David Tennant has been speaking to the US magazine Newsweek about playing perhaps his darkest character yet, the murderous Cale Erendreich in the new Dean Devlin movie Bad Samaritan. He also talked about the next series of Doctor Who, which sees Jodie Whittaker take over the lead role.
In Bad Samaritan, two young thieves, played by Robert Sheehan and Carlito Olivero, make a terrifying discovery in a house they intend to rob - a young woman is imprisoned in chains there. When they report the owner, Erendreich, to local police they find that they have drawn the attention of a psychopath who will stop at nothing to get his revenge.
On taking on darker roles:
"I just take whatever comes up that feels different and a challenge. For this film, the initial concept - valet parking guys that rob people's houses while they're having dinner - seemed...fantastically obvious. Then this character Cale goes through the middle of the story like an icicle. It felt like it was going to be fun to do and a thrill in an almost old-fashioned sense."
On making Cale Erendreich a relatable character:
"You want Cale's psychopathy to be more than just a plot point. You want to feel like there's a reason for it. because the more you can believe that a character like this exists, the more scary it becomes."
On Jodie Whittaker taking on the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who:
"I'm excited to see that's going to happen with Jodie. I think she's going to be a sensation. I think that argument will be put to rest when Jodie appears on screen. I remember watching the show as a kid - when the Doctor changes, it feels like you're losing a dear friend. But then another dear friend pops up and you fall in love with them almost instantly."
The interview features in the April 27th issue of Newsweek.
Bad Samaritan is written by Brandon Boyce and produced and directed by Dean Devlin. The movie is released across the USA and Canada on May 4th.