(reposting in an attempt to make this more compact so people will actually read it)
What It Is?: A collection of handwritten letters to David Tennant to be put together into a book to be given to him during one of his performances of Richard II in London
Who?: Anyone, anywhere, who is a David…
Thank you. Someone should do a Matt Smith Kink Encyclopedia.
Thank you. I cannot wait till I get to Casanova!
Absolutely. Watch this space.
Title: High Stakes, 2.1 ‘The Magic Word’ (2001)
Role: Gaz Whitney
David guest-starred in an episode of this sitcom set in an investment bank. David plays the somewhat ‘hippy’ owner of a business that is facing bankruptcy. He refuses to consider the suggested plan to save the company because he doesn’t care, but later signs the contract without signing it when he wrongly believes the bank chairman’s strategy is based on Navajo culture.
General Hotness: 3. His ‘look’ in this is what you might call an acquired taste.
Sex: 1. One whole point just for the tongue scene.
Talk the Talk: 0 “What we are can’t be written down in black and white. We’re not some bunch of numbers. We’re an idea. Have you got an idea? Nah. A big idea. An inspiring, exciting idea.” Bruce (RW) starts talking about their business plan. “No. blah blah blah BLAH!”
"Gaz is extremely Navajo-orientated."
Other: 2. David’s close friend Richard Wilson plays the lead. At one point he and the chairmain play flutes together. He also fondles his own hair appealingly.
A video of all of David’s scenes in this episode can be viewed here courtesy of HamsterFur.
Title: People Like Us, 2.4 ‘The Actor’ (2001)
Role: Rob Harker
In 2001 David guest-starred in this mockumentary, playing a struggling actor. The episode follows him on various auditions and a run-in with his ex-girlfriend, and a literary agent.
General Hotness: 5
Sex: 1. He kisses a couple of women platonically.
HoYay: 1. He auditions for a scene that involves talking about sex, with a man playing the role of the female character. The documentary-maker obviously feels for him and gives him a big hug at the end.
Whump: 3. Emotional whump only. Rob is suffering from a bad break-up, seeing his ex’s new boyfriend becoming a successful actor, and dealing with his own unsuccessful acting career.
Talk the Talk: 2. Rob in the voiceover studio: “You can’t hear me can you? Which frankly is just as well because right now I’ve got a voice like a fucking diesel engine.”/”Sorry Rob, bit of a problem. We can hear you, you can’t hear us.”/”Okay, right. Hey is it just me or is Anna really really frightening?”/”We can hear you but you can’t hear us.”/Shit, shit. Oh shit.”
"Coffee? Can I have that intravenously, please?" (How David is this line?)
"You hear really successful, talented [actors] talk, and they still say they feel insecure, as though they’re about to be found out." (This line is so David now it’s spooky.)
Other: 1. David’s close friend and former flatmate Louise Delamare plays his ex-girlfriend. David’s real headshot is on the table during one of Rob’s auditions. He is evidently uncomfortable smoking the cigarettes. In the beginning and end scenes he’s shown walking past the Wyndham’s Theatre, home to his Much Ado.
Mini-Meter #4 - Double Income No Kids Yet, series 1.
Kink-worthy or just plain funny moments from the first series of this BBC radio series. David plays happily married non-father Daniel Mason.
1. Daniel’s sister-in-law forces him to play football with a load of small boys, but his wife Lucy makes up for it by bathing him afterwards.
2. Daniel meets the sexy birthday fairy.
3. Daniel gets drunk.
4. Daniel on Internet porn.
5. Daniel discovers where babies come from.
6. Daniel saying “breasts”.
7. Daniel and Lucy reminiscence about making love in a forest.
8. Lucy on Daniel’s marital performance.
9. Daniel singing the Teletubbies theme song.
Every episode of Double Income No Kids Yet can be downloaded from David-Tennant.com’s audio section.
Title: Romeo and Juliet (2000)
David’s first big RSC lead. Everyone knows the story: boy meets girl, boy and girl’s parents disapprove, boy and girl get secretly married, attempt to fake girl’s own death goes horribly, horribly wrong.
General Hotness: 4. I’m not keen on the short hair but Romeo’s youthful passion is very hot.
Sex: 3. There are no actual sex scenes (but a lot of passionate snogging), but the play is all about sex. Some quotes from David: “Topped off with lashings of sex and violence.” “[Boyd] noted how full of sexual innuendo and darkness it was too.” “There is a genuine sense of [Romeo’s] sexual desire. He is marrying the idolization of his heart’s desire (which we have seen with Rosaline) with very real sexual urges.” And a quote from Michael Boyd: “Let’s get back to the main business of this scene. Which is everybody talking about shagging.”
HoYay: 3. Mercutio is gay and has feelings for Romeo, and at one point pushes him to the ground, straddles him and humps him and pretends to be ‘taking him like a woman.’ David: “[There is] unspoken sexual tension [and Mercutio’s] feelings must stem from sexual jealousy and betrayal. Whether Mercutio is aware of his crush on Romeo, we chose to play that Benvolio and Romeo are, so when Mercutio pushed me over and mounted me during the climax of his Queen Mab speech, Romeo’s interruption is a rejection of his cynicism and innuendo as well as a rejection of his advances. […] When Romeo says ‘Pink for flower’ he is calling Mercutio a homosexual.”
Whump: 7. More or less the ultimate in emotional whump. He begins the play “full of angst and anxiety” suffering the pangs of unrequited love and a distant relationship with his parents. He’s later exiled and must leave his new bride after killing the man who just killed his cousin and best friend. Finally he discovers his bride dead, and commits suicide.
Talk the Talk: 2. “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”
R&J kiss. R: “Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged.” J: “Then have my lips the sin that they have took.” R: “Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again.” They kiss again. J: “You kiss by the book.”
"But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun."
Other: 2. “David Tennant has a deliciously disrespectful theory about Shakespeare. After extensive studies of the original play, Tennant says, he has come to the conclusion that Shakespeare was, basically, a dirty old man. ‘He makes it specifically clear that Juliet is 14, and then, not much further on, he makes it very, very clear that she’s been f****d,’ he says. ‘I think he was probably something of a dirty old man.’” David Tennant interview in The Scotsman.
A must-read: an essay David wrote about playing the role.
Photos credit the RSC, via David Tennant Theatre Archive. Visit that great site for more photos and info. A recording of this stage production can be viewed at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon.