Just two weeks after the official announcement of a BBC movie on the early days of "Doctor Who," the Radio Times has released a sneak peek from the set.
Fitting that the periodical was the first gain access to production, as the title of the film, "An Adventure in Space and Time," was pulled from the original RT billingn for the iconic series' first episode.
The picture offers viewers a sneak peek at David Bradley (the "Harry Potter" film series) as William Hartnell, the man who would be the First Doctor, along with Lesley Manville, who plays Hartnell's devoted wife Heather. Hartnell was originally reluctant to take on the role in the groundbreaking science fiction series, but gradually grew to love the character until his death in 1975.
When he was initially announced for the role, Bradley did not communicate the same trepidation that his on-screen progenitor had. "I’m absolutely thrilled. I first heard about this role from Mark [Gatiss] while watching the Diamond Jubilee flotilla from the roof of the National Theatre. When he asked if I would be interested, I almost bit his hand off!" Bradley said. "Mark has written such a wonderful script not only about the birth of a cultural phenomenon, but a moment in television's history. William Hartnell was one of the finest character actors of our time and as a fan I want to make sure that I do him justice."
Assisting Gatiss in researching the behind the scenes account is the only surviving member of the quartet who gave birth to the original series, Waris Hussein. The Indian-born director joked of the casting of his part in the movie, "I am to be portrayed by my doppelganger, Sacha Dhawan, a handsome actor. Vanity prevails!"
The set picture is taken from the legendary BBC Television Centre, and the film will likely be the last drama made at the site before it is redeveloped. Executive producer Caroline Skinner noted, "As the BBC moves out of TV Centre, we are moving the cast and crew for An Adventure in Space and Time in! It’s a fantastic opportunity to film this momentous story in the actual location – a little bit of television history."
The film is currently in its second week of production, scheduled for release in time to celebrate The Doctor's 50th Anniversary in November.