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

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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.

 



Comments (9)

  • I will be watching this for sure.

    Comment by Jake – January 30, 2013 09:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Elsa – January 30, 2013 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • In all fairness, that was Fox and not BBC America.

      Comment by Badger – January 30, 2013 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Remember, BBC America is still partly run by the BBC.

      Comment by Bob – January 30, 2013 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not to mention what they did with Torchwood

      Comment by mia – January 30, 2013 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Linwe – January 31, 2013 04:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Linwe – January 31, 2013 04:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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?

    Comment by Sheila – January 30, 2013 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Neon Disease.

    Comment by amycorvus – January 30, 2013 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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