Published on September 16th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
David Tennant: Fright Father
In the series Tennant plays a widowed dad of four trying to get by in life and to really sink his teeth into the role (and also, we suspect, because heâ€™s an incredibly nice fella) he took his â€œfamilyâ€ ten pin bowling in Glasgow, Scotland where there series is being filmed. Now thatâ€™s method acting! Tennant remarked:
We all had such a laugh and threw ourselves into it from the off…It was a funny one because we were trying to fashion a family bond to try to make the drama feel as real as possible…Instead of lengthy rehearsals on set, we just hung out and got to know each other bowling and playing football in the park.
David also mentioned that he used a few unfair tactics to try and win against his co-workers:
I told them I had been Scottish under-17 Tenpin Bowling Champion just to unnerve them – but it didn’t seem to work…but, at the end of the day, they had bowling bumpers to help them. Not that I’m bitter, not that I’m being competitive against children.
This new series marks Davidâ€™s return to Glasgow to act for the first time since 1996, something which makes him very happy:
It’s always great to be back in Glasgow. It’s a lovely city – a great city…people are so friendly in Glasgow. So it was lovely to stay for an extended period during filming.
And things are only getting better and better for the former suit wearing Time Lord as his next role is in a big screen remake of the 1985 film Fright Night:
I’m playing a character called Peter Vincent, who’s a Las Vegas illusionist who also happens to be an expert on vampires. And, as well as some acting, I’ve spent a lot of time being sewn into very tight costumes.