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An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)

A dramatisation of the early years of Doctor Who (1963), with the story revolving around BBC executive Sydney Newman, novice producer Verity Lambert and actor William Hartnell.

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Terry McDonough

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Mark Gatiss
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bradley ... William Hartnell
Ross Gurney-Randall Ross Gurney-Randall ... Reg
Roger May Roger May ... Len
Sam Hoare ... Douglas Camfield
Charlie Kemp Charlie Kemp ... Arthur
Brian Cox ... Sydney Newman
William Russell ... Harry - Security Guard
Jeff Rawle ... Mervyn Pinfield
Andrew Woodall ... Rex Tucker
Jessica Raine ... Verity Lambert
Jemma Powell ... Jacqueline Hill
Lesley Manville ... Heather Hartnell
Cara Jenkins Cara Jenkins ... Judith Carney
Sacha Dhawan ... Waris Hussein
Toby Hadoke Toby Hadoke ... Cyril
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Storyline

In 1963 Sydney Newman, progressive head of BBC TV's drama department, wants to fill a Saturday tea-time slot with a show with youth appeal and hits on the idea of an august figure, like a doctor, leading a group of companions on time travel adventures. He engages inexperienced young producer Verity Lambert to expand the idea. Fighting sexist and racial bigotry Verity and young Indian director Waris Hussein persuade crusty character actor William Hartnell to play the doctor figure and, despite technical hiccups and competition with coverage of the Kennedy assassination, the first episode of 'Doctor Who' is born. As the show becomes a success Hartnell displays an obsession with his character but, after three years, ill health catches up with him and he starts to forget lines. Newman tells him that Doctor Who will 'regenerate' and he will be replaced by younger actor Patrick Troughton. Though attached to the part and reluctant to give it up Hartnell wishes every success to Troughton, the... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avantura u vremenu i prostoru See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Anneke Wills (Uncredited Party Guest) was Polly Wright, a companion to both the First and Second Doctor and one of the companions who witnessed the First Doctor's regeneration. Wills was the Doctor's companion when Hartnell's Doctor faced the evil Celestial Toymaker played by Wills' husband, British movie star Michael Gough. See more »

Goofs

In a scene set in 1963 and BBC Television Centre, Mervyn takes Verity into the News Studio however BBC News didn't move to Television Centre until 1969. See more »

Quotes

William Hartnell: No-one is replaceable eh ? You can't have 'Doctor Who' without Doctor Who!
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Connections

References The Leopard (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
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A nice telling of the story
23 November 2013 | by JoeB131See all my reviews

Of course, as a die hard Doctor Who Fan, this film really contained few surprises for me, or I would imagine for any other DW fans who watched it know this story.

The irony is, that if William Hartnell hadn't had his health issues, the BBC would have never been forced to write in the "Regeneration" plot device that has kept the show alive this day.

The scenes with Bradley as Hartnell are kind of touching, where you see an actor who really never quite hit the level of fame he wanted, getting the role of a lifetime and then watching it slip through his fingers because of his own physical ailments.

The portrayal of Verity Lambert as a visionary was great as well. Let's be honest, most of the things that we associate with Doctor Who- The Tardis, (It's bigger on the inside and looks like a police box) The Daleks, the Cybermen, all came from this era of the series.

Kudos also for the recreation of 1960's era England.


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