‘Doctor Who’ star David Tennant enlists in ‘The Clone Wars’

Nov. 08, 2012 | 6:29 p.m.

There have been a lot of huge, jaw-dropping announcements in the “Star Wars” universe lately, so why not one more?

David Tennant, known to a lot of people as the 10th Doctor on the long-running BBC series “Doctor Who,” is about to make his debut in the “Star Wars” universe.

Tennant will lend his voice to this Saturday’s episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” on Cartoon Network, playing Huyang, a droid who works for the Jedis, overseeing the construction of lightsabers.

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And this isn’t just a one-shot deal. The character will appear in the two subsequent episodes following this weekend’s debut.

David Tennant as the Doctor in “Doctor Who.” (BBC)

According to “Clone Wars” supervising director, Dave Filoni, once he learned that Tennant was a big fan of “Star Wars,” he knew he needed to get “The Doctor” to do a voice on the series. In a statement, Filoni said, “[Tennant] delivered a performance which impressed even the Master himself, George Lucas.”

“The Clone Wars” has played host to a major science fiction crossover before. In its first season, the series used George Takei as a guest voice — it was the first time a member of the “Star Trek” cast had made an appearance in a “Star Wars” property.

Sometimes it really is a small universe.

– Patrick Kevin Day

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