Sci-Fi, TV Reviews

Doctor Who: David Tennant (2005-2010)


David Tennant: The Tenth Doctor. Every Whovian has *their* Doctor and Tennant is mine. Don’t get me wrong, Christopher Eccleston was truly superb, but David added a sexy, clumsy, quirky attitude to the travelling Timelord. Arguably Chris didn’t stay long enough to fully get into the role and create a strong bond with the audience, but the 3-Series-Tennant stayed long enough to sear onto the hearts of the nation. It is insanely difficult to review a Doctor who has stayed over 48 episodes and played the role exceedingly well but nevertheless I will try my hardest.

David Tennant added that little bit of spice that was lacking with Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor; a sexy, more clumsy side to the the timelord. It was no secret that the Doctor and Rose had a special connection and I think both Billie Piper and David bounced of each others’ vibes when creating the romantic tension. It was a very unique connection for the Doctor and I think David put his own mark on how a timelord would deal with those emotions; knowing he would outlive Rose and eventually, lose her. David’s incarnation as the Doctor literally crash landed with the Christmas Special, The Christmas Invasion (2005) where the first glimpse we see of him is when he is falling out of the TARDIS and instantly being a charismatic, comedic Doctor. I think it’s very difficult to dislike such a funny man, which is what made such an impression with all the female (and no doubt male) viewers. David’s Doctor acted as relief from the more serious Christopher Eccleston’s, not because Chris was not funny, more because his Doctor carried the weight of the Time War and had a sinister side to him where as Ten was more hyper and care-free. Many people criticise the love story between Rose and the Doctor, but personally I think we’ve got to remember that he does have a romantic side, it makes the audience better understand and empathise with. His acting was truly superb, especially in Doomsday and Parting of the Ways – I think that gave the audience a chance to realise the emotion that goes into playing a character which is ultimately, lonely.



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