David Tennant was a guest on this morning's BBC Breakfast to advertise his BBC Two comedy series There She Goes which is continuning tonight at 9.30pm.
There She Goes is a comedy-drama based on the real life experiences of writers Shaun Pye and Sarah Crawford, whose daughter was born with an extremely rare and, to date, undiagnosed chromosomal disorder.
The series follows the day-to-day life of Rosie Yates (Miley Locke), a severely learning disabled girl and her family; dad Simon (David Tennant), mum Emily (Bafta Award-winning Jessica Hynes) and older brother Ben (Edan Hayhurst), as they cope with everyday situations like encouraging her to talk and persuading her that not every day is Christmas.
Discussing his character Simon, David explained: “Portrayals of life with disabled children have often been sentimentalised, and that is not the case with this.
“You can absolutely see that this family love each other and care for each other very deeply and have a special bond, but we don’t shy away from showing the struggles.”
Watch David's interview below (note some clips had to be removed due to restrictions)
David also spoke his recent lockdown comedy Staged, in which he starred alongside his former Good Omens co-star Michael Sheen and their real life partners Anna Lundberg and Georgia Tennant.
Speaking about his real life lockdown situation he said that Georgia had been in chrage of homeschooling their school age children. Speaking on BBC Breakfast, the former Doctor Who star said: “I think home-schooling has been challenging. Obviously my wife Georgia was ultimately in charge because she’s better at organising things than I am. But between us we’d wrestle one child into a corner.”
David added that the plight of homeschooling had served to highlight what a great job teachers do saying “You very quickly recognise the gaps in your own knowledge, it’s not, ‘How do I do long division?’, it’s, ‘How do they teach long division now because it’s all changed?'
“First you have to figure out how you do it all, and then you have to figure out how to teach it the way that they now teach it.”
He added: “We’re lucky that we’ve got space, although we do have quite a lot of children so we have got quite a full house but we do have a garden that they can run around in and that made all the difference for us.
“I’ve always respected teachers for what they do, but oh my goodness I’m very glad they exist!”
The full series of There She Goes and Staged are streaming now on BBC iPlayer.