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FORMER Doctor Who star David Tennant is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by his alma mater, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

He will be honoured at a graduation ceremony this summer along with world-renowned choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne and internationally-distinguished cellist Ralph Kirshbaum.

The Scottish actor, who achieved cult fame for his portrayal of the 10th Doctor in the BBC series Dr Who, will be awarded an honorary drama doctorate, while Sir Matthew will receive the same honour for dance and Kirshbaum for music.

Tennant studied drama at the Conservatoire from 1988 to 1991, when it was known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, before going on to roles on stage and screen, including performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company and starring in the TV series Broadchurch.

Conservatoire principal Professor Jeffrey Sharkey said: “I am delighted that the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is to confer honorary degrees on these truly world-class and inspirational individuals.”

“They represent the highest levels of artistry in their chosen disciplines and help promote international reach of the performing arts.”

Last weekend, Tennant co-hosted a live celebration of Shakespeare’s work from Stratford-Upon-Avon on BBC Two to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. Sharkey added: “It is fitting that such respected artists join the RCS family in the year that we are named in the world’s top 10 for performing arts education.”

The honorary degrees will be awarded at a ceremony on July 5.

From http://www.thenational.scot