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November 21st, 2013 103 comments

What did You Think of An Adventure In Space And Time ?

What did You Think of An Adventure In Space And Time ?

This special one-off drama travels back in time to 1963 to see how 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.


An Adventure In Space And Time stars David Bradley (William Hartnell); Jessica Raine (Verity Lambert); Sacha Dhawan (Waris Hussein) and Brian Cox (Sydney Newman). It is written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Terry McDonough.

William Russell…

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Nicholas Briggs…

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Carol Ann Ford…

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Jean Marsh and Anneke wills…

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An Adventure in Space and Time (DVD)

Available to order now from www.bbcshop.com or www.amazon.co.uk

This fantastic 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!

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Allied with a team of brilliant people, they went on to create the longest-running science fiction series ever, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.An Adventure in Space and Time is written by Mark Gatiss, executive produced by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner and directed by Terry McDonough.

David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) plays the lead role of William Hartnell while Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, The Woman in Black) co-stars as the first ever producer of Doctor Who, Verity Lambert.

The stellar cast is joined by Sacha Dhawan (Waris Hussein), Lesley Manville (Heather Hartnell), and Brian Cox (Sydney Newman). A must see drama for all doctor who and drama fans alike.

DVD extra features include:

• Leaflet featuring programme images and an exclusive foreword by writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss

• William Hartnell: The Original

• The Making of An Adventure – narrated by Carole Ann Ford

• Reconstructions:

– Scenes from An Unearthly Child and the pilot

- Regenerations 

– Farewell to Susan

- Festive Greeting
– The Title Sequences
– Deleted Scenes

- The Radiophonic Workshop

– Verity’s Leaving Party”

Available to order now from www.bbcshop.com or www.amazon.co.uk


103 comments

  • the council

    November 23rd, 2013 - 3:40pm

    So good looks so real they did a good job

  • Sandra

    November 23rd, 2013 - 2:27pm

    It was very good, but, I live in the US and BBCAmerica destroyed it by breaking with repetitious commercials. It was truly a shame!!!!

  • dalek eternal

    November 23rd, 2013 - 1:55pm

    it was such amazing television really want to get it out on dvd as soon as I see it

  • The Fishmonger

    November 23rd, 2013 - 11:57am

    It was the current generation of Whovians acknowledging William Hartnell’s brilliance. If Hartnell hadn’t nailed it, the show would probably have fizzled out. Matt Smith would be a talented actor doing other stuff, we wouldn’t be celebrating the 50th. That’s why he was in it.

  • dan23uk

    November 23rd, 2013 - 11:08am

    didn’t get why he sew matt smith at the end ?

  • TheExtremeBlueTARDIS

    November 23rd, 2013 - 8:27am

    Watched it on Catch-Up yesterday. AND IT WAS BRILLIANT! 😀

  • Loki Jesse

    November 23rd, 2013 - 7:25am

    I love it. I got out of work an hour early, just so I can get home in time to see this. I saw the replay afterwards and was still brought to tears. Amazing story and amazing actors.

  • obsie

    November 23rd, 2013 - 12:37am

    I thought that was Mark Gatiss doing the Daleks voices for a second. Thanks again.

  • KORSAIR

    November 23rd, 2013 - 12:02am

    Well I watched it and I cried buckets worth, that was an amazing piece of television full marks to Mr G. It won’t have struck the same chord with the younger fans but us oldies will have love it. A few baftas coming I reckon.

  • booboo

    November 22nd, 2013 - 11:29pm

    added some pictures

  • Obsie

    November 22nd, 2013 - 11:17pm

    Thank you booboo.

  • Obsie

    November 22nd, 2013 - 11:16pm

    Where about was Carole Ann Ford?

  • booboo

    November 22nd, 2013 - 11:08pm

    the was in the street with curlers calling in the children

  • Obsie

    November 22nd, 2013 - 11:04pm

    Saw three of them but didn’t see Carole Ann Ford, where about was she?

  • Philip

    November 22nd, 2013 - 11:03pm

    I really enjoyed this production.
    Amazing cast including one of the lead actors from
    The Bourne Films !
    I saw the first Dr Who broadcast fifty years ago and it’s amazing to see how it still works today.
    Very well done BBC Cymru/Wales. A credit to Wales

    I recommend watching the classic film The Yangtse Incident and enjoy watching William Hartnell as the gritty bosun of HMS AMETHYST

  • ANTHONY

    November 22nd, 2013 - 10:05pm

    Was Peter Cushing, who made two Doctor Who films, at about the same time as when the story was set! Mentioned or seen in it? I watched it and didn’t think he was, while a few friends I know, say, he was!

  • Proud to be a fan

    November 22nd, 2013 - 9:59pm

    Beautifully written. Brilliant acting by all the cast especially David Bradley. The inclusion of the 10th Doctor’s immortal lines – I don’t want to go was pure genius by Mark Gattiss. Well done.

  • cyberman2

    November 22nd, 2013 - 9:00pm

    ok well I’m going to need a lot of help to dry my house A LOT

  • Rob Willcocks

    November 22nd, 2013 - 8:58pm

    Excellent production. How close such a wonderful series became to being killed off at birth and just look at it now! Well done to all involved in putting it together. That’s the BBC, brilliant productions and may it long continue,

  • 100000BC

    November 22nd, 2013 - 8:57pm

    I spotted William Russell, Carole Ann Ford and Annekke Wills last night and Jean Marsh in the behind the scenes video.

  • cyberman2

    November 22nd, 2013 - 8:53pm

    i just watched this and it was FREAKING AMAZING. i was holding back tears at the end then matt appeared and long story short I’m going to need a lot of towels to dry the house

  • Nigel Harry

    November 22nd, 2013 - 8:34pm

    I cheered and laughed – stifled my emotions but a tear or two still came!
    Watched first episode when I was eight years old and the magic never dies!!!
    Fantastic and fitting tribute to a great series!!
    Matt Smith cameo – marvellous idea!
    Should remind everyone exactly why the BBC is our national treasure!!!
    WELL DONE!!!!

  • Aspire

    November 22nd, 2013 - 8:20pm

    I thought id make it through but the scene near the end when he was standing over his fireplace started me crying.

  • 1969DOCTOR

    November 22nd, 2013 - 7:29pm

    Brilliant Drama, watched it this afternoon. How about Mark Gatiss doing the same with the rest of the Doctors.

  • Not Forgotten

    November 22nd, 2013 - 7:15pm

    This programme was a very fitting tribute to William Hartnell who left an enduring legacy for the following actors who played the Doctor to build on and develop. William Hartnells superb protrayal as the first doctor made Doctor Who a success which of course has allowed us all the chance to continue to enjoy fifty years later. Thank you William Hartnell.

  • im no longer not going to be here

    November 22nd, 2013 - 6:40pm

    who was joyce (corole ann ford)

  • UnitedGamers2013

    November 22nd, 2013 - 6:40pm

    Simply amazing television, I actually cried when matt smith came on and when hartnell was learning his lines. I’m going to watch it tomorrow before the 50th. #savetheday

  • Mick Reed

    November 22nd, 2013 - 6:35pm

    I thought this drama was brilliant and the BBC at it,s best. Special congratulations to David Bradley as Bill Hartnell who i thought gave a very impressive and moving take on the actor who played the first Doctor so long ago. First rate, i loved it.

  • Mick Reed

    November 22nd, 2013 - 6:27pm

    I thought An Adventure In Space and Time was fantastic viewing and the B.B.C. at it,s very best. High praise to David Bradley as Bill Hartnell, Brian Cox and Jessica Raine for their outstanding performances. Nice to see William Russell and Carole Ann Ford in cameos.

  • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

    November 22nd, 2013 - 6:21pm

    Amazing

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