David Tennant has discussed his ‘joyous’ return as the Doctor for the show’s 60th Anniversary.
Georgia was a guest actress, who appeared in a 2008 episode with him, which means his father-in-law is former fifth Doctor Peter Davison.
Speaking about returning to the show alongside Catherine Tate and ruining his legacy after quitting the show in 2010, he said: ‘I hadn’t thought about it like that.
‘Thank God I made it to this point! It never really occurred to me to worry about that. Perhaps it should have done… but with Catherine [Tate] being part of it, and with Russell [T Davies] writing the scripts, I never actually worried about anything other than my own ability to run as fast as I used to.’
Exciting: David Tennant has discussed his ‘joyous’ return as the Doctor for the show’s 60th Anniversary (Pictured with Catherine Tate)
Iconic duo: The duo are set to reprise their roles as the titular Time Lord and his companion Donna Noble for a trio of specials later this month, 15 years after their last stint
He continued: ‘The first conversation we had about it was very casual.
‘Russell and Catherine were talking about the notion of: “What if we got the band back together for one last special? But David would never do it.” And I said, “What do you mean I’d never do it? I’d do it in a shot.” And then suddenly, we were back for three in a row.
‘I mean, why not? It was such a joyous time, and these are people I love as humans, and certainly love as people to work with. And Doctor Who is something that will always be hugely important to me.’
The duo are set to reprise their roles as the titular Time Lord and his companion Donna Noble for a trio of specials later this month, 15 years after they last travelled in the TARDIS together.
David and Catherine will front the trio of specials before Ncuti Gatwa takes over the role of The Doctor on Christmas Day, in an episode titled The Church On Ruby Road
Russell also confirmed that Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan has joind the cast for a festive special next year, and is currently filming her scenes.
He said: ‘Nicola Coughlan [is joining]at Christmas, next year. We are shooting Christmas 2024 now.’
Opening up: During an interview with Radio Times, the actor, 52, also revealed how the BBC show led to his marriage with Georgia Moffett
Another big name joining the cast is Neil Patrick Harris and Russell admitted the actor had no idea what he was signing up for as he had never watched the show, and only worked with him on his Channel 4 series It’s A Sin.
He added: ‘Neil had never heard of it. In fact, he read the script and he phoned me up and said, ”So, the doctor is an alien?” He really was from scratch.
‘I was lucky enough to know him because I’d already worked with him on ‘It’s A Sin’, he was in the first episode and so glorious in that, and so we knew him.
‘He was perfect for this because Neil loves magic and magic tricks, and the Toymaker does play with cards and he does magic tricks and sleight of hands and all of that, and Neil already does that.’
Russell added: ‘He is phenomenal. That is a great villain who will scare you, he’s got so much range and had so much fun with it.’
It comes after Ncuti has said a Doctor Who legend will be brought back from the dead as he revealed some series 14 secrets this week.
Speaking about returning to the show alongside Catherine Tate and ruining his legacy after quitting the show in 2010, he said: ‘I hadn’t thought about it like that’
The actor, 31, who is set to make history as the first black male Time Lord, made the admission while attending GQ magazine’s Men of the Year Awards on Wednesday.
Speaking to The Mirror on the red carpet, he explained: ‘I shouldn’t say this but I shot a scene, somehow, with the first-ever Doctor, William Hartnell. We end up in the same scene together at some point.’
The late William Hartnell was the first Doctor and played the role from 1963 to 1966, starring in 137 episodes. He passed away in December 1975, aged 67, after suffering a series of strokes.
The actor last reprised his role as The Doctor in The Three Doctors over Christmas / New Year of 1972. This was his final on screen appearance due to his declining health.
Ncuti added: ‘To see that history – now a Black man as the Doctor! It was just very wild.’
Doctor Who has been produced by the BBC since 1963 and when it was first released, was intended to be a regular weekly programme aired on Saturday evenings.
It originally ran for 26 seasons from November 23, 1963 to December 6, 1989, it was intended to be an educational show for family viewing to teach its younger audience about history as the Doctor travelled through time with its companions, a history and science teacher.
On screen: The actor is set to make history as the first black male Time Lord next year
Ncuti became a household name when he starred as gay teenager Eric Effiong in the Netflix comedy-drama series Sex Education.
The Rwandan-Scottish star has yet to make his debut as a Dalek-battling Time Lord he has already raked in almost £1million from his acting career .
The actor was announced as the next Doctor by the show’s screenwriter Russell T Davies last year and has been busy filming for the 2024 series.
He will be the 15th actor to take on the full-time role of the Time Lord in the BBC series when he makes his debut later this year.
The first Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Special – The Star Beast – will air on Saturday November 25th on BBC One and iPlayer in the UK, and Disney+ internationally.