DT appreciation week, day 7:
One more reason why I love David Tennant
I’ve decided not to use the themes of the day, but to write some of my own ramblings. Hope it’s okay and that it can still be used in DT appreciation week :-)
Like most of the people that I socialise with in here, I find David Tennant extremely attractive, handsome and sexy. But lately I’ve been thinking a lot about David’s humbleness about the way he looks, and I feel that there might be more to it. So here are some thoughts:
Yes - David is a humble man when it comes to his own looks. He’s said several times that he doesn’t look at himself as sexy or handsome and this is because of his upbringing. I believe him when he says this.
However, I do think that he’s quite confident and happy about his looks. Just look at the way he dresses - he DOES care about how he looks. I think that it’s the very idea about someone deciding and setting the bar on what beauty is, who’s sexy and handsome - and who’s not - that he finds repulsing.
We also have to remember that David’s also a father and I think that he wants to teach his children to be confident in themselves based on their personalities and not on their looks (although, I can imagine David’s children being gorgeous!)
I’ve also read in an older interview (from 2005, I think), that he doesn’t care about how a woman look like - he gets attracted to talent and personality. On Saturday Night Takeaway last year, this was his comments on a clip with Jennifer Lawrence, who had just been voted “most beautiful woman alive”:
As you can see, David’s all: “Meh, I’d rather want the food that she ate!” Later on the show, David fanboyed over a chubby, though very beautiful singer, Joane Stewart. In my world, he’s sending a very clear message here: It doesn’t matter how you look - if you’re a nice person and does what you love to do, I’d rather hang out with you than this mainstream actress*.
So, my conclusion is that David is a very humble person, but that he also has some rather strong opinions and is critical about the mainstream tendencies of our society.
David is a truly good human and he wants all of us to feel good about
ourselves, even though we might not live up to society’s views on beauty
or sexiness or whatever.
* please note that I have nothing against Jennifer Lawrence - I just use this as an example to prove my point.
The final scene of Doomsday vs. the same scene from The Runaway Bride
From the Runaway Bride commentary track with David Tennant and Julie Gardner:
Julie: There we have Donna entering your TARDIS
David: Interestingly, that sequence was the closing seconds of Doomsday
David: …which was the end of series two - but not those actual pictures. We
re-shot it. We have two directors of photography on Doctor Who, Ernie
and Rory. Ernie shot Doomsday in the way he likes to shoot the TARDIS
and likes to light the TARDIS, which is lots of greens and lots of
reds. Rory prefers it to be a more kind of golden affair
Yeah - a bit more yellow-y
Yeah, so the version of that scene would fit with the scene we’re now
in [the rest of the Doctor/Donna initial scene in the TARDIS] we had to re-shoot it
and do a kind-of Rory version of the scene.
and did you make different choices as an actor the second time?
No, in fact we had the dvd player by the side of the set to try to
re-create it as exactly as we possibly could, so that you wouldn’t
necessarily notice that it was different - although I just told you, so
that gives that away