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David Tennant is the most powerful actor on British television. Witj two National Television awards to his credit and numerous other theatrical accolades, David has proven he's here to stay. David was appearing on screen even before he was out of school and appeared in several high-profile dramas for the BBC. But, undeniably, it is his energetic and eccentric portrayal of David Tennant is the most powerful actor on British television. Witj two National Television awards to his credit and numerous other theatrical accolades, David has proven he's here to stay. David was appearing on screen even before he was out of school and appeared in several high-profile dramas for the BBC. But, undeniably, it is his energetic and eccentric portrayal of the Time Lord in cult sci-fi drama Doctor Who for which he is most famous. Fulfilling his childhood dream, David has been voted 'Best Doctor' by readers of Doctor Who Magazine and the 'coolest character' on UK television in a 2007 Radio Times survey. As a budding young actor, David received raved reviews for his work on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Nearly ten years on, he returned to his roots and took up possibly his most challenging and successful part to date - the title role in Shakespeare's Hamlet. In this, the first ever biography of the charismatic Scottish actor, Nigel Goodall traces the events and circumstances that have shaped David's life and career so far and transformed him into a hugely influential artist, and the coolest man on television.


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David Tennant is the most powerful actor on British television. Witj two National Television awards to his credit and numerous other theatrical accolades, David has proven he's here to stay. David was appearing on screen even before he was out of school and appeared in several high-profile dramas for the BBC. But, undeniably, it is his energetic and eccentric portrayal of David Tennant is the most powerful actor on British television. Witj two National Television awards to his credit and numerous other theatrical accolades, David has proven he's here to stay. David was appearing on screen even before he was out of school and appeared in several high-profile dramas for the BBC. But, undeniably, it is his energetic and eccentric portrayal of the Time Lord in cult sci-fi drama Doctor Who for which he is most famous. Fulfilling his childhood dream, David has been voted 'Best Doctor' by readers of Doctor Who Magazine and the 'coolest character' on UK television in a 2007 Radio Times survey. As a budding young actor, David received raved reviews for his work on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Nearly ten years on, he returned to his roots and took up possibly his most challenging and successful part to date - the title role in Shakespeare's Hamlet. In this, the first ever biography of the charismatic Scottish actor, Nigel Goodall traces the events and circumstances that have shaped David's life and career so far and transformed him into a hugely influential artist, and the coolest man on television.

30 review for A Life in Time and Space: The Biography of David Tennant

  1. 5 out of 5

    Godka

    I don't know what I was expecting from this book. I guess I thought it would be very very different from what it actually is. Oh, foolish me. To be honest, if you're a proper fan of David Tennant there's no need to read this book. No.need.at.all. There was just a few things that were new to me and the rest of it... well, frankly "speaking", it's just rubbish. For instance, I find it really annoying that the author keeps bringing up loads of information about almost every person David has ever me I don't know what I was expecting from this book. I guess I thought it would be very very different from what it actually is. Oh, foolish me. To be honest, if you're a proper fan of David Tennant there's no need to read this book. No.need.at.all. There was just a few things that were new to me and the rest of it... well, frankly "speaking", it's just rubbish. For instance, I find it really annoying that the author keeps bringing up loads of information about almost every person David has ever met. Then when he writes about David's films or plays he's more concerned about detailed description of the plot rather than focusing on let's say David's acting skills. Sometimes I felt like reading some tabloid instead of reading a book. And the glossary in the end... that was a joke, right? If only this book could be exterminated!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Penni

    This book was cobbled together using quotes from interviews and articles out of magazines. Nowhere in here is David actively interviewed. A thin, put-together book that doesn't offer you any insider information that you couldn't already find on the internet.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wicked Aunt

    A very disappointing book. It's not until the end of the introduction that a reader discovers the book was written without the help of the subject or his agent. The researchers have gathered information on David Tennant, and the author has reproduced it along with additional excessive detail - several pages devoted to telling a Harry Potter story, for example. The digressions aren't reflections on the subject, they're just rambling information used to fill out the book. I was hoping to learn more A very disappointing book. It's not until the end of the introduction that a reader discovers the book was written without the help of the subject or his agent. The researchers have gathered information on David Tennant, and the author has reproduced it along with additional excessive detail - several pages devoted to telling a Harry Potter story, for example. The digressions aren't reflections on the subject, they're just rambling information used to fill out the book. I was hoping to learn more about David Tennant as an actor (not just because I'm a fan of Dr Who), and this book didn't present anything new.

  4. 4 out of 5

    D C GRIMSDELL

    Good but not enough Who episode details I enjoyed this book and read it in double-quick time. But I had hoped there would be more chat or details about each Who episode that DT starred in.....a brief resume of each episode; things that went wrong; things that went right; Guest Star list; etc. I suppose I am being too pernickety and should have known better. After all it is a Biography of David Tennant, NOT Dr Who. I will have to look for another book that has got what I want.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    What a shame for David Tennant that this was so poorly written. I'm a huge fan and will remain so but I really felt that he was playing second fiddle in his own biography. The author appears to have used his life purely as a name dropping exercise to talk about everyone famous in David's life rather than focus on the man himself. A missed opportunity.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    It was an enjoyable read simply to the fact that the author seems to have a high respect for David Tennant, he never says anything that would be considered any kind of insult to him, his character, his choice of work or his personal life. He seemed to get a lot of things accurate considering David Tennant was never specifically interviewed for this book. But of course this book is missing a lot. Yes, I enjoyed it, but there wasn't much new information gathered from it. Everything was put together It was an enjoyable read simply to the fact that the author seems to have a high respect for David Tennant, he never says anything that would be considered any kind of insult to him, his character, his choice of work or his personal life. He seemed to get a lot of things accurate considering David Tennant was never specifically interviewed for this book. But of course this book is missing a lot. Yes, I enjoyed it, but there wasn't much new information gathered from it. Everything was put together from other interviews we as fans have already seen and heard whether watching the performances themselves or catching the public programs or interviews this isn't really much new information. What I did gather as new was a bit in regards to his dating background, which is not necessary information for a fan of an actor. His private life is his private life. But I'm glad that apart from his dating life (parts that were already public it was said) and things like his back injury during scripting for Hamlet, that he didn't go into too much detail about his personal life, whether taking everything we know about it or just assuming too much of what was on his mind, this is part of what gave it the three stars, mainly that he stuck to respecting David Tennant as a person. The biggest dislike in the book was that he delved too much into detail about the people he worked with, and about the parts he was playing (Doctor Who episode synopsis' and climaxes up the wazoo), these are things we all know or we might not have picked up this book lol. Anyway, apart from that I'll still be proud to have this in my e-shelf of books as a keepsake to describe a bit about how wonderful David Tennant really is, how hard-working, energetic, humble and kind-hearted of an individual he strives to be. This still makes the book worth at least one read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I think David Tennant is a great actor, but this biography was kind of boring. It went into so much detail about other people (Hello! I am reading this because it is supposed to be a biography of David Tennant, not every other person mentioned in this book!). There is not enough about David and his work in this book to justify it being called a biography of him. The book is only 200 pages and I would say less than half of it talks about him and even those pages don't say all that much. After fin I think David Tennant is a great actor, but this biography was kind of boring. It went into so much detail about other people (Hello! I am reading this because it is supposed to be a biography of David Tennant, not every other person mentioned in this book!). There is not enough about David and his work in this book to justify it being called a biography of him. The book is only 200 pages and I would say less than half of it talks about him and even those pages don't say all that much. After finishing it, I felt I could have learned the same on wikipedia and in less time! If you really want to read this book, I would recommend borrowing it first, if possible.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maddie_jane

    I'm never a huge fan of a Biography (i very much prefer an autobiography) but as a David Tennant fan i was always going to have to read this one. Sadly my dislike of them was founded. Whilst some of it was quite interesting i found Nigel Goodalls book very long winded in places. There seemed to be a huge amount written about the Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire for instance that i felt it did not need. A quick paragraph or 2 on Davids part would have sufficed. So overall very disappointed. I'm never a huge fan of a Biography (i very much prefer an autobiography) but as a David Tennant fan i was always going to have to read this one. Sadly my dislike of them was founded. Whilst some of it was quite interesting i found Nigel Goodalls book very long winded in places. There seemed to be a huge amount written about the Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire for instance that i felt it did not need. A quick paragraph or 2 on Davids part would have sufficed. So overall very disappointed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I'd say that maybe half of this book is actually about David Tennant. I learned maybe one or two interesting things that i09 and other internets hadn't already told me. Every time the author brings up another famous person connected to David, or a play or show that David starred in, he rambles on for pages and pages. Honestly, I wasn't looking to read the autobiography of Kylie Minogue. There wasn't much about the Doctor Who series either.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Because Nigel could not get the interest/permission/whatever from Tennant or his agent, he appeared to compile his book from magazine,TV, news paper interviews and programs.The only part that he seems to have inserted for himself was the overly personal information concerning the funeral of Tennant's mother. DON'T BOTHER... NOT EVENT THE PHOTOS WERE EXCITING.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Penny Culliford

    The content of this book would have made a good magazine article. Unfortunately it was stretched and padded to make a full length book. You do not learn any more about David Tennant than you could by looking at a website. I was not very impressed by the photographs either. They all make David Tennant look strange.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Candy

    Did not care for this! It was not a "good read"! The book jumped too much and was hard to keep up with! Boring!! Love David Tennant! Though it seems the author just took articles or interviews about the actor and pieced together a book! Blah!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brian Grinter

    Interesting read although as it wasn't an 'authorised' biography much of it is pieced together from interviews and articles. Looking forward to reading an authorised biography which would give more of an insight into David Tennant.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    Very slapdash with nothing of substance, no real order and, despite the nature of biographies because of the writing very distant to its subject. Most information is obvious or googleable, and Goodall offers little to none of his own opinions. A great example of why many are wary of biographies.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    I only made it through the first few chapters. The style of writing annoyed me too much: everything seemed like a recap of a press release, or something I'd already read online, and with no immediacy or sense of character. It felt like a summary, rather than a biography.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jemz Thomson

    Did provide some interesting insight to his early acting career but did mostly feel like a much of online articles being spat back out at me

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Another dreadful biography by Nigel Goodall

  18. 5 out of 5

    Quinn Jackson

    This was over all a good book but was not totally about David Tennet, some chapters would go on about other people he has worked with. I would give this book a 3/5.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Long

    So much filler and Ten didn't authorise it (didn't know that when I started it). Still love David Tennant

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carol Waller

    Utter crap. Don't bother

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

  22. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

  23. 4 out of 5

    Saxie5

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Jones

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anna || BooksandBookends

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Bennett

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cretegirl

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