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An Adventure in Space and Time [DVD]
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
However, what we're given it a very funny and touching drama on how such an iconic series was created, David Bradley gives a terrific performance as William Hartnell, the first actor to play the iconic Doctor and he really makes you sympathise with him as he is eventually forced to step down from the role. The surprising cameo at the end is also a nice little touch showing how far the show has gone in the last 50 years.
They have made a film that I enjoyed immensely and found the portrayal of the original actors as very accurate.
This film really is a beautiful tribute to William Hartnell and portrays him in a very respectful way as he deserves.
I found this film very emotional, and a few tears did flow as the story unfolded. The great love he (William) and his fans had for Doctor Who is very apparent in the film. A must get for any Doctor Who fans and fans of the history of TV from the BBC.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although I wasn't fortunate to be around when the show originally started I am so pleased they brought out a story explaining how it all came to be. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Emma
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... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. P. Harvey
This is a very good dramatised account,watch out for the scene of Verity Lambert's leaving party.If you look closely you can see many faces that are connected in some way with... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Derren L
As part of the 50th anniversary it was nice to see this nostalgic lookback into the origins of the series back in 1963 and the special features of deleted scenes are also nice... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer