David Tennant speaks about his sensational Doctor Who return

David Tennant has made his sensational return to Doctor Who a little earlier than expected, and it looks like fans are in for a wild ride in the 60th-anniversary specials of the BBC sci-fi show.


In a shocking twist at the end of Jodie Whittaker’s final episode of the show, The Power of the Doctor, Jodie Whittaker began her regeneration outside the TARDIS on a clifftop with many expecting her to regenerate into Ncuti Gatwa’s incarnation of the Time Lord, the actor who has been announced to be replacing Whittaker full time on the show. But instead of Gatwa, viewers saw Whittaker regenerate into David Tennant, the actor who played the Tenth Doctor on the show between 2005 and 2010.

17 years after his first appearance on the show, Tennant has spoken about his return to Doctor Who.

“What a treat, what a lovely, lovely thing to get to revisit something that was such a lovely, happy significant time of my life.” the actor told BBC News.

“And you move on from it with a whole mixture of emotions. And one of those is sadness and regret.

“So, to be able to revisit that to get another shot, it was a total joy from start to finish.”

Asked whether he might be worried about returning to the show and things not being as successful as they had been in his first run, Tennant didn’t seem concerned.

“It didn’t really feel like a risk. I knew that Russell T Davies was in charge, and I love working with him, and I love receiving a script with his name on the front. So that just felt like a bit of a no-brainer really.”

Tennant also took the time to praise the incoming full-time Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa, who we see for a split second in the sizzle reel the BBC released for the 2023 specials, where it looks like Tennant and Gatwa will take part in a multi-Doctor story.

He is “scarily good.” said Tennant.

Adding: “Brilliant. I think the world has a very exciting Doctor to look forward to. Once you’ve enjoyed this one for a little while longer!”

It may be a long wait until 2023, but it sounds like Doctor Who fans have a lot to look forward to.