David Tennant: A Life In Time And Space

Published in 2008 by John Blake Publishing, updated in 2010.

Foreword by John Highfield.

David Tennant is the most powerful actor on British television. And, with two National Television awards to his credit and numerous other theatrical accolades, David has proven he’s here to stay.

The son of a Presbyterian minister, David was raised in the small suburban settlement of Ralston in Scotland. He appeared on screen before he was even out of school. Then, after graduating from drama school, he landed his first professional acting role in the theatrical production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Uiith. This was just the beginning of what has since become a distinguished acting career.

David has appeared in several high-profile dramas for the BBC. But, undeniably, it is his energetic and eccentric portrayal of the Time Lord in cult sci-fi drama Doctor Who for which he is most famous. Fulfilling his childhood dream, David has been voted ‘Best Doctor’ by readers of Doctor Who Magazine and the ‘coolest character’ on UK television in a 2007 Radio Times survey.

Also a respected classical actor, David has received rave reviews for his stage acting. As a budding young actor he held lead parts in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet and The Comedy of Errors. Now, nearly ten years on, he has returned to his roots to take up possibly his most challenging part to date – the title role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

In this, the first ever biography of the charismatic Scottish actor, Nigel Goodall traces the events and circumstances that have shaped David’s life and career so far and transformed him into a hugely influential artist, and the coolest man on television.