Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: David Tennant admits he thought show return would be impossible!

by Anna Howell


Former Doctor Who, David Tennant, has revealed how he never thought a return to the iconic show would be possible for him!

Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor from 2005 till 2010, has just been filming the 50th anniversary episode to mark the epic shows landmark birthday this November, alongside his former companion, Billie Piper and current Time Lord and companion Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Many believed at first that the episode, which is due to be screened in 2D & 3D in homes and cinemas around the world this November, would in fact feature all 11 previous Doctors, but according to Tennant he never thought he would be involved!

Discussing the anniversary episode with SFX the actor, who has just starred in the hugely popular ITV mystery drama Broadchurch, explained:

“The Doctor tends to lead every scene he is in and when you are sharing that out it becomes slightly different,

“You have a new relationship with that aspect of the character and that gives you fresh challenges to work on.

“For a long time I was starting to think it was never going to happen, so there was an element of surprise there. But the general concept [of a multi-Doctor story] was something I always expected.”

Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Special

Tennant, who has also filmed The Escape Artist for BBC One, where he plays Will Burton, a talented junior barrister who “specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners” due to air this autumn, went on to express how he felt that the 50th anniversary would appeal to new viewers as well as die-hard Doctor Who fans:

“Doctor Who has managed to be a big success over the past few years by being very accessible to everyone,

“We have never been about going for a highly particular audience – although that audience is the reason Doctor Who has lived for 50 years – but rather to have a very broad appeal. I think that aspect is something that people will feel is quite evident in this special as well.”

Watch the Doctor Who panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con in the clip below: