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Published on May 7th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

David (Still) Isn’t Your Lawyer

This might seem like old news but thanks to a bit of crossed wires at The Belfast Telegraph there’s been a bit of confusion over who’s lawyer David Tennant actually is.

As you may recall the former Tenth Doctor was set to become a household name in the US when the pilot episode of Rex is Not Your Lawyer, about Rex Alexander, a top Chicago lawyer crippled by anxiety who coaches his clients into representing themselves, was drafted as a series in the crab-shoot that is cable network sweeps.

Unfortunately no network deemed the show worthy of a whole series – leaving it as a bit of an oddly accented oddity in Tennant’s career.

Now The Belfast Telegraph in an interview with Tennant’s Rex co-star and lead in the Vegas based Lawyer series The Defenders, Jerry O’Connell,  has seemingly given Tennant a role in his new show.

O’Connell took the time out from chatting about the recent Stand By Me 25th Anniversary reunion to praise the work of Tennant and its influnce on his own approach to all things Court- based in The Defenders:

“Man, he is great. He’s just really good at what he does. It’s funny, we both played lawyers in the show that we did. To be honest I stole a lot of stuff that I’m doing in my show from watching him.”

Only the paper got their wires crossed and gave Tennant a role in The Defenders - much to the confusion of its writer Roger Crow who was contacted by @David_Tennant to get to the bottom of this secret guest star role:
Thanks @RogerCrow who wrote article in Belfast Telegraph:

“They interpreted it wrong. O’Connell was inspired by David Tennant’s work on Rex”

So there you have it. David and Rex aren’t your lawyers but Jerry O’ Connell is…

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




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