When David Tennant left Doctor Who, many of us were left wondering what franchise he would find himself a part of next. While his stay on the ever-so-bleak and increasingly mysterious Broadchurch (and his one season tenure on Gracepoint) is a pleasure to watch (in as much as investigating a child’s murder can be), it didn’t quite have the same sizzle as his time in the TARDIS. Well, today, nerds everywhere can rejoice because the Tenth Doctor is officially joining the cast of Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones Netflix series.
Though we’re used to seeing Tennant in a somewhat heroic role, the British actor will be stepping into the enigmatic, villainous shoes of Zebediah Killgrave, the sleazy purple-skinned criminal mastermind who has plagued heroes like Daredevil and Jessica Jones ever since he wormed his way into New York City. Sometimes known as the Purple Man, Killgrave wields the exceedingly dangerous ability to dominate people’s will, forcing them to obey his commands via the power of suggestion.
According to Marvel’s press release, Killgrave is “an enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past”, whose reappearance will “send shockwaves through the former super hero’s world.” Tennant will star alongside Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones and Mike Colter as Luke Cage in the 13-episode Netflix series that will premiere later this year.
Considering Marvel wants its Netflix series to be full of gritty crime stories, introducing Killgrave is a very smart idea. During one of his arcs with Jones in the comics, Killgrave kept her mind-controlled for a period of eight months. While Killgrave did all manner of unsavory things during that period, he also convinced her that she was living in a comic book, which could be an interesting bit of tinkering with the fourth wall if it comes to pass on the TV series.
Ugh, so creepy. In any event, something tells me David Tennant is going to make us all look like this during the course of A.K.A. Jessica Jones when it launches later this year: