David Tennant: Doctor Who helped me deal with the pressure of Broadchurch

The What We Did On Our Holiday actor admits his time in the Tardis has helped with the expectation ahead of Gracepoint and Broadchurch series two

Four months until 2015 and we already know what the TV event of next year will be. The return of Broadchurch – which eighteen months ago captured the attention of the telly-viewing public – is currently being filmed on the dramatic Dorset coastline and will reunite stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman, following the former’s secondment to British Colombia to shoot Fox’s US remake Gracepoint. 

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Both Gracepoint and the second series of Broadchurch bear the weight of audience expectation after Chris Chibnall’s original series but Tennant is used to feeling the pressure thanks to his time in the Tardis. So, has his four year tenure playing Doctor Who – another national TV obsession – served as useful preparation for the roles of DI Alec Hardy and his American counterpart Emmett Carver.  

“I suppose, yes,” he told RadioTimes.com at tonight’s What We Did On Our Holiday premiere. “There aren’t many shows that get that national conversation going so it’s very nice to be involved in something like Doctor Who and Broadchurch that does that.It’s wonderful to see people getting excited by something that you’re in.

“When something captures the national consciousness like that, it’s very humbling to be a part of it but it’s a real treat – it’s why you tell stories, to get people entranced.”

And it turns out the BBC sci-fi series helped him out with another handy talent: secret keeping. “It started with Doctor Who. I now won’t discuss anything I’m ever doing, it’s a knee-jerk reaction. It’s fun to keep secrets.” 

The Scottish actor, 43, also expressed his thoughts on the recent Scottish Referendum. “I’m very happy that Sctotland conducted itself with as much democratic dignity as it did. I’m very proud of the homeland.”

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What We Did On Our Holiday co-stars Rosamund Pike and Billy Connolly and is released in cinemas on 26 September. Watch the trailer below…