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An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)

A dramatisation of the early years of Doctor Who (1963), with the story revolving around BBC executive Sydney Newman, novice producer Verity Lambert and actor William Hartnell.

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Cyril
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In 1963 Sydney Newman, progressive head of BBC TV's drama department, wants to fill a Saturday tea-time slot with a show with youth appeal and hits on the idea of an august figure, like a doctor, leading a group of companions on time travel adventures. He engages inexperienced young producer Verity Lambert to expand the idea. Fighting sexist and racial bigotry Verity and young Indian director Waris Hussein persuade crusty character actor William Hartnell to play the doctor figure and, despite technical hiccups and competition with coverage of the Kennedy assassination, the first episode of 'Doctor Who' is born. As the show becomes a success Hartnell displays an obsession with his character but, after three years, ill health catches up with him and he starts to forget lines. Newman tells him that Doctor Who will 'regenerate' and he will be replaced by younger actor Patrick Troughton. Though attached to the part and reluctant to give it up Hartnell wishes every success to Troughton, the... Written by don @ minifie-1

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William Hartnell-era stars William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, and Anneke Wills have cameo roles. Jean Marsh, who appeared in two Hartnell era stories as Joanna (The Crusade) and Sara Kingdom (The Daleks' Master Plan) also cameos during Verity Lambert's leaving party. Jean Marsh was once married to Jon Pertwee, known for playing the Third Doctor from 1970 to 1974. Marsh also appeared in the McCoy era story Battlefield as Morgaine and has reprised her role as Sara Kingdom in several Big Finish audio's. See more »

Goofs

Claudia Grant playing Carol Ann Ford/Susan Foreman explains that TARDIS stands for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space whereas in both the un-aired pilot and pilot of an Unearthly Child she says Time and Relative Dimension in Space - no 's' at the end of Dimension. See more »

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Verity Lambert: [pitching the character to Bill Hartnell] C.S. Lewis meets H.G. Wells meets Father Christmas - that's the Doctor.
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References Knight Errant Limited (1959) See more »

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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
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Fantastic!
23 November 2013 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I only started watching the new series just this summer, but I'm hooked! In Belgium, Doctor Who isn't well known, so that explains a lot why I'm a rather new fan. I've wanted to start watching the Classic Who's, but I never got to it.

After seeing this, I just can't say anything else but WOW! I now understand that Doctor Who has such a legacy and we are so priviliged that it's still on! I loved the cast and how they showed us even the dark side of themselves, by showing us that they didn't really care about the budget of the show when it just started.

The movie was fantastic, it really touched me, I cried... a lot!

So I think I'm ready now to watch the Classics, but now, first of all, the 50th, so every Whovian out there, young, new, classic fan or new fan, Happy 50th, Happy Day of the Doctor!!!

May we have 50 years and more!!


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