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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Ross Gurney-Randall ...
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Roger May ...
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Douglas Camfield
Charlie Kemp ...
Arthur
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William Russell ...
Harry - Security Guard
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Mervyn Pinfield
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Rex Tucker
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Heather Hartnell
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Judith Carney
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Toby Hadoke ...
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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Mervyn Pinfield according to interviews with Mark Gatiss is composite of a number of people including David Whitaker. See more »

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Although the opening scene takes place in 1966, a "Yearometer" in the TARDIS winds back to 1963 to indicate that the majority of the film take place in the earlier year. However in the establishing scenes at BBC Television Centre, a Triumph Herald with a C suffix on the registration plate (denoting that it was first registered in 1965) is seen. See more »

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William Hartnell: No-one is replaceable eh ? You can't have 'Doctor Who' without Doctor Who!
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Best Television I have watched all year!!!!
22 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Watched this last night and although I really wanted to watch it, I had no idea it would be this good!!!

It is mesmerising from start to finish. The cast is just superb and although everyone is giving special mention to David Bradley, I thought it was Jessica Raine who stole the show as Verity Lambert.

Some amazing recreations of sets, props and characters from the first three series of Doctor Who means that the film makers obviously have a real passion for the show and the making of this film. It is the ending though that is extremely sad and without giving away spoilers, a perfect cameo at the end just makes it even more special.

Even if you are not into Doctor Who you should really enjoy this. I cant believe how much I enjoyed this and I have ordered the DVD already. By the way, the scene with the Cyberman with the fag on is just hilarious :) :) :)

Without a doubt the best television I have seen all year. 10/10!!!!


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