One More Thing Regarding “That British Show”…

As if today’s bombshell wasn’t enough to shake everyone to the core, the BBC decided to pull a Steve Jobs and drop one more tasty Who-vian treat on everyone…

… by going back to the beginning…

Ever since it was announced, I have been patiently waiting for this to air and now it’s finally happening …


Here’s the BBC’s official synopsis:

Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry’s glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama, time travel and monsters! Allied with a team of brilliant people, they went on to create the longest-running science fiction series ever, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.An Adventure In Space And Time stars David Bradley (William Hartnell); Jessica Raine (Verity Lambert); Sacha Dhawan (Waris Hussein) and Brian Cox (Sydney Newman). It is written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Terry McDonough.

What we have here is Mark Gatiss (who has written some of the better Who episodes of late) retelling the origin of the show. It looks fantastic (click here for production photos), has a great cast (including three surprising cameos that I don’t want to spoil), and has all the appearance that everyone involved knows what they’re doing. I might just be more excited by this than the anniversary episode.

Side Note #1: Watching the First Doctor’s adventures is a slightly trying experience (I actually prefer the Second Doctor over the First) but to get a sense of what it was trying to do, watch “The Aztecs” (which is available for streaming on Netflix) which is a pretty decent show off of not only Hartnell’s Doctor but a really strong showcase for Susan, Ian, and Barbara in particular and why they made such an odd but cool quartet.

Side Note #2: Many thanks to Life, Doctor Who, and Combom (my go-to site for all things Who) for finding and posting the official DVD art for the film (left) but also the period recreation (right).

Side Note #3: On the BBC America site, there’s a list of 10 People Responsible for Doctor Who‘s Creation. It’s a worthy read and a check list to see if these people get mentioned in the film.


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