Tennant’s Largesse

Ahead of his NT Live performance of C.P. Taylor’s GOOD on Friday, May 5th, we unearth some other-worldly facts about the great David Tennant.

From Doctor Who to, eh, Scrooge McDuck, David Tennant has always had range.

As his performance in C.P. Taylor’s Good at The Harold Pinter Theatre in London proves.

As the National Theatre Live satellite beams that show into The Whale on Friday, May 5th, we take a look at some of the more curious corners of the actor’s life.

He may be one of the most familiar faces around when it comes to TV, theatre and the big screen, but David Tennant still has a little smoke and daggers up his sleeve. Which is a crucial tool not only of an actor but anyone who might daringly deem themselves interesting.

Surprises such as the Scottish lad’s real name being David John McDonald, the name change being necessitated by another actor of the same name already in the actors’ union, Equity. That new surname being inspired by Neil Tennant of the hugely-overrated Pet Shop Boys.

Then there’s also the curious fact that young David has appeared on a postage stamp not once but twice, the first celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company back in 2011 and the second celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who in 2013.

As a child, the young Tennant’s no.1 superhero wasn’t Batman or Superman, but Doctor Who, telling The Big Issue, “The Doctor felt like someone I could aspire to being like. And maybe he’d want to hang out with me too”.

And as much as seeing his take on the good Doctor being voted the nation’s favourite in a 2020 Radio Times poll, Tennant’s biggest love for his most famous role is a little more down to earth. It was during a guest appearance on the show in 2008 that actress Georgia Moffett first walked into his life, the two marrying three years later, and now the parents of five kids.

As well as being one of the most familiar faces on our screens big and small, the talented Tennant is also one of the most prominent voices too, lending his distinctive tones to DuckTales, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and How To Train Your Dragon along with a multitude of video games, including the role of Drostan Hynd in Call Of Duty: World War II.

Beaming into The Whale on Friday, May 5th at 7pm – tickets here: https://whaletheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873634080/events/128453461



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