David And Georgia Tennant Open Up To Gaby Roslin About Their Marriage, Their Family And Their Work On Her New Podcast - Streaming Now


David and Georgia Tennant are the latest guests on DJ Gaby Roslin’s new podcast and the pair have been opening up about the early days of their romance, their marriage and their family life. 

The pair discuss what life is like in the Tennant household with five children and talk honestly about how their relationship began. They chat about everything from what they watch on telly to David’s childhood aspiration to be ‘Doctor Who’ who Georgia’s father Peter Davison also played. Their hilarious BBC TV series ‘Staged’ which they star in together with Michael Sheen produced by Georgia, about actors whose play has been paused due to Covid-19 but continue rehearsing via video calls. Also, the ITV drama ‘Des’ in which David plays serial killer Dennis Nilsen. Plus, the pair speak powerfully about the importance of theatre to the UK economy.

Talking about their romance, which began when they met on the set of Doctor Who in 2008, David admitted to host Gaby that he felt a bit "stupid" to be marrying the daughter of a fellow Doctor Who actor. 

Whilst Georgia explained that it was her who did all the running in the early days and that she instigated the relationship to begin with “I very much forced it into happening,” she said. “I was very much the driving force. Had I not worked quite so hard, it might not have happened.”

Georgia joked with David during the chat  “You couldn’t quite believe that’s why I was messaging you 400 times a day. You thought maybe I was lonely and wanted a chat… I very much fell into stalker category. Thank goodness I did though. I just made a decision, I thought, ‘This is going to be good, let’s do this, I’ll just persevere until he gives in.”‘

David also said he thought the pair, who have now been married for nine years and have five children, were an unlikely couple, “I thought we were an unlikely life partnership, there was a bit of an age gap. Because Doctor Who had run through my life like a stick of rock, to end up marrying the daughter of one of the doctors, it all felt a bit stupid… so there were a lot of things against it.”

But David agreed it was 'fortuitous' that they met and added,“There’s a great Tim Minchin song, ‘If I didn’t have you someone else would probably do’… but I certainly feel like I lucked out. You reach a point of your life when you’re looking for someone and it’s sort of chance which version of that perfect partner ambles along.”

Georgia also spoke about the difficult time the couple faced when their youngest child, Birdie, was taken in to hospital last year.  “At the beginning we were a bit like, ‘She’s fine, it’s like a bit of a cold, it’s not a problem’,” she said.

“Within 24 hours it was, ‘No we’re not fine. It’s a bit more serious,’ within three days we got into intensive care…But because our NHS is amazing they saved her and we got to go home again.

“I remember the doctor saying… ‘The hard bit is when you go home because people go, the baby’s fine, they move on, and… there was a period of time when we didn’t think we were going to have her anymore… That lasts for a really long time.

“Our baby still shares our bed because I’m sure I still make that happen… that her breathing is fine and that everything is going to be OK.”

Download That Gaby Roslin Podcast with David and Georgia from wherever you get your podcasts.


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