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Rejoice! There’s more good news for David Tennant fans, as he’s landed yet another part. But it’s bad news for fans of David’s actual face, because that role is animated.

It’s been announced today (October 11) that he’s going to star in The Highway Rat, a one-off festive adaptation of a bestselling children’s book by The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler.

David will play the eponymous rodent robber, whose craving for buns, cookies and all things sweet drives him to commit roadside larceny, with the catchphrase, “Give me your pastries and puddings! Give me your chocolate and cake! For I am the Rat of the Highway, and whatever I want I take!”

Here’s a look at David reimagined as rodent:

(Image: BBC)
Allons-y! David Tennant as the sweet-toothed Highway Rat. (Image: BBC)

Voicing animated characters has become somewhat of a trend for David, what with his upcoming portrayal of Buck Douglas in the Fireman Sam special, and Disney’s Scrooge McDuck in the DuckTales reboot. His lack of visual performance in the latter is more than made up for, however: not only does it give him the opportunity to unleash those Scottish vowels, but, according to Den of Geek, an upcoming episode will also see him reunited with Catherine Tate, a.k.a. Doctor Who‘s Donna Noble.

The Highway Rat will also feature the voices of some of faves, from The Trip‘s Rob Brydon as the narrator, and The Night Manager‘s Tom Hollander as Squirrel, to Love Actually‘s Nina Sosanya as Duck, and Harry Potter‘s Frances de le Tour as Rabbit.

It’s also made by the same team who put together The Stick Man, the animated festive treat that starred Sherlock’s Martin Freeman as a twig desperately trying to get home for Christmas.

That got a global release, not to mention numerous awards, and eventually found its way onto Netflix, so it’s not too much of a stretch to expect The Highway Rat will make it to the U.S. in the near future.

An alien hunter, a miserly duck and now a criminally minded rat — what do you think of David’s cartoon roles?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.