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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

An Adventure in Space and Time - Casting Announced

The first news of casting for the one-off BBC Two drama An Adventure in Space and Time - documenting the origins of Doctor Who - have been announced, read on for further details:

As part of the BBC’s blockbuster celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, David Bradley (Harry Potter) is set to play the first ever Doctor, the iconic William Hartnell in the BBC Two drama An Adventure in Space and Time

But this isn’t his first foray into the world of Doctor Who… In 2012 David Bradley won plaudits playing the villainous Solomon in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and in 2010 he voiced one of the Shansheeth in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor - a two-part story that featured Matt Smith as the Time Lord. He’s also well-known around the world for his portrayal of Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies as well as appearances in blockbusters like Captain America: The First Avenger and TV shows ranging from The Professionals to Game of Thrones.

An Adventure in Space and Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who - first aired on 23rd 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).

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...

The one-off drama An Adventure in Space and Time will air sometime around the 50th anniversary date of Doctor Who this autumn on BBC Two.