New Details And Stunning Retro Posters For The DOCTOR WHO Drama AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME


doctor who bannerAs we get ready to close out October, that means we’re getting closer and closer to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations. November 23rd is quickly approaching and we’ll soon find out what’s the deal with John Hurt‘s mysterious Doctor. Besides The Day of The Doctor, we also have Mark Gatiss‘s Doctor Who docudrama to look forward to as well. An Adventure In Space And Time will take a look at the earliest days of Who and the people that helped make it the worldwide success it is today. The BBC has released two stunning retro posters for the special as well as a few new details about when we can expect to see it on our tellies.

doctor whoThe BBC Doctor Who blog posted a brief interview with Mark Gatiss about the special he wrote. The Sherlock co-creator and occasional Doctor Who writer/actor says the drama is all about the story of how the show was created. It will “concentrate on the very beginnings and the first few episodes. There are lots of treats for the fans but it’s also the story of William Hartnell, the first Doctor and how the part transformed his life.” Speaking on why he wanted to do the story though, Gatiss said it was a love letter to everything Doctor Who has been to him over the years:

I’m a life-long Doctor Who fan and the origins of this beloved show have always fascinated me. But, above all, I wanted it to strike a chord on a human level. These were brilliant, complex, talented people making something revolutionary. And, in William Hartnell, we have the very affecting story of a man redeemed by the role of a lifetime who then, sadly, had to let it go. I think we can all relate to something like that in our lives.

All of the stills we’ve seen from the special so far shows a cast that bears an eery resemblance to their real life counterparts. Gatiss says that’s really just a happy coincidence since they went with which person would be best for the role more than anything:

I’d had David Bradley in mind for some years but it wasn’t simply a question of a good likeness! David is such a fine and delicate actor, I knew he’d find something wonderful in the part. With everyone else, I stressed that we must first and foremost get the right people for the job. But it turned out the right people also bear the most amazing resemblances to the originals! Costume and make up, of course, played a huge part in that.

There’s still no solid air date for the special, but it was recently announced that it will premiere in Australia on November 24th, the UK sometime during the week before the actual 50th anniversary, and an undetermined day in the US. While we wait for confirmation on the premiere, we can all talk about the two fantastic retro posters BBC TV released for the drama. They feature David Bradley as William Hartnell outside of the TARDIS and standing in front of the First Doctor‘s greatest foes. What do you think about the posters?

This special one-off drama travels back in time to 1963 to see how the beloved Doctor Who was first brought to the screen. Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry’s glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama, time travel and monsters! Allied with a team of brilliant people, they went on to create the longest-running science fiction series ever, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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Source : BBC