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She made her stunning Doctor Who debut in 2008. Now, Georgia Tennant reveals what’s changed for the Doctor’s daughter in the last ten years…

Georgia Tennant

Georgia Tennant as Jenny in The Doctor’s Daughter (2008).
Georgia played Frankie Derwent in Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, an episode of Agatha Christie’s Marple (2009).

Georgia Tennant (née Moffett) comes from a family of actors: her parents are Peter Davison and Sandra Dickinson, and in 2011 she married David Tennant. But when she was young, Georgia was so determined not to become an actor herself that she instead set her sights on a career that didn’t actually exist. “I came up with the idea that I wanted to be an undercover forensic scientist,” she says, cringing slightly. “I used to watch The X-Files, and something made me go, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ I wanted to be undercover, but I also liked the idea of being a forensic scientist, so I mashed the two together. And then my dad pointed out to me that you can’t be an undercover forensic scientist, because they won’t let you on a crime scene. “I came up with lots of different jobs that I wanted to do, and then eventually I just went, ‘I don’t know who I’m kidding. The only person I’m doing a disservice to is myself.’”

She had been reluctant to embrace acting because it was her parents’ job. “People always used to say to me, ‘Are you going to follow in their footsteps?’, and I was so against the idea,” she remembers. “I didn’t like the predictability of it. I just remember getting to a point where I realised there wasn’t anything else I wanted to do. I don’t know whether that’s nature or nurture, to be honest. I suspect it’s probably both. But it certainly wasn’t, ‘I want to be like them’ – if anything, it was like, ‘I can’t believe I’m going to be like my mum and dad, how disappointing!’”

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TOM BAKER REVISITS HIS FIRST SERIES AS THE DOCTOR IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW! As part of DWM’s detailed preview of the forthcoming Season 12 Blu-ray set, Tom Baker reflects on the role that changed his life. Also in this issue... ROGER MURRAY-LEACH An extensive interview with the production designer who achieved the impossible on Season 12 of Doctor Who. THE HOLMES MASTER PLAN How Season 12 script editor Robert Holmes created a storytelling formula that continues to influence the modern series. KEVIN LINDSAY The life and career of the Australian actor who played Styre in Season 12’s The Sontaran Experiment. BREWING UP The untold story of how Doctor Who led a marketing campaign for tea bags in 1976. GEORGIA TENNANT The actress talks about how her life has changed since she made her Doctor Who debut – and met her future husband – in 2008. JESSICA MARTIN Jessica talks about illustrating her character Mags (from The Greatest Show in the Galaxy) for a new Seventh Doctor comic. NEW FACES The second part of a series looking at how new Doctors have been introduced to the public. THE TIME TEAM It’s hankies at the ready as the Time Team watch tearjerking episodes from 1982, 2006 and 2010. THE CLOCKWISE WAR Part Three of a new comic strip adventure written by Scott Gray and illustrated by John Ross. PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, previews, DVD and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more!