MCM: David Tennant

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On this day in 1971, our dear Tenth Doctor, David Tennant was born! (Trivia moment: He was born David McDonald and chose the surname “Tennant” from the Pet Shop Boys singer. Yay for ’80s New Wave tie-in!) Of course, he’s not just Doctor Who, oh no. This utterly charming Scots lad had a long acting career before and after his Whovian turn, as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and in plenty of TV shows and movies.

I’d started this post with the idea of reviewing various of David Tennent’s works, but as soon as I started collecting images, I fell down a Pinterest-Tumbler-Google rabbithole of delicious red-velvet mancake with David Tennant filling. So I’m just going to layer on all the photos I found of Mr. Yummy McTennant in historical costume roles, and you can enjoy this tasty treat. I did have to restrict photos to historical movies and TV shows, so no Doctor Who (except where noted) and no Harry Potter, Gracepoint, or Jessica Jones. But I had to include some of his theater work because a) it’s historical and b) hello, David Tennant!

 

Jude (1996) – Drunk Undergraduate

Worth noting because this Thomas Hardy adaption became a Doctor Who crossover. Christopher Eccleston played the eponymous Jude, and he later played the Ninth Doctor, preceding Tennant in the role.

David Tennant, 1996, Jude

 

As You Like It (1996) – Touchstone

Not a movie or TV production, but David Tennant performed as the jester in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production to much acclaim. And adorableness.

David Tennant, 1996, As You Like It

You can ring my bell.

 

The General From America (1996) – Colonel Hamilton

Also at the RSC, Tennant played Hamilton, decades before the role went hip-hop.

David Tennant, 1996, The General From America

Baby face!

 

The Last September (1999) –  Captain Gerald Colthurst

Set at an Irish country manor in the 1920s, David Tennant plays a young English army captain who’s in love with the Irish lord’s daughter.

David Tennant, 1999, The Last September

 

The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, “Death at the Opera” (2000) – Max Valentine

The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (1998)

I recently reviewed this 1920s murder-mystery series and pointed out how the second episode features a Doctor Who crossover with David Tennant and (his personal fave) the Fifth Doctor Peter Davidson!

The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (1998)

David Tennant in plus-fours. You’re welcome.

 

Foyle’s War, “A Lesson in Murder” (2002) – Theo Howard

Another murder-mystery series, this one set during World War II, with David Tennant as a conscientious objector.

David Tennant, 2002, Foyle's War

He looks good in hats.

 

Bright Young Things (2003) – Ginger Littlejohn

David Tennant, 2003, Bright Young Things

This 1930s satire was written and directed by Stephen Fry (based on an Evelyn Waugh novel). David Tennant is something of an upper-class twit in this one.

David Tennant, 2003, Bright Young Things

 

He Knew He Was Right (2004) – Mr. Gibson

David Tennant, 2004, He Knew He Was Right

David Tennant as a greedy vicar in an Anthony Trollope adaption? Well, two villains in a row must have been fun to play, and there’s something inherently hot about a bad priest.

David Tennant, 2004, He Knew He Was Right
David Tennant, 2004, He Knew He Was Right

Ladies, there’s enough to go around.

David Tennant, 2004, He Knew He Was Right

 

Casanova (2005) – Casanova

David Tennant, 2005, Casanova

Surely you all know this miniseries! It’s a fluffy little romp, low on the historical accuracy, high on the romance, with David Tennant staring as the notorious lover.

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Doctor Who, “Human Nature” / “The Family of Blood” (2007)

David Tennant, 2007, Doctor Who

The Doctor travels through time, but rarely blends in with the historical period. One exception is this two-part episode set in 1913 where the Doctor essentially goes undercover as a teacher at an English boys school.

David Tennant, 2007, Doctor Who

Hot for teacher!

David Tennant, 2007, Doctor Who

Sweet dreams.

David Tennant, 2007, Doctor Who

 

Einstein and Eddington (2008) – Arthur Eddington

David Tennant, 2008, Einstein & Eddington

In this TV movie, David Tennant portrays British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, who worked closely with Albert Einstein circa 1914. Wibbley-wobbley timey-wimey for reals.

David Tennant, 2008, Einstein & Eddington

Science, bitches!

David Tennant, 2008, Einstein & Eddington

Totes adorbs.

 

Love’s Labors Lost (2008) – Berowne

David Tennant, 2008, Love's Labors Lost

There’s no film of this production AFAIK, but let’s just admire these images of David Tennant in a fancy slashed doublet.

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Glorious 39 (2009) – Hector

David Tennant, 2009, Glorious 39

Just a small role in a 1939 thriller about aristocratic Nazi sympathizers, his character is one of the few warning about the impending war.

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Much Ado About Nothing (2011) – Benedick

While I usually wouldn’t count something set as recent as the 1980s as “historical,” lookit how cute he is!

David Tennant, 2011, Much Ado About Nothing

 

Spies of Warsaw (2013) – Jean-François Mercier

David Tennant, 2013, Spies of Warsaw

In this two-part spy thriller set in 1930s Poland, David Tennant portrays a decorated First World War hero juggling diplomatic duties with information-trafficking. I don’t care which side he’s on, he looks mighty fine.

David Tennant, 2013, Spies of Warsaw

So scruffy!

David Tennant, 2013, Spies of Warsaw

*bites fist*

David Tennant, 2013, Spies of Warsaw

 

Richard II (2013) – Richard II

David Tennant, 2013, Richard II

A film of the Royal Shakespeare Company version with a fairly traditional “stage” medieval look, right down to David Tennant’s long hair. Sexah!

David Tennant, 2013, Richard II

His profile is so regal.

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Bonus pix!

David Tennant in a kilt

A Scotsman on the red carpet!

David Tennant, red velvet mancake Happy Birthday David Tennant

 

 

What’s your favorite David Tennant historical costume role?

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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. When she’s not dressing up in costumes, she can be found traveling the world with her sweetie and, occasionally, Kendra and Sarah. Her costuming and travel adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also maintains a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

15 Responses

  1. Christine Redding

    And in case you didn’t know… David Tennant is married to the daughter of another Doctor: Peter Davison, Georgia Moffat, who played Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter, in the episode of that name.

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    • CatnipTARDIS

      There’s some interview Peter Davison gave in which he joked about the “confusion” at the Tennant/Moffett wedding when the Doctor’s daughter’s husband’s previous incarnation had to give a father-of-the-bride speech.

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