‘Ellow Oim Dayvid Tinnent!

Tenth Doctor Who David Tennant is to eschew his native Scotland and become a Brummie! Well, not really, but he is taking lessons from comedian Frank Skinner in order to polish up his Birmingham-region accent… according to The People, at any rate.

It seems that David Tennant got tongue-tied when asked to do a Midland accent for a play he was appearing in, but luckily bumped into Sandwell-born Frank Skinner when they turned up at the same radio station:

Tennant said: “I really enjoy doing accents but the only one I did have a bit of difficulty with was Birmingham.

“Luckily when I got to the stuzio [sic] Frank was there which helped a lot!”

The timelord added: “Accents and dialects are good because they give you a way of changing yourself externally which allows you to key into a kind of internal shift – this helps a lot with building a role.

And speaking of Doctor Who actors James Nesbitt says… he isn’t interested. Speaking to The Belfast Telegraph:

The father of two dashed sci-fi fans’ hopes that he would become the first Dr Who with a Northern Ireland accent.

The 42-year-old Cold Feet star said he had heard the rumours, but said: ” There is no truth in it at all.

“David (Tennant) and Chris (Eccleston) were so good I don’t think I could follow them. I think I would be found out!” he joked.

When asked if he would consider the role if approached by Dr Who creators, he said: “I think not.”

Yes. Sci-fi fans everywhere are indeed slitting their wrists in horror and depression at the news that James “one-trick” Nesbitt won’t be Doctor Who.

Doncha love the press?

Finally, back to Oor David, who it seems really did harbour aspirations to play the Doctor. As reported by Outpost Gallifrey a copy of a school magazine has been uncovered, in which the then David MacDonald talks…:

The “Grammarian” article says: “There is however one particular role which David would love to play – Dr. WHO. The reason? ‘I have a fettish [sic] about men dressed in plastic suits !!!!’ ” It concludes: “Who knows, maybe one day David will be as famous as Peter Howitt (Joey, from “BREAD”) who was also a pupil at Paisley Grammar School.”

Peter who?

Err.. Peter Howitt, the multi-award winning screen-writer and director of Sliding Doors. Quite famous…

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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