Category Archives: David Tennant

Telly for Anglophiles | New ITV1 Drama, ‘Broadchurch’

Actor David Tennant will play a detective in new drama Broadchurch, about the death of a young boy in a seaside town, ITV1 has announced.

The eight-part series has been penned by Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall.

Tennant leads an ensemble cast featuring Rev star Olivia Colman and Will Mellor.

Arthur Darvill, who plays current Doctor Who Matt Smith’s sidekick Rory, will appear as the town priest.

Best known for his own stint as the Doctor, Tennant will star as out-of-town Detective Inspector Alec Hardy, who is set to clash with a local officer played by Colman.

The actress found fame as Sophie in Channel 4 comedy Peep Show, before going on to star in BBC comedy Rev, Twenty Twelve and films including The Iron Lady and Tyrannosaur.

Vicky McClure, who played Lol in This is England and recently starred with Tennant in BBC1’s mainly improvised drama True Love, also features.

Writer Chibnalll called it a story of “scale and intimacy” in which the characters’ lives are “laid bare”.

“Broadchurch focuses on a small British community which finds itself at the eye of a storm,” said writer Chibnall.

“In the wake of one boy’s death, the residents come under scrutiny and suspicion.”

Also joining the cast is actress Jodie Whittaker, who starred in British alien comedy Attack the Block.

The show will be filmed on location in Dorset and Portishead near Bristol later this year.

Tennant is also set to feature in a forthcoming BBC Four drama, The Spies Of Warsaw, based on the best-selling novel by Alan Furst.

Actor David Tennant will play a detective in new drama Broadchurch, about the death of a young boy in a seaside town, ITV1 has announced.

The eight-part series has been penned by Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall.

Tennant leads an ensemble cast featuring Rev star Olivia Colman and Will Mellor.

Arthur Darvill, who plays current Doctor Who Matt Smith’s sidekick Rory, will appear as the town priest.

Best known for his own stint as the Doctor, Tennant will star as out-of-town Detective Inspector Alec Hardy, who is set to clash with a local officer played by Colman.

The actress found fame as Sophie in Channel 4 comedy Peep Show, before going on to star in BBC comedy Rev, Twenty Twelve and films including The Iron Lady and Tyrannosaur.

Vicky McClure, who played Lol in This is England and recently starred with Tennant in BBC1’s mainly improvised drama True Love, also features.

Writer Chibnalll called it a story of “scale and intimacy” in which the characters’ lives are “laid bare”.

“Broadchurch focuses on a small British community which finds itself at the eye of a storm,” said writer Chibnall.

“In the wake of one boy’s death, the residents come under scrutiny and suspicion.”

Also joining the cast is actress Jodie Whittaker, who starred in British alien comedy Attack the Block.

The show will be filmed on location in Dorset and Portishead near Bristol later this year.

Tennant is also set to feature in a forthcoming BBC Four drama, The Spies Of Warsaw, based on the best-selling novel by Alan Furst.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18679993

Random | Warning about booking hotels for David Tennant’s conventions

The following was posted by DavidTennantOnTwitter.com as a warning to those who are attending David Tennant’s conventions and want to book hotels. I quote:

We have received a warning from a fan about booking hotels for the upcoming conventions which David Tennant will be headlining.

Apparently some hotels have tried to entice fans to stay at their property by saying that David Tennant is staying at their properties.

If (and that’s a big if as the conventions are only a couple of hours drive away) David Tennant is staying at a hotel in the area then you can be sure that his hotel would not give out that information.

Fran Reviews | Casanova (2005)

Casanova is a 2005 British television comedy drama serial, written by television scriptwriter Russell T Davies and directed by Sheree Folkson.
Telling the story of the life of 18th century Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova, based on his own twelve-volume memoirs, the one-hour episodes star Peter O’Toole as the older Casanova looking back on his life, and David Tennant as the younger version. The story is wittily presented as we get to know most of Casanova’s mistresses and love affairs, whilst dealing with what’s really important for him: Henriette, bride-to-be to another man, Grimani. Eventually, Giac (pronounced ‘Jack’) gets his reward, his lover, but all his aventures catch up with him and his heart is broken forever… Can this man survive such a heartbreak goodbye to the woman he loves?
Ah, Casanova. I’ve wanting to write a post about it for ever. It is so witty, so amazingly and deliciously funny – of course it was penned by RTD, who else to write all those wacky scenes? There’s a bit of everything in there: drama, romance, comedy, you name it. I understand Casanova doesn’t have a clean reputation: he had numerous love affairs, cheated on his mistresses and did stuff most of us wouldn’t approve of, but the story presented makes you feel sorry for this wonderful man: despite having all the sex and women we could ever imagine, he doesn’t have the woman he loves, and that’s devastating for both the viewer and the actual character.
As usual, I have got to praise David’s performance in this: he made me laugh, he made me cry and he even left me speechless at times. His versatility is remarkable, and I think that was key to the success that Casanova had: one time he was sad, then he was thrilled and jumping around, then he was devastated and then he was, how to put it… having ‘fun’, so to speak. Some actors could be caught up with all this tangled web of emotions, but David wasn’t and that’s why Casanova is so incredibly amazing. Peter O’Toole was fantastic as well as the older version of the heartthrob, delivering, not unlike Tennant, that bittersweet mix of angst and excitement about his life.
It is, obviously, a must-see and, dare I say it, David looks good in it!, even with slightly blonde hair and blue contacts.

British Celebrity Spotlight | David Tennant

David Tennant (born David John McDonald; 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor. In addition to his work in theatre, including a widely praised Hamlet, Tennant is best known for his role as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, along with the title role in the TV serial Casanova (2005) and as Barty Crouch, Jr., in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

Tennant married actress Georgia Moffett on 30 December 2011. They have a daughter, Olive, born in March 2011, and he adopted her then nine-year-old son, Tyler, in September 2011. Tennant does not discuss his personal life, especially his relationships, in interviews.[6 “Relationships are hard enough with the people you’re having them with, let alone talking about them in public,” he said in December 2009. He believes that religion “must have” shaped his character, and he is an occasional churchgoer.

In 2008 Tennant was voted “Greenest Star on the Planet” in an online vote held by Playhouse Disney as part of the Playing for the Planet Awards.Later that year he underwent surgery for a prolapsed disc. Tennant is a supporter of the Labour Party and appeared in a party political broadcast for them in 2005. In 2010 he declared his support for then UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown,  and in April 2010 he lent his voice to a Labour Party election broadcast. He is a celebrity patron of the Association for International Cancer Research.

Coming Soon | True Love (+new info and pictures)

– Mark these days, Anglophiles!: 18th-22nd June 2012 get ready for more Tennant and Piper! (albeit not together… sniff!)

Award-winning writer and director Dominic Savage will return to BBC One with Love Life, a serial made through improvisation. Five universal stories explore love in the modern day and each is led by one of the following big names: David Tennant, Billie Piper, Jane Horrocks, Ashley Walters and David Morrissey.

Dominic Savage says: “I am looking to create something special that has a modern view on the age old mystery of love; something that expresses the reality of love and puts it on the screen. I am looking to explore these themes in the seaside town of Margate, with a group of incredibly talented actors who are ready to journey with me on this.”

True Love explores five powerful and overlapping love stories set in the same town. Each story looks at a different relationship and explores a different dilemma or situation. When it comes to love and relationships, there is never an easy “right answer” – telling the truth is complicated, and the conflict of desire and responsibility can be explosive.

The stories are life-affirming, visceral, provocative and compelling. Most of all they are universal. The audience will feel as torn by the situations as the characters do, and each story will provoke strong responses: did the characters do the right thing in the end? What would you have done?

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “This is a complete first in TV drama on BBC One: a serial made through improvisation. It features some of our very best acting talent working in a way we’ve never seen on screen from them before, using improvisation to push the boundaries of each story, to get right to the heart of the truth.”

Juliette Howell, Working Title Television, says: “I’ve always admired Dominic’s extraordinary capacity to capture truth and humanity in his work and with the complexities of love as his subject matter, and the stellar cast he has assembled, True Love promises to be something very special.”

Writer and director Dominic Savage’s work is distinctive and unusual. Each film will be semi-improvised as Dominic works through the scenarios with the actors to find truth and authenticity. He has won numerous awards for his work, including two BAFTAs for best single drama and the Edinburgh International Film Award for best new feature.

True Love is commissoned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning and Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One. The 5x30minute Working Title Television production will be executive produced by Juliette Howell for Working Title and Lucy Richer for the BBC.

The stories

Story One: Nick (David Tennant) is happily married; his wife and children are everything to him, but when his first love appears out of the blue he suddenly starts to question everything. Can they go back to what they had all those years ago? Also starring Vicky McClure as Serena.

Story Two: Holly (Billie Piper) is a young unfulfilled teacher who is in an unsatisfactory relationship with a married man. She suddenly finds herself drawn to one of her female pupils. What would happen if she were to act on these feelings?

Story Three: Sandra (Jane Horrocks) is facing the fact that her marriage has become stale over the years – when her youngest child leaves home she realises that her and her husband have little to say to one another, and besides this, he is having an affair. Then she meets someone who couldn’t be more different from her, but somehow makes her feel alive again – can she throw everything up for this man, and how will her husband feel now that the shoe is on the other foot?

Story Four: Paul (Ashley Walters) has a lovely wife, a baby boy, a nice house… but it’s just a bit ordinary, a bit lacking in excitement. He feels pushed out by the baby and misses the thrill of sexual attention. Then he catches sight of a girl on his way to work and feels an instant attraction – could this really be love at first sight? What happens when you act on this?

Story Five: Adrian (David Morrissey) is a divorcee who has been searching for true love. It’s not been easy but he’s not giving up. Still a romantic, he believes in it whole-heartedly, despite his failed marriage. Just when he thinks he might have found it, he finds that he is the victim of another obsessive love that threatens to scupper his future.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2011/08_august/26/love.shtml

Random | David Tennant Olympics 2012 Petition!

http://www.petitiononline.com/Drwh2012/petition.html

David Tennant Interview – Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show [daniela40’s video]

Interview from March 21, 2012.

I don’t own the rights to this video.

Treat Yourself | Doctor Who Bargains for up to (just) £3! [Tenth Doctor]

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David Tennant on The One Show | The Pirates!

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‘Secret Smile’ | Review

‘Secret Smile’ is an ITV two part drama about Miranda Cotton (Kate Ashfield)’s troubled life after she met a sexy yet manipulative Brendan Block (David Tennant) and all the obstacles she had to overcome. The story begins with a happy Miranda who, whilst ice skating, finds herself physically drawn to a complete stranger, Brendan, with whom ends up spending the night with… and getting into a relationship with. Albeit a bit pushy and perhaps just a tad manipulative, she seems to reckon, he pays attention to all her needs…
Soon enough, Brendan’s character becomes apparent through when he, for example, takes the liberty to “borrow” a set of keys to her girlfriend’s apartment. His true colours revealed, Miranda promptly brings the relationship to a halt and is left to deal with the consequences…
I recall mentioning that Peter Carlisle was one of David’s sexiest characters… Well, Brendan Block certainly gets the cookie for sexiest baddie… and is, perhaps, David’s sexiest character and performance. His witty speeches about relationships ‘as leaps of faith’ and his manipulative schemes show David at his best – how this sweet, friendly guy was able to convey repressed angst, mischievous states of mind and a burning desire for revenge is anyone’s guess. Only a talented actor like himself can put a character like Brendan off… And he did it with top marks.
Whether Brendan got what he deserved or not, the ending is just spectacular… I didn’t see that one coming (I read the book a few months later… This television adaptation remains loyal to the plot and contains all milestones which is, funnily enough, rare these days). In short, I definitely recommend watching it… But you already know that.