So ... just how is Doctor Who better than James Bond?
In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Tennant—who played the 10th incarnation of the beloved Time Lord—explained how any fears or tension he'd had about having to work with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor for Doctor Who’s 50th-anniversary special soon went out the TARDIS windows; then he went on explaining how lucky Doctor Who actors were -- compared to all those James Bond ones:
“I suppose you’d expect me to say we’re new best friends and I love him like a brother. But that is sort of how it was. I had a fantastic time and that wouldn’t necessarily have been the case.
I’m coming back onto a show that’s effectively somebody else’s show and used to be mine and that’s potentially quite a weird situation to be in. Going back to something I knew so well and had such fun memories of might have backfired.
It’s a quite rare set of circumstances: Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig don’t get to play James Bond next to each other. But actually it felt familiar enough that it was like coming home and working with Matt proved to be a real joy.
I hope I’m speaking for him when I say we really enjoyed bouncing of each other and playing sort of two aspects of the same character. It was everything that I hoped it might be and nothing that I feared it could be.”
Written by showrunner Steven Moffat, Doctor Who's 50th-anniversary special also stars John Hurt, Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper. It will air on BBC America on Nov. 23. The half-centennial anniversary special will also feature the return of the Zygons.