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Desert Island Doctor

David Tennant’s recent appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs saw the actor take a break from promoting Doctor Who and reveal some of his favourite things.

Speaking with Kirsty Young, Tennant revealed that he has thoughts of becoming a parent.

“It feels an important thing to do and I’d hate to miss out on it,” added the actor, whose final TV outing as the Time Lord is on New Year’s Day. “I’m only 38 but my parents had had three kids by this age and I have had none yet.”

As his favourite song, Tennant chose White Wine in the Sun by comedian Tim Minchin, observing that:

“It makes you think about your own family and realise how important they are. It left me in floods of tears.

“My mum’s gone now but I feel very fortunate to have had the upbringing that I had and to have had the family around me that I’ve had.”

Asked if his mother had told him how proud she was of his success, he said: “She did and she was so thrilled by it.”

While some of the song choices were “interesting” (to quote one seasoned commentator) the David Tennant edition of Desert Island Discs was fascinating radio, and can be heard on BBC iPlayer until Sunday, January 3rd 2010.


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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