As a thank you from the BBC to the fans who helped keep the Doctor’s secret this evening, here’s a special video…
I’ve added a bunch of HQ promotional images from David’s role in forthcoming BBC2 drama “The Politician’s Husband”. This airs on Thursday 25th April, 9pm, BBC2.
Aiden Hoynes resigns from the Cabinet after his bid for leadership is thwarted by his best friend Bruce Babbish. In the reshuffle, his wife Freya is appointed a minister, while he returns to the back benches and a life of political obscurity. Finally out of her husband’s shadow, Freya is forced to choose between her own career ambitions and publicly supporting her spouse.
Credit to Blogtor Who for these images!
I’ve also handed a handful of HQ on set images from yesterday, of David on set of Doctor Who. These are non-spoilery images, as David is signing autographs alongside co-star Matt Smith.
Credit to Jenna-Louise Coleman Online for these images!
Please note that I am working behind the scenes to update several areas of the gallery – including the Doctor Who section (with missing episode captures, promotional images and on set images), and to bring the Broadchurch section up to date. This is a huge task, so please be patient, but it is happening!
Some very exciting news…
The BBC has officially confirmed that David Tennant and Billie Piper will return for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special.
Filming on the show, which will also star John Hurt (Labyrinth, Merlin, 1984), will start next week.
Tennant’s successor, Matt Smith – also in the special with his new assistant played by Jenna-Louise Coleman – says fans “will not be disappointed” by the 3D show, due to air on 23rd November.
Tennant and Piper have long been rumoured to be making a return for the special, which is being written by the show’s executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat.
In January, Billie Piper, appearing on the Graham Norton Show, denied she would be appearing.
“I wasn’t asked, no, I think Matt Smith may have said, in passing or in jest, it would be nice. I think maybe he said that and then it became something quite different, but no.”
Matt Smith has said the show “manages to pay homage to everything – and look forward. I read it and I clapped at the end. I think it’s hilarious, it’s epic and it’s vast.”
Steven Moffat, meanwhile, has said he took special care to protect the secrets of the story.
“One length I’ve gone to which is a really good security measure – I make sure I don’t get a script, because I will lose it, I forbid people to hand me one. It’s on my computer under lock and key.”
Other casting confirmations this week include Ken Bones as The General, Orlando James as Lord Bentham and Marshall Griffin in an, as yet, untitled role.
And the first couple of Official photos have been released from the read-through on Monday!
Filming commenced yesterday, and we hope to bring you more news soon!
While lounging around his West End dressing room waiting to go on-stage to perform in Much Ado About Nothing, former timelord Tennant, talked Total Film through how he’s been keeping busy since stepping away from the Tardis.
First up he’s starring as a tight-trousered Las Vegas illusionist in the 3D update of Fright Night, then he’ll lend his voice to Aardman’s latest The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (released 28 March 2012).
“What a joy to be part of that. You feel a little bit of a cheat to take any credit for it, but really the stars of this film are the animators. What they can make a piece of plasticine is quite remarkable.”
“The other day I did my last session on the film and they brought the little model of [my character] Darwin down so I have shaken hands the plasticine me – which was strangely thrilling.”
Also strangely thrilling is Tennant’s next film project which he hopes to start work on by the end of the year. But he’s sworn to secrecy on details:
“It will be something entirely new to me – the process will be something I’ve never done before. That’s exciting and a little bit scary – and I’ve already said too much!”
More than 10 million viewers watched David Tennant regenerate into Matt Smith in Doctor Who on New Year’s Day.
Part two of Tennant’s swansong, The End of Time, averaged 10.4 million viewers, a 36% share of the audience between 6.40pm and 7.55pm. It peaked with marginally more – 10.6 million – between 7.30pm and 7.45pm, according to unofficial overnight figures.
Doctor Who predictably had the better of an ITV1 lineup that included the ITV News, with 5.8 million viewers and a 21% share between 6.40pm and 7pm, and Emmerdale, which brought in 7.3 million viewers and a 25% share between 7pm and 7.30pm.