March 30, 2013 | 8:54 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
“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 […]
Dec. 22, 2009 | 9:28 p.m.
Robert Lloyd recently interviewed “Doctor Who” star David Tennant for a lengthy piece in the Los Angeles Times but there still wasn’t enough room for all of the good stuff that came out of the lively conversation. So, Lloyd has given the Hero Complex a deeper transcript of his chat with the soon-to-expire ”Tenth Doctor.” Tennant is expected to regenerate into replacement Matt Smith in the two-part finale “The End of Time,” which begins Dec. 26. The actor has been in Los Angeles filming his first American pilot, “Rex is Not Your Lawyer,” for NBC. RL: American series television seems to have become a regular career path for British actors. DT: I think British actors have always aspired to that because there’s an international market in America which isn’t quite the same at home. We have something of a film industry and we have some television product […]
Aug. 25, 2009 | 1:02 p.m.
Over at Boing Boing they have an interview with David Tennant and Russell T Davies and if you love Doctor Who, well, you’ll love this…all 20 minutes of it. The interviewer is Richard Metzger of Dangerous Minds. Here is how Metzger described the interview: This interview took place at an interesting moment in time for both men as they’ve only just left behind their respective starring roles in one of the biggest television successes in the world today. As difficult as that may sound, you can only imagine how much pressure is off them after four years of practically non-stop work. I think it shows in this interview, as they’re both very relaxed and jovial. David had just come from Comic-Con where he was treated with fan adulation bordering on Beatlemania and Russell is starting a new phase of his […]
July 16, 2009 | 4:32 p.m.
Who doesn’t love a good casting rumor? The whisper we keep hearing in recent days is that the name of the lead star in Guillermo del Toro’s ”The Hobbit” will be announced next week at Comic-Con International . A few people also point out that David Tennant, one of the purported candidates for the role of Bilbo Baggins, just happens to be making his very first trip to the San Diego expo to promote “Doctor Who,” a television series that he will soon be leaving behind. Peter Jackson, the producer of the two-film “Hobbit” series that begins its theater run in 2011, is also slated to appear this year, and, well you can see the dot-connecting possibilities. … I think Tennant would be exceptional in the role, but I’m even more enthused about the notion of seeing James McAvoy portray the itinerant Bilbo. The Scotsman has shown amazing versatility in roles in “Atonement,” ”The Last King of Scotland” and “Wanted,” […]
March 03, 2009 | 11:48 p.m.
No doubt about it, Doctor Who is a character who can stand the test of time — but can he compete with his own past? With more than 750 episodes aired, “Doctor Who” holds the record for the “longest running science fiction show,” according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The first show aired the day after John F. Kennedy was shot in November 1963 and the character has never been more popular in his native England or America than in the past few years. But that’s part of the problem now confronting the show — David Tennant, the 10th actor to occupy the role of the eccentric time-traveler, has moved on and there are plenty of fans who are still grieving. More than that, Tennant will be replaced by Matt Smith, a relatively unknown actor and, at age […]
Feb. 11, 2009 | 8:55 p.m.
David Tennant became a household name in England — and a rich man– as the star of "Doctor Who," but his replacement has some work to do before he can say the same. The Telegraph reports that Matt Smith will be paid £200,000 per year (that about $287,000 U.S.) during a three-year contract, which is "a fraction of the sum" paid to Tennant. BBC officials would not discuss the 26-year-old actor’s contract specifically, but the broadcasting agency did tell the Telegraph that, "All new deals are done with the economic climate in mind." Maybe the youngest "Who" star ever would have gotten a better deal if he hadn’t confessed that he’s never been a fan of the show. – Geoff Boucher READ ALL ‘DOCTOR WHO’ COVERAGE AT HERO COMPLEX Photo: BBC
Jan. 05, 2009 | 6:33 p.m.
The confetti has been cleared away, the egg nog has gone bad and I’m back at work. Hope you enjoyed the holidays as much as I did and welcome to the first 2009 edition of Everyday Hero, your handpicked headlines from the fanboy universe… THE (NEW) DOCTOR IS IN: Big news from across the Atlantic, where the TARDIS has a new owner. I’m still mourning the departure of David Tennant, the best Doctor Who of them all, but I suppose it’s time to move on, especially now that his replacement has been named: "The BBC today announced that Matt Smith has been cast in the role of the Doctor in the iconic BBC series ‘Doctor Who.’ Smith will be the eleventh Time Lord and will take over from David Tennant who leaves the show at the end of 2009. He […]