Why Did David Tennant Leave Doctor Who
The Doctors Since 2005
- Christopher Eccleston, 9th Doctor
- David Tennant, 10th Doctor
- Matt Smith, 11th Doctor
- Peter Capaldi will be the 12th Doctor
David Tennant was the grimacing, hyper-active, athletic, comical, sensitive, nerdy, semi-punky 10th Doctor. He took over for Christopher Eccleston and carried on the jump-started legacy of Doctor Who which made a come-back in 2005 after a long hiatus.
He spent three years as the Doctor, not an unusual amount of time for an actor to stay in the role, most of them stayed only about that amount of time, with the exception of Tom Baker, arguably the most loved and popular Doctor who played the part for seven years. Eccleston was probably the shortest running Doctor, only there for a season.
David Tennant, back in 2009, made the move to leave Doctor Who.
Watch the wild and athletic tenth Doctor, David Tennant, as he journeys with his companions across the Universe.
Why David Tennant Left Doctor Who
He had been discussing it long before his departure, with chief writer and executive producer, at that time, Russel Davies. In fact, the pair left together.
What David has said consistently is that he fell in love with the part, like most actors blessed to play it do, and feared he'd never want to leave and would soon over-stay his welcome. He didn't want to over-do it, didn't want his version of the character to wear out and gather dust, but wanted people to remember him as they loved him and never tire of him.
Good move. And Matt Smith, who is leaving too this year and was Tennant's successor, the 11th Doctor, has said pretty much the same thing. When it's over, it's over. Better to move on in good standing.
Will We See Him Again?
We certainly will.
David Tennant, along with his on-the-small-screen companion Billie Piper, will make an appearance on the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special in November, and in December we will see the end of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor and usher in Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor.
This will be a heart-warming, possibly heart-wrenching, thing for the old school Doctor Who fans that grew up to love the show because of Tennant and Piper's incredible performances as the time-traveling duo. Certainly fans are looking forward to the Anniversary special, even though they are brokenhearted over the departure of the loveable and frenetic, elastic, Matt Smith coming in December.
The 10th Doctor Regenerates
Who is your favorite Doctor?
Fact is, the genius of Doctor Who is that the Doctor regenerates and he never grows stale, we get to meet a new version of him every few years. So very much like life, as the show often seems to exemplify; people change, things change, circumstances change.
And if you're going to have a show about time, you might as well dig deep. And the show does.
Loss, death, change, grief, fear: These have all been covered subject matter for the show, beautifully portrayed by skilled actors who seem to have heart and soul thrust into their characters.
Each Doctor is missed, each Doctor is loved.
And we always welcome them, when they're new and when they return.