Why David Tennant says we'll see him be a different Doctor for Who’s 50th

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Jul 31, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

Doctor Who’s eagerly anticipated 50th-anniversary special is coming up in a bit less than four months, and Tenth Doctor David Tennant teases how we’ll get to see a “slightly different” side to his Doctor.

In an interview with SFX, Tennant has hinted how his Doctor will react as he’s paired with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Time Lord. (And to some extent, with John Hurt's Doctor as well, one gathers.)

“When there is more than one of you, as is the case this time, it becomes a slightly different character. The Doctor tends to lead every scene he is in and when you are sharing that out it becomes slightly different. You have a new relationship with that aspect of the character and that gives you fresh challenges to work on. But it was really good fun actually – and that was a big part of what I enjoyed about this.”

The 42-year-old Scottish actor also touched on the subject of his coming back to the beloved sci-fi series for the big 50th-anniversary special.

“No, I can’t say I was surprised. There is a precedent to this, isn’t there? It has happened a few times down the years so it was never out of the realms of possibility that it would happen for the 50th anniversary. I was more surprised about how long it took to come through. It actually took quite a long time. There had been a sketchy little conversation about it – and there was a long gap before I got the call. For a long time I was starting to think it was never going to happen – so there was an element of surprise there. But the general concept was something I always expected.”

Doctor Who’s 50th-anniversary special will be broadcast simultaneously around the world on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

How do you think David Tennant's Tenth Doctor will play against Matt Smith's Eleventh (as well as John Hurt's) and vice versa? Allons-y! and Geronimo!

(SFX via Digital Spy)