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Doctor Who fame left David Tennant feeling 'scared' and 'vulnerable'

David Tennant
(Image credit: Colin Hutton)

He played the Time Lord for five years

David Tennant has revealed the fame that followed his stint on Doctor Who left him feeling "vulnerable".

The actor - who played the infamous Doctor from 2005 to 2010 - said his big break wasn't how he thought it would be.

David Tennant admits he's jealous of new Doctor

David Tennant admits he's jealous of new Doctor (Image credit: BBC)

"The way you imagine it’s going to be is not the way it is at all," the 48-year-old revealed.

"It's much more exposing, and the imaginative leap you've had that it will give you status or make you invulnerable is all wrong. It makes you very vulnerable, and very raw."

Speaking about fame in general, the actor - who is playing a new role in soon-to-air Good Omens - added, "I remember way back, when I'd be in a room and someone well known would walk in, and there's that sort of whisper goes around the room and everyone looks. And you imagine being that person is somehow powerful.

"When you are that person, you walk into a room and everyone turns their head and whispers, and you feel like you're being squashed. You feel intimidated, and you feel scared, actually."

David Tennant plays the Doctor, Catherine Tate plays Donna and an old police box plays the TARDIS

David Tennant plays the Doctor, Catherine Tate plays Donna and an old police box plays the TARDIS (Image credit: BBC)

David handed the reigns over to Matt Smith in 2010 after enjoying a "brilliant, bewildering and life changing" time on the show. Despite loving every second, he claimed he didn't want to "out stay his welcome".

In his departing statement, David said, "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."

The Time Lord is now being played by Jodie Whittaker - the first female actress to ever bag the role.

Jodie Whittaker new picture as first female Time Lord. She will appear in the Doctor Who Christmas special 2018

(Image credit: Copyright BBC Worldwide 2017)