Doctor Who News David Bradley as William Hartnell

Published on February 17th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

David Bradley In Character as William Hartnell

All sorts of photos have been popping up over the past few days in relation to Mark Gatiss’ An Adventure in Space and Time, the dramatised tale of Doctor Who‘s genesis.

David Bradley as William Hartnell

In addition to this morning’s Dalek invasion of London, a recent feature in Radio Times offers a picture of David Bradley in character as William Hartnell, with Lesley Manville as the original Doctor’s devoted wife Heather, as seen above.

You’ll also be fascinated to see a selection of behind the scenes snaps from BBC Television Centre last week at Planet Mondas, where tour goers were able to catch some moments of shooting in the redressed reception area. Look out for old cars, authentic tax discs and the excellent Brian Cox as Sydney Newman!

Just a note on David Bradley – no, he looks nothing like William Hartnell, but he is a marvellous actor. I was enjoying his Cohen the Barbarian in Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic just last night, and I’m certain this is going to be a superb piece of television.


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

One Response to David Bradley In Character as William Hartnell

  1. avatar Damon says:

    It would be fantastic if the BBC took this opportunity to start another Doctor Who spinoff starring David Bradley as the First Doctor, in the time leading up to his departure from Gallifrey. We’d get a completely different perspective of just who the Doctor is, and perhaps we’d even see the scene with Louise Coleman telling the First Doctor to take the TARDIS with the wonky navigation system replayed with David Bradley instead.

    It’d be a perfect way to expand the Doctor Whoniverse without stepping on the toes of the current series, but instead neatly tying in with whatever revelations that the current series begins to throw at us on account of it being Doctor Who’s 50th year.

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