With filming for the 90 minute biopic from Mark Gatiss due to start filming, the casting for An Adventure In Space And Time has been announced by the BBC and it's bloody good.
David Bradley will be playing First Doctor actor William Hartnell and his was the first casting announced, leaked by writer Mark Gatiss at the Radio Times covers party last night. Bradley has already appeared on Doctor Who recently, playing the role of ruthless smuggler, Solomon in Dinosaurs On A Spaceship, so it's going to be interesting to see him take on the role of Hartnell for this special.
The role for BBC head of drama's Sydney Newman will be played by Brian Cox, who most fans will remember as playing the Elder Ood from David Tennant's final story, The End Of Time. Newman was instrumental in the show's creation but he wasn't the only influential person working behind the scenes of this show.
There's also Verity Lambert, the show's first female producer back in 1963, who at the age of 27 was responsible for producing the series. She will be played by Call The Midwife's Jessica Raine, who will also be appearing in an upcoming Series 7 episode, rumoured to be titled Phantom Of The Hex.
The last casting announced for now (because casting has yet to be confirmed for William Russell, Carole Ann Ford and Jacqueline Hill) is Sacha Dhawan, best known for his roles in both The History Boys and The Mystery Of Edwin Drood. Dhawan will play director Waris Hussein, the very man responsible for helming the show's first story, An Unearthly Child. The 90 minute special will be directed by Terry McDonough (Breaking Bad) and will be produced by Matt Strevens (Misfits) and being made along with BBCAmerica as well. I have to admit that casting wise, there are some great choices here. I can't wait to see this biopic.
BBC Press Release: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/articles/David-Bradley-to-play-William-Hartnell-in-Celebration-of-Doctor-Who
An Adventure In Space And Time will air on BBC2 around November.