David Tennant's newest audiobook recording, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, is now available to download. David recorded the adventure story written by Millions author Frank Cottrell Boyce only a few weeks ago, but the publishers, Macmillan Digital Audio have released the title just in time for Christmas.
The publishers say of the story:
The first ever sequel to Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, written by bestselling author Frank Cottrell Boyce and endorsed by the Fleming family.
When the Tooting family find a vast abandoned engine and fit it to their camper van, they have no idea of the adventure that lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary flying car - and it wants to be back on the road again . . . fast! The Tootings can haul on the steering wheel and pull the handbrake as hard as they like, but their camper van now has a mind of her own. It's not long before they're hurtling along on a turbocharged chase as Chitty tracks down her long-lost bodywork. But there are sinister forces at work too. When it comes to a car as special as Chitty, everybody wants a piece of her. . .
The Press Association article accompanying the release states:
David Tennant is the voice of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in a new sequel to the story of the flying car.
The former Doctor Who from West Lothian was chosen by the family of Ian Fleming, the author of the original story, to take the part in the new audiobook Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again.
The new story, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, is the first official sequel and has just been released online.
The original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was written by James Bond creator Fleming and was made into a popular film in 1968 starring Dick Van Dyke.
Lucy Fleming, niece of the original author, said: "We are thrilled that David agreed to read the audiobook. He is such a talented actor and his voice brings Frank Cottrell Boyce's story to life with a wry humour and great characterisation. Chitty could not have been in safer hands with him behind the wheel."
The new story contains references to famous James Bond characters and moments, in tribute to the original author.
In an interview which accompanies the audiobook, David said: "The idea of a flying car is hard to better. I think we would all love to have a car that would take off, escape the traffic and fly you to any country in the world."
When asked to sum up the story in three words, the actor could not quite manage it, saying it is "very clever, slightly surreal and hugely readable".
The recording is available from Audible via the following links: