David Tennant took part in a panel at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) and revealed that he turned down the role of the Tenth Doctor for a few days before finally admitting to himself that he couldn’t stand seeing someone else play the role.
Tennant had been haggling for a guest spot on the series as he’d previously worked with showrunner, Russell T. Davies on Casanova, but kept getting turned down. That was, until Davies invited him over to watch some early edits of Series 1, starring Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor. David recalls:
“I think it was on a VHS – that’s how long ago it was!”
When Davies asked him to be the Tenth Doctor, however, Tennant wasn’t so sure:
“For a couple of days, I turned it down. It just didn’t feel right. But then I thought, ‘who are you kidding?’!”
David played the Doctor regularly between 2005 and 2009, regenerated on New Year’s Day 2010, and returned for the 50th anniversary in 2013.
The latest episode of David Tennant Does a Podcast With… is out now and finds the actor interviewing his Jessica Jones co-star, Krysten Ritter.