2010: Hot Topic?

It seems that pronunciation of next year’s name – 2010 – is causing a bit of a stir following David Tennant and Catherine Tate’s recent appearance on BBC Radio Two as they sat in for Jonathan Ross.

When chatting with a caller, David Tennant wished them a good New Year, calling the successor to 2009 ‘twenty ten’ – something which lead to the following exchange:

‘Oh twenty-ten – get you! Who’s been reading the compliance rules!’

Tennant told their guest, fellow Doctor Who star Bernard Cribbins: ‘We’re supposed to say twenty-ten.’

Miss Tate laughed: ‘You’re not allowed to say two thousand and ten.’

Bit of a crazy one isn’t it – and while not the highlight of the broadcast (after all Bernard Cribbins was in the studio, he’s worth his weight!) it certainly seems to be the one thing the Daily Mail are taking from it.

But what is the answer?

While “twenty-ten” is no doubt quicker, “two thousand and ten” sounds considerably grander. I suggest we use both, depending on the situation…

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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