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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

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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:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Brian Cox did meet Sydney Newman in the mid 60s when working at the BBC. See more »

Goofs

It seems a bit excessive to dress an actor up in a full caveman outfit as only his shadow is meant to be seen in the finished Episode. See more »

Quotes

[playing The Doctor during a recording of an episode, William Hartnell gets his words wrong]
William Hartnell: Quickly, child. We're running out of time. Check the fornicator!
[Susan giggles]
William Hartnell: Er, the fault locator.
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Connections

References Compact (1962) See more »

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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
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Fantastic!
23 November 2013 | by EasyToHateHardToLoveSee 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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