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An Adventure in Space and Time [DVD]

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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 (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GJOXW1A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,675 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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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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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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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What a fantastic story of the First Doctor, William Hartnell.
Extremely well written and Acted by all involved,
And very moving ending, I had a tear or two,
I will be ordering this, and would recommend all Doctor who fans to purchase this also,
A highly deserved 5 stars.
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I was three days old when Dr Who began and it's played a big part in making me the person I am today (although I do plan to regenerate before this week is out). I was overjoyed watching the show last night. It was unashamed nostalgia and absolutely lovely. Christmas has indeed come early for us fans of The Doctor. I have just one question of the BBC, why oh why isn't there a blu ray release? The show looks exquisite and demands it. Please BBC I want to spend more money.
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By Mr. P. Harvey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2016
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This 83 minute TV programme retraces the beginnings of the 'Dr Who' series screened in 1963. The first 'Doctor', William Hartnell, is portrayed by David Bradley who not only looks like Hartnell but manages to capture many of his mannerisms perfectly. Hartnell died in 1975, aged 67. If the original Doctor is ever recalled by the latest Doctor, my vote goes to Bradley to play that part. His performance was so memorable that I watched the original screening of the programme (2013) and all the repeats (2016). Not satisfied, I purchased the DVD too.

Several of the other actors possess a striking resemblance to their 1960s counterparts and I gather there were several cameo appearances by personalities who starred in the Hartnell 'Doctor Who' series over 5 decades ago.

Equal credit should go to Jessica Raine who portrayed Verity Lambert, the original producer of the Dr Who series. Jessica also bears a striking similarity to Lambert who under the direction of Sydney Newman, portrayed by Brian Cox, brought Dr Who to our screens. Lambert died in 2007, aged 71.
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