Is there a Doctor in the building?

December 18, 2008 by  
Filed under News

The Doctor is back on his feet.

David Tennant has taken the first step towards recovery after going through surgery to have a slipped disk in his spine corrected. He was seen up and about in East London yesterday. The injury has put him out of commission in the middle of his highly acclaimed run as Hamlet, and he’s declared his enforced absence to be “hugely disappointing” – a fair assessment of the fans’ point of view, as well. Fear not for the production, though, as Tennant’s understudy Edward Bennett has stepped into the role with some aplomb, despite only finding out he was to play the part three hours before curtain up on the opening night in the West End.

Tennant’s slated to be filming 1939, “a mysterious tale set around a traditional British family on the eve of World War Two”, with Stephen Poliakoff and an interesting looking cast including Jeremy Northam, Christopher Lee and up and comer Juno Temple, but judging from his hobble yesterday it looks like he might be taking a break.