While everyone is gearing up for the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, “The Day of the Doctor,” a battle rages between the fans of the television series and it revolves around one simple question: who is the best Doctor? Since the show was rebooted in 2005, there have been three doctors: Nine, Ten, and Eleven. But there is no consensus as to which regeneration of the iconic British character is the best, and that’s okay because, to us, they’re all fantastic.
Christopher Eccleston as Nine
Although he was only in Doctor Who for a single season, Eccleston shined as the Doctor. However, many people skip Nine and go straight to Ten because Ten is extremely popular. (Don’t skip Nine, skipping Nine is for squares.)
David Tennant as Ten
When most people talk about the newer version of Doctor Who, most associate the show with Tennant’s regeneration as the Tenth Doctor. He stuck around the show from 2005 all the way through 2010. He is the favored Doctor and fans all around the globe — us included — are happy he’s back in his striped suit for the anniversary special.
Matt Smith as Eleven
The newest and youngest version of the Doctor is also a fan favorite. From his love of bowties and fezzes (bowties are cool!) to his description of himself as a madman with a box, what’s not to love about Eleven? We’ll be sad to see him go when the Doctor regenerates once again in the Christmas special this year, but we’re happy to welcome Peter Capaldi to the Doctor Who family.
Scottish actor David Tennant is to remake his hit U.K. crime drama Broadchurch for American audiences with Anna Gunn as his new co-star. The former Doctor Who star won critical acclaim for his role as a detective in the murder mystery opposite Olivia Colman as his onscreen police sidekick, and now he is to return in a new version of the show with Breaking Bad actress Gunn.
Broadchurch will become Gracepoint in the American adaptation for the Fox network, and the series will also star Australian actress Jacki Weaver in the role originally played by Pauline Quirke in the U.K. show.
Gracepoint will begin filming in January (14).
First-time director Paul Wright is celebrating after his gritty drama For Those In Peril scored a double win at the 2013 BAFTA Scotland awards on Sunday (17Nov13). The movie, about a loner blamed for a tragedy on a remote Scottish fishing island, picked up two of the four prizes it was nominated for - Best Film and Best Actor/Actress (Film) for its leading star, George MacKay.
Meanwhile, Peter Mullan claimed the Best Actor/Actress TV honour for his role in gangster drama The Fear, and funnyman Brian Limond emerged victorious in the Best Comedy/Entertainment Programme category for Limmy's Show.
Meanwhile, veteran One Foot in the Grave star Richard Wilson, who was born in Greenock, Scotland, was presented with an accolade for his outstanding contribution to TV and film by former Dr. Who star David Tennant.
The ceremony, which took place in Glasgow, celebrates the best of Scottish entertainment and talent.
David Tennant has been named Britain's favourite ever Time Lord ahead of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary celebrations. The Scot played the time-travelling Doctor between 2005 and 2010 and has topped a poll by RadioTimes.com to find viewers' most beloved incarnation of the cult TV figure.
He gained 56 per cent of the vote, followed by current Time Lord Matt Smith, who will be stepping down later this year (13) to make way for the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
In third was Tom Baker, who played the character from 1974 to 1981, fourth went to Christopher Eccleston, who only lasted one run when the show was rebooted in 2005. The top five was rounded out by 1960s Doctor Who Patrick Troughton.
Meanwhile Tennant's sidekick, Billie Piper, was named as best companion, followed by Elisabeth Sladen and Catherine Tate.
A 50th anniversary special will air in the U.K. later this month (Nov13).
Actress Olivia Colman has confirmed reports she will be back as Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller in the sequel to hit British TV drama Broadchurch. The murder mystery became a huge hit in the U.K. when it debuted earlier this year (13) and it went on to become a cult hit in the U.S. and elsewhere this summer (13).
Colman tells the BBC her role is now "set in stone", but she has also confirmed that she will not be joining co-star David Tennant in the planned U.S. TV spin-off, which is scheduled to start filming in January (13).
Meanwhile, Broadchurch is being adapted into a novel, according to The Daily Telegraph newspaper. Scriptwriter Chris Chibnall and author Erin Kelly have reportedly teamed up to bring the TV drama to the page.
Scottish actor David Tennant was left moved after receiving a ring to wear during his theatre stint as Richard Ii from the widow of his predecessor Ian Richardson. Richardson, who won acclaim for his portrayal of the doomed King of England in the 1973 adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy, wore an amber ring during his time on stage.
Tennant is tackling the same role, and has been gifted the jewellery to wear during his performances after Richardson's widow Maroussia found it at home.
The former Doctor Who star tells the BBC, "It's lovely to have this as a kind of talisman. I immediately wanted to wear it in the performance. I wanted to have a bit of Ian Richardson on stage with me, giving me a hand.
"It means an enormous amount to me. I was terribly moved. It felt like a blessing and encouragement from history."
Tennant is performing in the play at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England until 16 November (13), before it transfers to London's Barbican on 9 December (13).
Richard passed away in 2007 aged 72.
Once upon a time – back when Hollywood still came up with original ideas and wasn’t run almost exclusively by marketing departments – remakes were a rare bird. Once upon a time, audiences were treated to primarily original fare they hadn’t already seen in another guise. Once upon a time, a trip to the cinema was fresh and new; a wonderland brimming with thoughts, ideas and concepts perhaps viewers had never before imagined.
These, however, are not those times, particularly in the horror genre.
For fans over the age of 35 or so, it’s tough to remember any films from the '70s and '80s that haven’t yet made the list of do-overs. Thing is, for every quality redo (think 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers or 1986’s The Fly) comes seemingly dozens more of absolute inferior (if not outright offensive) quality. Here are five of the most odoriferous.
Fright Night (2011)
Whereas the first Fright Night (1985) featured a nostalgic late-night horror host as protagonist, the remake opted for a sleazy Vegas magician. Bad choice. Roddy McDowall was sympathetic in his role. David Tennant was just greasy. Just not as fun as the first.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Torture-porn at its finest, this remake featured none of the social commentary of the first about the industrialization of American society. Instead, it substituted basic blood and guts simply for the sake of blood and guts (something lacking in the original which relied almost solely on atmosphere).
The Wicker Man (2006)
Go ahead. You know you’re thinking it. Me, too. Cue the truly horrific Nicolas Cage performance. Subtlety thy name is Coppola.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
No one but Robert Englund will ever be known as Freddy Krueger – so, even if execs were hell-bent on a remake, why cast another actor in the role? Of course Jackie Earle Haley wasn’t as good, and of course, this remake was a shadow of its original self.
The absolute poster child for pointless remakes – this one done in a shot-for-shot fashion, no less. It’s almost as if director Gus Van Sant lost a bet. How else to explain the Xeroxing of this Alfred Hitchcock classic? You tell me.
The BBC murder mystery Broadchurch just ended its run on BBC America, earning rave reviews for its depiction of the ripple effects of murder on a small town. It was a great show with some truly standout performances, especially from Doctor Who’s David Tennant as a tortured police detective and Olivia Colman as his competent and put-upon partner.
Now FOX is taking Broadchurch and bringing it to America, again, with a remake also starring David Tennant. And the burning question is: why?
Broadchurch was (and maybe still will be, since it was renewed for a second season in the UK) a great show. It took a hard look at the repercussions of a young boy’s murder on the small town in which he lived, spending time with his family as well as with the media, police, and handful of sketchy suspects.
What Broadchurch is not, however, is remarkably original. Looking at the above description of the show a host of other “murder in a small town” movies and TV shows come to mind. The weird Twin Peaks, for example. Or the moody but imperfect AMC drama The Killing.
What made Broadchurch work was the economy of the storytelling and the deeply felt performances by the main cast. Remade for American audiences and probably expanded to more than the original run’s eight episodes, I can’t imagine Broadchurch will seem like anything remarkable to those who aren’t familiar with the UK original.
“Oh, another season-long murder mystery in a small town? Great.” You can already hear audiences hitting the snooze button. What made Broadchurch a great show didn’t lie in its premise, but in its execution.
The American remakes of British originals that work, however, usually work because the American version can spin something new and interesting from a unique premise. Like a documentary about a paper company (The Office) or a vampire, ghost, and werewolf living together (Being Human).
The first season of Broadchurch was a perfectly paced, self-contained story with a far from unique premise. Replanting the story to America and giving it more episodes to fill isn’t likely to make the show any better. For every successful American remake, there are at least five British to American disasters. Let’s hope Broadchurch isn’t one of those disaster adaptations, but even if the FOX version turns out to be good, it certainly doesn’t feel like a remake that needed to happen.
What do you think? Are you excited about the American remake of Broadchurch or scratching your head about why FOX is remaking it at all? Share in the comments!
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A certain doctor will be popping up on American television sets in a familiar role. David Tennant, who played a tortured British detective in Broadchruch, will now play a tortured American detective in Fox's remake of the show. Because foreign accents are different and scary, Tennant will leave his British accent behind, and adopt an American one for the new series that hopes to premiere on Fox in the 2014-2015 television season.
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Former Doctor Who David Tennant has joined the cast of the U.S. revamp of his hit British drama Broadchurch. The Scottish actor will play a character similar to troubled police detective Alex Harvey, who he portrayed in the original Broadchurch, but this time he'll adopt an American accent, according to TV Guide magazine.
The U.S. version of the series is expected to shoot in January (14) and air during the 2014-2015 TV season.
The acclaimed original drama focused on the investigation of the mysterious death of a young boy in a small English coastal town.
Broadchurch became the U.K.'s most-watched new drama of 2013.