April 18, 1971
the tenth doctor being ridiculously handsome
↳ silence in the library/forest of the dead
David Tennant and Mark Gatiss - a photoset
These two met and bonded over their mutual love for Doctor Who, and they worked together numerous times down through the years before finally working together on the show that had cemented their friendship (both on “The Idiot’s Lantern”, an episode Mark wrote, and on “The Lazarus Experiment”, an episode that Mark guest-starred in). Mark was one of the first people David told after getting the role of the Tenth Doctor.
I love fanboy friends.
Mark Gatiss from the Quatermass Documentary:
At the end of rehearsal, we had mics in our hair and he (David) said, “We have to get de-mic’ed, I’ve got to tell you something.” I thought something had gone terribly wrong with the production… and he said, “Chris isn’t coming back to Doctor Who next year.” I said, “Oh God! Really?” He said, “Yeah, and they’ve asked me,” and it was like, “Oh my God!” As long as we’ve known each other we’ve talked about how we’d play the Doctor. It’s our dream come true, so it was extremely sweet. I think he was quite nervous about telling me somehow, as if I’d actually try to kill him and take his TARDIS off him.
Mark wrote a part for his friend David in the episode “The Unquiet Dead”, but Russell T. Davies, who was working with David on Casanova and who already had David in mind for the Tenth Doctor, talked Mark into making the mortician character an older man so the part would no longer be appropriate for David — mainly because RTD didn’t want to use David in a small part if he was later going to be the Doctor.
'This is our Yorick. He was a Polish composer and pianist called André Tchaikowsky. And when he died, in the early eighties, he bequeathed his head to be used in a production of Hamlet with the Royal Shakepeare Company. He wanted to play Yorick. So here he is. This is André. He was introduced to us by our director Greg on the first day of rehearsals, as the final member of the company. There was a variety of reactions to having a real human head in the production. Some people find it quite difficult. I must say, personally, I was rather excited by it. It's one of the clichés of the play now, an actor holding a skull. And I suppose the trouble with the cliché is that it loses meaning. But if you are presented with an actual person's skull, a real bit of human, then Hamlet's speech about Yorick and about staring at the skull of a man he knew well… it becomes all the more potent when you are aware that you are holding somebody's head quite literally in your hands. There he is. André was there. I feel very pleased to have helped him fulfil his ambition.'
—David Tennant, Shakespeare Uncovered
David Tennant, Kelly Reilly and Alexandra Moen in Look Back in Anger at the Edinburgh Royal Lyceum in 2005. Part 2 of x.
So remember that gif set I did a couple posts ago that had David shirtless on a bed reading a newspaper…well this is the video I used for it. It is from a play called Look Back in Anger he did in 2005. So please enjoy I guess.
-I’m not leaving ‘til this is solved.
-You don’t have a choice, as soon as he sees you you’re done, Alec. Why did you take this job if you knew you were this ill?
“Do you fancy Billie Piper, sir?”