June is David Tennant month

McClatchy Washington BureauJune 9, 2014 

June should be officially designated “David Tennant Month” for the number of shows he’s appearing in.

Who is David Tennant? Clearly, you haven’t watched the BBC’s “Doctor Who” or “Broadchurch,” in which he starred as a scruffy detective hunting a child murderer. The most knowledgeable, and adult, viewers might remember him from the racy “Casanova.”

Now he stands to be on the silver screen and public television all in the same month.

On June 15, Tennant stars in PBS’ new two-part series “The Escape Artist” on “Masterpiece Mystery!” In it he’s a defense lawyer who runs afoul of a dangerous client.

A day later (and not affiliated with PBS), Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide are having a two-night Tennant extravaganza for family movie viewing.

On June 16, the 2006 “Doctor Who” episodes “Rise of the Cybermen” / “The Age of Steel” will be shown in movie theaters. The two episodes have been re-edited into one theatrical release. These showings includes an extra 20 minutes of bonus content from Tennant himself.

On the second night, June 17, the theaters will show “Wings 3D,” a director’s cut of the documentary series “Earthflight,” narrated by Tennant in his native Scottish accent. The John Downer documentary uses 3-D photography done via microlites, paragliders and octocopters aircraft, videotaping from the heart of the flocks as they migrate. The film includes snow geese gliding past the Statue of Liberty in New York, the lyrical mating dances of Hokkaido’s snowy cranes, and flocks of scarlet macaws darting about in the rain forest.

Tennant, 43, starred as the 10th Doctor in the long-running British series “Doctor Who” from 2005 to 2010, with a guest appearance in 2013. His traveling companion for the “Rise of the Cybermen” will be Rose Tyler (Billie Piper).

In 2013, a special showing by Fathom Events of the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who” called “The Day of the Doctor” was in theaters, earning about $4.77 million with more than 320,000 tickets sold.

Theater locations and prices for “’Doctor Who’ + Wings3D” are on the Fathom Events website ( http://www.fathomevents.com/event/doctor-who-and-wings).

“The Escape Artist” is scheduled for June 15 and 22 at 9 P.M. on PBS.

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