BBC America co-producing movie on history of "Doctor Who"

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Harry Potter's David Bradley, Call the Midwife's Jessica Raine and The
Bourne Supremacy's Brian Cox to star

BBC AMERICA will co-produce and premiere An Adventure in Space and
Time as part of the channel's celebrations to mark the 50th
anniversary of Doctor Who. An Adventure in Space and Time will tell
the story of the genesis of Doctor Who - which first aired on November
23, 1963 - and the many personalities involved.

Announced today, David Bradley (Harry Potter) is set to play the first
ever Doctor, the iconic William Hartnell, in the drama written by Mark
Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who), who will also serve as executive
producer alongside Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock) and Caroline
Skinner (Doctor Who, The Fades). An Adventure in Space and Time (1x90)
is a co-production between BBC Cymru Wales and BBC AMERICA. The drama
will premiere later this year on BBC AMERICA.

The BBC's Head of Drama Sydney Newman, credited with the creation of
the show, will be portrayed by Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, Bourne
Identity) and the producer, Verity Lambert, by Jessica Raine (Call the
Midwife). The director of the first ever episode An Unearthly Child,
Waris Hussein, will be played by Sacha Dhawan (History Boys, Last
Tango In Halifax).

Mark Gatiss, writer and executive producer said: "What a cast! I'm
utterly delighted that everyone's favorite 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."

Richard De Croce, SVP Programming, BBC AMERICA added: "We're excited
to work with BBC Cymru Wales on this co-production, allowing us to
bring An Adventure in Space and Time to Doctor Who fans on both sides
of the pond. Mark and the talented team behind the project are sure to
create a special that will delight audiences while commemorating this
incredible series' 50th anniversary."

Commenting on his upcoming role, David Bradley said, "I'm absolutely
thrilled. I first heard about this role from Mark 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

An Adventure in Space and Time is a co-production between BBC Cymru
Wales and BBC AMERICA. Filming begins at the beginning of February at
BBC's Television Centre in London before moving to Wimbledon Studios.
The drama is produced by Matt Strevens (Misfits, Skins) and directed
by Terry McDonough (Breaking Bad, The Street).

Doctor Who recently delivered record ratings for BBC AMERICA when the
Christmas Day special Doctor Who: The Snowmen became the channel's
best ever telecast in demo, delivering 2.4 million total viewers and
1.3 million A25-54 in Live+7, rounding out a year of success. Doctor
Who returns on March 30 as part of BBC AMERICA's Supernatural Saturday
programming block, alongside world premieres of new original series
The Nerdist and Orphan Black.

A rip-off of the earlier drama made about the beginning of the UK soap
opera "Coronation Street" ... but at least the Doctor Who one might be
worth watching, even though it's likely to be 90% made up fantasy and not
what actually happened.  :-)