Doctor Who and Donna Team Up With the Bard

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Doctor Who and Donna Team Up With the Bard

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Doctor Who alums David Tennant and Catherine Tate will rekindle their bantering chemistry as one of Shakespeare's most famous couples.

Season Four of Doctor Who saw David Tennant and Catherine Tate traipsing about the universe as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor and his companion, Donna. Now, the actors are joining forces to bring another bastion of British culture to life: Shakespeare. Tennant and Tate will star as Beatrice and Benedick in a new production of Much Ado About Nothing, opening this June in London's West End.

Tennant and Tate broke the news in an interview with the BBC (that can be viewed here). In between talking about their past projects and their expectations for the production, complimenting one another, and generally palling around, the duo revealed that they had once "been DJs together... as in on the radio." Can I set the tuner in my car to that dial, please?

Both actors have performed with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company; in speaking with the BBC, Tennant noted that theatre "feels like my proper job." Since leaving Doctor Who, Tate has appeared in Gulliver's Travels, while Tennant has leant his voice to the animated How To Train Your Dragon.

Much Ado About Nothing will run at West End's Wyndham Theatre from June 1 to September 3.

Source: BBC News

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But... Tennant's Doctor met Shakespeare in series 3 with Martha.....

Oh god! That's how Shakespeare was influenced to write Much Ado About Nothing! EDIT: And Hamlet!

Damn causality.

A Spoony Bard, perhaps?

TimeLord:
But... Tennant's Doctor met Shakespeare in series 3 with Martha.....

Oh god! That's how Shakespeare was influenced to write this story!

Forsooth, the plot doth thicken! Forsoooooth!

TimeLord:
But... Tennant's Doctor met Shakespeare in series 3 with Martha.....

Oh god! That's how Shakespeare was influenced to write Much Ado About Nothing!

Damn causality.

Dcotor Who STRIKES AGAIN!

I really wish I could see this

Please let them film this like his Hamlet and Stewart's Mackers!

Amnestic:
A Spoony Bard, perhaps?

TimeLord:
But... Tennant's Doctor met Shakespeare in series 3 with Martha.....

Oh god! That's how Shakespeare was influenced to write this story!

Forsooth, the plot doth thicken! Forsoooooth!

I say, I conquer! Milady.

OT: Didn't Tennant also do Hamlet? I should probably watch that one of these days...

Moriarty70:
Please let them film this like his Hamlet and Stewart's Mackers!

YES. I saw Tennant's Hamlet on PBS, and loved it. Tennant plays a good crazy person.

How to Tame Your Dragon? Didn't his character only have like one line right near the end of the movie?

Tennant? Tate? Much Ado About Nothing? PERFECT!!

Did anyone else think of the Bards tale when they read the title?

Canid117:
Did anyone else think of the Bards tale when they read the title?

Yes
Yes I did

Shakespeare? Meh, *yawn* what/ever.

Catherine Tate & David Tennant? MUST HAVE! I don't care if it's Shakespeare's or Britney Spears, I want it on DVD if it has those two in it! :-D

Is't possible? Sits the wind in that corner?

Tennant seems to like to make cameo appearances. I think he and Tate will do well in those roles. I wish I could see it.

trickfred:
How to Tame Your Dragon? Didn't his character only have like one line right near the end of the movie?

At the beginning I think, but yeah.

Hm. This could actually work. They had a bit of banter on Who so the constant bickering and insults in Much Ado... could work out quite well (Y)

All I can say is this my friends: Fuck. Yes.

Wicked news thank you!!

Moriarty70:
Please let them film this like his Hamlet and Stewart's Mackers!

Elizabeth Grunewald:
Tennant and Tate will star as Beatrice and Benedick in a new production of Much Ado About Nothing, opening this June in London's West End.

It's an actual stage production, so if it's filmed, it's either a bootlegged shakey-cam, or a leaked archival version. On the bright side, the audiences will be packed regardless.

This is going to be good.:D

Love the Tennant.... but Catherine Tate has the most irritating whiny voice in the world. Please stay off my tv!

Anybody else notice that escapist have misunderstood how to implement a captcha, the text is in the source!

Anyway... Tennant for the win... Tate I personally find her voice unbearably whiny.

cary thing is, you posted this news about 5 mins after my tickets where booked.

Sylocat:
Is't possible? Sits the wind in that corner?

I should think this a gull, but that the not-games editor speaks it. Knavery cannot, sure, hide himself in such reverence.

.....

(I feel so pretentious right now.)

Meh, the only good Shakespeare play was Titus Andronicus.

Then again, if anyone can make watching a Shakespeare play utterly brilliant, it's David Tennant. Shame I don't live in England...

The radio show might be kicking around on iPlayer somewhere; I listened to it at the time. I think it was a Christmas special.

Oh, and they did do Never Mind the Buzzcocks Dr Who special once. That was utterly brilliant. Can't find the link though.

This screams "publicity stunt" to me; casting one of them wouldn't have been notable, but casting two stars of Doctor Who seems a little like attention-grabbing.

Given the chance, though, I'll definitely go to see it. Tennant's an excellent actor.

Ih8pkmn:

Moriarty70:
Please let them film this like his Hamlet and Stewart's Mackers!

YES. I saw Tennant's Hamlet on PBS, and loved it. Tennant plays a good crazy person.

I still wish they'd done that production of Hamlet as a Star Trek/ Doctor Who crossover, seeing as two of the main characters were played by Captain Picard and the Doctor. It would've been awesome.

xhable:
Love the Tennant.... but Catherine Tate has the most irritating whiny voice in the world. Please stay off my tv!

I agree; I can't stand Catherine Tate either. The irony is, though, that this might actually make her quite good for Beatrice. The character is, for most of the play, an annoying little shrew; Tate would barely have to act (which is probably a good thing).

I HAVE TICKETS!!! :D

My love of Shakespeare, combined with my love of both Tennant and Tate, meant it was so no-brainer :)

Even if I didn't like Catherine Tate's character, this is, as The Doctor would say, BRILLIANT!

Meark:

Moriarty70:
Please let them film this like his Hamlet and Stewart's Mackers!

Elizabeth Grunewald:
Tennant and Tate will star as Beatrice and Benedick in a new production of Much Ado About Nothing, opening this June in London's West End.

It's an actual stage production, so if it's filmed, it's either a bootlegged shakey-cam, or a leaked archival version. On the bright side, the audiences will be packed regardless.

Actually what the BBC and PBS have been doing the last few years is producing a film version of the these plays. The stage it in such a way that allows the overall concept of the production to be maintained but also take advantage of the filmed version.

Both of the ones I referenced actually used a limited number of sets. Hamlet was, I think, about 3 rooms and a nebulous area for the "not Denmark" scenes. As for "The Scottish Play" it used about 3 rooms in what looks like a war bunker and one or two for the England scenes.

I think it's geoblocked to the states, but if you can, here's the aforementioned Hamlet. It's also on Blu-ray et. al. for within $30

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/hamlet/watch-the-film/980/

I wonder if they'll add any lines to the play like:

What?
Oi!
What?
Oi!
What?
Oi!

Okay...for some reason, I'm seeing a bunch of Doctor Who fans appearing in droves at this performance all dressed like the Doctor each with their own replica of the Sonic Screwdriver...with at least one guy resembling Tom Baker's Doctor.

Actually...if I don't see a replica of the Type 40 anywhere outside the theater, I'll be VERY disappointed.

Sigh... a potentially once-in-a-lifetime performance from Tennant to be marred by the vacuous moron that is Catherine Tate. She must be one of the thickest people ever to grace the screen. If you don't believe me, look up the episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks with David Tennant guest-hosting. You'll never be able to watch her again.

I want to see! I love Catherine Tate, I think she is a fabulous comedian and Tennant's Doctor is the best one. Hands down, and I have seen them all.

Hehehe, Much Ado About Nothing, such a dirty play.

EDIT: Also, Tennant didn't do the animated How to Train Your Dragon, he narrates the audiobooks for the series. The books are VERY different from the movie btw.

That should be very good.
Still, it probably wont be as good as the Kenneth Branagh movie of Much Ado.
That is the best film adaptation of any Shakespeare play.

GonzoGamer:
That should be very good.
Still, it probably wont be as good as the Kenneth Branagh movie of Much Ado.
That is the best film adaptation of any Shakespeare play.

EXACTLY what I was thinking. I'm not in any way a Shakespeare fan, but I do quite like Much Ado and especially that film.

It may partly be due to my Keanu Reeves man-crush though...

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