An Adventure in Space and Time

Synopsis: In 1963 Sydney Newman, progressive head of BBC TV's drama department, wants to fill a Saturday tea-time slot with a show with youth appeal and hits on the idea of an august figure, like a doctor, leading a group of companions on time travel adventures. He engages inexperienced young producer Verity Lambert to expand the idea. Fighting sexist and racial bigotry Verity and young Indian director Waris Hussein persuade crusty character actor William Hartnell to play the doctor figure and, despite technical hiccups and competition with coverage of the Kennedy assassination, the first episode of 'Doctor Who' is born. As the show becomes a success Hartnell displays an obsession with his character but, after three years, ill health catches up with him and he starts to forget lines. Newman tells him that Doctor Who will 'regenerate' and he will be replaced by younger actor Patrick Troughton. Though attached to the part and reluctant to give it up Hartnell wishes every success to Troughton, the
Director(s): Terry McDonough
Production: BBC America
  1 win & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

And we want history too.

Proper history.

The kids at home should learn


And what about this other man?

The quirky character?

- He's a doctor. -

A doctor? - Mm-hmm.

He should be a doctor,

don't you think?

Makes him an authority figure,

Sorta, kinda reassuring.

So, what do you think?

Look, Sydney, I'd love to work with

you again. Really I would.

It's just...

I gave myself a year.

Get on in TV or get out...

Hey, hey, hey, hey.

I don't want you to

be my assistant again, kid!

I want you to produce it!

Produce it?

Sure. They've never had a female

producer here! Sit down!

You're just what this place needs!

- Someone with piss and vinegar in

their veins! - Thanks! I think.

- I did a show called Pathfinders

at ITV. You see it? - Um...

We had an old guy as the hero.

A grumpy old guy.

That's what we want here.

Wait for it! Attention!

Oh, my stars!

What did I do to deserve you lot?


- We'll make her a skirt...

- No-one rung?

- Not since you last asked.

- All right.

- Five minutes ago.

- All right, all right!

You've only been out of work

a couple of weeks.

Well, I'm not built

for lazing around, am I?

I've got to graft

or I'll go round the twist.

What about that play?

Another ruddy army part! No fear.

That's all they ever offer me.

Crooks and perishing

Sergeant Majors!

But that's how casting people see

you, isn't it, love? Authority figures.

- My grandfather's a funny 'un...

- Don't do that.

He's got a face

like a pickled onion.

- Stop it! Bloody rubbish.

- Bill! Not in front of Judi.

- My Grandfather's a funny 'un.

- I said stop it!

Why are you always so grumpy, Sampa?

What? What's it got to

do with you? Silly girl!

Judi? Judi-poodi, darling?

For goodness' sake, Bill!

- Go after her! - I told the girl once.

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Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss (Listeni/ˈɡeɪtɪs/ gay-tis; born 17 October 1966) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist. His work includes writing for and acting in the TV series Doctor Who and Sherlock. Together with Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson, he is a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen. He is also known for his role as Tycho Nestoris in the HBO series Game of Thrones. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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