David Tennant Says Upcoming Marvel Role Is a Childhood Dream

The actor who played the tenth Doctor Who has been cast as the villain in Netflix's comic book drama 'A.K.A. Jessica Jones.'
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From hyperactive Time Lords to troubled detectives and now to purple-skinned superhero villains. David Tennant’s already eclectic line of characters took another twist earlier this week when it was revealed that the Scottish actor — currently appearing on U.K. TV screens in the second season of ITV’s Broadchurch — would be starring in Netflix’s Marvel comic book drama A.K.A. Jessica Jones.

Tennant is to play the mind-controlling Dr. Zebediah Kilgrave — also known as The Purple Man — in the the upcoming series, and has revealed that the role is a childhood dream come true.

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"I grew up an absolute devotee to the worlds of Marvel, so the fact that they’ve expanded into TV and film is a fact that I fantasized about when I was younger," he told Radio Times magazine. "So now to be part of it, to be on the other side of it, is a thrill."

Much like Broadchurch — which saw more than seven million viewers tune in to watch the season-two opener on Jan. 5 — Tennant is being forced to keep his mouth firmly closed so as to not let any details slip out.

"I’ve found myself in another world which I can answer no questions about," he said. "I don’t mind the shutting up. I was in Scotland last night and I watched the last episode go out with my family. My niece was shouting all sorts of theories, some of which were quite prescient, some of which were very wide of the mark."