As I write this, I’m deep in the thrall of the 50th Anniversary weekend of the first BBC airing of Doctor Who. For those who aren’t familiar, click that Wikipedia link in the last sentence. If you are familiar, you’re probably already in ecstasy following tonight’s prime time extravaganza on BBC America. A very nice primer called (appropriately enough) Doctor Who Explained, followed by the show’s creation myth, An Adventure in Space and Time.
The latter is a docudrama written by one of the show’s regular writers (and occasional actor), Mark Gatiss. David Bradley (from Game of Thrones) plays William Hartnell, the aging character actor cast in the Doctor role. Jessica Raine plays Verity Lambert, the first woman producer of a BBC program. It’s really fantastic; if you can get BBC America (Channel 264 on DirecTV), it’s well worth your time.
Saturday is the global simulcast of the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, featuring at least three Doctors at the same time. A 3D version will also be showing in movie theaters across the globe. Check this map for a showing near you!
Oh, and do join us at the Google+ Hangout!
Running out of time. Perhaps more tomorrow.
- An Adventure in Space and Time is a magical Doctor Who drama (metro.co.uk)
- Television Review: âDoctor Whoâ Celebrates 50th Anniversary on BBC (tv.nytimes.com)
- ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ is One of the Best TV Experiences of 2013 (screenrant.com)