An amazingly rare artefact has surfaced in the collection of director Waris Hussein – his original, personally annotated studio floorplan for Doctor Who’s pilot episode from 1963. The document is dated “25/9” – 25 September, today’s date 50 years ago. This week, five decades ago, the cast and crew of Doctor Who were busy gearing up for episode one, An Unearthly Child, which would be recorded on Friday 27 September.
While the actors rehearsed in the less-than-glamorous Drill Hall in Uxbridge Road, London W12, the BBC design team and set builders were constructing the sets according to this floorplan at nearby Lime Grove Studios. The episode was written to be taped “as live”, with only one break in recording. “In those days,” says Waris, “we shot continuously on four cameras with very few breaks in the tape. You had to know exactly what you were doing. It was almost mathematical in its strategy.”
The Twelve Doctors.
wait i change my mind, THIS is the cleverest 12th doctor related thing i’ve seen so far
A study in outfits: Doctor Who.
Time-lapse - First Doctor’s TARDIS Console Installed at the Doctor Who Experience.
The Doctor Who Experience — home to the biggest official collection of Doctor Who props, costumes and sets in the world — today celebrated arrival of the First Doctor’s console room. Watch as the DWE crew assemble the iconic TARDIS console, which was recently used in the upcoming BBC docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time.
For details there’s a great post over on doctorwho.tv
First Doctor’s TARDIS console from “An Adventure in Space and Time”
Doctor Who’s Quinquagenary → Doctor Who?
"What’s in a name? Names are just titles. Titles don’t tell you anything." -Tenth Doctor, The Girl in the Fireplace
"You chose yours. The man who makes people better. How sanctimonious is that?" -The Master, The Sound of the Drums
"Look my name, my real name, that is not the point. The name I chose is the Doctor. The name you choose, it’s like a promise you make." -Eleventh Doctor, The Name of the Doctor
The Doctor: Better (and snarkier) than everyone else since 1963.
He has saved your lives so many times and you never even knew he was there. He never stops. He never stays. He never asks to be thanked.
Eleventh and the First. #sdcc #comiccon #doctorwho
Come by the BBC America booth at SDCC.
Here’s a first look at David Bradley as First Doctor William Hartnell in upcoming drama ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’, written by Mark Gatiss.
An Unearthly Child vs. The Dalek Invasion of Earth
Actor and screenwriter of 50th anniversary docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, Mark Gatiss, will be celebrated at France’s fifth annual Comic Con in July.
Gatiss – also writer of six Doctor Who adventures – will appear for a panel session and to sign autographs. There will also be a screening of clips from some of Mark’s episodes, as well as his occasional performances in the series - including Gantok in The Wedding of River Song and Professor Lazarus from The Lazarus Experiment (pictured above).
The First Doctor’s TARDIS recreated for An Adventure in Space and Time will be displayed at the event for the duration of the four days. This will be the first time the console has gone on display to the public, before it travels to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff for the rest of the Summer. The Stamp Centre will be running a shop for a chance to buy the Doctor Who stamp range.
The one-off 90 minute drama An Adventure in Space and Time tells the story of the genesis of Doctor Who and the many personalities involved. Starring Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and David Bradley (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter), the special will be transmitted later in 2013.
Comic Con Paris runs from 4-7 July at the Paris-Nord Villepointe Exhibition Centre.Tickets are available now.
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