Showing posts from June, 2014

What We Did On Our Holiday: David Tennant's "Best Big Screen Performance To Date"

Brian Ferguson of The Scotsman has described the new BBC Films comedy What We Did On Our Holiday as one of the best British films of the year and says that it represents possibly the best big screen performances to date by its stars David Tennant and Billy Connolly.

The bittersweet comedy, due to be released in September, also stars Ben Miller, Rosamund Pike, Celia Imrie, Annette Crosbie and Amelia Bullmore, and is the work of Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, the creative team behind such comedy hits as Outnumbered and Drop The Dead Donkey.

However, Ferguson also queries why the movie was not screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and was instead only shown at a number of private screenings around the UK.
"The question is why an unashamedly Scottish film, with a cast brimming with leading Scottish and British actors, was not part of the UK’s longest-running film festival," he asks.
Response to the screenings so far has been very favourable, with Baz Bamigboye of the

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David Tennant Signs Broadchurch Script For Charity Auction

Fancy getting your hands on a top piece of TV memorabilia from one of the UK's best and most talked about dramas? Here's your chance: Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall has donated a shooting script from the series signed by David Tennant himself to a new fundraiser for UK based charity Anno's Africa. The script is from episode 8 of the first series of the award winning murder mystery.

Anno's Africa offers an alternative, arts education to orphans and vulnerable children in some of Africa’s most desperately deprived city slums. Many of the children participating in the programmes live rough on the streets or in appalling makeshift accommodation, are forced to scavenge on tips to make a living and are vulnerable to serious disease. The charity links in with other charity schools to provide alternative learning opportunities which enrich the very basic eduction that children receive and to allow them to develop their talents, confidence and life skills through art, drama …

David Tennant Weekly News Update: Monday 23rd - Sunday 29th June


AUDIO: The Great Scott: The Bride Of Lammermoor With David Tennant

The first episode of the new series of The Great Scott aired earlier today on BBC Radio 4. 
David Tennant narrates the episode as Walter Scott.

The Bride Of Lammermoor 
The novel is set in the Lammermuir Hills of south-east Scotland at the beginning of the 18th Century and tells of a tragic love affair between young Lucy Ashton and her family's enemy Edgar Ravenswood.
The Ashtons and Ravenswoods have been enemies for centuries - but will a proposed union between the warring families finally bring peace?

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UK: Watch David Tennant In Learners On Drama Channel Tonight

David Tennant stars in the 2007 comedy drama Learners which is shown again tonight on the Drama Channel in the UK.

Written by Jessica Hynes (Spaced, Doctor Who), the one-off show follows the trials and tribulations of a group of learner drivers.
Learners 7.20pm BST, Sunday 29th June Drama (Sky 166, Virgin 190, Freeview 20) Bev (Jessica Hynes) is a downtrodden wife who's failed her driving test eight times. She's desperate to pass so she can set up her own business, but is frustrated at her husband Ian's (Shaun Dingwall) impatient approach when teaching her to drive. When Bev meets glamorous driving school owner Fiona (Sarah Hadland), she's determined to succeed, along with a group of other learner drivers.
Chris (David Tennant), a devout Christian with the patience of a saint, is assigned as her instructor and it's not long before Bev develops a crush on him. However, Chris has feelings for Fiona, but she's having an affair with a married man Gerry, who works with Be…

Listen To The Great Scott: The Bride Of Lammermoor With David Tennant Today

David Tennant makes a welcome return to radio drama this afternoon as part of the cast of The Great Scott, a new trio of dramatisations of the works of Sir Walter Scott.

The three new tales will be broadcast as part of the Classic Serial strand on BBC Radio Four. As in the previous three episodes broadcast last year, David narrates as the author himself, Walter Scott. The first episode is The Bride Of Lammermoor and can be heard at 3pm BST on Sunday 29th June.

Listeners outside the UK can hear BBC Radio Four online atthis link

The Great Scott: The Bride Of Lammermoor
BBC Radio Four
3.00pm BST, Sunday 29th June
The novel is set in the Lammermuir Hills of south-east Scotland at the beginning of the 18th Century and tells of a tragic love affair between young Lucy Ashton and her family's enemy Edgar Ravenswood. The Ashtons and Ravenswoods have been enemies for centuries - but will a proposed union between the warring families finally bring peace?

The novel is adapted by Mike Harris and featu…

NEW ZEALAND: Broadchurch Concludes Tonight On TV ONE

The UK murder mystery Broadchurch reaches its gripping conclusion this evening on TV ONE. David Tennant and Olivia Colman star as Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, the two police detectives charged with solving a shocking crime in a small seaside town before the community tears itself apart under the strains of paranoia, suspicion and press and police scrutiny. 

Broadchurch - Season Finale TV ONE Sunday 29th June, 8.30pm
After weeks of speculation, Danny Latimer's killer is revealed. Shock waves ripple though Broadchurch as the community deals with the news.
Readers in New Zealand can watch a sneak peek of the final episode here.

The three-disc DVD box set of the series will be released in New Zealand on Wednesday 3rd July. Click here to pre-order your copy

David Tennant At Wimbledon Today

David Tennant was one of many celebrities attending Centre Court at Wimbledon today to watch the Men's Singles match between Rafael Nadal and Mikhail Kukushkin.

The middle Saturday of Wimbledon fortnight is traditionally attended by stars of sport as well as familiar faces from stage, screen and music. The Royal Box today was packed with sporting heroes, including Sir Bobby Charlton, David Beckham, Tom Daley, Bradley Wiggins and Paralympians Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans, who sat alongside members of the military who attended in honour of Armed Forces Day. Other attendees included Sir Patrick Stewart and Countdown's Rachel Riley.

Despite losing the first set, Nadal recovered to win a place in the final sixteen.

David Tennant briefly appeared on the BBC One coverage of the match where he was described as "...a very fine actor." Seated in the stands rather than the Royal Box, David looked elegant in a grey suit and purple tie and sporting a beard for his role as Bro…

What We Did On Our Holiday Set To Be One Of The High Profile UK Films Of The Year

Scottish newspaper The Scotsman is predicting great things for the new black comedy What We Did On Our Holiday when it is released in the UK this autumn. It is expected to be one of the most high profile British films of the year, mainly due to the star-studded cast: Billy Connolly stars as the eccentric septuagenarian Gordy with David Tennant and Ben Miller as his two sons Doug and Gavin. Other cast includes Rosamund Pike, Celia Imrie, Annette Crosbie and Amelia Bullmore, with a trio of rising child stars in Harriet Turnbull, Bobby Smalldridge and Emilia Jones. The film has since been sold around the world to screen in territories including Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Israel.

The movie also boasts an excellent creative team, being written and directed by the award winning pair Guy Jenkin and and Andy Hamilton, the creators of the BBC sitcom Outnumbered.

More plot details have been uncovered as Billy Connolly has revealed that his character in the film is battling cancer tho…

USA: The Escape Artist Now Available Via iTunes

The tense courtroom drama, The Escape Artist is now available for American fans to buy via iTunes. 

The drama starring David Tennant is available to download as three separate hour long episodes, as it originally aired in the UK, rather than the two 90 minute episodes broadcast by PBS in the USA. Episodes cost $2.99 each for HD, and $1.99 in SD. There is also the option to purchase the whole season at $7.99 HD or $4.99 SD: this bundle also includes an interview with David Tennant.

The Escape Artist
From PBS and Masterpiece Mystery!: David Tennant (Doctor Who) stars as Will Burton, a junior barrister who specializes in spiriting people out of tight legal corners, hence his nickname–The Escape Artist. Much to the aggravation of his courtroom rival, Maggie Gardner (Sophie Okonedo), Will has never lost a case. Will’s talents acquit serial killer Liam Foyle of murder, and it is only a matter of time until Foyle kills again. This series contains coarse language and suggestive dialogue.
Click he…

Pre-Order Now: The Doctor Who Classic Edition 2015 Calendar

New from Danilo comes this stylish retro style 2015 wall calendar featuring the Doctor and his foes. 

These are bound to be snapped up quickly so get in early and beat the rush by pre-ordering now.

UK Fans: Click here to pre-order
USA Fans: Click here to pre-order

VIDEO: David Tennant Talks Cybermen And Roger Lloyd-Pack

The Space Channel in Canada have posted an extract from David Tennant's interview with Teddy Wilson which was aired on InnerSpace last Friday. The interview also screened in cinemas in the USA last week as part of the Doctor Who + Wings event along with the second series adventure Rise Of The Cybermen / The Age Of Steel. 
David and Teddy met up earlier this year in Victoria, BC where David was filming Gracepoint, the ten part remake of Broadchurch for Fox TV. They chatted about David's time playing the Tenth Doctor and his memories of filming the story which brought the Cybermen back to a brand new audience of Doctor Who fans.
In the extract David talks about his co-star, the late Roger Lloyd-Pack. Although he did not have many scenes with him during Doctor Who (the pair had previously worked together in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire), David describes him as "...a lovely man and obviously a terrific actor and becomes a very huge part of Doctor Who lore...a very sad lo…

USA: Postman Pat The Movie With David Tennant Opens In The US Today!

Postman Pat: The Movie, the 3D animated feature based on the popular UK kids' character opens today in the USA. The BBC character has been popular with pre-schoolers in the UK and around the world who have been absorbed by the adventures of the friendly village postman and his black and white cat Jess since his debut in 1981.

The movie, which features the voices of Stephen Mangan as Pat, David Tennant as Wilf, Rupert Grint as Josh and Ronan Keating as Pat's singing voice, has been aquired by Shout! Factory for US distribution, and the nationwide release begins with openings in selected cinemas in New York and Los Angeles today.

Check with your local theatre for details of other screenings across America.

Postman Pat: The Movie
The film finds Pat (Stephen Mangan), everyone’s favourite postman, coming face-to-face with the temptations of money, status and a shiny new suit when he enters a national TV talent show competition that threatens to tear him away from his hometown of Green…

David Tennant's Virgin Media Commercial Tops Most Recalled Ad List

Virgin Media's new Power Drive commercial starring David Tennant has topped the Top 10 list of most recalled TV adverts for this week. The ad which promotes Virgin Media's new flexible Big Bundles features David at the wheel of a tiny bubble car which then transforms to a big American muscle car at the flick of a switch, and then again to a luxury tour bus kitted out with all of the latest Virgin Media goodies.

Ad recalling is a test of marketing effectiveness based upon how memorable an advert is. Participants are shown TV spots and then asked to recall details of the campaign at a later point. The greater the recall, the more effective the campaign is deemed to be.

The Virgin ad, created by BBH, outperformed current campaigns by Subway, Argos and

Watch the ad here:

Research was based on the period 19th - 23rd June For the full ad list click here

Rosamund Pike Talks Bonding With Co Star David Tennant For What We Did On Our Holiday

Rosamund Pike has been chatting to the Daily Mail about how she likes to get to know her co stars before she begins work with them on a project and she has spoken about how she and David Tennant bonded with each other and their on screen children on a day out at Chessington World Of Adventures before filming on their new movie, What We Did On Our Holiday, began.

"It was a bonding day," Rosamund said of the trip she and David took with their young co stars - Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge and Harriet Turnbull. She added "We had a lovely, but quite difficult day," mostly because David was apparently mobbed by fans as the group explored the zoo and went on rides.

In What We Did On Our Holiday David and Rosamund play a warring couple going through a terrible divorce who travel, with their three young children, from their home in London to Scotland to celebrate the children's grandfather's birthday.

Rosamund believes the day out at Chessington really helped with t…

PHOTOS: Ellis Parrinder Releases David Tennant Photoshoot Images

Photographer Ellis Parrinder has released some previously unpublished photos of David Tennant from his 2009 photoshoot with the actor. A number of photos from the same shoot appeared in a feature on David in the Observer magazine in the run up to his final episodes as the Tenth Doctor.

UK & IRELAND: Win Amazing Doctor Who Prizes In A New Horror Channel Competition

Readers in the UK and Republic of Ireland have the chance to bag themselves some brilliant Doctor Who prizes, including the Tenth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control, courtesy of the Horror Channel in the brand new #WhoOnHorror Companions Quiz.

Take the quiz, get yourself 50% or above and enter the Whovian-inspired prize draw, offering you the chance to win one of these very special prizes: 5 Horror Channel Doctor Who T-Shirts10th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote ControlThe Tardis SpeakerMasterpiece Collection Maxi Bust: Cyberman Scout
Click here to get started

The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents only aged 16 or over. Those scoring 50% and over in the quiz will be entered into the prize draw, with the winner picked at random. One entry per person. Full terms and conditions are available on the Horror Channel website.
Don't forget that you can catch episodes of classic Doctor Who on weekdays on the Horror Channel. Tune in via Sky chan…

PHOTOS: David Tennant Attends The Opening Night Of Death Of A Salesman #ThrowbackThursday

Today's Throwback Thursday post is a collection of photos of David Tennant attending the first night of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at the Lyric Theatre with Keira Malik and Fenella Woolgar in May 2005.

VIDEO: Kendrick Sampson Talks Gracepoint, David Tennant And Plot Twists

Gracepoint star Kendrick Sampson spoke about the upcoming FOX TV series from the red carpet of the 5th Annual Thirst Project Gala on Tuesday. He explained that the ten part event series would differ from the UK series Broadchurch upon which it is based, and expressed his admiration for his co-stars, especially David Tennant.

Gracepoint follows the investigation into the murder of a local boy in a quiet seaside town in California. It explores the impact that the event has on the immediate family and their friends and neighbours as the pressures of police and press scrutiny and local suspicions and paranoia threaten to tear the little community apart. David Tennant stars as Detective Emmett Carver with Anna Gunn as Detective Ellie Miller.
Gracepoint will première as part of the Fall 2014 season on Thursday nights on Fox.
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David Tennant On Doctor Who's Doomsday "This Will Be A Moment I Will Be Forever Proud To Look Back On"

David Tennant is featured in the current issue of SFX Magazine - out now.
In it he speaks about filming the epic Doctor Who series two finale, Doomsday and how proud he is to have been part of a scene and a show that continues to mean so much to fans even years later as it tops a massive poll conducted by the magazine to find readers favourite Sci Fi, Horror or Fantasy moment.

Writer Russell T Davies is also featured and thanks fans for voting for the episode.

See a scan below:

Read SFX August 2014 issue to find out what other Doctor Who moments made the top 250. It's out now!

Find out more about the SFX Poll and watch David and Billie in the scene that won the poll here.

Gracepoint Star Kendrick Sampson On The Plot Changes And David Tennant's Accent

Gracepoint star Kendrick Sampson has spoken about his new drama series Gracepoint and working with co-star David Tennant. Kendrick was talking during his appearance yesterday the 5th annual Thirst Project Gala, hosted by Jennifer Garner. He confirmed that while the plot of the upcoming FOX TV ten-part event series would have similarities to Broadchurch, the UK drama upon which it is based, it also includes enough differences to make it worth watching.

"They've changed the ending. Especially in episode four and before, there are some strong twists that will keep people watching and entertained. It's got a different take. It follows the story kind of closely but it takes some dramatic twists," explained Kendrick, who plays Dean Iverson in the drama, boyfriend to Chloe, the murder victim's sister (in Broadchurch the equivalent character was Dean Thomas, played by Jacob Anderson).
Like Broadchurch, Gracepoint follows the impact of the murder of a local boy on a small s…

David Tennant In The 250th Issue Of SFX Magazine On Sale Today

The new edition of SFX Magazine goes on sale in the UK today and the special collectors' edition celebrates the 250th issue of the UK's top sci-fi and fantasy magazine and contains the results of a huge poll to decide the best science fiction and fantasy moments of all time.

SFX asked their readers to choose their personal top ten from a list of iconic moments in film, TV, books, games and comics and from this they have compiled the Top 250 Greatest Moments in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror as voted for by the fans themselves. SFX have revealed that the number one moment was the farewell between the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler (David Tennant and Billie Piper) from the series 2 finale Doomsday.

David Tennant says of the scene: “I remember worrying on the day we shot this scene that as I was actually a projection from inside the TARDIS my hair shouldn't be blowing in the wind. That seemed terribly important at the time and although we didn't find a solution to it, it bothered …

NEW ZEALAND: Broadchurch Released On DVD In July

The gripping UK crime drama Broadchurch will be released as a three disc DVD set in New Zealand on Wednesday 2nd July. The eight part series starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Arthur Darvill has been airing on TV ONE on Sunday nights.
Broadchurch The small coastal community of Broadchurch is rocked to its core when 11 year old Danny Latimer is found dead on the beach in suspicious circumstances. A police investigation commences headed up by the new Detective Inspector (David Tennant) and the local Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (BAFTA award winning Olivia Colman). In a town with only a history of petty crime, the community is thrown into chaos as they try to deal with the tragedy, not knowing who to trust, as the national press descends. It appears everyone has secrets, and as the threads start to unravel their seemingly idyllic community is thrown into chaos. A previously naive DS Ellie Miller is forced, with the help of DI Alec Hardy who trusts nobody, to start viewing her to…

The Doctor And Rose's Farewell In Doomsday Tops SciFi Poll

The tearjerking farewell between the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, played by David Tennant and Billie Piper has topped a list of the greatest ever sci-fi and fantasy moments as voted for by fans.

The poll was conducted by SFX magazine, who asked their readers to decide the top 250 greatest sci-fi and fantasy scenes from a long list deriving from classics of TV, film, comics and literature. The full list features in the magazine's celebratory 250th issue, in stores from tomorrow.

The scene which topped the poll appeared at the end of the second series of the revived Doctor Who. With Rose trapped in a parallel dimension, the Doctor manages to harness the power from a supernova to appear to her to say what they believed at the time to be their final goodbyes.

David Tennant says of the scene, "It all came together so perfectly in this scene that people still talk to me about it with misty eyes all these years later - and I suspect they always will. Whatever else I do and wherever els…

VIDEO: David Tennant And Anna Gunn Talk About Gracepoint At The Fox TV Upfront

David Tennant and Anna Gunn, the stars of the upcoming Fox TV drama Gracepoint were interviewed on the red carpet together when they appeared at the Fox TV Upfront to promote the series back in May. A video clip posted by AP Archive features a clip of them explaining how the series differs to the UK show Broadchurch on which it is based.

"He’s the same but different. He fills the same hole in the story," David says of his character Detective Emmett Carver, the American equivalent of DI Alec Hardy which he also played in Broadchurch.

"It’s a different incarnation. It very much stays true to the story that was originally told in Broadchurch, but it does have its differences," adds Anna Gunn, who plays Detective Ellie Miller in Gracepoint.

Watch David and Anna from about two minutes in:

Gracepoint When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homi…

Coming Soon: Doctor Who Magazine Presents The Essential Doctor Who: The TARDIS

The next edition in Panini’s new series of Doctor Who Magazine bookazines continues with an issue dedicated to the TARDIS.
The Essential Doctor Who: The TARDIS is an information-packed 116-page guide featuring details of every major TARDIS story. The issue also includes exclusive new interviews with scriptwriters Steve and Christopher H Bidmead, and Suranne Jones who played Idris, the human embodiment of the TARDIS in The Doctor’s Wife, plus many more.
The publication also includes articles on TARDIS collectables, a history of the original police boxes by a retired superintendent, maps of the ship’s interior and a three-part guide on how to operate the console.
“The TARDIS is an essential part of Doctor Who, so we had to feature it in this series of bookazines,” says editor Marcus Hearn. “We’ve taken a fresh look at one of the show’s most familiar icons, and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to include so much previously unpublished material.”
Look out for The Essential Doctor Who: The TAR…

More TITANS Doctor Who Comics Covers Revealed

TITANS Comics have unveiled more cover variants from their brand new range of officially licenced Doctor Who adventures featuring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors as played by David Tennant and Matt Smith. 

The Tenth Doctor returns in an all-new ongoing comic series, officially sanctioned by BBC Worldwide. In the first five issue story arc, sees the Eisner Award-winning Nick Abadzis and fan favorite Elena Casagrande join forces to produce a thrilling new adventure for David Tennant’s Doctor, with a new companion, new foes and unforgettable new horizons!
Doctor Who: New Adventures With The Tenth Doctor Gabriella Gonzalez is stuck in a dead-end job in her family's New York laundrette, dreaming of college and bigger, better, and brighter things. So when a strange man with an even stranger big blue box barges into her life on the eve of the Day of the Dead celebrations, talking about an infestation of psychic aliens, she seizes her chance for adventure with both hands. After Donna's tr…


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