BBC One’s upcoming Olympic-themed drama, Bert and Dickie, is due to hit our screens on Wednesday 25th July at 8.30pm, and features a host of familiar faces.
Most obviously, the Doctor himself, Matt Smith, is one of the two leads, Bert Bushnell, alongside Sam Hoare’s Richard ‘Dickie’ Burnell. Based on real-life story, the two were paired to row for Great Britain just weeks before the double sculls event at the 1948 London Olympics. Matt said:
“It’s a drama about two rowers in the 1940s who are trying to get Olympic Gold. It’s about their struggle to get along as they try to forge a team and work towards that medal… They’re from different classes and have different points of view in life. It’s really about their relationship and trying to overcome those differences and difficulties in order to create a winning team.”
The 90-minute special, written by William Ivory (Minder; Made in Dagenham), also stars Geoffrey Palmer, best-known to the Who community as Captain Hardaker in 2007’s Voyage of the Damned, as the administrator in The Mutants (1972), and – of course – his brilliant turn as Masters in 1970’s Doctor Who and the Silurians.
You can also see the return of Lucy Saxon, aka. Alexandra Moen, in Bert and Dickie – who we last saw trying to bring about the end of the Master in The End of Time – as well as Classic series actor, Clive Merrison. He appeared in 1967’s Tomb of the Cybermen, playing Jim Callum – one of the lucky ones who escaped Telos… despite getting shot. He most recently appeared in Doctor Who as the Deputy Chief Caretaker in Paradise Towers (1987).
And finally, Bert and Dickie director, David Blair (The Street; Tess of the D’Urbervilles), also worked on six episodes of Taking of the Asylum with Tenth Doctor, David Tennant – all the way back in 1994!