for a bite to eat last night. Unfortunately they had to wait an hour and half for their meal and
they weren't that impressed anyway. At least it was free!
17/04/2005, 10:15am GMT
The BBC asked Doctor Who fans to e-mail them with their verdicts
on David being cast as the Time Lord here are a couple of them, if you would like to read more click here.
Really enjoying the new series with Chris and Billy and it's
a real shame that Dr 9 will not be back for another series, but David Tennant is a great actor. Having seen him in programmes
like Taking over the Asylum and Blackpool, I think he's versatile enough to bring another style to the Doctor. But please
nail him down to more than one series otherwise at this rate we've only got couple more series before the regenerations are
JD, Aberdeen, Scotland
I've been a loyal Doctor Who fan since I was five years old,
and I welcome the return of the series. I think David Tennant looks too young to play the Doctor. But I originally thought
that way of Peter Davison as well, so I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Matthew Francis, San Francisco,
Absolute brilliant choice - this man will reflect the correct
charismatic elegance that Tom Baker brought to the role. Even better if he wears the scarf! A sexy young Scot is sure to bring
in the female market. 10/10!
Caroline, West Sussex
I think David Tennant has a lot of potential and I look forward
to seeing him play the Doctor, far better than Christopher Eccleston. I think more importantly the writers (Mark Gatiss excluded)
need to work on better scripts that are intelligent and have a classic Who humour not the weak, flimsy stuff we are being
fed at the moment.
Nmyoung, Liverpool England
I don't know much about this David Tennant guy but on a recent
trip to Woking, England I caught an episode of Casanova and I thought he was a brilliant dynamic actor. However, I think it's
about time there was a female Doctor. Joanna Lumley perhaps.
Charlie Branson, Birmingham, Alabama
I think he'll be great. He has really good comic timing, and
a lot of character to carry it off. Christopher Eccleston was very charismatic though, and I loved his Mancunian accent. Just
curious to see whether David Tennant will play him as a Scotsman.
Alice Brown, Edinburgh, Scotland
Great choice, he was excellent in 'Blackpool'.
Smith, Nantwich, UK
Will everyone stop talking about 'gravitas' - this is Doctor
Who he's going to be playing not King Lear. I think he should be excellent as he seems able to inject comedy effortlessly
into his characters. This contrasts with Christopher Eccleston who seems totally ill at ease with the comic side of the Doctor.
Now we know why Eccleston doesn't usually play lighter roles - he can't! Bring on the talented Mr Tennant.
Absolutely! I congratulate the producers on their choice. I
think he will be perfect for the role. Personally, I believe he will prove to be a better choice in the long term than Eccleston,
as he has the right kind of charisma and eccentricity that has always been the trademark of the doctor. Eccleston, although
good, I felt was a little too "gangsta" for the part. Whatever, I'm really looking forward to the next series.
I first saw Tennant in The Rivals with the RSC in 2000. As a
17 year old, I was dazzled by the intensity and humour of the actor, and think he's a great choice to continue the excellent
work Eccleston has started in bringing the series back to a modern mainstream audience.
I think David Tennant will make a good Doctor, certainly better
than Eccleston. I have watch several programmes featuring David Tennant and think he is a very talented actor; he has also
expressed a love for the programme. I have to agree with other comments about Eccleston, this grinning and arm folding is
getting very repetitive and annoying, I thought he would be better than that, but this is someone who admits to never really
watching it before so he doesn't care about the part, just where it will get him.
It has been rumoured for some time that David Tennant would be stepping
into the Tardis, but the BBC have finally confirmed it!
David Tennant is confirmed as the tenth Doctor
Who, it was announced today by Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, following the recommissioning of the second
Tennant, whose recent credits include BBC THREE's critically-acclaimed
drama series Casanova, BBC ONE's Blackpool and He Knew He Was Right, will star alongside Billie Piper who
returns as Rose Tyler.
Julie Gardner, BBC Head of Drama, Wales says: "Christopher Eccleston
has given an exceptional performance as the ninth Doctor.
"David Tennant is a great actor who will build on the excellent work
already done by Christopher in establishing Doctor Who for a new generation."
David Tennant says: "I am delighted, excited and honoured to be the
"I grew up loving Doctor Who and it has been a lifelong dream to get
my very own TARDIS.
"Russell T Davies is one of the best writers television has ever had,
and I'm chuffed to bits to get the opportunity to work with him again.
"I'm also really looking forward to working with Billie Piper who
is so great as Rose.
"Taking over from Chris is a daunting prospect; he has done a fantastic
job of reinventing the Doctor for a new generation and is a very tough act to follow."
Executive producer/writer Russell T Davies adds: "Christopher Eccelston's
wonderful Doctor has reinvented the role, so that it now appeals to the best actors in the land.
"I'm already writing David's first new adventure on board the TARDIS!
"Regeneration is a huge part of the programme's mythology, and I'm
delighted that new, young viewers can now have the complete Doctor Who experience, as they witness their hero change his face!"
A new 13-part adventure and Christmas special begins
filming in Cardiff in the summer for transmission on BBC ONE.