As the 50th Anniversary celebrations for Doctor Who prepare to get underway, the BBC has released a trailer for the one-off docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, which delves into the creation of the classic British sci-if series and sees David Bradley (Game of Thrones) leading the cast as the First Doctor, William Hartnell. Check it out after the official synopsis…
An unlikely trio of misfits set out to create a genre series that all ages would love. A 55-year-old actor conceivably at the end of a frustrating career, a former production assistant fighting to make her mark in television, and a foreign born, novice director were tasked with bringing a vision for an exciting new science fiction story to life. William ‘Bill’ Hartnell, displeased with his career, was presented with a chance to break out of the hard-man roles he’d become known for. And with the instincts of first time producer, Verity Lambert and first time director, Waris Hussein, The Doctor was born. As the success of the show grew, William went from unhappy curmudgeon to beloved television star who relished his career resurgence and found a new lease on life. But all good things come to an end. How will Bill face leaving behind the part that has made him a hero to millions of children? And can the show survive without him? Journey back fifty years through space and time to witness the exciting beginning and untimely end of the First Doctor in this touching drama.
An Adventure in Space and Time has been written by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and also stars Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Verity Lambert, Brian Cox (X2: X-Men United) as Sydney Newman and Sacha Dhawan (After Earth) as Waris Hussein. It is set to air on BBC Two at 9pm this coming Thursday.
And if you’re looking to get yourself in the mood for next Saturday’s 50th Anniversary Special starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, make sure you check out two trailers for ‘The Day of the Doctor’ here and here, as well as the prequel minisode ‘The Night of the Doctor’ here.