Everyone loves David John McDonald, for many regarded as one of the greatest actors to portray the Doctor on Doctor Who. Wait, who?!

Well, in case you didn’t know, David Tennant’s real name isn’t actually David Tennant, but the aforementioned. Yeah, we totally just found that out too.

However, the actor’s now revealed the brilliant way in which he came up with his stage surname, explaining how terrible it could have ended up being.

“Its that actor’s thing, where if you join the actors’ union, if there’s already somebody with that name you have to change it,” Tennant (or McDonald) explained on The Late Late Show with James Corden. “It’s like your trademark, I guess. It’s like a union rule.

“I did my first job at 16 – at 16 years old I didn’t know actors, I didn’t know how you chose a name. So I flicked through a music magazine. So I’m sort of named after Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys!

“I mean not explicitly, I’m not related to him. I was just leafing through a magazine and thought, ‘What am I going to call myself?’. It could have been Sade!”

To be fair, the 10th Doctor David Sade sounds kind of incredible.

However, the star noted how immaturity at that age could have had dire consequences, adding: “Asking a 16-year-old to change their name… I could have been anything. Bojangles McDuff!”

Oh, what have we done to deserve him.

Tennant has been full of hilarious revelations recently, the actor revealing last month that he has a pink sparkly penis trophy in his house. Yes, really.

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