Doctor Whoa: David Tennant Marries Own Daughter… Well, Sort of.

Actor David Tennant is to marry actress Georgia Moffett. That news is fairly straightforward, albeit devastating for several single women I know.

But the type of viewer who gets confused between actors and the televisual roles they play should just give up now. You see, the pair met during the filming of the 2008 Doctor Who episode The Doctor’s Daughter. Tennant, of course, played the Doctor, while Moffett played his daughter.

Well, sort of.

The character Jenny was in fact created by inserting the Doctor’s hand into a progeneration machine, a device that took a diploid cell (containing copies of chromosomes from both of the Doctor’s parents) and split it into haploid cells (which contain one set of chromosones), using this to create a new life form: a “daughter” who was the Doctor’s direct offspring, but did not have a mother.

(Please note that even though scientists have never achieved the exact same thing with humans or animals, Japanese researchers were able to use this haploidisation a few years ago to produce a baby mouse with two biological mothers and no father.)

However, if you thought this only left the confusion of what race the artificially created daughter of a half-human, half-Timelord has, think again.

To make things even more muddled, Moffett has a famous real-life father. No, not the Doctor Who writer (that’s Stephen Moffat), but actor Peter Davidson. As in… the fifth Doctor.

That is to say, Tennant is marrying not only his on-screen daughter, but also the real-life daughter of his on-screen former self.

We certainly wish the couple all the best. But if they go on to have a daughter, we suggest she might be better off avoiding reruns of a certain sci-fi show to spare them a major identity crisis.





19 Responses to Doctor Whoa: David Tennant Marries Own Daughter… Well, Sort of.

    • Actually, yes he is. If you watch the movie with Paul McGann, he does actually say that his mother was human.

      • The Paul McGann insult should be removed from the collective memory of the Doctor Who universe, nearly everyone involved in the making of that atrocity should have their memories wiped.
        There was absolutely ZERO basis for throwing that "human mother" BS into the story, and since then the new series has clearly stated that there is no and can be no Human/Time Lord being (see The End of Time), clearly contradicting the silly movie.

    • Not really. While Jenny was created using only the Doctor's DNA the order is still a different genetic makeup. Two different gene make ups would mean they couldn't be clones. You couldn't really say twins either. While twins don't have the same genetic make-up they do have the same birth mother. Which the Doctor and Jenny do not. It might not make total sense to call them father and daughter, but it is more logical.

  1. I just find it interesting that people call her Jenny when her name was short for Generated Anomaly.

    Also she's the daughter of a previous doctor so she's still the doctor's daughter either way. ;)

  2. The "Half Human" stuff form the movie has been ignored everywhere to the point where it is considered non-canon.
    The Doctor's mother was seen in "The End of Time" (the final two specials between seasons 4 and 5).

    • "The "Half Human" stuff form the movie has been ignored everywhere to the point where it is considered non-canon."

      What movie? Hehehehe….

      Exactly.

    • Or, it could be considered to be a lie by the Doctor–who does do that at times–and therefore should be ignored anyway.

    • I think it was considered non-canon before it was even ignored and they do not specifically state that it is his mother. It could very easily of been a sister, or just a close friend, or even some random person that didn't like the counsel.