The last time David Tennant officially reprised the role of the Tenth Doctor was in the 2013 Doctor Who 50th anniversary special “The Day of The Doctor,” in which he appeared alongside Matt Smith’s Eleventh and John Hurt’s War Doctor. Around the same time, the actor also put on his beloved character’s iconic trenchcoat when he recorded a video send-off to Doctor Who script editor and friend Gary Russell, which has recently surfaced thanks to his wife, Georgia Tennant. Allons-y!
Still one of the most popular Doctors of all time, Tennant played the role on the BBC series from 2005 to 2010. So it’s been more than eight years (not counting the special) since he’s left the TARDIS behind. Seeing the actor reprise the role in the short video below makes us feel as if it was only yesterday that the Tenth Doctor was running around our TV screens before he regenerated into Smith’s incarnation of the Time Lord. Who then regenerated into Peter Capaldi. Who has now regenerated into Jodie Whittaker.
The actor filmed his part in character, decked out in his Tenth Doctor outfit complete with his trusty Sonic Screwdriver and spewing Doctor Who technobabble as if he’s never left. The whole thing is quite brilliant and will surely make fans nostalgic for the good old days when Tennant's Doctor traveled through time and space with his former companions Rose (Billie Piper), Martha (Freema Agyeman), and Donna (Catherine Tate) in tow.
In case you're wondering, Russell worked as a script editor on Doctor Who and its spinoffs The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood. He was also editor of the Doctor Who Magazine from 1992-1995, was the producer of the Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas from 1998 until 2006, and penned several Doctor Who tie-in books. When he emigrated to Australia in 2013, his friends were asked to “contribute to a surprise film.” As Georgia Tennant points out, they may have gotten a “tad overexcited” by the project. But hey, no one's complaining.
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