David Tennant: I was tempted to bet on Doctor Who and Broadchurch mysteries

The actor reveals that he managed to resist having a flutter on the identity of the Broadchurch killer and Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who casting - both of which he knew of in advance

Despite having insider knowledge of both Broadchurch and Doctor Who, David Tennant says he managed to resist the temptation to make a killing by betting on the mysteries that surrounded the two shows.


Earlier this year, the nation – and, subsequently, the bookies – were gripped by the case of who killed 11 year old Danny Latimer in ITV’s whodunit Broadchurch. Several months later, Doctor Who dominated the bookies’ attention with the question of who would take over from Matt Smith as the twelfth Doctor.

Speaking in the new issue of Radio Times, Tennant, who had starring roles in both shows, says he refused to abuse his position. “I knew about the choice [of Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor] a few days before, but didn’t put money on it, or when Broadchurch became the bookies’ favourite. 

“It was tempting, but then I thought it would be traced back and the carnage that would cause in the popular press… It’s basic cowardice and hopefully a lack of avarice. Don’t make me out to be entirely without virtue.”

The actor, who is set to star in David Wolstencroft’s legal drama The Escape Artist on Tuesday, also talks about how the role of Broadchurch’s rude, hard-nosed detective Alec Hardy has bled through to real life.

“I’d love to be rude,” he says. “It doesn’t change the world, but it makes me feel better and is hugely liberating. I’d like to be much ruder to people who put their elbow in your face on the Tube, or don’t look where they’re going.”

The Escape Artist sees Tennant play Will Burton: a talented barrister who specialises in getting his clients out of tight legal corners. Having starred in The Politician’s Husband earlier this year, however, he laments that TV crime is more popular than political drama.

“I guess the terrible truth is not enough viewers are interested. They should be. If you don’t have an opinion and don’t vote you have no right to complain about anything. Just shut up and pay your taxes. This is my question for Radio Times readers: why are there so few political dramas on television? And why am I not in one? I’m ready, and have some gaps next year.”

Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times magazine, on sale Tuesday 22 October