David Tennant: Broadchurch is a victim of its own success

The former Doctor Who star says that criticism of series two was "inevitable" as Britain does not "allow lightning to strike twice"

David Tennant has said the second series of Broadchurch was “inevitably” going to be criticised by some, claiming: “I think we’re a victim of our success, to be honest.”


The former Doctor Who star, who plays DI Alec Hardy in the drama alongside Olivia Colman’s Ellie Miller, was responding to criticism that series two of the ITV whodunnit has not matched up to its debut, which centred around the mystery of murdered child Danny Latimer. Tennant blames the fault-finding on Britain’s cynicism. 

“The first series was such an extraordinary thing. We never allow lightning to strike twice in this country… we just don’t let that happen. So, inevitably, there was going to be a certain amount of ‘it’s not as good as the first time’. I think it is. I think it’s a wonderful series that I’m very proud to be part of.”

Tennant’s comments came after he picked up the gong for best actor for his role in the RSC’s Richard II at the What’s On Stage awards in central London, where Miss Saigon’s blockbuster return to the West End swept the board.

Tennant’s comments echo those of his Broadchurch co-star Eve Myles, who told RadioTimes.com last month: “We’re never going to please everybody… You’re going to get different views and different opinions on everything. What makes me slightly unhappy is that some of the negative stuff is being highlighted more than the positives.”

Broadchurch continues at 9pm tonight on ITV

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