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Put Some Clothes On!

David Tennant and Catherine Tate’s appearance on Friday evening was scheduled to promote their roles in the West End production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, but ended up revealing the depths to which some Doctor Who fans will descend just to get an autograph.

If you were the chap that accosted mild-mannered David Tennant in a gym recently, you should be very, very ashamed of yourself…

’I was washing my hair, facing the wall, when I was tapped on the shoulder so already it’s quite inappropriate,’ the actor told BBC One chat show host Graham Norton.

‘I turned round and there was another naked man standing there with a piece of paper.

‘And I think “if you can’t see how inappropriate this is I am just going to have to play along” so I took the paper, which is slowly becoming mulch, and carved my name in it.’

This really is a case of taking hero worship – or perhaps parental point scoring – to an unacceptable level. Sadly it isn’t the first time I’ve heard stories like this, although often the they involve premiership footballers and soon-to-be ex-girlfriends.

The fact is, people on TV (and in sport) are just the same as us, flesh and blood, and they all deserve their private time. Let’s hope David’s future encounters with fans are more appropriate!

(One last thing – yes, it’s a tame headline for such a story; you should see the ones we dropped, which included a variation on “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword”…)

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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