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An Adventure in Space and Time [DVD]

David Bradley , Jessica Raine , Terry McDonough    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: David Bradley, Jessica Raine, Sacha Dhawan, Lesley Manville, Brian Cox
  • Directors: Terry McDonough
  • Writers: Mark Gatiss
  • Producers: Matt Strevens
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Dec 2013
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This fantastic one-off drama travels back in time to 1963 to see how the beloved Doctor Who was first brought to the screen. Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry’s glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama, time travel and monsters! Allied with a team of brilliant people, they went on to create the longest-running science fiction series ever, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. An Adventure in Space and Time is written by Mark Gatiss, executive produced by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner and directed by Terry McDonough. David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) plays the lead role of William Hartnell while Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, The Woman in Black) co-stars as the first ever producer of Doctor Who, Verity Lambert. The stellar cast is joined by Sacha Dhawan (Waris Hussein), Lesley Manville (Heather Hartnell), and Brian Cox (Sydney Newman). A must see drama for all doctor who and drama fans alike.

DVD extra features include:
• Leaflet featuring programme images and an exclusive foreword by writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss
• William Hartnell: The Original
• The Making of An Adventure - narrated by Carole Ann Ford
• Reconstructions: - Scenes from An Unearthly Child and the pilot - Regenerations - Farewell to Susan - Festive Greeting
• The Title Sequences
• Deleted Scenes - The Radiophonic Workshop - Verity's Leaving Party

The disc also contains English subtitles for the hard of hearing, audio description and audio navigation.

The main feature contains a 5.1 soundtrack.

Customer Reviews

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Ever since the first pictures began to leak out earlier in the year there has been a buzz that Mark Gatiss' An Adventure In Space and Time would be something special - and it didn't disappoint.

It had a lot of ground to cover - from the launch of the show in 1963 to the departure of William Hartnell in 1966. In the main, it succeeded beautifully, although there's one caveat which I'll come too in a minute.

Essentially, AAISAT was the story of four people - William Hartnell (The Doctor), Verity Lambert (Producer), Waris Hussein (Director) and Sydney Newman (BBC Head of Drama and the "father" of the series). With only 85 minutes running time it did mean that many other people's important contributions went unrecorded, such as the first story editor David Whitaker and the designers Raymond Cusick and Barry Newbery. But this was inevitable, and the decision to focus on four key people did make dramatic sense.

Cast-wise it would have been difficult to get any better than this. David Bradley was outstanding as Hartnell, capturing both his abrasive side and his more considerate nature. Brian Cox (despite a moustache that looked painted on) was good fun as the brash Canadian, Newman. And Sacha Dhwan and Jessica Raine gave lovely performances as Hussein and Lambert - two outsiders (one an asian, one a woman) who dared to breach the conservative BBC.

The re-creations - Totters Lane, the Dalek city, the breathtaking TARDIS console room - were a massive treat, as were the numerous cameos from some of the great and good of the series' past.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional & Brilliant Tribute To Doctor Who 22 Nov 2013
By timelord007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
1)David Bradley as William Hartnell a Bafta beckons surely.
2)The in jokes & cameos, How many did you spot?
3)Emotional in parts especially it's final ten minutes.

It wasn't on long enough.

I spotted the following Cameos in this film, William Russell, Carol Anne Ford, Mark Eden, Nicholas Briggs voicing the Daleks, Toby Hadoke, Anneke Wills, Jean Marsh & Matt Smith, How many did you spot?

Running time 90 minutes, Region 2.

As i write this i have tears streaming down my face...Why?

Because the last ten minutes of this exellent produced & directed film that is superbly written by Mark Gatsis is just wonderful as this film details the origins of Doctor Who featuring Brian Cox as Sidney Newman & Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert.

This film documents a script to screen approach of the trials & tribulations in getting this to the tv screen were near impossible odds, From the small studio of Lime Grove that when it gets hot in the studio set's off the sprinklers to a failed pilot being re-recorded & to a repeat viewing the following Saturday of episode 1 due to The assassination of President Kennedy.

But the real star performer here is David Bradley as William Hartnell showcasing him as a cantankerous old man & yet gives the performance this twinkle in his eye as he goes from being dismissive of the role of the Doctor to loving the part of a children's hero.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful celebration! An utter masterpiece! 21 Nov 2013
Almost 50 years after the show started, Mark Gatiss sends us back to where it began!

No, not a junkyard on Totter's Lane, even further back than that, to the world of the smoky BBC offices of Sydney Newman. To the casual fan, this may seem like a slight bore, a documentary, or nothing exciting. However, those who took the time to see the broadcast will see that Mark Gatiss has orchestrated a masterpiece.

Pulling in bucket loads of elements surrounding the creation of Sci-Fi legend Doctor Who, Gatiss expertly combines Billy Hartnell's lack of self belief in inspiring generations, Sydney Newman's belief in Verity Lambert's production, helping her overcome the glass ceiling blocking her, Waris Hussein's pressure in successfully directing the first episodes, and later on, Billy's reluctance to leave and eventual realisation that this show will continue without him, becoming more of a legend than just a mere TV program.

Despite the historical and social plot strings, the acting is spectacular. David Bradley throws himself into Hartnell's shoes, and his heartbreaking moment of realisation of leaving the show is utterly spellbinding. Reece Shearsmith, even though he only appears for mere minutes, manages to capture the vivacity of Pat Troughton perfectly. The costumes and recreations of historical scenes are amazing and accurate, an old style Cyberman sat having a cigarette next to the TARDIS, a Dalek operator complaining about the cramped interior, and, in the opening scenes, Bradley walking into the TARDIS' perfectly recreated interior, and gazes up solemnly at the set one more time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Something lacking somewhere
It is a pleasant watch but somehow lacking. I know a fair bit about the origins of 'Dr Who' and about Hartnell's life and problems but very little came across in this programme. Read more
Published 4 days ago by M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Gatiss, you are a genius
Seriously, Mark Gatiss is just about one of the most talented men working in tv today. He's an actor, comedian, he can adapt novels, write drama, write feature length pieces like... Read more
Published 8 days ago by bug
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This DVD was a must for me, as I have been an avid Doctor Who fan since the first episode in 1963. The play is about the creation of the first Doctor Who series and the casting of... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Timothy John Trevor Leney
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to travel back to 1963 to meet Britain's fellow Time Lord - the...
So, while I have been reading and listening to reviews about this product, I think that the BBC documentary of An Adventure in Space and Time on DVD is a wonderful addition to the... Read more
Published 24 days ago by IAN HILL
5.0 out of 5 stars a bittersweet delight to watch.
I hadn't actually planned on watching this, the day was too busy but as with all things the adults got tipsy, the kids grew tired and as I was the only functioning adult (I don't... Read more
Published 29 days ago by R. G. Hird
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who Adventure in Time and Space
The very best Dr Who drama-documentary I have ever watched. It portrayed the creation of the Dr Who science-fiction television show and its development during the early years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Page
5.0 out of 5 stars the creation of dr who
i saw this on tv in nove 2013, so was so impressed i bought it, has to go into any Who or docu/drama collection!! its a must
Published 1 month ago by Gee Marie Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars the story how dr was
tells the story of how verity lambert , singh and william hartnell struggled to get doctor who off the ground
dai bradley( the care taker of hogwarts) plays hartnell , it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by g white film buff
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost Opportunity.
It could have been better since it lacked the excitement of the original event. Casting was good but it lacked something.
Published 1 month ago by Tony Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Great to watch, delievered when promised and came in a well protected parcel. Great for Doctor Who Fans of any age.
Published 1 month ago by Victoria
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