Yet another trailer has appeared in connection with the BBC’s 50th-anniversary celebrations of “Doctor Who”, this time for the drama chronicling the creation of the TV science-fiction series itself.
An Adventure in Space and Time has been written and produced by Mark Gatiss, who describes it as a “love letter” to the parent show.
The 90-minute film stars Harry Potter ’s David Bradley, Hollywood actor Brian Cox, Jessica Raine – better known for her role in Call the Midwife – and Sacha Dhawan.
The drama received its world premiere a few days ago, at the BFI South Bank, in London, to a rapturous reception.
Speaking afterwards, Gatiss said, “I grew up with the story – almost like a bedtime story – of how [Doctor Who] came together. These very unlikely people coming together . . . nobody liking the Daleks . . . all these little stories that were like holy writ.”
An Adventure in Space and Time will receive its TV premiere in the UK, on Thursday, 21 November 2013, two days before Doctor Who ’s actual 50th birthday.
Other countries are set to follow with broadcasts in the following days, with America showing it on Friday, 22 November.
The anniversary itself will be marked by a 75-country simulcast of The Day of the Doctor. Written by Doctor Who ’s current showrunner, Steven Moffat, it features three incarnation’s of Doctor Who’s lead character: the Eleventh Doctor, Tenth Doctor and War Doctor, played, respectively, by Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt.
In the UK, The Day of the Doctor will be followed immediately afterwards with a brand-new edition of Doctor Who Live. Showing on BBC Three, Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty is expected to be similar in structure to Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, which was broadcast on BBC One in August to unveil Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor.
One week ahead of that, however, viewers can watch The Night of the Doctor, a short film – also scripted by Moffat – which features the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann), last seen on screen in 1996. As detailed by Doctor Who News, will be available via the BBC’s Red Button service from 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, 16 November.
Towards the end of the year, a further special will be broadcast. Showing on Christmas Day in the UK and elsewhere, the as-yet-unnamed feature will mark the end of the Eleventh Doctor’s era and include the first glimpse of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor.