David Tennant's character Buck Douglas

David Tennant's character Buck Douglas

David Tennant has voiced a character in the new 'Fireman Sam: Alien Alert' film.

The 45-year-old actor brings UFO hunter Buck Douglas to life in a movie version of the popular children's cartoon which will see Sam on the big screen in January 2017 to mark the character's 30th anniversary.

Tennant is familiar with aliens as he played the Tenth Doctor in BBC sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' from 2005 until 2010 and he is thrilled to be bringing some intergalactic mystery to 'Fireman Sam'.

The thespian - who has four children with his wife Georgia Moffett -said: "'Fireman Sam' is a true institution of children's television so naturally it was a joy to be asked to guest-voice the character of Buck Douglas the new special, 'Fireman Sam: Alien Alert'. I had a lot of fun in the studio bringing Buck's character to life and I'm certain he'll be a big hit with audiences when he appears on screens throughout the world in the movie. He's slick and smug, but his adventurous and gregarious persona, as well as his UFO investigative adventures, makes the kids - and quite a few of the grown-ups - want to be just like him!"

'Fireman Sam: Alien Alert' will see TV alien hunter Buck come to Pontypandy, and the town gets a little over-excited at the prospect of featuring on Buck's 'Alien Quest' TV show.

With UFO sightings and mild peril on the increase, Fireman Sam sets off to find out what's behind all this sudden alien activity, but when a big stunt by Buck Douglas goes awry and causes a forest fire, the team have to work together to get everyone to safety and Fireman Sam becomes even more determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious events happening in Pontypandy

Tennant is joined in the cast by Steven Kynman as Sam, Elvis and Norman and Tegwen Tucker as Penny for the animation by Xing Xing.

Christopher Keenan, senior vice president of global content and executive producer at Mattel Creations, is delighted to have had the chance to work with Tennant on the CGI feature.

Keenan said: "It has been an absolute pleasure to have David Tennant on board as our guest-voice for Buck Douglas in the forthcoming 'Fireman Sam: Alien Alert'."

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