Tea Time Tidbits
The Escape Artist's David Tennant
Week of August 11, 2014

If you enjoy a good mystery and also happen to be a fan of David Tennant, be sure to tune into MPT on Sunday night at 9pm for The Escape Artist.

David Tennant
Sophie Okonedo and Tennant filming The Escape Artist
in snowy Scotland.

Tennant stars in this two part Masterpiece Mystery presentation, as Barrister Will Burton, alongside Tony Award winning actress Sophie Okonedo as his rival. Tennant and Okonedo have more in common than playing barristers. Both have worked on the long-running cult series, Doctor Who. Tennant played the Doctor for five years, while Okonedo appeared in just two episodes.

It was Tennant's love of Doctor Who that inspired him to be an actor. He'd grown up watching the series as a youngster in Scotland and when asked in high school to write about what he wanted to be, the minister's son declared he wanted to become a professional actor and play the Doctor in Doctor Who.

David Tennant
Tennant as the Doctor in Doctor Who
and his wife Georgia, who played
his daughter Jenny.

At the age of 34, in 2005, Tennant's childhood dream came true, when he became the 10th Doctor. Coincidentally his wife Georgie's father also had a short stint as the Doctor. Peter Davison, best known for his role as Tristan in All Creatures Great and Small, played the Doctor from 1981 to 1984. Tennant and Georgie met when she played his daughter Jenny in a 2008 episode of Doctor Who. Her mother, Davison's second wife actress Sandra Dickinson, who is from Rockville, MD, also has a Doctor Who connection. She was in the 1996 Doctor Who radio serial, The Ghosts of N-Space.

David Tennant
Tennant with father-in-law Peter Davison.

Since leaving Doctor Who, Tennant's career has thrived, both in the UK and the US. Primarily a stage actor, Tennant is the youngest ever to be admitted to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama at the age of 17. The 6' 1" Scotsman has worked hard at making sure television viewers know him as something other than "The Doctor". His last series, Broadchurch, was such a hit that it has now been remade here in the US with Tennant reprising the role he had in the original British version.

It looks like Tennant has another hit on his hands with The Escape Artist, which again you can see Sunday night at 9pm on Masterpiece Mystery.

To contact Heather:
E-mail: heather@mpt.org
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