Doctor Who Alum David Tenant Responds to Rumors of Returning to the Franchise

Doctor Who recently released the trailer for Jodie Whittaker’s latest adventure as Doctor, and with his arrival came even more questions about his replacement. Rumors abound regarding which actor(s) could play the role, with the exit of Whittaker and Chris Chibnall paving the way for The return of Russell T. Davies, though few avenues of speculation can excite viewers more than the ever-green potential of David Tennant’s return. When the always-busy, always-excellent actor directly and indirectly addressed rumors of his possible return to the franchise, he gave fans food for thought.

David Tennant participated in a Q&A panel during the spring edition of German Comic-Con, and was obviously asked about the rumors that he would be reprising his role as Doctor when Russell T. Davies returns. Tennant acknowledged that he was aware of these remarks and responded to them by saying that it is something he has been dealing with since he left the role in the first place. In his words:

I’ve been asked a version of this question for the past 20 years – [Laughs] — and I’ve learned by bitter experience that there’s no point answering it even because everything I say is twisted by whoever wants to hear it. So it’s no use for me to deny it, it’s no use for me to confirm it, it’s no use for me to deceive it. Everything I say will become whatever the internet wants it to be. I mean, that would be a pretty weird idea, and it’s not necessarily something you expect from Doctor Who. So, I’m not going to try to give you more than that because what’s the point!

the old Doctor Who was in a difficult position with the question, and he knew it. Even so, David Tennant has done about the best job possible of not definitively revealing what’s in his future in regards to any involvement he may have in Doctor Whothe future. At the risk of turning his words into something they’re not, I think we can just say the verdict is still out on whether he’ll return as The Doctor or get involved in the TV side of things in any other capacity. If nothing else, at least HBO Max subscribers can always check out his past adventures live, in addition to all the audio dramas he came back for.

It’s worth mentioning that David Tennant reprising The Tenth Doctor would make sense, especially considering Russell T. Davies. return as showrunner syncs with the upcoming 60th anniversary of the BBC series. Tennant appeared in the 50th anniversary alongside many others Doctor Who veterans, so it stands to reason that he would also return for at least one more stage.

It should also be mentioned that a specific rumor postulates that Tennant will only be one of several Medic Familiars who may reappear once Russell T. Davies returns. Tennant, Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, and even Christopher Eccleston would return to the franchise for a special. The Eccleston-ness of it all makes it seem less likely than virtually any other rumor about the BBC drama’s future, but it’s an unpredictable universe, with rumors even pointing to Hugh Grant taking the role. , which he has already denied.

Other rumors allege that Tennant won’t be returning as Number Ten, but as the 14th Doctor, which seems to be what Tennant was alluding to in regards to the rumors he heard. That’s not a likely eventuality in my eyes, though I’m sure it would only excite fans a little less than the return of the original tenth.

All in all, David Tennant may have only sparked more questions with his roundabout response, so we’ll have to wait for an official announcement on what’s going on. Doctor Who is on a brief hiatus until the last episode of Jodie Whittaker in the fall on BBC America. Until then, keep an eye out for clues as to who the next Doctor might be, or if David Tennant will eventually snap and reveal whether or not he’s coming back.

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