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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely way to acknowledge those who started it all 50 years ago, 30 Dec. 2013
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We are huge Doctor Who fans (I started watching in 1973 when I was 6) and this was a perfect addition to the anniversary celebrations. Whilst some aspects (especially the final few scenes) have divided fans, for myself I found it strangely moving and I don't mind admitting I cried during those last few minutes of the programme. David Bradley is a good fit for Hartnell - he's not quite as good a fit facially as Richard Hurndall was in 'The Five Doctors', but the effort put into the characterisation more than makes up for it. Verity Lambert is ably played by Jessica Raine (and looks very like her) and Sacha Dhawan inhabits the character of Waris Hussein in a very believable way. To see Hartnell's gradual decline played out on screen (which has been well-documented over the years) is sad - and there's no doubt he was a grouchy old devil in real life, rather snobbish about how he viewed himself as an 'character actor' rather than simply a 'variety actor', but he was passionate about Doctor Who and didn't patronise the children who watched the show - that is clearly shown in key scenes such as the one where he says to some producer who doesn't care about the detail, that as The Doctor he has to make sure he always uses the same knobs and dials on the console for the same thing each week, because if he didn't the children would notice.

Mark Gatiss is one of the semi-regular writers for Doctor Who in its current incarnation and is clearly a deeply passionate fan in his own right - that shines through in this tribute drama, which is one of the best things he's ever written for the world of Doctor Who. Whether or not you agree with his decision to cross-over into something that brings the current Who into what had been, until that point, all original Who, (trying not to spell it out in case anyone hasn't seen it - I'm probably not making much sense!) it shouldn't be enough to put you off if you want to watch a very well-made, affectionate-in-its-way tibute to the people who started it all - and who had to fight to keep it going, and then found their saviour in the Daleks!

And the rest, as they say, is history. The DVD comes with some extras, although not as many as there might have been, but if you've enjoyed the 50th anniversary year and Doctor Who as a whole then this DVD should be part of your collection.
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