Tennant signs up for Chitty role

Author Frank Cottrell Boyce who is writing a new series of books featuring the flying car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Author Frank Cottrell Boyce who is writing a new series of books featuring the flying car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

EX Doctor Who star David Tennant has been confirmed as the voice of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in a new sequel about the flying car penned by a St Helens-born screenwriter.

Tennant was chosen by the family of Ian Fleming, the author of the original story, to take the part in the new audiobook Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again.

The new story, written by Rainhill-born Frank Cottrell Boyce, was the first official sequel to be commissioned and was released online over Christmas.

The original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang story was written by James Bond creator Fleming and was made into a popular film in 1968 starring Dick Van Dyke.

It has also since become a hit on the West End stage.

Lucy Fleming, niece of the original author, said: “We are thrilled that David agreed to read the audiobook. He is such a talented actor and his voice brings Frank Cottrell Boyce’s story to life with a wry humour and great characterisation.

“Chitty could not have been in safer hands with him behind the wheel.”

The new story, first published in October, contains references to famous James Bond characters and moments – in tribute to the original author.

In an interview which accompanies the audiobook, David Tennant said: “The idea of a flying car is hard to better. I think we would all love to have a car that would take off, escape the traffic and fly you to any country in the world.”

When asked to sum up the story in three words, the actor could not quite manage it, saying it is “very clever, slightly surreal and hugely readable”!