We’re getting a new Doctor. Don’t worry though, Matt Smith isn’t departing the TARDIS just yet. The BBC announced they have found their First Doctor for the Doctor Who docudrama written by Mark Gatiss.
The 90 minute television movie, called An Adventure in Time and Space, will tell the story of how the most successful sci-fi show in history started way back in 1963. The show is part of the still very secretive 50th anniversary plans. The BBC announced that Harry Potter vet David Bradley will appear as William Hartnelll, better known as Doctor #1. The actor has a Who connection as well. He played the villain Solomon in this season’s Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. Also announced for the project is Jessica Raine (The Woman in Black) and Brian Cox (X2) as producer Verity Lambert and BBC Head of Drama and creator of Doctor Who Sydney Newman. Bradley commented on the project:
I’m absolutely thrilled. I first heard about this role from Mark [Gatiss] while watching the Diamond Jubilee flotilla from the roof of the National Theatre. When he asked if I would be interested, I almost bit his hand off! 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.
With a Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who/Sherlock) script, you know it’s going to be a quality tale about the show’s origins. The cast they have in place isn’t too shabby either. Brian Cox is a great choice for the eccentric Canadian Sydney Newman when you think about it and Bradley bears a striking resemblance to Hartnell. This is the only big announcement we have about the 50th plans, but it’s an event Whovians are really looking forward to. What do you think about the choice? Can you see Mr. Filch pulling off the grumpy old grandpa style of Hartnell’s Doctor?
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