Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Cast Announced For Doctor Who Drama An Adventure In Space and Time

It has just been announced that David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who) is set to play the first ever Doctor, the iconic William Hartnell in the BBC Two drama ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’.

Jessica Raine

Brian Cox
‘An Adventure in Space and Time' will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who - first aired on 23 November 1963 - and the many personalities involved. The BBC’s Head of Drama Sydney Newman, credited with the creation of the show, will be portrayed by Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity) and the producer, Verity Lambert, by ‘Call the Midwife’ star Jessica Raine. The director of the first ever episode, ‘An Unearthly Child’, Waris Hussein, will be played by Sacha Dhawan (History Boys, Last Tango In Halifax).

Sacha Dhawan here meeting Waris Hussein himself.
Commenting on his upcoming role, David Bradley, said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled. I first heard about this role from Mark [Gatiss] while watching the Diamond Jubilee flotilla from the roof of the National Theatre. When he asked if I would be interested, I almost bit his hand off! Mark has written such a wonderful script not only about the birth of a cultural phenomenon, but a moment in television’s history. William Hartnell was one of the finest character actors of our time and as a fan I want to make sure that I do him justice. I’m so looking forward to getting started.”

The 90-minute BBC Wales produced drama is written by Mark Gatiss who will also act as executive producer alongside Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner.

Mark Gatiss, executive producer and writer, said:
“What a cast! I'm utterly delighted that everyone's favourite Time Lord will be in such brilliant and stellar company. We have a terrific team who can't wait to tell the fascinating and surprising story of how the Doctor began his journey through Space and Time.”

Sacha Dhawan with Mark Gatiss and Waris Hussein.
Filming begins at the beginning of February at Television Centre before moving to Wimbledon Studios. It is produced by Matt Strevens (Misfits, Skins) and directed by Terry McDonough (Breaking Bad, The Street).

The casting for William Russell (who played Ian Chesterton), Jaqueline Hill (who played Barbara Wright) and Carole Ann Ford (who played Susan Foreman) has yet to be announced.



Tom Mills said...

What casting news of the other leads?

Joseph Taylor said...

I am still hoping that we will know who is playing Carole Ann Ford, William Russell and Jacqueline Hill come the latter half of Sunday. If I were in charge of casting, I'd like to see either Carly Bawden(a stage actress and singer), who has never acted on TV before, or Daisy Keeping, a Welsh actress who stars in 'Holby City', as Carole. As for William Russell and the late Jacqueline Hill, I would go for Mark Dexter('Silence In The Library'/'Forest Of The Dead') and Lara Pulver ('True Blood', 'Sherlock').