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‘Doctor Who’ Star Nabs Lead Role In NBC Pilot
Tom Cheredar   |  

David Tennant, best known to his fans as the Tenth Doctor in the BBC sci-fi television show Doctor Who, has grabbed the lead role in a pilot for NBC called Rex Is Not Your Lawyer — an hour-long legal dramedy about a Chicago lawyer who suffers from panic attacks.

The show was first developed two years ago, but was only greenlit this past August because the studio could not find a suitable actor to play the main role until Tennant came along, according to a report from Reuters. While the report doesn’t mention whether Tennant will be adopting an accent (British or his native Scottish), it’s probably more likely that he’ll be portraying an American.

It’s hard to imagine Tennant in a role that doesn’t in some way touch the sci-fi genre. However, it’s always been clear that his acting abilities stretch far beyond what we’ve seen him do on Doctor Who alone.

As long as he stays far away from anything with a laugh track I’ll be content to watch him in any role.


  1. Hard to imagine Tennant in a non-sci role? You should get hold of the brilliant BBC mini series “Casanova” from a few years back.

    Comment by Soylent — November 5, 2009 @ 7:10 am

  2. @Soylent This is why I love our readers. Will definitely do that.

    Comment by Tom Cheredar — November 5, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

  3. Or Takin’ Over the Asylum, if you can find it. A very young, but already brilliant David Tennant.

    Comment by Mary Kins — November 6, 2009 @ 12:01 am

  4. Or Blackpool, a strange and twisted police procedural musical love story (sort of)… or the stage version of Hamlet that’s coming out on DVD soon…

    Comment by Gerber — November 8, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

  5. Or on a different genre, try David’s amazingly accurate portrayal of a brain-injured man in the movie Recovery…
    tissues REQUIRED!!

    Thanks for reporting about the pilot. I hope they will have a studio audience so we all can attend a taping.

    Heads Up, America…here comes DT!

    Comment by D. Riche — November 12, 2009 @ 12:44 am

  6. “While the report doesn’t mention whether Tennant will be adopting an accent (British or his native Scottish),”


    Comment by Scottish Girl — December 6, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

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