Doctor Who actor David Tennant was almost exterminated in real life - after a deadly bout of appendicitis.
The British actor needed emergency surgery on a burst appendix - and almost died after the operation.
Tennant's friend tells British newspaper the Daily Mirror, "It was touch and go and it was feared he might not make it."
The 36-year-old - who was nine at the time of the operation - was hospitalised for two weeks.