BY FREDDIE CAMPION
Across the pond, David Tennant has had almost nothing but major starring roles. He went right from hit BBC period drama Casanova to sci-fi adventure Doctor Who, which he exited in 2010, and last year he was top-billed in the smash-hit murder mystery Broadchurch. And yet! American fame has pretty much eluded the guy—something he hopes to rectify this month with Gracepoint. The coastal-California-set adaptation of Broadchurch, airing on Fox, re-casts Tennant as disheveled detective Emmett Carver.
Speaking of American remakes: There's a YouTube video that re-imagines Doctor Who with American actors. What American actor would you cast as yourself?
It's a slightly actor-proof part—as long as you have someone who has a lot of energy and a certain lack of vanity. I don't want to undersell any achievements of my own, but sort of anyone can do it. It's a bit of a blank canvas.
C'mon! If you had to cast someone, it would be…
Bradley Whitford is absolutely who should do it. You need to have huge fearlessness and gravity—and then undermine it with a silly joke. He gives the impression of someone who can give three different thoughts simultaneously.
My vote's for Jeff Goldblum.
Very good. He can play it after Bradley.
So if Gracepoint is anything like the original, you'll have lots of super-secret, guarded plotlines. What's all the security like?
It's exciting that anyone should care enough—it's a good sign! But this [season] is driving me a little mad. We get sent everything with passwords. Even script pages on e-mail. You then have to remember a password to input, and every time you go away from it you have to put another blooming password.
Any weird thing that's come out of the show's popularity?
There are now people doing Broadchurch tours, which is slightly morbid. "This is the cliff where Danny Latimer died!"