Former Doctor Who and current Broadchurch star, David Tennant, is set to turn into a sadist for his new role in a political drama, the Sun newspaper reports.
Tennant, who has recently been spotted filming with current Time Lord Matt Smith for this year’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, will play a Cabinet minister in new BBC drama The Politician’s Husband.
In his new role, which Tennant has revealed he researched by spending time with famous MP’s who he chooses not to name, his character Aiden Holmes is set to become over-wrought with jealousy over his wife’s skyrocketing political career, which results in him attacking her in a violent and sexual manner.
Paula Milne, who wrote the three-part series due to air this Thursday, revealed to the publication:
“It is unforgivable what he does.
“The first sex scene we see with them, it is not entirely comfortable. It’s fine but it’s quite combative — but it becomes more brutal.”
Tennant’s on-screen wife Freya Gardner is played by Oscar nominee Emily Watson, who said of the attack scene:
“This was particularly violent.”
“It’s a bit, sort of, ‘Mummy, what did you do at work today?’. ‘Uh, well, you know that Doctor Who. . ?’ ”
The story focuses on Aiden and Freya, the junior Education minister, who are known as the golden couple of Westminster until Aiden quits his role in a failed attempt to run for Prime Minister, and then Freya gets appointed to the cabinet herself, causing his jealousy to evolve into bitter resentment.
Things go from bad to worse for Aiden when he gets caught up in a sex scandal after being set up by a seductive nanny, played by Sex Traffic actress Anamaria Marinca.
BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson said: “Television has steered away from the depiction of sex and sexuality. But it’s at the heart of this piece.”
The Politician’s Husband also stars Roger Allam as the chief whip, Ed Stoppard as Aiden’s former best friend and Kirsty Wark as herself in a Newsnight interview.
The Politician’s Husband is a follow up to the highly-acclaimed The Politician’s Wife, also written by Milne and broadcast on Channel 4 18 years ago.
The Politician’s Husband can be seen at 9pm on BBC1/BBC1 HD.
Watch a show reel including scenes from it in the clip below: