Details on the Doctor Who Genesis Story: An Adventure in Space and Time

Doctor Who An Adventure in Space and Time
An Adventure in Space and Time, the First Doctor, William Hartnell (David Bradley), and Carole Ann Ford (Claudia Grant) - Photo Credit: HAL SHINNIE, © BBC 2013
Coming to BBC America on November 22, 2013 is the story of how Doctor Who began 50 years ago in An Adventure in Space and Time starring David Bradley, Jessica Raine, and Brian Cox. The special will air at 9pm ET/PT.
An Adventure in Space and Time is principally a human interest story you can enjoy even if you know nothing about Doctor Who,” says writer and executive producer, Mark Gatiss. “You’ll see the story of some amazing people who come together under extraordinary circumstances to create this wonderful thing that is still with us today.”
Directed by Terry McDonough (Breaking Bad), written by Mark Gatiss, and executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner, An Adventure in Space and Time asks and answers the question: “What do you get when you mix C.S. Lewis with H.G. Wells, and sprinkle in a bit of Father Christmas? An alien Time Lord exploring space and time in a Police Box spaceship called the ‘TARDIS’ (Time And Relative Dimension in Space).”
The Details:
Travel back to witness the genius that was the first Doctor, William Hartnell (David Bradley, Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) and the unlikely production team behind the series, Verity Lambert (Jessica Raine, Call the Midwife), Waris Hussein (Sacha Dhawan, After Earth) and Sydney Newman (Brian Cox, The Bourne Identity, X2: X-Men United). […]The stylish drama reveals the struggles and ultimate triumph of the British series created to “keep the sports fans and kids hooked.”
An unlikely trio of misfits set out to create a genre series that all ages would love. A 55-year-old actor conceivably at the end of a frustrating career, a former production assistant fighting to make her mark in television, and a foreign born, novice director were tasked with bringing a vision for an exciting new science fiction story to life. William ‘Bill’ Hartnell, displeased with his career, was presented with a chance to break out of the hard-man roles he’d become known for. And with the instincts of first time producer, Verity Lambert and first time director, Waris Hussein, The Doctor was born. As the success of the show grew, William went from unhappy curmudgeon to beloved television star who relished his career resurgence and found a new lease on life. But all good things come to an end. How will Bill face leaving behind the part that has made him a hero to millions of children? And can the show survive without him? Journey back fifty years through space and time to witness the exciting beginning and untimely end of the First Doctor in this touching drama.
Source: BBC America
-Posted by Rebecca Murray

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