Tonight we’ll be liveblogging the BBC America premiere of An Adventure in Space and Time, which will take a look back at the early days of Doctor Who with William Hartnell (played by David Bradley) as the First Doctor. We’re so excited!
William Hartnell once said: “If I live to be 90, a little of the magic of Doctor Who will still cling to me.” I don’t know what it is, but there is something in the fibre of the programme that is rather magical. Although Sherlock Holmes is in its DNA, and HG Wells is a source, what’s fantastic about the show is that it is a TV original, not an adaptation. It is one of the greatest single ideas that television has produced.
There’s something rather wonderful about the creation of Doctor Who, something very smoky and Novemberish. I imagine people on buses with wet raincoats, that kind of Britain. And going through it like a typhoon are two young people, Verity Lambert and Waris Hussein, with fantastic ideas, and an older man, William Hartnell, who sort of becomes young by association.
Written by Mark Gatiss, An Adventure in Space and Time features David Bradley as Hartnell, the first actor to play the Doctor in 1963.
Jessica Carney, who was six when her grandfather took the role, said he would have been “thrilled” by the show.
She was clearly overcome with emotion after a screening in London on Tuesday.
Some fans had queued up for hours for return tickets to the preview, held at BFI Southbank, which was attended by a number of former Doctor Who stars.
Afterwards, Carney thanked Bradley “for playing my grandfather so wonderfully”.
An Adventure in Space and Time is set in the first half of the 1960s and focuses on the people who created the sci-fi show, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next week.
A second movie poster for ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’.
More new photos from ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’.
David Bradley as William Hartnell from ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’.
We’ll be posting a few more new photos in just a minute!
A unique, rediscovered TV interview, showing First Doctor William Hartnell shortly after leaving Doctor Who, comes to DVD this month.
Hartnell was filmed for BBC regional news programme, Points West in his dressing room, as he prepared to perform in the pantomime Puss in Boots in Taunton.
When asked about the Daleks, Hartnell claimed that “They were difficult to play to, because you’re not looking into human eyes, you’re looking at a metal object.” He goes on to say he found this “distracting”.
And when pressed about his ability to shake off the association with Doctor Who and its extraordinary public popularity, Hartnell assuredly claims that he’ll do it by “by making a success in something else” because he’s “a legitimate character actor – of the theatre and film”.
The interview appears in the DVD release of Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet. Read the rest at DoctorWho.tv
David Tennant from the BBC America special Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited - The First Doctor
You asked for an encore showing of this special so we’ve scheduled it twice for next week:
Wednesday, February 6 from 4-7pm EST and then again early Thursday morning from 3-6am EST
If you missed last weekend’s First Doctor special, here’s your chance to see/DVR it again. Watch the trailer here.
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