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David Tennant may not say much in the just-released (July 26) teaser trailer for new comedy Camping, but that’s kind of apt given his character.

The ex-Doctor plays Walt, a meek, mild-mannered man who’s not-so-happily married to Kathryn (Jennifer Garner, in her first TV role since Alias), and whose 45th birthday occasions a trip into the great outdoors. Kathryn is in charge, and has organized every aspect of what is supposed to be a back-to-nature camping trip down to the last detail.

There’s just one problem. Okay, quite a few, actually. First, their friend Miguel (Fear the Walking Dead‘s Arturo Del Puerto) appears to be having some kind of midlife crisis; second, there’s the free-spirited tagalong who’s joined them (Juliette Lewis), and then there’s, well, the great outdoors.

Take a look and see what we mean:

By the looks of things, Walt has been put in charge of the cookout, though we don’t see that lasting long given Kathryn’s controlling tendencies. All in all, Walt looks like a bit of a walkover, so it seems appropriate he keeps schtumm in this trailer.

There’s more to Walt than that, however, as anyone who’s seen the original show will attest. Camping is based on a 2016 British sitcom of the same name, which was the brainchild of cringe-comedy queen Julia Davis. David’s Doctor Who co-star Steve Pemberton played the unfortunate husband Robin at the center of that story, who can be seen having a fish applied to his eye in this trailer.

In fact, Robin undergoes somewhat of a transformation in the show, so we can only assume something similar happens to his American counterpart Walt. Just what that is depends on Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, who’ve co-written this version and shifted the action from the English countryside to a campsite near “Brown Bear Lake.”

Whatever’s in store for his character, we know David will make it very, very funny indeed. He’s also joined by Bridget Everett (Trainwreck), Brett Gellman (Stranger Things), Janicza Bravo (Divorce) and Ione Skye (Fever Pitch). And the best part? Camping starts on HBO much sooner than we expected, on October 14.

Can you really see David as the shy and retiring type?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.