1 Born David John McDonald on April 18, 1971 in Bathgate, West Lothian, he grew up in Ralston where his father, Rev Sandy McDonald, was the local minister. He became the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, equivalent to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
2 At the age of three he told his parents he wanted to become an actor because he was such a fan of Doctor Who. He took the surname Tennant, inspired by Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, as there was already a David McDonald in Equity.
3 After several failed attempts to get a part in Taggart, one of David’s first TV roles was playing transsexual barmaid Davina in Rab C Nesbitt. One of his early major roles came as a manic depressive patient in the BBC drama Takin’ Over The Asylum alongside Ken Stott.
4 In 1998, David starred with Johnny Depp in the film LA Without A Map. He played a Bradford undertaker who falls in love with a Hollywood actress and follows her to America. The pampering LA treatment included someone following him round the set with a chair in case he needed to sit down. He says: “I thought it was very embarrassing – I mean, I can sit down by myself – but it was their job.”
5 David flinches when you mention his one flop – the ITV sitcom Duck Patrol with Richard Wilson. “It seemed such a good idea at the time, but there’s only so much you can do with the script.”
6 David describes the way he looks as “a skinny streak of nothing”, but gay readers voted him the Sexiest Man in the Universe over David Beckham and Brad Pitt.
7 Because the drama was filmed out of sequence, the last words he recorded as Doctor Who will actually be shown halfway through an episode of spin-off show The Sarah Jane Adventures. They are: “You two, with me, spit spot.” David says: “I guess it was robbed of any epic quality. That was probably best because it was very emotional saying cheerio.”