This was a story that I never knew needed to be told, but now that it has, I feel like I have a deeper appreciation for the cultural phenomenon that is Doctor Who. It began as an epiphany from the desk of Sydney Newman, who wanted to create an educational science fiction show for kids. He didn't have much, but he had a title: Doctor Who. From there, history was made. Actor William Hartnell was recruited to play the very first incarnation of the Doctor, in a role that rejuvenated his dwindling career and changed his life forever.
Hartnell is portrayed in this dramatization by character actor David Bradley, who delivers a mesmerizing performance as the late actor. Bradley shows the best and worst of Hartnell, as well as how much he believed in the show. In the end, it was the hectic schedule and sudden illness that caused him to part ways with the show, which then began the trend of regeneration and allowed the show to continue for over fifty years to this very day, with Scottish actor Peter Capaldi now portraying the Doctor's twelfth incarnation. If it wasn't for the original team behind Doctor Who, it never would have become the global craze it is today.
I felt that An Adventure in Space and Time did justice to every aspect of the show's initial creation, from the writers to the set designers to Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire's now iconic theme music. Led by a strong performance from David Bradley, longtime Whovians will adore this film and newcomers should consider it a great first step towards understanding just how influential Doctor Who has been to science fiction and the BBC. We have this show in our lives because of Verity Lambert, Sydney Newman, and William Hartnell. I, for one, am grateful for all of their hard work. Thank you all so very much.