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DOCTOR WHO ROUND-UP 1: David Bradely IS William Hartnell

July 13th, 2013 by Marc Comments

The BBC has released the first official shot of David Bradley playing William Hartnell in the First Doctor’s costume. The pic (above) also shows the TARDIS from the upcoming 50th anniversary special about the creation of the world’s longest-running sci-fi how,  An Adventure in Space and Time.

According to the BBC, Mark Gatiss, writer and one of the drama’s executive producers, said: ‘David Bradley brings every ounce of his talent, humour and presence to the role of William Hartnell. It’s a wonderfully touching and subtle performance and I’m immensely proud of both him and the film.’

Bradley appeared at the start of the last season of Doctor Who when he played Solomon in the episode called Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

An Adventure in Space and Time will also star Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert (the show’s first producer), Brian Cox as BBC exec Sydney Newman, Sacha Dhawan as director Waris Hussein, Jamie Glover as William Russell (who played Ian), Jemma Powell as Jacqueline Hill (who played Barbara) and Claudia Grant as Carole Ann Ford (who played the Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan). Reece Shearsmith is also on board as Patrick Troughton (the Second Doctor) and Mark Eden, who appeared as Marco Polo back in 1964, returns to the world of Doctor Who playing Donald Baverstock.

It will air closer to the show’s 50th anniversary in November.


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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