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Originally published Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:16 AM

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June is David Tennant month on screens big and small

Fans of David Tennant, one of the modern-era incarnations of Dr. Who and who gained even more fans for his turn as a detective in the BBC series “Broadchurch,” can be seen in June on PBS and on the big screen.


McClatchy News Service

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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 the murderer of a boy in a small town. 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.

First, Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide are having a two-night Tennant extravaganza for family movie viewing.

On Monday, 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 include an extra 20 minutes of bonus content from Tennant himself.

On the second night, Tuesday, 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. In Seattle, the movies will be shown at Pacific Place and Meridian 16. For a list of other area movie theaters hosting these films, go to fathomevents.com.

Tennant also 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. On KCTS, the show premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday, June 19.

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.



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