David Tennant has admitted he did not actually know what he was moving into when he signed as much as play the demon Crowley in Good Omens, a collection primarily based on the cult favorite guide by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
As it is a novel beloved by its followers, there was a certain quantity of stress that got here with the half, although Tennant informed Sky Information’ Backstage podcast he hadn’t fairly realised that when he obtained the gig.
The Physician Who actor stars within the collection alongside Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm and Miranda Richardson.
“My nerve curve was fairly exponential as a result of I wasn’t – in contrast to Michael – I did not actually know the world of, the fandom of the guide, one way or the other it had handed me by,” he stated, in an interview alongside Sheen earlier than the actors’ strike was introduced.
“Then I used to be doing the present and it was thrilling after which I might hold assembly folks, a few of whom have been within the forged, who would go: ‘This guide I’ve learn yearly of my life, it is an important story to me’.
“After which in fact, you begin realising this valuable factor that you just carry and the accountability and so sure, then it was alarmingly scary that you just would possibly break some goals.”
Sheen interjects, asking his co-star: “And the way’s your nerve curve now?”
“I am fairly chill,” says Tennant.
“I noticed it the opposite day, it appears to be like marvellous,” Sheen replies.
This type of gentle teasing is typical of the pair, who additionally labored collectively on the comedy Staged, through which they play fictionalised variations of themselves, and share a real friendship.
That is replicated in Good Omens, with Tennant’s demon Crowley the unlikely finest pal of Sheen’s angel Aziraphale.
Sheen says their relationship is on the coronary heart of what he loves about being on the present.
“You may have a personality that you just take pleasure in enjoying and that you just actually love, however it’s sort of uncommon that you’ve got a dynamic between two characters that simply is the factor that works so effectively,” he stated.
“That then makes the entire course of very pleasing since you do not feel such as you’re having to generate stuff your self on a regular basis, it simply occurs… as we’re in scenes collectively it simply occurs – as a result of it is written so brilliantly as effectively, clearly, that is the primary factor.”
“They solely actually exist as a unit,” Tennant provides. “That is once they come to life, and that is actually enjoyable to play.”
Whereas an angel and a demon would possibly sound like opposites, Good Omens appears to be like on the gray areas – the truth that Crowley is extra well-intentioned than you would possibly anticipate from a demon, and vice versa for Aziraphale.
Human behaviour can also be up for inspection – within the first episode of the second collection, Crowley admits he does not need to work too arduous to trigger bother as humanity messes issues up effectively sufficient.
“There’s a number of nice issues to rejoice in humankind aren’t there, however we do not get all of it proper, and Crowley likes to take credit score for lots of the issues that we get improper,” says Tennant.
“However I believe that is one of many issues about this story. It is type of celebrating – I imply, these are two supernatural beings, however they’re extra human than the people – and it is celebrating the sort of range of that, it is searching for frequent floor between us.”
Sheen agrees: “Our best frustration as a species can also be our saving grace, which is that we’re flawed. And it is solely after we prefer to fake that we’re not that we get into bother, I believe it is after we deal in absolutes and black-and-white that we get into bother.
“After we are capable of settle for our flaws and our messiness, then that all the time results in reaching out and being inclusive and connecting.”
Good Omens is not the one fan-favourite property Tennant is concerned with in the meanwhile. He is the primary actor to return to the position of Physician Who, enjoying the time traveller for 3 episodes and a festive particular later this yr earlier than Intercourse Schooling star Ncuti Gatwa takes over.
Tennant returns together with author and govt producer Russell T Davies, with expectations excessive for the brand new period of the long-standing sci-fi.
“Oh, it is beautiful, beautiful,” Tennant says of his return. “And really thrilling for the place that present’s going, Russell T Davies again in and Ncuti Gatwa who’s only a type of drive of nature.
“And it is very good to have somewhat revisit for myself in amongst all that pleasure and nice future that that present’s obtained – it simply retains reinventing itself.”
Good Omens collection 2 is out on Prime Video – hear our evaluation within the newest episode of Backstage, the movie and TV podcast from Sky Information