Doctor Who News David Tennant in The Politician's Husband

Published on April 23rd, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Tennant Reveals Doctor Who ISN’T his Favourite Show!

David Tennant has revealed he was struck by how ‘high maintenance’ politicians were while researching his upcoming role in Paula Milne’s long-awaited follow up to The Politician’s Wife, The Politician’s Husband.

David Tennant in The Politician's Husband

Watching a lot of the political faces we see regularly on the news, I was struck by how coiffed they are…They often seem to go for a sort of Eighties soap star kind of look, but then you’re expected to look sleek and slick.

In the BBC Two drama, the Tenth Doctor stars as an MP embroiled in a both a personal and political power struggle between him and his wife, played by Breaking the Waves actress, the superb Emily Watson.

Drawing comparisons between both politicians and actors, Tennant found many parallels between an opening night and a good debate in the House of Commons:

What I found fascinating to imagine was the sheer stress of that life – the burden of it. But at the same time you could sense the buzz that people get out of it too.

The high you get when you deliver something well in the House is like having a fantastic first night on stage and getting all the best reviews. It gives you that kind of a hit.

Perhaps even more shocking than the vanity of our elected leaders is David’s confession that Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing is his favourite show!

Yes – it seems that David has jumped ship!

The West Wing is probably my favourite television series of all time…There are very few areas in life where the stakes are so high; where the power struggles influence not just the lives of the people involved, but also the lives of everyone they represent.

The Politician’s Husband starts this Thursday at 9pm on BBC Two.

(Via The Daily Echo.)

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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.




6 Responses to Tennant Reveals Doctor Who ISN’T his Favourite Show!


  1. Well fair play to him, The West Wing is one of the best series ever, certainly the best one about US politics. Last year I completed watching all seven seasons over a six month period, it’s pure class.

  2. avatar Ian McArdell says:

    Nonsense – it’s only come out like that because Doctor Who isn’t just a television show to him… it’s a religion!

  3. avatar daniel says:

    i suppose his love of doctor who may have been tempered by the fact that for five years he had a fair idea what was going to happenu

  4. avatar Xeb says:

    This is not news. He has talked effusively about TWW in many interviews over the years, repeatedly saying it was the one show he wishes he had been a part of and would run to do anything that involved working with Sorkin.

  5. avatar HC says:

    But we’ve known this for years? Babylon 5 is probably my favourite television series of all time, but I’m not a fan of it the same way as I am with Doctor Who. Doctor Who occupies a very special part of my soul, and I’m sure David’s got a similar thing going on with many shows he loves. But from an artistic point of view, I can definitely see why he thinks TWW is number one.

    We’re putting way too much into this.. We havent lost our ring leader, not to worry.

  6. avatar Dvdsky81 says:

    Heck. I think I remember reading somewhere that he, Russell T. Davies, and Mark Gatiss (?) would have West Wing viewing parties. He’s been very open about his WW obsession. It’s a damn good show.

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