First look at David Tennant in BBC’s new ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ series

We’ve got a preview of Doctor Who star David Tennant as the iconic character of Phileas Fogg!

The 49-year-old Scottish actor is playing the intrepid explorer in the BBC’s new adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days.

The series of eight one-hour episodes began filming in February, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic brought the film and TV industry to a halt.

Tennnant is joined in Around the World in 80 Days by rising French star Ibrahim Koma (Je Suis Daddy) as Passepartout, “an irrepressible chancer who falls into the role of Fogg’s ‘valet’”, and Leonie Benesch (The Crown) as Abigail Fix, “the young journalist determined to make her mark in a man’s world and emerge from the long shadow of her British establishment father.”

Jules Verne’s classic novel was originally published in 1873.

The show’s writing team is led by Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) and Caleb Ranson (Child of Mine, Heartless).

The official synopsis reads: “Following an outrageous bet, Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, take on the legendary journey of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days, swiftly joined by aspiring journalist Abigail Fix, who seizes the chance to report on this extraordinary story.”

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, previously commented: “This is such an exciting project. There is an amazing team both in front and behind the camera and we cannot wait to see their ambitious interpretation of this classic novel for a new generation.”

David Tennant received rave reviews earlier this month for his role as a real-life serial killer in ITV’s new true crime drama Des.

Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days novel is available on Amazon.