An Adventure in Space and Time


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An Adventure In Space & Time

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First Transmitted

21 November 2013

Final Ratings



50th Anniversary Limited Edition


An Adventure In Space And Time


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David Bradley as William Hartnell, who portrayed the First Doctor, Jamie Glover as William Russell, who portrayed Ian Chesterton, Jemma Powell as Jacqueline Hill, who portrayed Barbara Wright,Claudia Grant as Carole Ann Ford, who portrayed Susan Foreman, Anna-Lisa Drew as Maureen O&rsquo,Brien who portrayed Vicki, Reece Shearsmith as Patrick Troughton, who portrayed the Second Doctor, Sophie Holt as Jackie Lane who portrayed Dodo Chaplet, Nicholas Briggs as Peter Hawkins, original voice of the Daleks and Cybermen, Brian Cox as Sydney Newman, co-creator, Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert, original producer, Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein, original director, Sarah Winter as Delia Derbyshire, creator of composer Ron Grainer’ theme tune recording, Jeff Rawle as Mervyn Pinfield associate producer, Andrew Woodall as Rex Tucker director, Ian Hallard as Richard Martin director, David Annen as Peter Brachacki, original production designer, Sam Hoare as Douglas Camfield, director, Mark Eden as Donald Baverstock controller of BBC One, Lesley Manville as Heather Hartnell, wife of William Hartnell, Cara Jenkins as Judith &ldquo,Jessica&rdquo, Carney, granddaughter of William Hartnell, William Russell as Harry, Carole Ann Ford as Joyce, Reece Pockney as Alan, Charlie Kemp as Arthur, Roger May as Len, Kit Connor as Charlie, Matt Smith as himself (uncredited cameo), Jean Marsh (uncredited cameo), Anneke Wills (uncredited cameo)


Written by Mark Gattis
Directed by Terry McDonough
Produced by Matt Strevens


In 1966, William Hartnell (David Bradley) is sitting in his dressing room at the BBC as a stagehand calls him to stage, only to be shunned away by the angry Hartnell. On the set, shooting The Tenth Planet, the other actors are bothered by his absence, as he suddenly enters in costume, ready to film what is revealed to be his final scenes as The Doctor. As he stands by the TARDIS console, he closes his eyes and remembers his years as The Doctor. After recollecting all his time on the show he prepares to film his last scene. As the cameras begin to come on, he turns on the time rotor, before looking across the console, to see Matt Smith, in the Eleventh Doctors outfit, smiling back. Content with the knowledge that Doctor Who will go on, Hartnell begins filming his final scene as the show ends. doctor who an adventure in space and time is a wonderful drama tribute to the series.


  • An Adventure in Space and Time, released in 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, was a docudrama largely about William Hartnell’ era as the First Doctor. Though marketed as the story of how Doctor Who was made
  • Sydney Newman rejects tin robots,,mutations, death rays, and brains in a glass jar, all of which would soon feature prominently in the programme.. In the film, Verity Lambert is shown watching the historic flight of first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, the day before being hired as producer. In reality, she was hired two days before Tereshkova’ flight.
  • Around the same time Lambert is hired, William Hartnell is seen watching a telecast of his sitcom The Army Game. However, the final episode of the series aired in June 1961 and while it is possible Hartnell might be viewing a rerun, this is unlikely in 1963, the Radio Times Guide to Comedy lists no further UK broadcasts after 1961, and notes that most episodes of the series were wiped.
  • It is strongly implied that the rebroadcast of the first episode was due to the Kennedy assassination news coverage, in reality, it was primarily due to a power cut preventing a portion of the country from viewing the original broadcast.
  • His distaste for B.E.M.s, though – Bug-Eyed Monsters – is very much historically accurate, and on par with his comments on early concept drafts for Doctor Who.
  • The Radio Times programme listing was accompanied by a small colour head-and-shoulders shot of David Bradley as William Hartnell, with the accompanying caption &ldquo,An Adventure in Space and Time / 9.00 p.m. David Bradley stars as The Doctor’ first screenincarnation&rdquo,.
    William Russell (Harry – security guard), Toby Hadoke (Cyril), Carole Ann Ford (Joyce) and Reece Shearsmith (Patrick Troughton) are credits on-screen but not in Radio Times.
  • In addition to the cameos by William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, Anneke Wills, Jean Marsh and Matt Smith, another Who veteran appearing in the film is Mark Eden, who played the title role in Marco Polo.
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