An Adventure in Space and Time

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Sick and tired of all the Doctor Who, yet? Hope not, we’re only in the beginning of a Who week! We’ve been counting down the days until the 50th anniversary, we even toyed with the blasphemous thought of an American Doctor, and we’ve been sharing basically everything and anything Doctor Who we can get our hands on. As if that isn’t enough, here’s some more clips, trailers, and treats. (more…)

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At the moment we’re drifting in the void awaiting new Doctor Who. The 50th anniversary special will air on November 23rd, followed by the Christmas special on Christmas Day, and Series 8 is expected to begin late summer 2014. At least that’s what showrunner Steven Moffat revealed in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly all about Comic Con.

The interview, available online as well as in print, covers just about everything you’d want to pry from the mind of The Moff. In it he discusses the search for the next Doctor, when we’ll see the new Doctor, when he knew Matt Smith was leaving, the length of the 50th anniversary special, what is was like having Matt and David Tennant work together, just everything! Though, any real spoilers are cleverly hidden by Moffat’s usual knack for misdirection and tight lips.

Below the cut we’ve got the highlights, gathered by the ever vigilant Doctor Who TV. Expect mild spoilers, with a chance of, “OMG! CAN’T WAIT!”

But first! Check out this officially released image of David Bradley as the First Doctor, William Hartnell, for the BBC‘s other anniversary special, An Adventure in Space in Time, chronicling the early days of Who and written by Mark Gatiss.

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Uncanny, isn’t it!? The more we see from this docu-drama, the more excited I may be for it over the show’s proper anniversary special. Okay, that’s a lie, I’m out of mind with excitement for the 50th anniversary special, but I’m totally stoked for this, too.

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“Grandfather! Grandfather!”

Yup, The Doctor’s “granddaughter”, Susan, played by Carol Ann Ford on the series in the 60s has been cast for An Adventure in Space and Time. Yesterday we saw the first glimpse of the production as filming kicked off on Sunday, and today we learn relative newcomer Claudia Grant will play Ford, and therefore Susan, in the 90 minute docudrama from Mark Gatiss. Here’s Grant’s head shot for a comparison,

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That’s a pretty darn good likeness, if you ask me. Doctor Who TV also report Jamie Glover is playing William Russell, fellow companion and Susan’s teacher Ian, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Honestly, I think I’m getting more excited about this docudrama exploring those early days of Doctor Who than I am whatever celebration Moffat and co. have planned for the series proper. So much of what makes Doctor Who, Doctor Who was created during those early years and it’ll be wonderful to see it all brought to light.

What are you most excited for when it comes to Who‘s 5oth anniversary?

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We only learned of the cast for Mark Gatiss‘ docudrama about the early days of Doctor Who last week, and on Sunday they began filming. In the photos below snapped by Andrew Mark Sewell, you can just make out David Bradley as the First Doctor, William Hartnell, and Jessica Raine as Doctor Who producer, Verity Lambert.

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Above photo by  by Jake Humphrey. The top picture is from Ann Marie Stephenson and shows the TARDIS on location at Wimbledon Common. The photos from Joseph Burne (left) and Darcylotr (right) below give you an even better look at the original TARDIS’ rougher yet still so recognizable look,

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This docudrama is expected to air around the time of Who’s 50th Anniversary, November 23rd.

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This is some awesome, awesome news to start your morning. Mark Gatiss has announced he’ll be writing a docudrama for the BBC all about the creation of Doctor Who. The special is part of the expected 50th anniversary celebration and will be titled An Adventure in Space and Time. Unfamiliar with Gatiss? Well, shame on you. He’s co-creator of Sherlock with Steven Moffat, plays Mycroft Holmes in that series, he was also Professor Lazarus in “The Lazarus Experiment” as well as several other minor roles in Doctor Who, and he’s writing an episode for season seven of Who, “The Crimson Horror.” Whew! And that’s only what I could think of off the top of my head. If you check out his page on the TARDIS wiki you’ll see he’s been a creative force in Doctor Who for years.

Basically, what I’m getting at is he’s a PERFECT choice and you should be really, really, excited.

Here’s the official press release, bolding is mine,

The BBC today announces that a special BBC TWO drama has been commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who next year.

An Adventure In Space And Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who since its first broadcast on 23 November 1963. Exploring all aspects of the longest running science fiction series to date, the special one-off 90-minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.

Written by Mark Gatiss, it is executive produced by current Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat, and Caroline Skinner. The single drama was commissioned by Ben Stephenson Controller, Drama, and Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two.

Mark Gatiss said: “This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original. And how an actor – William Hartnell – stereotyped in hard-man roles became a hero to millions of children. I’ve wanted to tell this story for more years than I can remember! To make it happen for Doctor Who’s 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true.”

Steven Moffat, Executive Producer, said: “The story of Doctor Who is the story of television – so it’s fitting in the anniversary year that we make our most important journey back in time to see how the TARDIS was launched.”

The production and transmission schedule will be confirmed next year, along with casting.

I’m so excited they’ve chosen to tell this story, and I’m so happy they’ve given it to Gatiss to write. It’ll be brilliant, I just know it! It’ll be especially interesting to see how the good ‘ole Beeb is portrayed in this docudrama. See, for many, many, MANY years the BBC hated Doctor Who. The higher-ups didn’t understand the show and they didn’t understand the people making it. It’s by no coincidence that even as the show lasted into the 70s and 80s their budget allowed them no better effects than what had already been accomplished in the 60s. Sometimes I’m still shocked they even attempted another reboot after the 1996 movie didn’t perform as well as expected.

I believe now the most important bit of news we’re waiting for is who they’ll cast as the First Doctor, William Hartnell. It won’t be the first time some one else will have to play the role. In the 25th anniversary special, “The Five Doctors,” the First Doctor was played by Richard Hurndall since Hartnell had already passed. It worked fairly well, but somehow I don’t believe Hurndall is still with us either. Who do you think they could cast as the crotchety yet endearing First Doctor?

Source: Doctor Who TV