David Tennant on the “sensory overload” caused by winning the Special Recognition Award at the NTAs

RadioTimes.com grabbed a few moments on camera with the Doctor Who and Broadchurch actor backstage at last night's National Television Awards

When it was revealed he was the recipient of this year’s Special Recognition prize at the National Television Awards, David Tennant looked genuinely shocked. The 43-year-old actor – best known for his roles in Broadchurch and Doctor Who – was treated to a video packed full of his greatest hits, accompanied by tributes from the likes of Richard Wilson, Russell T Davies, his Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman and his Doctor Who companions Billie Piper and Catherine Tate.


Now, we know what you’re thinking. Surely he knew? Were his wife, his co-stars, his friends really capable of keeping that secret? Tennant himself looked genuinely shocked when he learned of his award, and when we stole a few moments with the man himself backstage, he was almost lost for words.

“It was like sensory overload, I couldn’t take it in,” he told us. “It was so lovely to see Billie up on the screen. I’m being really incoherent, I’m sorry. It was all a bit much.”

Watch the full interview above


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