Published on August 6th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley
David Tennant’s Hamlet has made a bit of an impact with the papers, with two features in The Times and another in the Daily Telegraph, where apparently..
…the production has become universally known as the Doctor Who Hamlet, with even the local fish and chip shop promising to "exterminate" its patrons’ hunger.
The general feeling at the Telegraph is that although Tennant isn’t brilliant, he is very good, and benefits from the equally excellent casting of Patrick Stewart.
The Times meanwhile offers a 4 out of 5 star review from the unfeasibly named Benedict Nightingale (great name for a sleuth monk, if you ask me), and while reducing Tennant’s Tenth Doctor to teeth and eyes declares his Hamlet as something else entirely:
Gregory Doran’s fluent, pacey, modern-dress revival of Hamlet gives Tennant the chance to show the world that he has the range to tackle the most demanding classical role of all – and, praise be, he seizes it.
With… Stewart demonstrating his versatility, and Tennant definitively quitting his Tardis, this is a revival to relish.
That’s "definitively", not "definately", kids.
As long predicted, David Tennant’s Hamlet run is attracting a brand new audience to Shakespeare and the theatre. I don’t think anyone will be disappointed – even if they fail to get to grips with the Bard – given this evidence.
It is as sensational as Doctor Who, and as frightening in parts. Doctor Who fans are in for the treat of their young lives.