David Tennant Talks FOX’s “Gracepoint”, “Broadchurch” And More!

David-Tennant7(PCM) Words can’t even describe how excited I was to check out “Gracepoint”, the new 10 part mysterious mini-series set to debut on FOX this October. I sat down and binge-watched the first seven episodes and without a doubt I am hooked. I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see how this will all play out and eventually reach it’s conclusion.

The series is heavily influenced by the U.K. television series “Broadchurch” and oddly enough both “Broadchurch” and “Gracepoint” star actor David Tennant. For his role in “Broadchurch” Tennant portrays detective Alex Hardy who teams up with local detective Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) and in “Gracepoint” Tennant takes on the role of detective Emmett Carver opposite local detective Ellie Miller played by actress Anna Gunn.

While both series have a type of murder mystery as the central plot line there are many other differences between the two that can certainly make “Gracepoint” have its’ own unique viewing experience for fans of “Broadchurch”.

I was recently able to catch up with David Tennant to discuss his role in “Gracepoint”, the similarities and difference between both “Gracepoint” and “Broadchurch” and so much more!

To start off, we were sure there had to be some differences between the roles of Detective Hardy (Broadchurch) and Detective Carver (Gracepoint), to which Tennant responded “I didn’t set out to change anything particularly, I just tried to tell the story as it came up and through the script, and be as truthful and loyal to that as possible.”

“I think Hardy and Carver are very different, actually. They certainly feel very different in my bones. Obviously, they look quite similar. They are following the trail of an investigation which has many similarities, but they feel different to me. It’s probably for others to make a list of quite how obvious those differences might be. That’s not really my principal concern. I just want to tell this fantastic story as truthfully and as honestly as I can, I suppose.”

Tennant went on to say, “We’re really out to tell this story to an audience who, broadly speaking, haven’t seen it yet.”

“Broadchurch was obviously a bit of the sensation back here in the UK, and I think that’s what brought it to the attention of Fox. It got a very loyal and very enthusiastic following on BBC America. There’s a huge populist audience who haven’t seen it yet, and that I think is what we’re principally aiming at.”

David-Tennant1Tennant is very well-known for his roles on both television and film, as well as on the stage. When asked if he had a particular favorite out of any of the genres to which he replied, “I like the fact that I get to flip between them all. That’s something that I would sort of work quite hard to preserve my ability to do that, I suppose. There are advantages and frustrations with each, I guess. In theater, you get to tell a story many times, over a number of months, and you get to investigate every possible corner of what that story might be.”

“I guess if you’re filming something, whether it’s film or television, it’s all about chasing that one moment and getting it in the can to make it live just that one time. They’re both related but very different techniques. I enjoy trying to master both of them really. I think they are quite different jobs, but the experience of working the theater I think informs working on film and television and vice versa. I feel very fortunate that I get to dabble in all these different genres. Hopefully, that’s something I’ll be able to continue to do.”

Tennant is currently filming the second season of “Broadchurch” now and we were curious what he thought about a possible season two for “Gracepoint” depending upon season one’s success. He replied “Yes, there’s always an eye for that, isn’t there, with almost everything on television. We have to wait and see how the audience responds to it. Broadchurch is going to a second season, so there’s no reason why Gracepoint shouldn’t. There’s a template there; although, a second season of Gracepoint might go off in a very different way. Who knows?”

“All these things are to be decided. We’re all very excited about Gracepoint premiering in a couple of weeks. I just want America to take to it in a way that the UK did, because it was an extraordinary thing to be a part of.”

One of the defining things about “Gracepoint” is the relationship between both Detective Carver and Detective Miller (Anna Gunn). When speaking about working with Gunn, Tennant reveals “I play the big city cop who gets dropped into this one horse town, as he sees it, and is given, as his deputy, this rather local cop, who is perfectly good at her job, but from Carver’s point of view is something of a hick, who doesn’t really understand how modern policing works, and gets far too emotionally involved with everyone, and really needs to develop a healthy streak of cynicism.”

“That relationship, as it was in Broadchurch, is very much one of the central structures to Gracepoint. A lot of that is defined by the relationship you can build up as actors. I was very nervous, especially having done this show before, and that relationship and worked very well with the wonderful Olivia Colman, who plays Miller in Broadchurch. I was nervous, of course, turning up on day one to meet Anna, because we had so much to do together, that that relationship was so important to get right.”

David-Tennant5“Luckily, she just turned out to be a proper actress, someone who was committed to getting it right, who was open, who was easy to work with, who you could also have a laugh with, who you could throw anything at her and she would respond. That’s just the kind of relationship, the kind of professional relationship that you always hope for.”

“It was a huge relief and then a great joy to work with her throughout the ten episodes. Everyone who knows her work knows how talented she is. I was very chuffed to get to play alongside and also get to know her offset as well. She’s a lovely lady and someone that I feel greatly enriched to know.”

In his words Tennant describes “Gracepoint” by saying “On one level, it’s a whodunit and the sort of spine of that is something that I think is familiar to us from many TV shows and movies of the past. There’s a very strong whodunit in there. There’s the procedural element of cops trying to solve a case.”

“I think what gives it an extra texture and really makes it something rather special is the way that the characters are drawn so beautifully. There’s so much texture going on, that we get to understand the lives of all the different characters that get drawn into this and the impact of the event; the death of Danny Solano, which starts the whole ball running, which is the inciting incident in the show. It’s not just another TV cop show death. We really understand the impact of that, and we really understand what that would mean to a small community such as Gracepoint.”

“The repercussions of that are followed through. I think it’s very hard to watch the first episode without your heart breaking for the family, actually. That’s helped by the fact that they’re played by Michael Pena and Virginia Kull, who both really take you on this harrowing, awful journey of two parents who lose a child. That, in itself, is about one of the worst things that human beings can imagine.”

“It doesn’t shy away from really showing you what the true repercussions of that will be. That really follows through the whole series. It’s very honest. It’s very candid, and yet at the same time, it’s a thriller as well. It just takes you on the journey. It kind of grabs you and takes you on this journey, which is a bewildering and thrilling and grueling and gruesome, and yet, at the same time, I think impossible to turn off. I think it’s a compelling story. I think it’s been brilliantly told. I’m just very pleased to be a part of it.”

David-Tennant6With a career that is as extensive as David Tennant’s we wanted to know if there was anything he was surprised to learn about himself as an actor, especially looking at the role of Emmett Carver in “Gracepoint”. Tennant told us “That’s hard to know when you’re in it, I think. I think you sort of realize these things years down the line, actually. I look back on things I did years ago, and go that’s when I started to do that, or that’s when I figured out that sometimes you can try too hard or sometimes you can worry too much. Many actors would recognize that journey through a career is learning how to let go of various personal hang-ups.”

“I’m sure that my continuing journey is absolutely part of that, and I think you can be a better actor the more relaxed you can be, the more honest you can be, the more candid you can be, the less self-conscious you can be. I think that’s something that keeps going and I’m sure my experience in Gracepoint will contribute to that when I look back on it, with the objectivity of a decade or so.”

We also wanted to know what makes the characters of both Hardy and Carver so compelling to play. Tennant reveals “He’s got lots of secrets. That’s always intriguing from an audience’s point of view and from an acting point of view. Certainly at the start of Gracepoint, we’ve got an awful lot to learn about who this man is, and why he is motivated in a way that he is motivated. In fact, I think it’s fair to say that throughout Gracepoint we don’t entirely learn the answers to all Carver’s particular questions. Maybe we will if we ever get a Season 2.”

“We’re certainly learning a few of Hardy’s secrets in Broadchurch, too, which I’m filming at the moment. Who knows what we’ll ultimately learn about Carver. Clearly, he’s troubled. He’s got some personal stuff going on, but he’s also hugely motivated to get justice and to find out the truth, and that’s something that I think we’re all motivated by, especially when something as grotesque as a child murder has taken place.”

“We may not identify with Hardy, but we can understand why he does what he does. Even though he can be quite unpleasant and quite difficult at times, I think ultimately we’re all rooting for him, because he’s got the interest of right on his side.”

“Gracepoint” will premiere on Thursday, October 2nd at 9pm only on FOX!


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Doctor Who World Tour

DrWho(BBC America) BBC America and the BBC Worldwide announced today that for the first time ever, the iconic sci-fi series, Doctor Who, will launch a global world tour to introduce Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. The trip will see Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, on-screen companion Jenna Coleman, and the show’s Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat*, visit seven cities across five continents in 12 days to take part in a series of media and fan engagements to publicize the upcoming season to a global audience. The tour launches in the UK on August 7 and finishes in Brazil on August 19.On Thursday, August 14, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will appear together for the first time in the US when they arrive in New York.

DrWho2The introduction of the new Doctor follows last year’s record-setting global success of the 50th Anniversary special, which was broadcast across the world simultaneously in 98 countries and released in more than 1500 cinemas globally. The special broke ratings and social media records for BBC AMERICA as well as set a new record for a one-night unaudited theatrical event – reaching No. 2 for the night at the US box office. Filming of the 12-part season continues through August. As in past years, the series will premiere on BBC AMERICA day and date with the UK in August.

Peter Capaldi on his excitement ahead of the tour: “It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who. After 8 months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans.” 

Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat adds: “I’ve always thought we’d all be a lot safer if the Doctor conquered the world, instead of the Daleks. Now with Jenna and Peter leading the charge, it looks like it’s going to happen. I’ll be bringing up the rear to handle the exposition scenes, and maybe carry some bags.”

Richard De Croce, SVP, Programming for BBC AMERICA says: “It’s a new beginning for one of the most popular series in the world and we couldn’t be more excited to have the Twelfth Doctor live in New York to promote the long awaited return of Doctor Who on BBC AMERICA. It’s going to be epic.”

The tour marks the largest ever promotional undertaking in Doctor Who’s 50-year history and will kick off in Cardiff, Wales before taking in London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). More details of the itinerary will be available soon at www.doctorwho.tv/worldtour as well as reports from the tour as it happens, which fans everywhere will be able to enjoy across social and digital platforms.  Doctor Who is distributed by BBC Worldwide to over 200 territories.

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* Due to production commitments, Steven Moffat will be unable to attend to the entire tour. His schedule will be confirmed soon.

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Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who Ensemble Has Been Unveiled

(PCM) Many are saying the look is too tame, while some are saying that Capaldi is looking quite dapper. We want to hear your thoughts on Peter Capaldi’s “Doctor Who” costume!


Capaldi will portray the twelfth doctor on the hit BBC series which is currently filming its’ eighth series in Cardiff now. The new season of Doctor Who will see the return of fan favorite companion Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna Coleman), as the Doctor overcomes a series of new ramifications left from the last two specials, such as the fact that Gallifrey is not destroyed, but is instead still a living planet trapped in a pocket universe out there somewhere.

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TV Highlights – November 24

TV Highlights – November 24

BBC America
Doctor Who: Matt Smith Countdown – All day, starting at 9a/8c
BBC America counts down the top 11 episodes from the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, as voted on by fans.

The Doctors Revisited – The Eleventh Doctor (U.S. Premiere) – 8/7c
Matt Smith first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and, after starring in the 50th Anniversary Special on November 23, will regenerate in the Christmas special. Special interviews with key cast and crew examine the human side of the Eleventh Doctor and take a look at how his extraordinarily long life has affected him. The special is followed by the Eleventh Doctor two-part story, “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon,” the first Doctor Who episodes to be filmed in the U.S

The Simpsons (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Kid is All Right” Lisa finally makes a new best friend, Isabel Gutierrez (guest voice Eva Longoria), only to discover that she is a Republican and also her opponent in The second grade class representative election. Also guest-voicing in The all-new episode is Anderson Cooper as himself.

Bob’s Burgers (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Turkey in a Can” Determined to have a perfect Thanksgiving, Bob meticulously prepares The family turkey. Then, to his horror, he finds that someone Then dumps The turkey in The toilet in an act of Thanksgiving sabotage.

Family Guy (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Life of Brian” When Stewie and Brian travel back to 17th Century Jamestown, via Stewie’s time machine, They encounter too many close calls with altering The course of mankind. Stewie decides to destroy his time machine, but immediately regrets his decision when an unthinkable event happens, and he is unable to go back in time.

American Dad (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Kung Pao Turkey” Stan’s plans for a perfect Thanksgiving watching football in his underwear are thwarted when Francine invites her adoptive parents (guest voices Amy Hill and Tzi Ma) to join Them for The holiday. Mariah Carey also makes a guest-voice cameo.

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TV Highlights – November 23

TV Highlights – November 23

BBC America
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Marathon, Part 3 – All day, starting at 1a/12c
Get caught up with the adventures of Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith.

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (World Premiere / Global Simulcast ) – 2:50pm ET

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (Encore primetime broadcast) – 7:00pm ET
BBC America will premiere exclusive Inside Look interviews with Matt Smith and David Tennant during the broadcast. The special will be followed by the premiere of new fantasy-adventure series Atlantis at 9/8c.

The Graham Norton Show with guests Matt Smith and David Tennant (U.S. Premiere) – 10/9c
Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and David Tennant make their first appearance together on BBC America’s hit talk show, joined by Emma Thompson, singer Robbie Williams and comedian Jimmy Carr.

Penguins: Waddle All The Way – From the team behind award-winning programs such as Polar Bears: Spy On The Iceland Winged Planet comes an intimate look at the lives and behavior of penguins. Viewers will get a never-before-seen look at the true characters of these charismatic birds thanks to spy cams disguised as life-size penguins

Yukon Men – River Rising: Spring brings predators to Tanana, and Stan loses a sled dogs to a hungry bear. The Yukon River begins to thaw at an alarming rate, and the villagers must quickly move to high ground. The town gas pump breaks, putting a halt to flood preparations.

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TV Highlights – November 22

TV Highlights – November 22

BBC America
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Marathon, Part 2 – All day, starting at 9a/8c
Get caught up with the adventures of Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith.

Doctor05Doctor Who Explained (U.S. Premiere) – 8/7c
This all-new special explores the mysterious and two-hearted alien who is The Doctor through exclusive interviews with principal cast members from the show’s 50-year history.

An Adventure in Space and Time (U.S. Premiere) – 9/8c

The Carrie Diaries” (8:00-9:00pm) “Life Lessons” — Carrie is furious when she discovers that Weaver (guest star Christopher Wood) has secretly read her journal, and Samantha (Lindsey Gort) finds herself a place to live and another unusual job.

Nikita” (9:00-10:00pm) “Most Wanted” Framed for assassinating the President at the end of last season, Nikita (Maggie Q) finds herself at the beginning of season four alone and on the run, hunted as the most wanted woman in the world.  But when she follows up a lead that could clear her name, Nikita unexpectedly finds herself reunited with her old team.

Gold Rush: The Dirt takes a look’s back to the last episode of GOLD RUSH and a look ahead to the next episode.

In season four of GOLD RUSH, Todd Hoffman puts his life on the line, and asks his crew to do the same, braving malaria, poisonous snakes and quicksand to set up a mining operation in a patch of hostile jungle deep in Guyana, South America.

Bering Sea Gold: Under The Ice – No Fuel To Burn: It’s mid-way through the winter gold mining season in Nome, Alaska. And dredge captains are feeling the growing impatience of their crews. On the Clark, Captain Zeke Tenhoff’s relentless hunt for gold risks sending his divers over the edge. Steve Riedel’s leadership is called into question by his own daughter while Wild Ranger captain Vernon Adkison puts some wildcards in the water. Scott Meisterheim’s management puts a diver in danger. And the Shamrock’s Shawn Pomrenke sniffs out his biggest pay day yet.

Bones – “The Mystery in The Meat” Jeffersonian team investigates The murder of a food scientist whose remains were tossed in a meat grinder and mixed into cans of stew served in a school cafeteria. When The team uncovers The scientist’s newest – and highly lucrative – food invention, They also track The trail of jealous competitors in The multi-million dollar food industry. Meanwhile, Angela plans a post-wedding bachelorette party for Brennan, which gets crazier than intended.

Raising Hope (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Ship Happens” When Sabrina finds out that Jimmy never went on a real family vacation as a kid, she’s determined to take Hope (guest stars Baylie and Rylie Cregut) on a memorable trip and to prove to Burt and Virginia that family vacations don’t have to be stressful.
Raising Hope – (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Hi-Def” Virginia is thrilled when The doctor prescribes new glasses, until her new crystal-clear vision allows her to see every tiny imperfection around The house. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Sabrina get competitive over how many followers each has on social media app “QuickVids,” so They record Maw Maw’s zaniness in an effort to gain more viewers.

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