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  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,454 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
It's 1963 and the head of the BBC's drama department Sydney Newman has an idea for a children's scifi series something that will educate children and will be fun and different and absolutely no ridiculous bug eyed monsters or alien death rays or mutated monsters or all that other juvinile scifi rubbish! He hires young producer Verity Lambert at the time the BBC's first and youngest female producer who hires respected actor William Hartnell who at first is reluctanct to do tv but is fed up of being typecast as army characters of tough guys but is drawn in as the character of The Doctor and the show itself is different and a tv legend is born. An absolutely superb tv drama about the creation of Doctor Who and the struggles to bring the show to the screen with superb performances from David Bradley as William Hartnell, Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert and Brian Cox as Sydney Newman. Watch out for cameos from William Russell one of the first companions and Matt Smith. This is an absolutely perfect 50th anniversary present and a must see for Doctor Who fans and even if you have no interest in Doctor Who or scifi this can still be seen as an excellent heartbreaking quality drama.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
Mark Gatiss' outstanding docudrama was the crown jewel of the `Doctor Who' 50th anniversary celebrations. If it's possible to feel nostalgic about a time you don't actually remember, then this is the programme to do it - because anything is possible when you travel in Space and Time ... 5*

At the very centre, quite properly, is the story itself. The story of `Doctor Who', the BBC and the brilliant trio who were there at the creation - Sidney Newman, Verity Lambert and Waris Hussein, who are themselves perfectly brought to life here by Brian Cox, Jessica Raine and Sacha Dhawan. Issues of running time were probably responsible for the omission of some of those who shared in creating the legend, this tighter focus worked well dramatically but a few name-checks would have been nice.

And at the centre of the central story is William Hartnell. THE Doctor, when there was only one. David Bradley gives a superb performance in every way, as Hartnell the actor and Hartnell the Doctor. We see William Hartnell grow and then sadly fade as the Doctor, from initial grumpy uncertainty about the role into warm, relaxed confidence, surrounded by eager young autograph-hunting fans before the final, tragic period when illness began to take hold. William Hartnell and the Doctor are here almost blurred together at times, their real and imagined lives over the three years travelling in eerie and very moving parallel.

My only criticism would be that there were perhaps too many `line-fluffing' scenes with William Hartnell; a scene or two showing the exceptional actor he was at his best would have been welcome too. Watching `The Aztecs' showed me clearly just how good he was when the characterisation and dialogue were there to be acted, it's a wonderful, subtle performance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 19 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
This review is for Timelord007 who is a huge `Doctor Who' fan.

"One day I shall come back! Yes, I shall come back!", William Hartnell the First Doctor, `The Dalek Invasion of Earth'

This is a lovely and touching tribute to the people who made `Doctor Who' possible including the magnificent William Hartnell.

This is `An Adventure in Space and Time'! A docu-drama shown on BBC2 on Thursday 21st November 2013 to celebrate 50 years of `Doctor Who'. I watched this very special drama on that night it was shown, and really enjoyed seeing how the history of `Doctor Who's' creation was dramatized before my eyes. It's beautifully written and wonderfully produced by Mark Gattis that left me in tears after I first saw it. It still has me in tears after watching it recently.

Mark Gattis is well known to `Doctor Who' fans for being a writer of many novels, audios and TV episodes of `Doctor Who' as well as playing Professor Lazarus in `The Lazarus Experiment'. It turns out Mark Gattis has been trying to get a commemorative docu-drama on the origins of `Doctor Who' for over 10 years. He proposed the idea to the BBC back in 2003 when `Doctor Who' celebrated its 40th anniversary. But it didn't come about as the BBC weren't interested and `Doctor Who' wasn't on TV at the time. Now for the 50th anniversary, Mark put forward his idea again that was readily accepted by BBC. With the go-ahead, Mark was about to write and produce the drama and the result is a wonderful nostalgic trip back in time to see the history of how it all began with `Doctor Who' back in 1963.

I was aware already of the origins of `Doctor Who' and how it was created behind-the-scenes with numerous people involved such as Sydney Newman and Verity Lambert.
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