Published on March 12th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley
David Tennant on Playing the Doctor
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.