David Tennant

Jan. 29, 2015 | 1:45 p.m.

‘A.K.A. Jessica Jones': Marvel casts Rachael Taylor in Netflix series

Rachael Taylor, right, has been cast in Marvel's "A.K.A. Jessica Jones." She will play "Trish" Walker in the series; in the comics, the character became a superhero known as Hellcat, left. (Marvel Comics / Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
“A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is adding another actor to its growing ensemble. Actress Rachael Taylor (“Grey’s Anatomy”) will play Patricia “Trish” Walker, a close friend and ally to the title character of Marvel’s upcoming 13-episode series for Netflix, which is slated to premiere later this year. A syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star, Walker first appeared in comics (where she’s called Patsy, not Trish) in 1944; she went on to receive her own heroic identity, Hellcat, 32 years later. “The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both,” said executive producer and show runner Melissa Rosenberg in a statement. Rosenberg (“Dexter,” “Twilight”) will oversee the series, which will star Krysten Ritter as Jones. After a short-lived run as a superhero, Jone sets up shop as a private investigator in New […]
Jan. 26, 2015 | 11:12 a.m.

‘AKA Jessica Jones': ‘Doctor Who’ star David Tennant cast in Marvel series

British actor David Tennant is photographed in July, 2014. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
“Doctor Who” star David Tennant will play a villain in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix show “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” a 13-episode series set to premiere later this year. The Scottish actor has been cast as Kilgrave, an enigmatic figure from the heroine’s past whose reappearance shakes her world, Marvel announced Monday. Tennant, who has recently appeared on American screens in the mystery series “Gracepoint,” is best known for his turn as the time-traveling protagonist in “Doctor Who.” His five-year tenure as the 10th incarnation of the Time Lord revitalized TV’s longest-running sci-fi series and paved the way for its popularity this side of the pond. “I’m so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character,” said writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg in a post on Marvel’s blog. “He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 3:44 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ exclusive: Tennant, Piper in anniversary bonus video

'Day of the Doctor' Billie Piper and David Tennant (featured image)
“Doctor Who” stars David Tennant and Billie Piper reflect on returning to the series in a bonus clip from the home video release of “The Day of the Doctor,” out Tuesday. The clip, which was screened in theaters after showings of the 50th anniversary special, features a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the actors on the “Day of the Doctor” set. Tennant, who reprises his 10th Doctor role in the special, confesses that he had harbored some hope to return to the series but never knew for sure whether he’d get the opportunity. PHOTOS: Sneak peek at ‘The Time of the Doctor’ Christmas special “It’s been vaguely talked about very casually for probably a couple of years now,” Tennant says in the video (watch it below). “So when people think I’ve been lying in every press interview I’ve done for the last […]
Oct. 15, 2013 | 6:11 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary ‘Day of the Doctor’ photos revealed

Doctor Who – 50th Anniversary Special - The Day of the Doctor (featured image)
The first photos for “The Day of the Doctor” are out, offering a glimpse of the highly anticipated “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special. The images (check them out in the gallery above) feature outgoing “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith (who plays the 11th incarnation of the Doctor), along with his popular predecessor David Tennant (the 10th Doctor) and newcomer John Hurt. Hurt was introduced as the Doctor in May’s season finale, though fan speculation abounds as to whether Hurt’s character is a previous iteration, a future iteration or an alternate-timeline version of the time traveler, or else another character altogether. The special also stars Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s current traveling companion Clara Oswald, and Billie Piper, who portrayed fan-favorite traveling companion Rose Tyler, the first female lead after the show’s 2005 reboot. The newly released images from the […]
Sept. 10, 2013 | 6:12 p.m.

‘Day of the Doctor': ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary poster unveiled

'The Day of the Doctor' (featured image)
A newly unveiled poster for the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special reveals its title — “The Day of the Doctor” — and offers a glimpse of the much-anticipated episode. “The Day of the Doctor” will be a feature-length episode, clocking in at 75 minutes, and is slated to air Nov. 23. In an effort to avoid spoilers and plot leaks, BBC Worldwide is orchestrating a worldwide simulcast in 200 countries, including the U.S. The special stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and newcomer John Hurt. GRAPHIC: Meet the 11 Doctors Hurt was introduced as the Doctor in May’s season finale. Fan speculation abounds on whether Hurt’s character is a previous iteration, a future iteration or an alternate-timeline version of the time traveler, or else another character altogether. Smith and Tennant, of course, played the 11th and 10th incarnations […]
July 29, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.

‘Doctor Who': 50th special’s global simulcast; audition scripts

A dalek in a scene from the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special. (BBC)
American Whovians won’t have to wait to see the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special. The highly anticipated special is set to air at the same time across the globe. In an effort to avoid spoilers and plot leaks, BBC Worldwide is orchestrating a worldwide simulcast in 200 countries, with an expected 100 million viewers. “It’s always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international ‘Doctor Who fans’ can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the U.K.,” BBC Worldwide said in a statement. Outgoing star Matt Smith and companion Jenna Coleman are joining forces with “Doctor Who” alumni David Tennant and Billie Piper, as well as newcomer John Hurt, introduced in the Season 7 finale as a previously unseen incarnation of the Doctor. The special is slated to air Saturday, Nov. 23. If […]
March 30, 2013 | 8:54 a.m.

‘Doctor Who': David Tennant, Billie Piper return for anniversary

Matt Smith’s Doctor will cross paths with David Tennant’s Doctor in an upcoming 50th anniversary special of “Doctor Who.” Tennant, whose vivacious performance as the time-and-space-traveling alien helped catapult the long-running British television series into the mainstream of popular culture, has joined the cast, along with Billie Piper, who played his traveling companion and love interest, Rose Tyler, the BBC confirmed Saturday morning. The show is rumored to include all 11 incarnations of the Doctor. The BBC also announced that John Hurt (“Alien,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) will be guest starring in the special, which is written by Steven Moffat and begins filming in Britain this week. (“Merlin” fans will note that Hurt voiced the Great Dragon in that recently wrapped-up fantasy series.) GRAPHIC: Meet the 11 Doctors When Tennant and Piper appear alongside Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman (who plays new companion Clara […]
Nov. 08, 2012 | 6:29 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ star David Tennant enlists in ‘The Clone Wars’

David Tennant in 'Doctor Who' (featured image)
There have been a lot of huge, jaw-dropping announcements in the “Star Wars” universe lately, so why not one more? David Tennant, known to a lot of people as the 10th Doctor on the long-running BBC series “Doctor Who,” is about to make his debut in the “Star Wars” universe. Tennant will lend his voice to this Saturday’s episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” on Cartoon Network, playing Huyang, a droid who works for the Jedis, overseeing the construction of lightsabers. PHOTOS: Meet the characters from ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ And this isn’t just a one-shot deal. The character will appear in the two subsequent episodes following this weekend’s debut. According to “Clone Wars” supervising director, Dave Filoni, once he learned that Tennant was a big fan of “Star Wars,” he knew he needed to get “The Doctor” […]
Feb. 25, 2010 | 10:13 p.m.

The new ‘Doctor Who’ arrives in U.S. on April 17

BBC America has circled April 17 as the U.S. air date for the new season of “Doctor Who,” which will star young Matt Smith, shown above with Karen Gillan, who plays Amy Pond, the latest passenger aboard the TARDIS. Like so many fans, I will give Smith a chance, but it will be very difficult to see anyone else in the role after David Tennant’s defining stint as the Time Lord. The show does have strong creative leadership, though, with the talented Steven Moffat as head writer, and as a lifelong “Who” fan himself, there’s no doubt he will handle the legacy with care. Here’s a trailer that suggests the series will be pumping up the adrenaline . . . Can Smith make everyone forget about Tennant? Time will tell. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED David Tennant says ‘Who’ role was ‘impossibly fortunate’ David Tennant, running out of […]
Jan. 06, 2010 | 5:48 p.m.

David Tennant gets misty as his Doctor Who runs out of time

“Doctor Who: The Complete Specials” arrives in U.S. retail stores on Feb. 2 with all five specials (“The Next Doctor,” “Planet of the Dead,” “The Waters of Mars” and the just-aired, two-part “The End of Time“) that feature David Tennant as the once and future Time Lord. It’s an emotional time for Tennant as he leaves behind his signature role, as you can see in this behind-the-scenes footage from the extras on the DVD and Blu-ray boxed set. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED David Tennant says Who role was ‘impossibly fortunate’ David Tennant, running out of time on ‘Doctor Who’ VIDEO: Exit interview — Tennant and Davies together  Robert Lloyd: My surreal ride with Doctor Who Will there be a ‘Doctor Who’ film? Doctor Who, fighting the past and looking to the future VIDEO: Matt Smith now on call to take over TARDIS Discount Doctor: Tennant’s replacement […]
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