David Tennant has responded to claims that he’ll return to Doctor Who. Courtesy of The Radio Times, the 51-year-old actor was quizzed on the rumours at last weekend’s German Comic-Con. “I’ve been asked a version of this question for the last 20 years and I’ve learnt through bitter experience that there’s not any point even answering it, because whatever I say is spun by whoever wants to hear it,” Tennant says.
So he answers the question by not answering the question. Throughout the show’s 59-year run, no actor has returned to the role of the Time Lord after exiting the series. It’d be an unusual, yet extraordinary move. “There’s no point in me denying it, there’s no point in me confirming it, there’s no point in me fudging it.” the Good Omens actor continued. “Whatever I say will become whatever the internet wants it to be.”
Tennant further considered the possibility of his return to the show as “quite a weird idea and it’s not something that you’d necessarily expect from Doctor Who. “That’s all I can… I’m not going to try giving any more than that because what’s the point?” he says.
Tennant exited the series in 2010 after five years as the Tenth Doctor. He would later feature in the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013 alongside his successor, Matt Smith. At the same time, Russell T. Davies departed the series to make way for Steven Moffat to take over the mantle as showrunner. Last year, it was reported that Davies would return as showrunner in 2023.
Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor and current showrunner Chris Chibnall will depart from the series following the Centenary Special, due to air in November 2022. While the plot remains under wraps, the special will feature a wealth of recurring characters, including classic companions Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding) and Ace (Sophie Aldred).
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