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Ten Again

It’s been over ten years since David Tennant was cast as the Doctor. As David returns for more Big Finish audio adventures, he reflects on an eventful decade…
David Tennant returns for more Big Finish audio adventures.
Photo © Tony Whitmore.


“Nice chandelier. I might try and swing on that later.”

The Doctor, The Sword of the Chevalier

“So Billie, are you ready to go back in time?” “Oh yeah!” “It’s like the last decade never happened,” beams David Tennant, wearing the face of a man who’s just remembered he can totally time travel.

“I know!”

Oh, what a sickening love-in. But haven’t you heard? It’s 2006 all over again. David Tennant and Billie Piper are reprising their television roles as the Doctor and Rose, on Big Finish audio. Volume Two of The Tenth Doctor Adventures, a trilogy of original, full-cast plays set towards the beginning of David’s Doctor Who TV run, features: Infamy of the Zaross (an alien invasion of modern-day Norwich), The Sword of the Chevalier (in 1791, the Doctor and Rose meet the Chevalier d’Éon) and Cold Vengeance (the Doctor! And Rose Tyler! In space! With Ice Warriors!). Sonically it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet of alien creatures, thrilling adventure, and fresh, outrageous, mid-naughties fun. (And at around 1pm, there’s an actual all-you-can-eat buffet. No wonder everyone in studio is so cheerful.)

The Sword of the Chevalier by Guy Adams is one of the stories in Volume Two of The Tenth Doctor Adventures.

“Who’s that character from The Beano you’ve come as?” director Nicholas Briggs asks David, who’s turned up wearing a red-and-black striped sweater.

“Will everyone stop with the Dennis the Menace references?” says David. “It’s an old, faithful jumper. It makes me very happy.”

“Well, that’s the main thing,” deadpans Nick. As the voice of the Daleks – and other beasties – on TV since 2005, Nick can be heard throughout David’s tenure as the Doctor, and beyond. Today, as well as directing, he’s voicing the Ice Warriors; all hisses and whispers.

“It’s lovely,” says David. “Hissing in my earlobe. You’re very good.”

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THE TENTH DOCTOR AND ROSE ARE BACK! ISSUE 518 OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE CHATS EXCLUSIVELY TO DAVID TENNANT AND BILLIE PIPER Over a decade on from their time together in the TARDIS, David Tennant and Billie Piper are back for a series of Doctor Who audio adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose... “An audio recording’s very different to filming a bit of TV – but the vibe is the same, and the characters are the same.” (David Tennant) “It’s like when you hang out with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years, and then loads of stuff has happened between you, but it’s sort of just like you’re immediately there again. I love it.” (Billie Piper) ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE… MATT LUCAS We talk to Matt Lucas about his new autobiography, which he wrote while playing Nardole in the latest series of Doctor Who. CAMILLE CODURI Camille Coduri, who played Jackie Tyler, tells us what it’s like to be reunited with David Tennant and Billie Piper for more Doctor Who audio adventures. SYLVESTER McCOY In the second part of our interview, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy reflects on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary and looks forward to the show’s future. WHITE WITCH OF DEVIL’S END We meet the people behind a DVD sequel to the classic 1971 story The Dæmons. BOX OF DELIGHTS An interview with Paul Foden, the fan whose home-made TARDIS recently appeared on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year. MATILDUS A brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in Matildus, written and illustrated by Scott Gray. THE TIME TEAM The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2011’s The Rebel Flesh. PLUS... Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!