David Tennant has been busy, busy, busy. And from all indications, his schedule is going to stay chock-full of projects for a while, which means fans of the Doctor Who and Broadchurch star have a lot of him to look forward to.
Those in the UK will soon get to see Tennant in the new three-part suspense thriller, The Escape Artist, on BBC One. In it he plays junior barrister Will Burton, who’s nicknamed “The Escape Artist” because of his knack for getting defendants off the hook and out of the dock. He’s never lost a case, but when he gets the prime suspect in a horrific murder trial acquitted, his brilliance comes back to bite him with unexpected and chilling results. Check out the trailer.
The Escape Artist premieres on BBC One on Tuesday, 29 October. No announcement has been made yet regarding whether it will make its way stateside. However, Acorn Media is expected to release the DVD immediately after its broadcast. It is already available for pre-order at Amazon UKwith a street date of 18 November, which presumably will change now that the program’s premiere date has been set.
Less than a month later, Tennant fans everywhere will be able to see him once again in what is likely the best-known of his signature roles: that of the Tenth Doctor. Doctor Allons-y himself will be co-starring alongside current Doctor Geronimo Matt Smith and John Hurt in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, when it arrives on 23 November.
The BBC will simulcast “The Day of the Doctor” at the same time to BBC channels around the world, including on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US. Depending on your location and the time of the simulcast, it could be that it’s 24 November when the program premieres in your area, so remember to check your local listings once the time is announced.
If the global television simulcast weren’t enough to get a Time Lord’s two hearts pumping with excitement, then knowing that “The Day of the Doctor” will also be shown on the big screen in 2D and 3D at select cinemas around the world should be.
Speaking of the cinema, fans can watch David Tennant treading the boards in another worldwide event of sorts. He’s currently starring as the titular ill-fated monarch in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) new production of Richard II, of which the theatre performances are sold out in both Stratford-upon-Avon and London. But despair not if you don’t hold a ticket because…
… ’tis possible for thee to see the good sir Tennant via the RSC’s first-ever live-stream at select cinemas across the UK on 13 November013, and at limited screenings in other parts of the world, including the US, starting 2 December 2013.
To round out what chould be a Tennant cinema hat trick in the coming months, there’s What We Did On Our Holiday, a comedy from the creators of the hit sitcom Outnumbered. The film stars Tennant and Rosamund Pike (The World’s End), along with Billy Connolly (The Hobbit), Celia Imrie (Kingdom), Ben Miller (Death in Paradise), and Amelia Bullmore (Scott & Bailey).
(No, that’s not the cast below, but Tennant with a few fans who managed to meet him during filming over the summer.)
Tennant and Pike play Doug and Abi, a divorcing couple traveling to the Scottish Highlands with their three children for Doug’s father’s birthday party. Their divorce is all but certain; keeping it a secret from their extended family is not. Tensions arise, as does tragedy, and what results is hilarious and heartwarming. What We Did On Our Holiday is scheduled to be released in 2014.
And if you’re wondering if David Tennant will be reprising his role as DI Alec Hardy in the second series of the hit mystery/crime drama Broadchurch, join the club. There’s still no word on this yet, although both Olivia Colman and Arthur Darvill have confirmed that they will be in the next series.
But if you’re game for Broadchurch, American style, there’s good news. Tennant will reprise his detective role in the Fox network’s US adaptation of Broadchurch, only he’ll be sporting an American instead of Scottish accent. As with the original, his character will be the lead investigator for a murder that upends life for residents in a small coastal town. Filming is slated to begin in January 2014 for a series premiere on Fox during its 2014/2015 season.
With David Tennant on television, stage, and the silver screen, his fans will be busy, too.