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January 2009

30/01/2009, 07:00am GMT
 
David To Present Comic Relief
 
 
It has been announced at the Red Nose Day press launch that David will be presenting the first hour of Comic Relief with Davina McCall.
In a pre-recorded video screened at The Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, he said: "It’s a great honour for me. I remember the first Red Nose Day when I was at school, buying the t-shirt and everyone joining in, And then, later, at drama school, me and my mate Alan McCue formed a Proclaimers tribute act and went busking in Sauchiehall Street. We were rubbish, but earned 65 in our lunch hour. The people of Glasgow are very generous."
Comic Relief will air on Friday 13th March at 19:00pm.
Visit www.rednoseday.com to find out how you can help!
 
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David will also be narrating Comic Relief: The Fools' Guide on BBC One on Tuesday 3rd February at 22:35pm.
Photo Credit: www.simonridgway.com
 
BFI Southbank To Screen The Quatermass Experiment
 
 
The BFI are offering the chance for you to compare the live 1953 version of The Quatermass Experiment with the live 2005 broadcast, which featured David as Dr Gordon Briscoe, and then question the Director Sam Miller, the producer Alison Willett and the executive Producer Richard Fell after the screening about how they reinvented this classic and why they wanted to follow in the live TV drama tradition.
The screening takes place on Tuesday 10th February at 20:00pm and you can book tickets on the BFI website here.
 
 
27/01/2009, 13:16pm GMT
 
David Shares Critics' Circle Award With Sir Derek Jacobi
 
David has been presented with the Critics' Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Performance for his role as Hamlet.
He will share the award with Sir Derek Jacobi for his performance as Malvolio in The Twelth Night.
On accepting his award David said: "When I was at drama school, I waited at the stage door of Glasgow Theatre Royal to get Derek Jacobi's autograph, after his breathtaking Richard II. I was utterly inspired by that night, so to be sharing a prize for Shakespeare with such an amazing actor means more than I can say."
He also described the experience of playing Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon as "a dream I never imagined I would get to fulfil".
 
Doctor Who Update: More Filming Photos
 
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We have added more photos of David and Michelle Ryan filming scenes for Planet Of The Dead in Cardiff over the past few days. You can view the set here.
 
 
David's Doctor Who Video Diary
 
 
David has made a video of his first day back in Cardiff. Thanks to the BBC for the video below.
 
 
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We have now added some screen caps from David's video diary to the site. You can view them here.
 
 
David To Narrate War Child Advert
 
David will be narrating TV and radio adverts for a new album for the War Child charity.
Released by EMI through its Parlophone label, the album sees some of the biggest names in music history select one of their personal favourite songs from their own back catalogue, and nominate a musician from the next generation to create a modern reworking of it.
Tracks include a version of Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die" sung by Duffy, Franz Ferdinand's version of Blondie's "Call Me", and a cover of U2's "Running to Stand Still" by Elbow.
The album will be released on February 16, and all profits made will go towards helping protect children caught in the conflict of war.
To find out more about War Child visit their website here.
 
 
25/01/2009, 16:43pm GMT
 
Watch A Clip Of David In Look Back In Anger
 
 
Thanks to the V&A online collection you can see a short clip of David as Jimmy Porter in Look Back In Anger. This performance was recorded at the Theatre Royal in Bath in 2005.
  • Click here to watch.                                                                          You will need the current Quick Time application on your PC to watch.
  • To find out more about David in Look Back In Anger click here.
 
23/01/2009, 08:00am GMT
 
Doctor Who Update: Planet Of The Dead News
 
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David is back filming with BBC Wales for the new Doctor Who specials and the BBC have released details of his new co stars for the Easter special Planet Of The Dead.
 
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He will be joined by actress Michelle Ryan, who can be seen with him in the photos above filming on a double decker bus in Cardiff, and actor and comedian Lee Evans.
Michelle will play the mysterious Lady Christina de Souza. She said "I'm a huge fan of Doctor Who and very excited to be joining David Tennant and the Doctor Who team."
Executive producer and writer Russell T Davies said: "Michelle is one of the most sought-after young actors in the country and we are delighted to announce that she will be joining the team.
As always the script is being kept strictly under wraps. However, we can reveal that Lady Christina is a woman with a mysterious past who's going to have a huge impact on the Doctor."
Lee will play a character called Malcolm, whose life becomes connected to the Doctor's in unusual circumstances.
Doctor Who: Planet Of The Dead will air on BBC One at Easter.
 
 
21/01/2009, 15:25pm GMT
 
Hello Magazine Poll
 
David has been named the second most attractive man of 2008 in a poll carried out by Hello Magazine.
The magazine's website says:
The race for the Most Attractive Man title turned up two frontrunners as dishy Doctor Who David Tennant and rising star Robert Pattinson went neck and neck all the way. As the male pole closed over 395,000 votes had been cast, with the Twilight star emerging as the winner with 39 per cent - a lead of only one per cent.
 
 
Radio Times Covers Party
 
 
David was a guest at the annual Radio Times Covers Party so keep an eye out for future coverage of the event in the Radio Times.
 
 
20/01/2009, 17:26pm GMT
 
The Next Doctor DVD Out Now
 
Doctor Who - The Next Doctor - 2008 Christmas Special
 
The Next Doctor is now available on DVD across the UK. You can buy it online from our shop here for the discounted price of just 10.98.
 
 
David Tops Metrosexual Role Model Poll
 
David has come top in a poll conducted by Superdrug to find the top metrosexual role model in the UK. The store asked thousands of its shoppers to name the person in the public eye they thought took the most care of their appearance and David came out on top.
 
 
16/01/2009, 11:31am GMT
 
Free Doctor Who Year Planner In The Daily Mirror
 
The Daily Mirror have a great Doctor Who giveaway tomorrow.
There will be a free doublesided Doctor Who Year Planner inside every copy the paper. On one side will be a huge poster of David as the Doctor and the other side a handy calendar.
There will also be a coupon inside the paper which will entitle you to 1.00 off the next issue of Doctor Who Adventures magazine.
 
 
Doctor Who DVD Files
 
January 16 2009 06:40:36.
 
The first issue of Doctor Who DVD Files is out now at the introductory price of just 1.99.
Each copy of the magazine is packed with facts and photos about the new series of Doctor Who and comes with a DVD with two episodes of the show. You can subscribe online at www.dwfiles.com
 
 
Dramarama Clip
 
 
The above clip of David in one of his first acting roles on Dramarama was shown recently on Almost Famous.
 
 
12/01/2009, 16:03pm GMT
 
Swarm Update
 
If you missed Swarm last night then you can catch up by watching it via BBC iPlayer here.
The episode will be repeated on BBC HD at 22:00pm tonight.
 
 
Hello Magazine Vote
 
David is currently in second place in the Hello Magazine Most Attractive Man Of 2008 poll. You can cast your vote for him here.
 
 
11/01/2009, 16:09pm GMT
 
Swarm BBC One Tonight At 9pm
 
Don't forget to tune in to BBC One tonight at 9pm to hear David narrating the second part of Swarm. Details of the episode are as follows:
 
In the first program we saw how animal swarms collide with our world. This time the intelligence behind such mass invasions is explored. When swarms gather, they generate a mysterious swarm intelligence, communicating and learning in amazing ways.
Bees hold commitee meetings to discuss new nesting sites, flocks of quelea learn from each other where to find the best food, fire ants even use their own bodies to form a raft and escape when their nest is destroyed by floods.
All unite as one and act like a giant organism controlled by a single brain. One newly discovered swarm may even use its united strength to save the planet from the greenhouse effect! The superorganism can accomplish far more than the sum of its parts.
As in program 1, real-life footage combined with state of the art high-speed camera techniques shows the complexity of the superorganism, and how this intelligent being affects us and the planet.
 
 
David Wins The Galaxy FM Hot Scot Award
 
Back in November 2008 when Galaxy FM launched they asked you to cast your vote for who you thought was the current Hot Scot.
Thousands of people voted and they have announced that David has topped the poll with an amazing 45% of the votes.

The top 10 polling Hot Scots as voted for by Galaxy listeners are:

1. David Tennant 2.Gerard Butler 3.Ewan McGregor 4. James McAvoy 5. Leon Jackson 6 .Sir Sean Connery 7. Dougray Scott 8. Gordon Ramsay 9. Ally McCoist 10.Sean Lamont

10/01/2009, 15:40pm GMT
 
Last Night Of Hamlet & DVD Petition
 
 
Hamlet closes at The Novello Theatre tonight after a triumphant run. Fans were already starting to queue for returned tickets for tonights final performance last night.
Meanwhile the RSC have confirmed that David will be performing tonight.
You can read thousands of fans reviews and opinions on Hamlet on our forum here.
Some fans on the forum have started a petition to let the RSC know of the interest in having Hamlet released on DVD. If you would like to sign it you can do so here.
 
 
Who Do You Think You Are? DVD Release
 
Who Do You Think You Are? - Series 3
 
Series Three of Who Do You Think You Are? which features David's episode is being released on DVD on Monday 12th January. You can order the DVD online in our shop for just 14.98 (RRP 24.99).
 
 
09/01/2009, 13:45pm GMT
Last Update: 17:28pm GMT
 
"Better Than Ever!" Rave Reviews For London Hamlet
 
As you all know David is back as Hamlet and although he missed the official press night some of the press have written reviews from shows that they have attended this week.
The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Telegraph and The Evening Standard have given David fabulous write ups with Charles Spencer of The Telegraph remarking "I have become a serious, indeed devoted fan of David Tennant."
Nick Curtis of The Evening Standard declaring "Tennant is back, and his performance is better than ever."
Robert McCrum of The Guardian stating "David Tennant is the greatest Hamlet of his generation."
And Sarah Hemming of The Financial Times says "surely one of the best Hamlets of the age."
You can read their reviews in full in our Hamlet section here.
David will be back on stage again tonight.
The show closes on Saturday and is now sold out. Returns may be available on the door.
 
New Doctor Who Novels For September 2009
 
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The BBC have released the details of three new Doctor Who novels, featuring David as the Tenth Doctor, that will be released in September. They are as follows:
 
Autonomy – Daniel Blythe

Hyperville is 2013's top hi-tech 24-hour entertainment complex – a sprawling palace of fun under one massive roof. You can shop, or experience the excitement of Doomcastle, Winterland, or Wild West World. But things are about to get a lot more exciting – and dangerous...

What unspeakable horror is lurking on Level Zero of Hyperville? And what will happen when the entire complex goes over to Central Computer Control?

For years, the Nestene Consciousness has been waiting and planning, recovering from its wounds. But now it’s ready, and it’s deadly plastic Autons are already in place around the complex. Now more than ever, visiting Hyperville will be an unforgettable experience...
 
The Taking of Chelsea 426 by David Llewellyn

The Chelsea Flower Show – Hardly the most exciting or dangerous event in the calendar, or so the Doctor thinks. But this is Chelsea 426, a city-sized future colony floating on the clouds of Saturn, and the flowers are much more than they seem.

As the Doctor investigates, he becomes more and more worried. Why is shopkeeper Mr Pemberton acting so strangely? And what is Professor Wilberforce’s terrible secret?

They are close to finding the answers when a familiar foe arrives, and the stakes suddenly get much higher. The Sontarans have plans of their own, and they’re not here to arrange flowers...
 
The Krillitane Storm by Christopher Cooper

When the TARDIS materialises in medieval Worcester, the Doctor finds the city seemingly deserted. He soon discovers its population are living in a state of terror, afraid to leave their homes after dark, for fear of meeting their doom at the hands of the legendary Devil’s Huntsman.

For months, people have been disappearing, and the Sheriff has imposed a strict curfew across the city, his militia maintaining control over the superstitious populace with a firm hand, closing the city to outsiders. Is it fear of attack from beyond the city walls that drives him or the threat closer to home? Or does the Sheriff have something to hide?

After a terrifying encounter with a deadly Krillitane, the Doctor realises the city has good reason to be scared.
 
Doctor Who Repeats On BBC Three
 
BBC Three will be starting a repeat run of series 4 of Doctor Who from tonight. Partners In Crime kicks it all off at 21:00pm. See the diary here for more details.
 
Hamlet Update
 
The Royal Shakspeare Company have confirmed that David will be performing as Hamlet tonight. For further details see www.rsc.org.uk
 
 
08/01/2009, 16:44pm GMT
 
Hamlet Update
 
The Royal Shakespeare Company have confirmed that David will be on stage as Hamlet tonight. For further details see www.rsc.org.uk
 
 
07/01/2009, 12:29pm GMT
 
Hello Magazine Vote
 
David has been nominated as The Most Attractive Man Of 2008 in Hello Magazine. You can vote for him here.
 
 
Headway Appeal Update
 
Our friends at Headway have been in touch to say that the signed card appeal has so far raised in the region of an amazing 32,000! Thanks to all of you have purchased one already.
If you haven't yet got one there are around 200 cards left so please make sure you get yours soon! Full details of how to get a card signed by David and help Headway can be seen here.
 
 
Hamlet Update
 
The Royal Shakespeare Company have confirmed that David will be on stage as Hamlet tonight. For further details see www.rsc.org.uk
 
 
06/01/2009, 18:10pm GMT
 
Hamlet Update
 
The Royal Shakespeare Company have confirmed that David will be on stage as Hamlet tonight. For further details see www.rsc.org.uk
 
 
05/01/2009, 15:10pm GMT
 
Hamlet Update
 
The Royal Shakespeare Company have confirmed that David will be on stage as Hamlet tonight. For further details see www.rsc.org.uk
 
 
Swarm Update
 
If you missed Swarm last night then you can catch up by watching it via BBC iPlayer here.
The episode will be repeated on BBC HD at 22:00pm on 6th January.
 
 
04/01/2009, 16:41pm GMT
 
Swarm BBC One Tonight At 9pm
 
Don't forget to tune in to BBC One tonight at 9pm to hear David narrating the first part of Swarm. Details of the episode are as follows:
 
Thousands of killer bees invade a football pitch, millions of mice wipe out a harvest, huge fish shoals leaping into boats …animals can reach such immense numbers that they take over our lives. From the outside these superswarms are the stuff of nightmares, but from the inside they’re things of beauty.
Mayflies by the trillion invade a mid-west city for one night only, locust swarms destroy crops as they invade by both land and air, ferocious driver ant swarms invade an east african village, high above Rome 10 million starlings perform incredible aerial displays as they come in to roost.
Swarm ventures into the very heart of these amazing natural phenomena. Incredible high-speed shots from inside swarms reveals how they view our world. Real-life footage from TV cameras, mobile phones and camcorders relives the moment when swarms invade our lives.
 
 
Doctor Who Confidential Update
 
January 04 2009 13:28:35. January 04 2009 13:28:37. January 04 2009 13:28:38.
 
We've added screen caps from yesterdays Doctor Who Confidential here.
You can watch clips from the show further down the page.
 
 
03/01/2009, 18:58pm GMT
 
Hamlet Update: David's Back!
 
The RSC have issued the following statement today:
 
Latest news at 3 Jan: David Tennant has made good progress following his recent back operation and began rehearsals yesterday in preparation for his return to the title role in Hamlet. He has rehearsed again today and will perform this evening. Edward Bennett will therefore return to his original role as Laertes, along with Tom Davey, Ricky Champ and Robert Curtis who will play Guildenstern, Lucianus, and Francisco.

We will be assessing David's return to each Hamlet performance next week on a day by day basis. Please check our website www.rsc.org.uk from 12 Noon each day for an update for that evening's performance. Alternatively, please call the RSC Box Office on 0844 800 1114 or the Novello Theatre Box Office on 0844 482 5135. The production ends its run at the Novello Theatre on 10 January.

 
David Talks About The 11th Doctor

The above is a clip from Doctor Who Confidential and features David talking about the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, and what it was like when he landed the role of the 10th Doctor.

 
The above clip of David talking about the 11th Doctor was broadcast on the BBC News earlier this evening.
 
 
The 11th Doctor Is Revealed

The BBC today announced that Matt Smith has been cast in the role of the Doctor in the iconic BBC series Doctor Who. Smith will be the eleventh Time Lord and will take over from David Tennant who leaves the show at the end of 2009. He will be seen in the forthcoming fifth series that will be broadcast in 2010.

The fifth series will also have a new lead writer and Executive Producer in the form of the BAFTA award winning writer Steven Moffat who is taking over from Russell T Davies. Moffat will be joined by Piers Wenger who will be the new Executive Producer for BBC Wales making the show.

Following David Tennant's decision to step down at the end of 2009, the team behind the new series set about casting the new Doctor so that new adventures could be created and scripts written with Matt in mind.

The identity of the new Doctor was revealed on a special edition of Doctor Who Confidential that was broadcast on BBC One on January 3rd at 17.35hrs. In it Smith revealed his initial reaction at taking on such a legendary role and his thoughts on what direction the Doctor might now be going with him playing the part.

Matt Smith said of his new role "I'm just so excited about the journey that is in front of me. It's a wonderful privilege and challenge that I hope I will thrive on. I feel proud and honoured to have been given this opportunity to join a team of people that has worked so tirelessly to make the show so thrilling.

"David Tennant has made the role his own, brilliantly with grace, talent and persistent dedication. I hope to learn from the standards set by him. The challenge for me is to do justice to the show's illustrious past, my predecessors and most importantly to those who watch it. I really cannot wait."

Lead writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat said "The Doctor is a very special part, and it takes a very special actor to play him. You need to be old and young at the same time, a boffin and an action hero, a cheeky schoolboy and the wise old man of the universe. As soon as Matt walked through the door and blew us away with a bold and brand new take on the Time Lord, we knew we had our man. 2010 is a long time away but rest assured the Eleventh Doctor is coming - and the universe has never been so safe."

Piers Wenger, Head Of Drama, BBC Wales added "With two hearts, a ferocious mind and over 900 years of experience behind him, it's not every 26 year old actor who can take on a role like the Doctor but within moments of meeting Matt he showed the skill and imagination needed to create a Doctor all of his own.

It's just the beginning of the journey for Matt but with Steven Moffat's scripts and the expertise of the production team in Cardiff behind him, there is no one more perfect than him to be taking the TARDIS to exciting new futures when the series returns in 2010."

Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama added "I am delighted to see Matt take on this iconic role. It will see him continuing his relationship with the BBC following his performances in Ruby In The Smoke and Party Animals, and his upcoming role in Moses Jones. The combination of Matt, Steven and Piers will, I know, take Doctor Who onto new and even dizzier heights."

Jay Hunt, Controller. BBC ONE said "Matt Smith will be a mesmerising eleventh Time Lord, true to the spirit of the show. He is a worthy successor to David Tennant who has been utterly remarkable in the role and promises to continue to be in next year's four special episodes."

David Narrates Everest ER On ABC1

If you're an Australian fan then you'll be able to tune into Everest ER on Thursday 8th January at 8pm on ABC1. David will be narrating the show which is a documentary about the doctors who work in the Everest Base Camp Clinic. Click here to find out more.

 

02/01/2009, 14:56pm GMT
 
Hamlet Latest
 
The RSC have issued the following statement as regards David's return to Hamlet at The Novello:
 
David Tennant continues to make good progress and we are hopeful he might be able to return to Hamlet during the last week of the run, although we still cannot be more specific about the exact date of his possible return.
 
Can we also just remind you that if you have any queries about Hamlet you need to contact the RSC on the following phone number 0844 800 1114 or by emailing them on ticketqueries@rsc.org.uk.
Please don't email us with queries about your tickets as we are unable to help. Thanks.
 
 
The 11th Doctor To Be Named Tomorrow
 

The BBC confirmed today that it will reveal the identity of the Eleventh Doctor as part of a special edition of Doctor Who Confidential to be aired on BBC ONE tomorrow, Saturday 03 January at 17:35hrs.

Following the announcement in October that David Tennant would be stepping down from his role as the Doctor at the end of 2009*, speculation has been mounting as to who would take over from him for the fifth series of this iconic BBC drama that will air in 2010.

With a new creative team in place for the new series led by Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger, the casting of the new Doctor was job number one to be completed before scripts could be finalised and shooting could begin in summer 2009.

In the Doctor Who special, to be aired tomorrow at 17.35hrs, the actor playing the new Doctor will be giving his or her initial reaction to being the new, eleventh incarnation of one of television's most loved characters.

Head Of Drama BBC Wales Piers Wenger said, "We are so pleased to have been able to cast this person as the new Doctor. We believe the actor is going to bring something very special to the role and will make it absolutely their own - I just can't wait to tell everyone who it is - it has been a nail biting Christmas trying to keep this under wraps!".

* There will be four Doctor Who Specials featuring David Tennant that will run in 2009 into New Year 2010 (dates tbc).

The Doctor Who Confidential programme will also be broadcast live on the BBC's Big Screens nationwide.

Doctor Who Confidential - The Eleventh Doctor: Saturday, January 3rd - 17:35hrs, BBC ONE

 
01/01/2009, 14:57pm GMT
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Doctor Who At The Proms
 
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You can now access a behind the scenes look at how the special Doctor Who scene, Music Of The Spheres, was created via the red button service on BBC One.
The Doctor Who site also has some features for you to download here.
 
 
Doctor Who Confidential: The Ten Doctors
 
 
This Saturday BBC One will be airing a Doctor Who Confidential special, The Ten Doctors..
 
Over 45 years have passed since the TARDIS first landed on our screens on a cold November evening in 1963. Doctor Who Confidential takes a look back at ten incarnations of the wandering Time Lord, reliving some of his most heroic moments and terrifying adventures, and examining the menacing monsters, colourful costumes and faithful companions which defined each Doctor.
 
Doctor Who Confidential: The Ten Doctors will air on Saturday 3rd January 2009 on BBC One at 5:35pm.
 
 
Audio Update
 
Two further audio files have been added to the site. You can now download The Museum and A Quick Change here.