Note: I honestly was not expecting this result when I set out to type him…believe what you will…and then again, I could be totally wrong. After all, I don’t know him personally.
Ni: David Tennant chose to be an actor and set a goal to play the Doctor as a toddler. Since age three, he has never wavered from that path. He is very determined and doesn’t really doubt himself or his intuitions. He’s very talented when it comes to playing N-type characters. David Tennant describes himself as having a “nervous energy,” enough that worrying keeps him up at night. He enjoys challenging himself and prefers to wait a few years before making judgements. He carries with him various obsessions (like hacking) and isn’t particularly fond of tradition…
Te: Tennant is extremely organized, focused and decently intelligent. He’s a hard worker who sets long-term goals and pursues them without question or doubt. Most of the time, he is extremely hard on himself as he continues to challenge himself with new acting roles. He really feels the pressure of deadlines, but can meet them (for a good glimpse of how much he stresses over this, watch bits of his video diaries)…He has described himself as emotionally retarded.
Fi: Extremely loyal to his fans, David Tennant is a friendly prankster. He’s humble and friendly with everyone, though he tends to keep his personal life to himself, manifest in his consistent refusal to give definite answers to interview questions earlier in his career. At the time, he bypassed most questions with the phrase, “I couldn’t possibly comment.” In group interviews, he still tends to let others do most of the talking if he can get away with it. Tennant is politically opinionated and doesn’t feel the need to follow all the social trends flying around (the ice bucket challenge, for instance).
Se: David Tennant is often overwhelmed by the attention he gets. He’s particularly sensitive to his environment (sounds keep him up at night), but doesn’t have trouble adjusting to new and changing situations. At the same time, he doesn’t enjoy working with fast paced schedules. He was particularly overstimulated by his role as the Doctor (an extremely extraverted role). When traveling, he spends most of the time alone in his apartment rather than chancing the crowds to sightsee…
How his MBTI type influences his Acting Style:
Characters: Tenth Doctor ENFP, Alec Hardy INTJ, Jean-Francios Mercier ISTP, Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing) ENTP, Cambell Bain ENFJ, Richard II INTJ, Hamlet INTJ etc.
I really, really, really was reluctant to believe this typing at first –because David Tennant doesn’t particularly resemble your stereotypical INTJ. I will have you know, I actually spent over an hour and a half trying to convince myself that he was an FeTi user (INFJ), but it didn’t work. I also considered ENFJ field, but Ni is definitely his dominant function. It just stands out beyond everything else…
What eventually convinced me through and through was watching his reaction to leaving Doctor Who as well as his comments about schedules, nerves and overstimulation (on his video diaries); then seeing his final reaction to the superstition piece on Trick or Treat.
I suppose what we’ve got to remember is that typing fictional characters is completely different from typing real people. Fictional characters tend to embody their type’s stereotypes whereas real people are more three-dimensional. Because real life is so very different from life in the movies, you will see film-INTJs laugh and smile far less than the real-life INTJs do. Especially when it comes to actors, it’s hard to tell at first glance because they have to be friendly and outgoing with everyone or else they lose their fans.
I suppose there’s an F stereotype for actors in general…
Once again, more of his major roles seem to be intuitives. I never really could understand the idea of INTJs going into the field of acting, but I suppose if you’re good at acting like you’re not an INTJ, it could work. David Tennant certainly does it well.
I commented earlier that INFPs use their eyes as vessels for emotional expression –in much the same way, the eyebrows tend to be INTJs mode of expression. INTJs are particularly good at lowering their eyebrows to absurd degrees, thus conveying exaggerated intensity of an emotion that isn’t always there.
INTJs do use their mouths as a mode of expression as well –which further exaggerates the work that’s being done by their eyebrows. So, if you want to know whether David Tennant is smiling for real (feeling just the smile and nothing else), or just smiling because it’s expected of him (something else is on his mind), observe the following images.
This smile could probably fool most people, but as a fellow INTJ, I know that he’s thinking about something else (other than what he’s smiling at). How would I know? The eyebrows aren’t saying anything. He’s subconsciously using his mouth to cover for him so that no one will think he’s rude and gloomy.
This next one is a partially-there smile –the classic INTJ smile in which one uses only the corners of the mouth to smile, while saying the rest by raising the eyebrows half-way. Notice also that he’s only raising one eyebrow.
It seems that a lot of INTJs will use one eyebrow to convey emotion when they need to –particularly while they’re talking, because otherwise people just think they’re getting a death stare. I don’t remember where I came across the following image (somewhere in my research), but there was a fan somewhere organizing a drinking game for Doctor Who, in which one of the categories is “left-eyebrow acting.”
In general, INTJs tend to use subtle eyebrow movements –often only in one eyebrow– to express their emotions. I’ve also noticed a consistency with the one eyebrow being the left one. Apparently fans have made tributes to his left eyebrow? Like so.
Lastly, we have the smile that only comes when the INTJ is fully in the moment and thinking purely about what they are feeling (I suppose one would have to do this if one were acting) –but here, you get the eyebrows up AND the smile.
Anyroad, that’s that.