After years of playing a fictional Doctor, David Tennant is now a doctor for real! The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow has awarded the Tenth Doctor actor with an honorary doctorate for drama.
Tennant studied at the Conservatoire between 1988 and 1991 when it was called the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He said of his doctorate:
I’m honoured and rather humbled to be here – it’s all quite overwhelming but lovely to be back. It evokes some very vivid memories. It was a very important time for me. I don’t think I would have survived without my time here – for me it was essential. Three years of getting to practice in a safe environment. I was quite young, quite green, and I did a lot of growing up here and learned an enormous amount. They were very formative years that I look back on very fondly.
Meanwhile, Executive Producer Steven Moffat has also received an honorary doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland.
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said:
Steven is quite simply one of the country’s greatest screenwriters and through his work on both the small and big screen he has brought joy to millions of viewers worldwide.
He is a further example of success from our wonderful town of Paisley in a long line of truly successful people brought up in the town.
Steven is great role model for anyone, not just our students, and demonstrates that your path in life will be determined by your own passion for the things you believe in and that anyone can have success if they work hard.
Steven is a hugely deserving recipient of this Honorary Doctorate and we are delighted to honour him in his home town.
Moffat’s graduation ceremony took place at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church in his home town of Paisley on Tuesday 5th July. Moffat said:
It’s always a joy to go home – but to go back to Paisley to receive a doctorate feels like I finally made it. I feel very honoured, and more importantly very happy.