The Region 2 release date for Mark Gatiss’ docudrama on the genesis of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time, has been announced, together with details on the Special Features to be included. The BBC’s Doctor Who TV website has reported that the DVD and Blu Ray is to be released in the UK on Monday 2 December. This is the same date set for the release of The Name of the Doctor on video.The Region 4 Australian and New Zealand release date has not yet been announced however as The Name of the Doctor is due to be released on 4 December 2013, it’s fair to assume that the docudrama may be issued on the same date.
The details published on the BBC website are as follows:
Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry’s glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama, time travel and monsters! Allied with a team of brilliant people, they went on to create the longest-running science fiction series ever, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.
- Leaflet featuring programme images and an exclusive foreword by writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss
- William Hartnell: The Original
- The Making of An Adventure – narrated by Carole Ann Ford
- Scenes from An Unearthly Child and the pilot episode
- Farewell to Susan (from The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
- Festive Greeting (from The Daleks’ Master Plan)
- The Title Sequences
- Deleted Scenes:
- The Radiophonic Workshop
- Verity’s Leaving Party
- English subtitles for the hard of hearing, audio description and audio navigation.
- 5.1 soundtrack
An Adventure in Space and Time is written by Mark Gatiss, executive produced by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner and directed by Terry McDonough. David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) plays the lead role of William Hartnell while Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, The Woman in Black) co-stars as the first ever producer of Doctor Who, Verity Lambert. The stellar cast is joined by Sacha Dhawan (Waris Hussein), Lesley Manville (Heather Hartnell), and Brian Cox (Sydney Newman).
Noting that reconstructions of certain scenes are listed amongst the extras, I must admit when I first found out they’d gone to the bother of recreating Mk1 Cybermen costumes for this docudrama, I’d kinda hoped part of their business plan included remaking the entire missing episode ‘Tenth Planet: 4’ as a bonus for fans. No such luck, alas.
It’s a lovely idea Perry, but I’m sure you’re correct. The only reference I’ve seen to the recreation of the Mark 1 Cybermen costumes is the drawing in the poster above. Have you read anything that specifically refers to the costumes’ recreation?
There’s a brief glimpse of a Mk1 Cyberman in the trailer shown at Comicon, but I’ve no information beyond that plus the above poster. I’d assumed the costume was built specifically for this production, but it also could’ve been supplied by a fan, so I guess I’ll need to watch ‘The Making of…’ documentary on this DVD to find out 😉
Thanks Perry. I haven’t seen the Comicon trailer as I wasn’t lucky enough to be in San Diego at the time 🙂 I’m really looking forward to seeing the main feature!
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