DOCTOR WHO: New Look At David Tennant's Returning Doctor Revealed As Actor Teases Big Surprises For Fans

DOCTOR WHO: New Look At David Tennant's Returning Doctor Revealed As Actor Teases Big Surprises For Fans DOCTOR WHO: New Look At David Tennant's Returning Doctor Revealed As Actor Teases Big Surprises For Fans

David Tennant makes his long-awaited return to Doctor Who this year, and a new look at the actor as the Fourteenth Doctor has been revealed today along with some big hints about Russell T Davies' plans.

By JoshWilding - Oct 24, 2023 11:10 AM EST
Filed Under: Doctor Who
Source: Empire (via

Doctor Who will return to our screens later this year, while we're all eager to see what Ncuti Gatwa brings to the table as the 15th Doctor, David Tennant will first reprise his role as the 10th Doctor. Well, kind of. 

He'll actually be playing the 14th Doctor and, during a recent interview with Empire (via, the actor revealed that the unexpectedness surrounding his return to the franchise was a big part of what led to him revisiting perhaps his most iconic on-screen character. 

"That was the first exciting piece of mischief that Russell [T Davies] created. That I was going to be Doctor No. 14 rather than Doctor No. 10 again," he teases. "You’ll just have to wait and see why the 14th Doctor is so much like the 10th."

"I was surprised," Tennant continued, "when I saw what that first script was based on, then I read the second script, which is unlike any Doctor Who episode ever. These new specials are Russell off the leash." As for what else Doctor Who fans can expect from the specials, the actor added, "It’s like the band getting back together for one last hurrah."

In the same interview, Davies himself chimed in to confirm he took inspiration from the 1980s comic book story "The Star Beast" for Tennant's return. "I needed to bring Donna back into the story. Which meant setting it in London, which meant something alien landing on top of London, and I automatically thought of Star Beast as the best way to tell that story."

A new Doctor Who still has also been released which you can take a closer look at below. 

As noted, Tennant's Doctor will take centre stage in three specials we previously learned will be titled "The Star Beast," "Wild Blue Yonder," and "The Giggle." 

Joining him and Catherine Tate as Donna will be Yasmin Finney, Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble, Karl Collins as Shaun Temple, Ruth Madeley as Shirley Anne Bingham, and the late Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott.

A brief logline which accompanied a recent trailer reads, "Destiny isn’t done with them just yet...The Doctor and Donna return for three special episodes." That doesn't give much away, though we're sure that's a deliberate decision on the BBC's part. 

And no, we still don't have a confirmed premiere date for these Doctor Who specials despite sometime in November looking highly likely! 

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BillyBatson1000 - 10/24/2023, 12:37 PM
Would love to see this series back-on-track.
TheVisionary25 - 10/24/2023, 1:55 PM

I really hope this is a return to form for the series after the 13th Doctor era which i personally wasn’t a big fan of overall (though did get some enjoyment out of it).

Can’t wait!!.
RealTurner - 10/24/2023, 11:04 PM
@TheVisionary25 - They lost me the start of the first episode for 13, when she falls out the Tardis (either in space or low atmosphere) and proceeds to crash through the roof of a moving train, then just picks herself up like nothing happen. Hello? She might be female now but she isn't a freaking terminator.

It's always have the BBC/British "oh, it's for kids, it doesn't have to make sense, whimsy guy, it's whimsy" (which, say, Harry Potter also has is spades) but that was one throw too far for me. Not even a cringy "Lucky I had this personal force field, shame it only has one use" lampshade BS. The fall from the Tardis was intended to create peril, which was then not only completely ignored but actively dismissed.
DevilsDreams - 10/25/2023, 4:17 AM
@RealTurner - I struggled after Matt Smith left, wasn't a fan of him at first but I felt that his character really developed across the seasons.
Capaldi I was really looking forward to, but my interest really waned and when it got around to Whittaker, what I saw just didn't really resonate with me at all.
Loved Tennant as the Doctor, so hoping that this will reinvigorate the series a bit.
Twenty23Three - 10/24/2023, 2:39 PM
I personally would have preferred this version to be more different from 10 than it currently seems. Let him use his normal accent
TheVisionary25 - 10/24/2023, 2:41 PM
@Twenty23Three - I agree too

Would have been nice to have be atleast somewhat different

So far , he seems more or less like 10
OriginalGusto1 - 10/24/2023, 9:58 PM
Is the big surprise that this show won't suck anymore?
OriginalGusto1 - 10/24/2023, 9:58 PM
Dr. Who can stay awake!

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