Piper and Tennant were only on the screen together for one year between 2005 and 2006, but theirs is one of the most fondly remembered partnerships.
More than ten years after they played a crucial part in bringing ‘Doctor Who’ back to the small screen and mainstream popularity, David Tennant and Billie Piper are set to reunite in a series of audio episodes.
Tennant and Piper portrayed the Timelord and his companion Rose Tyler in ‘Doctor Who’ between 2005 and 2006, and were one of the most fondly remembered combinations as the sci-fi series made its comeback in the noughties. Now, they’ll be getting back together for three audio-only episodes of ‘Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2’, which will be released in November this year.
David Tennant played the Doctor for four years
Continue reading: David Tennant And Billie Piper To Reunite On 'Doctor Who' Audio Episodes
The classic animated series is being brought back by Disney XD.
David Tennant has been unveiled as the voice of Scrooge McDuck for Disney XD’s reboot of 80s animated series ‘DuckTales’.
The news was announced by Disney who uploaded a video to Youtube, featuring the cast singing the show’s classic theme tune.
David Tennant will voice Scrooge McDuck in the upcoming ‘Duck Tales’ reboot
Continue reading: David Tennant To Voice Scrooge McDuck In 'DuckTales' Reboot
Channel 4 is said to be looking to revive the nineties classic for a ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ celeb special.
Channel 4 is reportedly looking to bring back iconic gameshow ‘The Crystal Maze’ for a one-off special episode for their annual ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ comedy gala in October. The series was originally fronted by Rocky Horror creator Richard O’Brien, but now ‘Doctor Who’ star David Tennant is being tipped to host.
Will David Tennant be hosting a special ‘Crystal Maze’ revival?
Speaking to RadioTimes.com, a Channel 4 spokesperson confirmed: "Channel 4 is looking at a special Crystal Maze for Stand Up To Cancer.” However they did not say who was in the running to host the one-off special.
The series will focus on an entirely new case for DI Hardy and DS Miller revolving around a sexual assault.
ITV has confirmed that drama ‘Broadchurch’, which stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman will be returning for a third and final eight part series. Joining Tennant and Colman will be five new cast members, ex-‘Coronation Street’ star Julie Hesmondhalgh, Georgina Campbell, Charlie Higson, Mark Bazely and Sarah Parish, who will have “significant roles” in the series.
David Tennant is retuning for the final series of ‘Broadchurch’.
The series will also see the return of Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan as Beth and Mark Latimer and Arthur Davill as parish vicar Paul Coates. While ITV are trying to keep plot details under wraps, they have confirmed the series will revolve around the investigation of a sexual assault case.
Continue reading: 'Broadchurch' To Return For Third And Final Series
'Broadchurch' has come in for criticism, but is it really that bad?
Broadchurch season 2 has managed to turn off 2 million fans just four episodes in. Last night's episode drew 5.6 million viewers, 100,000 down from last week and a huge decrease from the 7.6 million that ITV pulled in for its opener.
Olivia Colman [L] and David Tennant [R] star in Broadchurch season 2, which has been criticised in the press
After the critically acclaimed first season, season 2 has been derided by fans - particularly on Twitter - for its hammy dialogue and bizarre plot lines. In recent weeks, mother Beth Latimer, played by Jodie Whittaker, was ridiculed when she returned to court to give evidence just minutes after giving birth. Elsewhere, both prosecution and defence teams in what would surely be deemed a high profile murder trials, appear to have hired bumbling clueless assistants who seemingly have no grasp on the law.
Continue reading: Is 'Broadchurch' Season 2 Really As Bad As The Internet Says?
Broadchurch returns on ITV tonight!
Broadchurch returns for season 2 on ITV tonight with both David Tennant and Olivia Colman back in the saddle to solve another provincial murder. Chris Chibnall's drama won acclaim during its twisting and turning first season and the teaser clips appear to confirm that season two picks up immediately after the harrowing events of the finale.
Olivia Colman and David Tennant return for Broadchuch season 2 tonight (January 5)
"Chris set up a lot of things we never even thought about in the first series and now they've come to the fore," Colma said earlier this year. "At the read-through we were going, "You sneaky b*****d"."
Continue reading: 'Broadchurch' Returns Tonight - What Can We Expect?
David Tennant will attempt to solve the mystery again, this time for US audiences.
David Tennant is set to solve a familiar mystery in Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’ tonight. We say familiar because ‘Gracepoint’ is a remake ‘Broadchurch’, the BBC drama that Tennant starred in just last year. So what have US audiences got to look forward to tonight on Fox?
It's not 'Broadchurch', it's 'Gracepoint'
Last year ‘Broadchurch’ was a critical and ratings success in the UK, so it’s no surprise that an American network wanted their own version. What might be surprising is the decision to cast David Tennant, the star of the original, in the role again. But hey, this man was once ‘Doctor Who’ so we’re never going to complain about him being on our screens.
Rosamund Pike and David Tennant strike a pose on the red carpet in London, as Elle Fanning takes Los Angeles by storm and Antonio Banderas returns home to Spain. Trailers tease with glimpses of Camp X-ray, Days and Nights, The Woman in Black 2 and Nativity 3...
At the premiere of the new British comedy What We Did on Our Holiday in London this week, David Tennant strolled the red carpet in a kilt while Rosamund Pike looked stunning in a lacy black dress that only barely concealed her baby bump. She's also been out promoting her upcoming blockbuster Gone Girl. Browse our Rosamund Pike and David Tennant photos at the 'What We Did on Our Holiday' premiere on Monday 22nd September 2014. Read our 'What We Did on Our Holiday' review.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, The Boxtrolls held a family-friendly premiere at which Elle Fanning surprised fans with a new brunette hairdo. She was accompanied by costars Ben Kingsley and Nick Frost, plus Ian Ziering, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Ringwold and Garcelle Beauvais, who were accompanied by their families. View our photos from the premiere of 'The Boxtrolls' - Sunday 21st September 2014. Read our 'The Boxtrolls' review.
Child actors' improvisation techniques are a star turn in 'What We Did On Our Holiday'.
The new British comedy 'What We Did on Our Holiday' carries on a fine tradition of lively romps with serious undercurrents, blending a cast of comedy stars and solid actors to create hilariously offbeat characters. But what sets the film apart is its approach to its child stars.
Writer-directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin perfected their methods on the long-running UK television sitcom 'Outnumbered', for which they script the adult characters' dialogue but allow the children to improvise based on last-minute instructions just as a scene begins filming.
'Gracepoint' is set to drift away from the 'Broadchurch' narrative and will almost certainly feature a different ending.
Despite casting the same lead actor, those behind 'Gracepoint' - a remake of the acclaimed BBC crime drama 'Broadchurch' - insist the show will have differing plotlines to the original, as well as new characters.
Scottish actor David Tennant, who played troubled DI Alex Hardy so masterfully in Broadchurch returns for the U.S remake, alongside Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn. However, Fox executive producers Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein say they are keen to veer from the original narrative despite wanting to keep the overall aesthetics of Broadchurch intact.
Continue reading: Can Fox's 'Gracepoint' Grasp The Guile Of BBC's 'Broadchurch'?
A renewal and a scheduling confirmation for 2015.
BBC America kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour panel on Wednesday (9th July) afternoon with a double whammy of announcements: Orphan Back has been renewed for a third season and the second season of Broadchurch will air on BBC America.
The broadcaster revealed that the second Orphan Black season "became the first ever ad-supported drama series to double its ratings from season one to season two in A25-54 and 18-49 in Live+7," according to HitFix.
The season two finale of the sci-fi drama last month drew 1.376 million viewers in Live+7; a high point for the entire series.
David Tennant and Olivia Colman are BACK for Broadchurch series 2.
We already knew Olivia Colman was on-board or Broadchurch series 2, but, after a year of rumours, it has been confirmed that DI Alec Hardy himself David Tennant is returning, too. The duo who stunned audience in the original ITV series will also be rejoined by Arthur Davill (Reverend Paul Coates), Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan (Danny Latimer's parents).
Olivia Colman [L] and David Tennant [R] in 'Broadchurch'
The storylines remains heavily under wraps and Steve November, ITV's director of drama, added that the production team will remain "tight tipped" until broadcast. "Suffice to say Chris (Chibnall) has delivered as always and the scripts are just as exciting as the first series," he said.
Continue reading: Rejoice! David Tennant And Olivia Colman Back For 'Broadchurch' Series 2
It's ok Benedict Cumberbatch, we did your Hamlet research for you
Benedict Cumberbatch will be taking on the tricky role of Hamlet next summer for a 12 week run at London’s Barbican theatre. With time to prepare, the 'Sherlock' star might want to read up on some of the famous actors who have put their mark on the role over the last, well nearly 100 years. We picked these famous five actors as a good starting point for Benedict’s research.
How will Benedict Cumberbatch fare as Hamlet?
Channel 4 and BBC 2 run away with nominations
'The Fall,' 'Broadchurch' and 'Top of The Lake' - arguably the three biggest dramas of 2013 – have each received four nominations at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, proving their dominance with the critics and within TV conversations last year.
Top of The Lake's Elisabeth Moss
They’re all up for Best Drama, but David Tennant and Olivia Colman are in line for individual acting nods for their respective roles. Top of the Lake's Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan, and The Fall's Gillian Anderson also compete.
Tennant will go up against Bafta award winning Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of 12 Years a Slave, in the lead male category. He’s in the running for his part in BBC Two’s Dancing on the Edge. While Tennant’s role as DI Alec Hardy in Broadchurch - a role he’s currently reprising in an American remake - has landed him a spot on the short list.
Top of the Lake's Jane Campion, Broadchurch's Chris Chibnall, and The Fall’s Allan Cubitt are all nominating for writing awards as the Broadcasting Press Guild is dominated by Channel 4 and BBC 2 – the former of which took all four documentary nominations in best single documentary prize.
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards - full list of nominations
BBC sees ratings soar as the Timelords came together to celebrate a milestone birthday.
Saturday night's long-awaited Doctor Who 50th anniversary feature-length special has come and gone, leaving the BBC sci-fi show with an aftertaste of success as the similarly landmark ratings begin to make headlines. Outgoing Doctor Matt Smith was joined by other incarnations of the Doctor, including David Tennant, John Hurt and Peter Capaldi, as Whovians were gifted with a breakneck storyline, the likes of which have never been seen before on the show.
'The Day Of The Doctor' Netted An Impressive Audience.
'The Day of the Doctor' soared ahead of ITV's The X Factor in ratings with an impressive average of 10.2 million during its 75 minute duration, peaking with 10.61 million viewers, compared to the talent contest's 7.7 million. However, Doctor Who did not manage to beat the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing which peaked at 11.7 million viewers with 10.6m average, according to BBC News.
On the eve of the anniversary, we take a look back at some of our favorite Doctors throughout the series' 50-year run.
Today is Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, in case you hadn’t noticed by the Google Doodle and pretty much everyone online talking about it non-stop for the past month or so. It is also another day closer to Matt Smith’s departure with this year’s Christmas special. In the spirit of celebrating both the show and Smith’s place in its illustrious history, we’ve compiled a brief list of the most memorable Doctors in DW history, to see where Smith ranks among them.
Excited about the anniversary? You should be.
5. This spot is often given to Peter Davison, aka The Fifth Doctor. His hiring at the time was somewhat controversial, since he is the youngest actor (besides Matt Smith himself) to take on the part of the centuries-old Time Lord. We’ve got to give it to Davison, however. He did create a complex character and was really adept at portraying the Doctor’s internal conflict. Fifth place it is.
Continue reading: Top Five: 50 Years Of Doctor Who, Twelve Doctors, Five Favorites
The new mini-episode got fans even more excited for the anniversary special.
The excitement for next week’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary is almost at its peak, especially after the special mini-episode that was released yesterday. As if in response to fans’ worries that the 50th anniversary wouldn’t pay proper homage to DW history, Paul McGann, aka the eighth Doctor pops in to save the day aboard a crashing ship. Because, you know, that’s pretty much the Doctor’s shtick. And boy is it exciting to see him.
Matt Smith and David Tennant were confirmed a while ago, but the involvement of all other Doctors was a guessing game until now.
After some actors, who have previously played our favorite Time Lord, denied any involvement in the anniversary, people were beginning to worry. Recently Colin Baker, who played the sixth Doctor, explained in no uncertain terms that he had not been asked to reprise his role in the special.
The special 50th anniversary episode will feature all of the Doctors.
The countdown to the 23rd November has officially begun as the air date for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, 'The Day of The Doctor,' has been announced. It has also been announced that the first official trailer will air this Saturday night (9th Nov.) to really whip up some fan anticipation before the big day.
Doctors from past and present unite
We've already been teased with a minute long trailer that takes us through the five decades worth of Doctors and their assistants who are shown frozen in time whilst Matt Smith narrates. However, the new trailer will give a closer look at what to expect in the upcoming one-off special and will be shown on BBC1 from 8pm in the UK this coming Saturday.
Who will win out as Detective of the Year?
Such has been the intense appetite for gritty crime drama in Britain over the past couple of years - thanks to a slew of excellent Scandinavian shows - the National Television Awards has launched a new category honouring the TV 'Detective of the Year.'
Idris Elba As Detective Inspector John Luther
The long-list includes a massive 26 competitors, though the frontrunners are obvious. Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock, David Tennant's DI Hardy and Olivia Colman's DS Miller from Broadchurch and Idris Elba's Luther will battle it out for the award at the O2 Arena on January 22, 2013.
Dr Who marks its 50th year with an extended anniversary episode with special guest appearances and the return of some familiar faces.
Dr Who's 50th anniversary is approaching and the BBC have revealed the title and length of the special, along with a full programme of special guests and celebrity appearances.
BBC announced today (Sept 10) that the 50th anniversary show will be called 'The Day of The Doctor', starring the departing Matt Smith alongside Jenna Colman as well as seeing the return of their predecessors, David Tennant and Billie Piper. A special appearance will be made by British Legend John Hurt as a previous incarnation of the Doctor.
David Tennant and Jenna Coleman filming th final scenes for Dr Who's christmas special
'Broadchurch' episode airs on BBC America on Wednesday 7th August. The British eight-part detective drama has received positive reviews from US critics. The series is due to be adapted by Fox for the US audience with filming beginning next January.
Broadchurch will air tonight on BBC America. The British 8 part crime drama is due to be adapted by Fox for the US audience but the original has already proved popular with American critics.
David Tennant at the London premiere of Nativity 2.
Broadchurch, originally aired earlier this year on ITV, tells the story of a small Dorset coastal town and the murder of a boy. The murdered boy, Danny Latimer, is found on the beach and follows the many leads and red herrings two detectives working the case encounter. The show follows the aftermath of the murder and the reaction of the townspeople.
Continue reading: 'Broadchurch', Airing On BBC America, Receives Brilliant US Reviews
BBC bosses can breathe a sigh of relief: whovians have given their seal of approval to their new chosen Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi.
Hoardes tuned in to the BBC last night (4th August) to watch Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor and be the first to hear the news. Peter Capaldi was finally unveiled after plenty of hype, reminiscing and dry ice. The 55-year-old new Doctor, famous for his role as the profanity-prone Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, walked out onstage to a storm of applause and seemed slightly bewildered by it all.
Let's All Hope He Keeps That Fabulous 'Tache!
Well, the Doctor's still white and male, so no major changes there, despite betting and predictions, but Capaldi will represent an older generation than the previous three Doctors, harking back to the original TV series where the Whos were slightly more aged gentlemen than David Tennant or Matt Smith. Keen eyes will have already noticed that Capaldi, a DW fan himself, has already acquainted himself in front of the camera on the series, having appeared in 'The Fires of Pompeii' episode alongside David Tennant.
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi: Twitter Explodes In Welcome For New Doctor Who
Fox will be adapting British drama 'Broadchurch' for their American audience. The original series which was broadcast on ITV starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman as two detectives investigating the death of a young boy.
Broadchurch, the hit British drama, is being taken on by Fox and adapted for the American audience.
David Tennant at the premiere of Nativity 2, London.
The original ITV series starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman. The story is as follows: a young boy is murdered in a Dorset village prompting the neighbour to turn on neighbour. The show centres on Tennant who is a troubled and socially inept police detective, helping him is Colman who plays his family orientated local Detective Sergeant.
Continue reading: Fox Will Bring British Drama 'Broadchurch' To US Audience
Doctor Who fans at the San Diego Comic-Con said goodbye to Matt Smith as The Doctor. Further information on the 50th anniversary special of show (due to air in November) was also released.
Doctor Who fans bade Matt Smith farewell at the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. This reincarnation of The Doctor announced in June he would be leaving the show. He will continue in the role until the Christmas special, whilst his assistant, Jenna Coleman, will continue in her role as Clara Oswald.
Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Stephen Moffat at 72nd Annual Peabody Awards, New York.
When Smith took to the stage a number of fans shouted in unison "thank you Matt!" In response to his fan's Smith, on his role as The Doctor, said "it changed my life and my family's life, and I'm proud and grateful to be part of it."
Continue reading: Matt Smith's Last Comic-Con As Doctor Who
Maybe the Doctor will finally be ginger this time.
Fans of Doctor Who better say their goodbyes to the show’s star Matt Smith, who will be leaving his role at the end of the season. Smith’s Doctor will regenerate during the 2013 Christmas special and get a brand new body (or in non-Doctor Who terms, a new actor will come in to fill the role.) Smith has been playing the Doctor for the past four seasons of the show (where did the time go?) having taken over from David Tennant in 2010. As you might imagine, that wasn’t an easy transition for the fans. There is likely to be a lot of nostalgia for “the old Doctor Who” after this change as well. As for Matt Smith, he has no regrets, saying for BBC news that working on the show has been "the most brilliant experience".
This season of the show is filled with surprises and big events for the Whovian community. After the show introduced a new companion to the Doctor, played by Jenna-louise Coleman, its 50th anniversary special is due during the series’ fall season. Smith has already filmed the special episode, which will feature cameo appearances by DW alumni David Tennant and Billie Piper. Referring to his time-travelling companions, Amy (Karen Gillan), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), Smith said: "It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the Tardis for a spell with 'the ginger, the nose and the impossible one'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go..."
During the announcement of Smith’s departure, head writer Steven Moffat expressed his admiration for the youngest actor to ever play the Doctor: "Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me. The way he'd turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry - I just never knew what was coming next.
David Tennant won high praise for Broadchurch, but what about The Politician's Wife?
David Tennant stars in The Politician's Husband, the BBC's belated follow-up to Paula Milne's 1995 drama The Politician's Wife. The Scottish actors plays a senior cabinet minister and political rising star while Emily Watson - who won a BAFTA for Appropriate Adult - plays his wife and fellow politician Freya Gardner.
In a slick opening episode, Tennant's Aiden Hoynes resigns from the government seemingly in protest at the PM's immigration policy, though really because he is challenging for the leadership himself. The whole thing backfires in a big way, mainly because his pal over at the work and pensions department Bruce Babbish hangs him out to dry. All the while, his wife's career goes through the roof, despite the fact she's always put the stoppers on any ascendancy to support her husband. The Guardian's critic Sam Wollaston praised the opening episode, writing, "There is heaps to enjoy in The Politician's Husband. Well, him and her, Tennant and Watson; they're both great, and great together, convincing as a couple. I like - no, not like, approve of - the fact that their son Noah has Asperger's. That also makes them more convincing, more real - even before the massive (question mark-shaped?) cracks begin to appear in their relationship."
The Daily Mail offered cautious praise, writing, "Watson, in her first appearance since her acclaimed role in Appropriate Adult was, predictably, excellent.As was Peter Allam (who, ironically, played Peter Mannion MP in the superlative political satire The Thick Of It) giving a veritable master-class in languorous menace," though suggesting that it was "somewhat distracting. to see David Tennant so soon after his eight week run in Broadchurch." Tennant - the new golden boy of television - was excellent on the ITV crime-drama series, which was likened to The Killing and The Bridge during its thrilling run.
Anticipation mounts for 50th anniversary edition of the BBC's beloved sci-fi series Doctor Who.
Filming for the 50th anniversary edition of Doctor Who is underway and the Daily Mail have published photos from the set. For the first time, both Matt Smith and David Tennant will appear on screen together, whilst speculation mounts as to how the show’s producers will explain away the presence of two Time Lords on screen together.
David Tennant and Matt Smith on set together for Doctor Who anniversary
Both Smith and Tennant being on screen isn’t the only surprise for the 3D special though. John Hurt has been confirmed as one of the cast members, as have Gavin and Stacey actress Joanna Page and Billie Piper, a former Doctor Who star herself. David Tennant left the show back in 2010, when he handed over the Time Lord reins to Matt Smith but he’s admitted that he’s enjoying being back on the set of the popular BBC sci-fi series and is also happy to be working with his former co-star Billie Piper again. “It is strange being back in the same suit, but it also feels very familiar and comfortable,” said Tennant. “There’s nothing quite like Doctor Who. It has a wonderful excitement about it. I always had happy times there. It’s lovely to be around Billie again, even though I see her all the time anyway.”
The tenth Time Lord will join his successor on screen for anniversary episode
David Tennant will lead a stellar cast for the forthcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. The former Gavin & Stacey star Joanna Page will also join the cast, as will Billie Piper, who was once a Doctor Who star herself. Current stars Matt Smith, John Hurt and Jenna-Louise Colman will all appear in the special episode which is due to start filming this week, according to The Daily Mail.
Joanna Page recently gave birth to her first child and it’s not clear which role she will take, though she attended a recent read-through for the forthcoming special. Back in 2010 when it was rumoured that she may appear in Doctor Who, Joanna commented “I think I’ve got to be the only Welsh actress who has never been in Doctor Who so if someone would like me to be in Doctor Who I would love the part.”
Both the 10th (David Tennant) and 11th (Matt Smith) Time Lords will appear in the show, which will be screened in cinemas in November, according to the report. The show’s producer Steven Moffat is working hard to ensure that the content of the anniversary programme stays under wraps. “One length I've gone to which is a really good security measure - I make sure I don't get a script, because I will lose it. I forbid people to hand me one. It's on my computer under lock and key.” Matt Smith explained “It's about looking back and forward at the same time, a bit like the Doctor does. It's about celebrating everyone that's been involved with it, all the wonderful actors that have taken part before me, and it's also about looking forward.”
Continue reading: A Stellar Cast: David Tennant Leads Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Cast
David Tennant will step into the tardis once more
Popular Scottish actor David Tenant will return as the infamous Doctor in a Dr Who special, and will be accompanied by Billie Piper, who had initially denied her role in the comeback.
"I wasn't asked, no," said Piper on the Graham Norton show when she was asked about a possible return. "I think Matt Smith may have said, in passing or in jest, it would be nice. I think maybe he said that and then it became something quite different, but no." Smith has said the show "manages to pay homage to everything - and look forward. He added: “I read it and I clapped at the end. I think it's hilarious, it's epic and it's vast.” Writer Seven Moffat, meanwhile, has made sure no spoilers got out, something that nearly happened with a stolen Breaking Bad script. "One length I've gone to which is a really good security measure - I make sure I don't get a script, because I will lose it," he said. "I forbid people to hand me one. It's on my computer under lock and key." Matt Smith is the current doctor, and while Tenant is perhaps the most popular (modern) actor to play the role, Smith has been doing an excellent job.
Continue reading: David Tennant Will Be The Doctor Once More For Anniversary Show
It's official - David Tennant and Billie Piper will return for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special.
BBC themselves have announced that the tenth doctor and his most beloved companion Rose will be back in the 50th anniversary episode, due to air this November, but they will be under different direction from last time, since this time Steven Moffat is behind the wheel. Ten and Rose will cross paths with Matt Smith’s eleventh doctor in a plot, which Moffat is so far keeping under very tight wraps. In fact, all eleven of the Doctor’s incarnations are rumoured to make an appearance in the episode.
Matt Smith, who plays the current doctor, praised Moffat’s writing for the anniversary episode. Smith has said the show "manages to pay homage to everything - and look forward".
Continue reading: David Tennant Doctor Who Anniversary
ITV's latest drama hasn't wowed critics but Olivia Coleman, who is stars alongside David Tennant, has.
ITV's scheduling has been lacking somewhat over the past few years. Its 'hard-hitting' drama is dismal, its comedy is comically poor and its reality TV is... reality TV. However one thing it is very good at - and has always been - is murder mysteries. With a legacy including Morse and Frost there is a certain alluring death-drive to their programming, which is why Broadchurch was worth looking forward to.
Starring David Tennant and the utterly brilliant Olivia Colman (who has dazzled us with the sheer multitudinousness of her roles, from the tragic lead in Tyrannosaur to hilarious turns in Green Wing, Rev and Twenty Twelve) as the forefront of a good cast, Broadchurch is seems to be a well practised exercise in murder-mystery. At the centre of the theme and tone of the show is the consequence of a murder in a small, close knit community. Colman and Tennant play an investigative duo in search of a missing boy - who is found to be dead - and subsequently his killer.
While far from being wholly original and playing on numerous well worn clichés, from the copper with a murky past (Tennant) to the intrusion of the media, it still has plenty going for it. As the Telegraph said, "What stood out most was the intense, microscopic exposure of hurt." The Independent wasn't blown away by the show as a whole, but on the strength of Colman's performance alone recommends the watch. Indeed, if murder-mystery is your thing then check it out.
The upcoming 50th anniversary of legendary British sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' has sent a flurry of fervent excitement through fans everywhere who are now spending every waking hour wondering what producers could possibly have dreamt up for this milestone celebration. Rumours have been flying around everywhere suggesting jaw dropping twists and major reunions (some of which are frankly impossible) and it is true to say that everyone is hoping for it to be their favourite 'Doctor Who' story ever.
There are, at least, some definite confirmations about what we can expect for the upcoming anniversary show. On November 23rd 2013 (that's precisely 50 years on from the airing of the first ever episode 'An Unearthly Child') a special 3D show will be aired on BBC HD and in cinemas. It's a rather apt way of celebrating 50 years; by using our own technological advances on a show full of gadgetry. Lead writer Steven Moffat told the Guardian: 'Technology has finally caught up with 'Doctor Who' and your television is now bigger on the inside' - making a reference, of course, to the Doctor's TARDIS; a police box spaceship that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
Andrew Scott, who is best known for his role as Moriarty in Sherlock, has been named best actor at a ceremony honouring the best of BBC radio drama.
In doing so, Scott build upon last year's performance at the awards, where he won the best supporting actor prize. Elsewhere, Michelle Fairley was named best actress for her part in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Best supporting actress went to This Is England star Vicky McClure for Radio 4's Kicking the Air and David Troughton was named best supporting actor for Singles and Doublets, broadcast on Radio 3. The presenter of the awards - former Doctor Who star David Tennant, who won best actor at last year's inaugural ceremony - said, "Acting on the radio is challenging, inspiring, delicate and always a privilege." Adding, "Radio drama is often overlooked and undervalued next to its showier younger siblings on the television and in the cinema. Yet it is on the wireless that so many important and brilliant talents have been discovered and nurtured."
The award for best single drama went to 'On It;, Tony Pitts' play about a heroin addict and 'The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum', adapted from the novel by German author Heinrich Boll, took best series or serial.
David Tennant is returning to the stage, to play the role of Richard II, with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The former Doctor Who star will be directed by Gregory Doran, the new artistic director at the RSC, who made the announcement today, The Guardian reports. Also revealed in the statement was news that the RSC would be returning to its old home at the Barbican, after Richard II had run in Stratford between October 10 and November 16, though a search for a permanent London home was on-going. The forthcoming season will also see the company tackle adaptations of Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantels’ Thomas Cromwell novels.
Tennant and Doran were previously paired in the 2008-9 production of Hamlet. It was a highly revered, though ill-fated production. Tennant prolapsed a disc in his spine and was forced to abandon the show for a month. Speaking about the Hilary Mantel adaptations, Doran said “Hilary Mantel has been working alongside us to find a genuine theatrical language for these plays, even promising to include material she left out of the books in order to do so.”
Other plans afoot at the RSC include a new family show, entitled Wendy & Peter Pan, by Ella Hickson, which is said to lend a fresh perspective to the JM Barrie classic.
Continue reading: Former Doctor Who Star David Tennant Heading Back To RSC For Richard II
To mark the 50th anniversary of Dr Who Royal Mail has revealed a stamp set with the faces of 11 Dr Whos plus four of the most evil and notorious villains.
Andrew Hammond speaking on behalf of the Royal Mail said to the BBC that the commemorative selection will "pay tribute to the brilliant actors that have played the Doctor over the years, as well as the adversaries that helped make the show so popular." They'll be released in 2013, marking the 50th year since it was first seen, in 1963. It ran with series upon series until 1989 when it was stopped. However, in 2005 it made a triumphant return and has enjoyed fantastic viewing figures ever since.
Matt Smith is the current doctor and he'll be one of the faces of the stamps, along with David Tenant, Tom Baker, Patrick Troughton, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, and William Hartnell who was the first doctor.
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After 2009's inane comedy Nativity, no one was clamouring for a sequel, but at least this one tips the scales into sublime silliness. If you can suspend your disbelief, this might even be a guilty pleasure, complete with stars behaving stupidly, adorable children and a series of hilariously corny pastiche Christmas songs.
Things continue to be rather chaotic at St Bernadette's Primary School in Coventry, mainly because the headmistress (Ferris) is still employing her idiotic nephew Mr Poppy (Wootton) as a classroom assistant. He's just scared off another applicant for the teaching job when the tenacious Mr Peterson (Tennant) arrives with his pregnant wife (Page), determined to stick it out. Somehow Poppy convinces Peterson to take the kids on an illicit cross-country journey to a Song for Christmas competition in Wales, at which the kids will face competition from school rival Mr Shakespeare (Watkins) as well as Peterson's estranged twin brother Roderick (also Tennant), a snooty composer with a professional choir.
The plot is utterly preposterous, and as the wacky events progress, writer-director Isitt never even tries to ground the movie in realism. In fact, there's a point about halfway through where it becomes pure fantasy, so complaints about believability don't really apply. The only way to survive watching it is to sit back and enjoy the inane plot and goofy slapstick. And by doing so, we're surprised that the film is actually rather enjoyably ridiculous.
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Mr. Poppy, an immature classroom assistant at a St. Bernadette's Primary School, returns with ideas for a new Christmas performance with his class following the success of their Nativity play in 2009's 'Nativity!' He wishes to organise the pupils for the National 'Song for Christmas' Competition where the prize is a massive o10,000. However, being only an assistant, he cannot enter the class until their new teacher arrives. Donald Peterson is that teacher; a restless and stressed out man who struggles to deal with the pregnancy of his wife, the pressure on him to become like his talented composer twin brother and, of course, the unruly Class 7. Mr. Poppy wastes no time in getting Donald to agree to get the competition performance underway but the new teacher soon finds himself out of his depth and struggling to control the behaviour of his teaching assistant who insists on using a real baby and a donkey in the show. However, when Donald discovers that his perfect, daddy's boy brother is also competing alongside the upperclass choir of St Cuthbert's College, he finds himself determined to put on a world-class performance.
'Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger' is the most perfect sequel to its 2009 predecessor. It sees the return of Debbie Isitt as writer and director and most of your favourite characters and is set to be released well in time for the festive season on November 23rd 2012.
Director: Debbie Isitt
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A beaming David Tennant at the premiere of Nativity 2
A beaming David Tennant led the stars out for the premiere of Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger, as the first notable film of the festive season readied for its debut. Tennant has the distinction of playing two co-stars in the film. playing twin brothers, whilst a cast including Marc Wooten, Jessica Hynes, Pam Ferris, Ian McNeice and Joanna Page also appear. The film is a sequel to the 2009 film Nativity , which took a respectable $8.23 million in sales in its native UK Box Office.
A recent poll put together to celebrate the release of the board game Stratego Sci-Fi has found that the late Christopher Reeves as the Man of Steel is the public's favourite sci-fi star to grace the silver screen.
Reeves battled off tough competition from Star Wars’ Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Yoda (Frank Oz), who placed second and third respectively, and Star Trek's James T Kirk (William Shatner) and Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), who placed seventh and tenth in the countdown.
Perhaps the most unusual choice for the top ten was Will Smith's Agent Jay character from the Men In Black trilogy, who made it all the way to number five in the countdown, whereas one of the more natural choices - David Tennant as Dr Who - was pushed all the was down to number twenty.
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The film is almost too crowded with witty visual and verbal gags to catch on a single viewing. Although it's also too corny to be a real classic.
The Pirate Captain (voiced by Grant) never gets any respect, especially with the Pirate of the Year competition gearing up. But his first mate (Freeman) and rag-tag crew (Tovey, Gleeson and Jenson) are fearlessly loyal. While accumulating plunder to win the award, they accidentally hijack a scientific ship and then travel with Charles Darwin (Tennant) to win a science prize in London. But this means that the crew needs to get dangerously close to venomous pirate-hater Queen Victoria (Staunton).
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The Pirate Captain, although relentlessly optimistic, has never won the Pirate of the Year Award. Perhaps it has something to do with his crew - many of them are pirates but some aren't (and one is a fish dressed in a pirate hat). Or maybe it's because he doesn't have much of a success rate when it comes to stealing treasure.
Besides some cheap scares, it never generates a moment of suspense, but it's still good fun.
In suburban Las Vegas, Charley (Yelchin) is a nerdy teen with an impossibly hot girlfriend (Poots) and a feisty single mum (Collette). But there's something suspicious about the new neighbour Jerry (Farrell), whom Charley's best friend Ed (Mintz-Plasse) insists is a vampire. And as events start to get increasingly bizarre, Charley begins to believe it himself. He asks TV vampire expert Peter Vincent (Tennant) for advice, but Peter is a jaded showman who doesn't really believe in the supernatural. Or does he?
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High school nerd Charley Brewster is in his senior year of high school and dating the popular beautiful British exchange student, Amy. When fellow classmate Adam Johnson goes missing, Charley isn't bothered by this - Adam is most likely skipping class, in his opinion. But his best friend, 'Evil' Ed, is concerned.
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The Pirate Captain has never won the Pirate of the Year award but this year he hopes to do so. He sets out with his crew - some are pirates, some are not, some are just fish he dressed up in a pirate hat - to beat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz. Along the way, he travels to places as diverse as Blood Island and Victorian London and joins forces with a young Charles Darwin. The Captain and his crew must also avoid Queen Elizabeth - who is determined to wipe out pirates from the seas.
Anne (Garai) is the adopted eldest daughter of powerful politician Alexander Keyes (Nighy) and his wife (Agutter), who went on to have two of their own children (Redmayne and Temple). It's the glorious summer of 1939, when Britain felt like it had averted conflict with Hitler, so when Anne stumbles on hints of a government conspiracy, she turns to a fellow actor (Bonneville) and her boyfriend (Cox) for help. But the mystery only deepens, compounded by a sinister Home Office official (Northam) and the distracting presence of her Aunt Elizabeth (Christie).
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