Doctor Who Exit Interview: David Tennant + Russell T. Davies, with Richard Metzger (BB Video)

(Download / Watch on YouTube, video duration: 20 min.)

(Download / Watch on YouTube, video duration: 20 min.)

Today in Boing Boing Video: David Tennant and Russell T. Davies of Doctor Who, interviewed by BB guest host Richard Metzger of Dangerous Minds. Richard is a *very* knowledgeable Doctor Who trufan, so the resulting conversation -- which we're presenting here in extended 20-minute form -- is deep and comprehensive, with lots for hardcore Doctor Who junkies to love. Recently, both Russell and David left the show, and this amounts to the definitive "exit interview." Let the fangasms commence.

Metzger says,

I'm one of those guys who downloads Doctor Who and Torchwood within seconds of them hitting the torrent trackers. Just a few hours after they air in the UK, I'm watching them in Los Angeles. My wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year and I said "A new Doctor Who episode, but I'm getting that already." That's how much I love the show (She's a fan too, but drew the line at me using the TARDIS landing for my ring tone).

So it was great fun for me to meet Russell and David. A real treat. They're both friendly, charismatic guys who who were really easy to interview. They clearly enjoy each others company and there was a nice, loose banter between them that I think will be fun for the fans to watch here. They've got their double act down pat, let's just say.

This interview took place at an interesting moment in time for both men as they've only just left behind their respective starring roles in one of the biggest television successes in the world today. As difficult as that may sound, you can only imagine how much pressure is off them after four years of practically non-stop work. I think it shows in this interview, as they're both very relaxed and jovial. David had just come from Comic Con where he was treated with fan adulation bordering on Beatlemania and Russell is starting a new phase of his life here in Los Angeles.

The week we shot this he was just coming off the double whammy career high of Torchwood practically *taking over* British television for an entire week with his brilliant Torchwood: Children of Earth mini-series (read my review here) and then seeing it launch BBC America's new HD service with a resounding success right afterward here.

How lucky Hollywood is to have Britain's answer to Rod Serling in such close proximity these days and I'm sure it won't be long before we're reading in Variety what David Tennant will do next. He's an interesting actor and a lot of big people will want to work with him, so expect that it will be something worth watching!

Like I say, I think it's an interesting glimpse into a transitional time for both David and Russell and these were the questions that I wanted to ask them, not as a journalist on assignment, but as a big Doctor Who fan ("David, isn't leaving Doctor Who like Sean Connery quitting James Bond?").

I hope other Who fans around the world will enjoy this as much as I did."

(Special thanks to Mark Kleiman and Stefanie Fletcher for their generous support of Boing Boing Video.)


  1. Excellent interview!
    David Tennant and Russell T. Davies will be greatly missed. The TARDIS will never be the same.

  2. Terrific interview. Indeed, David was greeted as a Rock Star. I shot the entire Doctor Who and Torchwood panels and compiled the highlights into a few videos. Here’s one:

    The rest are all organized into my playlists. =)

  3. Guess I might as well download the whole file and watch it at home with the missuz. Bloody thing is cacheing pretty hard at the mo anyway. Thanks for posting this, BB – the little bits I’ve seen hiccuping in so far look great!

  4. Maybe it’s me, but those two are going off on a rollicking journey of funny and informing, then the camera cuts to the guy with zero expression and zero energy.

    Might have been able to draw a bit more from these guys by adapting to their style.

  5. “She’s a fan too, but drew the line at me using the TARDIS landing for my ring tone”

    so i’m not the only one …

  6. (She’s a fan too, but drew the line at me using the TARDIS landing for my ring tone).

    Definitely for the better that she ain’t married to me…

  7. @#6:

    Aw, since then, you’ve missed him with a cricket bat, a patchwork quilt coat, an umbrella, Victorian ruffles, a leather jacket, a pinstripe suit and tennies… I believe that’s everyone since Baker, yes?

  8. So…how many of the Tennant episodes have SciFi (SyFy…ugh) not yet shown in the US? Are they up-to-date save for the season they apparently just finished?

  9. @ #10

    Eight didn’t have any ruffles (though he was dressed in Victorian clothing – maybe you’re thinking of Three!), and you missed Richard E. Grant’s Nine, but otherwise, yep. :D

  10. It’s always fun to hear David Tenant speak in his native accent. Good interview.

    Thorzdad: Syfy has shown all episodes up through S4 and the specials, but chopped up a little. They like to snip off bits to make time for commercials. Your best bet is on DVD. Netflix has them and they’re pretty easy to find on Bit torrent as well.

  11. heh, a friend of mine encountered Davies (or one of the other producers, not sure) at a convention, before they had started the show back up.

    My friend kicks himself for honestly replying that he wasn’t quite familiar with the show.

    I tried to reassure him that at least in the US, it was quite difficult to get a decent gist of the show.. some public tv stations would play the serials out of order, for one thing.

    Thankfully there’s the internets and collections, I’ve started with Doctor #1, and working forward through the time and relative dimensions in space.

  12. @#16

    You want fun, listen to John Barrowman slip into his native accent and get animated about something:

  13. Audio of the mp4 played like crap on Debian Lenny with mplayer/alsa…sounded like a dalek with a cold.

  14. Tennant was too young and too pretty, too much blatant nerd wish-fulfillment. Which is I guess why they love him so much. The next one looks to be even worse for the same reasons. For my money, goofy-looking fortysomething Christopher Eccleston in a beat-up leather jacket was the best Doctor so far. (The steampunk Doctor from the ’90s that never got past the pilot stage could’ve been good too.)

  15. Well done!

    I’ve been a Dr. Who fan since my mid-20’s (I’m 46) and my girlfriend at the time was also into it. My wife now thinks it’s silly but we all know better.

  16. Last time I saw that show he had a giant scarf.

    And that was the last time it was worth watching.

    Yes that’s right, I went there ‘mofos.

  17. @ #12 – It is, as you can hear at the end of the interview (that’s the exact current theme they play).

  18. I’m just going to put out a bit of the “nerd wish-fulfillment” mentioned early and say:

    I would really like to see Neil Gaiman take a turn as the Doctor. For some reason, ever since I saw him in his promo videos for Coraline, it’s been nibbling at me that he has just the right timing and idiosyncratic look.

  19. Wonderful interview.

    Sound is awful. This is for you bb-video guys:

    I could master it for you – if you let me.
    Just send a audio-rendition of the stuff in my email.

  20. Thanks for this video. I loathe to admit to how many Doctors I have lived through! Living in Germany in more recent times, I have only seen Tennant a bit (Germany never quite “getting” the joke), and then of course only in translation, but did discern a certain something about him. And this he certainly must have, the Hamlet he mentions briefly at the beginning of the interview is a filmed for BBC TV version of what was reputably an absolutely brilliant Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company last year. Something to look forward to.

  21. Sorry Richard. Obviously your wife doesn’t understand. My wife DOES have the TARDIS SFX as her ring tone for when I call home. And a small menagerie of Adipose on her monitor.

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