David Tennant, 37, was photographed on a trip to the local shops near his North London home.
The actor was wrapped up against the cold in a stripey scarf not dissimilar to the one worn by Tom Baker's Doctor Who in the 1970s.
The pictures of Tennant out and about will be a welcome sight for fans awaiting his return to the stage.
He underwent surgery for a prolapsed disc last week, spelling disappointment for thousands who paid to see him in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet at London's Novello Theatre. Tickets for the run sold out in a single day and the RSC is not offering refunds.
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