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Doctor Who An Adventure in Space and Time

Updated on November 14, 2014

An Adventure in Space and Time: The Trailer - Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

Introducing An Adventure in Space and Time

If like me you are a massive Doctor Who fan or know someone that is then the DVD of An Adventure in Space and Time is something you will want to get hold of.

It's an absolute treat and a remarkable re-creation of the early days of the Classic Doctor Who TV Program which was to go on to become the longest running TV series ever. Any Whovian will be delighted to receive this as a gift and if you don't have a copy yourself - well you will want to get it as well!

In summary, to mark the 50th anniversary of the television show Doctor Who, the BBC released the docudrama An Adventure In Space and Time, which chronicles how the show was created, the challenges the creators faced in casting the right actor to play the lead character, and how the show was almost cancelled after a few episodes.

The drama was written by Mark Gatiss, a long time fan of the show, who has also written some episodes of the show in the past.

A Review Of An Adventure in Space and Time

An Adventure in Space and Time focuses on the relationship between William Hartnell, the first man to play Dr. Who, the first producer of the show, Verity Lambert, the first director of the show, Waris Hussein, and BBC's Head of Drama, Sydney Newman, who are the most important people in the history of the show, because they were the people that were responsible for making the show possible.

Brian Cox plays Sydney Newman, who heads the BBC drama department, was the creator of the popular TV. show "The Avengers," and was looking for a show to fill their Saturday evening slot. He came up with the idea for Doctor Who, and hired one of his former assistants, Verity Lambert, who is played by Jessica Raine, to take control of the development of the show.

Lambert wasn't open to the project at first, because she thought Newman wanted to hire her as an assistant, but agreed to do the project when he told her she would be the producer of the show. She wasn't taken seriously at first, because she was a woman in a profession dominated by men, but she found someone who shared the same goals as she did in the director Waris Hussein, who is played by Sacha Dhawan.

The next order of business for Lambert and Hussein was to find the right actor to play the part of the lead character. After reviewing a lot of applicants, they decided veteran character actor William Hartnell, who is played by David Bradley, was the perfect person to play the iconic role. Hartnell had been playing military roles in movies and on television, and wasn't very receptive to playing the role when he was first approached, but he finally relented, and agreed to play the role, which will launch him into a level of fame he had never experienced before, and motivate him to keep doing the show, even after Lambert and Hussein had left the show.

The drama covers the taping of the pilot episode of the show, which was a very disastrous experience, how the show almost got cancelled after four episodes, and how it became the cultural phenomenon that it is today. In the beginnng, it focuses on Lambert, and her struggle to get the show on television, while facing obstacles because of her gender, then shifts the focus on Hartnell, who became a star because of the show, and kept on doing it, even though he was getting older and had trouble remembering his lines.

An Adventure In Space and Time is a great look at how Doctor Who became what it is today, and is something that long time fans of the show and casual fans alike will enjoy watching.

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    • pkmcruk profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @FanfrelucheHubs just making sure Nathalie :-) Thanks for the comment and I am sure you will really enjoy it when you get chance to watch Adventure in Space and Time.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      3 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Why do you keep asking who's my favorite Doctor Who??? You do know the answer don't you? :) Looking forward to watch Adventure In Space and Time , haven't seen it yet

    • pkmcruk profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @Greekgeek Thanks for the great comment Ellen and I am sure you will absolutely love it. It was shown again here last night and we watched and enjoyed it as much as the first viewing.

      I have just checked out Dimensions 2014 Doctor Who and I am very envious! Looks like a great line up of guests and I am sure it will be wonderful - enjoy!

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      4 years ago from California

      I still need to get around to watching this; Verity is something of a hero for me.

      Guess where I'll be in October? Look up "Dimensions 2014 Doctor Who."

      Drat Big Finish Audio for getting me hopelessly hooked on all my old favorite Doctors and companions again.

    • pkmcruk profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @boutiqueshops that's excellent to hear :-) I am sure you will enjoy it!

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      4 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

      You are seriously making me want to check out this series. Hmmmm.... :)


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