Is it just us, or is there something very familiar about the character David Tennant voices in an upcoming special episode of British kids’ show Fireman Sam?
He plays Buck Douglas, a spirited, alien-hunting TV presenter who wears a long coat and unleashes chaos when he rolls into the Welsh town of Pontypandy.
Sound familiar? Watch this behind-the-scenes video to see if it rings any bells:
Did someone say allons-y?
The special feature-length episode “Alien Alert – The Movie” celebrates 20 years of the animated series about a plucky fire fighter, making it one of the U.K.’s longest-running series (after Doctor Who, of course).
“We are fascinated by the idea of aliens, aren’t we?,” David recently told HuffPost,”the idea that there is something out there that we don’t understand and also that there might be another world like ours but different. It’s tantalizing.
“It’s a little bit scary too, but I think the sense that we don’t want to be alone, you know, we want to feel like there is untold mysteries out there to discover somewhere.”
You can say that again, David. The 60-minute feature was released in theaters earlier this year in the U.K., and, though a U.S. release is not definite, it’s likely to launch on Amazon Prime, alongside the previous seasons of Fireman Sam already available there.
The question is, will David’s voice be dubbed? The U.S. version uses American voices instead of British ones, but surely David’s dulcet tones will be kept intact. If they’re good enough for Scrooge McDuck, then we think they’re good enough for Fireman Sam.
Is it possible David’s risking being typecast?