Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall: David Tennant’s US accent is “fantastic”

The man behind the hit ITV drama says the Doctor Who actor's take on Detective Emmett Carver is on course to be a success

We’ll be honest. We were among those who were more than a little dubious when it was announced that David Tennant would be adopting an American accent in the US remake of hit ITV drama Broadchurch. Largely because of this…  


But since the former Doctor Who actor revealed he’d been taking American accent lessons over Skype ahead of playing Detective Emmett Carver in Gracepoint, our fears abated somewhat. And if the latest report from Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is anything to go by, we’ve got nothing to worry about…

Speaking to at the annual Covers Party, Chibnall – who is currently writing series two of the ITV crime drama – reassured us his leading man’s transatlantic elocution is up to scratch: “I’ve heard it’s fantastic,” he reported.

And he should know… In addition to penning the opening episode of Gracepoint, Chibnall is serving as an executive producer on the drama, which also stars Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn alongside Jackie Weaver and Michael Pena. Either way, Tennant’s accent is currently being put to the test as production on the ten-part series for Fox began in Canada this week. 

Watch the full interview below: