Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time Review
The enjoyment of being a Whovian really took off this week, for the fact that the longest Sci-Fi series of all time is celebrating a remarkable fifty years of it’s airing. Lucky for us, the people of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the great Whovian him self Mark Gatiss gave us a treat like never before; An behind the scenes series (why not call it a movie) of the first years of the making of Doctor Who back in the BBC studios in the 1960’s with David Bradley (Harry Potter, Games Of Thrones) playing the first doctor.
We experience Sydney Newman (Brian Cox), the man that envision Doctor Who, and first time producer Verity Lambert (Jessica Raine) alongside the first director Waris Hussein (Sacha Dhawan). Which all stood out at the time during the boring BBC days of the 1960’s. Sydney wanted to be different and ask Verity who was his long time assistant to be head person of this new children’s show called “Doctor Who”. Verity later on added that the Doctor should be humanoid alien with everyday spacecraft that can move trough time and space. Along with this humanoid alien will be young girl that later becomes his granddaughter and two companions will join him.
The first half was full of enjoyment watching everyone building up the show looking for the actors and the way William Hartnell got introduce just gave me chills. It was nice to see the negative reactions of the higher up that didn’t wanted to see the show happen, but Sydney had faith in Verity; and It was not until, that one great episode air that took the world into loving the show that BBC wanted to cancel it and almost took the jobs of Sydney, Verity and Waris. From there it skyrocket and it was nice seeing how everyone was reacting to how famous the show was getting across the world.
The second half of it was when it started to become a tearjerker; there were moments like the departure of Waris, but the most touching was the departure of Verity. For the simple fact, that watching Verity and William Hartnell was like watching Doctor Who and one of his companion in real life. Were just left with William, dealing with the change along with Sydney trying to keep the popular show from not failing. The ending of how they decide to take of William and put in the second doctor was a moment that I believe all whovian enjoy along with having a tear in their eye as well.
Overall, the cast lookalikes were spot on, especially Claudia Grant as Susan Foreman like I really thought for a moment that Carole Ann Ford hasn’t age a bit. But David Bardley’s performance was a homerun, by the sci-fi gods his portray of Hartnell gave me warmth and made such a difficult man so much likeable. It was a thrill and such a great appetizer to great ready for the main course that is 50th anniversary of Doctor Who title Day of the doctor.