PHOTOS: David Tennant Switches On The 2007 Blackpool Illuminations #ThrowbackThursday
In 2007, David Tennant travelled up to Blackpool to switch on the annual Illuminations.
The Blackpool Illuminations is a celebrated display of lights which runs for just over two months every autumn in the UK seaside resort of Blackpool. Established in 1879, the Illuminations are a tradition found in a number of larger coastal towns, but Blackpool's are arguably the most famous. The display runs for six miles along the sea front. The Big Switch On is a major event with performances from bands preceding a celebrity flicking the switch to turn on the display.
In 2007 the lights incorporated a Doctor Who display, including monsters from the revived series. As the then star of the show, David Tennant was invited to switch on the display for the massive event on August 31st. Also present was TV personality Dale Winton, who hosted the evening, and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, who designed part of the display, while acts performing included Natasha Bedingfield, Natalie Imbruglia, Gareth Gates, McFly and Ghosts. The Big Switch On went out live on BBC Radio 2.
David travelled up to Blackpool from Cardiff in the company of Julie Gardner. Due to work earlier in the day on the shoot for series 4 episode Planet Of the Ood, David was late leaving the set and then was held up in traffic on the M6. As a result, they were met by police motorcyclists on the outskirts of Blackpool and given an escort, complete with sirens and blue flashing lights, into the centre of town to ensure that they arrived on time.