David Bradley is to play William Hartnell, the first ever lead in BBC One’s Doctor Who, in the channel’s one-off drama celebrating the show’s origins.
Written by Mark Gatiss, An Adventure In Space And Time forms “part of the BBC’s blockbuster celebrations” of the show’s 50th anniversary.
The cast also includes Brian Cox as the show’s creator and BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman, Call The Midwife star Jessica Raine as producer Verity Lambert, and Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein, Director of the first ever episode.
Commenting on his role, Bradley, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled. I first heard about this role from Mark 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!
“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.”
Gatiss, who is also serving as executive producer, said: “What a cast! I’m utterly delighted that everyone’s favourite Time Lord will be in such brilliant and stellar company. We have a terrific team who can’t wait to tell the fascinating and surprising story of how the Doctor began his journey through Space and Time.”
Filming begins at the beginning of February at Television Centre before moving to Wimbledon Studios. It is produced by Matt Strevens (Misfits, Skins) and directed by Terry McDonough (Breaking Bad, The Street).