David Tennant has been talking to the Daily Record about his new drama, Spies Of Warsaw, which starts on BBC Four at 9pm on Wednesday. David tells of how he was recognised by Polish fans whilst filming for the show in Poland:
“I didn’t realise Doctor Who plays in Poland – but it obviously does. I’ve had a few fans coming up, wanting to say hello, or get a photograph or a signature.
“It doesn’t happen quite on the scale that it happens at home – but then I don’t think I’ve been to a country yet where I haven’t met someone who’s a Doctor Who fan. Except maybe Uganda.”
David continued to chat about his character Jean-Francois Mercier and the drama that revolves round him:
“It’s stripping back the idea that World War II was an immovable moment in time. Mercier does see war as absolutely inevitable but he’s surrounded by people who don’t, particularly within French intelligence. I think that’s an accurate portrayal of what was going on at the time. There’s so much resonance to what went on in Warsaw because it was so graphic and ghastly.I’m not a historian but, as I understand it, the city was utterly destroyed in the war. Hitler at one point allegedly said, ‘Turn it into a lake…’ So they did. When the war ended, the people of Warsaw basically rebuilt the Old Town, brick by brick, exactly as it was and it has remained the same ever since. It’s not a museum – people live in the apartments, people work here, there are restaurants open. But from a filming point of view, it’s fantastic because you have all these streets that are exactly as they were 70 or 80 years ago.”
David says that Spies Of Warsaw is about much more than another Spy film:
“In the past, we’ve had Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and James Bond but I’ve never come across anything quite like Spies of Warsaw.Although it is a spy story, it’s also a love story – and it’s also a historical piece. It’s quite unusual and hard to categorise but at the end of the day, it’s a gripping yarn as well. However much we like to dress it up, that’s ultimately the most important thing.”