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.