In the words of Amy, “Okay kids, THIS is where things get interesting.”
From Doctor Who News.net, BBC has announced that David Bradley will play first Doctor William Hartnell in the upcoming docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, detailing the events leading to the creation of Doctor Who. The one-off 90-minute drama is written by Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss, who will also act as executive producer alongside Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner. Bradley is best known for playing Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch in the HARRY POTTER films, but fans may also recognize him from his turn as the villain in season seven’s “Dinosaurs On A Spaceship”. He is also an established theatre actor.
BBC’s then Head of Drama Sydney Newman, credited with the creation of the show, will be portrayed by Shakespearean actor Brian Cox, who voiced the elder Ood in the 2009 Doctor Who episode “The End of Time”, and may be known to American audiences from his roles in X-MEN 2, MANHUNTER, TROY and THE BOURNE IDENTITY series.
Doctor Who‘s first producer, Verity Lambert, will be played by Call the Midwife star Jessica Raine, while the director of the first serial, Waris Hussein, will be played by Sacha Dhawan best known for appearances in The History Boys and Last Tango In Halifax.
Says Gatiss, “What a cast! I’m utterly delighted that everyone’s favourite 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.”