It’s a good week to be a doctor! David Tennant is known internationally as the Doctor, but from today, he’s also officially a doctor too, having been given an honourary doctorate.
Tennant received the recognition from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he studied drama from 1988 to 1991, back when it was known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. David said:
“I’m honoured and rather humbled to be here – it’s all quite overwhelming but lovely to be back. It evokes some very vivid memories. It was a very important time for me. I don’t think I would have survived without my time here – for me it was essential. Three years of getting to practice in a safe environment. I was quite young, quite green, and I did a lot of growing up here and learned an enormous amount. They were very formative years that I look back on very fondly.”
The ceremony took place in Glasgow – while in his hometown of Paisley, Steven Moffat was honoured with a doctorate too, this one from the University of the West of Scotland!
Most will think David’s greatest contribution to drama is probably Doctor Who, but he’s also done great work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, so I feel it’s only right he’s rewarded for his sterling efforts.
When asked for acting tips for the next generation, Tennant said:
“It’s such a weird profession; there aren’t any certainties about it. All you can say is how it’s been for you and give a sense of what to expect – just to keep breathing really. It’s an overcrowded profession as we know and there are not enough jobs to go around, so you just have to keep calm and carry on, I suppose.”
Congratulations to both Tennant and Moffat. Molto bene!