David Tennant on returning to Doctor Who: “It felt like we’d never been away”

There’s a lot going on in the Doctor Who world at the moment…

Russell T Davies has returned to the show after more than a decade away, the BBC has struck a deal with Disney+ that has people speculating about bigger budgets and potential spin-off shows, we’ve been introduced to the Fifteenth Doctor Ncuti Gatwa and his companion Ruby Sunday played by Millie Gibson, and we know that the filming for season 14 is underway.

But before the new Doctor arrives, we have a familiar face to look forward to joining the series again in the shape of the Fourteenth Doctor, who just so happens to look like the Tenth Doctor. Yes, when Jodie Whittaker regenerated at the end of The Power of the Doctor, she became David Tennant’s latest incarnation, which has set up a fascinating three-part 60th anniversary special for November 2023.

But what was it like being back on the set of Doctor Who after so long away? Pretty good, it sounds…

“It was like being handed a very lovely present. It was joyous,” David Tennant said on ITV’s This Morning show.

He added: “It was great fun. It was a very happy joyous time on set 15 years ago, and returning to that could’ve been… might’ve felt awkward, it might have felt difficult. I might not have been able to run as fast!”

But with the old showrunner back on the set it was just like old times it seemed.

Added Tennant: “We had a lovely time. Russell T Davies is back running the show, it felt like we’d never been away…”

Tennant, as he has been in all interviews recently, was very careful not to give away any plot points about the upcoming specials which will also see the return of Catherine Tate as Donna Noble and the introduction of Neil Patrick Harris and Yasmin Finney as a character called Rose.

David Tennant will be on screen next week in a new ITX drama, Litvinenko and in 20223 will reprise his role in Good Omens opposite Michael Sheen on Prime Video.