David Tennant on Playing the Doctor

David Tennant. He used to be the Doctor, you know....Former Doctor Who star David Tennant appears in the current edition of Virgin Media’s electric! magazine, available free for subscribers of their cable services.

In the interview – which covers everything from the Manic Street Preachers to Hamlet - Tenth Doctor Tennant is asked the expected questions about the upcoming new Doctor Who star, Matt Smith, as well as how he himself approached playing the Time Lord back in 2005.

Can you remember thinking how you were going to play the Doctor?
We’ll I’d done my research as I’d watched the show since I was three! There’s an eccentricity to the Doctor. But if that eccentricity is studied, it becomes self-conscious and…

And annoying – quite. I only ever had one or two scripts in advance, so I never had a lot of time to fuss over it. I think that’s what [new Doctor] Matt Smith’s been going through as well.

What will become of Doctor Who now?
I think it will be different, but I don’t think it will be unrecognisable. it would be fairly lunatic to tinker with it too much. And the Doctor is such a great character; he could be anything. He could be a 96-year-old man in a wheelchair. Or he could be 26-year-old Matt Smithwith lots of hair. That’s why he’s so brilliant.

Rumours that Tennant expects to return in 60 years to play the Doctor as a 96-year-old man in a wheelchair are so far unfounded…

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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