Best known for his role as a Time Lord in the acclaimed BBC series ‘Doctor Who’, David Tennant can now add another title to his growing list of accolades – Emmy winner!
In a separate ceremony on June 14th for the Creative Arts Emmys, Tennant was announced as the Emmy winner for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his work on the series ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’.
Tennant voiced the ancient android Professor Huyang in a 3 episode arc that aired late last year. In the series, Huyang was in charge of keeping the plans of every lightsabre ever made in his data banks and would supervise young Jedi in the building of their lightsabers. According to director Dave Filoni, Tennant’s work as the 10th Doctor was what convinced him that he would be perfect for the role:
“I absolutely loved what David Tenant was doing on ‘Doctor Who’. There was such a quizzical nature to his character, a sense of whimsy, but he could still get very powerful emotion out of the character — a lot of intensity, a lot of anger — just an incredible display of range.”
After Tennant’s win, Filoni went to his Facebook page to congratulate the actor:
Not only was this Tennant’s first Emmy award, it was also ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ first Emmy since its small screen appearance in 2008.
The series also won an Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program at last night’s awards ceremony. George Lucas was on hand to accept the award and thanked the TV Academy for including animation in their event as well as gave a shout out to “all those poor souls who toll over their computers.” Like Tennant, this marked Lucas’ first Emmy award in his long illustrious career.
Unfortunately, the wins were bittersweet as the series received the cancellation ax after Disney acquired LucasFilms. So while no new episodes of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ will be produced, it seems that the series has finally received the recognition it deserves after 5 seasons.
You can watch a bit of Tennant’s award winning performance in the player below: