David has signed up to reprise his role of Hamlet for BBC Two.
He will be joined by key cast members from the RSC production, including Patrick Stewart as Claudius.
BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow said the 180-minute screen production of Hamlet was "a wonderful opportunity to bring
one of the great stage successes of last year to a wider audience".
Tickets for the stage performances, which opened in Stratford-Upon-Avon and later moved to London, sold out in hours.
After his debut appearance, the Guardian called Tennant the "best Hamlet in years".
In February his return to the stage as Hamlet was named the event of the year in the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice
The full press release from the RSC can be seen below:
The Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning production of Hamlet, directed by RSC Chief Associate
Director Gregory Doran, and with David Tennant in the title role, will premiere on BBC Two later this year.
Produced by Illuminations, the screen version of Shakespeare's great tragedy will retain the quality and tone of the critically
acclaimed stage production but filming will take place on location. All key original members of the cast, including Patrick
Stewart as Claudius, are confirmed to star in this special 180 minute production, alongside the same creative team.
RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd said; “We are very pleased that this RSC production will be seen by so many people
when broadcast. As the show was sold out for its entire run, this is a really great opportunity for our work to be seen by
so many who could not come to the theatre and see it on stage.”
Filming begins in June for broadcast later this year on BBC Two. Broadcasts in the US and Japan will follow in 2010. Illuminations
previously worked with Doran and the RSC on the filmed version of Macbeth with Antony Sher and Harriet Walter. Chris
Seager will be in post as Director of Photography; Robert Jones, who designed the stage production, will also design the film
and, as on stage, the music is composed by Paul Englishby, the movement director is Mike Ashcroft and the fight director is
John Wyver is the producer for Illuminations and Bethan Jones is Executive Producer for BBC Wales. The project was commissioned
by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning and George Entwistle, Controller, BBC Knowledge Commissioning.
The director Gregory Doran said “Contrary to press reports at the time, the RSC always had plans to make a recording
of this production but had the inevitable long journey in getting the cast together again and securing funding for this project.
The Hamlet cast and the RSC are all really delighted that we now have the chance to share this show with audiences around
the world, and I would like to thank all those involved in making this plan a reality at last”
Janice Hadlow, Controller BBC Two said “It's a wonderful opportunity to bring one of the great stage successes of
last year to a wider audience.”
To support the new film of Hamlet, a rich online BBC site is being created in collaboration with the RSC. It will
feature behind-the-scenes stills and footage; specially shot interviews with the actors talking about their characters and
how they've approached the play; further interviews, with the director and other key backstage personnel; and a comprehensive
range of links through to the full depth of BBC Learning's content on Shakespeare and RSC Education's content on Shakespeare
George Entwistle, Controller, BBC Knowledge Commissioning said "We hope we can use our experience in building compelling
online sites to encourage a large TV audience to pursue their interest in Hamlet and Shakespeare as far as possible,
off the back of a superb TV version of the play."
QI Christmas Special
David will be a guest on the Christmas special of QI. It was recorded in London last night and will air on the BBC over
the festive period.
28/05/2009, 15:43pm GMT
BBC America To Air Latest Doctor Who Episodes
BBC America have secured the rights to show David's last episodes of Doctor Who before any other channel in the USA.
The Next Doctor will make it's debut on 27th June at 21:00pm followed by Planet Of The Dead which will air sometime
the following month.
26/05/2009, 14:54pm GMT
David To Star In The Sarah Jane Adventures
Most Doctor Who fans weren't expecting to see David Tennant as The Doctor until November, but now it's been revealed
he's going to star on CBBC first!
And it's not just a brief return either - The Doctor will play a big role in a two-part story of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
The third series of the Sarah Jane Adventures will be back on the CBBC Channel for 12 weeks from September.
Doctor Who boss Russell T Davies said: "Viewers thought they may have to wait until November for the next full episode
of Doctor Who, but this is an extra special treat.
"And it's not just a cameo from David - this is a full on appearance for The Doctor as he and Sarah Jane face their biggest
threat ever." The series will also see Sarah Jane, K-9, Clyde, Luke, Rani and Mr Smith battle a haunted house and the return
of the Judoon.
New Doctor Who Animation On The Way
David will be voicing an animated series of Doctor Who which will debut this autumn. The BBC has commissioned seven episodes,
which will be around six minutes long and which will be accessible via the red button. They are also due to be aired on Children's
The episodes will link together as a story called Dreamland, penned by Phil Ford, who has also written for Torchwood and
The Sarah Jane Adventures. It will be directed by Gary Russell.
The cast on the animated episodes will include Georgia Moffett, David Warner and Lisa Bowerman.
25/05/2009, 13:15pm GMT
Last Updated 25/05/2009, 16:00pm
Tonight's The Night Doctor Who Scene
Watch the special Doctor Who scene from Tonight's The Night above and view screen caps from it here.
David has narrated a new series for BBC One called Everest ER and it starts tonight at 19:30pm.
Summit season is about to start at Everest Basecamp, and the doctors working at the highest hospital in the world gear
up to deal with a constant stream of life-threatening emergencies.
With hundreds of climbers about to enter the death zone, it is only a matter of time before Everest claims its first casualties.
13/05/2009, 14:28pm GMT
Last Updated: 13/05/2009, 17:26pm GMT
David New Host Of Masterpiece Contemporary
David Tennant is the new host of PBS'"Masterpiece Contemporary." He will make his debut on the long-running public TV anthology
"I'm honored to be hosting the series that introduced American audiences to programming such as Casanova and He Knew He
Was Right," says David. "And it's a thrill to join the Masterpiece family of hosts: Mystery's Alan
Cumming and Classic's Laura Linney."
"Masterpiece Contemporary" returns on the Public Broadcasting Service in October with "Endgame," a drama about the final
days of apartheid in South Africa starring William Hurt and Jonny Lee Miller. It premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
The "Masterpiece" series began as "Masterpiece Theatre" in 1971, and now also encompasses "Mystery!" — a public TV
fixture since 1980.
1939 To Preview At Cannes
David's latest film project, Stephen Poliakoff's 1939, is due to preview at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Meanwhile the BBC Press Office report that the film will now be going under the title Glorious 1939.
11/05/2008, 16:03pm GMT
Tonight's The Night Special Doctor Who Scene
If you've been watching John Barrowman's Saturday night entertainment show on BBC One then you'll know all about the
monster competition that they've been running.
Members of the public have designed their own Doctor Who monster costume and are competing to be chosen to star
in a very special Doctor Who scene on board the TARDIS.
The scene will feature a cameo from David and will air on BBC One on Saturday 23rd May.
Planet Of The Dead: Australian Air Sate Confirmed
The latest Doctor Who special, Planet Of The Dead will air on Sunday 31st May at 19:30pm on ABC1. You can watch
a preview of it via the ABC1 website here.
Thanks to Annabel
David In AfterElton.com Hot 100
David has been voted #37 in the AfterElton.com Hot 100. Visit the site here to view the full list.
David Named Hottest Sci Fi Hunk In Blockbuster Poll
A survey carried out by Blockbuster last week has named David as the 'Hottest Sci Fi Hunk'.
The results were as follows:
The Doctor as played by David Tennant in "Doctor Who"
Secet Smile is now available to Virgin Media customers via their on demand service.
Thanks to Gemma.
07/05/2009, 15:37pm GMT
David Auctioning Painting For ACCORD
David was recently given a fabulous Doctor Who painting as a gift and he has kindly decided to sign it and auction it
off to raise money for the ACCORD Hospice.
The painting is 4ft x 2ft large and was painted by the artist Adrian Patrick. It features the Tenth Doctor as well as
the nine previous Doctors against the Gallifreyan landscape.You can bid for the painting and see larger images of it at
eBay. Go to www.ebay.co.uk and Search for ""doctor who art work david tennant".
05/05/2009, 13:51pm GMT
Secret Smile UK DVD Release
Secret Smile will be getting an exclusive DVD release in the UK courtesy of HMV on 8th June 2009. It can pre ordered
here for just £6.99.
Thanks to Mark.
02/05/2009, 15:51pm GMT
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We Are Astronomers Film Launch
David has recentlynarrated a science film called We Are Astronomers.
We are Astronomers is an exciting new 360° Fulldome digital planetarium show launching 23 May 2009 across the UK.
The show is being produced by NSC Creative with input from UK astronomers.
The film will be shown at the following locations across the UK:
David attended the BAFTA Award ceremony in London last night. He presented the TV Executive and former controller of
BBC Fiction Jane Tranter with 'The Special Award' for her outstanding creative contribution to the industry.
Unfortunately neither Doctor Who nor Einstein And Eddington won thir categories.
You can watch an interview with David and Jane above.
Things look set to get steamy in the desert landscape of an alien planet between the Doctor and his latest companion
Michelle Ryan who plays Christina in Planet Of The Dead, says "There is a little spark between the Doctor and Christina.
I think Christina feels like she’s met her equal — and the Doctor feels like he’s met his match with Christina."
Meanwhile David says of the Easter Special, which is to be shown tomorrow on BBC One and BBC HD at 18:45pm, "The
story in the special is a bit bonkers. It's fast moving and very exciting and something bigger than we’ve managed before.
The writers always come up with something different each time and I'm always amazed by the storylines".
The story starts with Michelle's character who is a thief trying to escape the police by boarding a London
bus. David says:
"'London transport being what it is, it slips through a wormhole in time and space and ends up on a planet on the other
side of the universe.
There's an alien race that are on the planet called the Tritovores and then there's also stuff going on back on Earth
David says that the Easter Special is the last chance for the Tenth Doctor to have 'a romp' as the story starts to build
up into the 'death' of his Doctor..
"'It's got some dark moments. There's a tiny little hint at the very end that it's all about to get a lot darker. Because
obviously at the end of the year it's the end of the line for the Tenth Doctor. This is kind of a romp. This is the last
time the Doctor gets to have fun, in a way."
Heart FM Update
You can download an MP3 of David's interview with the Heart FM Breakfast Show team here.
Thanks for this go to Diane.
Planet Of The Dead Interview
Watch David and Michelle chat about Planet Of The Dead in the new interview above.
09/04/2009, 14:31pm BST
Last Updated: 09/04/2009, 17:37pm BST
David In Talks For Hamlet Movie
David has confirmed that he is in talks for a film version of Hamlet.
David told Absolute Radio's Christian O'Connell's Breakfast Show a movie version of Hamlet is a "possibility",
adding: "It's being talked about and it would be good if we could make it work but it's quite complicated."
He went on: "The plan as I've heard it is that it would be quite a small-scale thing for the BBC. I think
we would find a location and do it but it wouldn't be done like a full drama either, it would consciously portray its theatrical
He also revealed that he was supposed to appear in the first series of Secret Diary Of A Call Girl with
Billie Piper and said: "There was a plan to do that in the first year. The dates didn't work out so I couldn't do it but it
involved some reins I believe. I was happy to be trussed up in any way that Billie saw fit!"
You can download MP3s of all of David's interviews from yesterday in our audio section here.
Meanwhile David was a guest on the Heart FM Breakfast show this morning. You can listen to the show again via their website
And below are some photos of David signing for fans outside Radio 1 yesterday.
David's Final Doctor Who Script Moved Him To Tears
David told Jo Whiley on Radio 1 yesterday that he 'might have had a little cry' whilst reading his final Doctor Who script.
"I might have had a little cry. They were brilliant scripts and very moving. It was quite a big deal really. I sort of
turned the phone off and made sure I could read it straight through without too much interruption."
He also said that he doesn't know how he'll feel when his last day on set comes around in about six weeks time:
"I don't know. It'll be interesting. The last day, of course, isn't the last scenes as filming is now always out of schedule.
So I don't know if I'll be sadder on the last day or filming the final scenes. That remains to be seen. It's weird because
it's been four years. It 's been so all consuming and so life changing. It's been such a big thing."
David's interview is around 2 hours into the show.
A couple of new Planet Of The Dead articles have been added here. Plus a nice inteview with Doctor Who costume designer Louise Page in which she discusses how she designed David's Doctor
costumes can be viewed here.
Fan Auction For ACCORD
Some fans of David are holding an auction to raise money for the ACCORD hospice. The auction will run from 11th - 17th
April at www.partyfortennant.co.uk make sure you check it out!
Beautiful Chaos Released On CD
A new Doctor Who audio CD has been released today.
Bernard Cribbins reads this gripping story of a new star and an ancient alien threat. Donna Noble is back home in London,
catching up with her family and generally giving them all the gossip about her journeys. Her grandfather is especially overjoyed
- he's discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Doctor, as his special guest, to the naming ceremony.
But the Doctor is suspicious about some of the other changes he can see in the Earth's heavens. Particularly that bright star,
right there. No, not that one, that one, there, on the left...The world's population is slowly being converted to a new path,
a new way of thinking. Something is coming to Earth, an ancient force from the Dark Times. Something powerful, angry and all-consuming...Featuring
the Doctor and Donna as played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the hit series from BBC Television.
You can order the CD online in our shop here for the special price of just £7.33.
New Doctor Who Books Released
Two new Doctor Who books are now available to purchase through our online shop here.
Prisoner Of The Daleks is a new Tenth Doctor novel..
The Daleks are advancing, their empire constantly expanding in to Earth s space. The Earth forces are resisting the Daleks
in every way they can. But the battles rage on across countless solar systems. And now the future of our galaxy hangs in the
The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters. Earth
Command will pay them for every Dalek they kill, every eye stalk they bring back as proof. With the Doctor s help, the
bounty hunters achieve the ultimate prize: a Dalek prisoner intact, powerless, and ready for interrogation. But where the
Daleks are involved, nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe. Before long the tables will be turned, and how will the
Doctor survive when he becomes a prisoner of the Daleks?
Available for just £4.89 in our shop.
Companions And Allies is a guide to all the Doctor's friends and companions...
The Doctor has been travelling through space and time for centuries, showing his friends and companions the wonders of
the universe. From Sarah Jane Smith and the Brigadier to Martha Jones and Donna Noble, Companions and Allies celebrates the
friends that have been by his side and the heroes that have helped him battle his deadliest foes. Beautifully illustrated
and including, for the first time, a complete story guide to the adventures of all ten Doctors, Companions and Allies is the
definitive guide to the Doctor's intergalactic family.
Available for just £4.58 in our shop.
08/04/2009, 10:34am BST
Last Updated: 16:35pm BST
Colin Murray Update
David rounded off his day of radio interviews by chatting to Colin Murray, who was presenting The Simon Mayo Show on
BBC 5 Live.
David has been named favourite Doctor by readers of Doctor Who Adventures with a massive 86% of the vote.
Christopher Eccleston came second with 12% and Tom Baker third with 9%.
Moray Laing, editor of the magazine, said "Congratulations to David Tennant for winning our favourite Doctor poll –
he’s a fantastic Doctor, brilliant actor and great role model for children. Doctor Who Adventures readers can hardly
wait for his next special this Easter!"
Doctor Who Confidential: Desert Storm
Details of the Easter Special Doctor Who Confidential have been revealed. It will air at 20:30pm on BBC Three on Saturday
11th April. It will be an hour long and will feature the usual interviews with cast and crew and an exclusive look behind
the scenes at the filming process of Planet Of The Dead.
Screen caps from the Planet Of The Dead trailer have now been added to the site. You can see the full set here.
02/04/2009, 20:39pm BST
David To Host Jonathan Ross Radio Show
David will be standing in for Jonathan Ross and presenting his radio show on Saturday 11th April.
He will be joined by Catherine Tate and The Proclaimers will be providing live music. Tune in on BBC Radio 2 from 10:00am
Planet Of The Dead Update
The exciting trailer for Planet Of The Dead is currently airing across the BBC network, you can also see it above.
Planet Of The Dead will air on Easter Saturday, 11th April at 18:45pm!!
The DVD of Planet Of The Dead will be released on 25th May and it can be pre ordered from our shop for just £10.68 (RRP
The BBC have released more new images from Planet Of The Dead. You can view the full set here.
Great news! David has signed more cards for the Headway Essex appeal. Click the pic above to find out how to get yours!
Win tickets to see We Are Astromoners, plus a signed poster of David Tennant here!
When a London bus takes a detour to an alien world, the Doctor must join forces with the extraordinary Lady Christina,
in this one-off seasonal special. But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets, hidden in the sand. And time is running
out, as the deadly Swarm gets closer.
Planet Of The Dead features David Tennant as the Doctor, Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina and Lee Evans as Malcolm. It
is written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts.