BBC America to Chronicle Doctor Who's Debut in TV-Movie Starring Brian Cox, Harry Potter Actor

DoctorWho_hartnellBBC America, as part of a larger plan to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, is co-producing a TV-movie chronicling the series’ genesis and the Time Lord’s maiden voyage on Nov. 23, 1963.

In An Adventure in Space and Time, David Bradley (aka the Harry Potter films’ Argus Filch) will portray William Hartnell, the series’ first Doctor (pictured), while Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity) will play Sydney Newman, the BBC’s Head of Drama credited with the creation of the show.

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The cast also includes Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and Sacha Dawan (History Boys) as producer Verity Lambert and director Waris Hussien, who helmed the “An Unearthly Child” pilot.

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Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, Sherlock) penned the script and will serve as an executive producer alongside Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner. The 90-minute telepic will premiere later this year.

 

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9 Comments
  1. Jake says:

    I will be watching this for sure.

  2. Elsa says:

    Hopefully BBC America brings the money and NOTHING else to the production. We all remember the last time Americans were in charge of anything Doctor Who related? 1996 tv-movie. 8th Doctor great! Either thing else? Terrible.

    • Badger says:

      In all fairness, that was Fox and not BBC America.

    • Bob says:

      Remember, BBC America is still partly run by the BBC.

    • mia says:

      Not to mention what they did with Torchwood

    • Linwe says:

      BBC America has been co-producing Doctor Who itself since 2010. It’s pretty standard practice for BBC shows, for example, Sherlock is co-produced by Masterpiece. BBCA will just put up the money and then get exclusive rights to air it in the US.

    • Linwe says:

      BBC America has been co-producing Doctor Who since 2010. They put up some money and then have exclusive rights to air it in the US. It’s pretty standard practice for BBC shows, but the co-producer doesn’t get any creative say.

  3. Sheila says:

    Um, why? Is it an especially interesting story? I mean, I’ve loved Doctor Who since childhood, but do I care how the show came to be?

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