Monday, June 16, 2014

June is David Tennant month on screens big and small

By Tish Wells
McClatchy News Service

Reaction GIF: oh my god, David Tennant, Doctor Who

June should be officially designated “David Tennant Month” for the number of shows he’s appearing in.

Who is David Tennant? Clearly, you haven’t watched the BBC’s “Doctor Who” or “Broadchurch,” in which he starred as a scruffy detective hunting the murderer of a boy in a small town. The most knowledgeable, and adult, viewers might remember him from the racy “Casanova.”

Now he stands to be on the silver screen and public television all in the same month.

First, Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide are having a two-night Tennant extravaganza for family movie viewing.

On Monday, June 16, the 2006 “Doctor Who” episodes “Rise of the Cybermen” / “The Age of Steel” will be shown in movie theaters. The two episodes have been re-edited into one theatrical release. These showings include an extra 20 minutes of bonus content from Tennant himself.

On the second night, Tuesday, June 17, the theaters will show “Wings 3D,” a director’s cut of the documentary series “Earthflight,” narrated by Tennant in his native Scottish accent. The John Downer documentary uses 3-D photography done via microlites, paragliders and octocopters aircraft, videotaping from the heart of the flocks as they migrate.

The film includes snow geese gliding past the Statue of Liberty in New York, the lyrical mating dances of Hokkaido’s snowy cranes and flocks of scarlet macaws darting about in the rain forest. In Seattle, the movies will be shown at Pacific Place and Meridian 16. For a list of other area movie theaters hosting these films, go to

Tennant also stars in PBS’ new two-part series “The Escape Artist” on “Masterpiece Mystery!” In it he’s a defense lawyer who runs afoul of a dangerous client.


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