David Bradley cast as William Hartnell in Doctor Who 50th anniversary drama

David Bradley

Last August the BBC announced that it would celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic British sci-fi institution Doctor Who with a special BBC Two drama from Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock) entitled An Adventure in Space and Time, and now DigitalSpy has revealed that David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) has been cast as William Hartnell, the first actor to portray the Doctor.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Bradley, who recently appeared alongside Matt Smith’s Time Lord in the Doctor Who episode ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’. “Mark has written such a wonderful script not only about the birth of a cultural phenomenon, but a moment in television’s history. William Hartnell was one of the finest character actors of our time and as a fan I want to make sure that I do him justice. I’m so looking forward to getting started.

Also featuring in the cast of An Adventure in Space and Time are Bryan Cox (X2: X-Men United) and Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as producers Sydney Newman and Verity Lambert, and Sacha Dhawan (Last Tango in Halifax) as Waris Hussein, the director of the first ever Doctor Who episode, ‘An Unearthly Child’.

An Adventure in Space and Time is set to air on BBC Two later this year.

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