Amid the excitement of Star Wars Celebration Europe, a former Doctor Who joined the cast of a galaxy far, far away... Tom Baker. My Doctor.
Baker plays the mysterious Bendu, neither Sith nor Jedi, in Star Wars Rebels S3 and you can see his new character in this trailer, which premiered during Star Wars Celebration Europe.
Fans may recall the term 'Jedi Bendu' appeared in early drafts of Star Wars.
Series showrunner Dave Filoni told a packed audience, at the ExCeL, that when he wrote this character, he ‘knew’ it had to be Tom Baker to voice it! As a child Filoni was a fan of The Fourth Doctor, describing Tom as "bigger than life."
"He’s so unique in everything he does," Filoni told host Warwick Davis, adding that Bendu is "a different kind of Force character/creature than we’ve had before," and will make a "big difference" to the hit Disney XD series.
This isn't the first time a Doctor Who actor has appeared in George Lucas' space opera. David Tennant won an Emmy for his role in Filoni's earlier spin-off The Clone Wars.