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He began to appear on television more prominently in 20, when he appeared in a dramatisation of He Knew He Was Right (2004), Blackpool (2004), Casanova (2005), and The Quatermass Experiment (2005).In film, he appeared in Bright Young Things (2003), and later that same year appeared as Barty Crouch Jr. Doctor Who returned to British screens in 2005, with Christopher Eccleston playing the role of the Ninth Doctor in the first series.Tennant is of Northern Irish descent; his maternal great-grandparents, William and Agnes Blair, were staunch Protestants from County Londonderry who were among the signatories of the Ulster Covenant in 1912. Tennant's maternal grandfather, footballer Archie Mc Leod, met William and Agnes' daughter Nellie while playing for Derry City FC.Mc Leod was descended from tenant farmers from the Isle of Mull.This is one of his few TV roles in his native Scottish accent.
When he moved to London shortly afterwards, he lodged with Weir for five years and became godfather to her youngest child.
When he was 16, he acted in an anti-smoking film made by the Glasgow Health Board which aired on television and was also screened in schools.
The following year, he played a role in an episode of Dramarama.
Coincidentally, Eccleston portrayed the incarnation of The Doctor immediately preceding Tennant's.
Tennant developed his career in the British theatre, frequently performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company.