Sunday, 14 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Sunday 14th October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a review of Hamlet which was published in The Telegraph in January 2009.

David Tennant played the title role in the Royal Shakespeare's Company production of Hamlet between July and November 2008 in Stratford-upon-Avon before transferring in London for a short run during December 2008 and January 2009.

David had to miss the official Press Night for the London run in December so they held a mini Press Night in January.

The review concludes with:
'This is now without doubt one of the finest production of Hamlet I have ever seen, led by an actor of extraordinary courage and charisma who has made a persuasive claim to true greatness.'

Link to read the full review.








Saturday, 13 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Saturday 13th October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a batch of photos of David Tennant and Mark Gatiss from over the years which shows all the different productions they have been in together.

After the photos there is the sweet story about David telling Mark that he was to become the Tenth Doctor.

Many thanks to MizGnomer for compiling this.

Link to view the photos and article.





Friday, 12 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Friday 12th October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a clip of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor from the Doctor Who Series Four episode The Stolen Earth.

In this emotional clip The Doctor, after being injured by a Dalek, starts to  regenerate.

Apologies if this video does not play in your country.








Thursday, 11 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Thursday 11th October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a clip of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor from the Doctor Who 2009 episode The End Of Time - Part One.

In this clip the Master has reprogrammed the Gate to replace all humankind's DNA with his own and makes humanity his own Master race.

Apologies if this video does not play in your country.








Wednesday, 10 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Wednesday 10th October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a video clip taken from the short-lived Christian O'Connell Solution on Radio Five Live.

David Tennant was a guest on the show in September 2009.



Tuesday, 9 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Tuesday 9th October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a selection of random photos of David!

These are various photos from over the years.















Monday, 8 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Monday 8th October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a video from a BBC America special programme about David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor just before they aired his final episodes. 

As well as clips of Doctor Who, they also interviewed David, Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner.

Click here to watch part one of the programme.







Sunday, 7 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Sunday 7th October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is part of an interview / article about David Tennant which was published on Sunday 23rd July 2000 in the newspaper Scotland On Sunday when David was at The RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

"One of theatre's big discoveries, Tennant arrived at Stratford in January to start rehearsing his lead role in The Rivals. At the same time he rehearsed another starring part, that of the twin Antipholus in The Comedy of Errors. Both have opened to rave reviews and Tennant has won much praise for his performances. As Boyd, former artistic director of Glasgow's Tron theatre, describes, "He has a tremendous ability to communicate with an audience - he's like an open book. He has such an open face and an open spirit."

In The Rivals, one critic wrote that he "is blessed with the most eloquent left eyebrow since Roger Moore's". Another said of him in The Comedy of Errors: "Tennant's ingenuity and understated comedy are the production's making. His face speaks volumes and is as changeable as a weather-vane." And a third: "The best performance comes from David Tennant... rapidly establishing himself as one of the most endearing comic actors in the business."

Not that you dare quote any of these to "the skinny Scot frae Paisley".
There is no time for reading reviews, he says, as we race down the stairs behind the scenes at the theatre and rush across to the Union Club, the RSC's version of the Groucho Club-on-Avon for company members, to dive into steak and kidney pie and coffee cake. He will read all his notices at the end of the season, when he will have played 97 performances as Jack Absolute, slid down the banisters as Antipholus 72 times and fallen in doomed love with Juliet 45 times. There have been two matinees every week, as well as six evening shows since The Rivals started previewing in March. "I don't want to know the total number," he says, as I prepare to quote the statistics. "I haven't dared count them. It's too terrifying, although once Romeo and Juliet opens I'll just be doing eight shows a week and getting days off, because I won't be rehearsing."

Tennant reckons he gets his first Monday off in August. "But to make up for it, we then do three matinees. I get a very short break in September, I think. It's quite full on, but it's that or you don't do the parts.


"He is perfect casting for Romeo, because of the intensity he brings to his work," Michael Boyd says. While Tennant's great friend and former landlady, the comic performer and author of Does My Bum Look Big in This?, Arabella Weir, says: "He's astonishingly focused for his age and amazingly straightforward and honest. He's trustworthy and he's honourable."
Tennant lodged with her for five years when he "very trepidatiously" moved to London. Weir, whom he met on Takin' Over the Asylum, led him astray, he jokes. "She would shock me with the things she would say, but she finds it harder to shock me now. She probably corrupted me, but I probably needed corrupting a little bit. It sounds like we were lovers or something. We weren't. It was more she led me into the murky world of London. I think I was quite green when I left Scotland - I was blessed with a very good upbringing, because my parents are very moral, Christian people, but without all the brimstone and thunder nonsense."

There is still something uncynical and unspoilt about him, though. He confesses that being with the RSC can be scary. "Not only because you are in the home of 'world class classical theatre' (as all the brochures tell you), but these big Shakespearean roles come with a lot of historical baggage attached. People tell you how romantic Ian McKellen was as Romeo, or how masculine Sean Bean was, or how marvellous Laurence Olivier was. You feel the weight of all those ghosts, those performances that have taken on a mystical resonance. And because it's Shakespeare, you feel it's hard to make it believable, because it is so beautiful.
"With this play, everyone has so many ideas about it, that you almost want to play against the beauty. We did the balcony scene the other day and I was doing: 'But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!' And I was going: 'How can I say that?' It is beyond parody, but all you can do is be personal with it and make it your own, if that doesn't sound too pretentious. I know that's how Alex [who plays Juliet] feels about famous lines like, 'Parting is such sweet sorrow'."

Rehearsals carry on into the evening, although Tennant has to dash off to a warm-up, then strut his stuff in The Rivals. The last "Bravo!" is still echoing in his ears as he flies out of the stage door, clutching his shopping. "The milk and the orange juice will be curdled. They have been in my dressing-room all day," he says gloomily. There is not even time for a post-show pint in the actors' local, the Dirty Duck. He has, he notes, only been there twice since January. "I'll make up for it once Romeo's up and running," he promises.
After the show, which finishes at 10.30pm, he drives the mile-and-a-bit to his flat, watches TV for half an hour to unwind, and then goes to bed with the Arden edition of "the greatest love story ever told". Then, the next morning, he's up at 8am, eats a bowl of Honey Nut Shredded Wheat - "my only concession to healthy living" - and drives back to the theatre, where he showers, goes shopping at Marks & Spencer for lunch, then starts rehearsals again at 10am. "I'm marrying Juliet this morning," he says. "Knowing Michael, it'll be something unusual and different. Swinging from the chandeliers? Probably."

The intensity of the rollercoaster he is on is overwhelming. Stratford is a gruelling, sometimes stifling, hothouse. Rehearsal followed by show, followed by rehearsal, in one long punishing schedule. After one-and-a-half hours in the rehearsal room, there is just time for a snack before voice warm-ups for the matinee of The Rivals. There, Tennant's rapier-thin young blade gets involved in sword fights and various cunning derring-do disguises, then he is off again for lunch. And back on again, for The Comedy of Errors. A short show, but a physical one, as Tennant slides down those banisters, executes pratfalls and turns in a brilliantly funny double act with Ian Hughes, who plays his manservant, Dromio. He also does the neatly witty trick of lighting two post-coital cigarettes after seducing his long lost twin's wife and then buries his head in Nina Conti's cleavage.
Later Tennant is in his dressing-room, stripped to the waist, slapping Simple moisturiser onto his face, swigging pints of mineral water, and packing up his make-up box, an old-fashioned leather bowling case. As we leave, we trip up over a bloody but unbowed Hotspur, about to go on stage and die in Henry IV, Part 1. Falstaff is plumped in the corner and wishes us a courteous good night, while various make-up girls daub elderly knights. "It's like this every night at this time," says Tennant. "You can't move for men in armour and there's blood everywhere."

There is still no time for one quick drink in the Union Club. "I've got to get those lines fixed," he says, as he climbs into his car. He pushes a taped version of Romeo and Juliet - in which he plays Mercutio and Joseph Fiennes is Romeo - into the recorder. "It'll help me with learning my lines and, hopefully, Joe might have come up with something new that I can nick for my performance." And he drives off into the Warwickshire night.


Romeo and Juliet runs until October 7, in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. The Comedy of Errors runs until October 6 and The Rivals is in the Swan Theatre until October 7.
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Saturday, 6 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Saturday 6th October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a clip from the Doctor Who episode Journey's End where we see slightly more of the Tenth Doctor than we normally do!











Friday, 5 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Friday 5th October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a clip of David Tennant from the 2004 television series Blackpool.

David Tennant starred as DI Peter Carlisle who arrived in the town of Blackpool to investigate the murder of a man who was found dead in a newly opened arcade but fell in love with the wife of the arcade's owner and the main suspect of the murder.

In this clip David sings along with the song The Boy With The Thorn In His Side by The Smiths.

Apologies if this video does not play in your country.









Thursday, 4 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Thursday 4th October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a clip of David Tennant from the programme The Learning Zone: Shakespeare - The Play's The Thing.

In this clip David  discussed his "To be or not to be" soliloquy from The Royal Shakespeare's Company production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

David Tennant played Hamlet between July and November 2008 in Stratford-upon-Avon before transferring to London for a short run during December 2008 and January 2009.

Apologies if this video does not play in your country.









Wednesday, 3 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Wednesday 3rd October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a clip of David Tennant from the Doctor Who Series Four episode The Poison Sky.

In this clip The Doctor and UNIT forces prepare to fight against the Sontaran plans.

This clip includes the great line "Are you my mummy?"

Apologies if this video does not play in your country.










Tuesday, 2 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Tuesday 2nd October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today are a third page of the best photos from when David attended Dallas Fan Days fan convention on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2017.

We have opted for the most amusing, sweet or unusual photos.

Apologies that we cannot name each person in the photos.












David Tennant at Dallas Fan Days Fan Convention section of DavidTennantOnTwitter.com










Monday, 1 October 2018

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Monday 1st October 2018

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a clip of David Tennant from the 2006 documentary series The Romantics.

David Tennant played French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau in this episode titled Liberty.

Apologies if this video does not play in your country