With Broadchurch set to return to our screens very soon, we thought we’d take the opportunity to look at just five of fan favourite David Tennant’s finest acting roles.

See below for video clips as well.

5. United

Also written by Broachchurch creator Chris Chibnall, United is based on the true story of Manchester United's ‘Busby Babes’ and the aftermath of the 1958 Munich air disaster. Tennant played footballer Jimmy Murphy.

4. The Politician’s Husband

Tennant played Senior Cabinet minister Aiden Hoynes in the TV miniseries about a are a high-flying golden political couple, with Emily Watson playing his wife.

3. Hamlet

Tennant appeared in the critically acclaimed stage play by the Royal Shakespeare Company together with Patrick Stewart. He later returned to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2013, playing the lead in Richard the Second.

2. The Doctor in Doctor Who

Tennant played the tenth doctor in the long-running sci-fi franchise from 2005-2010, winning over legions of fans- both old and young.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the series, Tennant’s Doctor was named ‘The UK's favourite Doctor.’

Here he talks about being the Doctor for those who are new to Dr Who.


But at Number one it has to be his starring role in West Dorset based crime thriller Broadchurch.

Tennant played Detective Inspector Alec Hardy, an experienced detective who moved from the city looking for a quiet life. However this was not to be and the critically acclaimed, award-winning show was a smash hit, attracting nine million viewers a week all eager to find out ‘whodunnit.’

Here he talks about his character DI Hardy.

And here's just a little bit more Broadchurch.