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Published on October 29th, 2013 | by Danny_Weasel

Everything You Need To Know: An Adventure In Space And Time

As we rapidly approach November we are starting to be fed ever more exciting tit-bits of information, not only for The Day of The Doctor, but also for the equally epic Mark Gatiss written drama An Adventure in Space and Time that will cover the genesis of the series.

That is the case today as we discover that original TARDIS crew members William Russell and Carole Ann Ford will be making appearances in the production, though very little is still known about what part they will play other than the character names of ‘Harry’ and ‘Joyce’.

So what else do we know about An Adventure in Space and Time? Well quite a bit actually.

We know that it will cover the period from the shows inception up to at least Patrick Troughton’s arrival as the Second Doctor, to be played by Gatiss’ fellow League of Gentlemen star Reece Shearsmith and will feature an all star cast, which so far includes;

David Bradley as William Hartnell,
Claudia Grant as Carole Ann Ford,
Jamie Glover as William Russell,
Jemma Powell as Jacqueline Hill,
Sophie Holt as Jackie Lane,
Brian Cox as Sydney Newman,
Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert,
Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein, original director
Sarah Winter as Delia Derbyshire,
Jeff Rawle as Mervyn Pinfield, associate producer
Andrew Woodall as Rex Tucker, director
Ian Hallard as Richard Martin, director
David Annen as Peter Brachacki, original production designer
Sam Hoare as Douglas Camfield, director
Mark Eden as Donald Baverstock, controller of BBC One

Some of the more eagle eyed of you out there may recognise some of those names on the left hand side. This is because they aren’t new to being in Doctor Who itself. As we all know David Bradley ‘and Jessica Raine both featured in series 7, but we also have Jeff Rawle who appeared in Peter Davison story Frontios and Mark Eden who memorably played the title role in William Hartnell’s lost classic Marco Polo.

Update: Synopsis Released (October 29th)

The BBC has released two new posters, found in the gallery below, and this synopsis:

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.

Update: Schedule Confirmed (November 4th)

BBC Two has confirmed that An Adventure In Space And Time will air on Thursday 21st:

Meanwhile co-producer BBC America has announced that the film will première state-side the following day, Friday, November 22, 9:00pm ET/PT.

(End updates)

Original Daleks and TARDIS

We know that scenes from Dalek Invasion of Earth were recreated and shot at Westminster Bridge in February,and will feature Nicholas Briggs as Dalek voice artist Peter Hawkins, we have seen the interior of the TARDIS (incredible in my opinion) and we have seen some great shots of the cast in full costume.

There have had to be some concessions though, it has come to light that in order to not over-complicate the story with too many characters, David Whitaker, the programmes orignial story editor, will not appear. Instead his role is to be merged with that of associate producer Mervyn Pinfield (played by Jeff Rawle).

While broadcast in the UK is yet to be confirmed, we know that in ABS in Australia has announced broadcast on Sunday November 24 at 8.45pm on ABC1, following a second screening of The Day of the Doctor. Meanwhile in the USA, BBC America is following BBC Two in announcing the scheduling later than usual; in the UK Friday, November 22nd is expected by many.

So with all this information, the cast, the sets, the costumes, how do you feel about this drama special? Are you looking forward to it as much as the anniversary special? More? Let us know and we can discuss it till the wee hours in the box below.


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17 Responses to Everything You Need To Know: An Adventure In Space And Time

  1. avatar STLShawn says:

    So, they get rid of confidential, about the making of the new series,,,, and they make a dramatized version of the creation of the original series.

    I am interested in seeing it though. From what i know of the creation of Who, it should be quite a ride.

    • avatar Steve C says:

      Your first point doesn’t really work, Confidential came from a BBC 3 budget and was/is a documentary, Space &Time is a drama and budgeted by the Drama Dept.

      • avatar Geoff says:

        And confidential was overblown and boring in my view. If you miss it that much just recreate the experience by flicking through DWM while listening to Coldplay or Athlete. But I’ve been spoilt by the DVD documentaries whic are excellent.
        Anyway I’d much rather have a proper well written drama with a quality cast like this.

  2. avatar Mark P says:

    And with one stroke of the pen – or several presses of a keyboard – David Whittaker is written out of Who history.

    Really, one more character would make a difference?

    • avatar Joyce says:

      I agree with you, a strange decision because Whitaker was, in my opinion, instrumental to the feel of the show in those early years. A very important man in Who history. Oh well, very much looking forward to this, probably more than the special although as I now have some nice cinema tickets for that production it’s become a bit more exciting in my book.

      • avatar Al says:

        I don’t see anyone credited as Donald Wilson, CE Webber or Anthony Coburn either, so he’s in good company. Remember this isn’t a documentary, but a “behind the screen” docudrama, so there will be fictionalization. For example (minor point but it annoyed some people) when they made the Charlie’s Angels docudrama 10 years ago, Ben Browder’s Lee Majors was always shown wearing outfits Steve Austin wore on TV, when in real life he dressed differently. Other docudramas have done things like introduce romance where none existed (don’t be surprised to see some sparks fly between Verity and Waris, for example). It’s a story based on facts, it’s not a slave to them. Just be glad Nostradamous doesn’t show up (in-joke for those familiar with the new series Reign which is very very very loosely based on the life of Mary Queen of Scots. If she acted like a character in Gossip Girl.)

    • avatar Francis Cave says:

      From Mark himself:

      “To be absolutely frank, the problem with trying to focus on one story about the beginning is that there are so many stories. There’ll be howls of protest from certain quarters because there are some people not in it. It’s a drama about the creation of Doctor Who, it’s not a documentary and, therefore, I had to focus on a small number of main characters. And a few of the other characters have to slightly merge. David Whitaker’s not in it. Mervyn Pinfield is and he sort of absorbs David Whitaker’s role. To a lay audience, who don’t give a monkey’s about the difference between a script editor and associate producer, they would just be bewildered.

      It hurts my inner anorak, it hurts me. But, at the same time, I had to approach it very much the way I would do if I didn’t know anything about the programme – it’s a drama about people and the fun mechanics of the creation of the show.”

    • avatar David F says:

      But if a character doesn’t make a difference, he or she should be cut. A basic rule of writing.

  3. Harry was the name of the attendent who guarded entry into the ‘horsehoe’ car park at Television Centre. William Russell mentioned this at Dimensions over the weekend.

  4. avatar Simon Magellan says:

    One point re it’s transmission date – I would be surprised if it were the 22nd, as this is the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death and I anticipate documentaries on that. Could be wrong though.

    • avatar DonnaM says:

      If it’s going out on BBC1 I can’t see that being an issue; any JFK documentary would surely be on BBC2? It’s a more natural home for that kind of thing I’d have thought

      • We need another JFK documentary? I though Oliver Stone sewed that one up.

        Oh well.

        (PS: The wife did it. See Google.)

        • avatar Geoff says:

          And we could do with another one on Kenneth Williams too….Shock reveal: he was a bit conflicted in real life and wasn’t always nice to people…yawn.

        • avatar simon magellan says:

          While it’s nice to be celebrating the anniversary of DW on the 23rd, I’m afraid that it is actually much more important in the scheme of things to be commemorating the life and death of JFK. I would hope the BBC manage to make some note of it on the 22nd – there coverage of the MLK March anniversary earlier this year was fairly poor but you never know.

        • Someone down-voted my previous comment!

          While this isn’t unusual, I can’t work out why…

      • avatar simon magellan says:

        As I understand it, the “Adventures…” will be shown on BBC2

  5. avatar TonyS says:

    While we are at it, why aren’t we commemorating the deaths of C S Lewis and Aldous Huxley? I don’t know, some American Presdient gets shot and the world runs mad…

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