Tom Baker to Voice Alien Character in Star Wars Rebels

Tom Baker will voice an alien creature in the upcoming third season of the excellent Star Wars Rebels.

The Fourth Doctor will lend his distinctive tones to an ancient character called Bendu – the original name George Lucas gave to the Jedi –  who is a new addition to the Star Wars universe.

Bakers involvement was first mooted by the great man himself who told gathered fans at the Day of the Doctors con in Slough in 2015 that ‘I’m going to be in this new Star Wars thing, you know? I’m going down to record some voices for this new character they’ve created for me, very soon.’

Although at the time he slyly kept the identity of what Star Wars project he would be involved in, leading to rumours that he was a late voice over addition to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

He’s not the first Doctor to play a part in the Star Wars universe, David Tennant lent his voice to Jedi training droid Huyang in The Clone Wars TV series, a role that won him an Emmy.

The announcement was made at the Star Wars Celebration convention taking place over this weekend at London’s Excel centre.

Other Star Wars Rebels announcements included the return of General Admiral Thrawn – a character from the exorcised Expanded Universe when George Lucas sold the rights to Star Wars to Disney, who first featured in Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire, which was the first book of a popular trilogy published in the 1990s.

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 will debut this fall on Disney XD.