Saturday evening saw the premier of the BBC film Einstein and Eddington, starring David Tennant as the British physicist who championed the theories of Albert Einstein (Andy Serkis).
In The Telegraph, reviewer Damian Thompson was critical of Serkis’ German accent, although there was plenty of praise for homme du jour David Tennant:
What was David Tennant thinking, leaving Doctor Who yet signing up to do a drama not one line of which would have escaped Russell T Davies’s blue pencil? (Take a bow, Peter Moffat, scriptwriter.)
Elsewhere, the Irish Herald was less critical of Serkis’ portrayal (there is it seems a historical trend for portraying Einstein as wild and madcap rather than exploring his more introspective side), but again heaped praise on Tennant:
But it was Tennant as Arthur Eddington, the buttoned-down Cambridge astronomer who ultimately proved Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, who provided the drama’s anchor. The man can suggest an ocean of emotions with the lift of an eyebrow.
The film attracted 1.9million viewers according to the overnight figures, so there’s certainly enough scope for future films of a similar content – howabout Ian Holm as Sir Isaac Newton discovering gravity with the hlp of the Fourth Doctor…?
If you missed Einstein and Eddington it is still available to watch on BBC iPlayer.