SHAKESPEARE, POPULAR CULTURE, and CRITICAL ANALYSIS
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tennant on Shakespeare: 'I love doing the plays' by Katie Razzall
In a very unscientific straw poll in the days leading up to my interview with David Tennant, it was clear most people had a favourite Tennant-realised character.
Doctor Who, naturally, was a big contender. Casanova was another (that part came back in the heady days of 2005 when the actor wasn't on TV seemingly all the time). His DI in Broadchurch was a favourite (he got to use a Scottish accent close to his own in that one). Nobody though cited Tennant's Hamlet. Or his Richard II.
Clearly, that's unlikely to be anything to do with the way David Tennant gets his tongue around Shakespeare's words; it's just the natural way of things. Four hundred years ago, perhaps, Tennant would have been a big star precisely because of his mastery of the bard.
These days, we don't consume Shakespeare like we used to.