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David Tennant: Doctor Who is ‘always a very fond thing to return to’

David Tennant has been looking back on his time with Doctor Who as part of an exclusive interview in this month’s edition of Doctor Who Magazine.

The actor played the Tenth Doctor between 2005-2010, before returning for a special appearance alongside fellow Doctors Matt Smith and John Hurt in 2013’s 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.

On his feelings towards the show today, Tennant says:

“I always feel fond towards it. I always feel like it’s a happy place to be. Obviously a day like this brings it all back a little more keenly, but it’s always a very fond thing to return to, the world of Doctor Who. It’s always very welcoming, and friendly, and familiar. I suppose I don’t feel detached enough from it to feel sentimental, really. Maybe if I’d been completely banished from it for ten years…?

“But of course it never quite goes away, does it? There’s no escaping it, nor would I want to, really.

“Because Doctor Who sort of runs through my life like a stick of rock. It’s sort of always bubbling under, and you know it always will.”

Tennant also reflects on one of his lines in the anniversary special – ‘never cruel or cowardly’ – describing it as a ‘mission statement’ for the Doctor:

“We can all have mottos that we live by; it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re entirely faithful to them. It can be who you aspire to be. It doesn’t mean you can’t be inconsistent sometimes. That’s what makes any character and any person interesting – their inconsistencies, the little flaws in the weft of their character.

I don’t know if the Doctor always needs to be consistent to that, but I think broadly speaking he is. At least, he tries.”

Tennant was speaking to the magazine ahead of next month’s release of a brand new set of audio adventures from Big Finish. The new audios will also see the return of Billie Piper, who says of reprising her role as companion Rose Tyler:

“It’s like when you hang out with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years, and then loads of stuff has happened between you, but it’s sort of just like you’re immediately there again. I love it.”

As well as the usual news, previews, reviews and competitions, this month’s issue of Doctor Who Magazine also features:

  • Sylvester McCoy Interview: The second part of our interview with Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy reflects back on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary and looks forward to the show’s future.
  • Matt Lucas Interview: DWM chats to Matt Lucas about his new autobiography Little Me: My Life from A-Z which he wrote while playing Nardole in the latest series of Doctor Who.
  • Camille Coduri Interview: Camille Coduri’s Jackie Tyler joins the Doctor and Rose for The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Volume Two.
  • White Witch of Devil’s End: We find out how a project to make a DVD sequel to the classic 1971 TV story The Dæmons came about.
  • TARDIS Shed Of The Year: DWM meets Paul Foden, the man who recently appeared on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year with his TARDIS-replica shed.
  • MatildusThere’s a brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in Matildus; a one-parter written and illustrated by Scott Gray.
  • The Time Team: The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012’s The Rebel Flesh.
Doctor Who Magazine #518 will be on sale from tomorrow – Thursday 19th October – priced £5.99.
[Source: Doctor Who/DWM]