What’s that incessant buzz we keep hearing?

Oh yes.  It’s the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, and it seems that the entire planet is in a celebratory mood.

The BBC knows a good thing when they have it, so out comes another love letter to the fans of the longest running science fiction television series in history: it’s An Adventure in Space and Time, a docudrama that takes us back in time to 1963 to see how 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. Allied with a team of unusual but brilliant people, they went on to create the longest running science fiction series ever made.

The one-off Doctor Who special stars David Bradley as William Hartnell, the first actor to portray the Doctor.  Jessica Raine will portray the show’s first producer, Verity Lambert.  The cast also includes Brian Cox as BBC exec Sydney Newman, Sacha Dhawan as director Waris Hussein, Jamie Glover as William Russell (who played the Doctor’s companian Ian), Jemma Powell as Jacqueline Hill (who played the Doctor’s other companion Barbara) and Claudia Grant as Carole Ann Ford (who played the Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan Foreman). Reece Shearsmith is also on board as Patrick Troughton (the second Doctor) and Mark Eden plays Donald Baverstock.

It airs November 21st on BBCTwo, two days before the broadcast of Day of the Doctor, the official 50th Anniversary presentation of Doctor Who.

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