What do James Bond, a cabinet minister, a cop and The Proclaimers have in common?
Well, nothing unless you’re former Doctor David Tennant who, after giving an assured performance in True Love, has numerous new projects lined up based around these disparate elements in the coming months, which we’ve been alerted to by David-Tennant.com’s excellent Twitter feed.
Up first, he’ll be reading a new adaptation of Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as part of AudioGO’s 007 Reloaded series of new unabridged audiobooks released in September. Three years in the making, the project has seen distinguished director Enyd Williams and Lucy Fleming for Ian Fleming Publications working closely with twelve British acting icons to create an exciting, modern take on Ian Fleming’s classic novels.
Joining him will be former Doctor Who guest stars Bill Nighy (Moonraker) and Hugh Bonneville (Goldfinger). Each new Bond title will be available to pre-order on 1st August with both the CD and download available to purchase from 6th September.
Following on from “Bond, James Bond”, David will be appearing in new BBC drama serial The Politician’s Husband with Emily Watson.
Tennant will be playing Senior Cabinet Minster Aiden Hoynes, an idealist who’s sucked into the power games of Westminster when his son is diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome.
Writer/creator Paula Milne comments:
“It is said that all power corrupts but the power balance within a marriage can be unspoken and subtle whereas the power games in politics are more overt and manipulatory. The drama explores the personal realm of a political marriage played against the ruthless hubris of Westminster politics – and what can happen when those two realms collide.”
The Politician’s Husband began filming this week in London, surprisingly. Milne previously wrote The Politician’s Wife starring Trevor Eve and Juliet Stephenson in the 1990s.
Flicking over to ITV, Tennant has also signed up for Broadchurch, an ITV 1 series inspired by the Danish detective series, The Killing – reuniting him with Doctor Who crew members; writer Chris Chibnall, director James Strong (who both worked with him on United) and producer Richard Stokes.
The drama, which goes into production later this year for a January release, was described to The Sun as:
“Not just another detective show with a quirky sleuth. There is more to it. It will be in the same vein as The Killing in that it will be suspenseful — just when you think you know what’s going on, David’s character will turn the whole thing on its head. It’s a challenging role but one he is relishing.”
Finally, Tennant has also been linked to a key role in a film version of the musical Sunshine on Leith, based on the songs by The Proclaimers; Tennant, who is a big fan of the band and has previously expressed an interest in such a project. Fellow Scot and not-quite-Eighth-Doctor Billy Connolly has also been suggested as a co-star reports Deadline.