David Tennant Quotes.
I think if my eight-year-old self could see me at the Royal Albert Hall winning a prize for playing the Doctor on telly, he would need a stiff shot of Irn-Bru.
We seem to spend a lot of our time in very small spaces spouting a lot of dialogue very quickly.
An accent has to do with the way your mouth works and the sounds that come out of your head, but somehow it informs everything about you.
Animation is a fascinating area from an acting point of view because it’s not really like anything else because you are only providing a portion of the performance. That’s very inspiring and it forces you to do things in a different way – to tell stories through your voice.
I’ve been quite lucky in that I’ve managed to tick off a few of my dream roles, really. Beyond that, you wait for the next script to come in that will have the dream role that you don’t know exists yet, I suppose.
It’s very hard to be objective about something you’re in, especially when you set it up against things that you experienced as a child.
Getting the call to be in The Goblet of Fire was like being welcomed into the most exclusive upper circle of some elite actors’ club. You sit on set with the cream of the National Theatre and the RSC, all clutching wands or wearing witches’ hats.
It has to be said that the bad guys are often more interesting than the good guys because you get to indulge part of your nature that hopefully gets subsumed most of the time. But I just like playing interesting characters, and variety’s the spice of that, as it is with life, I suppose.
The Doctor’ is the kind of character – because the guest cast is changing all the time, there are very few constants in the show, so the ‘Doctor’- when you’re there, you’re in it a lot. You’re speaking a lot.
I’d love to work with Aaron Sorkin on something. Just the way he writes, he has no fear in writing people that are fiercely intelligent, and I love that.
I’ve always been a geek and slightly awkwardвЂ¦ slightly ummвЂ¦ I was never the cool kid at school.
Unlike other enduring characters such as ‘Sherlock Holmes’ or ‘Tarzan,’ being the ‘Doctor’ allows you a certain freedom that is both very demanding and very thrilling. It allows you to make the character using elements of yourself.
I’m a good person, I hope. But I’m never as good as I want to be, never as nice as I want to be, never as generous as I want to be.
I have such fond memories of watching ‘Doctor Who’ when I was a kid and growing up, that if I’ve left anybody anywhere with memories as fond, then I feel like I’ve done my job.
If you speak in a different accent, you begin to move in a slightly different way. You think in a slightly different way. It’s part of trying to find what makes a character.
Moths are the ones that freak me out. It’s something to do with the way that, if they get squashed, they turn to dust. There’s something very wrong about that. It all feels a bit Gothic.
I love characters who are clever and smart, and you have to run to catch up with. I think there’s something very appealing and rather heroic in that.
I’ve always been a geek and slightly awkward… slightly umm… I was never the cool kid at school.
I was very small, about 3 or 4 I think, and just wanted to be the people on telly telling these wonderful stories. Obviously the idea grew and matured with me but I can’t ever remember wanting to do anything else. I’ve just sort of taken it for granted all my life that that was what I would do.
And the very fact of how you speak somehow influences who you are. The way you move, the way you think, it seeps into your being, and it’s quite hard to really break that down entirely.
The bad guys probably get the better lines, don’t they? And they wear less spandex. That would be quite good.
When you’re playing a real person there’s a balance between playing the person in the script and playing the person as he was in life. You have to be respectful and true to who that person was, but at the same time tell the story in the film.
All roads seem to have come back to Doctor Who in our life. But, no, it was a huge part of my growing up. I was a massive fan and it certainly inspired me to get into acting and to be … one of those people that tells stories on TV. That was a huge part of my childhood.
I’m as happy doing ‘Postman Pat’ as I am doing ‘Hamlet.’
I remember a conversation with my parents about who the people on the TV were, and learning they were actors and they acted out this story and just thinking that was the most fantastic notion, and that’s what I want to do.
Drama school is a pretty intense experience, and I think it changes who you are.
I love a bit of political drama; ‘The West Wing’ is probably my favourite television series of all time.
I was always going to act, literally ever since I was tiny. In fact, I have Doctor Who to thank for that. I wanted to become an actor after being obsessed with Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor Who, in the 1970s. His was the definitive performance of all time in anything.
I don’t think I have ever done anything for this age of children before, a pre-school audience. Generally speaking, we don’t have vivid memories of that age and what influenced us, yet clearly they are hugely formative years and it’s really important that we can create television of a high quality for that audience.
To me, it feels like ‘The Doctor’ has to have a long coat, and that’s something imprinted on me from childhood, because he always did. And there’s something heroic in a flapping coat, but at the same time, I need to get rid of it sometimes and just be a scrawny guy in a suit that doesn’t quite fit.
I mean, you know, while I’m acting on stage I’m ranking quite high, but in a room with Barack Obama I’m probably into negative digits. I never feel very famous.
Paula Milne was really the first thing that drew me to ‘The Politician’s Husband.’
If you can sell that you’re the King of Scotland, or Henry V on a tiny stage in a studio theater somewhere, then you can probably sell that you’re a starship captain or a time traveler.