A new trailer for the upcoming Season Three premiere of "Star Wars Rebels" has revealed a brand new character, Bendu. The character is allegiant to neither Sith nor Jedi, but is nonetheless Force-sensitive and has seemingly summoned one of the series' protagonists, Kanan Jarrus, to discuss the Jedi's inner turmoil.
Bendu is voiced by "Doctor Who" alum Tom Baker, who played the fourth incarnation of the series' time-hopping hero, The Doctor, from 1974 to 1981. Baker held the role longer than any other actor and his iconic, multicolored scarf had ensured he remains one of the most enduring, recognizable Doctors.
Kanan's encounter with Bendu looks to directly address the events of the season two finale, which saw his apprentice, Ezra, slowly succumbing to the dark side of the Force at the hands of Darth Maul. In the finale, Ezra was finally able to open a Sith holocron, a device used by Sith to store information only accessible to those who wield the dark side of the Force.
While Sith holocrons are considered akin to concentrated evil by the Jedi, Bendu has no problem opening the device in the trailer. Bendu's name is derived from the Bendu Monks, an order in the "Star Wars" expanded universe that believes in the unification of the Force, rather than the stratification between light and dark typically found in the series.
The third season of "Star Wars Rebels" premieres on Disney XD September 24, 2016.