David Tennant Quotes

April 27, 2015

david tennant elitereLet’s start the week with a little article dedicated to David Tennant. I can’t remember how I discovered him, but I think it was admiration at first sight in Doctor Who, many eons ago. And by that I mean about five years ago, more or less. I’m not good when it comes to dates, even those connected to something I truly like. Anyway, I love Doctor Who, it’s the only series that I still find interesting after more than a couple of seasons, and through it I came to discover many good films and talented actors. I intend to write about some of those films in summer (if you have any recommendations, I’m all ears). For now, have fun browsing a few quotes belonging to David Tennant.


“I remember a conversation with my parents about who the people on the TV were, and learning they were actors and they acted out this story and just thinking that was the most fantastic notion, and that’s what I want to do. And I remember understanding very clearly the difference between the fantasy and reality of that, and that making it even more exciting.” (source)

I was hugely formed by stories I was told as a child whether that was in a book, the cinema, theatre or television and probably television more than any medium is what influenced me as a child and formed my response to literature, story-telling and, therefore, the world around me.” (source)

“(Celebrity) is an unfortunate side effect of what I do. I clearly don’t hate it enough to go live in a monastery in Tibet. But it’s not my favourite part. I try to be consistent about not engaging with that side of it. You’re required to do a certain amount of putting yourself out there and, really, the only control you have over it is how you do that. You can’t say, You can chase me down the street today, but not tomorrow. That’s not what I do, and I never will.” (source)

“I was once asked for my autograph in the shower on one of my rare visits to the gym. I was washing my hair, facing the wall, when I was tapped on the shoulder so already it’s quite inappropriate. I turned round and there was another naked man standing there with a piece of david tennant doctor eliterepaper. And I think ‘if you can’t see how inappropriate this I am just going to have to play along‘ so I took the paper, which is slowly becoming mulch, and carved my name in it.” (source)

I love characters who are clever and smart, and you have to run to catch up with. I think there’s something very appealing and rather heroic in that.” (source)

“Well, there’s a similar trick – “trick” is underplaying it a bit – to playing Shakepseare and to playing this kind of work: you’ve got to play it absolutely real. But the language of Shakespeare is slightly heightened, and you have to serve it up. And there’s a similar thing to that science-fiction/fantasy stuff, and you have to absolutely ground it in veracity, and yet just serve it up a little bit.” (source)

“When you’re playing a real person there’s a balance between playing the person in the script and playing the person as he was in life. You have to be respectful and true to who that person was, but at the same time tell the story in the film.” (source)

“I was aware when I left (Doctor Who) that the 50th anniversary wasn’t that far away. You can speculate by putting two and two together. And also that thing with Doctor Who, the moment you get the job, people are asking you when you’re leaving. The moment you leave, they’re asking when are you coming back. So the possibility of it is always being visited on you by other people, even if not by yourself. It was always, I suppose, something that might happen.” (source)

“I’ve had the most brilliant, bewildering and life changing time working on Doctor Who. I have loved every day of it. It would be very easy to cling on to the TARDIS console forever and I fear that if I don’t take a deep breath and make the decision to move on now, then I simply never will… I don’t want to outstay my welcome.” (source)

David Tennant Portrait Session“There’s a morality… I think there’s a moral compass but whether that comes from religion or just from being a good person, and where one starts and the other begins… I’m a good person, I hope. But I’m never as good as I want to be, never as nice as I want to be, never as generous as I want to be.” (source)

by Elena Atudosiei


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