It would certainly be fantastic if David Tennant slipped his converse trainers and brown pinstripe suit back on again this year to appear alongside Matt Smith in Doctor Who for the show’s 50th anniversary birthday bash in November.
However, as it looks less and less likely that we’ll be seeing that happen (are you quite sure about this? – Ed), you’ll just have to get your Tennant fix from elsewhere. How fortuitous it is then that the actor just happens to be in a couple if rather huge drams this year.
First up is the one you all of heard about by now, the wartime BBC Four drama Spies of Warsaw, is set to dazzle us tomorrow evening, Wednesday 9th January at 9pm. Since part of the drama was filmed in Poland, they will be the next lot of lucky viewers who can watch Tennant strut his acting stuff from 11th January on TVP1.
In Spies of Warsaw, Tennant’s character, Jean-Francois Mercier, is a military attaché working at the French embassy in Poland during the eve of the Second World War. Mercier finds himself drawn into a world of world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue…
Speaking about the one-off drama, Tennant compared it with James Bond and other British spy stories.
In the past, we’ve had Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and James Bond but I’ve never come across anything quite like Spies of Warsaw.
Although it is a spy story, it’s also a love story – and it’s also a historical piece.
It’s quite unusual and hard to categorise but at the end of the day, it’s a gripping yarn as well.
Tennant will then be seen on ITV for another drama called Broadchurch, which the writer describes as:
A small British community which finds itself at the eye of a storm. In the wake of one boy’s death, the residents of Broadchurch come under scrutiny and suspicion. It’s a story of scale and intimacy, as the lives of the characters are laid bare.
The writer none other than well known Doctor Who and Torchwood legend Chris Chibnall. Broadchurch also features some other well known Doctor Who faces including Olivia Coleman (The Eleventh Hour) and Rory Williams actor Arthur Darvill. It also has one episode directed by the fantastic Euros Lyn (The End of Time, Torchwood: Children of Earth) and James Strong (The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit) so that’s kind of like a 50th anniversary celebration but without a mention of Doctor Who!
Broadchurch will air in the UK on ITV but as with many British shows has been sold overseas by the company to BBC America, surely one of the most uneasy alliances since the Pandorica group sat down together for the first time!
Spies of Warsaw will air on BBC Four on Wednesday 9th of January; Broadchurch is currently in post production.
After that, who knows. Wonder what David’s doing in November…?