An Adventure in Space and Time

British Actors You Should Know: David Bradley

Did you happen to watch An Adventure in Space and Time last week while we were all celebrating the Doctor Who 50th anniversary? If not, you should absolutely go find it on On Demand or iTunes, because it’s excellent, not for the least of which reason is because actor David Bradley is just stunning in the lead role.

After having seen that, we thought some people might be curious about what else the actor’s done, so he seemed an ideal choice for a profile in our British Actors You Should Know series. Much like previous BAYSK Bill Nighy, Bradley has been working in film, television and theater for several decades at this point, and this list is but a sampling of a long and successful career (there’s no way all his roles would fit in one blog post!), though he’s only really broken through into the pop culture mainstream in the past few years.

You’ve seen him in something though, for sure, even if you didn’t know who he was. Take a look at some of his more famous roles.

Get a Behind the Scenes Look at ‘Doctor Who’ Drama ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’

As part of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations, origin drama An Adventure in Space and Time told the story behind the iconic sci-fi series’ beginnings and the people who made the show possible.

The drama was written by Sherlock co-creator (and frequent Who scribe) Mark Gatiss and starred David Bradley as First Doctor William Hartnell, alongside Jessica Raine as original producer Verity Lambert, Sacha Dhawan as director Warris Hussein and Brian Cox as BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman.

(If you haven’t seen it yet, do try and find an Adventure in Space in Time repeat or locate it on your on-demand service. It’s quite simply wonderful and if you are in any degree a fan of Doctor Who, you will love it.)

The BBC has released a special ten-minute behind-the-scenes clip about the making of this special anniversary film, which you can watch below.

‘An Adventure in Space and Time’: Watch the Trailer for Mark Gatiss’ Gorgeous ‘Doctor Who’ Drama

We’ve seen some amazing photos from the upcoming Doctor Who origin story An Adventure in Space and Time. We’ve seen cool retro-style posters. We’ve read descriptions. (Heck, if you follow the British press, you’ve maybe even seen some reviews from folks lucky enough to attend a screening at the BFI this week). But we’d yet to see any actual footage from the highly anticipated film. Until now.

An Adventure in Space and Time tells the story behind Doctor Who, focusing on the people responsible for creating the series in the first place, as well as the actor who first brought the Doctor to life. Written by Sherlock co-creator and frequent Who writer Mark Gatiss, the drama stars David Bradley as First Doctor William Hartnell, alongside Jessica Raines as original Who producer Verity Lambert, Sacha Dhawan as director Warris Hussein and Brian Cox as BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman.

It also looks fantastic. Watch the first trailer below:

‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ Gets A US Airdate Amidst Full Week of ‘Doctor Who’ Anniversary Festivities

Finally. While we’ve all known for ages that the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, would air on November 23, 2013 (that being the actual date of the series’ premiere back in 1963), there haven’t been many details about what other things we can expect to see during the run-up to the big day. But now, official word has been released that Whovians will be getting a full week of Doctor-related fun to celebrate the two-hearted alien with a time traveling police box reaching the half-century mark.

BBC America has also announced a week-long celebration of Doctor Who kicking off November 18, with several new specials, character marathons, retrospectives and other goodies, including a US airdate for highly anticipated Who docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time.

Click through for all the details.

Mark Gatiss Calls ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ His ‘Love Letter’ to ‘Doctor Who’, Plus Two Retro-Style Posters!

We’re all counting down the minutes until November 23 and the worldwide (simulcast even!) premiere of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor. But, there’s plenty of other fun Who-related things going on – both onscreen and off – to celebrate the momentous occasion that is the adventures of an amazing alien and his time-traveling blue police box hitting the half-century mark .

One of the most eagerly anticipated bits of anniversary programming – outside of the actual special itself – is Mark Gatiss’ docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time, which explores the creation and early days in the life of the iconic science fiction series. David Bradley – of Harry Potter and Broadchurch fame – is playing First Doctor William Hartnell and looks incredibly perfect in the role, if these initial photos are anything to go by.

Gatiss, who is a life-long fan and frequent writer for the show, told the BBC in a recent Q&A that An Adventure in Space and Time is his “love letter to Doctor Who”, and that he hopes fans “will be thrilled by it” and see “the struggle of talented people (almost) accidentally creating a legend”.

Get more details and a look at two (awesome) retro-style promotional photos after the jump.

David Bradley Really Looks Like William Hartnell: Images from ‘Doctor Who’ Drama ‘An Adventure In Space in Time’ Released

Doctor Who fans can look forward many goodies to this November as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the adventures of an amazing alien and his time travelling blue police box. From a special installment of the series itself that brings back several fan favorite characters, to Doctor Who-themed documentaries and cultural programs, to the continuation of BBC America’s ongoing retrospective series on each of the Doctor’s incarnations.

But one of the most exciting things we’re going to get to see as part of the sci-fi series’ anniversary celebrations has to be An Adventure in Space in Time the new special that will dramatize how Doctor Who first got started back in 1963 and tell the stories of those involved in getting the show off the ground. The feature-length biopic is written by Sherlock co-creator and frequent Who scribe Mark Gatiss, and stars David Bradley as First Doctor William Hartnell.

Now first photos from the upcoming film have been released and everyone can see for themselves how true to life this dramatization actually looks.

Harry Potter Actor to Play William Hartnell for Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Film

It’s a big year for Doctor Who fans around the world – the iconic sci-fi series is turning 50 this November. Many plans are currently under way to celebrate this momentous occasion – including a new TV special based on the series’ origins.

An Adventure in Space and Time is set to dramatize how Doctor Who first got started way back in 1963 and explore the many personalities who were involved in bringing the show to life. The feature length biopic will be penned by current Who writer and general fanboy (as well as Sherlock co-creator) Mark Gatiss, who has called his involvement in the project “quite simply a dream come true”.

Actor David Bradley – though if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll know him better as Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch – will star as William Hartnell, the actor who was the first to take on the role of the mysterious Time Lord known only as the Doctor. Hartnell played the First Doctor until 1966, when his deteriorating health and occasionally fractious relationship with the Doctor Who production team lead to his exit from the show. (His departure from the show served as the catalyst for the idea that the Doctor could regenerate, and Hartnell become Patrick Troughton in the fourth episode of serial The Tenth Planet.)

Get your first look at Bradley in character, as well as a peek behind the scenes of the new special.