David Tennant Cast in Fox’s Limited Series ‘Broadchurch’

'Doctor Who' alum to play the lead investigator in a grisly murder case

David Tennant Cast Fox's Limited Series 'Broadchurch'
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David Tennant has been tapped to star in Fox’s event series “Broadchurch.”

Tennant, who is best known for playing the tenth incarnation of Doctor Who in the Brit TV series “Doctor Who,” will portray an American detective in “Broadchurch” who is the lead investigator on a case of a shocking murder that puts a town under scrutiny. Tennant starred in the U.K. crime drama of the same name on which “Broadchurch” will be based. The original bowed on ITV earlier this year and recently ran here on BBC America.

“Broadchurch” was ordered to series by Fox this summer. It joins “24: Live Another Day” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Hayward Pines” as a limited run series for Fox, as the net heads into the 2014 TV season with an emphasis on event-type programming.

Along with the Tennant casting news, Fox also announced today that Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein will serve as executive producers and showrunners for “Broadchurch.”

Shine America is producing “Broadchurch” in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends. Series will begin lensing in January.

David Tennant is represented by UTA and Independent Talent in the UK.