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"An Adventure In Space & Time", drama by Mark Gatiss

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  • 11-07-2013 5:57pm
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    Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 36,154 CMod ✭✭✭✭


    I didn't spot an existing thread, but figured this upcoming drama about the genesis & early years of Dr. Who is worth talking about. Mark Gatiss is scribbling the screenplay, with David Bradley playing William Hartnell & Reece Shearsmith as Patrick Troughton.

    Some stills have already popped up and as is typical with the BBC, the period detail is pretty awesome. The recreated TARDIS and associated sets look fantastic. Bradley also looks the absolute spit of Hartnell:

    http://blogtorwho.blogspot.ie/2013/07/an-adventure-in-space-time-promo-pic.html

    http://blogtorwho.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/an-adventure-in-space-time-pics.html

    I wonder though; given all those lovely sets & costumes, will they film a few scenes for the 50th anniversary story, with Bradley & Shearsmith playing the Docs?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,992 ✭✭✭✭flazio


    I highly doubt that they'd use Bradley as the 1st Doctor. If they were going to do that they would have done it when Clara was redirecting the Doctor to the other TARDIS in 'The Name of The Doctor


  • Registered Users Posts: 124 ✭✭Coldzone


    flazio wrote: »
    I highly doubt that they'd use Bradley as the 1st Doctor. If they were going to do that they would have done it when Clara was redirecting the Doctor to the other TARDIS in 'The Name of The Doctor

    They are using Bradley and others who've previously starred in the series

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/articles/David-Bradley-IS-William-Hartnell-the-First-Doctor


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,474 ✭✭✭YeatsCounty


    I'm looking forward to this more than the actual 50th anniversary episode itself.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 17,231 Mod ✭✭✭✭Das Kitty


    I'm looking forward to it too. It's a pretty interesting story, how it got started and the problems they had. I doubt any of them thought there'd ever be a 50th anniversary special!


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 36,154 CMod ✭✭✭✭pixelburp


    The Beeb released more photos from this drama; you can always rely on the BBC to get period detail just right:

    http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/an-adventure-in-space-and-time-pics-54099.htm


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17,208 ✭✭✭✭aidan_walsh




  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 14,308 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Master


    Can't believe I've to spoiler a Docudrama line but here goes


    BIG BIG SPOILER


    The final scene has David Bradly as Hartnell look up from his Tardis console and sees Matt Smith as The Doctor standing on the other side. Seems like a nice way to show that there is/was a future ahead for the show


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,978 ✭✭✭✭mike65


    Not a Dr Who Nerd but the BBC do these dramas well so I'll be on board for this.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,658 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle


    When is this been shown?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,520 ✭✭✭Hashtag_HEEL


    CramCycle wrote: »
    When is this been shown?

    Tomorrow night at 9 I think.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 124 ✭✭Coldzone


    CramCycle wrote: »
    When is this been shown?

    Its tomorrow at 9pm on BBC2


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 14,308 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Master


    19 mins away , looking forward to this as much as the day of the doctor......


  • Registered Users Posts: 124 ✭✭Coldzone


    The Master wrote: »
    19 mins away , looking forward to this as much as the day of the doctor......

    I have it set to record as I'm sure I'll watch it a few times


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,364 ✭✭✭campo


    Coldzone wrote: »
    I have it set to record as I'm sure I'll watch it a few times

    Missed it please tell me it's repeating


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 14,308 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Master


    Sublime....


  • Registered Users Posts: 124 ✭✭Coldzone


    The Master wrote: »
    Sublime....

    That was brilliant


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,311 ✭✭✭✭K-9


    Stunning performance by David Bradley, never a truer line, "I can tell all that just by a look", summed up his performance.

    Delightful film over all, didn't know the first programme was so close to JFK's assassination, some great hints at the history of the time like De Gaul and some great one liners.

    Mad Men's Don Draper : What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 14,308 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Master


    Coldzone wrote: »
    That was brilliant

    Few mins making of on after , brilliant.

    Once again , that was not only a good piece of doctor who tv.
    It was a fantastic bit of television.
    Another classic BBC drama


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 36,154 CMod ✭✭✭✭pixelburp


    That was highly enjoyable, and really shows how much luck and gumption it took to get Dr. Who off the ground. It was a really touching, warts n' all, portrayal of Hartnell too. Well done to all involved and you could tell it was a labour of love. I had been looking forward to this as much as the 50th anniversary story and it didn't disappoint :) (though I'd have loved if it kept going through the rest of the 60s and charted Tourghton's time; but in fairness this was William Hartnell's story)

    The little appearance of
    Matt Smith in the control room with Hartnell
    should have been cheesy but it bought a little lump to my throat, I must say.


  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 25,868 Mod ✭✭✭✭Doctor DooM


    Christ you'd have to be stone not to be touched by the ending of that.


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 36,154 CMod ✭✭✭✭pixelburp


    Man tears were just about held back when you-know-who appeared.


  • Registered Users Posts: 124 ✭✭Coldzone


    pixelburp wrote: »

    The little appearance of
    Matt Smith in the control room with Hartnell
    should have been cheesy but it bought a little lump to my throat, I must say.

    That got me aswell


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,520 ✭✭✭Hashtag_HEEL


    I'm man enough to admit the ending scenes from the fireplace to the final control scene, I was welling up!

    Beautiful show! Will definitely buy the DVD.


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,311 ✭✭✭✭K-9


    pixelburp wrote: »

    The little appearance of
    Matt Smith in the control room with Hartnell
    should have been cheesy but it bought a little lump to my throat, I must say.

    It was a bit, but Smith saved it, the twinkle in the eye made it.

    Mad Men's Don Draper : What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,133 ✭✭✭FloatingVoter


    Shows what a top drawer actor like Bradley can do with the part. I wonder if a few casting directors are wondering why he didn't get the Doctor role proper...or was he offered it at some point:confused: The bit about playing Sergeant Majors and villains applies to both Bradley and Hartnell.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,759 ✭✭✭Killer_banana


    Absolutely loved it. There's always been a debate over just exactly what happened that caused Hartnell to leave and I can't be sure just how accurate this was but it seemed like a pretty good midpoint between the various different versions of his exit. Although the scene where he broke down was very moving I didn't like that he used the same words as Tennant's Doctor before regeneration (I don't want to go.') Seemed cheap and disrespectful to me. But then it could be completely unintentional to have the same words, in which case I'm being stupidly pedantic.

    I didn't particularly like Matt appearing in the TARDIS at the end, I know it was to show that there was a future but personally I thought it a bit cheap. Just my own feelings though. I liked very much that they ended on real footage of Hartnell as the Doctor and they picked the perfect scene I feel, but then that scene is a favourite of mine.

    I liked the few minutes of people who actually knew him speaking after the credits, very nice.

    Even being familiar to an extent with Hartnell's story I didn't expect something so moving. I may have shed a tear or two...or twenty.


  • Registered Users Posts: 60,503 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson


    Really enjoyed that. Doctor Who week is making me smile every day so far :D

    It is up on the BBC iPlayer for those who can get it and want to watch it again or have missed it the firrst time around.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,759 ✭✭✭Killer_banana


    Really enjoyed that. Doctor Who week is making me smile every day so far :D

    It is up on the BBC iPlayer for those who can get it and want to watch it again or have missed it the firrst time around.

    Isn't the iplayer only available to those who are in the UK?


  • Registered Users Posts: 60,503 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson


    Isn't the iplayer only available to those who are in the UK?

    That's why I said for those who can get it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,759 ✭✭✭Killer_banana


    That's why I said for those who can get it.

    My bad, I misread it.


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