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BMTV’s The David Tennant Acting Masterclass

July 9, 2008

As promised (and in celebration of a superb Dr Who finale), here is the David Tennant Acting Masterclass (as brought to you by BMTV)

Simply follow these straightforward rules, and you too will pull off a performance worthy of the great Doctor himself.

1. Push your jaw forward when talking. It doesn’t matter if this makes you spit as you talk – see 7.

2. Vowels are your friend. Practise saying “Wwwwooooooaaaarrrrgggghhhhhhh Yes!” Instead of simply, “Oh yes.”

3. Shout. A lot.

4. Try to push your pupils out as far as you can, especially when acting serious, sincere, scared, angry or sad. Imagine there are beams of energy coming out of them and try and ‘fire; them at whoever you’re talking to.

5. When saying a bold statement, pause for a bit, and then say “Weeeeeeeeeellllllllll”

6. At all times, talk as if you’ve a big ball of spit in your mouth and are trying to keep it in…

7. …although don’t be afraid to spit. Spitting conveys heightened emotions, and as an actor, you’ll have to emote on a regular basis. So if you’re performing a particularly dramatic or emotional scene, spit. A lot.

8. Insert random moments of energy into your performance. It shows diversity as a performer.

9. You can never gurn too much.

10. When met with a slightly difficult conundrum, scratch your neck in an upward movement, while doing 9 and 4 together.

11. When having a showdown with a particularly dastardly villain, emply the Arched Eyebrow of Doom.

12. “Ha!” Try doing this after number 10.

And there you have it. Master (scuse the pun) these basics and you’ll be running around Cardiff in your All Stars in no time…

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2008 3:07 pm

    Marry me and we’ll make a life for ourselves in the hills, away from the hurly-burly lights of the city.

    I’ll be the Doctor, you can be Rose – or K-9. I’ve never been that fussy.

  2. July 14, 2008 8:56 am

    Thanks Dave – that’s the best offer I’ve had for ages. Get me a rock ( and maybe a cat) and I’m yours… x

  3. jaynenelson permalink
    July 14, 2008 7:06 pm

    That’s brilliant! (Sorry for the delay in reading it…)

    You’ve got his acting style completely sussed. They could build a Tennant-bot now and programme it and you’d never know the difference!

    (And if they do, can I have the original?)

  4. July 30, 2008 3:49 pm

    Nope, I think Rose has that, doesn’t she?!

  5. August 7, 2008 10:51 am

    Very well observed miss. But Tennant is a fellow countryman of mine, so please don’t malign him again or I’ll be forced to set the Mingles clan on you.

    And need I warn you that even Charlie Junior is a pretty viscious wee bastard – especially at bath time:

    Don’t say you haven’t been warned.


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