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David Tennant’s 75 curtain calls

I swear to God I am gonna get to blogging about “The End of Time: Part One” today, but in the meantime, enjoy this graphic from the Daily Mail detailing how tough it has been for David Tennant to say good-bye to Doctor Who:

(h/t reader Ian via Twitter)


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  • Poly

    I know you don’t probably know but:
    – the Daily Mail is a xenophobic, homophobic, misogunistic rag that wants to hurt the BBC every way it can
    – at any given time throughtout the year, UK TV has about 20 Doctor Who repeats a week with (you guessed it?) David Tennant. Daily Mail conveniently forgets that
    – the article was part of a conservative campaign accusing the BBC of favouring particular actors and stiffling other acting talent. Nothing innocent about it.

  • Poly

    Sorry, I can’t type, “misogynistic”, not “misogunistic”. The argument still stands.

  • MaryAnn

    the article was part of a conservative campaign accusing the BBC of favouring particular actors and stiffling other acting talent. Nothing innocent about it.

    Well, that sucks. I was just thinking how nice it would be if I could see David Tennant on my TV all the time.

  • Poly

    I know that you would enjoy this and also know that you wouldn’t to associate yourself with the Daily Mail.

    David Tennant tv and radio over Christmas has many gems, the filmed Hamlet for one thing. I also love his radio stuff: His Desert Island Disks programme at Radio 4 was a particular favourite (Desert Island Disks is a long running radio 4 programme, started in 1942, a virtual institution. It’s a real honour for any guest).

    Also David Tennant and Catherine Tate doing a 3 hour programme on BBC Radio 2, 10am 26 December, and DT interviewing Russell T Davies, again BBC radio 2, 5pm 29 December.

    All radio programmes are accessible to everyone (including international listeners for 7 days after transmission at BBC iplayer. Desert Island Disks in particularly is a real gem

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_four

  • Lisa

    It’s the type of rag that criticises a woman for having fat arms one week and then of being an anorexic the next. It does this constantly. It runs aren’t you ashamed you have kids AND a job articles all the time. Google Jan Moir/ Stephen Gately/Press Complaints Commission (altho it’s chaired by Paul Dacre editor of the Daily Mail (wtf)). It’s vile.

    RTD himself says that the licence fee will not be there in 10 years time because Rupert Murdoch and the Conservatives are going to do away with it. The BBC has loads of enemies and is running scared.

    Also the Daily Mail can’t count –

    http://davidtennant2009.com/DTTV09.html

    They’re not big fans of Guardian-reading David either – always writing nasty, personal articles about him. Literally the one newspaper with a bad review of Hamlet. (wtf)

    As Poly probably knows, Dr Who is also repeated all the time on BBC3 and DINKY is always on the radio too.

    It is nice to see David in the channel idents before every big tv show on BBC this Xmas though.

  • Lisa
  • Kathy A

    I feel terrible because I was chatting with a friend of mine last night whom I knew was a DW fan, and when I asked if she’d seen last week’s ep yet, she said she was waiting to see both of them back-to-back. Well, I mentioned that she should be sure to record the show the BBCA is showing before Part 2 because it’s a tribute to David Tennant. There was a big pause on her end of the phone, and then she said, “I didn’t know he was leaving until just now.”

    Oh, shit! I told her that she has my permission to thwap my head when I go to her NYE party tonight. It just never occurred to me that she’d managed to cut herself off from all possible spoilers so thoroughly (easier to do here in the States than in the UK, I’m sure).

  • elgee

    While the Daily Mail article manages to be both petty and vile (and grossly inaccurate), it’s worth pulling up to read the comments. Leaving out a small minority of whiney voices, the overwhelming impression given is of what a popular actor and persona David Tennant is in the UK at this moment. One might even say beloved. Makes a lovely change from the usual reactions to celebrities and has transported me back, just a little, to less cynical times, And you can rate the comments, too, to reward the eloquent and punish the objectionable. Guess that’s more of a Christmas than a New Year’s Eve activity, but I had fun :-}

  • Lisa

    Let the people speak!

  • LizeCK

    Truly, can one really get too much David Tennant? I think not.

  • Scott

    I like how they refer to the delightful “QI”, a show which actually celebrates knowledge and information (something of a rarity these days) as ‘Stephen Fry’s smarty-pants quiz’. Nothing anti-intellectual and pandering about that, oh no.

  • Joanne

    Elgee – you were right, the original Daily Mail article was a hoot because of the comments.

    I’m definitely joining the chorus of happy DT fans and have managed to catch pretty much all the new stuff he’s been in. Need to watch Alan Carr though …

  • The Daily Hate always leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. David Tennant has been self-deprecating as usual and has tagged this Christmas blitz as his ‘scorched earth policy’. Nice, handsome, talented, and then modest and funny too. No wonder we can’t get enough of him. Here’s hoping we can see Rex sometime…

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