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Why Did David Tennant Leave Doctor Who

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Interesting rendition of the 10th Doctor and his vehicle, The Tardis,

Interesting rendition of the 10th Doctor and his vehicle, The Tardis,

The Doctors Since 2005

  • Christopher Eccleston, 9th Doctor
  • David Tennant, 10th Doctor
  • Matt Smith, 11th Doctor
  • Peter Capaldi will be the 12th Doctor

David Tennant was the grimacing, hyper-active, athletic, comical, sensitive, nerdy, semi-punky 10th Doctor. He took over for Christopher Eccleston and carried on the jump-started legacy of Doctor Who which made a come-back in 2005 after a long hiatus.

He spent three years as the Doctor, not an unusual amount of time for an actor to stay in the role; most of them stayed only about that amount of time, with the exception of Tom Baker, arguably the most loved and popular Doctor who played the part for seven years. Eccleston was probably the shortest running Doctor, only there for a season.

David Tennant, back in 2009, made the move to leave Doctor Who.

But why?

Why David Tennant Left Doctor Who

He had been discussing it long before his departure, with chief writer and executive producer, at that time, Russel Davies. In fact, the pair left together.

What David has said consistently is that he fell in love with the part, like most actors blessed to play it do, and feared he'd never want to leave and would soon over-stay his welcome. He didn't want to over-do it, didn't want his version of the character to wear out and gather dust, but wanted people to remember him as they loved him and never tire of him.

Good move. And Matt Smith, who is leaving too this year and was Tennant's successor, the 11th Doctor, has said pretty much the same thing. When it's over, it's over. Better to move on in good standing.

Will We See Him Again?

We certainly will.

David Tennant, along with his on-the-small-screen companion Billie Piper, will make an appearance on the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special in November, and in December we will see the end of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor and usher in Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor.

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This will be a heart-warming, possibly heart-wrenching, thing for the old school Doctor Who fans that grew up to love the show because of Tennant and Piper's incredible performances as the time-traveling duo. Certainly fans are looking forward to the Anniversary special, even though they are brokenhearted over the departure of the loveable and frenetic, elastic, Matt Smith coming in December.

The 10th Doctor Regenerates

Fact is, the genius of Doctor Who is that the Doctor regenerates and he never grows stale, we get to meet a new version of him every few years. So very much like life, as the show often seems to exemplify; people change, things change, circumstances change.

And if you're going to have a show about time, you might as well dig deep. And the show does.

Loss, death, change, grief, fear: These have all been covered subject matter for the show, beautifully portrayed by skilled actors who seem to have heart and soul thrust into their characters.

Each Doctor is missed, each Doctor is loved.

And we always welcome them, when they're new and when they return.

Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, with 10th Doctor David Tennant.

Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, with 10th Doctor David Tennant.

© 2013 Nathan Bernardo


Nathan Bernardo (author) from California, United States of America on November 22, 2013:

Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by, Treathyl. Yes, they took some polls in the UK and David Tennant is the most popular Doctor, Billie Piper the most popular companion. He is definitely a favorite among a lot of people. Thanks again for reading and for your positive feedback!

Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on November 22, 2013:

I know the Doctor Who series has been on TV forever! When it first started I never paid attention but it did have great theme music! David Tennant is the Doctor Who that got me hooked on watching Doctor Who! When he left, I left too. From time to time, I peek at an episode. But I've lost interest. He needed to leave though because ... let's face it! Doctor Who is a fiction. In real life, people get old and they don't regenerate. I'm sharing this HUB.

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