Crime drama pairs Tennant with Doctor Who sidekick

David Tennant undertakes a career switch from Doctor Who to Detective Inspector in a new drama featuring another of the stars of the sci-fi show.

Arthur Darvill, who plays current Doctor Who Matt Smith’s sidekick Rory, appears as a priest in Broadchurch, an eight-part series which looks at the lives of people living in a small town after the body of a young boy is found on a beach.

The ITV1 show, which also stars Olivia Colman and Vicky McClure, was written by Chris Chibnall who has also worked on Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood.

Chris said: “Broadchurch focuses on 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.”

David plays DI Alec Hardy, an out-of-town detective, who clashes with a local officer played by Rev star Olivia during the investigation into what happened.

The show will be filmed on location in Portishead near Bristol and Dorset later this year.