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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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Terry McDonough

Writer:

Mark Gatiss
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bradley ... William Hartnell
Ross Gurney-Randall Ross Gurney-Randall ... Reg
Roger May Roger May ... Len
Sam Hoare ... Douglas Camfield
Charlie Kemp Charlie Kemp ... Arthur
Brian Cox ... Sydney Newman
William Russell ... Harry - Security Guard
Jeff Rawle ... Mervyn Pinfield
Andrew Woodall ... Rex Tucker
Jessica Raine ... Verity Lambert
Jemma Powell ... Jacqueline Hill
Lesley Manville ... Heather Hartnell
Cara Jenkins Cara Jenkins ... Judith Carney
Sacha Dhawan ... Waris Hussein
Toby Hadoke Toby Hadoke ... Cyril
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avantura u vremenu i prostoru See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Toby Hadoke, who has a cameo role as a barman, is an actor, comedian and Doctor Who (1963) expert who has moderated many DVD commentaries for the classic series. See more »

Goofs

During the first recording it's shown that a male actor refuses to have his teeth blackened, this didn't occur until much later during the recording of the proper story and was a female actress who refused to have her teeth blackened. See more »

Quotes

[a cameraman catches his first sight of a Dalek]
Cameraman: What the hell's that? A sink plunger and an egg-whisk? Oh well, if they can't take over the universe they might at least be able to whip up a decent omelette.
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Connections

References Grandstand (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Walkin' Back to Happiness
(uncredited)
By John Schroeder and Mike Hawker
Performed by Helen Shapiro
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In three words: It is inspiring
23 November 2013 | by hennyxuSee all my reviews

When the success of a show is defined by its main protagonist for 50 years, then there is no better tribute then this drama movie. Based on true events, this movie/documentary focuses on the first actor and producer that defined and shaped the first doctor of the British television show Doctor Who. It shows how the production got started back in the 60's and how the actor William Hartnell (beautifully portrait by David Bradley) opened the minds of children and adults to fantasy and sci-fi.

It is however not entirely a happy story, for all good things must come to an end. Without spoiling it for everyone I would like to say that the end is very heart-breaking but filled with hope for the future.

In short, the movie was beautifully told with a fine pace. The acting was good conveying emotions at the right time. Furthermore, I'm very happy that this movie used almost no CGI and a lot of props which I think is becoming a lost art.

I give this movie an 8.

People I really recommend this movie if you want to see a good drama.


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