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:
— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) November 4, 2013
Meanwhile co-producer BBC America has announced that the film will première state-side the following day, Friday, November 22, 9:00pm ET/PT.
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.