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The best David Tennant TV shows

Can't get enough of the fantastic actor? It's time to look back at many of his best TV roles...

David Tennant
Published: Friday, 19th November 2021 at 12:40 pm
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David Tennant is one of the best-loved actors on the small and the big screen with a body of work that goes back several decades, and a range of roles that continue to surprise and delight audiences across genres.

Like so many who have taken on the iconic role, in TV terms, David Tennant is known to many for his brilliant portrayal of the tenth Doctor in BBC's flagship Sci-Fi show Doctor Who, a role he played between 2005 and 2010, preceded by Christopher Ecclestone and followed by Matt Smith.

However, there is much, much more to David Tennant's exceptional TV career than Doctor Who.

From keeping the nation guessing week-in-week-out as lead detective in Chris Chibnall's brilliant Broadchurch on ITV to transforming into the pleasure-seeking Casanova in the BBC's 2005 comedy drama from Russell T Davies, and morphing into Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Crowley in the TV adaptation of Good Omens to bringing comic book Kilgrave alive in Marvel's Jessica Jones, David Tennant has proven he has great range as an actor and entertained millions on the small screen with his performances.

The following are some of our favourite small screen roles that David Tennant has delivered across his career, and details of how to watch them.

So if you just can't wait for the next Tennant show to hit your TV screens or streaming service, there's plenty of shows here to go back and explore...

Happy viewing...

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  • Doctor Who

    Sci-fi drama following the adventures of a Time Lord and his time-travelling companion as they explore the universe in his Tardis. William Hartnell (1963-66) was the first Doctor to pilot the Tardis, taking it from a junkyard at 76 Totter's Lane into the realms of the fourth dimension. He was succeeded by Patrick Troughton (1966-69), Jon Pertwee (1970-74), Tom Baker (1974-81), Peter Davison (1981-84), Colin Baker (1984-86) and Sylvester McCoy (1987-89, 1996). The series was axed in 1989. A TV movie starring Paul McGann as the Doctor appeared in 1996, but it wasn't until 2005 that a revamped version materialised on BBC One with Christopher Eccleston (2005) at the controls of the Tardis. He was followed by David Tennant (2005-10), Matt Smith (2010-13) and Peter Capaldi (2013-). The world's most famous Time Lord has been accompanied by a variety of young companions and has battled many foes, most famously the Daleks, Cybermen and the Master. "Doctor Who" premiered on BBC One in November 1963.

  • Broadchurch

    The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

  • Good Omens

    A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch.

  • Des

    In 1983 Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen was arrested after the discovery of human remains which had blocked a drain near his London home.

  • Jessica Jones

    Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

  • Staged

    David Tennant and Michael Sheen star as two actors whose West End play has been put on hold due to Covid-19, but whose director has persuaded them to carry on rehearsing online.

  • Deadwater Fell

    When a seemingly happy family is murdered by someone known and trusted, cracks appear on the surface of a supposedly idyllic community.

  • The Escape Artist

    A junior barrister celebrated for spiriting people out of tight legal corners represents an accused murderer.

  • Final Space

    An astronaut named Gary and his planet-destroying sidekick called Mooncake embark on serialized journeys through space in order to unlock the mystery of where the universe actually ends and if it actually does exist.

  • There She Goes

    A young girl with a learning disability makes her way through life.

  • W1A

    Spoof documentary sequel to Twenty Twelve with Hugh Bonneville, following former Olympic Deliverance Commission chief Ian Fletcher in his new job as head of values at the BBC.

  • The Politician's Husband

    Political drama series about a marriage between two politicians, and what happens when the wife's career starts to overshadow her husband's.

  • Spies of Warsaw

    A military attaché at the French embassy is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw.

  • Twenty Twelve

    The team responsible for organizing the 2012 Olympics in London face many challenges.

  • This Is Jinsy

    The series follows Arbiter Maven (Justin Chubb) (the 17th Arbiter and "Wearer of the Hat") and Operative Sporall (Chris Bran) (nice hair and "Wearer of the Beige Suit") as they keep a close eye on the 791 residents of Jinsy from the Great Tower in the parish of Veen. Life on the island is rather Orwellian: each colorful member of the community is monitored by a surveillance system of tessellators, from local folk dribbler Melody Lane (Justin Chubb) to weather monk Tracee Henge (David Hatton). The tessellators include video cameras for surveillance, but also little screens to allow the residents to watch important island events, such as the tri-annual island cow wash (live from Glotters Field). Additionally, they include a handy slot for paying fines, and a sphincter nozzle for product and pill downloads. Each episode features a notable guest star. Some of the biggest names in comedy, from Stephen Fry to Olivia Colman, have appeared on the show.

  • Single Father

    After his wife Rita's fatal car accident, Dave tries to raise his four children, helped by Rita's best friend Sarah. Things get complicated when mourning gives way to romantic feelings, while his kids remain sincere priority.

  • Casanova

    After a life spent seeking pleasure and decadence, Casanova seeks his one true love, Henriette.

  • Blackpool

    Soon after local entrepreneur Ripley Holden (Morrissey) opens his arcade in his beloved home town of Blackpool, a murder investigation makes tears at the fabric of his personal and professional lives.

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