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You know, celebrities sometimes talk about what it’s like being inundated by fans wherever they go. Here’s a clip of David, at a premier where, yes, going through the gauntlet of fans and signing autographs is an expected thing. But still, when I saw this clip, I put myself in his place, and am amazed that he doesn’t just panic and run. Can you image getting this kind of scary crowd all the time? Pressing forward, thrusting things out at you, and relentlessly calling out, “David! David! David!”


Granted, I would love to meet him, too, but this made me uncomfortable. I guess that’s because I’m not at all into celebrity-watching. David Tennant and Alexander Siddig are the only celebs I have any interest in. I can’t recognize Brad Pitt or Orlando Bloom or whoever the latest hot face is, and I have no idea who’s seeing who, breaking up with who, having whoever’s baby, etc. Maybe that’s why I had the reaction I did to this.

Now, here’s a clip I love:


I find this so incredibly charming. First of all, I love how modest and down-to-earth his parents’ house is, and how his family and family friends are equally down-to-earth. Switch out the Scottish accents for Brooklyn ones, and I’d think I was five years old back at my grandparents’ house.

Then, they all sit down to watch David’s debut as The Doctor. On a television about the size of a breadbox – just like the one my grandparents had! And… they start talking and chatting through it!! I’ve seen this episode I don’t know how many times, and I still want to reach over and tell them to shush, to pay attention! But they’re family, so this is what they do. Lol! Then, afterwards, David goes up to his father in the kitchen and asked him what he thought of it. “It was special,” says his dad as he’s puttering around, but to me, it seems as if David had just presented him with a pot-holder he’d made in summer camp. I just love it! This how David came by his charming modesty, with a family that raised him well and kept him grounded.  (Granted, in 2005 when Christmas Invasion aired, David hadn't yet reached the heights of fame he achieved shortly after.  But I still can't believe that his reception back at home now would be much different.  But at least his mother got to see him be The Doctor.)

Oh, and the cross-stitch David. Just to die. :D



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Jan. 5th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
Just curious
Have you ever heard any of the audio books Tennant has narrated? He does a fabulous version of How To Train Your Dragon, in case you've never heard it--so many different voices! :)
Jan. 5th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Just curious
Yes!!! I just loved that! Actually, I'd seen the movie, and it was interesting how they totally changed the story from the book for the movie. I really enjoyed the story, and I really really really enjoyed having David Tennant in my ear for a couple of hour or longer dog walks. Oh, le sigh.
Jan. 5th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwww! David at home! I have family in the Glasgow suburbs and it's just exactly like that, lol! SO normal! So lovely, thank you for sharing, what a sweetheart he is!
Jan. 5th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
Honestly, those video diaries are what turned me into a fan of David Tennant the actor. I feel like I'm not just a fan of his work, but a fan of him, because he does seem like he's genuinely a nice and very grounded person.

And yes, I would hate to be famous! But it's nice when celebrities handle it with grace.

Jan. 6th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
I totally agree. David's video diaries are so wonderful. I've seen other actors do similar things, but no one else is as charming, and personal, as warm as David. He truly makes it seem as if he's a friend of yours, just talking to you. It's fun to see him be excited about small things, or fascinated by getting a police escort, etc. He just seems so not-full-of-himself and so welcoming.
Jan. 6th, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
Oh oh! We have got to chat or meat some time soon. You! Are! So! Cool! Wanna go to dragon con with me this year? We'll be able to get into events in the front because of the being blind thing, and we'd have tons of fun! :D I, too, would be very uncomfortable being famous. For me, though, it would be the objectification of my person and my personal space that'd drive me mad. Did that make any sense? I'm coming down with a cold and have taken some meds for it. so I hope it did.
Jan. 6th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
[blush] I don't know how cool I am, but I'd love to chat or meet! Oooh, DragonCon! I've never been, but I think I'd love it. The only con I've ever been to is the Creation Star Trek Con, the big one in Vegas, for the past few years. I was thinking about going to ComiCon this past year, but didn't.

I know exactly what you mean by the "objectification of ... person" -- it makes perfect sense. That may be the most disturbing part of that level of fame, I'd guess. And, as for "personal space"... have you heard David tell the story of the most inappropriate place he was ever asked for an autograph?? If not, I'll link you up. Don't mean to be coy, but if you haven't heard it, it's hilarious and I don't want to ruin it for you. :D
Jan. 6th, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
Oo yeah! Link me, baby! :D
Jan. 6th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
This is a collection of snippets from a longer interview, called. very accurately, "David Tennant being Hilarious." You'll know which one I'm referring to when you come to it. I think the audio/video sync is a bit off, but it's so worth it. You'll enjoy this, if you haven't already heard/seen some of the bits before.

Here you go:


Jan. 6th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
Oh yeah! And I did get your transcription of the montage. Thank you so much for doing that for me!
Jan. 6th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
Oh, you're welcome! It was fun to do; I really enjoyed it. And I have to give credit to my daughter, who really was the one who identified the specifics from most of the scenes.
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