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Saying Good-Bye to Doctor Who
David Tennant and Russell Davies talk about their twilight of Doctor Who
By Rob Vaux
July 30, 2009
David Tennant will return to DOCTOR WHO
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Beloved Doctor Who actor David Tennant and series creator Russell T. Davies unveiled their final few episodes at the TCA Press Tour on Wednesday. The two have spearheaded the successful revival of the long-running science fiction series, and will depart after the annual specials due to air at the end of 2009. (The Doctor will be played by actor Matt Smith--the eleventh incarnation of the character--starting in 2010.) "The Waters of Mars" and "The End of Time" cover the dangers that engulf the Doctor as he prepares for his next regeneration. The displayed clips showed him fighting hordes of zombies created by a strange liquid on the Red Planet, as well as an unseen menace during the final days of the Planet Earth.
"I think this Doctor likes being this Doctor," Tennant explained after the clips ran. "He's raging against the dying of the light. He knows that the sands of time are running out for him, and that the bell is tolling for him. He doesn't want to go quietly."
As for their thoughts on stepping away from the show, both Tennant and Davies seemed very introspective. "It's very exciting, but it's also very sad," Tennant mused. "It's thrilling to be handing over the show in such good health."
Davies talked about the original decision to cast Tennant, who succeeded Christopher Eccleston following the first season of the long-running series' revival. "We were auditioning for Casanova, and every male actor in the land auditioned for the part. They all gave us very heavy and very serious and very would-be romantic portrayals of Casanova. David would just dance over dialogue: he's one of the few actors who understands that dialogue is sort of irrelevant. He rushes across it with all speed; everything is going on underneath. That's key for the Doctor and one of the reasons why you can successfully cast very different actors in the part. There's still a sort of essential Doctorness behind whatever he's saying or doing."
When asked about whether he would return to the role, Tennant simply smiled. "I'll wait for the correct opportunity, but I've got the costume hanging up in my wardrobe. As long as I can keep my waistline down… you know, never say never."