We received word last night that David Bradley has been cast as William Hartnell in Mark Gatiss’ dramatised account of the early years of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time!
Bradley – recognizable from this appearances in the Harry Potter film series – also appeared in Series 7’s Dinosaurs on a Spaceship as the villainous Solomon.
I’m absolutely thrilled. I first heard about this role from Mark while watching the Diamond Jubilee flotilla from the roof of the National Theatre. When he asked if I would be interested, I almost bit his hand off! Mark has written such a wonderful script not only about the birth of a cultural phenomenon, but a moment in television’s history. William Hartnell was one of the finest character actors of our time and as a fan I want to make sure that I do him justice. I’m so looking forward to getting started.
Joining the actor are Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine (already apparently cast in Series 7) and veteran actor Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, X Men 2, Braveheart to name but a few) who fans with long memories will recall voiced the chief Ood in The End of Time, Part One. Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner all serve as executive producers on the project, a co-production between BBC Cymru Wales and BBC America.
The BBC’s Head of Drama Sydney Newman, credited with the creation of the show, will be portrayed by Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, Bourne Identity) and the producer, Verity Lambert, by Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife). The director of the first ever episode An Unearthly Child, Waris Hussein, will be played by Sacha Dhawan (History Boys, Last Tango In Halifax).
What a cast! I’m utterly delighted that everyone’s favorite 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.
We’re excited to work with BBC Cymru Wales on this co-production, allowing us to bring An Adventure in Space and Time to Doctor Who fans on both sides of the pond. Mark and the talented team behind the project are sure to create a special that will delight audiences while commemorating this incredible series’ 50th anniversary.
Filming begins on An Adventure in Space and Time at the beginning of February at BBC’s Television Centre in London before moving to Wimbledon Studios. Matt Strevens (Skins) produces, with Terry McDonough (Breaking Bad, The Street) directing.