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Published on December 10th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

RSC Confirm Tennant Out ‘Til Christmas

Well isn’t that a shame? David Tennant’s back is about to receive some sort of media focus in comparison with that displayed back before the 2002 World Cup when every man and his dog had an opinion on David Beckham’s metatarsal.

It seems the back injury rules Tennant out of treading the boards again before Christmas, with the lead role in Hamlet to be taken up by understudy Ed Bennett, who has stepped up from the part of Laertes to mixed reviews.

The RSC has announced that refunds are not available, due to its "fully rehearsed understudy policy".

David Tennant has released a statement covering his back problem and his understudy.

"My back problem has progressed to the point where it is currently impossible for me to carry on without surgery."

"I want to get back onstage as quickly as possible and I am very grateful to Ed who has courageously got to grips with the role but in a much shorter time. It’s a fantastic achievement."

Get well soon David – you’ve got some important shooting to do after Christmas…

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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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