David Tennant

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David Tennant
The Doctor and I! (3758956651) (cropped to Tennant).jpg
Tennant in 2009
BornDavid John McDonald
(1971-04-18) 18 April 1971 (age 43)
Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland
OccupationActor, Voice Actor, Narrator
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Georgia Moffett
(m. 2011–present)
Children3
ParentsAlexander McDonald
Helen McDonald (deceased)[1]
 
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David Tennant
The Doctor and I! (3758956651) (cropped to Tennant).jpg
Tennant in 2009
BornDavid John McDonald
(1971-04-18) 18 April 1971 (age 43)
Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland
OccupationActor, Voice Actor, Narrator
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Georgia Moffett
(m. 2011–present)
Children3
ParentsAlexander McDonald
Helen McDonald (deceased)[1]

David Tennant (born David John McDonald; 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor known for his roles as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, as Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova (2005) and as Barty Crouch, Jr. in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). In addition to his appearances on screen, Tennant has worked as a voice actor and appeared in a critically acclaimed stage production of Hamlet.[2][3]

Early life and education

Tennant was born in Bathgate, West Lothian to Essdale Helen (née McLeod; now deceased) and the Very Rev. Dr. Alexander McDonald (born 1937).[4] He grew up with his brother Blair and sister Karen[5] in Ralston, Renfrewshire, where his father was the local Church of Scotland Minister and former Moderator.[6][7][8] Tennant's maternal great-grandparents, William and Agnes Blair, were staunch Protestants from County Londonderry, Ulster, the northern province of Ireland, and were among the signatories of the Ulster Covenant in 1912. William Blair was a member of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland. Tennant's maternal grandfather, footballer Archie McLeod, met William and Agnes's daughter Nellie while playing for Derry City. McLeod's parents were from the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Highlands and are descended from tenant farmers.[9][10]

At the age of three, Tennant told his parents that he wanted to become an actor because he was a fan of Doctor Who,[11] but they tried to encourage him to aim for more conventional work.[5] He watched almost every Doctor Who episode for years, and he spoke to Tom Baker at a book-signing event in Glasgow.[5] Tennant says he was "absurdly single-minded" in pursuing an acting career. Tennant was educated at Ralston Primary and Paisley Grammar School. He acted in school productions throughout primary and secondary school.

Tennant's talent at this young age was spotted by Scottish actress Edith MacArthur. After seeing young David's first performance at age 11, she told his parents he would become a successful stage actor.[12] Tennant also attended Saturday classes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; at 16, he passed an audition for the Academy, one of their youngest students, and studied there between the ages of 17 and 20, taking his stage name from the Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant[13] after reading a copy of Smash Hits magazine[14] because there was another David McDonald already on the books of the Equity union. Tennant has stated that he later had to legally change his name to Tennant in order to meet Screen Actors Guild rules.[15]

Career

Early work

Tennant made his professional acting debut while still in secondary school. When he was 16, he acted in an anti-smoking film made by the Glasgow Health Board which aired on television and was also screened in schools.[12] The following year, he played a role in an episode of Dramarama. Tennant's first professional role upon graduating from drama school was in a staging of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui costarring Ashley Jensen, one of a few plays in which he performed as part of the agitprop 7:84 Theatre Company. Tennant also made an early television appearance in the Scottish TV sitcom Rab C Nesbitt as a transsexual barmaid called Davina. In the 1990s, Tennant appeared in several plays at the Dundee Repertory Theatre.[16]

Tennant's first major TV role was as the manic depressive Campbell in the Scottish drama series Takin' Over the Asylum (1994). During filming, Tennant met comic actress and writer Arabella Weir. When he moved to London shortly afterwards he lodged with Weir for five years and became godfather to her youngest child. He has subsequently appeared alongside Weir in many productions; as a guest in her spoof television series Posh Nosh, in the Doctor Who audio drama Exile (during which Weir played an alternate version of the Doctor), and as panellists on the West Wing Ultimate Quiz on More4 (Weir later guest starred on Doctor Who itself after Tennant left the series). One of his earliest big screen roles was in Jude (1996), in which he shared a scene with Christopher Eccleston, playing a drunken undergraduate who challenges Eccleston's Jude to prove his intellect. Coincidentally, Eccleston portrayed the incarnation of The Doctor immediately preceding Tennant's. He developed his career in the British theatre, frequently performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company. His first Shakespearean role for the RSC was in As You Like It (1996); having auditioned for the role of Orlando, the romantic lead, he was instead cast as the jester Touchstone, which he played in his natural Scottish accent.[17] He subsequently specialised in comic roles, playing Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors and Captain Jack Absolute in The Rivals, although he also played the tragic role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.[citation needed]

Tennant contributed to several audio dramatisations of Shakespeare for the Arkangel Shakespeare series (1998). His roles include a reprisal of his Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, as well as Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice, Edgar/Poor Tom in King Lear, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, all of which he performs in his natural accent. In 1995, Tennant appeared at the Royal National Theatre, London, playing the role of Nicholas Beckett in Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw. In television, Tennant appeared in the first episode of Reeves and Mortimer's revamped Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) in 2000, playing an eccentric artist. This is one of his few TV roles in his native Scottish accent. During the Christmas season of 2002, he starred in a series of television advertisements for Boots the Chemists.[18] He began to appear on television more prominently in 2004 and 2005, when he appeared in a dramatisation of He Knew He Was Right (2004), Blackpool (2004), Casanova (2005), and The Quatermass Experiment (2005). In film, he appeared in Bright Young Things (2003), and later that same year appeared as Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Doctor Who (2005–2010, 2013)

See also: Tenth Doctor
Tennant with Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies (left), regular director Euros Lyn (centre right), and executive producer Julie Gardner (right) at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2009

Doctor Who returned to British screens in 2005, with Christopher Eccleston playing the role of the Ninth Doctor in the first series. Tennant replaced him as of the second series, making his first, brief appearance as the Tenth Doctor in the episode "The Parting of the Ways" (2005) at the end of the regeneration scene, and also appeared in a special 7-minute mini-episode shown as part of the 2005 Children in Need appeal, broadcast on 18 November 2005. He began filming the new series of Doctor Who in late July 2005. His first full-length outing as the Doctor was a 60-minute special, "The Christmas Invasion", first broadcast on Christmas Day 2005. Tennant had been formally offered the role of the Doctor during rehearsals for The Quatermass Experiment. Although the casting was not officially announced until later in April,[19] both castmates and crew became aware of the speculation surrounding Tennant; in the live broadcast Jason Flemyng (Quatermass) changed his first line to Tennant's Dr Briscoe from "Good to have you back Gordon" to "Good to have you back Doctor" as a deliberate reference.[20]

Tennant has expressed enthusiasm about fulfilling his childhood dream. He remarked in a radio interview: "Who wouldn't want to be the Doctor? I've even got my own TARDIS!" In 2006, readers of Doctor Who Magazine voted Tennant "Best Doctor" over perennial favourite Tom Baker.[21] In 2007, Tennant's Doctor was voted the "coolest character on UK television" in a Radio Times survey.[citation needed] When Tennant was cast as Eccleston's successor, he had wanted to use his native Scottish accent and become "the first kilted Doctor" according to an interview in the Daily Star, but writer Russell T Davies did not want the Doctor's accent "touring the regions", so he used Estuary English instead.[22] Tennant was able to use his Scottish accent during his time on the series, however, when the Doctor briefly masquerades as "Dr Jamie McCrimmon" of Edinburgh in Tooth and Claw - a nod to the Second Doctor's companion.

He previously had a small role in the BBC's animated Doctor Who webcast Scream of the Shalka. Not originally cast in the production, Tennant happened to be recording a radio play in a neighbouring studio, and when he discovered what was being recorded next door managed to convince the director to give him a small role. This personal enthusiasm for the series had also been expressed by his participation in several audio plays based on the Doctor Who television series which had been produced by Big Finish Productions, although he did not play the Doctor in any of these productions. His first such role was in the Seventh Doctor audio Colditz, where he played a Nazi lieutenant guard at Colditz Castle. In 2004 Tennant played a lead role in the Big Finish audio play series Dalek Empire III as Galanar, a young man who is given an assignment to discover the secrets of the Daleks. In 2005, he starred in UNIT: The Wasting for Big Finish, recreating his role of Brimmicombe-Wood from a Doctor Who Unbound play, Sympathy for the Devil. In both audio productions Tennant worked alongside Nicholas Courtney, who reprised the character of Sir Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. He also played an unnamed Time Lord in another Doctor Who Unbound play Exile. UNIT: The Wasting, was recorded between Tennant getting the role of the Doctor and it being announced. He played the title role in Big Finish's adaptation of Bryan Talbot's The Adventures of Luther Arkwright (2005). In 2006, he recorded abridged audio books of The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner, The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole and The Resurrection Casket by Justin Richards, for BBC Worldwide.[citation needed]

He made his directorial debut on the Doctor Who Confidential episode that accompanies Steven Moffat's episode "Blink", entitled "Do You Remember The First Time?", which aired on 9 June 2007. In 2007, Tennant's Tenth Doctor appeared with Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor in a Doctor Who special for Children in Need, written by Steven Moffat and entitled "Time Crash". He later performed alongside Davison's daughter, Georgia Moffett (as "Jenny") in the 2008 episode "The Doctor's Daughter".

Tennant featured as the Doctor in an animated version of Doctor Who for Totally Doctor Who, The Infinite Quest, which aired on CBBC. He also starred as the Doctor in another animated six-part Doctor Who series, Dreamland.[23] Tennant guest starred as the Doctor in a two-part story in Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, broadcast in October 2009.[24] Tennant continued to play the Tenth Doctor into the revived programme's fourth series in 2008. However, on 29 October 2008, Tennant announced that he would be stepping down from the role after three full series.[25] He played the Doctor in four special episodes in 2009, before his final episode aired on 1 January 2010. The Daily Mirror reported that Tennant was forbidden from attending Doctor Who fan conventions while playing the role. This was done to avoid the chance that Tennant could accidentally let slip any plot points during filming of the series.[26]

Tennant and Billie Piper returned to Doctor Who for the 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor" broadcast on 23 November 2013, alongside current stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman and guest star John Hurt. The same month, he also appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Rebootdirected by Peter Davison.[27]

Other television roles (2005–present)

While playing the Doctor, Tennant was also in the early December 2005 ITV drama Secret Smile. His performance as Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger at the Theatre Royal, Bath and Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh was recorded by the National Video Archive of Performance for the Victoria and Albert Museum Theatre Collection. He revived this performance for the anniversary of the Royal Court Theatre in a rehearsed reading. In January 2006, he took a one-day break from shooting Doctor Who to play Richard Hoggart in a dramatisation of the 1960 Lady Chatterley's Lover obscenity trial, The Chatterley Affair. The play was written by Andrew Davies and directed by Doctor Who '​s James Hawes for the digital television channel BBC Four. Hoggart's son, Simon, praised Tennant's performance in The Guardian newspaper.[28]

On 25 February 2007, Tennant starred in Recovery, a 90-minute BBC One drama written by Tony Marchant. Tennant played Alan, a self-made building site manager who attempted to rebuild his life after suffering a debilitating brain injury. His costar in the drama was friend Sarah Parish, with whom he had previously appeared in Blackpool and an episode of Doctor Who. She joked that "we're like George and Mildred – in 20 years' time we'll probably be doing a ropey old sitcom in a terraced house in Preston."[29] Later that same year he starred in Learners, a BBC comedy drama written by and starring Jessica Hynes (another Doctor Who costar, in the episodes "Human Nature", "The Family of Blood" and "The End of Time"), in which he played a Christian driving instructor who became the object of a student's affection. Learners was broadcast on BBC One on 11 November 2007. Tennant had a cameo appearance as the Doctor in the 2007 finale episode of the BBC/HBO comedy series Extras alongside Ricky Gervais. In November 2008 Tennant played Sir Arthur Eddington in the BBC and HBO biopic Einstein and Eddington, which was filmed in Cambridge and Hungary.[30]

In 2009, he worked on a TV film version of the RSC's 2008 Hamlet for BBC Two. From October 2009, he hosted the Masterpiece Contemporary programming strand on the American Public Broadcasting Service.[31] In December 2009, he filmed the lead in an NBC pilot, Rex Is Not Your Lawyer, playing Rex, a Chicago lawyer who starts to coach clients to represent themselves when he starts suffering panic attacks.[32] The pilot was not picked up and the project was shelved.[33][34] In October 2010 he starred as Dave, a man struggling to raise five children after the death of his partner, in the British drama Single Father. For this role he was nominated as Best Actor at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2010. In 2011, he starred in United, about the Manchester United "Busby Babes" team and the 1958 Munich air disaster, playing coach and assistant manager Jimmy Murphy.[35] In September 2011, he appeared in a guest role in one episode of the comedy series This is Jinsy, and also started filming True Love, a semi-improvised BBC One drama series, on location in Margate, Kent; the series aired in June 2012.

In April 2012, Tennant played lead in a one-off drama The Minor Character for Sky Arts.[36] Between April and June, he filmed Spies of Warsaw for BBC Four, in the lead role of Jean-François Mercier. This drama series shot in Poland is an adaptation of Alan Furst's novel The Spies of Warsaw.[37] Tennant auditioned for the role of Hannibal Lecter in NBC's Hannibal; he was narrowly beaten for the part by Mads Mikkelsen, but show developer Bryan Fuller has indicated that he was sufficiently impressed by Tennant that he would like to cast him in another role in the series.[38] On 9 June 2012, he started filming the 3-part political drama series The Politician's Husband for BBC Two, playing an ambitious cabinet minister who takes drastic action when his wife's career starts to outshine his.[39][40] Also in June it was announced that Tennant would star in the new ITV detective series Broadchurch. The series was filmed in Clevedon, North Somerset and Bridport, Dorset between August and November 2012, and aired in March 2013 .[41] Tennant also presented the new comedy quiz show Comedy World Cup, in Autumn 2012 which ran on Saturday nights for seven episodes.[42]

Between late January and March 2013, Tennant filmed The Escape Artist for BBC One. Tennant plays a talented, junior barrister who is yet to lose a case. The three-part series aired on BBC One in October and November 2013.[43] Between January and May 2014, Tennant filmed the US remake of Broadchurch, re-titled Gracepoint.[44] Tennant will film the second series of Broadchurch during summer 2014.[45][46]

Other work (2007–present)

Tennant was the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" on Top Gear in December 2007, where he claimed to have unsuccessfully auditioned for a role on Taggart 26 times.[47] Tennant is the voice behind the 2007 advertising campaign for catalogue retailer Argos, and appeared in adverts for The Proclaimers' 2007 album and learndirect in June 2008 (using his natural Scottish accent in both). Tennant also lent his voice to adverts for Tesco Mobile, Nintendo Wii, and American Express.

Tennant appeared in Derren Brown's Trick or Treat.[48] In the 26 April – 2 May issue of TV & Satellite Week, Brown is quoted as saying: "One of the appeals of Doctor Who for David is time travel, so I wanted to give him that experience. He was open and up for it, and I got a good reaction. He's a real screamer!" The episode aired on Channel 4 on 16 May 2008, and showed Tennant apparently predicting future events correctly by using automatic writing. Tennant also returned for the final episode of the series with the rest of the participants from the other episodes in the series to take part in one final experiment.

Tennant appeared in the 2008 episode "Holofile 703: Us and Phlegm" of the radio series Nebulous (a parody of Doctor Who) in the role of Doctor Beep, using his Lothian accent. Also in 2008, Tennant voiced the character of Hamish the Hunter in the 2008 English language DVD rerelease of the 2006 animated Norwegian film, Free Jimmy, alongside Woody Harrelson. The English-language version of the film has dialogue written by Simon Pegg, who also starred in it as a main voice actor. In early 2009, Tennant narrated the digital planetarium space dome film "We are Astronomers"[49] commissioned by the UK's National Space Centre. On 13 March 2009, he presented Red Nose Day 2009 with Davina McCall. He joined Franz Ferdinand onstage to play the guitar on their song "No You Girls" on a special Comic Relief edition of Top of the Pops. In summer 2009, Tennant filmed St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold. The film was released in December 2009.

In November 2009, Tennant co-hosted the Absolute Radio Breakfast Show with Christian O'Connell for three consecutive days.[50] He returned to cohost the show for one day in October 2010[51] and again in September 2011. Tennant also provides the narration and all the character voices for the audio book versions of the Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III stories by Cressida Cowell such as How to Train Your Dragon. In these audio books, Tennant employs his vocal skills to create a vast cast of recognisably distinct voices. Some of his most memorable characterisations include the Norfolk yokel of Norbert the Nutjob, the broad Glaswegian of Gobber the Belch, the hissing and whining Cockney of Toothless the Dragon and the sly insinuations of Alvin the Treacherous. He also played the role of Spitelout in the recent animated film adaption of said books.

On 7 March 2010, he also appeared as George in a one-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Of Mice and Men in the Classic Serial strand.[52] He appeared alongside former costar Catherine Tate in the Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing at London's Wyndham's Theatre from 16 May 2011 to 3 September 2011.[53] For his performance as Benedick he won the BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play.[54]

In September 2011, it was announced that Tennant would voice a character in the movie adaptation of Postman Pat named You Know You're the One with a planned 3D theatrical release for spring 2013.[55] In October 2011, Tennant started shooting the semi-improvised comedy film, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger in Coventry.[56][57] He played dual roles: the main character, put-upon teacher Mr Peterson, and his "golden boy" twin brother and rival.[58] He appeared in a multi-million-pound campaign for Virgin Media. One advert was voluntarily withdrawn after a complaint lodged by BBC Worldwide, which believed that the advert broke the corporation's guidelines by featuring references to Doctor Who that appeared to be a commercial endorsement of the service.[59]

Tennant starred alongside Rosamund Pike in a BBC/Origin Pictures film, What We Did on Our Holiday, a semi-improvised comedy from the writers of the popular BBC sit-com Outnumbered; shooting took place from 17 June to 30 July 2013 in Scotland. The film was released in September 2014.[60] He is the narrator on Xbox One video game Kinect Sports Rivals.[61]

Royal Shakespeare Company (2008–present)

Despite his recent focus on television work, Tennant has described theatre work as his "default way of being".[62] He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), to play Hamlet (alongside Patrick Stewart) and Berowne (in Love's Labours Lost) during 2008.[citation needed] From August to November 2008 he appeared at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon as Hamlet, playing that role in repertory with Berowne that October and November.[citation needed]

Hamlet transferred to the Novello Theatre in London's West End in December 2008, but Tennant suffered a prolapsed disc during previews and was unable to perform from 8 December 2008 until 2 January 2009, during which time the role was played by his understudy Edward Bennett.[63] He returned to his role in the production on 3 January 2009, and appeared until the run ended on 10 January. On 12 April 2011, a photograph of Tennant as Hamlet featured on a stamp issued by the Royal Mail to mark the RSC's fiftieth anniversary.[64]

In January 2012, Tennant was appointed to the Royal Shakespeare Company board, to be on the selection committee interviewing and choosing the new artistic director.[65] It was announced on 23 January 2013 that Tennant would return to the RSC for the company's 2013 winter season, playing the title role in Richard II at Stratford-upon-Avon (from 10 October to 16 November) and transferring to the Barbican Centre in London (from 9 December to 25 January 2014).[66]

Personal life

From 2005 to 2007, Tennant dated actress Sophia Myles, with whom he acted in Foyle's War and the Doctor Who episode "The Girl in the Fireplace".[67] He married actress Georgia Moffett on 30 December 2011,[68] having met her when they co-starred in the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Daughter". They have two children together,[69][70][71] and Tennant is also the step-father of Moffett's child from a previous relationship.[72] Tennant does not discuss his personal life or relationships in interviews,[73] stating in 2009 that "relationships are hard enough with the people you're having them with, let alone talking about them in public".[74] He believes that religion "must have" shaped his character, and he is an occasional churchgoer.[75]

In 2008, Tennant was voted "Greenest Star on the Planet" in an online vote held by Playhouse Disney as part of the Playing for the Planet Awards.[76] Later that year, he underwent surgery for a prolapsed disc. He is a supporter of the Labour Party and appeared in a party political broadcast for them in 2005; in 2010, he declared his support for then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown.[77] In April 2010, he lent his voice to a Labour Party election broadcast. In 2012, he introduced Labour leader Ed Miliband at the Labour Party Conference.[78] He is a patron of the Association for International Cancer Research.

In December 2005, The Stage placed Tennant at No. 6 in its "Top Ten" list of the most influential British television artists of the year, citing his roles in Blackpool, Casanova, Secret Smile, and Doctor Who.[79] In January 2006, readers of the British gay and lesbian newspaper The Pink Paper voted him the "Sexiest Man in the Universe".[80] A poll of over 10,000 women for the March 2006 issue of New Woman magazine ranked him 20th in their list of the "Top 100 Men".[81] In October 2006, he was named "Scotland's most stylish male" in the Scottish Style Awards.[82]

Popularity

Tennant was named "Coolest Man on TV" of 2007 in a Radio Times survey. He won the National Television Awards award for Most Popular Actor in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. He was voted 16th Sexiest Man in the World by a 2008 Cosmopolitan survey.[83] Tennant was ranked the 24th most influential person in the British media, in the 9 July 2007 MediaGuardian supplement of The Guardian. He appeared in the paper's annual media rankings in 2006. In December 2008, he was named as one of the most influential people in show business by British theatre and entertainment magazine The Stage, making him the fifth actor to achieve a ranking in the top 20 (in a list typically dominated by producers and directors). He was voted the third best dressed man in Britain in GQ reader's poll for 2013.[84] Tennant's popularity has led to impersonations of him on various social networking sites, leading the BBC to issue a statement making it clear that Tennant does not use any of these sites and any account or message purporting to be or from him is fake.[85] In the expansion EverQuest: Seeds of Destruction for the game EverQuest, a character was introduced called Tavid Dennant, named after David Tennant. The character when interacted with makes a number of references to Doctor Who.[86]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993SpacesVinny[87]Short film
1996JudeDrunken undergraduate
1997BiteAlastair Galbraith[88]Short film
1998L.A. Without a MapRichard
1999The Last SeptemberCaptain Gerald Colthurst
2000Being ConsideredLarry
2001Sweetnight GoodheartPeterShort film
2002Nine 1/2 MinutesCharlieShort film
2003Bright Young ThingsGinger Littlejohn
2004Traffic WardenTraffic wardenShort film
2004Old StreetMr. WatsonShort film
2005Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireBarty Crouch Jr.
2006Free JimmyHamishVoice only
2009Glorious 39Hector
2009St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's GoldSir Piers Pomfrey
2010How to Train Your DragonSpitelout[89]Voice only
2011The Decoy BrideJames Arber[90]
2011Fright NightPeter Vincent[91]
2011The Itch of the Golden NitNews announcer / Stretchy McStretch[92]Voice only
2012The Pirates! In an Adventure with ScientistsCharles DarwinVoice only
2012Nativity 2: Danger in the MangerDonald Peterson / Roderick Peterson[56][57]
2014Postman Pat: The Movie — You Know You're the OneWilf[93][94]Voice only
2014What We Did on Our HolidayDoug

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Anti-smoking filmJim[12]Glasgow Health Board PSA
1988DramaramaNeil McDonaldSeries 6, Episode 13: "The Secret of Croftmore"
1992StrathblairHikerSeries 1
1992Bunch of FivePolicemanSeries 1, Episode 5: "Miles Better"
1993The Brown ManVentriloquist[95]
1993Rab C NesbittDavinaSeries 3, Episode 2: "Touch"
1994Takin' Over the AsylumCampbell Bain
1995The BillSteve ClemensSeries 11, Episode 128: "Deadline"
1995The Tales of Para HandyJohn MacBrydeSeries 2, Episode 2: "Para Handy's Piper"
1996A Mug's GameGavinSeries 1, Episode 4
1997Holding the BabyNurseSeries 1, Episode 2
1997Conjuring ShakespeareAngelo[96]Episode 6: "Like a Virgin" (appeared in a scene from Measure for Measure)
1998Duck PatrolSimon "Darwin" Brown
1999The Mrs Bradley MysteriesMax ValentineSeries 2, Episode 1: "Death at the Opera"
1999Love in the 21st CenturyJohnEpisode 1: "Reproduction"
2000Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)Gordon StylusSeries 1, Episode 1: "Drop Dead"
2001People Like UsRob HarkerSeries 2, Episode 4: "The Actor"
2001High StakesGaz WhitneySeries 2, Episode 1: "The Magic Word"
2001Only HumanTylerPilot
2002Foyle's WarTheo HowardSeries 1, Episode 3: "A Lesson in Murder"
2002Boots UK advertHusband
2003Terri McIntyreGreig MillarSeries 2
2003Doctor Who: Scream of the ShalkaCaretaker1 Episode
2003TrustGavin MacEwanSeries 1, Episode 6
2003Posh NoshJose-LuisSeries 1, Episodes 3 and 8: "Paella" and "Comfort Food"
2003Spine ChillersDr. KrullSeries 1, Episode 1
2004The DeputyChristopher Williams
2004He Knew He Was RightRev Gibson
2004BlackpoolDI Carlisle
2005The Quatermass ExperimentDr. Gordon Briscoe
2005CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
2005Secret SmileBrendan Block
2005Doctor Who: A New DimensionNarratorDoctor Who Confidential pilot
2006Who Do You Think You Are?HimselfSeries 3, Episode 4
2006Ready Steady CookHimself1 episode
2005–2010
2013
Doctor WhoThe DoctorSeries 2, 3, 4, 2008-2010 Specials
50th Anniversary Special[97][98]
2006The RomanticsJean-Jacques Rousseau
2006The Chatterley AffairRichard Hoggart
2007RecoveryAlan Hamilton
2007Comic Relief SketchMr Logan / The DoctorAppeared alongside Doctor Who co-star Catherine Tate
2007Dead RingersRegenerated Tony Blair
2007Doctor Who:The Infinite QuestThe Doctor
2007LearnersChris
2007ExtrasHimself / The DoctorChristmas Special
2007The Friday Night ProjectGuest hostSeries 4, Episode 1
2007The Human FootprintNarrator
2007Top GearHimselfSeries 10, Episode 10
2008Everest ERNarrator
2008What Makes Me HappyPoetry reader[99]Series of short films that include poetry
2008Trick or TreatHimself[48]Series 2, Episodes 3 and 6
2008The Friday Night ProjectGuest hostSeries 6, Episode 2
2008Einstein and EddingtonSir Arthur Eddington
2009The Sarah Jane AdventuresThe Doctor[24]Series 3, Episodes 5 and 6: "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith"
2009Rex Is Not Your LawyerRex Alexander[32]NBC pilot
2009DreamlandThe Doctor6 episodes
2009The Catherine Tate ShowGhost of Christmas Present"Nan's Christmas Carol"
2009HamletPrince Hamlet
2009Swarm: Nature's Incredible InvasionsNarrator
2009Comic Relief 2009Presenter
2009Doctor Who: Tonight's the NightHimself
2009Troubled Young MindsNarrator[100]
2009QIHimselfQI Christmas Special
2009Never Mind the BuzzcocksGuest hostSeries 23, Episode 12
2009Alan Carr: Chatty ManGuestSeries 2, Episode 7
2009–2010Masterpiece ContemporaryHost
2010Single FatherDave Tiler
2010Caught in the Web – A Newsround SpecialNarrator[101]
2010Eddie Izzard: Marathon ManNarrator
2010My LifeNarratorEpisode: "Karate Kids"
2010Diet or My Husband DiesNarrator[102]
2010Doctor Who: The Ultimate GuideHimself[103]
2010Stealing ShakespeareNarrator
2010Ask Rhod GilbertAuthenticatorSeries 1, Episode 5
2010Paul O'Grady LiveGuestSeries 1
2010Chris Moyles' Quiz NightHimselfRegular slot: "David Tennant's Celebrity Impressions"
2010Polar Bear: Spy on the IceNarratorBBC Wildlife Specials
2011UnitedJimmy Murphy
2011This is JinsyMr. Slightlyman[104]Series 1, Episode 1
2011The Father of AustraliaNarrator[105]
2011Starlight: For the ChildrenNarrator[106]Narrated episodes 5–10
2011The TA & The TalibanNarrator[107]
2011Gerry Rafferty: Right Down the LineNarrator[108]
2011Shrek: Once Upon a TimeNarrator[109]
2011EarthflightNarrator[110]
2011Laughing at the...Himself[111]Series 1, Episode 2: "Catherine Tate: Laughing at the Noughties"
2011–2012Twenty TwelveNarratorSeries 1 and 2
2012Playhouse PresentsWill[36]Series 1, Episode 1: "The Minor Character"
2012True LoveNick[112]Series 1, Episode 1
2012Star Wars: The Clone WarsHuyang[113]
2012Tree Fu TomTwigs[114]
2012Wild About PandasNarrator[115]
2012We Won't Drop the BabyNarrator[116]
2012Discovering HamletHimself[117]
2012Shakespeare Uncovered - HamletHimself[118]
2012Virgin Media advertsHimself
2012Comedy World CupPresenter
2012Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the CellNarrator
2012–2013Dragons: Riders of BerkSpiteloutSeries 1, Episode 12, "Thawfest" and Series 2, Episode 5, "Race to Fireworm Island"
2013Penguins - Spy in the HuddleNarrator[119]
2013Comic Relief 2013Presenter
2013Fish HooksOscar's BrainSeries 3, Episode 3, "Live at the Hamsterwood Bowl"
2013Spies of WarsawJean-François Mercier[37]
2013BroadchurchDI Alec Hardy
2013The Politician's HusbandAiden Hoynes
2013The Escape ArtistWill Burton[43]
2013The Five(ish) Doctors RebootHimself
2014GracepointEmmett CarverU.S. remake of Broadchurch
2014Dolphins - Spy in the PodNarrator[120]BBC Wildlife Specials
2014W1ANarratorFive part series

Stage

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989The Ghost of Benjy O'NeilThe Ghost[121]Phantom Productions
1990FoolsLeon Steponovitch Tolchinsky[122]Made in Glasgow (RSAMD Student Company), Chandler Studio, RSAMD
1990Twelve Angry MenJuror 8[123]Theatre Positive Scotland, Arches Theatre, dir Iain Reekie
1991Mozart from A to ZMozart[124]RSAMD
1991The Resistible Rise of Arturo UiVarious characters7:84 Theatre Company Scotland
1991–1992Shinda the Magic ApeKenny[125]Royal Lyceum Theatre
1992Jump the Life to ComeMalcolm[125]7:84 Theatre Company Scotland
1992MerlinArthurRoyal Lyceum Theatre
1992Scotland MattersVarious characters7:84 Theatre Company Scotland
1992Hay FeverSimon[125]Royal Lyceum Theatre
1992Who's Afraid of Virginia WoolfNick[126]Dundee Repertory Theatre
1992TartuffeValereDundee Repertory Theatre
1992–1993Merlin the Magnificent and the Adventures of ArthurArthurDundee Repertory Theatre
1993AntigoneHaemon[125]7:84 Theatre Company Scotland
1993–1994The Princess and the GoblinCurdie[127]Dundee Repertory Theatre
1994Long Day's Journey into NightEdmund[128]Dundee Repertory Theatre
1994The Slab Boys TrilogyAlanYoung Vic
1995What the Butler SawNickRoyal National Theatre
1995An Experienced Woman Gives AdviceKennyRoyal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
1996The Glass MenagerieTomDundee Repertory Theatre
1996As You Like ItTouchstoneRoyal Shakespeare Company
1996The General From AmericaHamiltonRoyal Shakespeare Company
1996The Herbal BedJack LaneRoyal Shakespeare Company
1997Hurly BurlyMickeyOld Vic
Queen's Theatre
1997Tamagotchi HeavenBoyfriendDid not appear on stage, only in a filmed segment
1997Matters of Life and Death - "Blue"HimselfChelsea Theatre
1998The Real Inspector HoundMoonComedy Theatre
1998Black ComedyBrinsley MillerComedy Theatre
1998For One Night OnlyPerformer[129]The Other Place
Performed as part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Fringe Festival on 19 July 1998
1999Vassa – Scenes from Family LifePavelAlbery Theatre
1999Edward IIIEdward, the Black PrinceShakespeare's Globe (staged reading)
1999King LearEdgarRoyal Exchange Theatre
2000The Comedy of ErrorsAntipholus of SyracuseRoyal Shakespeare Company
2000The RivalsJackRoyal Shakespeare Company
2000Romeo and JulietRomeoRoyal Shakespeare Company
2000Laughter in the DarkDawid Tenemann[130]The Other Place (in a filmed segment)
2001A Midsummer Night's DreamLysander / Flute[131]Royal Shakespeare Company
2001ComediansGethin Price
2001MedeaBodyguardRoyal National Theatre (staged reading)
2002Push-UpRobertRoyal Court Theatre
2002Lobby HeroJeffDonmar Warehouse
Ambassadors Theatre
2003London Concert for PeacePerformer of NeverthelessTheatre Royal, Drury Lane
2003–2004The PillowmanKaturianRoyal National Theatre
2004The FleerLord Piso[132]Shakespeare's Globe (staged reading at the Globe Education Centre)
2005Look Back in AngerJimmy PorterTheatre Royal, Bath
Royal Lyceum Theatre
2006Look Back in AngerJimmy PorterRoyal Court Theatre
2008HamletHamletRoyal Shakespeare Company
Novello Theatre
2008Love's Labour's LostBerowneRoyal Shakespeare Company
2010Celebrity AutobiographyVarious characters[133]Leicester Square Theatre
2011Much Ado About NothingBenedick[53]Wyndham's Theatre
2013Richard IIRichard IIRoyal Shakespeare Company

Radio and CD audio drama

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993The Fifty Friends of Simon GoberschmittRaymondBBC Radio 4
1993The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydePolicemanBBC Radio 4
1994Knocking on Heaven's DoorLindsay LernerBBC Radio 4
1996Paint Her WellThe SonBBC Radio 4
1998Hemlock and AfterEric CraddockBBC Radio 4
1998The Airmen Who Would Not DieCaptain Raymond "Hinch" HinchliffeBBC Radio 4
1998The Golden Triangle: The Order of ReleaseJohn Everett MillaisBBC Radio 4
1999Fire in the HeartReaderBBC Radio 4
2000Henry VI, Part 1Henry VIArkangel Shakespeare
2000Henry VI, Part 2Henry VIArkangel Shakespeare
2000Henry VI, Part 3Henry VIArkangel Shakespeare
2000The SeaWilly CarsonBBC Radio 3
2001Much Ado about NothingBenedickBBC Radio 4
2001Sunday WorshipHimselfBBC Radio 4
2001The Long FirmNarratorWhole Story Audiobooks
2001He Kills CoppersNarratorWhole Story Audiobooks
2001True CrimeNarratorWhole Story Audiobooks
2001Doctor Who: ColditzFeldwebel KurtzBig Finish
2001Dr Finlay: Adventures of a Black BagJacksonBBC Radio 4
2002Dr Finlay: Further Adventures of a Black BagMcKellorBBC Radio 4
2002Double Income, No Kids YetDanielBBC Radio 4
2002FacadeWilliam Walton[134]BBC Radio 4
2003Doctor Who: Sympathy For The DevilColonel Brimmecombe-WoodBig Finish
2003Doctor Who: ExileTime Lord No. 2 / Pub landlordBig Finish
2003Caesar! – Peeling Figs for JuliusCaligulaBBC Radio 4
2003Doctor Who: Scream of the ShalkaCaretakerBBCi
2003The Amazing Maurice and His Educated RodentsDangerous BeansBBC Radio 4
2003PompeiiNarratorBBC Radio 4
2003The Rotters' ClubBill TrotterBBC Radio 4
2003Mansfield ParkTom Price[135]BBC Radio 4
2003Strangers and BrothersDonald HowerdBBC Radio 4
2004Dalek Empire IIIGalanarBig Finish
2004Doctor Who: Medicinal PurposesDaft JamieBig Finish
2004Quite Ugly One MorningNarratorTime Warner
2004Starter for TenNarratorHodder & Stoughton
2004WhiteoutNarratorMacmillan Digital Audio
2004The Merchant of VeniceLauncelot GobboArkangel Shakespeare
2004Richard IIIThe Archbishop / Ghost of Henry VIArkangel Shakespeare
2004How to Train Your DragonNarratorPart of the How to Train Your Dragon series
2004How to Be a PirateNarratorPart of the How to Train Your Dragon series
2005UNIT: The WastingColonel Brimmecombe-WoodBig Finish
2005Dixon of Dock GreenPC Andy CrawfordBBC Radio 4
2005The Adventures of Luther ArkwrightLuther ArkwrightBig Finish
2005The Beasts of Clawstone CastleNarratorMacmillan Digital Audio
2005MacbethPorterArkangel Shakespeare
2005King LearEdgarArkangel Shakespeare
2005The Comedy of ErrorsAntipholus of SyracuseArkangel Shakespeare
2005Romeo and JulietMercutioArkangel Shakespeare
2006The Virgin Radio Christmas PantoButtonsVirgin Radio
2006Doctor Who: The Stone RoseNarratorBBC Audio
2006Doctor Who: The Resurrection CasketNarratorBBC Audio
2006Doctor Who: The Feast of the DrownedNarratorBBC Audio
2006How to Speak DragoneseNarratorPart of the How to Train Your Dragon series
2007The Wooden OvercoatPeterBBC Radio 4
2007How to Cheat a Dragon's CurseNarratorPart of the How to Train Your Dragon series
2008Doctor Who: Pest ControlNarratorBBC Audio
2008NebulousDoctor BeepBBC Radio 4
2009Doctor Who: The Day of the TrollNarratorBBC Audio
2009How to Twist a Dragon's TaleNarratorPart of the How to Train Your Dragon series
2010Of Mice and MenGeorge Milton[52][136]BBC Radio 4
2010Murder in SamarkandCraig MurrayBBC Radio 4
2010How to Ride a Dragon's StormNarratorPart of the How to Train Your Dragon series
2010Doctor Who: The Last VoyageNarratorBBC Audio
2010Doctor Who: Dead AirNarratorBBC Audio
2010Bear Snores OnNarrator[137]Simon & Schuster Children's Books
2010DogfishNarratorSimon & Schuster Children's Books
2010How Roald Dahl Shaped PopNarrator[138]BBC Radio 2
2010Book at Bedtime – A Night with a VampireNarrator[139]BBC Radio 4
2011My Sister Lives on the MantelpieceNarrator[140]Orion Books
2011Kafka: The MusicalFranz Kafka[141]BBC Radio 3
2011The GobetweeniesJoe[142]BBC Radio 4
2011Tales of Hans Christian AndersenNarrator[143]BBC Learning
2011The Purple LandRichard Lamb[144][145]BBC Radio 4
2011Life and FateNikolai Krymov[146]BBC Radio 4
2011How to Break a Dragon's HeartNarratorPart of the How to Train Your Dragon series
2011A Hero's Guide to Deadly DragonsNarratorPart of the How to Train Your Dragon series
2011Supermarket ZooNarratorSimon & Schuster
2011Book at Bedtime – A Night with a Vampire 2Narrator[147]BBC Radio 4
2011Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies AgainNarrator[148]Macmillan Digital Audio
2011The Pied Piper of HamelinNarrator[149][150][151][152]BBC Radio 4
2012Love VirtuallyLeoBBC Radio 4
2012Book at Bedtime – StonemouthReaderBBC Radio 4
2012Believe It!Young Richard WilsonBBC Radio 4
2012Romeo and JulietPrince Escalus[153][154]BBC Radio 3
2012Twelfth NightMalvolioBBC Radio 3
2012Silver: The Return To Treasure IslandNarrator[155]Whole Story Audiobooks
2012How to Steal a Dragon's SwordNarratorPart of the How to Train Your Dragon series
2012On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceNarrator[156]BBC Audio
2013Every Seventh WaveLeoBBC Radio 4
2013The Great Scott: The Fair Maid of PerthWalter Scott[157]BBC Radio 4

Video games

YearTitleRole
2014Kinect Sports RivalsNarrator[61]

Awards and nominations

YearWorkAwardCategoryResult
1995An Experienced Woman Gives AdviceManchester Evening News Theatre Award[158]Best ActorNominated
1996The Glass MenagerieTheatre Management Association[159]Best ActorNominated
2000The Comedy of ErrorsIan Charleson Award[160]Best Classical Actor Under 30Nominated
2003Lobby HeroOlivier Award[161]Best ActorNominated
2005Look Back in AngerCritics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland[162]Best Male PerformanceWon
2006Casanova, Secret Smile, and Doctor WhoBroadcasting Press Guild[163]Best ActorNominated
2006Doctor WhoTV Quick and TV Choice Award[164]Best ActorWon
2006Doctor WhoNational Television Award[165]Best ActorWon
2007Doctor WhoBAFTA Cymru[166]Best ActorWon
2007Doctor WhoTV Quick and TV Choice Award[167]Best ActorWon
2007Doctor WhoConstellation Awards[168]Best Male Performance in a 2006 Science Fiction Television EpisodeWon
2007Doctor WhoNational Television Award[169]Most Popular ActorWon
2007-Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award[170]Screen AwardWon
2008Doctor WhoConstellation Awards[171]Best Male Performance in a 2007 Science Fiction Television EpisodeWon
2008Doctor WhoTV Quick and TV Choice Award[172]Best ActorWon
2008Doctor WhoNational Television Award[173]Outstanding Drama PerformanceWon
2008Doctor WhoSatellite Award[174]Best Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
2008Recovery and Doctor WhoRoyal Television Society Programme Award[175]Best ActorNominated
2009HamletCritics' Circle Theatre Award[176]Best Shakespearean PerformanceWon
2009HamletTheatregoers' Choice Awards[177][178]AKA Theatre Event of the YearWon
2009HamletStandard Theatre Award[179]Best ActorNominated
2009Einstein and Eddington and Doctor WhoBroadcasting Press Guild[180]Best ActorNominated
2009Doctor WhoBAFTA Scotland[181][182]Acting Performance in TV (Male)Nominated
2009Doctor WhoSaturn Award[183]Best Actor on TelevisionNominated
2010Doctor WhoNational Television Award[184]Outstanding Drama PerformanceWon
2010Doctor WhoConstellation Award[185]Best Male Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Television EpisodeWon
2010Hamlet and Doctor WhoBroadcasting Press Guild[186]Best ActorNominated
2011Single FatherTV Choice Award[187]Best ActorWon
2011Single FatherRoyal Television Society Programme Awards[188]Best ActorNominated
2011Much Ado About NothingBroadwayWorld UK Awards[54]Best ActorWon
2012Kafka: The MusicalBBC Audio Drama Awards[189]Best ActorWon
2012Much Ado About NothingWhat's on Stage Awards[190]Best ActorNominated
2012Star Wars: The Clone Wars40th Daytime Emmy Awards[191]Outstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramWon
2013BroadchurchTV Choice Award[192]Best ActorWon
2014BroadchurchNational Television Award[193]Best TV DetectiveNominated
2014BroadchurchBroadcasting Press Guild Television and Radio Awards[194]Best ActorNominated
2014The Escape ArtistBAFTA Scotland[195]Acting Performance in TV (Male)Won
2015Gracepoint41st People's Choice Awards[196]Favorite Actor In A New TV SeriesPending

See also

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