There are so many Bday in those days... but this is not a valid excuse!
So - even if is late - I wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the best and sexiest actor ever!!!
I was very small, about 3 or 4 I think, and just wanted to be the people on telly telling these wonderful stories. Obviously the idea grew and matured with me but I can`t ever remember wanting to do anything else. I`ve just sort of taken it for granted all my life that that was what I would do. (On his early decision to become an actor)
Drama school is a pretty intense experience and I think it changes who you are. I think I grew up at drama school (which was fairly useful personally as much as professionally) and I certainly got exposed to a huge range of ideas, techniques and practices that I had no previous experience of. I wouldn't have known what I was doing as an actor if I hadn't gone. (On going to drama school)
I can bang out a tune, and yes I’d love to do a musical – I’m still waiting for the phone call. (When asked if he would do a musical - Academy Magazine)
You go into a supermarket and your face is on a cake. And the other day ... I got sent ... there are now underpants with my face on them. And that's not a sentence I ever thought I'd ever say on National Television ... you can now have ... my face on your crotch! (Parkinson, May 2007)
Well, I'm not sure what to say about being called the sexiset actor of the year. I'm very flattered and somewhat bewildered. All I know is that I voted for John Barrowman. However I am unashamedly delighted that Doctor Who has been voted favourite show. (on being voted sexiest actor)
I remember, after seeing Jon Pertwee turn into Tom Baker in Doctor Who, having a conversation with my parents at a very young age about actors and what they did. I remember getting the distinction between a character and an actor, as they explained it. I understood what fiction was very clearly – and I always feel uneasy when people talk about children not understanding the difference between fantasy and reality. I can only have been three, and was just enthralled by Doctor Who. But I was quite clear that I didn't want to be a Time Lord – I wanted to be the person who played a Time Lord.(On distinguishing character from actor)
It was funny, when I first got asked I just laughed! I found it hilarious and impossible! And I remember Russell, very perceptively, saying "Don't say anything now, because I know the experience is quite a weird one. (Russell T Davies offering the role of the Doctor to David)
It is a fact that sprinkling a bit of celebrity over certain causes probably can make a difference. And maybe it's pompous to sit at home thinking that I want to preserve my integrity when, actually, if you waved a wee flag for something, it might make a few quid for a worthy cause. (on whether or not to support good causes)
For Recovery, when I played someone with a serious brain injury, I did a lot. If you’re playing someone who has a real and difficult condition like that you can’t just turn up and do your own thing. We had great resources to call on for that drama with unlimited access to carers and experts and that helped enormously. Sometimes though, there isn’t time to immerse yourself in a subject. I’ve just finished playing Eddington, the astrophysicist. Well, I know a bit more now than I did when I started but with something like neutron physics you’re going to have to busk it a bit and rely on the script to help you out! (When asked how much research he does for a role - Academy Magazine)
You don't know where your life will go, though. I'd be amazed after all this time if one day I just thought I've had enough [of acting], but I guess life does change, doesn't it, priorities change. It is quite a self-centred life, any kind of vocational life is, but I'd like to think I could go on forever. It's nice to be in a profession where there's a need for you at every stage of life (on whether or not he has a future in acting beyond Doctor Who)
That's the nature of being a teenager. It felt awkward and ugly and different. I felt uncool to the depths of my soul and I've never really recovered from that - I still think I'm uncool (On growing up as a teenager)
You could find yourself in the present or hundreds of years in the past – or five billion years in the future. And the standard of the writing and of the stories is extremely high. I might tweak the odd line here or there, but I’d never dream of pointing out to the writers, in that hackneyed phrase, that my character wouldn’t say this or do that. Russell [T Davies] is the best, so why play around with the best? (about the Doctor. - The Stage, 8th November, 2007)
I know only too well that cancer strikes without regard to age or race, country or creed, fame or fortune. I believe AICR’s approach to funding research, wherever in the world it is taking place, is at the forefront of the battle to bring cancer under control and I am proud to have been asked to become a patron.(Association for International Cancer Research)
I would quite like to try my hand at directing although I would do it in the theatre rather than in TV or film. Theatre is more just about telling the story. I understand the way the theatre works. I will leave the TV to the experts. Doctor Who is very complicated to direct. It would be impossible to direct that and act in it as well. (About being on the other side of the camera)
I shared a caravan with Peter Davison once. But I thought I'd better not tell him that I'd been a big fan, cos we're sharing a caravan – he might get a bit scared.(About his fanboy tendacies - Unidentified Arena)
Hopefully, things are a progression, in which case the highlight should be wherever you are now. I certainly don't think the best is all behind me. I often stop when I'm doing something, in the middle of rehearsals or some other job, and I try to take a minute to think "Okay, this might be as good as it gets, so drink it in, appreciate it now". So far, I've been lucky because another job has always come along to equal the last. (About his career - What's on Stage, 20 Questions with David Tennant, 17th November 2003)
It's fast, furious, funny and crazy. I don't think it's a Casanova that people will expect. He's not a lounge lizard, a Lothario or a lady's man - he's a livewire, a free spirit, and people become attracted to that. He's almost an innocent, a puppy dog with all this energy and fizz about him (About Casanova)
The Doctor does have some long speeches and he talks very quickly. Learning all his babble can take a while, but it's very well written babble so I don't mind and you do get quicker. When I filmed Recovery during the break in Doctor Who I would sit down at the weekend and learn the script in an hour and I was like 'Hang on??' You do get used to it though. (On learning lines)
I really wouldn't. We have such good writers on the show. And I couldn't walk up to Russell and hand it over and say 'Here's 45 minutes for you' and then he would have to hand it back and say 'Thanks, but it's shit!' (When asked if he'd ever write an episode)
I've had the most brilliant, bewildering and life changing time working on Doctor Who. I have loved every day of it. It would be very easy to cling on to the TARDIS console forever and I fear that if I don't take a deep breath and make the decision to move on now, then I simply never will. You would be prising the TARDIS key out of my cold dead hand. This show has been so special to me, I don't want to outstay my welcome. This is all a long way, of course. I'm not quitting, I'm back in Cardiff in January to film four special episodes which will take Doctor Who all the way through 2009. I'm still the Doctor all next year but when the time finally comes I'll be honoured to hand on the best job in the world to the next lucky git - whoever that may be. (NTA 2008)
It is hugely disappointing for me to have to miss these performances. My back problem has progressed to the point where it is currently impossible for me to carry on without surgery. I want to get back on stage as quickly as possible and I am very grateful to Ed who has courageously got to grips with the role but in a much shorter time. It's a fantastic achievement. (on having to pull out of Hamlet due to back injury)
It feels very familiar. Theatre is what I've done more of than anything else. Admittedly I've been on sabbatical to 'television-land' for the past few years, which I've probably ended up better known for. But this feels like the day job. It's what I do. So it's great to be back and working with Greg. It's an incredibly friendly company, which is a great relief. Most of the company have already done A Midsummer Night's Dream so they would have been perfectly within their rights to be a little bit sniffy about a new boy coming in to do the next show, but they've been very welcoming and enthusiastic. There's a great feeling about the company and a real sense of something new and exciting about the RSC at the moment (on coming back to the RSC for Hamlet and Love's Labour's Lost).