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David Tennant: "To Certain People, You'll Always Be The Doctor"

As a former Doctor, David Tennant must already be used to being asked what he thinks of the latest incumbents and, of course, what the Doctors talk about. With Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, however, things are a tad different; Tennant has worked with Whittaker on Broadchurch, which was created by current Doctor Who showrunner, Chris Chibnall.

Nonetheless, he says the only advice he gave her was about the attention the series draws:

” To certain people, you’ll always be the Doctor, which is a wonderful, humbling thing but it does mean accepting an adjustment to your life. You have to be ready for that. It’s a unique experience and there’s a very small support group who know how that feels. One would never give advice about how to play a part. The acting bit is what you go to drama school for. All you can help with is the other stuff. Jodie was such an exciting choice. I’m hugely proud of how successful she’s been.”

Once you’re part of the Who universe, you’re there forever, but naturally there’s extra pressure and attention if you’re the one heading the show. We’ve heard previously how the Doctors form a sort of “support group” so it’s nice to hear it reaffirmed that it’s still in force.

Tennant was also asked about accusations that Doctor Who Series 11 was “too politically correct”, to which he responded:

“Is it possible to be too politically correct? What does that even mean? Inclusivity has always been one of Doctor Who’s strengths.”

And that’s very true (although the issue many feel is how the focus seemed, to many, to be on “message, message, message” before the actual narrative).

It’s a great interview, so head over to The Guardian to learn more about David’s podcast, Gordon Brown, and Good Omens.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

David Tennant: "To Certain People, You'll Always Be The Doctor"

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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