The ABC has confirmed that it’s going to show the 50th anniversary docudrama, “An Adventure In Space and Time” on Sunday November 24th at 8:45pm.
This is the other 50th anniversary special, but instead of taking place in the continuity of Doctor Who, it instead offers a look at the foundations of the series itself in a dramatic presentation featuring David Bradley playing William Hartnell… playing the first Doctor.
The official release reads as follows:
ABC TV will screen the highly anticipated Doctor Who 50th anniversary special – AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME – on Sunday November 24 at 8.45pm on ABC1.
This will follow the encore screening of DOCTOR WHO: THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR at 7.30pm on ABC1.
This special one-off drama travels back in time to 1963 to see how the beloved “Doctor Who” was first brought to the screen. 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.
Stars: David Bradley as William Hartnell; Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert; Brian Cox as Sydney Newman and Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein.
Written by Mark Gatiss. Executive produced by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner.