The Tenth Doctor himself David Tennant has been having a chinwag with Doctor Who Magazine about his time on Doctor Who and what the show means to him.
In this month’s issue, Tennant was asked what it feels like to look back on the role that he first started way back in 2005:
“I always feel fond towards it. I always feel like it’s a happy place to be. Obviously a day like this brings it all back a little more keenly, but it’s always a very fond thing to return to, the world of Doctor Who. It’s always very welcoming, and friendly, and familiar. I suppose I don’t feel detached enough from it to feel sentimental, really. Maybe if I’d been completely banished from it for ten years…?
But of course it never quite goes away, does it? There’s no escaping it, nor would I want to, really.
Because Doctor Who sort of runs through my life like a stick of rock. It’s sort of always bubbling under, and you know it always will.”
There are of course moments in the show, those iconic lines and spectacular scenes, that will outlive us all; and Tennant has delivered more than his fair share of those. Perhaps the most famous came in the 2013 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, in which he delivered the immortal line, describing the Time Lord’s name as a promise – “Never cruel or cowardly”. David describes it as a “mission statement.”
“We can all have mottos that we live by; it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re entirely faithful to them. It can be who you aspire to be. It doesn’t mean you can’t be inconsistent sometimes. That’s what makes any character and any person interesting – their inconsistencies, the little flaws in the weft of their character.
“I don’t know if the Doctor always needs to be consistent to that, but I think broadly speaking he is. At least, he tries.”
You can read the full interview with David Tennant in the latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine which is available from Oct 19, 2017.