As today is celebrated by sci-fi fans worldwide as the unofficial Star Wars Day, we can't resist joining in with a look back at David Tennant's award-winning contribution to the franchise.
In 2012, David guest starred in the fifth season of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars as Huyang, an ancient droid loyal to the Jedi Order and programmed with the knowledge of every lightsabre ever created. His role is to mentor a group of Jedi younglings in the creation and use of their own lightsabres. David appeared in two episodes, A Test of Strength and A Necessary Bond.
In June 2013, David was awarded the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performance in an Animated Programme for the role.
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David was asked to be a part of The Clone Wars by its supervising director, Dave Filoni who is a fan of his portrayal of the Tenth Doctor.
Speaking to IGN Filoni said, “My wife was the one who got me watching Doctor Who and I am really glad she did. I remember thinking that the series (Doctor Who) had many of the same production challenges that we do on The Clone Wars - creating galactic scale adventures and planets with strange life forms. As a fan that has the privilege of playing in the Star Wars galaxy, I am always on the lookout for others who appreciate, and would enjoy, an opportunity to go on an adventure in George’s galaxy far, far away. When I heard the Doctor himself, David Tennant, was a fan of Star Wars I knew I had to find a way to get in contact with him to see if he would perform on The Clone Wars. The result was ‘Huyang,’ an ancient droid in the service of the Jedi Order, whose sole task in life has been overseeing the construction of lightsabers. I thought David was perfect for the part and he did not disappoint. He delivered a performance which impressed even the Master himself, George Lucas."