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David Tennant Cast as Villain in Netflix / Marvel’s A.K.A Jessica Jones

It’s an exciting day for us nerds as its been officially announced that former Time Lord David Tennant has been picked to play the lead villain in Netflix exclusive A.K.A Jessica Jones – one of the five series the streaming company will produce with Marvel Studios.

Tennant, who played the Tenth Doctor in the BBC’s long-standing sci-fi program Doctor Who between 2005 and 2010, will star as Zebediah Kilgrave – otherwise known as the Purple Man, who is aptly named for his skin and hair colour and who has the ability command others through pheromones and mind control to fulfil his criminal intentions. Krystan Ritter of Breaking Bad and Veronica Mars will appear opposite as the title character of Jessica Jones, former superhero turned detective.

Initially the character of the Purple Man was a foe to Daredevil known as ‘The Man Without Fear’ and with this comic also being adapted for the small screen as a Netflix original it’s quite possible that Tennant will reprise his A.K.A Jessica Jones role in multiple shows across the Netflix/Marvel universe – just as characters from other shows will join an ensemble cast in The Defenders.

It’s worth a mention that this isn’t the first time a Doctor Who good guy has gone bad in the Marvel Universe. Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston menacingly portrayed the dark elf Malekith the Accursed in Thor: The Dark World and more recently Doctor Number Eleven’s ginger sidekick Karen Gillan became the android assassin Nebula in space-faring romp Guardians of the Galaxy. Must be something about long-periods of space and time travel..

Netflix is expected to release the five Marvel series throughout 2015, starting with Daredevil on April the 10th, followed up by A.K.A Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders which are yet to be given release dates. The new shows are based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and share the same reality as two other spin-offs – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter.

Also See: Marvel & Netflix Team-Up For Five Exclusive Series Including Daredevil