Doctor Who: cast announced for Mark Gatiss docudrama

News Louisa Mellor
30 Jan 2013 - 07:35

David Bradley, Brian Cox, Jessica Raine, and Sacha Dhawan are all to appear in Doctor Who docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time...

In one of those 'of course!' casting decisions, it's been announced that David Bradley (below), best known in geek circles as Game of Thrones' Walder Frey, Harry Potter's Argus Filch, and Dinosaurs on a Spaceship's ruthess trader Solomon, is to play William Hartnell in forthcoming Who docudrama, An Adventure In Time and Space

Written by Who's own Mark Gatiss, the ninety-minute fiftieth anniversary special drama will cover the period leading up to the BBC broadcast of Doctor Who's first episode, An Unearthly Child, on the 23rd of November 1963. When the news arrived it was in development, we took a nostalgic wander back through the events leading up to Doctor Who's genesis, here.

Bradley told the BBC, "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 interested, I almost bit his hand off!" continuing, "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. I'm so looking forward to getting started."

Also confirmed as appearing in the period drama is veteran actor Brian Cox as Sidney Newman:

In the role of producer Verity Lambert will be Call The Midwife's Jessica Raine: 

Playing An Unearthly Child director Waris Hussein, will be Sacha Dhawan: 

An Adventure in Space and Time is due to begin filming in early February.


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