An Adventure in Space and Time

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An Adventure in Space and Time
Doctor Who - An Adventure in Space and Time Poster.jpg
GenreDrama
Directed byTerry McDonough
Produced byMatt Strevens
Written byMark Gatiss
Starring
Music byEdmund Butt
CinematographyJohn Pardue
Editing byPhilip Kloss
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Original channelBBC Two
BBC Two HD
Release date21 November 2013 (2013-11-21)[1]
Running time83 minutes[2]
 
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Not to be confused with Adventures in Time and Space.
An Adventure in Space and Time
Doctor Who - An Adventure in Space and Time Poster.jpg
GenreDrama
Directed byTerry McDonough
Produced byMatt Strevens
Written byMark Gatiss
Starring
Music byEdmund Butt
CinematographyJohn Pardue
Editing byPhilip Kloss
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Original channelBBC Two
BBC Two HD
Release date21 November 2013 (2013-11-21)[1]
Running time83 minutes[2]

An Adventure in Space and Time is a British television drama produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the science fiction series Doctor Who. It tells the story of the show's creation with emphasis on the actor William Hartnell who portrayed the First Doctor. It is written by the Doctor Who and Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss. Details of the film were announced by the BBC on 9 August 2012, with the programme airing on BBC Two in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2013,[3] on BBC America in the United States and Space in Canada on 22 November 2013,[4] on UKTV in New Zealand on 22 November 2013[5] and on ABC1 in Australia on 24 November 2013.[6] The TV programme was shown in a pre-screening at the British Film Institute's Southbank centre on 12 November 2013.[7]

Synopsis[edit]

In 1966, William Hartnell (David Bradley) is in his dressing room at the BBC. He insults a stagehand who calls him to the set, where the delay caused by his absence is noticed. Hartnell enters in costume, ready to film his last moments as the First Doctor and stands in front of the TARDIS console.

Three years earlier, BBC executive Sydney Newman (Brian Cox) is asked to create a show that will fill the gap between Grandstand and Juke Box Jury. He has an idea for a science-fiction series with the central character being a "doctor", although he does not know of what. When he tells his colleague Verity Lambert (Jessica Raine) she is hesitant to join the project. She changes her mind when Newman asks her to be the producer, not his assistant. Lambert and the show's director, Waris Hussein (Sacha Dhawan), meet William Hartnell to offer him the lead role in what will eventually be titled Doctor Who and, despite some trepidation, he accepts.

During a rehearsal, Hartnell is dissatisfied that the TARDIS lacks an interior set. Newman then compliments Hartnell's acting ability to save his producer from a troublesome conversation. However, Newman has misgivings about Lambert's handling of her job. This inspires Lambert to become more assertive and she forces the set designer to finally create the TARDIS interior. He does so effortlessly, impressing Lambert. The recording of the pilot episode is beset with difficulties; Newman dislikes the result and orders a re-shoot. Following this, he is finally contented and schedules a transmission date.

After the broadcast of the first episode, Lambert and Hussein are nervous, as it occurs the day after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and its potential audience is diminished. Newman summons Lambert and tells her of Controller of BBC1 Donald Baverstock's (Mark Eden) request to cancel the show, but Lambert emphasises her belief in it and asks him to repeat the first episode before the second is screened. For the next serial, Newman expresses his concern about the Daleks, referring to them as "bug-eyed monsters", which he refused to allow on the show since its creation. However, Lambert eventually convinces him. Following the transmission of the first Dalek story, Lambert realises its popularity when she spots children impersonating the creatures' catchphrase, "Exterminate". Newman is pleased to tell her that the programme achieved a viewership of 10 million and continued production is now assured.

As most of the original cast and crew (including Hussein and Lambert) gradually move on to other projects, Hartnell's health declines, leading him to forget lines and require scenes to be re-shot — something the BBC can ill-afford. Hartnell meets with Newman and asks for a reduced workload, but the decision has already been taken to replace him. Hartnell has grown to embrace playing the Doctor and struggles with his emotional attachment to the character. However, he reluctantly accepts the situation. As he later informs his wife, Heather (Lesley Manville), of the news he breaks into tears, admitting that he doesn't want to leave the role.

Before his final scene, Hartnell shares a brief exchange with his successor, Patrick Troughton (Reece Shearsmith). As the cameras are about to record, Hartnell looks across the main console. He sees Matt Smith, who will play the same role nearly 50 years later, and who silently acknowledges Hartnell's legacy.

Production[edit]

The drama is produced by Matt Strevens, and directed by Terry McDonough.[8] Filming began in February 2013. The production was based at the Wimbledon Studios in London,[9] with shooting also taking place at BBC Television Centre.[10] The drama was the final one ever to be recorded at the famous Television Centre, which closed one month after the filming had concluded.[11]

On Sunday 17 February 2013, location filming for the drama took place early in the morning on Westminster Bridge in London.[12] This involved replicas of 1960s Dalek props crossing the bridge, in a recreation of a famous scene from the 1964 Doctor Who serial The Dalek Invasion of Earth.[12] Interior scenes replicating early Doctor Who production at Lime Grove Studios were also filmed, showing 1963-era cameras and studio equipment.[13]

To make the drama understandable to a general audience not knowledgeable about the history of Doctor Who, not all of those involved in its creation are represented in the script.[14] For example, the programme's original story editor David Whitaker does not appear, and his role is merged with that of associate producer Mervyn Pinfield.[14] Also absent were Doctor Who co-creators Donald Wilson, who was head of BBC serials between 1962–65 and C.E. Webber, who was a BBC staff writer during the 1960s.

Part of the production involved the recreation of scenes from the classic series, some of which are from missing episodes such as Marco Polo.[15] Mark Gatiss had stated that his ambitions included filming the death of Sara Kingdom from the missing episode 12 of The Daleks' Master Plan, using actress Jean Marsh (who originally played the character in 1965) to play the increasingly aging Sara, and using Super 8 footage of a recreation of the Radio Times publicity photo-shoot for The Three Doctors, but the budget could not accommodate them.[16]

Cast[edit]

A number of the cast have appeared in Doctor Who at one time or another, most notably William Russell and Carole Ann Ford. David Bradley appeared in the Series 7 episode "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", while Jessica Raine was in the Series 7 episode "Hide", both alongside Matt Smith as the Doctor; Jeff Rawle was in the Season 21 serial Frontios with Peter Davison; Mark Eden appeared as the title character in the Season 1 serial Marco Polo with William Hartnell; Nicholas Briggs has played the voice of the Daleks since the series was revived in 2005 and Brian Cox voiced the Elder Ood in The End of Time. Jean Marsh and Anneke Wills, who both played companions to Hartnell's First Doctor also appeared during Verity Lambert's leaving party scene.

Doctor Who actors[edit]

Behind-the-scenes personnel[edit]

Others[edit]

Earlier proposals[edit]

Gatiss first pitched the idea of such a drama to the BBC for the programme's fortieth anniversary in 2003, submitting a proposal to BBC Four.[25] However, the proposal was rejected by the BBC, and Gatiss was told there was no available slot or budget for such a programme.[25] Ten years prior to Gatiss's pitch, at the time of Doctor Who's thirtieth anniversary in 1993, film-maker Kevin Davies had proposed a similar project called The Legend Begins to the BBC.[26] The Legend Begins would have mixed documentary interviews with those responsible for the creation of Doctor Who with a dramatised strand showing the programme's beginnings.[25] Eventually, the dramatisation idea was abandoned in favour of a standard documentary format looking at the entire history of Doctor Who, which was eventually broadcast on BBC1 as Doctor Who: Thirty Years in the TARDIS in November 1993.[26] When interviewed in 2003, Mark Gatiss said that he was unaware of Davies's earlier The Legend Begins proposal when he first came up with the idea for his programme.[25]

Reception[edit]

Ratings and reviews[edit]

The drama was watched by 2.71 million viewers in the UK.[27] It was generally well-received by critics, garnering a 95% "Fresh" rating (based on 14 reviews) at review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes,[28] as well as a 77 out of 100 weighted average score (based on 11 reviews) on Metacritic, indicating "Generally favorable reviews."[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

On Monday 24th March 2014, An Adventure in Space and Time was nominated for three BAFTA Craft Awards; Suzanne Cave for 'Best Costume Design', Philip Kloss for 'Editing - Fiction' and Vickie Lang for 'Make Up and Hair Design'.[30] Lang was successful in her category, with Gemma Chan presenting her the award on Sunday 17 April 2014. Speaking to Jenni Falconer, she described how she 'absolutely loved the project, [and that] it was a hair and make up artist's dream.' [31]

Further nominations for the production from the BAFTA Awards for 'Best Single Drama' and the Hugo Awards for 'Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form' were received on Monday 7th and Saturday 19 April 2014.[32][33] The BAFTA Award was won by Channel 4's Complicit at the ceremony on the 18th of May.[34] The winner of the Hugo Award was announced on Sunday 17 August 2014. The award went to the Game of thrones episode The Rains of Castamere.

Home media[edit]

An Adventure in Space and Time was released on DVD on 2 December 2013 in the UK.[35][36] A 3 disc Blu-ray set was released in the US and Canada 27 May 2014. The set includes the feature on Blu-ray, DVD and An Unearthly Child DVD.[37][38] The special will be re-released on DVD and Blu-ray on 8 September 2014 as part of a "50th Anniversary Collectors Boxset" alongside "The Name of the Doctor", "The Night of the Doctor", "The Day of the Doctor", "The Time of the Doctor" and "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot".[39]

Soundtrack release[edit]

An Adventure in Space and Time
Soundtrack album by Edmund Butt
Released3 March 2014
GenreSoundtrack
Length39:15
LabelSilva Screen Records

Edmund Butt's score was released by Silva Screen Records 3 March 2014[40][41][42]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Main Theme – An Adventure in Space and Time"  0:38
2."The Right Man"  1:17
3."The First Woman Producer"  1:21
4."I've Got an Idea..."  1:34
5."The Daleks"  2:52
6."Kill Dr. Who"  1:48
7."What Dimension?"  1:24
8."This Is My Show"  1:50
9."Autograph Hunting"  2:31
10."Sydney Newman"  1:00
11."Scarlett O’Hara"  1:03
12."Piss & Vinegar"  1:24
13."Dressing Room"  1:18
14."JFK Assassinated"  1:48
15."The TARDIS"  0:57
16."Goodbye Susan"  2:37
17."10 Million Viewers"  0:57
18."The Fans"  0:41
19."I’m So Sorry Bill"  2:45
20."Kiss Goodbye"  1:05
21."My Successor"  1:06
22."Isop Galaxy"  0:50
23."Irreplaceable"  1:19
24."The New Doctor"  3:55
25."Time’s Up..."  1:15

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