Did you know David Tennant’s dad made a cameo appearance in Doctor Who?

Tennant's father Sandy McDonald, who sadly passed away this week, can be spotted playing a footman in The Unicorn and the Wasp

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Following the sad news that David Tennant’s father Sandy McDonald has passed away, aged 78, we thought it would be a fitting time to look back at the time the pair worked together on Doctor Who.

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Series four episode The Unicorn and the Wasp, in which the Tenth Doctor and Donna meet crime writer Agatha Christie (and a giant wasp), is set in a large stately home and, in a scene where the characters enjoy a party on the lawn, Sandy can be seen serving drinks as one of the footmen.

The clip below from behind-the-scenes series Doctor Who Confidential features Sandy’s part – with his son’s voice audible in the background asking for a lime and soda – as well as an interview with then showrunner Russell T Davies and with the man himself, Sandy McDonald. 

Anyone who watched the NTAs tribute to David for which his dad recorded a heartfelt video message to his son will have seen how close they were, so it’s lovely that the moment they got to work together is still around for posterity.

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RIP Sandy McDonald