Friday, 23 June 2017

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Friday 23rd June 2017

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is an extract from an article of David Tennant discussing playing Romeo in The RSC production of Romeo And Juliet which was performed at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Barbican Theatre in London in 2000.

David said about his role:
"I always wanted to play Romeo. I thought it was a great part full of very recognizable emotions and motivations, with a vibrant youthful energy and sense of poetry with which anyone who has ever been a self-dramatising adolescent can identify. It is suffused with the robust certainty and cynicism of youth, but crowned with a winning and rather beautiful open-heartedness. And it's a great story brilliantly told, full of passion, wit, politics, intrigue, life and death, and topped off with lashings of sex and violence. And we had a great director at the helm in the shape of Michael Boyd, whose work I had been thrilled by for years at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow and more recently at the RSC itself. His productions had always seemed to me to have the power to make the theatre a truly magical place where things happen that could only happen in theatre, so that theatre isn't the poor relation of the feature-film but a genuine living art form specific to itself and nothing else. I'd always been desperately keen to work with Michael and to do it with this play was a dream come true.

And I was running out of time. There is no explicit reference in the text to how old Romeo is, but he is, undeniably, a young man. I didn't have very many years left. I'd always said to myself that it was a part I would have to do before my thirtieth birthday or not at all. Actors older than that have played the part, of course, and I don't doubt that they've done it very well, but I wanted to set myself a deadline. (There are, after all, few more tragic sights than a balding, middle-aged actor, corsetting in his paunch and inelegantly bounding across the stage as an ageing juvenile!) So, at twenty-eight (I would be twenty-nine before the show opened) it was now or never.

And I suppose that playing Romeo had always represented to me the first rung on a ladder that every great classical actor had climbed before ascending to Hamlet, Iago, Macbeth, and so on, finally culminating in a great, definitive King Lear before toppling over and retiring to an old actors' home and telling ribald anecdotes into a great, plummy old age. Not that I am, for a second, categorising myself as a 'great classical axtor', or even aspiring to such term, but the opportunity to follow a path through these famous parts in the wake of actors like Irving, Olivier, Gielgud and others seemed thrilling, and something that, ever since drama school, I've dreamed of doing. This is sort of egocentric thought-process that is not entirely helpful to an actor when it comes to actually approaching a role, and I'm not particularly proud to admit to it now, but I can't deny that it was a part (only a relatively small part, but an important one nevertheless) of what made me say yes to the RSC and to begin to find my own way through the sea of received notions of what the part meant to everyone who was so keen to give me their opinion."

  





Thursday, 22 June 2017

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Thursday 22nd June 2017

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a clip from Doctor Who Series Three's episode Smith And Jones.

In this clip The Doctor introduces himself to Martha Jones and they discover that the hospital has been transported to the moon.

Apologies if this video does not play in your country.











Wednesday, 21 June 2017

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Wednesday 21st June 2017

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is an interview with David Tennant which was published in Time Out in February 2013.

In this interview David Tennant discussed Broadchurch (which was going to premiere the following month), his stage work and movies.

The interview concludes with 'Perhaps his apparent self-assurance is what made him such a good Doctor Who. However eccentric his career might appear, he's happy with them. If people enjoy his project, even better. If they don't, that's ok too. 

David Tennant is unusual indeed: an actor as happy in his own skin as he is in anyone else's.'

Link to read the full interview








Tuesday, 20 June 2017

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Tuesday 20th June 2017

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a clip from the 2015 Netflix series Marvel's Jessica Jones.

David Tennant played the main villain Kilgrave who has the power to mind control people.

In this clip Kilgrave made a threatening call to Jessica Jones.

Apologies if this video does not play in your country.










Monday, 19 June 2017

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Monday 19th June 2017

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a clip from the 2005 movie Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire in which David Tennant played the Death Eater Barty Crouch Jr.

In this video Barty Crouch Jr. casts the spell for the Dark Mark.

Apologies if this video does not play in your country.












Sunday, 18 June 2017

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Sunday 18th June 2017

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a dramatic clip from the 2009 Christmas special episode of Doctor Who which was The End Of Time Part One.

In this clip The Master, played by John Simm, transmitted his biological code across the planet. 

Apologies if this video does not play in your country.











Saturday, 17 June 2017

David Tennant Treat 4 Today for Saturday 17th June 2017

The David Tennant Treat 4 Today is a series of photos of David Tennant from when he attended the worldwide premiere of his movie Mad To Be Normal at the 13th annual Glasgow Film Festival in February this year.

In Mad To Be Normal David Tennant played the real-life Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing who was seen as a mental health pioneer specialising in psychosis.

Please scroll down to see the full batch of photos.