Doctor Who Showrunner RTD Explains Differences Between David Tennant’s 10th & 14th Doctors

Summary SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies explains the slight differences between David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and Fourteenth Doctor ahead of his 60th-anniversary return. The actor first portrayed the tenth incarnation of the Time Lord from 2005 to 2009 and later reprised the role in 2013’s anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor.

With Tennant’s 60th anniversary Doctor Who return imminent, Davies spoke with SFX Magazine to discuss how the leading actor has ensured that this all-new Doctor incarnation stands out from past selves. While the showrunner urged viewers not to expect a drastic personality change, he assured that Tennant conveyed the differences through his performance.

I wouldn’t expect vast differences, because there’s no way you bring back one of the world’s most popular Doctors and make him different! Outside fandom, my sisters would be sitting there going ‘What the blinkin’ flip have you done?’

So it doesn’t make much sense. But, of course, you’re talking about one of the world’s greatest actors who doesn’t need me to feed lines and cues and subtext and meanings. You just hand it over to David, and of course he’s naturally all over it, of course he’s got new spins and new depths to it. When you get to work with someone like that, you don’t need to worry.

David Tennant Will Make Fourteenth Doctor As Iconic As His Former Tenth Doctor While Tennant’s Doctor is in tune with viewer expectations from Doctor Who’s anniversary storylines, there is trepidation concerning what his return could mean for the British show going forward.

However, Tennant took steps to acknowledge how much time has passed between the Doctor’s Tenth and Fourteenth lives. In an interview this past August, the veteran actor revealed that he considered events between seasons 5 through 13 as he crafted his new Fourteenth Doctor performance. Tennant stated the Doctor had lived through three lives with varying impactful experiences.

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